Emory's 14 top stories of 2014

Dec. 22, 2014

Emory University Hospital's treatment of the first patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States drew international media attention and was by far the biggest story in the Emory News Center this year. Articles about students, rankings and research round out the top 14 stories of 2014.

1. Emory treats first Ebola patients in U.S.

Carolyn Hill and Bruce Ribner

In August 2014, Emory University Hospital became the first hospital in the United States to treat patients with Ebola virus disease. As Emory continued to care for Ebola patients throughout the fall, Emory experts shared what they learned with healthcare providers around the world through an extensive website, journal publications and consultations.


2. U.S. News ranks Emory among top universities

Emory University

Emory University ranked 21st among the nation's top universities in the new 2015 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report. Several of Emory's graduate schools and programs ranked among the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.


3. Erika James named dean of Goizueta Business School

Erika James

Erika Hayes James was appointed dean of the university's Goizueta Business School, assuming her new role July 15. She came to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.


4. Bill Fox remembered for exemplary service

Bill Fox

As an Emory student, alumnus, staff member, administrator and benefactor, William H. Fox Jr. forged a significant legacy during his 43-year association with the university. He passed away April 11, 2014.


5. Welcome, Emory Class of 2018

Paul Simon at Emory

Representing about 1,840 first year students, Emory's Class of 2018 arrived with stellar test scores and grades, plus resumes brimming with community service, creative endeavors and athletic achievements.


6. Same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015?

Same-sex marriage

As federal court decisions piled up in favor of same-sex marriage, Emory constitutional law expert Michael Perry predicted the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling next year requiring all states to allow same-sex couples to marry.


7. Medical students reach Match Day milestone

Medical Students Match Day

In an annual ritual, graduating Emory medical students gathered on campus for the moment when they would discover where they would train as residents.


8. Emory student swims in the 'Shark Tank'

Kaeya Majmundar

Emory College student entrepreneur Kaeya Majmundar survived a swim in the "Shark Tank," leaving the television show with funding to help take the next steps with her BZbox invention.


9. Next steps for light rail in the Clifton Corridor

Clifton Corridor

Two public meetings in December were among the next steps in a multi-year effort to bring light rail transit to the Clifton corridor, including stops convenient to the Emory campus, Emory University Hospital and the CDC.


10. Commencement 2014: Lewis encourages activism

Anchorman 2 at Emory

With a voice that thundered across a sea of graduates, civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) exhorted Emory's Class of 2014 to "be bold, be courageous, stand up and speak out."


11. Emory's Mahlon DeLong wins Lasker award

Mahlon DeLong

Emory professor Mahlon DeLong's research on deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease shared the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, among the most respected science prizes in the world.


12. Emory, Georgia Tech to open joint Library Service Center

Emory, Georgia Tech

Located at Emory's Briarcliff Road property, the Emory-Georgia Tech Library Service Center will house a shared collection of materials available to students, faculty and staff of both institutions.


13. Mathematician's 'beautiful find' among 2014's top science stories

Record applications in 2013

An Emory math breakthrough, "Mother Lode of Mathematical Identities," made it to the final two in voting for Discover Magazine's "People's Choice" for top science story of 2014. Final voting concludes Dec. 24.


14. Oxford organic farm takes root

Oxford Organic Farm

The seed of an idea for an organic farm at Oxford College took root this year as Oxford’s first organic farmer transformed a grassy field into a thriving, colorful patchwork of crops and a living laboratory for students.