Summer 2009: Of Note

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Emory president, professor of neurology named to AAAS

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President James Wagner, an engineer, teacher, and scientist, and William Timmie Professor of Neurology Mahlon DeLong, an expert on the brain’s role in movement and movement disorders, have been elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Emory among 2009 “Great Colleges to Work For”

Emory University has been named to the honor roll in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2009 Great Colleges to Work For program, its second annual nationwide survey of forty-one thousand administrators, faculty, and staff of two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Institute for Drug Discovery created

An Emory Institute for Drug Discovery (EIDD) has been established to carry out early stage discovery and drug research while training the next generation of researchers. The multidisciplinary EIDD will focus on neglected diseases, global partnerships, and mentored research.

Anthropologist receives Darwin Achievement Award

Goodrich C. White Professor George Armelagos, a pioneer in bioarcheology (the study of skeletal remains of human populations), received the Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists for his studies of evolution and human diet.

Jones scholars will study at St. Andrews in Scotland

The 2009 Bobby Jones scholars and areas of study: Kevin Kelly 09C (peace and conflict), Afeef Nessouli 09C (Middle East and Central Asian studies), Katherine Sheehan 09C (environmental sciences and history), Joel LeoGrande 09C (literature). Marie Walters 09C (neuroscience) is the Jones fellow.

Vaccine Center director elected to NAS

Immunologist Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory Vaccine Center, professor of microbiology and immunology in the School of Medicine, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his discoveries on immune memory.

U.S. News 2010 ranks Emory graduate schools

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks as No. 2 the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering; African history, 8th; social psychology, 9th; law, 20th; business, 22nd; medicine, 22nd; English, 26th; history/political science, 28th; psychology, 36th.

Islamic Law Expert An-Na’im is 2009 Carnegie Scholar

Human rights scholar and activist Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im of the School of Law has been named a Carnegie Scholar. An-Na’im, an expert on Islamic law and international human rights, is working on the project “Enhancing Citizenship: American Muslims and American Secularism.”

Brownley receives humanities award

Goodrich C. White Professor of English and Winship Distinguished Research Professor Martine Watson Brownley has received the 2009 Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her work as the founding director of Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Emory leads consortium in National Children’s Study

A center headed by Emory was awarded $28.5 million in a second wave of federal funding for the National Children’s Study, which will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of 100,000 American children, from before birth to age twenty-one.

Supporting veterans through education

Emory will participate in the Veterans Administration’s Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program beginning in the 2010–2011 academic year. Last year, the University financially assisted fifty-four veterans enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

J. B. Fuqua family creates $2 million endowment

Helen Mayberg, professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neurology at the School of Medicine, will be named to the Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics with a $2 million endowment from the J. B. Fuqua family.

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