Two Georgia State Scientists Discuss Space Weather Events at White House

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two Georgia State University scientists were among experts invited by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss space weather events related to science and technology efforts, and national preparedness on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Piet Martens, professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Georgia State, and Rafal Angryk, associate… more »

Ph.D. Student Travels to Mongolia to Improve Second Language Education

For David Chiesa, an applied linguistics Ph.D. student, summer break was not much of a break at all. And he’s okay with that.

Chiesa spent his summer in Mongolia working as the country’s first English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, a position that would call for him to work long days and… more »

Computer Science Enrollment Soars

Georgia State University’s Computer Science Department is rising as a leader amongst regional competitors, with enrollment more than tripling since 2007.

“Ten years ago, we used to be a fallback choice for many students in the state. Now, we’re routinely the destination of choice,” said computer science chair Raj Sunderraman. “I think we’ve grown a… more »

Halloween: How it All Began

October brings haunted houses, pranks, costumes, tricks and treats all in the name of the second-most-celebrated holiday in the United States—Halloween.

But Halloween as we know it wasn’t always celebrated in America. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1840s that Halloween began to evolve into the U.S. holiday that it is today, said folklore expert… more »

Professor’s New Book Examines Aftermath of Haitian Revolution

Julia Gaffield, assistant professor of history, attempts to deepen our understanding of the period between Haiti’s revolution and current-day Haiti in her book, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World.

“I wanted to present a much more nuanced understanding of what Haiti is,” said Gaffield. “Most of the time, news outlets talk about Haiti in the… more »

Eric Friginal Named Director of International Programs for the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Friginal, associate professor of applied linguistics and English as a second language (ESL), has joined the college as director of international programs.

In this role Friginal will serve as the college’s point person for the coordination of faculty-led study abroad, exchange and… more »

Presidential Scholar Noah Yasarturk Doesn’t Back Down from an Intellectual Challenge

The Presidential Scholarship is among the top awards an incoming Georgia State student can receive. In addition to covering full tuition, fees and on-campus housing for four years, it provides stipends for living expenses and study-abroad programs. It also includes automatic acceptance to Georgia State’s Honors College, which offers smaller classes, specialized advising and… more »

Ph.D. Student Honored for African American History Research

History Ph.D. student Kenja McCray was recently selected to receive the Association of Black Women Historians’ Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Award for her dissertation chapter, “Education Didn’t Mean Having a Degree: It Meant Serving All of Humanity.” She received the award at the Centennial Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life… more »

CHARA Receives Grant to Take the Twinkle Out of Stars

Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution (CHARA) has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The $1,118,493 grant will be used to fund phase two of the development of Adaptive Optics (AO) for the CHARA Array.

CHARA’s research is focused on determining the properties of stars—how they’re created, how… more »