Emory Report
April 21, 2008
Volume 60, Number 28


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April 21, 2008

• E. Brooks Holifield’s latest work, “God’s Ambassadors: A History of the Christian Clergy in America,” has been chosen by the Academy of Parish Clergy as its 2007 Book of the Year.

The award, which was established in 1980, is given to the author of the best book written on a subject relevant to the work of parish ministry.

Holifield, who joined the Candler School of Theology’s faculty in 1970 and is its longest-serving member, is C.H. Candler Professor of American Church History.

• Michael M.E. Johns, Emory chancellor and former Woodruff Health Sciences Center CEO, has been appointed to the Georgia Commission for Saving the Cure by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Johns will be one of 15 members on the commission, created in 2007 by the state Legislature to establish the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank, a network of banks to make postnatal tissue and fluid available for research and treatment.

The American College of Medical Genetics recently honored two Emory geneticists at the 2008 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

David H. Ledbetter
was presented with the 2008-2009 Luminex/ACMGF Award. The award includes a $100,000 grant and promotes safe and effective genetic testing and services, including the development of research guidelines.

Ledbetter is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Human Genetics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Human Genetics at the School of Medicine.

Madhuri R. Hegde was awarded the 2008 Signature Genomic Laboratories Travel Award. She is assistant professor of human genetics and director of Emory’s DNA Diagnostic Laboratory.

New in 2008, the award is given to a selected student, trainee or junior faculty member whose abstract submission is chosen as a platform presentation during the annual meeting. Hegde’s abstract was titled “Application of Microarray Genomic Selection (MGS) in DNA Diagnostic.”