February 21, 2011

Acclaim: Honors for Johnson, Shutt, Skibell and Witte

Veda Johnson

Veda Johnson

Veda Johnson received the 2010 Big Voice for Children Award at the Voices for Georgia's Children organization.

Johnson is assistant professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

She is also co-founder of the Whitefoord Community Program's school-based clinics. The funding will be used to help develop school-based health clinics similar to those in the Whitefoord program.

Michael D. Shutt

Michael D. Shutt

Michael D. Shutt has been elected co-chair of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

Shutt is assistant dean for Campus Life and director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life.

Shutt was the Consortium's first Regions Working Group Chair, coordinating a group of regional representatives from regions from the United States and Canada.

Joseph Skibell is among five finalists for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature from the Jewish Book Council.

Skibell is associate professor of creative writing and English.

Joseph Skibell

Joseph Skibell

"The annual award recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of Jewish values, and is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest," states the Jewish Book Council.

Related: Hear an Emory Report Book|Report podcast about Skibell's most recent novel, "A Curable Romantic."

John Witte Jr. has been appointed distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of the Congress' John W. Kluge Center.

John Witte Jr.

John Witte Jr.

Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor and director of Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

The appointment was made by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. At the Kluge Center, Witte will pursue research on the history of law, religion and marriage in the Western tradition.

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