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Acclaim: Honors for Abbington, Applegate, Brown, Dudziak, Isakov, Liebeskind, McDaniels

James Abbington was named a fellow of The Hymn Society of the United States, the highest honor given by the organization.

Abbington is associate professor of church music and worship at Candler School of Theology. He is also the executive editor of the African American Church Music Series published by GIA Publications.

Abbington received the recognition because of his work as a scholar, editor and practitioner of church music with a particular emphasis on African-American congregational song.

Kimberly E. Applegate received the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award from the American Association of Women Radiologists.

Applegate is director of practice quality improvement and professor of radiology and pediatrics in the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.

The award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology.

Jericho Brown was named a judge for the prestigious 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.

Brown is associate professor of English in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

PEN Awards judges select the recipient of the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, given to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.

Mary L. Dudziak has been elected vice president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Dudziak is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory. She also holds the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance, Library of Congress, and is director, Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society.

Following her year in office as vice president, Dudziak will serve as president of the Society the following year.

Erika James was invited to participate in the Renaissance Weekend, the non-partisan retreat founded in 1981 to build bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields.

James is dean of Goizueta Business School.

The invitation-only gathering, founded in 1981, celebrated its 35th year and was held in Charleston, S.C., from Dec. 28 through Jan. 1. The 1,000 participants engaged in 500 lectures, seminars, discussions and performances, at what has been called "the grand-daddy of idea festivals."

Alexander Isakov was named one of the "25 Emergency Medicine & EMS Professors You Should Know" on the Medical Technology Schools website.

Isakov is associate professor of emergency medicine and director of prehospital & disaster medicine at Emory.

Lanny Liebeskind has been named as an American Chemical Society Fellow for 2015.

Liebeskind is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Organic Chemistry.

The 2015 class of ACS Fellows includes 78 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. They represent a wide range of disciplines and geographic locations, from 30 of the Society’s technical divisions, 57 local sections and 23 national committees.

Pellom McDaniels III received a key to the city of Lexington from Mayor Jim Gray and was commissioned a "Kentucky Colonel," the highest honor given to a citizen, by Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear.

McDaniels is curator of African American Collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library

McDaniels participated in a series of events in Lexington in October related to his research on Isaac Murphy, an African American jockey who was the first three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby. Murphy had largely faded from view until McDaniels published the biography "The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy" in 2013.


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