The Business of Science: Law, Policy and Ethics in the Regulation and Governance of Health and Scientific Businesses
The College of Law (COL) and Robinson College of Business (RCB) propose an interdisciplinary cluster hire of three faculty around the research theme of the legal and ethical governance of businesses in healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnology markets. This field's significance extends well beyond today's headlines. Healthcare reforms will be debated for decades. The commercial development of emerging biotechnologies already creates new ethical concerns and complex legal and regulatory challenges. Calls abound for strong corporate responsibility and business ethics programs to ensure health and scientific industries' compliance with civil, criminal, and international laws. Law, business ethics, and social policy will also guide the responsible transfer of new biotechnologies to the marketplace, heightening the importance of intellectual property (IP) protection domestically and globally.
These political, social, and economic trends provide opportunities for cutting-edge, collaborative faculty research that would place GSU at the national forefront of academic research in this field. This proposal's commitment to disseminating new knowledge about effective governance, leadership, and change management in health and scientific businesses will enable future corporate and legal leadership to respond to rapidly changing technological and regulatory environments. The proposal also lays the foundation for new cross-campus collaborations with the life-sciences departments and in health policy, and its IP-law and corporate-compliance dimensions could support future initiatives in biotechnology entrepreneurship.
The proposal builds on existing strengths and collaborations between the COL and RCB. The COL hosts the nationally ranked health law program at the Center for Law, Health & Society, whose Director, Charity Scott, is the proposal's point-of-contact and lead team member. RCB hosts the Institute of Health Administration and its nationally ranked master's program in health administration. The proposal builds on the COL's strong program and scholarly record in IP law, including its successful IP collaboration with RCB.
Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Law, Health & Society
The last ten years have seen an explosive growth in bioinformatics research in response to challenges posed by the deluge of data generated by biotechnological advances. National funding agencies, industry and academic institutions have responded by increased spending to support bioinformatics research and education. The computer science department hired its first bioinformatics researcher in 2002 and now has nine faculty substantially involved in bioinformatics, producing on an average of 50 refereed publications per year. The faculty have also been successful in drawing funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to conduct bioinformatics research totaling about $3 million in seven years. The department also participates in the Molecular Basis for diseases and Brains and Behaviors Areas of Focus with nine faculty members who currently supervise 17 Ph.D. fellows.
The hired eminent scholar is expected to have a significant impact by bringing in major extramural funding, mentoring junior faculty, recruiting top quality Ph.D. students, and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations amongst faculty in various departments in GSU. The hiring of the eminent scholar is in line with GSU's strategic plan which calls for substantial increases in grants and contract support, increases in interdisciplinary collaborations, and contributions to its status as a leading urban research university.
Yi Pan, chair, Department of Computer Science
Center for Health Equality Research (CHER)
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) and the Center for Law, Health & Society (CLHS) in the College of Law propose a three-position cluster hire to support an expansion of their existing collaborative relationships and to form a Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research (CEHDR) at Georgia State University. The purposes of the new Center are to explore the social, economic, epidemiologic, and legal dimensions of health equality; to provide a base for research and programmatic activity that will ameliorate health disparities; to provide comprehensive, multilevel training in the field; and to develop into a major national focus for issues of health equality.
Health equality - a term now replacing "health disparities" to signal the goal of ameliorating differences in health status among population subgroups - has emerged in recent years as an organizing principle in public health. Its importance is evident in the burgeoning literature on health disparities, and the recent new funding streams at the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere for community-based research. Disadvantaged and underserved minority populations experience significant disparity in access to healthcare and in health status but policy interventions and legal remedies that can effectively ameliorate such disparities remain elusive.
Georgia State University resides in a community-at-risk, and our current work demonstrates our commitment to these problems and exploration of routes to amelioration. A primary focus of this cluster of new positions is to explore the social determinants of health, and the role of syndemics (multiple adverse conditions that act synergistically) in individual and community health. We are in the process of hiring three new faculty members who, by contributing at multiple levels-societal (law), analytical (epidemiology), and community (social science)-will substantially augment Georgia State University's capacity to move to the forefront of this issue.
Rich Rothenberg, Regents' Professor of public health, and Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law and Director for the Center for Law, Health & Society
Chinese Studies Cluster Hire Proposal
The goal of this cluster proposal is to build on existing programs to establish an interdisciplinary, university-wide research initiative on China. The hires would strategically enhance already strong programs in Asian Studies in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (COAS) and in international business in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business (RCB). They would also provide key support to the Confucius Institute, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) program, and the university's many international exchange and research programs in China. These hires would advance the university's international as well as its research and teaching mission. With these goals in mind, this proposal calls for two positions in COAS and one in RCB.
One hire in Chinese language and pedagogy in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) is central to expanding the university's multiple degree and research programs in China. This person's research would focus on second language acquisition (e.g., Chinese) or second language pedagogy, fields that would relate to the person's role of 1) creating a Chinese curriculum for MCL that includes training graduate students and lecturers who teach in the program, and 2) working with other faculty and Chinese instructors at the proposed Confucius Institute. The second COAS position, housed in the Department of Political Science, would specialize in Chinese politics and relationships between politics and economics, providing a pivotal role in the link between colleges and offering key courses in the Asian Studies Bachelor of Independent Studies (BIS) degree. In addition to an established research agenda and a history of leveraging funds, the RCB position in Chinese business and business culture would play important roles in both the Confucius Institute and CIBER. This cluster, in addition to the proposed Confucius and CIBER, would place GSU at the forefront of an increasingly important area, attracting external grants, and improving current research strengths in China-related programs.
Gayle Nelson, professor of applied linguistics and ESL
New Media Studies
Three new faculty joined the university in August 2011 connected to a Second Century Initiative on New and Emerging Media. Ben Miller (Assistant Professor, English) researches in the digital humanities, especially relating to large databases documenting social trauma, with the goal of making more nuanced the use of documentation relating to atrocity (e.g., the Cambodian genocide). Stewart Ziff (Associate Professor, Art & Design) is a scholar of digital art and new media, and has an extensive background in both academic (Parsons and NYU) and new media industrial (MTV) positions. Tae Hong Park (Assistant Professor, Music) works in compositional studies, with particular attention to sound design. The Department of Communication has a search underway for a senior scholar in new media slated to join the research team in August 2012.
This faculty team is at work on a series of projects designed to attract significant foundation and corporate external funding and the interest of wider research efforts underway in new media studies. New media studies provide an area of interdisciplinary scholarship uniting creative artists and researcher/scholars in activities that will have major ramifications for national creative, economic, and intellectual trends, and the faculty team being assembled at GSU is nationally distinctive in uniting work around the arts and humanities, in partnership with media practitioners.
The new media sector is fast growing in Georgia, thanks to generous state tax subsidies and the city's prominence as a national arts and entertainment hub. Atlanta is the country's third largest media market, an international music production center, and home to a vibrant arts community annually generating $387 million in economic activity. Georgia State houses the region's premier university new media content origination facilities, as well as highly accomplished faculty in communication, music, art and design, and English who have received Sundance (2008), Grammy (2010), and recent Emmy awards.
The research cluster has organized its work by undertaking team activity to map urban spaces, including projects that will make use of the University Libraries historical maps of metropolitan Atlanta, historical sound (WSB Radio news) and photographic (Atlanta Journal Constitution) archives, and other resources to digitize and virtually map Atlanta's historical centrality to the region. Grants are being prepared to connect to digital humanities funding sources at the National Endowment for the Humanities and elsewhere, and further partnerships are envisioned with the city's history centers (esp. the Atlanta History Center, the Auburn Avenue branch of the Fulton County Library and its collections on African American history, and the coming Civil Rights Museum), and the region's media industries. The initiative is organizing a lecture series and a spring 2012 regional summit on new media, both efforts aimed at inaugurating a more prominent research-based presence for GSU, and building on longstanding partnerships with the region's main media players. Over the 2011-2012 academic year, a series of research teams that organize more widely interested and affiliated faculty will be undertaken with the goal of ambitiously securing further research funding. In addition to collaborative research space located in the GSU Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory, a new media studio is being designed that will benefit from dedicated space in the 25 Park Place tower. Site visits to Carnegie Mellon, NYU/Tisch, UC-Santa Cruz and UC-San Diego, along with projected visits to the newly refurbished MIT New Media Lab and facilities in Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA, will provide valuable information as facilities in Atlanta are organized for future work.
David Cheshier, associate professor of communication
We propose a cluster-hiring plan for three positions in the general area of diagnostics, which is a major research direction at national funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health for the advancement of personalized medicine, early detection of cancer and other diseases, and bio- and chemical defense. This plan is also in line with the strategic directions of the Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Cancer Coalition, a new campus-wide effort for the creation of a new Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and the strategic directions of the two component departments: chemistry and biology. This plan is built upon extraordinary existing strength and anchored by two Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars. The effort includes about 11 faculty members from chemistry and biology. Basic infrastructure exists to allow for the recruitment of high caliber candidates and for new hires to start making a major impact upon arrival. Hiring plan focuses on areas of biomarkers and new probe developments that complement and strengthen the existing programs, address current needs, create synergy, and help to address the "critical mass" issue for future center and program grant efforts.
Binghe Wang, Professor of Chemistry, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scientist
Workshop in Evidence-based Policy: Solving Society's Problems through Rigorous Policy Research
"Evidence-based policy," the use of experimental and statistical evidence to improve the effectiveness of public policies and programs, represents a growing focus of governments, nonprofits, and the academic community. The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies has a substantial and unique talent base in this area, as indicated by its Number 18 ranking in the field of "policy analysis" in the U.S. News and World Report's respected rankings of more than 250 Public Affairs programs. A review of the top twenty programs indicates that, uniquely among policy schools, we have the two critical foundations needed to achieve international prominence in evidence-based policy. We have experts in quantitative impact analyses using experimental and non-experimental designs, and we have experts in the development of public performance management systems who have close relationships with decision makers. Both are essential for identifying the "what" and the "how" of policy design and implementation.
To cement Georgia State University's reputation in the growing demand for evidence-based policy, the departments of Economics and Public Management and Policy propose a cluster hire of two senior faculty members and one junior faculty member. With the assistance of proposal point-of-contact Paul Ferraro (Economics) and supporting faculty, the cluster would build an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary Workshop in Evidence-based Policy, modeled on Indiana University's prestigious Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. As a hub of energy and activity, the Workshop will bring together faculty and center researchers to catalyze interdisciplinary inquiry in evidence-based policy. By providing leadership, high-profile colloquia and lecture series, and an institutional umbrella for research working groups and visiting faculty and graduate students, the Workshop will serve as a catalyst for increasing the engagement and raising the international profile of the Andrew Young School and Georgia State in solving society's most pressing problems.
Paul Ferraro, associate professor of economics; David Sjoquist, professor of economics and Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational and Community Policy; John Thomas, professor of public management and policy
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become one of the most popular and useful tools available to scientists who study the relationship between brain and behavior, providing a noninvasive window into the structure, activity, and (through experimental inference) the function of neural systems. For many disciplines, an operational neuroimaging facility and a team of experts in the use of this technology has become one standard by which a university's prestige and impact are measured. With its newly opened Georgia State University/Georgia Tech Joint Center for Advanced Brain Imaging (CABI) and an accomplished and funded faculty, particularly in the area of clinical neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disorders, Georgia State University is poised to rise quickly in recognition in this field and in competitiveness for large, interdisciplinary neuroimaging grants. However, we have clear need for a senior scholar to bring her/his productive and well-funded research program to our university. Such an impact hire will both accelerate the yield of publications and grants from the CABI resources, and also will serve as a catalyst for neuroimaging research by our current faculty. We are interested in a productive senior scholars who has demonstrated expertise in functional MRI and who connects substantively with our current research strengths in clinical neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental disorders, or cognitive neuroscience.
Tricia King, associate professor of psychology