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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.

Individual honors highlighted in this column:

Program and project recognitions:

Individual honors

Anderson elected to the American Philosophical Society

Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.  The society is composed of top scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines: mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and leaders in public and private affairs. Founded in 1743, it is the oldest learned society in the U.S.

Behera named associate editor of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

Madhusmita Behera, chief informatics and data officer for Winship Cancer Institute, has been named an associate editor of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Bussey-Jones elected president of Society of General Internal Medicine

The Society of General Internal Medicine has named Jada Bussey-Jones as its president for a three-year term, which began at the SGIM 2023 annual meeting in May. Bussey-Jones currently serves as the associate dean of professional development of Emory at Grady Memorial Hospital; the chief of general medicine and geriatrics for Emory at Grady; the director of education for Emory Urban Health Initiative; and the vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Department of Medicine.

Carter to give prestigious lecture at national conference

Ken Carter, interim dean of Oxford College and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, has been selected as the Harry Kirke Wolfe lecturer for the 2023 American Psychological Association convention in Washington, D.C. later this summer. 

Since 1990, the Wolfe lecture has been delivered each August by a renowned psychology professor to an audience of other psychology educators on a topic important to recent developments in the field. His lecture will be titled The Power of Public Scholarship: Inspiring Teaching and Learning.” 

Harvey named an ASCO Advocacy Champion

R. Donald Harvey, director of the Winship Cancer Institute Phase I Clinical Trials Unit and professor of hematology and medical oncology, was named an advocacy champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Advocacy champions have made meaningful contributions to ASCO’s advocacy activities to ensure that patients with cancer have access to high-quality, equitable cancer care. 

Henry receives internal medicine leadership award

Tracey Henry was awarded the Association of Chiefs in General Internal Medicine Leadership Award by the Society of General Internal Medicine at their 2023 annual meeting in May. This award recognizes an individual within their first 10 years of faculty appointment with exceptional skills in leadership in any number of areas of academic medicine, including clinical, educational, research or administrative efforts.

Henry serves as a general internist in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, where she provides primary care to resource-poor populations in Atlanta. She is an attending physician for the inpatient teaching services at Grady Memorial Hospital and assistant health director and supervising attending in the Primary Care Center. 

Hunt inducted into Masters in Hospital Medicine program

Dan Hunt is one of four hospitalists inducted into the Society of Hospital Medicine’s 2023 Masters in Hospital Medicine program. He received this exclusive recognition during the Society of General Internal Medicine’s annual meeting in May for his consistent, long-standing service and citizenship to patients, colleagues and the field of hospital medicine.

Hunt is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine.

Maleque honored for work in resident and fellow education

Noble Maleque received the prestigious Faith T. Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for his commitment to residents and fellows, as well as medical education. This award is given to an ACP member and distinguished educator who spends a significant amount of time teaching residents and fellows.

Maleque is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, associate program director for the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, and medical student advisor for the American Osler Society at Emory’s School of Medicine.

Maney is named a Harvard Radcliffe fellow

Psychology professor Donna L. Maney is a member of Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s 2023-24 class of fellows, a cohort whose projects contend with the urgent, the beautiful and the vast: from reckoning with the challenges of climate change to creating digital models of iconic Italian violins to detecting distant galaxies.

A Radcliffe fellowship offers scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences and arts — as well as writers, journalists and other distinguished professionals — a rare chance to pursue ambitious projects for a full year in a vibrant interdisciplinary setting amid the resources of Harvard. The 2023-24 fellows represent only 3.3% of the many applications that Radcliffe received.

While at Radcliffe, Maney will collaborate with scientists at Harvard University and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health to develop resources to help make biomedical research more sex/gender inclusive.

Marthers selected for leadership cohort of aspiring presidents

Emory University’s chief enrollment officer, Paul Marthers, has been selected to participate in the AGB Institute for Leadership and Governance in Higher Education’s cohort of aspiring presidents. Now entering its fifth year, 27 participants from institutions around the country will begin their experience with an in-person symposium in Washington, D.C., in September.

The institute aims to prepare participants to step into leadership roles and guide universities with confidence.

Martin appointed to global health board of directors 

Rebecca Martin, vice president for global health and director of the Emory Global Health Institute, has been appointed to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s board of directors. The consortium supports academic institutions and partners to improve the well-being of people and the planet through education, research, service and advocacy.

Park named inaugural 2023 Linda F. Hayward Achievement Award recipient

At the American Physiology Summit 2023 meeting, Jeanie Park was named the inaugural 2023 Linda F. Hayward Achievement Award recipient from the American Physiological Society Neural Control & Autonomic Regulation Section. This award recognizes a world-renowned, distinguished mid-career physiologist, who self-identifies as a woman, for her promising research in physiology regulated by the autonomic nervous system and related diseases. 

Park is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Renal Division.

Perkins receives Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

Molly Perkins received the 2023 Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award. The recognition is given to Southern Gerontological Society members in the academic milieu who have shown excellence in leadership within and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people, a strong record of scholarly publications, and significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.

Perkins is an associate professor within the Department of Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology. She is a social gerontologist and medical sociologist with research interests in social determinants of health and disparities, aging in minority and vulnerable populations, functional wellness, and long-term care. 

Ramalingam elected to Association of American Physicians

Suresh S. Ramalingam, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute and professor of hematology and medical oncology at Emory University School of Medicine, was elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Election to the AAP is an honor extended to physicians with outstanding credentials in basic or translational biomedical research and is limited to 70 persons per year. 

Rouphael named infectious diseases Investigator of the Year

Infectious diseases physician-scientist Nadine Rouphael was recently named the Investigator of the Year award recipient as part of the inaugural Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium (IDCRC) Annual Awards. This award is given to a well-established Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) investigator who has made exceptional contributions to research as it relates to the VTEU and IDCRC missions.

Rouphael is a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Division; executive director of the Hope Clinic; the Emory principal investigator for the NIH-funded Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit; and the clinical core principal investigator for the NIH-funded Human Immunology Project Consortium. 

Tucker presents at Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards

The senior program coordinator for Graduation Generation in Campus Life, Micah Tucker, served as a presenter at the 15th Annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards program, hosted by the ArtsBridge Foundation and streamed live on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the event celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre. Graduation Generation, housed in Campus Life’s Center for Civic and Community Engagement, mobilizes Emory students, faculty and staff to partner with K-12 schools and community organizations to support public schools in metro Atlanta.

Turbow receives Association for Prevention Teaching and Research award

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) has selected Sara Turbow as the 2023 recipient of the APTR Early Career Award in recognition of her dedication to instructing medical residents in the field of public health and disease prevention.

Turbow is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine. She also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine’s Division of Preventive Medicine, where she serves as associate program director for the public health and general preventive medicine residency program.

Wall honored for excellence in renal physiology

Susan M. Wall was honored by the American Physiological Society with the 2023 Robert W. Berliner Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology Award during the American Physiology Summit 2023 meeting. This award is the most prestigious award of the renal section and recognizes distinguished lifetime achievement in renal physiological research by a living scientist for their major contributions to the field of renal physiology over a lifetime.

Wall is a professor of medicine and physiology and focuses on renal medicine.

Wiley named American Federation for Medical Research president-elect

Zanthia Wiley is the 2023 president-elect of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR). In her new appointment, Wiley will lead one of the nation’s longest-running and largest organizations for multidisciplinary medical research in furthering its mission to “develop and mentor tomorrow's leaders in medical research.”

Wiley is an assistant professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine.

Williams receives lupus research award

Jessica Williams has received the Diversity in Lupus Research Career Development Award (DLR CDA) from the Lupus Research Alliance, the world’s leading private funder of lupus research. The Diversity in Lupus Research Career Development Award supports outstanding early-career underrepresented minority scientists to establish a competitive independent research program in the lupus research area. Along with this award, Williams will receive $600,000 of funding over four years for her research.

Williams is an assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine’s rheumatology division.

Woc-Colburn elected as Southern Society for Clinical Investigation counselor

Laila Woc-Colburn was elected as a counselor for the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. The society is dedicated to the advancement of medical research and the exchange of knowledge, information and ideas. Society members are committed to mentoring future generations of medical investigators and promoting careers in academic medicine.

Woc-Colburn is an associate professor in the School of Medicine’s infectious diseases division.

Program and project recognitions

African American Studies PhD program receives recognition

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) awarded Emory's Department of African American Studies its 2023 Sankore Institute Award. The honor recognizes the department and Emory's efforts to improve and promote the study of African descended people through the creation of the PhD program in African American Studies. 

Established in 1975 to formalize the study of African and African American experience (otherwise known as Black Studies) and to strengthen and expand programs devoted to this endeavor, NCBS is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world. The Sankore Institutional Award is named for the 14th-century university in Timbuktu (present-day Mali) and honors outstanding achievement in Africana studies.

Campus construction projects garner multiple industry awards

Several of the university’s recent construction projects have been recognized with industry awards.

Emory Nursing Learning Center received two awards:

  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Best of Education and Research
  • Southeast Region Design Build Institute of America Award for Best Higher Education Design-Build Project

The Emory Nursing Learning Center is an innovative facility designed to anticipate challenges in nursing education and embrace innovative technologies and advanced teaching methods. Supporting nursing students from undergraduates to working professionals, this 70,000-square-foot renovation project encompassed four levels of a commercial office and branch bank location initially opened in 1962 as the Decatur Federal Savings and Loan Building. Embracing the former bank’s mid-century modern interiors, the center incorporates the university's branding and campus design aesthetics across all the floors to create a modern, cohesive learning environment. With more than 20,000 square feet of simulation space, the Emory Nursing Learning Center now houses the largest nursing simulation center in the southeast.

The R. Randall Rollins Building received first place in the 2023 Association of General Contractors (AGC) Build Georgia Award program.

AGC awards celebrate projects based on criteria including exceptional project safety performance, innovation in construction techniques and materials, dedication to client service and customer care, and overcoming the challenges of a difficult project.  The new R. Randall Rollins Building joins the Grace Crum Rollins and Claudia Nance Rollins Buildings to expand Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health Complex. Faculty, researchers and students enjoy new spaces for learning and training in this state-of-the-art facility. The 185,000-square-foot, 10-story building adds 10 new classrooms to the school in addition to multiple areas for studying and training, including an expansive reading room and outdoor terrace.

The Health Sciences Research Building II (HSRB-II) received the 2023 People’s Choice Award in the “Unbuilt” category from the American Institute of Architects’ Georgia chapter.

Competing with more than 200 submitted projects (including 13 in its category), HSRB-II and the architect (HOK) received the greatest number of votes from AIA Georgia members and the general public. Emory HSRB II comprises 350,000 square feet of state-of-the-art biomedical research space. It is the largest academic health sciences research facility in Georgia and one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken on Emory’s campus. HSRB-II is an eight-story building with one full basement, one partial basement and a six-level tower specifically designed to leverage the existing site grades and physical connections to HSRB-I on every level. When fully occupied, the building will accommodate more than 1,200 researchers from across diverse specialties including cardiology, vaccinology, immunology, oncology, neurology, pediatrics and biomedical engineering.

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