Emory Report
October 27, 2008
Volume 61, Number 9



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October 27
, 2008

Max Cooper will be honored Nov. 1 by the Association of American Medical Colleges with its 2008 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences. The award recognizes outstanding clinical or laboratory research conducted by a medical school faculty member.

Cooper joined Emory School of Medicine this year as a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. He also holds appointments as professor at the Emory Vaccine Center and at the Emory Center for AIDS Research in the Rollins School of Public Health.

Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully received a starred review in the Oct. 21 issue of Publishers Weekly for their forthcoming book, “Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography.” The book is expected to be out in December.

“The authors dig deep into the limited remaining evidence but the biography wears its research lightly, a backdrop to this well-written and fascinating story of a woman who remains an elusive figure,” the review notes.

Crais is professor of history. Scully is associate professor of women’s studies. Both are on the faculty of the Institute of African Studies, part of the Institute of Critical International Studies.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has elected School of Medicine psychiatry and neurology professor Helen Mayberg to its 2008 class of 65 new members.

Election to the IOM, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health, recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

John Witte Jr. was Berry College’s second public lecturer in Berry’s 2008 Oxbridge Lecture Series. His address, “Separation of Church and State in American History and Today: Facts, Fictions and Future Challenges,” was presented Oct. 23.

Witte is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and serves as director of Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.