Past Issues

Spring 2011

The Science of Art History


In Egypt, the burial places and the works of art within them form masterpieces that have stood the test of millennia. But even after centuries of work by historians and archaeologists, many mysteries remain.

Enriching Communities, Impacting Lives


In my more than two years here, I have cherished little more than the many wonderful people I’ve met – alumni, students, faculty, staff, community supporters and other friends of GSU; they are people who are passionate about Georgia State University. At every turn, it seems, I meet yet another person with an amazing story…

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Old Drugs, New Tricks


Jian-Dong Li outside of his lab in GSU’s Parker H. Petit Science Center. New center explores a traditional medicine to treat inflammation Like a weapon wielded in battle, inflammation is the body’s natural way of fighting off foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. But when this weapon goes unchecked, the results can be debilitating. For…

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Life in the Lab: Catie Jensen


Catie Jensen Catie Jensen is a post-baccalaureate student who graduated from GSU in 2010 with a B.A. in biology. She works in the laboratory of George Pierce, professor of applied environmental microbiology, who studies life at the molecular level. My project is to help in vaccine development, particularly one that will, we hope, lead to…

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Scientific Achievement


Haoxing Xu (Ph.D. ’01) wants to know how cells work. By understanding how cells sense what’s going on around them, he’s helping to uncover better treatments for ailments like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and even skin cancer. Thanks to this groundbreaking work, the scientist who honed his skills in GSU labs has been honored with…

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Branching Out


Suspended by ropes in a 60-foot tree at Blackburn Park in Atlanta is how Adrian Sasine (M.B.A. ’03) enjoys spending time. Sasine is a tree climbing facilitator for Tree Climbers International, and he has been climbing trees ever since he saw the company on television around 2006. “I’ve always been an outdoorsy person and I…

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Going the Distance


For April Gellatly Burkey (B.A. ’07), becoming a triathlete was originally a way to heal. When her father died in 2003, she left Youngstown State University where she had a swimming scholarship to move closer to family in Atlanta. Her new university, Georgia State, did not have a swimming program. “I just needed something, and…

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Soaring High to Stop Hunger


Vicki Escarra (B.S. ‘ 76) is putting her Delta background to work to fulfill her passion for helping the needy.