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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 book and podcast awards, professional society honors and more.

Honors highlighted in this column:


Alonso nominated for Latin Grammy Award

The most recent album from Antonio Alonso has been nominated for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, the preeminent international honor and the only peer-selected award celebrating excellence in Latin music. “Caminemos con Jesús/Let Us Walk with Jesus” is one of eight nominees for Best Christian Album (Spanish Language).

Released earlier this year by GIA Publications, Inc., the album is a groundbreaking collection of liturgical music that calls on Alonso’s Cuban musical heritage to provide new ways of singing the liturgy in Spanish, English or bilingually, exploring what style and musical form can teach Christians about praying together across cultural and linguistic boundaries. 

Alonso is assistant professor of theology and culture and director of Catholic studies in Candler School of Theology.  The 21st Latin Grammy Awards will be presented Nov. 19.

Dillman named National Book Award finalist

Lisa Dillman, professor of pedagogy in Emory College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, has been named a finalist for the National Book Award for her literary translation of the Pilar Quintana novel “The Bitch.”

Dillman is among five finalists in the translated literature category for the awards given by the National Book Foundation. The awards, which celebrate the best literature in America, are also given for fiction, nonfiction, young people’s literature and poetry. Winners will be announced Nov. 18.

Eckert’s new book wins German prize

Astrid M. Eckert’s new book “West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy and Culture in the Borderlands” won the 2020 DAAD/German Studies Association Book Prize for the Best Book in History or Social Sciences. The prize committee concluded that the "book achieves what all innovative history aspires to do: open new sight lines that advance both conceptual and empirical knowledge.”

Eckert is associate professor in the Department of History. 

Gavin awarded by Endocrine Society

Clinical professor of medicine Jim Gavin is one of 15 leading endocrinologists to receive a 2021 Laureate Award from the Endocrine Society. Established in 1944, the Society’s Laureate Awards recognize the highest achievements in the endocrinology field, including groundbreaking research and innovations in clinical care. 

Gavin received the Outstanding Mentor Award, which recognizes a career commitment to mentoring and a significant positive impact on mentees’ education and career. To date, Gavin has served as a direct mentor to more than 50 early stage physician-scientists and has touched the careers of countless others.

Hardin inducted into Hall of Fame

Pernilla Hardin, head coach for men's and women's tennis at Oxford College, has been inducted into the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association's Hall of Fame

She joined Oxford in 2014. Since that time Oxford’s tennis teams have earned a combined 10 national titles (NJCAA). Hardin also has been named NJCAA's coach of the year numerous times. 

Hauk receives award for archive research

Gary S. Hauk, Emory University historian emeritus, was recognized by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Archives. His latest book, “Emory as Place: Meaning in a University Landscape,” received the 2020 Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of an Archives.

The GHRAC works to ensure that Georgians of all ages are made aware of the significant historical records located statewide to enhance the preservation and care of these treasures and to improve the access that Georgians have to their records. Awards recognizing outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia are given each year.

Jones’ novel makes shortlist for international award

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones is among 10 novels shortlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award.

Celebrating 25 years, the Dublin Literary Award is the world's most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Novels on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the USA, and come from Canada, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA. The winner of the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 will be announced Oct. 22 as part of International Literature Festival Dublin. 

Jones is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory.

‘Buried Truths’ podcast wins national broadcasting award

“Buried Truths,” a podcast led by Hank Klibanoff and produced by Atlanta NPR station WABE, won the 2020 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in the large market category. 

Klibanoff is professor of practice in English and creative writing. The podcast is based on the work of students participating in Emory’s Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project, an undergraduate class led by Klibanoff. Season two of the podcast, which won the award, focused on the story of A.C. Hall, a Black teenager who was mistakenly identified as a gun thief in 1962. Through Hall’s story, episodes examine police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism and more.

The Murrow Award is one of the most significant given for broadcast journalism. Season two of “Buried Truths” won a regional Murrow Award earlier in 2020.

Maasoumi elected senior fellow in economics

Essie Maasoumi, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics, was elected a senior fellow by the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis. Senior fellows are accomplished, senior researchers. 

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis is a private, international non-profit organization dedicated to independent research in applied economics, theoretical economics and related fields. The mission of RCEA is to further independent, advanced research in economics, econometrics and related fields and to promote contact between economists, econometricians and scientists from other fields all over the world. 

AMA recognizes Moore for community work

The American Medical Association has recognized Charles Moore as the 2020 recipient of the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service. The award honors practicing physicians who have made an outstanding contribution to the community for citizenship and public service.

Moore is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and serves as chief of otolaryngology service at Grady Memorial Hospital.

American Association for the History of Nursinghonors Smith

Kylie Smith's newest book, “Talking Therapy: Knowledge and Power in American Psychiatric Nursing,” recently won the Lavinia L. Dock Award for Exemplary Historical and Research Writing. The Lavinia L. Dock Award, given by the American Association for the History of Nursing, recognizes outstanding research and writing produced by an experienced scholar in nursing history. 

Kylie Smith is an associate professor in Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and the Humanities and works to build collaborations between nursing and the liberal arts.

Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry goes to Wuest

Bill Wuest, associate professor of chemistry, was named the 2020 recipient of the David W. Robertson Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry.

The award is given by the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society to recognize seminal contributions by young scientists to medicinal chemistry. Nominees, who must be age 40 or younger at the time of nomination, must have had a primary role in the discovery of a novel therapeutic agent, target, theoretical concept in medicinal chemistry or drug discovery, and/or made a significant scientific discovery that enhances the field of medicinal chemistry.

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