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Atlanta Regional Commission has approved $2.5 million in its draft
2003-05 Transportation Improvement Program to study the feasibility
of a light-rail route along the South DeKalb-Atlanta-Emory University
law school presented the 2002 Emory Public Interest Committee
Inspiration Awards to Frank Alexander, professor of law at Emory
and director of the Project on Affordable Housing and Community
Development; Donald Hollowell, a civil rights leader and retired
partner with Arrington and Hollowell; Jack Martin, a criminal
defense attorney; and Jim Martin, commissioner of the state Department
of Human Resources.
Giannini, a sophomore member of the Emory Cycling and Triathlon
Club, was named a USA Cycling Collegiate All-American. Giannini
is the only All-American from a college in the southeastern United
States and Emory's first USA Cycling All-American.
leader joins Winship
J. D'Orsi, a national leader in mammography, has been named program
director for oncologic imaging at Winship Cancer Institute and
director of the Division of Breast Imaging. He will be a professor
of Hematology/Oncology and Radiology.
has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for its
achievements in developing an environmentally sustainable campus.
In a national survey of nearly nine-hundred college campuses,
Emory was acknowledged specifically as a leader in water conservation.
partnership with Georgia Power, Emory is a pilot site for a fleet
of Ford Think electric cars, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy
grant through the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority.
Employees who participate in the Universitys alternative
transportation program can check out the cars during the work
day to attend meetings or run errands.
leaders gather at Carter Center
including World Bank President James Wolfensohn, United States
Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew Natsios,
and former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin came together
with Jimmy Carter and the presidents of Albania, Guyana, Mali,
and Mozambique at the Carter Center in February to discuss challenges
to overcoming global poverty.
selected as Leverhulme fellow
Enniss, curator of literary collections at Emory, has been awarded
a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellowship to conduct research in
the School of Advanced Study at the University of London during
the 2002-2003 academic year. Enniss will be working on a critical
study of the contemporary Irish poet Derek Mahon.
Candler School of Theology has received a $172,000 grant from
the Lilly Endowment to conduct studies on improving and expanding
graduate education in religious practices.
of Law home
of Southern Juvenile Defender Center
School of Law is the new home of the Southern Juvenile Defender
Center, part of a network of centers associated with the American
Bar Association that provide grassroots assistance and advocacy
for juvenile justice issues.
of Religion receives teaching mentor grant
Graduate Division of Religion received a $50,000 grant from the
Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning that will allow it to
expand its Teaching Mentor Program, which helps train doctoral
students in religion to become better teachers.
Foundation gives $1 million for lupus study
in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology will
use a one-million dollar grant from the Turner Foundation to uncover
new knowledge about lupus, a poorly understood auto-immune disorder,
and investigate how it affects children and teens.
in top ten ranking
Emory Eye Center has again landed in Ophthalmology Times
top ten rankings
for national ophthalmic programs. The Eye Center was ranked under
the category Best Overall Program as eighth, in Best
Clinical (patient care) Programs as seventh, and as sixth
in the category Best Residency Programs.
College senior Elizabeth M. Barchas lately has been practicing
a role she knows well: holding her breath and waiting for a
panel of judges to call her name.
often than not, they do. A contender for the prestigious Rhodes
scholarship this year, Barchas advanced to the national finals
of this famously rigorous competition. Shes a candidate
for a coveted Fulbright scholarship as well.
on another set of talents, Barchas also entered and won the
2001 Miss Idaho pageant, which provided the opportunity to travel
around her home state making public appearances. No stranger
to the spotlight, Barchas reveals one of the secrets of her
success: I like to be on stage.
of those who know her are surprised by her Miss Idaho crown,
but no one found it strange that she applied for a Rhodes, Barchas
says. She was one of eight Emory students (ten were nominated
by the University) who made it to the state finals, the highest
number from the University ever to achieve that level. Barchas
was the only Emory representative to advance to the national
round. The other seven semi-finalists were seniors Anna Manasco,
Elizabeth Esposito, and Kyle Marinello; theology graduate student
Emily Parker; and alumni Isaac Halpern 01C, Hetal Doshi
01C, and Michael Friedman 01C.
year, several outstanding Emory students apply for one of the
thirty-two Rhodes scholarships awarded, according to Joann Brzinski,
Emory College assistant dean and head of the office of scholarships
and fellowships. Sixteen students from the University have become
Rhodes scholars, earning the opportunity to devote a year to
scholarly endeavor abroad.
guides the applicants through the lengthy scholarship process,
which includes assembling eight letters of recommendation, submitting
a written statement and proposal for study, and preparing for
the committees exacting interviews. Brzinski enlists Emory
faculty and staff to help coach the students. Some seventy-five
Emory students apply for a variety of national scholarships
and fellowships each year, and about fifteen are usually successful.
eight Rhodes semi-finalists is a sign of the quality of
students we are attracting to Emory, Brzinski says. Our
goal is not to win a Rhodes every yearthere are just thirty-two
given each year, so to do that youd have to be not only
good, but lucky. Our goal is to produce students who are competitive
every year, and we accomplished that.
a Woodruff scholar and an English and Russian major, had hoped
to use the Rhodes scholarship to travel to Russia to study the
countrys language and specifically its fledgling media,
only recently liberated from government censorship. She has
long been drawn to Russian literature.
have always loved to read, and I became interested in reading
Russian in the original languageI didnt realize
it takes years and years to get to a point where youre
able to do that, she says, laughing. Now I can read
poetry in the original, which is wonderful because in poetry
especially so much is lost in translation. Once I started studying
the language I just fell in love with itand with Russian
culture and history.
growing proficiency in the language served her well during her
final Rhodes interview, when one of the eight committee members
unexpectedly switched to speaking Russian, firing off questions
about how best to advance free speech. Taken off-guard, Barchas
nonetheless managed to provide an answer. There was enough
brain power in that room to really intimidate anyone,
the disappointment of being passed over at the final hurdle,
Barchas says, rubbing shoulders with the other Rhodes contenders
was an experience worth remembering. In addition to the traditional
high-stakes cocktail hour the evening before the interviews,
where she had a chance to socialize with peers and judges alike,
Barchas spent four tense hours waiting in a small room with
the other twelve candidates while the committee deliberated.
Four of the thirteen were finally chosen.
all of us, there was a lot at stake and a lot on our minds,
she says. When they finally came back and called out the
names, it felt like the rest of our lives were on the line or
something. But I had kind of reconciled myself to the fact that
any of us could be Rhodes scholars. They were all really brilliant
and I had a feeling of real admiration for their intelligence.
At the same time, the group was fun and we had a great timewe
were not just a bunch of bookworms stuck in our own little world.
personable the Rhodes scholars may have been, its a safe
bet they werent as gregarious as Barchas fellow
contestants in the Miss Idaho competition, where a winning smile
can mean just that. Thats why I liked it, because
the pageant subculture was really fun to explore and different
from anything else Ive done, Barchas says.
the pageant gave Barchas the chance to polish her public speaking
skills before an audience that was noticeably easier to please
than the Rhodes scholarship committee: schoolchildren.
I long as I brought the crown with me, it was easy to get them
to listen, she says. Then afterward, they would
all want to try it oneven the boys.P.P.P.
Cole 76C, fashion designer and philanthropist, has always
done things in an irreverent, daring manner, from selling shoes
to promoting safe sex.
shoes arent the only thing we encourage you to wear,
said one Cole advertisement from the 80s that featured
an outspoken proponent of AIDS research, gun control, freedom
of reproductive choice, and help for the homeless, Cole delivers
his social messages with pun-riddled humor. What you stand
for, he often says, is more important than what
you stand in.
latest contribution to a cause, unveiled with the tagline, We
may not heel the world, but we hope to be an accessory,
is the Kenneth Cole Fellowship Program in Community Building
and Social Change at Emory, which was launched with a two-day
forum in late February.
who has a degree in political science from Emory, grew up helping
out in his familys Long Island shoe business, which marketed
the enormously popular Candieswooden-heeled stilettos
and chunky platform shoesduring the disco era. Twenty
years ago in a trailer in midtown Manhattan, Cole started his
own business, Kenneth Cole Productions. His hip urban footwear,
accessories, and clothing lines now bring in about $500 million
a year, and he operates seventy-five retail stores worldwide.
Cole Foundation gave the University $600,000 to establish the
fellowship program, designed to assist and inspire students
in finding ways to strengthen inner-city neighborhoods.
gift will allow Emory to train sixty students to become agents
for social change, said interim Provost Howard O. Hunter.
Through coursework, paid summer field experience, site visits,
and an annual leadership conference, students will address issues
such as affordable housing, quality of public schooling, access
to health care, and crime.
inaugural group of twenty-one fellows is currently taking a
spring primer course, Introduction to the City,
taught by Michael Owens, visiting assistant professor of political
number one goal is to see things change around me for the better,
and I think the program will serve as a path to help me achieve
this, says Cole Fellow Amanda Edwards, a junior
in political science, who plans to pursue law and public policy.
returned to his alma mater February 20 and 21 for the Kenneth
Cole Leadership Forum, the theme of which was The Impact
of Terrorism on Community Building and Social Change.
The keynote speaker was former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.
Cole, who is married to Maria Cuomo and has three daughters,
introduced him as my father-in-law and role model.
now a partner in the New York firm of Willkie, Farr, and Gallagher,
said Americans were both shaken and united by the September
11 terrorist attacks, but that our country has another
range of problems that cant be solved with a military
budget and an office of homeland security.
would be a mistake to let our rightful pride tempt us into shortsightedness,
Cuomo said, pointing to growing disparities between the 5 percent
of the population that makes more than $100,000 a year and the
are 31 million poor living in the richest nation in world history.
One in five children is raised in poverty, he said. In
my old neighborhood in South Jamaica, Queens, where my father
had his grocery store, all the young men are getting locked
up. The children are familiar with the sounds of gunfire before
they hear an orchestra play. At fourteen and fifteen, [teens]
are having babies not because they dont know about birth
control, they know about birth control, but because they want
to affirm themselves. . . . It all goes back to the neighborhood.
a child of Italian immigrants who became a three-time governor,
Cuomo says, I know how great our country is. Thats
not the question. The question is, can we be better than we
are? How do we reconcile our instinct for individualism with
a commitment to community?
the next days workshops, national and local leaders in
public health, politics, law enforcement, and charity efforts
spoke about how the terrorist attacks had affected their jobs,
funding, and community needs.
Curran, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, said students
used to have a hard time explaining to friends and family
what public health is. After September 11, everyone knows.
across the nation were impacted by the economic aftershocks
of the terrorist attacks, said Mark OConnell, president
of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
is a tremendous part of our community that lives paycheck to
paycheck. After 9/11, there was a decline in travel that resulted
in less beds made, meals served, and cars parked. Minimum wage
workers in the hospitality sector were the second-wave victims
of the attacks, OConnell said. When the rent
comes due and you have no money, you have a genuine crisis.
Gerberding, acting deputy director of the National Center for
Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
said the CDC had to come to grips with our competencies
during the anthrax investigation.
CDC is very evidence-based institution, and we had to develop
the ability to make decisions without a full set of data, to
develop adaptive reasoning, to make a preliminary decision,
see if it works, and modify it later, she says.
buildingforging alliances between agencies and between
neighborsis the essence of public health,
said Scott Wetterhall, director of health assessment and promotion
at the DeKalb County Board of Health.
President Jimmy Carter delivered the Cole Forums concluding
remarks and emphasized that now more than ever, Americans need
to think globally as well as locally. Speaking with concern
of the increasing chasm between rich and poor within the United
States, Carter added a reminder that even the poor people
in this country are rich compared to others around the world.M.J.L.