With a lengthy resume that includes service in local and federal law enforcement, three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, and service as a Marine officer and a judge, J. Alexander Atwood (B.S. ’76) is leading a state agency with a crucial role in Georgia’s COVID-19 response.
Caleb DeLong, a Georgia State University alumnus who will graduate from Georgia State’s Perimeter College in May with his nursing degree, has seen the COVID-19 pandemic up close while working in a Rockdale County hospital emergency room.
A novel nanoparticle vaccine that combines two major influenza proteins is effective in providing broad, long-lasting protection against influenza virus in mice, showing promise as a universal flu vaccine, according to a study by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University.
The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) has named the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (GA-DFCS), Georgia State University and the University of Georgia one of eight national NCWWI Agency-University Partnership Workforce Excellence sites.
Traveling to a new country for study abroad gave eight respiratory therapy students the chance to impact the lives of strangers in a rural Caribbean village. But they had no idea how much the experience would affect them.
More than 430 students from 53 academic departments presented their research projects during the 2019 Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Honors College at Georgia State University.
Georgia State University graduate students took top prizes on March 25 at the university’s spring Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, where they were challenged to explain their research and scholarship to a general audience in a short time.
Two Georgia State University Honors College students are among the 395 American undergraduates from 152 colleges and universities selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to student or intern abroad during the summer of 2019.
Georgia State University is part of a national group of leading innovative institutions that has received a $2.4 million grant from the Strada Education Network to redesign the college-to-career pathway.
Applications open January 2019 for the first Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies offered by the University System of Georgia. The new degree program, developed by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University, will welcome its inaugural class of students in the fall of 2019.
It was a cold and rainy day in 2011, and First Sergeant Deadrea Miller, USA, Retired, sat in her car unable to move. She had made it to her destination Atlanta’s Fort McPherson — but was suddenly paralyzed by vivid memories of her time in Afghanistan.
On October 10-13, 2018, downtown Atlanta will host more than 600 national and international deans, department chairs, MPA and MPP program directors and students attending the 2018 NASPAA Annual Conference. The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) is a membership association of graduate programs in public affairs, administration and policy. This year’s conference is co-hosted by Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Georgia.
Georgia State University’s new Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group will introduce its work at a symposium on Oct. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the university’s Buckhead Campus, 200 Tower Place, as a program in the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce’s Atlanta Cyber Week.
Commitment to democratic values is the strongest predictor of climate change concern globally, Georgia State University faculty have found in a new study comparing climate change attitudes across 36 countries, including the U.S.
Professor Dean Dabney has been named chair of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, dean Sally Wallace has announced. Dabney joined the department as an assistant professor in 1997 after teaching in the University of Florida’s Department of Sociology and Center for Studies in Criminology and Law. He was interim chair of the department from 2013-14, when Regents’ Professor Richard Wright joined the department as chair. Wright will remain on the faculty to continue his research.
Sociologist David Maimon’s earliest research examined the effects neighborhoods have in determining why some people in neighborhoods engage in crime and deviant behaviors. In 2010, he turned his focus to cybercrime and the unique online ecosystem in which cybercriminals thrive.
White men earn significantly more than blacks, Latinos and Latinas and white women in all areas of state government, according to Georgia State University faculty members Greg Lewis and Jonathan Boyd with alum Rahul Pathak (Ph.D. ’17) of Baruch College.
Georgia State University is ranked the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2019 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Participation in extracurricular activities improves educational outcomes among older youth transitioning out of the foster care system, research conducted by Georgia State University professor of social work Lionel Scott and his colleagues has found.
Charter schools led by for-profit and nonprofit management organizations have more turnover and attrition than other charter schools, according to new research by Christine Roch of Georgia State University and Na Sai of Bridgewater (Mass.) State University.
ATLANTA—Eighteen Georgia police chiefs, sheriffs, and public safety commissioners and officials—along with a senior corporate security manager—spent an intensive two weeks of public safety leadership training with Israel’s top policing executives in June.
Hospital staff and physicians who are willing to explain, apologize for and resolve adverse medical events significantly reduce legal defense and liability costs, according to a study led by Dr. Florence R. LeCraw, an Atlanta anesthesiologist and adjunct professor at Georgia State University.
ATLANTA—A three-year multi-state research project evaluating the effectiveness of career and technical education (CTE) policies will enter its second year poised to pursue key research questions. Georgia State University’s CTEx laboratory is a consortium of researchers and state and local partners working to inform the future of career and technical education policy with advanced research. Celeste Carruthers of the University of Tennessee and Shaun Dougherty of Vanderbilt University are research partners with Georgia State economist and CTEx founding director Dan Kreisman. It is housed in the new Georgia Policy Labs at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
Kenneth Heaghney, the state of Georgia’s fiscal economist, has been named the new director of Georgia State University’s Fiscal Research Center (FRC). Heaghney succeeds Sally Wallace, who had served in the position since 2011. She became dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in April.
ATLANTA–Georgia Policy Labs has completed its first year of operations with new partners, staff and projects funded by a nearly $3.9 million start-up grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The new research unit is a collaboration among the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, various government agencies and school districts. Through this partnership, they aim to promote evidence-based policy development and analyze existing policies.
Students who pass one or more College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests in high school or college are more likely to earn a post-secondary degree, according to research published as a Georgia State University W.J. Usery Workplace Research Group working paper.
College students who receive dean’s list recognition and those put on academic probation both improve their academic performance in subsequent semesters, according to a working paper by Georgia State University economist Nicholas Wright.
ATLANTA—Distinguished University Professor Ann-Margaret Esnard has been named associate dean for research and strategic initiatives for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
An increase in single-family rentals (SFRs) has important implications for fair housing, and affordable housing, policy and planning. Research by Georgia State University Professor Dan Immergluck suggests that the growth of SFRs has broadened rental options for families in lower-poverty and racially diverse neighborhoods, at least in the Atlanta area.
State laws that allow the use of medical marijuana are not significantly associated with cannabis-involved driving, according to a new study by Georgia State University associate professor of criminal justice and criminology Eric Sevigny.
Exposure to traumatized client populations can have an indirect negative influence on the physical health of clinical social workers through secondary traumatic stress, Georgia State Distinguished University Professor Brian Bride revealed in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
It is well-known that the baby-boom generation is aging, with about 10,000 individuals turning 65 each day. This generation has the longest life expectancy to date and benefits from advances in health care and technology. However, this generation is also more disabled, dealing with more chronic health conditions and managing more prescription medications than previous generations.
Georgia State University has received $1.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to lead a four-year research initiative that will evaluate the effects of early attempts to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
ATLANTA—The nation’s smallest nonprofits—those reporting less than $500,000 in annual gross receipts—who have at least one full-time staff member are much more likely than those without any full-time staff to be involved in formal collaborations that can help them obtain funding and meet client needs, a new Georgia State study finds.
All attention turned to the future challenges facing public finance administrators and policymakers as more than 60 scholars from institutions across the country presented research and contributed to panel discussions at the Andrew Young School’s first invitation-only conference on “Public Finance and the New Economy.”
Humor allows drug dealers to cope with threats posed by police, informants and other dangers of the field, according to research by Georgia State University Regents Professor Richard Wright and Timothy Dickinson of the University of Texas at El Paso.
ATLANTA—Low-income individuals tend to be more supportive of strong leadership and more suspicious of democracy than the rich, according to research by Georgia State University professor of economics Alberto Chong.
Twenty-five Mandela Washington Fellows will participate in six weeks of leadership and professional development through the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Public Management Institute at Georgia State University as part of the U.S. Department of State’s African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Catherine Slocum began her higher education journey at Georgia State thinking she wanted to practice law. As she became active in student government and various social causes, she realized she had a heart for social justice work and shifted gears.
Rachel Stanley was raised in Gwinnett, metro Atlanta’s most diverse county by population. She was also raised to understand the importance of diversity and the dangers that can arise in its absence. “My family is Jewish, so I grew up learning a lot about the Holocaust.”
Attending a Georgia start-up charter high school increases the likelihood of graduation, and those students are more likely to enroll and persist in college, according to a new study by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.
“Precision” and “decision” soon come to mind when talking to Trenton Harris, a new alumnus of Georgia State University and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Precision, because the former U.S. Air Force (USAF) military police (rank or title?) has taught himself precisely what steps he must take to attain his dream career.
While an undergrad studying political science at Cairo University, Mahmoud Elsayed explored how to pursue his deep interest in improving education and labor outcomes throughout the developing world. His passion eventually brought him to Georgia State University for his advanced degrees and will lead him to the World Bank as a Young Professional this fall.
Tirzah Brown was 11 and living in Ft. Myers, Florida, when a trip to Romania with her father brought her face-to-face with the horrors of sex trafficking. “My dad had been invited by an organization to counsel individuals with trauma issues. I was tagging along and volunteered with a drop-in center that helped street children,” she said. “I met a girl there my age who had been forced into prostitution. It shook me up a lot, meeting a child with such a different life.”
Paola Montalvo Ayala believes if you are passionate about what you are doing, you will want to keep learning about it forever. She credits her mother with instilling this love for ongoing education in her during middle and high school, when they would spend evenings together studying – Montalvo for her classes, and her mother for various certificates in her career field, human resources.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University to evaluate the impact of college degrees received at a later age on wages, employment stability, and retirement income.
Jasmin Ngene, B.S. in Public Policy ‘18, has a schedule that is so full she barely has time to start the countdown to graduation. While she is excited about getting her degree, she is already looking forward to post-graduation plans that will begin almost immediately.
The Contract-for-Deed (CFD) home “sale,” a predatory financing practice with a notorious urban history, has reemerged in predominantly black neighborhoods 30 years after federal laws were created to end the practice, according to research by Georgia State University urban policy expert Dan Immergluck.
Access to quality, affordable housing is critical for supporting good health. For individuals and families with tight budgets, high housing costs can lead to tough choices between making rent and going to the doctor, between keeping the lights on and buying healthy food, or even between being part of a community or becoming socially isolated.
Spencer Hsu, investigative reporter for The Washington Post and keynote speaker at the 2018 Georgia State Law Review Symposium, discussed weaknesses in forensic science and his 2012 series, Hsu was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service.
ATLANTA – Amanda Watkins Puché joined the Andrew Young School as the college’s new director of development in January. Puché’s relationship with Georgia State University dates back to 2004, the year she entered to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology.
ATLANTA–Grace Lee, Cheryl Johnson and Brittany Garner are among the inaugural class of distinguished alumni named as “40 Under 40” by the Georgia State University Alumni Association. Inductees of the Class of 2018, they were honored during the association’s recent awards ceremony.
Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies rose seven spots to No. 18 in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s top public affairs graduate schools announced today (March 20).
Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies rose seven spots to No. 18 in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s top public affairs graduate schools announced today (March 20).
Nearly half of small businesses that levied tobacco surcharges from their employees failed to offer tobacco cessation counseling as required by law, Georgia State University economist Michael Pesko and his coauthors found in the first study to look at tobacco surcharges in the small-group marketplace since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.
ATLANTA –Georgia State University graduate student Holly Smith with teammates William Crabtree (University of North Carolina-Charlotte), Matthew Higgins (University of Arkansas, Little Rock) and Amy Schreiner (University of Alabama) were named winners of the Southeast Regional competition for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.
ATLANTA – The Georgia State University campus will be one of 16 host sites across five continents for the annual Batten Student Simulation Competition conducted by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) on February 24, 2018.
For the second year in a row, Georgia State University has been selected to host the Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar, which will bring nearly 90 international students to the Georgia State campus.
Almost two-thirds of Georgia adults are categorized as overweight or obese. Among Georgia’s children, 13.4 percent of 2 to 4-year-olds are obese and more than one in three school-age students are overweight or obese.
Andrew Young School associate professor Jan Ivery said she “came into” social work after graduating with an undergraduate degree in sociology. “I was nearing graduation, and my parents asked me, ‘what are you going to do with this degree? So I looked around my senior year, and someone asked if I’d considered social work.” It wasn’t her first choice, though. “I had the typical stereotypical idea of what social work was, and I didn’t want to work with children.”
Head Start programs are highly concentrated in low-income and rural areas of Georgia, providing vital access to early education and supporting at least $71 million in total economic output there, according to a new study by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance.
Edwin Mathies Jr., like the other Young African Leaders Initiative’s (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellows, returned to Africa this summer after attending Georgia State University’s six-week Public Management Institute.
The Georgia Health Policy Center will support Georgia’s Interagency Directors Team (IDT) in the implementation of the recommendations released by the Governor’s Commission on Children’s Mental Health. The commission’s newly released report provides recommendations for improving state mental health services for children that focus on important behavioral health needs including school-based mental health services and behavioral health workforce development.
ATLANTA—MPA alumna Bee Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American to win a house seat in Georgia, will be keynote speaker at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies fall 2017 commencement ceremony on Friday, December 15.
ATLANTA—More than 200 distinguished guests including top law enforcement leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, elected officials and leaders in the business community, gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in November to recognize and honor the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) at its 25th Anniversary Gala.
ATLANTA—Laws that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in private workplaces, bars and restaurants may increase cigarette use by as much as 30 percent for pregnant women, according to research published in the Journal of Health Economics by Georgia State University economist Michael Pesko.
From 1971 to 2014, the childhood obesity rate in the U.S. rose from 5 percent to 17 percent. Obese children often become obese adults, which increases the odds of a variety of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
ATLANTA – While Georgia outperforms its peers in avoiding one-time maneuvers to close budget gaps, it fails to make the grade in budget forecasting or in adequately funding post-employment benefits for public workers, according to a study conducted by the Volcker Alliance in partnership with the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF).
ATLANTA–Michael H. Mescon, dean emeritus of Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business and founder and inaugural holder of the world’s first chair in private enterprise, died November 12. He was 86.
ATLANTA—Expanding smoke-free laws in bars or restaurants may be more impactful in preventing asthma-related hospitalizations than smoke-free laws in nonhospitality workplaces, according to a Georgia State University study published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal.
ATLANTA—Between 2010 and 2014, Americans’ opinions about climate change became more polarized by political affiliation, increasingly aligning with those of others identifying with the same political party, Georgia State University researchers have found.
ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute (USI) faculty has received $1 million from a $12 million National Science Foundation grant for a project to help cities prepare for climate change by co-developing the knowledge needed to promote resilient cities in a future that will look very different from today.
ATLANTA—Master of Public Policy (MPP) student Kirill Protasov has been named a delegate in the Trade, Economic Relations and Business Development working group of Stanford University’s prestigious U.S.-Russia Forum. He is one of 31 delegates chosen from a pool of 600 applicants from 167 universities.
ATLANTA—Insurers need to use a multipronged approach to create well-designed health insurance plans and counter the steep costs of opioid misuse, according to a recent article by Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding to the Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance to evaluate taxes in Georgia and nationally.
ATLANTA—Public opinion supporting euthanasia and suicide for terminally ill patients has grown over the last 40 years, according to a Georgia Health Policy Center study, published online in the Journal of Death and Dying.
ATLANTA—Distinguished University Professor Ann-Margaret Esnard has assumed the role of interim Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies effective August 21, 2017.
ATLANTA—Economists at Georgia State have discovered that family welfare — an economic measure of satisfaction, well-being or “happiness” — grew faster during the last two decades in U.S. households where wives earned higher wages than their husbands, outpacing its growth in families where the husband earned more or where husband and wife earned the same wages.
ATLANTA—Dual-income parents’ work hours lead to sizeable increases in their children’s probability of being overweight and obese, according to Georgia State University economists Charles Courtemanche, Rusty Tchernis and Xilin Zhou.
ATLANTA—First-generation immigrants in the United States are as trusting of native-born American citizens as those native-born are of each other in their interactions, according to research by Georgia State University economist and his colleague. However, these new immigrants do not show the same levels of trust among other immigrants.
ATLANTA—Education policy is of topmost interest to Jurée Capers, an assistant professor of public management and policy in the Andrew Young School. Her research puts a different spin on the subject, though, by examining the structures inside and outside educational institutions that impact underrepresented populations.
ATLANTA—Professor Sally Wallace, Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, is leading the school as interim dean for the 2017-2018 academic year, which began July 1.
ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA), housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, has received a $10,000 gift from State Farm® to expand the organization’s marketing, recruitment and program efforts in the south DeKalb area of metro Atlanta.
ATLANTA—Georgia State University has received $3.9 million to create the Georgia Center for Education Policy, a collaboration between the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and government leaders that aims to improve academic, career and life outcomes for students across the state.
The Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference showcases the scholarly and creative projects of the university’s undergrads and provides students insight into the work that goes into each step of a successful research project.
ATLANTA—Federal school lunch guidelines enacted in 2012 are doing what they were designed to do: improving nutrition for school-age children and reducing childhood obesity, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.