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The Future of Food

From now until Labor Day, George Pierce figures he and the scientists in his lab will eat dozens of the state’s most famous fruit — it’s part of their research. “We eat a lot of peaches this time of year. Our hands get sticky,” he says. That’s a sweet perk of some very significant science.…

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Rail Redux

This summer, the city of Atlanta expects to wrap construction on its new streetcar line, an ambitious, and somewhat controversial, project that will bring transit down Edgewood and Auburn avenues. City officials expect that the almost three-mile streetcar loop will spawn a number of significant changes to a corridor that has long suffered from lack…

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War and Honors

Georgia State introduced its Honors College in January 2012. Founding Dean Larry Berman and other Georgia State planners dreamed into being an institution that would directly expose bright, talented undergrads to experiences that transform them into citizens who can make a difference. So far, the program brings ringing endorsements from student scholars. “It’s hard to…

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Ann-Marie Campbell’s American Dream

When you’ve risen high enough in the corporate hierarchy to be presented with your own bobblehead doll, it can be hard to stay grounded. But that hasn’t been an issue for Ann-Marie Campbell (MBA ’05, B.A. ’07), president of Home Depot’s Southern Division. One reason is the collection of orange aprons she has hanging just…

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Atlanta’s Champion

Does anyone love Atlanta more than Sam Massell? Does any other human being draw breath today who has worked harder, longer and more productively than Massell, ex-mayor and an icon of civic involvement, at transforming Atlanta into the ninth-largest U.S. metro area? Current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gives fulsome credit to the 86-year-old Georgia State…

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Behind the Phenomenon

SENOIA, Ga.— This town loves the undead. So much so that when AMC’s post-apocalyptic megahit, “The Walking Dead,” is filming here, residents and business owners clear out for days at a time and deliberately let their lawns go feral. This handsome little hamlet an hour south of Atlanta is zombie ground zero. Its Main Street…

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Campus Evolution Enters a New Phase

Cracking the Concrete

Like most Georgia State alums, Jerry Rackliffe considers Kell Hall with a mix of affection and consternation. “It’s the only place where you’d find a room numbered in the 100s next to one in the 300s,” he says of the parking garage-turned-classroom building. “You’d walk up and down the ramps trying to figure it out; that building made no sense.”

When the Smoke Clears

When the Smoke Clears

On a Saturday afternoon in September, dozens of ex-smokers fill a shop tucked into an office park off Highway 316 in Lawrenceville, Ga. From the parking lot, a haze is visible inside the shop. On the door, a handwritten sign reads, “We ID! Must be 18+ to try or purchase any e-cig products.” The haze…

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