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Theology professor elected APA fellow

Professor of Human Development and Ethics John Snarey, of Candler School of Theology, has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Snarey is a psychologist whose research “stretches across disciplines to bring theology into significant interaction with other fields,” said Dean Jan Love.

Medical alumni recognized for service

The Arnall Patz MD Lifetime Achievement Award was given to its namesake, Arnall Patz 45M, for preventing infant blindness caused by incubators with high oxygen levels. Stanley Topple 57M received the Distinguished Medical Achievement Award for caring for isolated patients. Ramon Suarez 78M received the Award of Honor for leadership in gynecology/obstetrics.

Global health research gains an ambassador

Professor Ruth Berkelman, director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at the Rollins School of Public Health, is a newly named ambassador in the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. “The rapid emergence of diseases, such as extensively drug-resistant TB in more than thirty-five countries, illustrates the need for global health research,” she says.

Emory named “Best Value” by Kiplinger

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Emory ninth among the 100 best values in private universities. The annual private school rankings appear in Kiplinger’s April 2008 issue and at www.kiplinger.com. Selected from a pool of more than 1,000 private institutions provided by Peterson’s, schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality and affordability.

The Emory Wheel named “Best in South”

The Emory Wheel, the University’s student newspaper, and its magazine, The Hub, were named “Best in the South” by the Southeast Journalism Conference. In individual categories, the Wheel won eleven awards, with five staff members finishing in first place. The Emory Wheel (http://emorywheel.com) was founded in 1919 and is published twice a week.

Emory Magazine wins Award of Excellence

The University’s alumni quarterly, Emory Magazine, earned an Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) District III competition for issues published in 2007. First published in 1924, Emory Magazine has a circulation of 110,000. Emory Report, the faculty and staff newspaper, earned a CASE III special merit award for improvement.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Department established

The School of Medicine has established the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Cancer Research Fadlo R. Khuri has been named department chair. Khuri is internationally recognized for his work in improving therapies for tobacco-related cancers.

Emory leads Georgia with $383.9 million in research funding

Researchers working on new vaccines and therapies for influenza and AIDS, strategies for treating Type 1 diabetes, molecular triggers of head and neck cancer, and genetic variations in schizophrenia are among the Emory scientists who last year earned a record $383.9 million in research grants, the most of any university in Georgia. Emory researchers increased funding by 8 percent.

Koplan keeps focus global

Jeffrey Koplan has become vice president for global health and continues as director of Emory’s Global Health Institute. Koplan, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will support faculty, students, and alumni and their global partners in finding innovative solutions to global health problems.

Chimps’ brains appear geared for language

Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have found an area in the chimpanzee brain involved in gestures and vocalizations that is similar to Broca’s area in the human brain. “One interpretation of our finding is that chimpanzees have a language-ready brain,” says researcher Jared Taglialatela.

Scotland-bound seniors set sights on St. Andrews

Four seniors—Emily Allen 06OX 08C, William Samuel Bradford 06OX 08C, Uriel Castañeda 08C, and Megan McDermott 08C—have been chosen to receive golfer Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarships for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. David Abraham 08C received the first Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellowship.

Stravinsky suite played by Concerto cellist

The Emory Symphony Orchestra, directed by Richard Prior, presented a free concert March 6 at the Schwartz Center Concert Hall, which included Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and “Allegro” from Dvořák’s Cello Concerto by cellist Grace Shim 08B, the winner of Emory’s 2008 Concerto Competition.

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