Emory ranks high
in health care
Emory Hospital has again earned a Top 10 ranking in heart and heart surgery from U.S. News & World Report. In additional rankings, the cardiology program finished eighth; ophthalmology, 17th; psychiatry, 18th; kidney disease, 21st; geriatrics, 27th; urology, 40th; and gynecology, 40th.

Improving transfusion safety in Africa
Transfusion medicine experts at Emory, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the American Red Cross will use a $12 million grant from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to improve the safety of blood transfusions and reduce the spread of HIV through transfusions in the countries of Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, and Guyana.

Public Health School gains two new chairs
Emeritus Professor Eugene Gangarosa will establish two chairs in the Rollins School of Public Health. The Eugene J. Gangarosa Chair for Safe Water will be in the Department of International Health, and the Rose S. Gangarosa Chair for sanitation in developing countries, named for Gangarosa’s wife, will be in the Department of Environmental Health.

Reducing cocaine use
Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have become the first to demonstrate that a combination of drug therapies targeting the region of the brain that controls drug abuse and addiction reduces cocaine use in nonhuman primates. These findings appeared in the June issue of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.














































































































Hardy Ehlers, a 4.0-plus student, National Merit Scholar, and top-ranked tennis player from San Diego, was still debating which college to attend weeks after many of his classmates had made their choices. The day before the acceptance deadline, he called Emory tennis coach John Browning to let him know he would be coming to Emory.

“It came down to Emory or Brown University, and it just made more sense to come to Emory,” Ehlers says.

Ehlers was playing in a national tennis tournament in the summer of 2003 when Browning spotted him and began talking to him about Emory. At Browning’s suggestion, Ehlers applied for and received a Woodruff scholarship. “That was a huge factor,” Ehlers says. “I thought it was just too good an opportunity to pass up.”

Although Ehlers could have played tennis for an NCAA Division I school such as Brown, he says he’s confident he made the right decision to come to Emory, one of the best Division III institutions in the country.

“That was one of the choices I had to make,” he says. “But Emory has a really good team. When I was imagining myself at college, I knew Emory would be the better choice for me. It just felt right.”

The choice also felt right for incoming freshman Ryan Powell (left), who applied only to Emory. His mother, Doris Powell, is a senior research specialist in the School of Medicine, and his sister Kimberly is a rising senior in the College. His grandfather and an uncle also attended Emory.

But Powell plans to find his own niche here, most likely in the music department. His tuba playing earned him a music scholarship to Emory, which he passed up because his mom’s employment makes him eligible for a courtesy scholarship that covers tuition. After visiting a number of colleges all over the East Coast, Powell applied to Emory and was admitted early decision, meaning the University was his first and, in his case, only choice.

“One of the biggest changes in admissions during my tenure here has been Emory’s move from a college choice ‘among many’ to more of a ‘first or top choice’ school,” says Daniel Walls, dean of admission. “I think this is reflected in our early decision numbers. Over the past few years our early decision percentage in the freshman class has been approximately 33 percent.”

As a student at Collins Hill High School near Lawrenceville, Ga., Powell excelled in his studies and earned Governor’s Honors in advanced placement classes. He also led the tuba section in the school band and participated in the Emory-based Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, where he got to know Emory’s Scott Stewart, lecturer and director of instrumental studies in the music department. Stewart was instrumental in his decision to come to Emory.

“Ryan is a skilled and artistic player, as well as a mature young man,” Stewart says. “He is bright and ambitious, and someone who I feel will be a natural leader in the music program. Fine tubists are always assets. They are a rare breed, and vital to the success of instrumental ensembles.”

Although Powell isn’t sure just what he wants to do after college, he plans to stay involved with music, and also is considering business school.

“Mostly I’m just looking forward to getting involved in all sorts of different things and getting to experience stuff I’ve never had a chance to be around,” he says. “Emory offers so much more than anything at my high school.”

“By all statistical measures this entering class is among the strongest in history,” says Walls. “Beyond that, I have been very impressed with the vast array of time commitments outside the classroom that the class of 2008 represents. We will again enroll students with an array of skills and abilities, including leadership, performing arts, debate, athletics, and volunteer service. I also see tremendous diversity in this class, in terms of ethnicity, geography, economic background and academic interests.”–P.P.P.



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