3070 Research Centers and Programs

Asian Studies Center

Dr. Kim Reimann, Director

The Asian Studies Center promotes scholarly and academic activities related to China, Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Americans of Asian descent. Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of faculty from academic units including Applied Linguistics, Art and Design, Communication, English, Geosciences, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the center offers a undergraduate BIS degree in Asian Studies and promotes study abroad and other initiatives in Asian countries. The center also works with other colleges and the GSU Confucius Institute to sponsor and engage in a variety of activities related to Asia and Asian-Americans both on campus and in the community. For more information: www.gsu.edu/~wwwast/.

Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design

Drs. Charles Derby and Binghe Wang, Co-directors

The Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science. The center supports faculty research and graduate student training, and collaborative efforts with biotechnology firms in Georgia. Core facilities, supported in part by Georgia Research Alliance, house state-of-the-art research equipment, including high-field NMR spectrometers, nucleic acid/protein sequencers, cell sorters, DNA thermocyclers, RT-PCR, Affimetrix Gene Chip arrays, Mass Spectrophotomer, BiaCore and phosphoimagers. The center provides research opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. students in biotechnology and related fields. For more information: www.biology.gsu.edu/bio/BDD/index.html.

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. H. Elliott Albers, Director

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience is an award-winning, interdisciplinary research consortium composed of more than 150 neuroscientists from institutions throughout the Atlanta area. The center conducts innovative research in behavioral neuroscience, educates a new generation of interdisciplinary investigators, and promotes an increased public awareness of the interaction of brain function and behavior. Faculty from Georgia State’s Neuroscience Institute and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology play important roles in the work of the center. For more information: www.cbn-atl.org.

Brains & Behavior Program

Dr. Walter Wilczynski, Director

Brains & Behavior (B&B) is a multi-departmental umbrella program that promotes research broadly related to the neurosciences. It sponsors student fellowships, provides seed grants for research and promotes collaborations across many departments. For more information: neuroscience.gsu.edu/brains_behavior.html.

Center for Collaborative and International Arts

Dr. Pearl McHaney, Director

The Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) brings together creative writers, visual arts, composers, musicians, actors and playwrights, filmmakers, and scholars engaged in arts-related research at Georgia State University. This cutting edge union of arts-related disciplines is helping to guide the trajectory of the fine arts in the 21st century as boundaries between traditional disciplines give way to exciting new partnerships. As part of and in addition to these activities, CENCIA coordinates the Internationalizing the Arts Area of Focus for the university. For more information visit: arts.gsu.edu.

Center for Collaborative Scholarship in the Humanities

Dr. David Cheshier, Director

CCSH showcases research in the humanistic disciplines. The main project work of the center is focused on the creation of multi-year research teams, each charged with soliciting external financial support for collaborative scholarship. Center activity also aims to publicize outstanding humanistic work already underway by GSU faculty and students, to provide online resources for those seeking enhanced support for their work, and to establish and strengthen partnerships with local and regional organizations and institutions engaged in related activity. For more information visit: humanities.gsu.edu.

Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Dr. Binghe Wang, Director; Dr. Jenny Yang, Associate Director

The Center’s aim is to help the integration of related disciplines into synergistic, collaborative teams that can collectively address problems, which cross disciplinary boundaries. The Center also has a goal of translating research discoveries into products that alleviate human suffering and benefit the society.  In this spirit, the Center’s research goals include developing highly sought-after biomarker-guided therapies and imaging agents, and facilitating the translation of our research discoveries into clinically useful diagnostic/therapeutic tools and agents.  Participants in the Center include faculty members from core academic units such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Neuroscience as well as supporting units and programs such as Computer Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Molecular Basis of Disease.

As an integral part the center’s mission, it also offers excellent opportunities for student training for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Its many interdisciplinary research projects offer fertile ground to train students for the future job market.

Center for Educational Partnerships

Dr. Joanna Katie Carlisle, Director

The Center for Educational Partnerships is increasingly recognized as a conduit for artistic excellence and innovation in urban music education. The Center for Educational Partnerships unites university music faculty and undergraduate/graduate music students with the greater education community in a collaboration that advances the role of music in school culture and prepares strong leaders to teach in diverse and interdependent contexts. Drawing on Atlanta’s unique community resources, the relationship created by the Center fosters relevant and engaging music-making for all learners throughout the lifespan. For more information:www.cmp.music.gsu.edu.

Environmental Research Center

Dr. Sidney Crow, Director

The Environmental Research Center provides diverse research activities  concentrating on environmental issues and problems. By offering undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, the center prepares students for environmentally oriented careers in regional, state, and local governmental agencies and industries. The center is composed of interdisciplinary faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geosciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, and Public Administration.

Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Dr. Andrew I. Cohen, Director; Dr. Andrew Altman, Director of Research

The Center for Ethics supports research on contemporary ethical issues and serves the university and the Atlanta community by sponsoring symposia, lectures, and other programs on ethics in areas such as health care, business, and government. Center affiliates include faculty from several fields in the humanities and social sciences. For more information:www.gsu.edu/ethics.

Center for Hellenic Studies

Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Director

The Center for Hellenic Studies sees its mission as expanding the geographical and historical range of what we commonly imagine as “Greek.” Not strictly Athenian or Classical, Greek culture was a pan-Mediterranean and even global phenomenon, and Greek history boasts important and extensive Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian and Ottomon chapters. Domestically, the Center achieves its twin aims, of community outreach and supporting interdisciplinary Hellenic research, through a robust range of university courses and community events that focus on Greek history, language philosophy, religion, society, as well as music and the other fine arts. Internationally, the Center supports greater collaboration between North American and Greek institutions in Athens, Corfu, Crete, and Thessaloniki.

Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy

Dr. Harold McAlister, Director

The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) conducts research involving very high resolution imaging of astronomical objects. The center has designed and built the CHARA Array, an optical/interferometric array of six 1-meter telescopes capable of achieving resolution down to 0.0002 arcsecond. This is 50 times greater resolution than that of the Hubble Space Telescope, and makes the CHARA Array the most powerful facility of its kind in the world. The Array is located on the grounds of Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy utilize the CHARA Array for a variety of research programs. For more information: www.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA.

Center for Human Rights and Democracy

Drs. William Downs and Fernando Reati, Co-directors

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy provides interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community outreach on pressing rights-based issues at local and global levels.  Research foci of affiliated faculty include human rights protection in urban settings, threats to human rights in established democracies with high immigration, and human rights abuses in transitioning (e.g., post-dictatorship and post-colonial) societies.  The Center hosts guest speakers of national and international prominence, and it sponsors research symposia each year that connect research scholars with policymakers and the public.  The Center supports collaborative research for faculty and graduate student research on human rights and democracy, and it promotes study abroad programs and other curricular innovations that connect students with the study of human rights across the globe.

For more information: http://www2.gsu.edu/~chrd/

Center for International Media Education

Dr. Leonard Ray Teel, Director

CIME, the Center for International Media Education, was established in 1997 to assist in the development of media education, research and professionalism in various parts of the world. The principal focus has been on the Middle East, North Africa and China. The Center concentrates on international communication research, curriculum development, investigative journalism, media-NGO relations, and academic and professional internships. It currently publishes two journals, the Journal of Middle East Studies, in cooperation with the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, founded at Georgia State University in the 1990s, and the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, which showcases award-winning student research.  For more information: www.gsucime.org and www.ausace.org.

Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Dr. Hector Fernandez-L’Hoeste, Director

The Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies addresses issues of Latin American and Latino culture, economics, and politics through interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach. Faculty from a variety of departments, including Anthropology, Art and Design, Communication, Geosciences, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Political Science, Psychology, and Religious Studies, examine the opportunities and challenges presented by the emerging Hispanic presence in the Atlanta area and the increasing importance of Latin American culture in the United States. For more information:www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcla/.

Molecular Basis of Disease Program

Dr. Teryl K. Frey, Director; Dr. Susanna Greer, Associate Director

Molecular Basis of Disease is a multi-departmental program in biomedicine that includes faculty in six departments engaged in interdisciplinary research: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Information Systems. The program provides both graduate and undergraduate fellowships as well as support for the state-of-the-art facilities in these departments. For more information:biology.gsu.edu/mbd.

Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies

Dr. Timothy Crimmins, Director

The Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies is an interdisciplinary group created to focus academic research, teaching, and service on the needs of neighborhoods where people live and confront localized issues. Created from a recommendation made by Georgia State University’s Arts and Sciences Urban Group, the Center also addresses the whole of the metropolis to allow the study of problems that affect all cities and encourage a comparative focus. For more information: www2.gsu.edu/~wwwnms/.

Center for Neuromics

Dr. Paul S. Katz, Director

The Center for Neuromics fosters research on the fundamental unit of the brain, the neuron. Just as genomics is the characterization of all the genes in an organism, neuromics is the study of neurons and the interconnectivity. The center sponsors research seminars and provides some research support for students working in the field of neuromics. For more information: neuroscience.gsu.edu/neuromics.html.

Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning

Dr. MaryAnn Romski, Director

The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) coordinates scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical developmental and learning processes from birth through adolescence. An interdisciplinary center, CRADL supports basic and applied research in three primary areas: developmental disabilities, including autism; developmental learning and attention disorders; and acquired brain damage. The center also facilitates educational and outreach efforts. For more information:www.gsu.edu/~wwwaty/.

Language Research Center

Dr. David Washburn, Director

The Language Research Center, located on a 55-acre tract of forest in southeast Atlanta, studies the nature symbolic communication, and how language relates to the emergence of other social, cognitive and behavioral competencies. Its programs of noninvasive research are focused on the advanced cognitive processes of humans, apes, and monkeys. The center provides research opportunities for students and faculty from the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Computer Science, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Biology. For more information: www.gsu.edu/lrc.

Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy Program

Drs. Rose Sevcik and Paul Alberto, Co-Directors

The goals of the L&L program are to integrate and build on our current nationally recognized individual research programs to create a world-class interdisciplinary research and doctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy. The L&L Program includes faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, including the departments of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Communication, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy Studies, and Philosophy. It also involves partnership with the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, the Language Research Center, and the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders. For more information researchlanglit.gsu.edu.

Second Century Initiative Programs

Georgia State University’s Second Century Initiative (2CI) aims to bring 100 high-impact faculty to Georgia State within five years. The primary goal of the initiative is to build nationally recognized scholarly strength and critical mass around common research themes in order to enhance Georgia State University’s overall excellence, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. The program also includes fellowships for doctoral students engaged in research and scholarship related to that of the various 2CI programs. For information about 2CI programs based in or affiliated with Arts and Sciences, visitwww.cas.gsu.edu/second_century.html.

Urban Health Program

Dr. Michael Eriksen, Director

The goal of the Georgia State University Urban Health initiative is to become nationally recognized as a center of excellence in urban health research. The program involves multiple partners from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, and Law. For more information: urbanhealth.gsu.edu/