Public Policy Alumna Faces the Sierra Wild

Posted On February 23, 2015 by Colleen Donnelly, Master’s in Communications

The John Muir Trail, a 211-mile slice of the formidable Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, staggers through high and low altitudes from the summit of Mt. Whitney—the highest peak in the lower 48 at 14,505 feet—all the way to Yosemite Valley.

Amy DeGroff, an award-winning doctoral graduate in the… more »

Alumnus Bridges Art Career, Passion for Nonprofits

Posted On February 23, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPP Student
Categories News, Publications

Jeremiah Ojo knew the nonprofit photography program he designed to develop students’ creative skills was transformational when he saw the impact it had on one particular father and son.

“We had parents sit in on photography classes towards the end,” Ojo says. “There was this one kid, probably 11, who really took to the… more »

Georgia State University Receives $2.7 Million Federal Grant to Improve Blood Transfusion Outcomes

ATLANTA—The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University has received a five-year, $2,669,903 award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will allow the GHPC and partnering organizations to look at transfusion-related complications in patients with hemoglobin disorders (sickle cell disease and thalassemia) and improve their outcomes.

Many individuals… more »

Small Town, Big Heart

John McLean’s brand new office in Hiram, Ga., is pretty empty except for a laptop, a phone, a few books, and a large map of a town whose downtown he’s looking to revitalize.

The 24-year-old Georgia State senior speaks with excitement, pointing out the center of Hiram, about 30 miles west of downtown Atlanta.

“Old… more »

Georgia State Economist Finds Obesity Follows Growth Of Big-Box Retailers And Restaurants

ATLANTA—Big-box retailers Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale and Walmart, along with full-service and fast-food restaurants, are key contributors to the nation’s obesity epidemic, according to research by a health economist in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Americans now live near an abundance of cheap and readily available food from… more »

Non-tax Incentives Improve Productivity and Pay – Not Job Count – Economist Finds

Posted On February 1, 2015 by Jennifer Giarratano

ATLANTA – Mercedes-Benz USA’s recently announced headquarters relocation to metro Atlanta will bring more than 800 jobs at an estimated cost of $23.3 million – or $24,540 per job – in both tax and non-tax incentives to Georgia’s jubilant state and local governments.

Economic development officials tout both types of incentives as job creators. However,… more »

Boom, Bust and Recovery Deepened Employment Disparities in Georgia, New Study Finds

ATLANTA–Changes in Georgia’s economy from 2000 to 2012 affected employment in the state’s urban and rural regions differently, according to a new report by Georgia State University’s  Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF). Georgia lost 1.1 percent of its jobs during this period, losses that were not evenly distributed between the state’s urban… more »

Social Work Student Creates Scholarship Fund to Promote Diversity, Remember Son

Posted On January 5, 2015 by Perri Campis, MPA Student

On November 12, 2012, Allison Webb’s only child, Georgia State student Lee Lowery III, died due to injuries from a gunshot wound. She created the concept of The Lee Project, a scholarship fund promoting unity through diversity, to honor her son’s memory the next month.

Webb has since started working towards her bachelor’s degree in… more »

New Research Cracks “Broken Windows” Myths

Posted On December 22, 2014 by Colleen Donnelly

The influential Broken Windows theory claims that the appearance of disorder triggers more fear of crime among residents, causing them to withdrawal from the community. Their absence lowers social control, leaving the area more vulnerable to serious crime.

In a recent study Andrew Young School criminologist Joshua Hinkle and Sue-Ming Yang of George Mason… more »

ARC Transportation Exec Credits AYSPS for His Success

Posted On December 18, 2014 by Marcia Jones Cross

When it comes to living and working in the Atlanta metropolitan area, the issue of transportation brings about lively discussions. From MARTA to the new downtown streetcar system to the Beltline, Atlantans always have an opinion about transportation and its impact on our community.

Yet having an opinion or just having a good idea is… more »

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