Emory Report
March 24, 2008
Volume 60, Number 24


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March 24, 2008

Hrair Balian, an attorney with background in international conflict mediation and democratic governance for organizations including the United Nations, is the new director of The Carter Center’s Conflict Resolution Program.

As director, Balian will oversee the program’s efforts to monitor conflicts around the world and work with other Carter Center programs on human rights, democracy, the Americas and China.

Balian most recently served as director for the office of the U.N. Secretary-General’s High Representative for the Elections in Cote d’Ivoire, where he focused on facilitating and certifying democratic elections.

Jeffrey P. Koplan has been appointed vice president for global health. Koplan will continue to serve as director of the Emory Global Health Institute, a position he has held since the Institute was established in 2006.

In addition to leading Emory’s Global Health Institute, Koplan is president and a co-founder of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes and leads its sub-secretariat, which is housed at Emory.

Koplan is a former director (1998-2002) and a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Timothy W. Olsen on Jan. 1 became chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of Emory Eye Center. He holds the F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Chair.

Olsen joined Emory School of Medicine from the University of Minnesota, where he served as professor of ophthalmology since 1998, held the William H. Knobloch Retina Chair and served as the director of retina. He also was director of the Minnesota Lions Macular Degeneration Center at the university, established in 1998 under his leadership.

Research conducted by Olsen on proteins of age-related macular degeneration using the Minnesota Grading System has won awards internationally.

Michael Shutt has been appointed director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life and assistant dean for Campus Life.

Shutt is currently the assistant dean of students for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at the University of Georgia. He previously served as an Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor at UGA and has been involved with the university’s Diversity Council and several university committees and task forces.

Shutt will begin his duties at Emory on June 16.