January 8, 2001
Y2K: The Emory Year in Review
Compiled by Matthew Harrison
Winship Cancer Institute
names new director. Jonathan Simons, former director of the
Molecular Pharmacology Program & Cancer Gene Therapy Laboratory at
the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was named director of
Winship Cancer Institute (Winship), effective Feb. 1.
Lipstadt begins semester in England defending libel suit. British author David Irving sued Penguin Books, which published Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies Deborah Lipstadts 1994 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, on the grounds that it unfairly paints him as a Holocaust denier. The trial got under way Jan. 10 and was expected to last three months.
Sloan Foundation makes $3.6 million grant to establish Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL). Directed by anthropologist Bradd Shore, the new MARIAL center hopes to reach across the arts and sciences to study American middle-class life.
Lucas-Tauchar announces departure. Francis Lucas-Tauchar, vice president and dean of Campus Life, annouced she would leave Emory in July to become president of Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. To be a college president has been one of my lifelong professional dreams, said the native Mississippian and alumna of Mississippi State University. Needless to say, Im thrilled for this new opportunity. However, Im deeply saddened to leave Emory and Atlanta, where Ive never felt a better fit.
Three students chosen as
USA Today scholars. The 20 members of the USA Today All-American
Team represent some of the most academically gifted and socially aware
college students in the country, and this was the first time any institution
placed three students on the newspapers all-academic team in one
year. Nir Eyal, Amos Jones and Danielle Sered received $2,500 scholarships.
Former U.S. Sen. George
Mitchell named 2000 speaker. Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine
who brokered the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, served six years
as Senate majority leader before resigning in 1995 and once was voted
the most respected member of the Senate by senior congressional
Work continues on diversity plan. Emorys progress toward a diverse workforce, as defined in the Universitys 2000 Affirmative Action Plan, can be likened to that of an inchworm: the positive steps may be incremental, but its movement all the same. Robert Ethridge, associate vice president and director of Equal Opportunity Programs, said he is proud of the increased number of African American and female faculty.
Avon donates $2 million
to fight breast cancer. Breast cancer research at Winship and
Grady Hospital will benefit from a $2.2 million gift from the Avon Breast
Cancer Crusade. The institute was selected as one of five leading national
cancer centers to receive funds from Avon.
Lipstadt wins British libel
suit. The Emory Professor was acquitted April 11 in British
High Court of libel charges. Judge Charles Gray unequivocally sided with
Lipstadt, calling Irving an active Holocaust denier ... anti-Semitic
Paul named new dean of Graduate
School. Bobby Paul would take the reins June 1, succeeding
Don Stein, who served as dean since 1995. He knows the heart
Business school receives
$10 million gift from Goizueta Foundation. The donation will
provide scholarships and endowed chairs to enhance the intellectual capital
of the school.
Mellon Fellows program helps minority undergraduate students. A $475,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation will establish the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program at Emory, beginning in Spring 2001 with the selection of six Emory Mellon Fellows for the fall.
Richey named dean of Candler School of Theology. A former professor of church history at Duke Divinity School, Russell Richey holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Union Theological Seminary and Princeton University. He began July 1, succeeding Kevin LaGree, who left Candler to become president of Simpson College in Iowa.
Weather smiles on Emorys
2000 Commencement. The Monday morning sun warmed the crowd
of parents, relativesand some 3,200 graduates. Commencement speaker
Mitchell challenged the graduates to shun acts of discrimination and encouraged
them to take pride in their work. Mitchell did all of this six minutes,
the entire length of his speech.
WHSC takes first step into
an Internet-based e-healthcare venture. After more
than six months of discussions and negotiations, Emory Healthcare joined
a consortium of four other academic health centers in partnership with
WebEBM, an Internet start-up based in Nashville, Tenn.
Oxford reaches fundraising
goal for arts facilities. Hugh and Gena Tarbutton of Sandersville,
Ga., are the major donors, and the addition to Few Hall and the theater
within will be named in their honor to recognize their generosity, according
to Oxford Dean Dana Greene.
U.S. News ranks Emory Hospital in eight of the 17 medical specialties. Emorys heart and eye programs retained their place in the top 10, while kidney disease treatment placed 13th. Also ranked high were programs in urology (18th), neurology/neurosurgery (25th), geriatrics (31st), gynecology (34th) and gastroenterology (37th).
Network Communications goes online. The telecommunications departments from the University, the hospitals and the clinic, along with the network operations departments of the University and Emory Healthcare, are historyin their place is the new Division of Network Communications. The five formerly separate networking departments were consolidated into one entity.
Pew Charitable Trusts donates $3.2 million to establish Center for the Interdiciplinary Study of Religion. The new center will be housed at the law school and will draw the Universitys well known Law and Religion Program into collaboration with a variety of other campus initiatives and institutions.
John Ford named vice president
and dean of Campus Life. John Ford, former dean of students
and professor at Cornell University, was chosen from four finalists to
succeed Lucas-Tauchar. Everyone we talked to was tremendously impressed
with [Fords] intellect, his ideas and his wisdom, Chopp said.
Rollins School of Public
Health receives $5 million gift from namesake family. The gift
will underwrite the O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins Endowment Fund, established
two years ago with an initial gift from Grace Crum Rollins.
Emorys economic impact tops $3.4 billion. According to Metro Atlanta Chamber estimates, the Universitys annual economic impact on its hometown nearly matches that of all major sporting events held in Atlanta during a four-year period (1999-2003), including Super Bowl XXXIV, the Atlanta Braves and dozens of other tournaments and championships.
New name and new leader for research office. New Vice President Frank Stout said he is determined to live up to his offices new name: the Office of Research Administration. Stout comes to Emory after many years at Tufts University/New England Medical Center in Boston.
Chace, SGA President Kim deliver annual State of the University Address. Chace responded to questions about Emorys supposed lack of school spirit, and the University president shared the concernbut said the ultimate responsibility for creating student spirit lies with the students.
Avon donates $5.3 million for breast cancer research. Building on its strong partnership with Grady Hospital,the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade made another significant gift to build programs at Grady and the Winship Cancer Institute.
Performing arts center breaks
ground. More than 80 years of anticipation ended
Graduate School fund established for conferences, workshops. Dean Paul said the Quadrangle Fund for Advanced Research, divided into three competitive awards programs, is meant to make possible conversations, conferences and seminars among people who wouldnt necessarily get together without it.
New policies cover faculty
leave, tenure clock. Enacted prior to the 200001 academic
year, three new faculty policies made adjustments to the Universitys
stance on maternity leave, parental leave and stopping the tenure clock.
The policies were molded through extensive conversations between Faculty
Council, the provosts office and the Council of Deans.
Supreme Courts OConnor urges women to enter business. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor, in a lecture originally scheduled for January 2000, advised women gathered Nov. 13 in Glenn Auditorium to pursue careers in business. Big business needs womenfor obvious reasons, she said.
Emory names new trustees, new chair. After six years at the helm of the Universitys Board of Trustees, Brad Currey retired and pulled out the BOT chair for Ben Johnson 65C. Johnson, along with John Morgan 67Ox, 69B, moved from being an alumni trustee to a term position. Emory also appointed four new trustees: Kenneth Carder, Doug Daft, Rhoda Peters and Michael Watson.
Saliers, Ray make sure their souls get it right. Playing to a crowd of 4,000 Nov. 28 at the P.E. Center, the Indigo Girls presented a perfect mix of music and discussion as part of the Year of Reconcilia-tion. The duo of Emory alumnae played a seven-song, 45-minute set of their popular favorites, followed by a Q&A session covering everything from their activism to their days as college students.
Winship a partner in new cancer coalition. Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes announced a major new offensive in the war against cancer, and the Winship Cancer Institutealong with the rest of Emory and Emory Healthcarewill play a significant role. Barnes said he would use money from the states tobacco lawsuit settlement to fund ambitious new programs to expand research into new treatments and access to research trials for the states cancer patients.
Hunter retires from law school deanship. Law school Dean Woody Hunter announced his decision to step down as dean after 11 years. Hunter said he would remain on the law faculty.