Building boats: After nearly half a century as an Emory doctor and faculty member, Paul Seavey ’49C-’53M might have found retirement a little dull. But soon after he stopped working in 1997, he took up a new interest that blossomed into a hobby, then a passion: boats.

Welcome, Class of 2008: “One of the biggest changes in admissions during my tenure here has been Emory’s move from a college choice ‘among many’ to more of a ‘first or top choice’ school,” says Daniel Walls, dean of admission. “I think this is reflected in our early decision numbers. Over the past few years our early decision percentage in the freshman class has been approximately 33 percent.”

Alumnus receives Luce Scholarship, literary awards: Richard Hermes ’98C scored an academic and literary hat trick this spring when he received a Luce Scholarship for an internship in Asia, won the 2004 Gesell Award for fiction at the University of Minnesota, and took home a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to assist him in publishing his first collection of short fiction.

The Mean Disease: The first time severe depression settled onto William R. King Jr. ’38C-’41M, he was a young doctor in Griffin, Georgia. The year was 1956, and King was building a practice with his two younger brothers, also doctors. “I was practicing surgery, working very hard day and night, and was under tremendous amounts of stress with no outlets,” he says.

“Do you remember when . . .”: The way families communicate and share stories–such as reminiscing about a beloved pet that died or recounting episodes from a favorite trip–can have an impact on their children’s well being, according to researchers from Emory’s Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life.

What’s in a name?: After a lifetime of anonymity, four streams that flow through various parts of the Emory campus have at last been properly identified, thanks to the Emory Stream Naming Committee.

What’s In A Name? Part 2: One-and-a-half-year-old Tyler Emory Levin lives in Suffern, New York, with his parents, Lisa Kring Levin ’92MBA and Ian L. Levin ’92L.But he is named after the place where his parents met and fell in love.

Decade of Darkness: It has been ten years since Shannon Melendi ’96C disappeared. “The tenth anniversary was absolutely awful,” said Luis Melendi, Shannon’s father. “I didn’t think we could be in so much pain ten years later and still be alive.”

Exploring the frontiers of physics in outer space: Associate Professor of Physics Eric R. Weeks studies colloidal suspensions–microscopic plastic particles placed within a flowing liquid–as a model to better understand one of the remaining mysteries of science: When is the exact moment that a liquid becomes a solid and not just a slow-moving liquid?

Songbird brain: For most of us, the sound of birds singing serves as a happy, tranquil soundtrack to time spent outdoors. But for Assistant Professor of Psychology Donna Maney, bird song is one piece of a fascinating neurological puzzle, and she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of its place among the various regions of the brain.

Increasing minority organ donors: Seventeen-year-old Chris Moody, a senior at Redan High School, was shot in the head on March 20, 2004 after a group of teenagers with a gun followed him to his family’s Stone Mountain home. The African American teenager later died at Emory University Hospital, and his mother made the difficult choice to donate his organs. Six transplant patients benefitted, some with their very lives.

Patz receives Presidential Medal: Arnall Patz ’43C-’45M has earned some of the highest accolades America has to offer, including the 1956 Albert Lasker Medical Research Award (often called the “American Nobel”) and, in June, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. But he says it took a compliment from pop star Stevie Wonder to really impress his grandchildren.

Awards applaud international work: This spring, at the same time President James W. Wagner announced that Dean Tom Robertson of the Goizueta Business School will leave his post in January to take on a new role as head of internationalization for Emory’s strategic planning process, two awards recognized the gobally minded efforts of a faculty member and an alumnus.

Baylor’s doors close, Emory’s open for theology student:
A seminary student who lost his financial aid funding at Baylor University when he acknowledged that he is gay has been accepted to Emory’s Candler School of Theology.

First Person: An Unlikely Path: Major William B. Britt ’85 recounts his experiences in Diwaniyah, Iraq, where he helped rebuild that nation’s legal system.





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