Bianchi Award

Eugene BianchiThe Emeritus Excellence Fund campaign received its first income distribution in 2013. With a priority for projects that have the highest potential for promoting the public good, this emeritus-founded and emeritus-funded endowment was established to advance the interests of active members through an annual “Bianchi Award.”

The endowment was championed by and subsequently named for Professor Emeritus of Religion Eugene Bianchi, who is both a founding member and the EUEC’s first director. Although retired, Dr. Bianchi remains actively engaged—blogging about aging and other topics. On February 23, 2012, in conjunction with Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology Robert DeHaan, Dr. Bianchi’s lasting contribution to the EUEC and to Emory was captured in a Living History video.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the 150 members and friends who helped the EUEC meet its $50,000 minimum goal to fund the award. Thanks to their contributions, each year one or more recipients will be selected by the EUEC's Awards and Honors Committee. Monies will cover a broad range of efforts for projects that promote the public good.

The list of the founding donors may be viewed here.

Bianchi Award Recipients 2013–present

Judith Rohrer, PhD
Associate Professor Emerita of Art History
To help complete a book, La Nova Escola Catalana: Arquitectura I Politca en la Barcelona Modernista, 1888–1910

Katherine Mitchell, MFA
Senior Lecturer Emerita, Visual Arts Department
Funding for support of a solo exhibition at the Turchin Center of Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Dana Greene, PhD
Dean Emerita, Oxford College
To help complete the biography The Inward War: A Life of Elizabeth Jennings

David Eltis, PhD
Professor Emeritus of History
For travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts for induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and for research at Harvard University

Al Padwa, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Support for undergraduate students working in his lab in Chemistry

Gretchen Schulz, PhD
Professor Emerita of English, Oxford College of Emory University
Funding to attend the Annual Conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies for presentation of two papers at Michigan State University

John T. Juricek, PhD
Professor Emeritus of History
To help complete a book, Endgame for Empire in the Southeast: British-Creek Relations in Georgia and Vicinity, 1763–1776

Dorinda Evans, PhD
Professor Emerita of Art History
For help with two illustrations for publication and for further research on the Philadelphia artist Raphaelle Peale

Jon Gunnemann, PhD
Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus, Candler School of Theology
To help complete a book, Spirit and Capital: Thinking Theology and Economy Together

Russ Richey, PhD
Dean Emeritus of the Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus
To help complete a book, Methodism and the American Forest