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SPSU students to protest merger with KSU

SPSU students to protest merger with KSU

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Southern Polytechnic State University students will take to the streets Tuesday to protest a planned merger with Kennesaw State University.

The students will protest at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church in Downtown Atlanta, across the street from the University System of Georgia building.

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Holy Innocents' outpaces U.S. schools in JDRF Fall Walk

Holy Innocents' outpaces U.S. schools in JDRF Fall Walk

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) is not just walking this Saturday, Oct. 19, for a cure for type 1 diabetes. The school community has been racing—earning the distinction of being the highest grossing school in the nation for six consecutive years in the JDRF FAll Walk to Cure Diabetes.

HIES officially ran away with JDRF Fall Walk honors again in 2012 by raising an impressive $50,478.00—and two students were named to the top five list of individual student contributors: Andrew Earle ’13 and Anna Kampfe ’15 (both of whom have diabetes).

 “We are impressed and honored by the dedicated efforts of students at Holy Innocents’, and particularly of Andrew and Anna,” says John Vranas, JDRF’s vice president, fundraising programs. “It is the passion and dedication of these young people that motivates others to support us in our efforts to bring about a world without type 1 diabetes.”

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

Reframing 'Black is Beautiful' lecture at Spelman College

ATLANTA -- The Spelman College Museum  of Fine Art, in partnership with the Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series  and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, presents the lecture Reframing "Black is Beautiful," with Deborah Willis, Ph.D., chair and professor of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at Spelman College Cosby Academic Center Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Atlanta.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant

GSU professor awarded sociogenomics grant

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University officials say a professor has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance the field of sociogenomics.

Sociogenomics is a branch of biology aimed at pinpointing genes that influence social behavior, and learning about how those genes impact the brain's neural circuits.

GSU officials announced Tuesday that the NSF awarded the grant of more than $499,000 to Dr. Walter Wilczynski, who is a professor of neuroscience and is director of Georgia State's Neuroscience Institute.

Wilczynski says the study of sociogenomics can help provide insight on how genetics impact behaviors like social bonding, aggression and cooperation.

He says understanding how social behavior is controlled at the molecular level could help researchers better understand neurological disorders, like autism and schizophrenia.

GSU professor wins grant to study smoking

GSU professor wins grant to study smoking

ATLANTA -- An assistant professor at Georgia State University has been awarded a grant to study how young adults perceive the risk of smoking flavored cigarillos and cigars.

School officials said Tuesday that Dr. Kymberle Sterling, a public health professor, has been given a two-year, $275,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study perceived risks associated with the products, which aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Sterling will work with researchers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and the University of Maryland College Park to develop a tool that identifies risk perception and predicts susceptibility to smoke from flavored cigars.

GSU officials say the use of flavored cigarillos is growing among young adults, especially those from minority ethnic groups.

Seminal Photography Exhibition ‘Posing Beauty’ Makes Southeast Debut at Spelman College

Seminal Photography Exhibition ‘Posing Beauty’ Makes Southeast Debut at Spelman College

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is the first institution in the Southeast to present the nationally touring exhibition, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture.” Featuring more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers, “Posing Beauty” explores ways contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by the works of photographers and artists dating from 1890 to the present.  The exhibition will be on view Sept. 5 through Dec. 7, 2013. The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading historians of African-American photography.