June 21, 2010


Rudolph P. Byrd received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities from the Georgia Humanities Council. The award recognizes and celebrates local  community members who are working to increase the understanding and  appreciation of the humanities in Georgia.

Byrd is Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute.

Liz Chilla, Wendy Cromwell and Tim Hussey were recognized for their work when Emory Law received the Public Relations Society of America’s Bronze Anvil for its Admission Viewbook: More Than Practice and an Anvil Certificate of Commendation for Emory Lawyer alumni magazine.

Hussey is director of marketing and communications for the School of Law. Chilla is public relations coordinator. Cromwell is associate director of publications.

The Bronze Anvil is the highest award given by the national organization for public relations tactics in its national competition.

Max Cooper will receive the 2010 Robert Koch Award. Cooper is professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine, a scientist in the Emory Vaccine Center and the Emory Center for AIDS Research, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

The awards ceremony will be Nov. 12 at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

Cooper is recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the functions of different populations of lymphocytes and the discovery of lymphocyte-like cells in primitive fish.

The annual Robert Koch Award is one of the most renowned scientific commendations in Germany.

Natasha Trethewey was selected for induction in  2011 into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Trethewey holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry and is professor of English in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for “Native Guard,” a three-part collection of poems comprised of elegies to her mother, a 10-sonnet persona poem in the voice of a black soldier fighting in the Civil War, and a final section of autobiographical poems.

Trethewey received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and was that institution’s first graduate outside of journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize.

She shares the Hall of Fame honor with author Melissa Faye Green who received an honorary degree from Emory at 2010 Commencement.

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