Georgia State Starts Innovative Research Groups Through Second Century Initiative

Georgia State University is starting four new innovative and interdisciplinary research groups under the fifth round of its Second Century Initiative, aiming to bolster a higher level of research and academic performance.

The Second Century Initiative (2CI) calls for the recruitment of top-notch faculty members to the university, with the goal of building internationally recognized… more »

Variations in Neuronal Networks Could Explain Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes

A team of researchers at the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University has discovered that hidden differences in the properties of neural circuits can account for whether animals are behaviorally susceptible to brain injury. These results could have implications for the treatment of brain trauma.

People vary in their responses to stroke and trauma, which… more »

Chimp Intelligence “Runs In Families,” Environment Less Important, Study Finds

A chimpanzee’s intelligence is largely determined by its genes, while environmental factors may be less important than scientists previously thought, according to a Georgia State University research study.

The study found that some, but not all, cognitive, or mental, abilities, in chimpanzees depend significantly on the genes they inherit. The findings are reported in the… more »

Fresh Ink: Sea Slug Product Could Heal Wounds, Protect Ships

The sea slug Aplysia californica is a slimy, homely creature that can be found at low tide along the California shore.

When this creature feels threatened in its underwater habitat, it releases a bright purple ink laced with anti-predator chemicals.

Georgia State researchers are studying the powerful antimicrobials in that ink and developing applications that… more »

New book examines Eudora Welty’s “Tyrannous Eye”

Most people know of Eudora Welty as a fiction writer, the author of such works as the Pulitzer-Prize-winning “The Optimist’s Daughter.” But Welty considered a career as a photographer before she ever published a story, and wrote a large body of non-fiction – including essays, letters, and autobiography – after she made her name.

In… more »

Arts and Sciences offering eight new dual degree programs

The College of Arts and Sciences will offer eight new dual degree programs starting this fall – programs which will allow qualified students to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

The new degree programs are as follows:

B.A. in Art, Art History concentration / M.A. in Art History (Welch School… more »

Black professional men feel strong solidarity – with women

Race representative? Impostor? “Super-brother”? Black professional men must navigate a wide range of stereotypes in the workplace, according to new research by Associate Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield. Perhaps her most surprising finding, however, is that those struggles make many black professional men more sympathetic to professional women – of any race.

“A lot of… more »

Biology Professor gets $7.5 Million to Study How Body Breaks Down Fat

Timothy J. Bartness, a Regents’ Professor of Biology and director of the Center for Obesity Reversal at Georgia State University, has received a five-year, $2.5 million renewal of the MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study lipolysis, the breakdown of… more »

Neuroscience programs rank eighth in nation, say graduate students

The graduate neuroscience programs at Georgia State University are the eighth best in the nation, according to a survey that graduate students themselves filled out on

The online survey comprises 15 questions, covering topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and the quality of networking opportunities.

Georgia State’s… more »