Emory Report
October 15, 2007
Volume 60, Number 7

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October 15, 2007
Around Campus

Distance library science degree to be offered in Ga.
A select group of North Georgians soon will have an opportunity to earn an accredited master’s degree in library and information science from the University of North Texas.

Emory, the University of North Texas and the Atlanta University Center’s Woodruff Library will offer a three-year, distance-learning degree curriculum between 2008 and 2010 using a grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

The one-time program provides the only American Library Association-accredited education option in North Georgia.

Two information sessions will be offered at Emory on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in White Hall 206; and at the Atlanta University Center on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Woodruff Library, Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall.

For more information, contact 404-727-6868.

Emory’s research funding continues to rise
Emory scientists last year earned a record $383.9 million in research grant funding, the most of any university in Georgia.

Emory researchers increased funding by 8 percent over fiscal year 2006. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center received nearly $358.7 million, or more than 93 percent of the University total.

Federal funding was responsible for 72 percent of the annual Emory awards. Funding from the National Institutes of Health made up approximately 62 percent of the total and about 86 percent of total federal funding.

“In an era in which funding from the NIH has been essentially flat each year, or has even decreased relative to inflation, this is an extraordinary accomplishment for our Emory investigators,” said President Jim Wagner.

MAT program awarded for educational excellence
Emory’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree program earned Georgia’s Distinguished Teacher Education Program Award. The Division of Educational Studies program that prepares graduate students to be classroom teachers received statewide recognition at the annual meeting of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators held last week in Savannah, Ga. The annual award recognizes and honors outstanding teacher education programs that exemplify excellence in program development and administration.

Alumna donates $250,000 in honor of ‘Doc’ Partin
Deborah Jackson ’85C donated $250,000 to the Emory athletic department. The donation in part will serve as an endowment to name the athletic director’s position, the Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics. Partin spent 50 years working at Emory in various capacities, including athletics director and department chair of health and physical education. During his tenure, Emory athletics saw unprecedented growth.

Tim Downes, who now holds the title of the Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics, said: “Doc Partin set a standard of excellence in so many areas during his career at Emory, and it is now my responsibility to carry on his legacy and to continue to promote the philosophy that Doc help to build —‘Athletics for All.’”

Emory Athletics are ‘Thinking Pink’
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Emory Athletics, along with the Emory Breast Health Center, will be “Thinking Pink.”

At each home athletic event in the month of October, attendees will be able to purchase merchandise to support breast cancer research at Emory. Merchandise will also be available for sale at selected campus venues.

“Think Pink” participants will be invited to a celebration recognizing the survival and awareness of breast cancer on Nov. 3. The fundraising initiative will culminate on Feb. 17 at the Emory-Washington University women’s basketball “Think Pink” game.

Race riot remembrance group earns highest honor
Emory was among the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot’s partners recently honored with the Phoenix Award, the City of Atlanta’s highest mayoral honor, in recognition of its role in the centennial anniversary of the four-day riot that left at least 25 blacks and two whites dead.

The Coalition co-sponsored two exhibitions about the riot; riot-related curricula and a teacher’s conference; monthly walking tours of downtown riot-related sites; artist-school-community collaborations; church and community-based dialogue groups; and a series of centennial remembrance events in 2006. Coalition members continue to engage in a variety of activities pertaining to the riot and its remembrance.

Emory awarded $25.5M for landmark child health study
Emory has received $25.5 million to participate in a landmark national study of children’s health. Emory is one of only 22 new U.S. study centers, and the only institution in Georgia, selected to take part in this phase of the National Children’s Study. The multi-year study examines the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and human health in the U.S.

“The National Children’s Study represents a unique opportunity to improve the health of our children,” said principal investigator Barbara Stoll, George W. Brumley Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

Emory School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health will partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine and Battelle Memorial Institute to manage local participant recruitment and data collection in the largest study of child and human development ever conducted in the U.S.

“The National Children’s Study will bring greater understanding of the integral effects of environmental factors on the health and well-being of children from diverse backgrounds,” said Frances Dunston, chair of the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. “This major undertaking will more clearly define what we must do to assure that our children develop and thrive into healthy adulthood.”

The National Children’s Study is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.