EM Précis | Summer 2005

Reid Mallard 84Ox 86C (above, with his son Charlie) was among thousands of alumni and guests who returned to campus—some from as far as California—for the encore Emory Weekend 2005, four days of community-wide celebration culminating in Commencement on May 16.

When senior biology lecturer Gregg Orloff 90PhD teaches his students about the disease process, he sometimes talks about a case with which he is intimately familiar: his wife's cancer. "The students take the material to heart at a different level if they see that it could affect them or their families," says Orloff, who received a 2005 Crystal Apple award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Empowering African communities: Moses Nayenda Katabarwa 97MPH has made a career of bridging worlds. Born in Uganda and educated in the United Kingdom and at Emory, Katabarwa combines his medical skill with his native intuition to promote public health programs in Africa that work within existing community structures, rather than imposing care from the outside.

"To receive a MacArthur is like being in the middle of a positive conspiracy theory," Professor of English Laura Otis says. "A cascade of people are, anonymously, doing nice things on your behalf. I used to walk around thanking everyone I knew in case they were involved."

Founded in 1905 at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, the nursing school moved with Wesley Hospital to Emory in 1922, where it was renamed the Emory University Hospital School of Nursing. In 2001, the school moved into a state-of-the-art building on Clifton Road, and the first doctoral student graduated from its new Ph.D. program in 2003.

As the School of Medicine celebrates its one hundred fiftieth anniversary, "warp-speed scientific advances are changing how medicine is practiced, and we must ask ourselves if we are adequately preparing our students for the incredible journey ahead," says Dean Thomas Lawley, who spent the last year visiting some of the nation's top medical schools.

After reducing the incidence of Guinea worm disease by more than 95.5 percent worldwide over the past two decades, the Carter Center this spring made a huge leap toward its goal of finally eradicating the parasitic disease when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $25 million toward completing the task.

Oxford's March production of the stage version of Dead Man Walking, based on Sister Helen Prejean's stinging indictment of the death penalty, was part of a nationwide effort to broaden discussion about the death penalty organized by playwright Sister Helen Prejean, an outspoken opponent of capital punishment, and actor-director-playwright Tim Robbins, who also wrote and directed the 1995 film starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon.




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