March 7, 2011

Newsmakers: Hot stories this winter

Slavery and The University: Several outlets, including Inside Higher Education, The Times (UK) Higher Education Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WABE covered the first-ever academic conference on "Slavery and the University: History and Legacies." The University's recent statement of regret for Emory's involvement with slavery also was noted. History professor and conference organizer Leslie Harris was among those interviewed.

A kidney transplant done at Emory University Hospital for Wake Forest University baseball player Kevin Jordan, who received a kidney from his coach, Tom Walter, resonated with people nationwide. The story was covered by CNN, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and ESPN among dozens of outlets.

The end of 2010 brought international attention to the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.  A story and photo essay by the Associated Press on the cohort of Tibetan Buddhist monks currently studying science on the Emory campus received worldwide pickup from numerous outlets, including NPR, USA Today, Yahoo News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, Independent (UK) and other outlets. 

Right on the Money: The AJC recently interviewed President Jim Wagner and undergraduates Kyle Black and Evan Dunn about Emory Advantage, the University's financial aid initiative to help students from families with annual total incomes of $100,000 or less who demonstrate a need for financial aid.

Emory sustainable food initiatives received notice from NBC's Today Show, CNN Headline News, local broadcast news outlets, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the AJC and the Associated Press, which covered the efforts of students and staff to set the record for the world's longest line of tacos, 260 of them in a line measuring over 100 feet long, all made with sustainably sourced seafood and other ingredients.

The new critical edition of Jean Toomer's 1923 book, "Cane," co-edited by Emory professor Rudolph P. Byrd, was profiled by The New York Times. Byrd also was interviewed by NPR's "All Things Considered," and with coeditor Henry Louis Gates Jr., they co-wrote an essay on "Jean Toomer's Conflicted Identity" for The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Byrd and Gates conclude that for much of his life, Toomer lived as a black man passing for white. 

History professor David Eltis co-wrote an article for on the revelations contained in his new book, "Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade." Eltis also co-wrote an opinion piece on the effect of the Civil War on the international slave trade for the New York Times' Opinionator blog.

Inside Higher Ed highlighted Emory's iTunesU site and the trend of language downloads. Alan Cattier and Jose Rodriguez of University Technology Services were interviewed.

Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, New Scientist,, Science 360 and several other science outlets covered a discovery by mathematics professor Ken Ono that solved a centuries-old problem around partition numbers. 

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, associate professor of political science, wrote an opinion piece on the crisis in Egypt for about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and was interviewed on CNN's "Newsroom" about the Muslim Brotherhood. She also authored an essay for Foreign Affairs magazine, which has been widely cited by other outlets.

Other Emory faculty experts provided insight to media into the Middle East turmoil, including history professor Ken Stein, Chairman of Middle Eastern Studies Gordon Newby, and Peter Lacovara, senior curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern art at the Carlos Museum.

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