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Rafter earns PhD in astrophysics
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Dr. Stephen E. Rafter, center exits the stage just after being hooded by his advisor and chair, Dr. Daniel Michael Crenshaw, right, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. - photo by Photo provided
Dr. Stephen E. Rafter, 32, graduated May 15 from Georgia State University in Atlanta with a doctor of philosophy degree in astrophysics.  
Dr. Rafter’s dissertation was “The Optical and Radio Properties of a Low Redshift Sample of Broad-Lined Active Galactic Nuclei.” He was hooded by his advisor and chair, Dr. Daniel Michael Crenshaw. Dr. Rafter graduated in 2004 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in physics. 
Dr. Rafter is the son of local attorney Richard and Deborah Rafter of Clyo. Stephen has accepted a research fellowship position at The University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel. He left to begin his new position on May 30 and plans on being in Israel for one year.