Emory in Teach For America top 20

Emory ranks among the top 20 medium-sized colleges and universities contributing alumni to Teach For America’s teaching corps. Emory has earned a spot in the top 20 for each of the seven years that the list has been released. Teach For America recruits outstanding graduates to commit to teach in high-need public schools. Some 22 Emory alumni joined Teach For America for 2014.

Emory and Spelman to offer dual nursing degree

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Spelman College have joined forces to offer a dual-degree program that provides Spelman students the opportunity to obtain a degree in nursing. Students will study for three years at Spelman, then enroll at Emory for a two-year track that culminates with a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in nursing. 

Emory ranked highly by US News

Emory has been ranked 21st among the nation’s top universities in the new 2015 Best Colleges guidebook from US News & World Report. Emory was 18th among universities offering the “best value” based on a combination of academic quality and the average level of need-based financial aid. The university also was cited for its economic diversity, with 22 percent of undergraduates receiving need-based Pell Grants.

Mayberg honored for advances in biological psychiatry

Helen Mayberg, professor of psychiatry, neurology, and radiology and Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics in the School of Medicine, was presented with the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Established to honor pioneering contributions to the field, the award is presented for significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge.

Business dean named ‘Woman of Power’

Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James was recently named one of 10 “Women of Power” by Black Enterprise. James appeared on the top list of women making an impact in education. James was named dean of the school in May, becoming the first African American woman to lead a top-25 US business school. 

Grant to foster progress in biomedical informatics

Emory researcher Li Xiong has won a $1.06 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Xiong is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory College and the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Emory School of Medicine. She will use the award to develop improved methods for building data registries.

Emory welcomes new finance leaders

Carol Dillon Kissal has been named vice president for finance/chief finance officer, succeeding Edie Murphree and reporting to Michael Mandl, executive vice president, business and administration. Kissal joins Mike Andrechak, Emory’s chief university budget officer, who was appointed by Provost Claire Sterk in May. Kissal and Andrechak will work in tandem leading Emory’s finance and budget functions.

Saint Joseph’s recognized for cardiac care

Emory Saint Joseph’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its ventricular assist device (VAD) program. The VAD is an artificial heart pump that can be used as a bridge to transplant or as a “destination therapy” for certain patients in which transplantation is not an option. 

Two new fund-raising leaders appointed

Emory has appointed Bill Kotti and Mathwon Howard, fund-raising professionals with a combined 40 years of development experience, as associate vice presidents to the senior leadership team of the Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Kotti was previously the president of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation; Howard joins Emory from Duke University, where he was director of major gifts.

Candler celebrates a century

Candler School of Theology, founded in July 1914, celebrates its centennial beginning this fall with an opening convocation in Cannon Chapel, the publishing of a new book on its history, the dedication of a new building for Pitts Theology Library, and a series of events throughout the academic year, culminating in an academic conference.

Wang receives NSF award

Fusheng Wang has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year, $446,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Wang, a computer scientist in biomedical informatics in the School of Medicine, will use the grant to support software development in the field of spatial big data. 

Emory among best for LGBT students

Emory has been named among the nation’s “best of the best” for cultivating a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students as one of Campus Pride’s 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities. With a five-star overall ranking, Emory is the only university in Georgia to be included in the Top 50.

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