Emory Report

September 7 , 1999

 Volume 52, No. 3

Emory adds eight chairs to rows of distinguished professors

The following professors were awarded distinguished appointments, effective this academic year.

Michael Davis

Robert W.Woodruff Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medicine

PhD, Yale University

Davis left a professorship in psychiatry and psychology to become a Robert W. Woodruff Professor at Emory. He served as consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health on a prospective joint venture with NASA on the 1998 Neurolab Shuttle Mission and on the future of behavioral research at NIMH. He has sat 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 authored or co-authored over 200 articles and book chapters.


Ajay Kohli

Isaac Stiles Hopkin Professor of Marketing

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Kohli arrives at Emory following a term as visiting professor at Harvard Business School. The recipient of the Alpha Kappa Psi Award for the best paper contributing to the practice of marketing in the Journal of Marketing, he is also one of 67 authors with 10 or more articles published in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Consumer Research from 1996-97. Kohli is the second-most frequently contributing associate professor to the top three marketing journals, according to Page & Mohr. He is a former professor-in-residence with 3M Telecom Systems division and has delivered presentations at major conferences.


Bruce Levin

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Biology

PhD, University of Michigan

Having served as professor emeritus in the University of Massachusetts' biology department, Levin is a world-renowned microbial evolutionist. He has been involved in genetic engineering risk assessment committees organized by the town of Amherst, Mass., the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Brookings Institution and Arthur Little, and has testified on the subject before the Senate. Levin has served as associate editor of Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Theoretical Population Biology and the Journal of Evolution and has also been published in Genetics, Antibiotic Therapy and Control of Resistance in Hospitals, International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and Theoretical Population Biology, among others. His recent research has focused on theoretical and empirical studies of the biology and evolution of bacteria and their accessory genetics elements, and the population dynamics, evolution and control of infectious disease.


Dennis Liotta

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry

PhD, City University of New York

Liotta has been a part of the Emory faculty for over 20 years. Currently on sabbatical from his position as vice president for research, Liotta has served as an advocate for complex initiatives that cross school, departmental and University boundaries. His duties have included supervising the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Technology Transfer and the University Research Committee, and collaborating with the Office of Governmental Affairs. Liotta served as one of the leaders of the Emory team that developed the anti-HIV/ hepatitis B drug known as Coviracil, currently in late-stage clinical trials.

He has been a consultant with the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Glaxo Group Ltd., Burroughs Wellcome, The Wellcome Research Foundation and BioMega. Liotta's honors include the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award and the Henry Dreyfuss Teacher-Scholar Fellowship.


Nancy Newman

Cyrus H. Stoner Professor of Ophthalmology

MD, Harvard Medical School

Newman, who has been at Emory since 1992, holds memberships in the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, 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 National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Neurology and has garnered awards from the American Academy of Opthalmology, the Emory Ophtlalmology Residents ('94), the Emory Medical School First Year Class ('92), and the Emory Medical School Second Year Class ('99). 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 at Princeton University. She has presented 206 papers regionally and nationally, and published 99 professional journal research articles, 19 book chapters, 2 books, and numerous other articles and abstracts.


Sampath Parthasarathy

McCord/Cross Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

PhD, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

As director of the research division, Parthasarathy also holds joint appointments as professor of medicine and associate professor of clinical evaluation sciences. He is a member of the Winship Cancer Center and Graduate Program in Nutrition and Health Sciences. He has served on numerous committees, including the program projects committee of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and is on the editorial board of several major journals. He has published more than 150 articles on oxidation-related topics.

Parthasarathy's work is primarily responsible for the recognition of oxidative stress as a risk factor in the atherogenic process. He has recently extended the concept of oxidative stress as a major factor for endometriosis, for which the National Institutes of Child and Human Development recently awarded him a program project grant.

Kenneth E. Thorpe

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Health Policy

PhD, Rand Graduate Institute

With research focusing on healthcare financing, insurance and reform, Thorpe comes to Emory after serving as Vanselow Professor of Health Systems Management at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has also served as the deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration, and he has testified before several committees in the U.S. Senate and House on healthcare reform and insurance issues. Thorpe received the Young Investigator Award from the Association for Health Services Research, the Hettleman Award for academic and scholarly research at the University of North Carolina, and was provided an "Up and Comers" award by Modern Healthcare. He has authored and co-authored more than 60 articles, book chapters and books, and is a frequent national presenter on issues of healthcare financing, insurance and reform at conferences and on television.

Gregory Waymire

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Chicago

Waymire returns to the Goizueta Business School after a stint as Carlson-KPMG Research Professor of Accounting at the University of Iowa. He previously held associate professor and professor positions at Emory. He is the recipient of a KPMG Peat Marwick Foundation research fellowship and a Jay Ross Scholarship at the Krannert Graduate School of Management. He has published 14 articles in the top four accounting journals and four other refereed publications.


Ted Wojno

Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology

MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine

A specialist in performing plastic surgery, on patients with a wide variety of ophthalmological disorders, Wojno served an internship at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan and a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine before joining coming to Emory in 1985. In 1998 Wojno presented results of a study at a meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that found women smokers may face a higher risk of a common skin cancer of the eyelid.

During the year, Emory Report will publish lists of faculty who have been promoted and granted and/or hired with tenure. If anyone's name is overlooked, please contact the paper at 404-727-0645 or send email to <mterraz@ emory.edu>.

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