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A woman wrapped in a winter coat coughs on a busy city sidewalk

The Flu is Coming

A hundred years ago, the 1918 flu pandemic swept the globe killing 50 to 100 million people. Since then, there have been three more pandemics ¿ in 1957, 1968 and 2009. The next pandemic, say experts, is a question of when, not if. Are we ready?

Two Emory students take the blood pressure of a migrant farmworker

The Learning Fields

Emory is home to two successful migrant health programs. Both can be life-changing for students and farmworkers alike. See how students in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program find life-changing experiences in the fields.

Driving Discovery

Driving Discovery

Emory received $734 million in external research funding in fiscal year 2018, the most ever for the university. Funded research helps Emory attract top professors and students, create jobs, increase the number of clinical trials, and advance start-up projects.

Healing on the Homefront

Healing on the Homefront

Veteran Timothy Banik struggled with PTSD after his military service, but an innovative Emory program helped him get his life back. Explore how Emory supports veterans through health care, legal aid, education benefits and more.

Alumnus Taos Wynn poses in front of the Georgia capitol building

Stepping Up

Wherever they live, whatever their profession, Emory alumni share a common pursuit: service to their communities.

A student in a mask performs on stage

The Play's the Thing

At Emory, theater majors are not just acting. They are building cross-disciplinary skills that enhance performance in almost any career pursuit.

An Emory nursing student poses in her scrubs at the bottom of a staircase

Critical Need | Critical Care

What if you pushed the nurse call button and no one came? Emory is working to make sure that never happens -- and teaching those who answer the call to lead with courage and compassion.

President Jimmy Carter speaks at the Carter Town Hall

President & Professor

In a lively meeting of generations, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined first-year Emory students for the 37th annual Carter Town Hall, a long-standing tradition that offers the university's newest class a firsthand glimpse into the mind of the global humanitarian.

A young boy poses with his dad

Boyhood Disrupted

When 9-year-old Brayden Harrison fell out of a tree, his life was saved by Emory pediatric neurosurgeon Andrew Reisner and a novel protocol he created for treating brain injuries in children.

Three students walk quickly in front of the Emory sign

Outstanding Scholars

The newest Emory Scholars, recipients of the university's top merit scholarships, bring extraordinary achievements and exceptional promise.

Three Emory students pose in front of a castle in England

Energy Innovators

Three Emory students spend the summer in a castle competing for $1 million to develop their device to help cope with climate change.

Two young female students stand on the steps of Atlanta City Hall

Summer of Service

From teaching reading to refugees to drafting policy at City Hall, Emory students spend the summer making an impact in Atlanta.

Emory professor Cassandra Quave poses with a couple of flowers she's picked in the field to do her research

The Plant Hunters

Ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave leads students in a search for secrets of ancient remedies that may benefit modern medicine.

A group of diverse Goizueta Business School alumni pose, seated at a table

Creating Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Bridging academia and the business world, Emory's Goizueta Business School has created initiatives to offer mentoring, business incubation, and, potentially, actual investment money for students, faculty and the broader community.

Two playwrights and two scientists collaborate in a lab for "4:48"

Science on Stage

Theater Emory's "4:48" promises to be a frenetic yet focused showcase of new works inspired by the human microbiome, performed July 14 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Two needles and a handful of pills sit on a desk

Moving the Needle

A national opioid epidemic is driving people from pills to heroin, filling emergency rooms with overdose cases, and killing tens of thousands of Americans every year. What are we doing about it?

Michael Dubin sits on a chair in the scenic Emory quadrangle

Life Unscripted

For Emory College alumnus Michael Dubin, improvisation has paid off. His company, Dollar Shave Club, launched in 2011 with a marketing video that went viral; five years later, he sold it for $1 billion. Learn the five life lessons that Dubin says contributed to his success.

A medical student smiles while caring for Sara, a Haitian baby with a rare birth defect

Sara's Journey

Emory medical student Justine Broecker was volunteering in Haiti when she met an infant, Sara, with a rare birth defect. With Broecker's help and determination, Sara would come to Atlanta for the complicated surgery she needed.

Several bunk beds line a large, tiled room

Combating AIDS in Atlanta

The city that is home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest clinics for HIV/AIDS patient care in the country, and top-funded HIV research programs, is also an epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. How are researchers trying to turn the tide?

An athlete stares into the practice basketball court at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex

Go Where the Pros Go

If an Atlanta Hawks player gets injured at practice, he can walk right across the hall to the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, adjacent to the team's front office and practice facility. And it's not just for elite athletes -- staffed by Emory sports medicine specialists, the medical and rehabilitation complex is open to the public.

President Carter speaks to a group of students

A unique collaboration: Emory University + The Carter Center

To the immense pride of both institutions, the partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center now spans more than 35 years of addressing some of the world's most pressing problems.

The Emory quadrangle is full of graduates at the 2018 Commencement ceremony

Honoring Emory's Class of 2018

With a keynote address by trailblazing entrepreneur Michael Dubin, Emory's 173rd Commencement honored the accomplishments of 4,857 graduates. From the opening procession to the final notes of the alma mater, take a look back through video, photos, audio and more.

Jessica Thompson holds up a small bone under a magnifying glass

Bonding over Bones, Stones and Beads

Emory anthropologist Jessica Thompson takes students into the field in Malawi to help uncover mysteries of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Africa. The project has already yielded the oldest-known human DNA from Africa.

A student photograph features a person working in a field in Uganda

Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

As Emory University¿s study abroad students travel around the world, they demonstrate a talent for capturing their experiences through a camera lens. See the contest-winning photos of 15 students.

Michael Yandell reflectively looks through a window

A Veteran's Next Mission

Exposed to sarin gas as a soldier in Iraq, Emory PhD student Michael Yandell now studies moral injury, the emotional and spiritual damage that can occur when someone's deeply held moral beliefs are transgressed.

An original publication of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman sit on display

Who Was Atticus Finch?

Letters by Harper Lee acquired by Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library shed new light on the beloved and now controversial character of Atticus Finch.

An original copy of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" at Emory

How Frankenstein's Monster Became an Icon

From labs to libraries, theaters to theology, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" continues to spark wonder and debate 200 years after it was published.

An illustration of a globe with various types of researchers contributing to its creation

Minds at Work

Where do Emory researchers go when they need some room to think? Find out in this photo essay from Emory Magazine's special research issue.

Emory Medicine: Learning from Lampreys

Learning from Lampreys

Immunology pioneer Max Cooper and researchers in his lab are hoping that an ancient immune system can provide therapeutic insights into our own.

Emory Medicine: Heart Storms

Heart Storms

What happens when the heart, the body's most important muscle, short circuits? Meet three Emory patients who survived unexpected cardiac emergencies.

Top 17 of 2017

17 of Emory's Most-read Stories of 2017

From research to rankings and even a Rhodes Scholar, take a look back at some of the stories that drew the most readers to the Emory News Center in 2017.

Hope, Help and Healing: 10 Emory stories that inspired us in 2017

Hope, Help and Healing: 10 Inspiring Emory Stories From 2017

The heart of Emory is the people who come here to learn, teach, work, help and heal. Meet just a few of the individuals and families who inspired us this year.

Emory's Best Photos of 2017

Emory's Best Photos of 2017

Every day, Emory photographers can be found from the classroom to the operating room, documenting the university's mission "to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." View 12 of their best photos of the year.

Emory Eye Center immersive story- When Vision Betrays

When Vision Betrays

An emeritus professor finds commonality with Impressionist masters when his vision begins to fail due to cataracts. Take an in-depth look at the surgical advances that help restore his clarity.

Emory Public Health: Responding to climate change

Responding to Climate Change

The health effects of global warming are already being felt. Take an in-depth look at how researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health are addressing climate change on multiple fronts.

Emory Report: Love, Barack

Love, Barack

Letters from Barack Obama to his college girlfriend, now part of the collection of Emory's Rose Library, reveal a young man grappling with his place in the world.

Emory Report: Inside Brotherman's Big City

Inside Brotherman's Big City

In 1990, "Brotherman" debuted as one of the first comic books to feature a black hero. Almost three decades later, with help from Emory's digital scholars, this groundbreaking text is reimagined as an immersive, virtual reality world.

40 Under Forty Emory Magazine story

40 Under Forty

They're young, they're smart, and they're making their mark. The first-ever class of "40 Under Forty" outstanding young alumni gives all 140,000-plus Emory graduates forty new reasons to be proud.

Emory Medicine: Surviving the Unsurvivable feature story

Surviving the Unsurvivable

When a pine tree fell on Sylvia Ennis's car, impaling her, she began a multi-year medical odyssey that would require a care team of dozens -- and a lot of tenacity.

Emory Medicine: Doctors on the Field feature story

Doctors on the Field

From the sidelines, team physicians respond to emergencies including concussions, broken bones, and cardiac arrests.

Emory Report: Celebrating Emory's Class of 2017

Celebrating Emory's Class of 2017

Take a look back at Emory's 172nd Commencement, and celebrate the 4,615 degree recipients with photos, audio and video from the ceremony.

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