November 14, 2011

International award winners symbolize quest for global understanding

Lynn Sibley

Josep Call

Lynn Sibley, the architect of a revolutionary health care program, and Josep Call, an expert on primate social cognition, have been selected as the 2011 recipients of prestigious awards presented each year by Emory's Office of International Affairs. Sibley and Call are being recognized during International Awards Night on Nov. 14 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

"While their work takes place oceans apart, Dr. Sibley and Dr. Call are both engaged in groundbreaking research with far-reaching impact," says Holli Semetko, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Halle Institute for Global Learning. "Their scholarship is transforming the way we understand cultural and behavioral differences and is emblematic of Emory's commitment to global understanding."

Sibley to receive Creekmore Award for Internationalization

Sibley will receive the Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization, which is given to an Emory faculty member who advances understanding of international and global issues through teaching, scholarship or other work for the university. An associate professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing since 2003, Sibley is a prolific author and cutting-edge researcher with a unique background in anthropology, nursing and midwifery. She is an adviser to the World Health Organization, the International Confederation of Midwives, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

"Dr. Sibley is an extraordinary clinician, researcher and educator who epitomizes nursing at its finest," says Linda McCauley, dean of the School of Nursing. "She is engaged in transformative research to change childbirth outcomes in poverty-stricken countries."

Sibley is one of the architects of the revolutionary Home-Based Lifesaving Skills program, which has been recognized as a 21st-century model for birth attendant education by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Created to educate home birth attendants about basic lifesaving techniques without expensive tools or technology, HLBSS is an innovative community-based health care program with the power to save millions of lives in developing countries and has already helped families in India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Belize.

Call wins Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award

Call will receive the 2011 Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award, which recognizes Emory's international alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to universities, governments, private sector firms and nongovernmental organizations. A native of Spain, Call has distinguished himself as a leading expert in primate social behavior and cognition since completing his doctorate in psychology at Emory in 1997. He is now the director of the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center and a senior scientist in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

"Dr. Call is an outstanding scholar, highly talented and dedicated to his research," says Lisa Tedesco, vice provost for academic affairs-graduate studies and dean of Laney Graduate School. "In the time since his studies at Emory, he has become a world leader in a field of growing interest, competition, complexity and importance. By looking to his research, we might deepen and broaden our knowledge of the complexities that surround understanding self, others, groups and cultures."

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