Evan Dunn Receives Emory’s Highest Student Honor

Emory senior Evan Dunn, a political science and history major, is the 2012 recipient of the university’s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award, which is presented each year to a graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to both the university and the greater community without expectation of recognition.

Candidates are required to demonstrate a strong character, meritorious service and sense of integrity. Dunn received the award, which also comes with $5,000, during the central commencement ceremony on May 14th.

After transitioning from Oxford College to Emory College, he interned with the International Rescue Committee, working as a tutor and helping refugees navigate the healthcare system. He is co-founder and program manager for a refugee GED program in Clarkston, Ga., and leads a weekly Volunteer Emory service trip to the program for other students.

On campus, Dunn served on the Honor Council and led the Emory College Council’s Committee for Academic Integrity. He has also served as an orientation leader and captain and currently works with the Oxford Continuee Association. In addition, he worked as a student manager in the Student Activity and Academic Center.

After graduation, Dunn will teach high-school math in Atlanta as part of Teach for America for two years. He plans to return to school to earn a law degree and masters in public health to pursue a career in policy making and healthcare.

See full news release with accompanying YouTube video.

Bruce Levin (Biology) Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Emory University biologist Bruce Levin (Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Biology) has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Levin is a leader in using mathematical and computer simulation modeling to study the evolutionary biology of bacteria and their viruses. Some of the health questions his lab addresses include the pharmacodynamics of antibiotics and the within-host population and evolutionary dynamics of bacterial infections and their treatment with antibiotics.

See full article in Emory Report

Peggy Barlett (Anthropology) Recognized with University’s Highest Award

Peggy Barlett, the Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and faculty liaison for the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, is receiving the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award, the University’s premier honor for significant service to the institution through personal activities, influence and leadership.

In the early 2000s, she began serving as the sustainability point person for faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni, planting the seeds for Emory to become a nationally recognized green campus. The Piedmont Project, for example, infuses sustainability into the curriculum across disciplines, and has become a model for the country, inspiring hundreds of others.

Barlett also helped develop the Sustainability Vision for Emory, adopted by the President’s Cabinet in 2005 as a core principle of the University’s strategic plan. The vision called for an Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and laid out clear and ambitious goals to achieve by 2015. Among them: Reduce average campus energy use by 25 percent, reduce the total waste stream by 65 percent, and procure 75 percent of the food for campus dining facilities from local or sustainably grown sources.

See Emory Report article

Lori Teague “Dance in Progress”

Lori Teague, director and associate professor in the Emory Dance Program, talks about the ideas behind her choreography in this Emory Dance Program series. [October 4, 2011, Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts]



“Miles to the left”

On the Choreography of “Miles to the left”

On the Choreography of “Questions to ask a river, or a creek”

Segment of “Questions to ask a river, or a creek”

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Greg Catalier “Dance in Progress” (Nov. 1, 2011) — Coming Soon

George Staib “Dance in Progress” (Sept. 20, 2011)

Anna Leo “Dance in Progress” (Sept. 6, 2011)

Emory Once Again Ranked Top School for Writers

Don’t take our word for it. CollegeDegree.com ranks Emory as the number one school for writers in the U.S. According to them:

1. Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia): Ask anyone for the best schools for writers, and Emory will inevitably emerge. With a plethora of outstanding minds flocking to and from Emory every year (be it guest lecturers, students, or alumni), it is no wonder why Emory would be a prime place for a budding writer. Emory offers extraordinary flexibility to its students; the only required course of all English majors is Poetry. Emory also allows English majors to double major in creative writing through Emory’s very own undergraduate Creative Writing program, which offers workshops spanning over several genres, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Students looking for more personal settings with professors will be happy to find that most English classes cap at 15 students, while the largest cap at 25.

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