Spring 2010: Of Note

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Power List: Georgia Trend named Emory President James Wagner to its list of “100 Most Influential Georgians: Georgia’s Power List.” He was cited for his leadership of the University in a challenging economic environment. Betty Willis, senior vice president for governmental and community affairs, also was named to the magazine’s list of notable Georgians.

Stimulus Impact: “As a policy tool for creating jobs, this doesn’t seem to have much bite,” said Goizueta Business School professor Thomas Smith in a national Associated Press story examining the effect of stimulus money in creating jobs.

LGBT Advantage: David W. Hanson, associate vice president for finance and special assistant to the executive vice president at Emory, wrote a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education on ways a campus can be more welcoming for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, and gain a competitive edge in hiring top talent.

Candler Noted: An Atlanta Journal-Constitution profile of Atlanta’s theology schools noted that Emory’s Candler School of Theology is considered one of the top theology programs in the world, with textbooks written by its professors used by many schools.

Dolphin Smarts: Neuroscience and behavioral biology lecturer Lori Marino gained international coverage of her research on dolphin intelligence and advocacy for better treatment of the marine mammals. Outlets included the Sunday Times (London), ABC Radio National (Australia), Daily Mail (UK), Science News, MSNBC.com, ABCNews.com, Discovery News, and BBC Radio. CNN turned to Marino for expert commentary on killer whale behavior after the tragic incident at Sea World in February.

Archive Attraction: The opening of Emory Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Salman Rushdie’s archive in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and a related exhibit was covered by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Associated Press in an article picked up by the Guardian (UK), Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, and around the world in more than two hundred outlets.

Lots of Buzz: The invention of a better tool to hunt and monitor mosquitoes by environmental studies researcher Gonzalo Prokopek garnered coverage from CNN-International, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Discovery Channel, USA Today, and PlanetGreen.com.

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