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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 awards for professional contributions and leadership appointments.

Honors highlighted in this column:


Book by Abramowitz earns George Hallett Award

“The Disappearing Center” by Alan Abramowitz is this year’s winner of the George Hallett Award from the Representation and Electoral Systems section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). 

The George Hallett Award is given to a book published at least 10 years ago that has made a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems. The award will be announced at APSA’s Representation and Electoral Systems business meeting in the fall.

Abramowitz is professor of political science. His research focuses on American politics, political parties, elections and voting behavior, including party realignment in the U.S. and its consequences for presidential and congressional elections.


Governor appoints Clevenger to health advisory board

Carolyn C. Clevenger, associate dean for clinical and community partnerships at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce along with 14 other health care industry experts. The group consists of practicing physicians and health system executives across disciplines who identify the health care workforce needs of Georgia communities.

The board advises on community development and oversees support and development of medical education programs in medically underserved areas. Members meet quarterly to provide specific recommendations to the Georgia Department of Community Health.


Carnegie Corporation honors del Rio as ‘Great Immigrant, Great American’

The Carnegie Corporation of New York recognized Carlos del Rio as part of its “Great Immigrants, Great Americans” campaign celebrating the wide-ranging contributions of immigrants to American life.

Andrew Carnegie, an immigrant from Scotland, believed the infusion of talent that immigrants bring to our country keeps American society vibrant.

Del Rio serves as distinguished professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, executive associate dean for Emory at Grady and professor of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Read more about the honor.


Dudley and Klibanoff nominated to serve on national civil rights board

Gabrielle Dudley and Hank Klibanoff have been nominated to serve on the national Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board, announced by the White House in June, to examine government records of unpunished, racially motivated murders during the modern civil rights era. The board’s goal is to expand these records and expedite their release to the public. 

Dudley is an instruction archivist with Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where she partners with faculty to design undergraduate and graduate courses and assignments. She also finds ways for faculty to use resources from the Rose Library, such as the extensive collection related to the civil rights era, in their classes.

Klibanoff is professor of practice in English and creative writing and director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Klibanoff also is creator and host of “Buried Truths,” a podcast produced by Atlanta NPR station WABE and based on the Cold Cases course he teaches. 

Read more about the board.


Georgia State Bar honors two Emory Law professors

In June, the State Bar of Georgia recognized two Emory Law professors for professionalism, distinguished practice and service to others. Both awards were presented during the Bar’s annual meeting.

Associate Dean A. James Elliott received the 2020 Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award. The award is annually presented by past presidents of the State Bar of Georgia to honor one lawyer and one judge who continually demonstrate the highest professional conduct.

Professor of Law Emeritus Charles A. Shanor was honored with the 2019 Marshall-Tuttle Award. This award is presented by the Military Legal Assistance Program Committee to a lawyer who provides outstanding legal assistance to service members and veterans. 

Read the full story here.


Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award goes to Fisher

Katherine Fisher, head of digital archives at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, is the 2021 recipient of the Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award recognizes an outstanding essay dealing with some facet of archival administration, history, theory and/or methodology that was published during the preceding year in SAA’s journal, American Archivist. Fisher is being honored for “Copyright and Preservation of Born-digital Materials: Persistent Challenges and Selected Strategies,” which appeared in the journal’s Fall/Winter 2020 issue. Her article addresses the complex topic of U.S. copyright law as it relates to longterm preservation of born-digital records, an area of broad interest and concern in the archival profession.


Hanciles and Womack earn accolades for recent books

The latest books by two Candler faculty members, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity Jehu J. Hanciles and associate professor of history of religions and interfaith studies Deanna Ferree Womack, have recently been recognized on book lists as must-reads for scholars and clergy.  

Hanciles’ new book “Migration and the Making of Global Christianity” was named a May Book of the Month by Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, a publication of the American Society of Church History. Womack’s most recent book, “Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Building Community,” has been selected by the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of its Top Ten Recommended Books for Ministry for 2021, which are chosen based on their “excellence and helpfulness to clergy.” Read more about their books.


Kaplow named a 2020 National Magnet Nurse of the Year

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has named Roberta Kaplow, clinical nurse specialist in the acute respiratory intensive care unit at Emory University Hospital, a 2020 National Magnet Nurse of the Year. She was recognized for exemplary professional practice, a core component of the Magnet program for nursing excellence.

Kaplow is one of five National Magnet Nurse of the Year awardees for 2020. The clinical nurses were recognized by the ANCC for outstanding contributions in innovation, consultation, leadership and professional practice.

Awards were presented in each of the five Magnet Model Components: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical outcomes. Read more about Kaplow’s recognition.


Martyn earns Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has granted the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award to professor Kristy Martyn, associate dean for education, and independence chair to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Serving as a Fulbright Scholar, Martyn will conduct research at King’s College-London to explore and understand how nurse leaders quickly adapted to increasing the nursing workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards are viewed as one of the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. More than 400 different opportunities are available to conduct professional projects in more than 135 countries. Throughout this global project, Martyn will use this platform to study, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to international concerns.


Myer garners national sports scientist award

Greg Myer, director of the Emory Sports Performance and Research Center, is the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award recipient for 2021. He is the 30th recipient of the award, which has been given since 1991. 

Myer brings more than two decades of experience to lead the activities at Emory Sports Performance and Research Center at the Atlanta Falcons Flowery Branch headquarters. He has published more than 415 medical manuscripts related to his research on injury biomechanics, human performance, pediatric exercise science, preventative medicine and sensorimotor neuroscience.

He is recognized as an international leader in the field of injury prevention and human performance neuroscience and is commonly an invited keynote speaker to the national and international symposia. Learn more about the award.


Nememman named a Simons Foundation fellow

Physics professor Ilya Nemenman has been named a Simons Foundation fellow. The Simons Fellows programs in mathematics and theoretical physics provide funds to faculty for up to a semester-long research leave from classroom teaching and administrative obligations.

The Simons Foundation is a leading, private philanthropical organization dedicated to advancing research in basic science and mathematics. Nemenman is a pioneer in developing algorithms for analyzing the information content of biological signals.


UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame to induct Price

Emory athletics director Keiko Price will be one of eight inductees into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021

A four-year member of UCLA’s women’s swimming and diving program, Price was a 22-time All-American and broke numerous records during her swimming career. She once held five different Bruin records, and her best mark of 48.59 in the 100 free still ranks No. 3 all-time at UCLA. A member of the U.S. National Team, she qualified to three Olympic Trials. Price shined in the classroom as well, earning an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and drawing three nods to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.


Rowe tapped to share podcast expertise with SAA

Lolita Rowe, outreach archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, has been tapped by the Society of American Archivists to help produce its podcast “Archives in Context.” She was selected due to her outstanding work as the founding co-producer of the Rose Library Presents Podcast Series. The series launched in October 2020 with three distinct programs: “Atlanta Intersections,” “Behind the Archives” andCommunity Conversations.” The series has produced 21 episodes across the three programs. Each series premieres a new episode each month from October through May and is distributed on Apple Podcasts, Google, Amazon, Spotify and more than 25 other distribution networks. 


Yepes to serve as scientific reviewer

Neurologist Manuel Yepes will serve as a member of the Brain Injury and Neurovascular Pathologies Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health. Members review applications that investigate mechanisms of acute brain injury and test potential therapies in animal models of ischemic stroke, cerebral ischemia, traumatic brain injury and related vascular disorders (such as cerebral amyloid angiopathy, intracerebral hemorrhage, microvascular damage, vascular cognitive impairment and alterations in the blood brain barrier).

Yepes is professor of neurology and Distinguished O. Wayne Rollins Endowed Chair, Stroke and Imaging, Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


Yount is influential researcher in women’s empowerment

Kathryn M. Yount, Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health, has been recognized as an influential researcher in the field of women’s empowerment in a report published by Women’s Studies International Forum. The report’s authors reviewed articles published in 427 peer-reviewed journals by 1,845 authors over a 20-year period (1999-2019). Their findings placed Yount as No. 1 in the field when sorted by published articles and fourth when sorted by total citations related to the field of women’s empowerment. Yount is one of only two authors in the report to have appeared in the top 10 on both lists.

In the same report, Emory University was ranked the most influential institution in this space, as sorted by published articles on women’s empowerment.

Yount’s research centers on the social determinants of women’s health, including mixed-methods evaluations of social norms and empowerment-based programs to reduce gender-based violence and health disparities in underserved populations. She is the founding director of GROW, an Emory-based initiative to advance scholarship, leadership and social change with respect to women’s and girls’ empowerment, the prevention of gender-based violence and women’s health. Read more about the recognition.

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