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Acclaim: Honors for Clark, Harman, Covey, Long, Mayberg, Quave and Wang

Beverly Cox Clark and Charlie Harman have been named to the Class of 2015 of Leadership DeKalb.

Clark is senior communications officer in Emory's Office of Communications and Marketing. Harman is vice president of governmental affairs.

During the 10-month program, Clark and Harman and other members of the class will participate in full-day program sessions, community service projects and police ride-alongs.

Leadership DeKalb is a leadership development program founded in 1986 to educate community leaders and to address issues facing the growing population in DeKalb County.

Bruce Covey won Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta 2014 for "best book by a local author."

Covey is senior director of technology services and bookstore relations in Campus Life.  

Covey's winning book is entitled "Change Machine." Creative Loafing's annual celebration of the best of the city is in its 42nd year of presenting awards.

Thomas G. Long won the silver award for his most recent book in the religion category at Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.

Long is Bandy Professor of Preaching in Candler School of Theology.

His book "The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care" was co-authored with poet, essayist and undertaker Thomas Lynch and published by Westminster John Knox, 2013. The authors reflect on the Christian treatment of the funeral in the 21st century from spiritual, commercial and historical angles.

IndieFab winners were selected by a group of librarians and booksellers from around the country to exemplify the best work coming from today's independent authors and publishers.

Thomas G. Long

Helen Mayberg was presented with the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Mayberg is professor of psychiatry, neurology and radiology and Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics in the School of Medicine.

Established by the Society of Biological Psychiatry to honor pioneering contributions to the field, the award is presented for significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge in biological psychiatry.

Helen Mayberg

Cassandra Quave was awarded a Phytoneering Award from the Bionorica Global Research Initiative competition.

Quave is visiting assistant professor in the department of dermatology in the School of Medicine.

The prize in the amount of 50,000 euros will be used to launch a new study in the Quave lab on medicinal plant natural product activity against acne biofilms.

Quave accepted the award in Mallorca, Spain, where she was joined by her longtime mentor Michelle Lampl, professor of anthropology.

Cassandra Quave

Fusheng Wang has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year, $446,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Wang is computer scientist in biomedical informatics in the School of Medicine

Wang will use the grant to support software development in the field of spatial big data. The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.

Fusheng Wang

"Acclaim" recognizes the accomplishments of staff and faculty. Listings may include awards and prizes; election to boards and societies; and similarly notable accomplishment in the wider community. To submit an item for the "Acclaim" column, contact

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