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President's State of the University Address

"...External research support hit an all-time high..."

Research numbers reach impressive level

Emory’s scientists and scholars have not been distracted by the challenges of the past two years. External research support hit an all-time high for Emory, reaching $535.1 million in awards during FY2010—a 10.5 percent increase over the previous year.

While most of this support is in the health sciences, it is spread across the entire University. For instance, a new Mellon Foundation grant will support the defining and hiring of the next generation of humanities scholars, and the Lilly Endowment is supporting graduate education in religion and Candler School of Theology.

In addition to attracting such outside support, Emory faculty members have continued to achieve high numbers in our benchmark group of thirteen top research universities:

The number of new invention disclosures has grown steadily during the past five years, reaching an all-time high of 212 in 2009–2010. Similarly, last year saw the highest number of patents issued to Emory faculty, twenty-one, since the launching of the strategic plan.

Preserving Salman Rushdie's Digital Life (Playlist)

"Born digital" and the spill of a Diet Coke

Beyond such salutary numbers, the accomplishments of teams of researchers in many areas of our campus have demonstrated the vitality of an engaged scholarly community.

Last spring we celebrated the opening of Salman Rushdie's archive at Emory with an exhibition and symposium dedicated to the author’s life and work. More than merely a display of manuscripts, photographs, and personal mementoes—worthy as this alone would be—the opening of the archive represented the remarkable achievements of our librarians, archivists, and information technology specialists. They worked together to retrieve and preserve materials that, in some cases, had never been on a page at all, but had been “born digital.” In one amazing feat, Emory specialists were able to retrieve from a failed hard drive content that had been lost even to Rushdie after a Diet Coke spilled onto his keyboard.

Archivists and librarians around the country, indeed the world, are watching closely as Emory takes the lead in this pathbreaking work.

Salman Rushdie speaking

Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie

Pursuing innovation in development practice . . .

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has identified Emory’s James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies as one of only three U.S. sites it is supporting to pilot a master’s program in development practice, thanks to the collaborative efforts of colleagues including:

That program welcomed its first students in August, supported in part by the Institute for Developing Nations, directed by Sita Ranchod-Nilsson and now housed within the graduate school.

. . . and in finance

In the business school, the new Center for Alternative Investments -- whose leadership includes Dean Larry Benveniste, Executive Drector Klaas Baks, and Board of Directors Cochair Lado Gurgenidze 93MBA (former prime minister of the Republic of Georgia) -- has begun to engage leaders in the investment industry by providing substantial research support and rigorous analysis to a part of the global financial industry that is in need of a new way forward. Besides showcasing the talent of the business school, the center also brings academic expertise to bear on real-world issues through innovative measures.

Portraits of Matthew Early, Robin Forman, Steve Sencer and Wright Caughman

We are fortunate to have attracted leaders such as <from left> Matthew Early from Columbia University to be vice president for campus services and Robin Forman from Rice University to be dean of Emory College. Thanks to strong leadership development and succession planning, we have enough bench strength to look internally for exemplary leaders such as Steve Sencer as senior vice president and general counsel and S. Wright Caughman as interim executive vice president for health affairs.

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