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New semester brings new faces, programs for each of Emory's schools


Incoming class: Candler welcomes 220 incoming students from six countries, 26 states and 29 denominations.

Noteworthy: Candler celebrates its centennial this year with a slate of special events including a Centennial Convocation on Oct. 24 in Glenn Memorial, where Centennial Medals will be awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to the school. Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills will address "Government and the Arts" in the McDonald Lecture on Sept. 18.

New programs: This semester Candler reintroduces its Doctor of Ministry degree, which features a format that is 90 percent online.

New faculty: Candler welcomes Robert M. Franklin, Jr., inaugural holder of the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership, and Kevin Watson, assistant professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.

New facilities: The final phase of Candler's new building will be dedicated on Aug. 28. The 63,600-square-foot space will house Pitts Theology Library, a teaching chapel, lecture hall and group study areas.

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New faces: The Class of 2018 in the College of Arts and Sciences includes 1,375 students, who are arriving at Emory from 46 countries. Nearly half of the entering class (49 percent) applied to Emory via early decision. They will be joined by 33 new members of the faculty.  

New pathways of study: Three new majors — Arabic, media studies and quantitative social sciences — launch this fall, together with a new co-major in the integrated visual arts. In addition, Emory undergraduates can apply to new 4+1 programs in cancer biology, law, film studies and environmental sciences. These programs allow Emory College students to begin a graduate degree program in their senior year and complete it with one additional year of study, and they join existing 4+1 programs in English, biostatistics and public health.

New process: For the first time, entering freshman students could register for two of their fall classes over the summer. They will enroll in the balance of their courses during orientation.

New space: Students will begin taking courses in the renovated teaching labs in the Atwood Chemistry Building this fall, and an addition of 70,000 square feet will be completed in 2015.

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Cup of Joe: Social Enterprise@Goizueta (SE@G) continues its support of coffee farmers in Central America through Farmers to 40, which encourages sustainable economic development within the coffee-growing communities of Nicaragua. Farmers to 40 sells to consumers and returns 40 percent of the retail sale price to Nicaraguan partner farmers. Visit for details.

Faculty awards: Several Goizueta faculty members return to campus this fall the recipients of teaching awards: BBA Distinguished Educator Award: Emily Bianchi; MBA Teaching Excellence Award — Classic Faculty: Ray Hill; MBA Teaching Excellence Award — Junior Faculty: David Schweidel; Evening MBA Distinguished Core Educator Award: Kathryn Kadous; Evening MBA Distinguished Elective Educator Award: Patrick Noonan; MEMBA Distinguished Educator Award: Jeffrey Rummel; WEMBA Distinguished Educator Award: Shehzad Mian.

Leadership Fellows: The Goizueta Leadership Coaching Fellows Program continues this semester as part of an initiative to enhance the full-time MBA leadership development program. They will spend their second year developing interpersonal skills by facilitating and coaching their first-year MBA peers.

New dean: Erika James began her role as dean at Goizueta Business School on July 15 after serving as senior associate dean for executive education at the Darden Graduate School of Business (Virginia). James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. She has also taught and consulted on topics including decision making under pressure, trust and change management. (See story, page 3)

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Incoming class: The Laney Graduate School welcomes 328 new degree-seeking students. Eighty-three percent of the students are pursuing a Ph.D.

New programs: This year, LGS will offer two new programs: the master's in environmental sciences, and the master's in development practice/master of divinity dual degree.

Renamed program: The LGS has received a generous gift to establish an endowment to fund the Program for Scholarly Integrity. Though not fully funded, with this initial gift, the program has been renamed to honor the legacy of legendary golfer Bobby Jones. The program will now be called the Laney Graduate School Jones Program in Ethics.

New leadership: The Laney Graduate School is pleased to welcome Damon Williams, the new director of Diversity, Community and Recruitment. Williams will lead LGS efforts in three areas: expanding and supporting student recruitment efforts; enhancing, promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion as part of student recruitment activities and initiatives; and developing comprehensive programs to recruit, retain, support and timely graduate a diverse LGS student body.

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Incoming class: This fall, Emory Law is welcoming students from 17 countries, 34 states, a U.S. territory and 115 undergraduate institutions for juris doctor (JD), juris master (JM), master of laws (LLM), and doctor of juridical science (SJD) degree programs.

Program highlights: Emory Law now offers a master of comparative law (MCL), an accelerated JD for foreign-trained lawyers, and multiple summer programs, including a training program for Chinese judges. A new global health concentration has been added for the JM program, in partnership with the Global Health Institute.

Faculty honors: For the 2014-2015 school year, professor Mary Dudziak will be in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Professor Teemu Ruskola will be in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (School of Historical Studies) in Princeton, N.J. He has also been awarded a fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which he will take in fall 2015.

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Incoming classes: The incoming first-year medical class has 144 students (75 female, 69 male) ages 21 to 28; 45 are from Georgia, 22 were born outside the US; 64 percent are non-traditional students (spent more than one year after college pursuing other activities). Programs in allied health have a total of 200 students: 70 in physical therapy; 52 in the physician assistant program; 39 in anesthesiology; 10 in genetic counseling; and 29 in medical imaging.

Increasing efficiency: School of Medicine (SOM) Dean Christian Larsen and Emory Healthcare CEO John Fox announced a new strategic initiative, "Emory Medicine." The SOM and Emory Healthcare will merge resources to more efficiently and effectively pursue their shared missions of patient care, research and education.

Recognition and appointments: David Stephens, vice president for research in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine. Nine medical school faculty members were recognized as members of the inaugural "Emory 1% Club" for having their NIH proposals ranked in the top 1 percent by reviewers.

Centers and consortiums: Emory was selected as one of nine NIH Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units in the country. NIH also funded a new Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and an Emory National Center for Functional Glycomics at the SOM. Emory and Georgia Tech formed the Georgia ImmunoEngineering Consortium, in partnership with the Georgia Research Alliance.  

Facilities: Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center moved to expanded new space on Winn Way in Decatur. The departments of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry and behavioral sciences are moving to Executive Park to form the collaborative Emory Brain Health Initiative.

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Incoming class: 289 new students from 30 states and 10 countries. Age range is 19-57. Some 46 percent hold bachelor's degrees in other disciplines.

New degree programs: The School of Nursing will launch the only neonatal nurse practitioner program in the state of Georgia this fall. The school's Bridges to the Baccalaureate program will train minority nurses from Georgia Perimeter College for research careers. The new Palliative Care Fellowship program will develop nurse leaders who can make an impact in palliative care, an area of health care that is rapidly growing as more Americans are facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

New faculty: Suzanne Staebler, associate professor, Clinical and Specialty Program, coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program; John Cranmer, visiting scholar; Sharron Close, assistant professor research; Terri Ades, from part-time to full-time associate professor clinical; Lisa Marie Wands, assistant professor research.

Conversions: assistant professor Kate Yeager from research track to tenure track; research assistant professor Erin Ferranti from postdoctoral fellow to research track; research assistant professor Canhua Xiao from postdoctoral fellow to research track (January 2014).

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New deans, faculty: New appointments include Kelley Lips '02Ox-'04C as dean of enrollment services and Kevin Smyrl as associate dean of development and alumni relations. New faculty members are Jennifer McGee, assistant professor of psychology; Margaret McGehee, associate professor of humanities; Bridgette Gunnels, lecturer in Spanish; and Brad Hawley, lecturer in English. David Morris, Ella O'Kelley and Brian Schiffbauer also join as instructors in the Center for Healthful Living.

Organic farm: Sales of produce from the farm began in the summer, with anticipated expansion to community-sponsored agriculture (CSA) subscriptions. A new barn under construction will be ready for fall harvests. A grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Science building: Construction of a new science building is under way on the northwest corner of the quad. Completion of the 57,500-square-foot facility is expected in the fall of 2015.

Men's soccer returns: After several years as a club sport, Oxford men's soccer will be played in intercollegiate competition for the first time since 1987.

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New spaces: Two Muslim wudu/ablution rooms (one for women, another for men) and an interfaith meditation space will be built on the first floor of the Claudia Nance Rollins Building.

New faculty: Colleen McBride joined Rollins in July as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and a Rollins Professor. She comes to Emory from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, where she has served as founding chief and senior investigator of the Social and Behavioral Research Branch. Sherman James, a nationally known expert on racial disparities in health, joined the Department of Epidemiology in July. James' research centers on the "John Henry Syndrome," which accounts for higher rates of cardiovascular disease in African American men. He comes to Rollins from Duke University and will teach at Rollins and also African American studies at Emory College.

New initiatives: The Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory, a partnership between Rollins and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, was developed to drive research and evidence-based training to improve the lives of populations impacted by humanitarian emergencies.

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