Emory Report
March 17, 2008
Volume 60, Number 23


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March 17, 2008

Peggy Barlett, anthropology professor, and Laurie Patton, religion professor, have been selected as two of Atlanta’s Most Innovative Minds. The award comes from Inspiring Futures, organizer of the annual Bioneers Southeast Forum.

Barlett and Patton were among 12 chosen from a list of 130 nominees for finding “new ways to address old problems, by recognizing the interconnections between a broad array of social, spiritual, and environmental problems,” according to Inspiring Futures.

Joyce Kirkland Essien is a recipient of this year’s Pride in the Profession Awards from the American Medical Association Foundation. The award is given to domestic physicians who aid underserved populations in the U.S.

The AMA Foundation will present the award in association with the Pfizer Medial Humanities Initiative at a March 31 ceremony preceding the AMA National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Essien is director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Rollins School of Public Health.

Justin Gallivan, assistant professor of chemistry, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
The Sloan Foundation awards grants to outstanding young scientists, mathematicians and economists in the U.S. and Canada conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.

“We will use the award to continue our research in the area of synthetic biology, where we are trying to program cells to display complex behaviors, such as seeking and destroying environmental pollutants,” Gallivan said.