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College Spotlight: Clark Atlanta University



Research enhances students' experience

"At Clark Atlanta University, we believe that research and education cannot be decoupled," said Marcus W. Shute, vice president for research and sponsored programs. In that role, he heads all research efforts at the university formed in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College.

Clark Atlanta is one of only four historically black colleges in the United States to be classified a Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university has a base of basic and applied research and development activity in a variety of areas of national and global importance.

Much of the research occurs at the downtown Atlanta university offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees happens in a 200,000-square-foot research facility, one of the largest in the Southeast. It includes the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development.

Led by Shafiq Khan, the center has received some $25 million in grants to engage in basic cancer research and outreach to the African-American community. The initial focus is on prostate cancer.

The center engages in studies of cancer-cell biology, related biomedical research, health disparities and development of new therapeutics and drug delivery systems. It houses the Center for Functional Nanoscale Materials, environmental and sustainability research initiatives, a High Performance Polymers and Composites Center and a Center of Excellence in National Security.

The research facility collaborates with several institutions, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Texas—Pan American and engages in international research in cooperation with institutions in South Africa.

"Research at (Clark Atlanta) is essential in providing a world-class educational experience for our students," Shute said. "We leverage the diverse skills and expertise of our faculty, researchers, staff and students to make significant discoveries and contributions to the knowledge of humankind," he said.

The Rev. Richard J. Peck