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Emory ranks as “best value” private college

The Princeton Review has named Emory a 2011 Best Value College for private schools. The annual rankings of the fifty best value private schools and fifty best value public institutions were published in USA Today. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine also named Emory a best value for 2010–2011, ranking the University fifteenth overall of 100 top private schools.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Goizueta undergraduate program third

In the annual ranking of undergraduate business programs compiled by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Goizueta’s BBA program was ranked No. 3 in the nation, with high marks in student satisfaction (fourth) and recruiter satisfaction (second). This is the highest ranking the program has received from the publication; in 2010 it was ranked seventh.

U.S. News ranks Emory’s graduate schools among best in nation

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide ranked Emory’s Department of Biomedical Engineering with Georgia Tech second; the School of Public Health sixth; the physician assistant program fourth, and physical therapy 11th; the School of Nursing 21st; and the School of Medicine 21st among research-oriented schools.

Emory and St. Joseph’s health care systems form partnership

Emory Healthcare and Saint Joseph’s Health System, which includes Atlanta’s oldest hospital, plan to form a joint operating company, with Emory controlling 51 percent of the new company. The partnership creates the largest health system in the state of Georgia, with major hospital campuses in DeKalb County, Johns Creek, Midtown Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano will be Commencement speaker

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will deliver the keynote address at Emory’s 166th Commencement ceremony Monday, May 9, 2011. Napolitano was attorney general of Arizona and US attorney for the District of Arizona before becoming governor, and she was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association.

Oxford alumni honored

At Oxford College’s first alumni awards ceremony, Zoe Hicks 63OX 65C 76L 83L, chair of the Board of Counselors, and Kip Hart 94OX 96C, president of the alumni board, presented the R. Carl Chandler Award for lifetime service to Oxford to Hugh M. Tarbutton Sr. 52OX 55B. The Outstanding Alumnus/a Award was presented to Joe Bartenfeld 64OX 66C.

Genetic deletion linked to autism, schizophrenia

Individuals with the deletion of a genomic region on chromosome 17 are at significant risk for autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia, found Emory researchers, who led an international collaboration of scientists in conducting the study, which was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

American Chemical Society selects chemistry professors as fellows

The American Chemical Society (ACS) named as fellows Professor of Organic Chemistry Dennis Liotta and Timmie Professor of Organic Chemistry Albert Padwa. “Whether making new materials, finding cures, or developing energy alternatives, these scientific leaders are improving lives through the transforming power of chemistry,” says ACS’s Joseph Francisco.

National Cancer Institute grant enables study of deadly brain tumors

Emory’s Chemical Biology Discovery Center, a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) consortium, received $1.5 million to study the genomic alterations found in the most aggressive type of adult brain tumors. “Effective new therapies for glioblastomas are urgently needed to improve survival,” says Haian Fu, center director and principal investigator.

Risk to heart from cocaine higher for those on antiretroviral therapy

Used together, cocaine and antiretroviral medicines for HIV can amplify injury to the cardiovascular system, a side effect of both. Emory researchers and their colleagues will use a new $5.7 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to study the biochemical mechanisms behind cocaine and antiretroviral drug interactions.

Anthropology, chemistry, psychology professors are AAAS Fellows

Dobbs Professor of Psychology Lawrence Barsalou, Dobbs Professor of Anthropology Michelle Lampl, and Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology David Lynn were elected as 2010 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Pan-influenza vaccine gets help from swine flu

The search for a universal flu vaccine has received a boost from a surprising source: the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu strain. Several patients infected with this strain developed antibodies that are protective against a variety of flu strains, scientists from Emory’s School of Medicine and the University of Chicago have found.

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