Winter 2010: Of Note

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New Digital Scholarship and Media Studies program

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A new certificate program in Digital Scholarship and Media Studies (DSMS) for PhD students in the Laney Graduate School’s Institute for the Liberal Arts will be offered. The program is a four-course certificate, including a required internship, that will help graduate students enhance their career prospects in digital scholarship.

James Wagner appointed to presidential commission on ethics

President Barack Obama has appointed Emory President James Wagner as vice chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The commission will advise President Obama on dilemmas that may emerge from advances in biomedicine, science, and technology.

Winship Cancer Institute recognized for helping underserved

The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has earned a Community-Based Organization Recognition Award from the BET Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its programs and treatments for underserved women, especially its multitiered approach to breast cancer in the black community.

Psychology and Goizueta Foundation buildings strike gold

The new Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building and the Goizueta Foundation Center have become Emory’s fourth and fifth facilities to be certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council. Their sustainable features include the use of recycled construction materials and water- and energy-saving methods.

Saving the sight of premature babies

The Emory Eye Center is one of eleven sites around the country that will participate in a research study on a promising new treatment for premature infants who have severe retinopathy (abnormal blood vessel development in the retina) and have not responded to traditional laser treatment.

Surgical technique tested for lymph node biopsy

Winship Cancer Institute surgeons are testing a new, less invasive technique for removing groin lymph nodes that may reduce the risk of complications and infections for cancer patients. The biopsy, aided by videoscope, is performed through a small incision.

Scientist magazine ranks Emory “Fifth Best Place to Work”

The Scientist magazine’s readers ranked Emory as the “Fifth Best Place to Work in Academia in the United States,” based on a survey of more than 2,350 life scientists. Emory ranked especially high in the categories of peers and job satisfaction.

Emory recognized as sustainable development leader

The Urban Land Institute Atlanta District Council honored Emory with its Sustainable Development Award in September for the University’s projects and programs in Atlanta and for its sustainable campus development practices (www.sustainability.emory.edu).

Candler selects recipients of Distinguished Alumni Award

Kenneth Marcus 92T (who along with wife Cassandra Young Marcus 93T leads Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta); United Methodist minister Cecil McFarland 55T, former executive director of Goodwill; and retired United Methodist pastor Carolyn Morris 79T were honored for service to church, community, and Candler.

Institute of Medicine elects Emory pediatrician as member

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has elected Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician and neonatal researcher Barbara Stoll to its new class of sixty-five top health scientists, bringing Emory’s total IOM membership to twenty-six. Election to the IOM is one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.

Sub-Saharan Africa Library Leadership Institute

Emory Libraries, Stanford University, and the Council for Library and Information Resources are sharing in a $200,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation to plan a Sub-Saharan Africa Library Leadership Institute. It will be modeled on the Frye Leadership Institute (www.fryeinstitute.org) based at Emory, which trains librarians and information technology managers.

Provost appointed to National Advisory Committee

University Provost Earl Lewis, executive vice president for academic affairs, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, announced U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The six-member committee advises the secretary on accreditation issues and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.

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