Emory Report

Mar. 1, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 22

Seven faculty awarded promotions, tenure

The following professors were recently granted promotions or were recently hired:

Steven Culler

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

PhD, University of Illinois

Culler has served as technical reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Objective Review Panel, a peer reviewer for six national professional journals and a member of the Indiana State Department of Health's Hospital Financial Review Panel. He has worked with First National Bank of Chicago, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association and the American Medical Association. He has been published in Medical Care, the Journal of Health Service Research, Critical Care Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and The Journal of Family Practice, among others. Culler has published 34 contract research papers and financial reports, 15 papers presented at regional and national professional meetings, and numerous articles, monographs and technical reports.

Michael Davis

Robert Woodruff Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PhD, Yale University

This former Northwestern Phi Beta Kappa is also the recipient of Yale's Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship and a Sterling Fellowship. Davis has won several Public Health Service Research Scientist Awards and the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) MERIT Award. He also served as consultant to NIMH's prospective joint venture with NASA on the Neurolab Shuttle Mission and for its future of behavioral research. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Behavioral and Neural Biology, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Learning and Memory, Anxiety, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Biological Psychology. Davis has published more than 200 articles and book chapters.

Lance Gunderson

Chair of Environmental Studies

PhD, University of Florida

Lance Gunderson has joined Emory's faculty as chair of the Environmental Studies Department. His research interests are in understanding cross-scale structure and function of ecosystems and in adaptive management. Since 1995 Gunderson has received grants from NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, the MacArthur Foundation and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. He joined Emory after having served as the scientific advisor to the Sustainable Everglade Initiative, the Conservation Fund and the MacArthur Foundation, and as the executive director of The Resilience Network with the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. Besides his numerous invited lectures and workshops, Gunderson has written 19 book chapters, 24 reports and other publications.

Richard Letz

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Letz's career began at the Harvard School of Public Health where he was a fellow in Interdisciplinary Programs in Health. He was also an invited visiting scientist at the Swedish National Institute of Occupational Health. He has served as associate editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and was an advisory editor for Environmental Research. His research focuses on neurobehavioral assessment in epidemiological studies of environment agents such as lead and mercury and the development of neuropsychological methods. Letz has co-authored 66 research articles and 62 scientific papers in both national and international journals.

Michael Mustari

Associate Professor of Neurology

PhD, University of Washington at Seattle

Prior to his 1998 arrival at Emory, Mustari's previous academic positions were as an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and a member of the Marine Biomedical Institute at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and research assistant professor at the University of Washington's Department of Physiology and Biophysics. His fellowships include a post-doctoral position at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a research faculty position at the Australian National University, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra, Australia. Mustari has co-authored 28 abstracts, seven recent symposium contributions and 20 peer-reviewed articles in national journals.

Nancy Newman

Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology

MD, Harvard Medical School

Newman holds membership in the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurology Association, the North American Neuro- Ophthalmology Society, the Southeast Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the Medical Association of Atlanta and the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Examiners and has garnered awards from the American Academy of Opthalmology, the Emory Opthalmology Residents, the Emory Medical School First Year Class and the Emory Medical School Second Year Class. Newman has been elected to the American Neurological Association and is a principal investigator in the Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Decompression Trial. She sits on the editorial review board for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology and is on the board of trustees of Princeton University. She has presented 190 papers regionally and nationally and published more than 100 professional journal research articles and reviews, 17 book chapters and numerous other articles and abstracts.

Martin Pinter

Professor of Physiology

PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Pinter has received the National Research Service Individual Award and the IBRO/ UNESCO Visiting Scientist Award at the University of Goteberg in Sweden. Before Sweden, Pinter spent two years at the Laboratory of Neural Control at NIH. He is the former vice chairman of the neurobiology and anatomy department at MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Pinter is also ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Neurophysiology, Experimental Brain Research, the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Comparative Neurology. He has published 40 research articles, 25 professional journal abstracts and numerous articles, chapters and papers.

--Stephanie Scott

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