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Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
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LEADERSHIP
Acclaimed biomedical scientist, former Emory professor Ravi Bellamkonda named provost
Biomedical scientist Ravi Bellamkonda will return to Emory on July 1 as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. He previously held a joint appointment as a faculty member at Emory and Georgia Tech.

 

RECOGNITION
Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff
Emory faculty and staff are frequently recognized for their work locally, nationally and internationally. The following is a sampling of recent accolades, including national awards for leadership and excellence.

 

RESEARCH
NIH grant funds Emory work on indoor air sensor for SARS-CoV-2
Emory received a National Institutes of Health grant, for a total of $883,000 over two years, to develop a sensor capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the air of indoor spaces.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENT
Weissman awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship
Emory College physicist Daniel Weissman, who specializes in building mathematical models to better understand the rapid evolution of pathogens, has been named a Sloan Research Fellow. The fellowship honors the most promising researchers working today.

 

HEALTH CARE
Rouphael appointed Hope Clinic executive director
Nadine Rouphael, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Emory University School of Medicine, has been named executive director of the Hope Clinic, the clinical research arm of the Emory Vaccine Center.
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COVID-19 VACCINE TOWN HALL
 
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Stay informed: Emory’s next community update on the COVID-19 vaccine will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m. The virtual town hall will feature President Gregory L. Fenves and other presenters. Join the live town hall or watch it later on the COVID-19 vaccine page of the Emory Forward website.
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TAKE NOTE
 
Faculty Showcase on Feb. 22 will welcome new Emory faculty, feature poetry of Jericho Brown
Faculty Showcase on Feb. 22 will welcome new Emory faculty, feature poetry of Jericho Brown

Tenenbaum Lecture on Feb. 22 to explore how ghetto inmates saved works of art from Nazis
Tenenbaum Lecture on Feb. 22 to explore how ghetto inmates saved works of art from Nazis

McMullan Award nominations due by March 5
McMullan Award nominations due by March 5
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
 
Discussion: “How Small Businesses Drive Economic Opportunity in Metro Atlanta”

 

Discussion: “How Small Businesses Drive Economic Opportunity in Metro Atlanta”
A panel of established entrepreneurs in the region will share insights on how they are ensuring underrepresented entrepreneurs gain access to mentors, capital and other resources to sustain themselves and thrive in Metro Atlanta.
When: Feb. 17, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
17th Annual Hamilton E. Holmes Memorial Lecture: “Healing from Our Two Traumas”

 

17th Annual Hamilton E. Holmes Memorial Lecture: “Healing from Our Two Traumas”
Hear the stories of guest lecturers and Emory alums Kevin L. Gilliam and Iesha Galloway-Gilliam, who stood together on the front lines of COVID-19 and heard “a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making.”
When: Feb. 17, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
Emory Community Conversation: “The Black Box”

 

Emory Community Conversation: “The Black Box”
Valerie Babb, Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities, and Jessica Lynn Stewart, assistant professor of African American studies, will lead a conversation on the construction of race, the difficulties individuals experience with Black versus African American, intraracial dynamics and the many intersections of the Black identity.
When: Feb. 18, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
Discussion with Artist Kevin Beasley: “Race, Social Justice and Contemporary African American Art”

 

Discussion with Artist Kevin Beasley: “Race, Social Justice and Contemporary African American Art”
This series of programs focuses on the representation of Black persons in contemporary African American art and on the various ways in which contemporary artists have engaged with the project of representing Blackness.
When: Feb. 18, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
Lecture and Conversation: “Following the Path of a Transformed Nonconformist”

 

Lecture and Conversation: “Following the Path of a Transformed Nonconformist”
Hear Emory alum the Rev. Adam Russell Taylor speak. Taylor is the new president of Sojourners and a former faith and advocacy leader at the World Bank and World Vision. He is the author of "Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation."
When: Feb. 19, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
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EMORY IN THE NEWS
 
Kamala Harris' marriage could challenge a racial taboo

 

Kamala Harris' marriage could challenge a racial taboo
Feb. 15 |  Dianne M. Stewart |  CNN

Should pregnant women get the COVID vaccine, other pregnancy health questions

 

Should pregnant women get the COVID vaccine, other pregnancy health questions
Feb. 15 |  Denise Jamieson |  Newsweek

Is it safe to visit grandparents after getting the COVID vaccine?

 

Is it safe to visit grandparents after getting the COVID vaccine?
Feb. 14 |  Jay Varkey |  NBC News
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