Headlines: Emory in the News

Conspicuous Absences

The seventy-fifth anniversary of Gone with the Wind provided a venue for film and media studies professor Matthew Bernstein to discuss his research related to racial tensions around the film’s 1939 Atlanta premiere, including the exclusion of black actors on the guest list (Hattie McDaniel, who won an Oscar for her performance as Mammy, was asked not to attend). An Associated Press story ran in outlets across the country, including New York Times.com, ABCNews.com, Washington Post.com, Yahoo! News, and People.com.

Creating New Bonds

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Whether it’s a new drug, a new fertilizer, or a new solar panel, chemists have been stuck using the same methods to make their inventions. PBS News Hour profiled how the work of the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization, run by Emory organic chemist Huw Davies, is breaking the mold. The center is developing strategies related to transforming and building upon carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds, traditionally considered “unreactive.” (See more.)

Don’t Call It a Comeback

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A measles outbreak traced to Disneyland sparked a fierce national debate about parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Emory experts Saad B. Omer (left), associate professor in the Rollins School of Public Health, and Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center and professor of medicine, tackled misinformation and fears related to the measles and vaccinations. They were quoted on topics from how to talk to parents reluctant to vaccinate to immunization schedules and effectiveness, in outlets including the New York Times, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and USA Today. Public health historian and Vaccine Nation author Elena Conis provided historical and cultural perspective on why some people opt out of standard vaccinations for outlets including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Slate, and Buzzfeed.

Don’t Fly Away

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Jeffrey A. Rosensweig, associate professor of international business and finance at Emory, contributed to a New York Times story about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s determination to stay the nation’s busiest airport and its importance to Atlanta’s economic success. “The airport has been almost uniquely crucial to the rapid and sustained development of metro Atlanta and, frankly, of Georgia,” Rosensweig said.

 

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