Jeremy Craig, 404-413-1357
ATLANTA - The Scientist magazine has ranked Georgia State University in the top 15 of U.S. academic institutions as one of the best places for researchers to work in academia.
The life sciences magazine ranked GSU 12th in its 2011 Best Places to Work in Academia survey, citing research resources, and tenure and promotion among the university's strengths.
"Through the university's strategic plan, Georgia State is increasing its research profile through several initiatives, including new interdisciplinary centers that gather the best minds in their respective fields," said James A. Weyhenmeyer, Georgia State's vice president for research and economic development. "Combined with the Second Century Initiative to recruit 100 additional faculty members to the university, we are working to make GSU a place where top talent helps to address the most challenging issues of the 21st century."
In the survey, GSU ranked in the 97th percentile for tenure and promotion, and in the 96th percentile for research resources. GSU ranked in the 93rd percentile for overall job satisfaction.
Georgia State has increased its standing as a major urban research university, with growth in neuroscience, biotechnology and drug design, vaccine research, economic policy research, public health, risk management, international business, and elementary and secondary education research.
Recent new major research centers include the Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection, as well as the Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research. Faculty are also forming new centers and research clusters as part of the Second Century Initiative (2CI), seeking to add 100 new faculty members to the university.
New centers and clusters in the life sciences under the most recently approved 2CI proposals include the Exploring and Testing Strategies for Obesity Reversal (EATSFOR) Center and a focus on neurogenomics.
Researchers have the advantage of the state-of-the-art Parker H. Petit Science Center, a 350,000-square foot research and teaching facility. Opened in 2010, the science center includes research in teaching in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition, public health, nursing, respiratory therapy and physical therapy.
Additionally, GSU is home to Collabtech, a business incubator fostering collaboration between Georgia State investigators and start-up biotechnology firms with support from the Georgia Research Alliance. The space includes wet labs, dry labs, and office and meeting space.
More information about research at Georgia State is available at www.gsu.edu/gastate_research.html. For more about the Second Century Initiative at Georgia State, visit www.gsu.edu/secondcentury. For more about the university's strategic plan, visit www.gsu.edu/strategicplan.
July 7, 2011