Emory Report
July 21, 2008
Volume 60, Number 35



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July 21, 2008

Four professors received the Woolford B. Baker Award presented annually to individuals or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Carlos Museum or the Atlanta cultural community.

Michael Berger, associate professor of religion and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies; Carl Holladay, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of New Testament; Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament; and Richard Valantasis, professor of ascetical theology and Christian practice and director of Anglican Studies, were honored for their contributions to the museum’s “Cradle of Christianity” exhibition.

James Lah, clinical core leader of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, receives the Tomorrow’s Leader in Alzheimer’s Disease Research Award this month.

The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, recognizes the associate professor in neurology’s research on understanding disease-causing mechanisms to improve the care of people with neurodegenerative disorders.

Richard Prior, composer and Emory Symphony Orchestra conductor, received the Harvey Phillips Award for Composition Excellence at the Inter-national Tuba- Euphonium Conference.

The award was in recognition of Prior’s work, “Diversions,” composed for music faculty member Adam Frey.
“Diversions” was released on CD earlier this year by MSR Classics with support from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Salman Rushdie has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and has been voted the greatest Booker Prizewinner in the history of the literary award.

The British monarch conferred the knighthood on the author a year after the announcement provoked protests from the Muslim world.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, celebrating its 40th anniversary, named Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” the best of the Booker.

Rushdie is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory.