MARBL kicks off renovation

Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) will undergo a major transformation over the coming year, creating a dynamic, technology-enhanced space in its tenth-floor home atop the Robert W. Woodruff Library. The redesign, which will offer scholars, students, and visitors improved and expanded access to MARBL’s rich resources, is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

New center for congenital heart defects

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Healthcare announced this spring that they are partnering to launch the Congenital Heart Center of Georgia (CHCG). One of the largest programs in the US and the first in Georgia, the CHCG is a comprehensive program for children and adults with congenital heart defects, providing a continuum of lifesaving care from before birth through adulthood.

First chief budget officer appointed

As part of a multiyear management succession plan of outstanding, long-term financial leaders at Emory, Michael John Andrechak has joined Emory as the university’s first chief university budget officer (CUBO) and vice provost. Andrechak brings more than 30 years of experience from the University of Illinois, where he served most recently as associate chancellor and vice provost for budgets and resource planning.

Funding for influenza study

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded Emory a contract to fund the Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. The first-year award is approximately $3.6 million, with potential funding up to $26.7 million over seven years. The award includes a subcontract to the University of Georgia.

School of Law faculty member named to governor’s council

Melissa Carter, director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center of Emory’s School of Law, has been named to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Child Welfare Reform Council. The council will complete a comprehensive review of the Division of Family and Children Services and advise the governor on possible executive agency reforms and legislative fixes if necessary.

Goizueta students make best case

Rae Oglesby 14MBA, Joe Faxio 14MBA, Iesha Scott 14MBA, and Onix Ramirez 06C 14MBA won the Executive Leadership Foundation’s 2014 Business Case Competition. The team from Goizueta Business School delivered the best case for promoting the implementation of Common Core State Standards, a set of academic standards in math and English language/literacy proposed to be adopted nationwide.

NSF grant to help reduce waterborne disease risk

Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health has received a five-year, $2.5 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new computational approaches for better understanding and responding to infectious disease risks that result from a changing and variable climate. Justin Remais, associate professor of environmental health, is principal investigator of the new project.

Nursing center director recognized

Kate Moore is leaning on her experience in the military to help build what she calls “a team of champions” at the Evans Center and Simulation Lab at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Moore, the winner of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2014 Health-Care Heroes Award for Military Service, took over the Evans Center last year after retiring from the army reserves as a colonel.

HHMI grant will transform chemistry curriculum

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded Emory University a $1.2 million grant to reenvision the chemistry curriculum at Emory College and Oxford College. The award marks the seventh HHMI grant for Emory, says Pat Marsteller, director of the Emory College Center for Science Education.

Athletic director of the year

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics has announced Emory’s Tim Downes as one of 28 winners of the 2013–2014 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. Downes is one of four representatives from the Division III ranks to be recognized.

Alzheimer’s research attracts federal funding

Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has been awarded a five-year, $7.2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, to discover proteins altered by Alzheimer’s. The project is part of research driven by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which calls for accelerating research efforts.

Global health case competition marks fifth year

In March, the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) hosted 24 student teams from universities around the world to explore World Health Organization reform in its 2014 International Emory Global Health Case Competition. EGHI has been hosting global health case competitions since 2009, and the event was its third international competition.

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