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Emory a good value among private universities

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Emory ninth among the 100 best values in private universities. Schools are ranked according to academic quality and affordability. The Princeton Review also named Emory among its best values in private schools. The rankings reflect Emory’s commitment to “need blind” admissions and the Emory Advantage grant and loan relief program.

School of Law honors 2008 Distinguished Alumni

Three alumni received the School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Awards: John M. Dowd 65L, head of the criminal litigation group at the D.C. law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld; Susan Hoy 74L, assistant general counsel and assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Teri Plummer McClure 88L, senior vice president and UPS general counsel.

Candler receives $4.5 million for PhD program

Candler School of Theology has received a $4.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to continue building the doctoral program in religious practices and practical theology. The award follows an earlier Lilly grant in 2002 of $10 million that founded the program, which now has an enrollment of thirty-three.

CDC gives Emory $1.6 million for emergency response research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $10.9 million to seven public health schools across the country, including Rollins, so they can establish Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers. Emory will receive $1.6 million to create and maintain sustainable preparedness and response systems.

Emory lessens Grady’s debt by $20 million

Emory has forgiven $20 million of the more than $60 million owed to the University by Grady Memorial Hospital. The gift was made in hope that others in the community would come forth to help the struggling Atlanta public hospital, said Dean Thomas Lawley. Emory provides many of the doctors who work at Grady, the state’s largest indigent care facility.

Reducing the use of tobacco in China

Emory has received a $14 million, five-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce the burden of tobacco use in China. The Emory Global Health Institute, in collaboration with the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium of the Rollins School of Public Health, will establish the Emory Global Health Institute–China Tobacco Partnership.

$10 million given to study cancers and bipolar disorder

The Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) received $7.4 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to examine links between oxidative stress and colorectal cancer. The Avon Foundation awarded $950,000 to WCI and Grady Memorial Hospital for breast cancer research. The National Institutes of Health gave Emory $2.8 million for bipolar genetic research.

Institute of Medicine admits psychiatry professor

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) elected neurologist Helen Mayberg, professor of psychiatry, to its 2008 class, bringing the University’s total IOM membership to twenty-two. Mayberg is an expert in tracking abnormal brain function in patients with major depression using functional neuroimaging and has had success in reducing chronic clinical depression with deep brain stimulation.

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