Précis | Spring 2003

On the Rhodes Again: An ardent environmentalist and a member of several organizations seeking to protect forests and wildlife refuges, Emory senior John A. Henderson is one of thirty-two American Rhodes Scholars for 2003, among ninety selected worldwide.

Change Agents Unite: “There is no greater change agent or role model than Robert Redford,” said fashion designer and philanthropist Kenneth Cole ’76C, introducing the Academy-Award-winning actor and director as keynote speaker of the 2003 Kenneth Cole Leadership Forum.

“Every brick we lay . . . ”: As a cancer survivor, Emory senior and Kenneth Cole Fellow Christopher M. Richardson understands how people in terrible situations can feel demoralized and believe their problems to be insurmountable.

Many Voices: On a campus often criticized for its political apathy, a sizeable crowd of some fifteen hundred Emory students, faculty, and administrators turned out for “Classroom on the Quad” March 26, an all-University event planned in response to the war in Iraq.

• Serious about science: A junior at Emory College majoring in neurobiology and behavior, with minors in both physics and religion, Nelson Totah also is editor of Hybrid Vigor, a scholarly journal of science at Emory; a licensed emergency medical technician and member of the Federal Disaster Medical Strike Team; and a tutor of second graders. But what is perhaps most remarkable about him is the drive with which he pursues his passion–and his desire to share it with others.

Water, water, everywhere: About a dozen natural streams whisper and gurgle through Emory’s campus, just as they have done since long before the University existed. Many of those who hurry past these softly trickling rivulets each day don’t even notice they’re there.

Change of Heart: When he left the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa in 1978, Emory law professor Johan Van der Vyver did not imagine he would be returning a quarter-century later to accept that institution’s highest honor.

• Mr. Emory retires: Emory’s reigning sports historian Clyde Partin ’50C-’51G officially retired from his post as professor of health and physical education on December 31, 2002. He has been a player on the Emory sports scene, in one position or another, for more than half a century.

• Mind Your Manners: When Judith Martin spoke at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in January on “Star Spangled Manners,” the host of the event, Professor of Anthropology Bradd Shore reassured the murmuring crowd that Martin was not merely a “contemporary Emily Post or a walking rulebook.”

• Emory experiment destroyed aboard space shuttle Columbia: Among the millions of Americans who grieved the loss of the space shuttle Columbia February 1 was Emory scientist Leland Chung, who watched in shock as the shuttle broke apart in the sky over Texas. Chung, professor of urology and a researcher at the Winship Cancer Institute, mourned the tragedy all the more deeply because the shuttle carried an experiment of his own design: he was the first scientist to grow artificial prostate cancer cells in space.

• Young Emory alumni memorialized: Two scholarship funds have been established in memory of Emory alumni who died recently, Ryan Deon Cheung ’98C and Harris M. Silver ’89C.





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