Starting a Women in Science Chapter at Emory


Kerry-Ann Pinard, a College sophomore and NBB Major, is organizing a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26th (6pm, Atwood 316), for students interested in starting a chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) at Emory. According to Kerry-Ann:

AWIS is a national organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM). With the ever growing number of bright, young female minds pursuing education and careers in STEM at Emory University, the need for a local chapter also grows. The Emory chapter of AWIS will serve as a constant support system for the women in STEM as well as be an invaluable resource connecting them to opportunities involving research, shadowing, mentorship, and community outreach that may otherwise have been hard to obtain.

Contact Kerry-Ann for more information.


Emory Students Receive Truman, Goldwater Scholarships

Three Emory University students have recently received the highly competitive Truman and Goldwater national scholarships.

Emory University junior Stephanie Spangler (see photo), who has been selected as a 2011 Truman Scholar, one of only 60 students in the nation to receive the competitive fellowship meant to foster careers in government and public service. Students are selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”

As a Truman Scholar, Spangler will receive $30,000 for graduate study. She is the 12th Truman Scholar from Emory, and the first since 2006.

An Emory Woodruff Scholar, Spangler was described by her nominator as “one of the most celebrated and outstanding leaders to attend the Emory College of Arts and Sciences in many years.” She maintains a 4.0 GPA in sociology and history, and is an active volunteer with the AmeriCorps program JumpStart, through which she tutors and mentors low-income, pre-kindergarten students. Spangler plans to dedicate her career to advocating for children, especially for high quality early education for all.

In her role as vice president of the Emory College Council, Spangle’s signature effort has been the establishment of a volunteer council to better coordinate volunteer efforts, outreach and cooperation across all of Emory’s schools and units. She was recently selected for Emory’s yearlong Community Building and Social Change Fellowship.

Emory juniors Moiez Ali and Jonathan Lin are recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship, named for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater. The award provides up to $7,500 annually for tuition or other education-related expenses in their remaining years at Emory.

Ali is a biology major and plans to complete dual M.D./Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience and eventually conduct research on neurodegenerative disease.

Lin is a neuroscience and behavioral biology major. He plans to complete dual M.D./Ph.D. degrees in neurology and conduct research in biomedical science, with a particular interest in vision and ocular disease.

Sophomores and juniors in the hard sciences, math and engineering may apply for Goldwater Scholarships and must have an excellent academic record, substantive research experience and plans to pursue advanced degrees after graduation in preparation for a career in research. They were among the 278 recipients chosen from a pool of students across the country.

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College faculty featured in special Emory Report

The following College faculty are spotlighted in a special issue of Emory Report (Jan. 7, 2011) — representing just a few of the faculty helping the University achieve its level of excellence.

  • Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies and author of the book Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Gustavus Myers and Bernath Book awards. Her forthcoming book examines the NAACP’s role in revitalizing global freedom movements from 1941 to 1960.
  • Uriel Kitron, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, is now working with more than a dozen Emory undergraduate and graduate students on a large-scale, federally-funded project to help determine why cities like Chicago, Detroit and Denver have a much higher incidence of West Nile Virus than places like Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami.
  • English professor Laura Otis is on a Fulbright Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she is completing a book on visual and verbal thinking.
  • Deboleena Roy, associate professor of women’s studies and neuroscience and behavioral biology, bridges the divide between feminist theory and the natural sciences.

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