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Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff

Emory faculty and staff are frequently recognized for their work locally, nationally and internationally. The following is a sampling of recent accolades, including appointments to professional boards and awards for outstanding research and teaching.

Honors highlighted in this column:

Bonsall honored with distinguished teaching award

Joanna Bonsall, associate professor in the division of hospital medicine, is the recipient of the 2020 Evangeline Papageorge Distinguished Teaching Award. The award, established in 1993 by the Emory Medical Alumni Association, is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the School of Medicine and Emory University.

The Papageorge Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of medical education and honors the legacy of Dr. Evangeline Papageorge 29G 37M, beloved teacher and administrator who served Emory for many decades. The award and honorarium are given each year to a medical faculty member whose intellectual luminosity has generated the greatest excitement about learning among students and colleagues.

Dinner receives two residential study fellowships

Deborah Dinner, associate professor of law, has won two fellowships this year. The ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars was awarded in 2020, to be used at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress, 2022-2023. The fellowship, through the American Council of Learned Societies, supports long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. 

The Law and Public Affairs Fellowship through Princeton University, is for 2020-2021. Outstanding faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers and judges are invited to apply for visiting, residential appointments for the academic year. Each year, through its fellows program, LAPA brings to Princeton world-class experts on the law to engage in their own research and in the intellectual life of the campus. 

Dinner is a legal historian whose scholarship examines the interaction between social movements, political culture and legal change. Her research focuses on questions of gender and class equity in the legal regulation of the workplace and labor markets, family relationships, the hybrid public-private welfare regime and insurance law. 

Hubbard inducted into American Ophthalmological Society

Baker Hubbard, vice chair of clinic operations and director of the clinical retina section at Emory Eye Center, was inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS). 

Hubbard is the chief of the vitreoretinal surgery and disease section at Emory Eye Center and serves as the vice chief of ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, Egleston.

The AOS is a medical society of ophthalmologists and the second oldest specialty medical society in the United States. The mission of AOS is to promote excellence in patient care, education and research, to address essential issues in medicine and to advance the art and science of ophthalmology.

Im chosen as outstanding nurse scientist

Eun-Ok Im received the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Outstanding Nurse Scientist Award. The award acknowledges Council members whose sustained programs of research have had significant impact on nursing and health care knowledge development with recognizable benefits for nursing practice and health care.

Im is senior associate dean of research and innovation with the School of Nursing.  She will be recognized at the 20th Anniversary Virtual Event during the CANS State of the Science Congress in September.

Koplan joins CDC Foundation Board of Directors

Jeffrey Koplan has been elected to a five-year term on the board of directors of the CDC Foundation.

Koplan is a former director and 26-year veteran of the CDC. He founded the Emory Global Health Institute in 2006 and served as its director until March 2013; he currently is the university’s vice president for global health and is a co-investigator of the Emory Global Health Institute’s Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) network.

The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private sector resources to support CDC’s health protection mission in America and around the world.

Lynch noted as distinguished alumnus

Mary Lynch, professor of ophthalmology, has received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The award is one of the highest honors bestowed by Johns Hopkins and recognizes “those alumni and trainees who have brought credit to the university through their personal, professional or humanitarian achievements.” 

Lynch was recognized as a distinguished alumnus for her work in ophthalmology that has been essential in understanding and improving the lives of patients with glaucoma.

During her career, Lynch’s research has centered on innovative ways to deal with difficult problems in glaucoma. She was the first to publish papers on several treatments and surgical techniques for glaucoma patients used today. She joined Emory and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in 1988, where she served as chief of the ophthalmology section from 1994-2010.


Niyyar recognized for distinguished clinical service

Vandana Niyyar received the Distinguished Clinical Service Award from the American Society of Nephrology. The award recognizes individuals who combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to patients, exemplify leadership and excellence in the practice of nephrology and have initiated or been involved in volunteer programs or have provided volunteer service post-training. 

Niyyar is a professor in the division of renal medicine. Her clinical interests center on kidney failure, with specific expertise in dealing with vascular access for hemodialysis patients and renal ultrasonography.


Perreault appointed to Biological Systems and Functions Evaluation Group

Marie-Claude Perreault, assistant professor in the Department of Physiology, has been appointed to Biological Systems and Functions Evaluation Group of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 

NSERC is Canada’s research funding agency that supports research in the natural sciences and engineering domains. NSERC’s role is to invest in people, discovery and innovation, including supporting postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies and research by postsecondary professors. 

Perreault will serve a three-year term as part of the group.


Pinder to serve as Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Kamina Pinder was chosen as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow through University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. The Governor's Teaching Fellows Program was established by Zell Miller, governor of Georgia from 1991-1999, to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. The program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Pinder is assistant professor of practice and director of the professionalism program with Emory Law.


Price named to public health emergency committee

Polly J. Price, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and professor of global health, was chosen as a member of the Study Committee on Public Health Emergency Authorities of the Uniform Law Commission. The committee will study the need for and feasibility of one or more uniform state laws addressing the authority of state governments to respond to epidemics, pandemics, and other public health emergencies.

In addition, Price presented “COVID-19 and the Creation of a Convention on Pandemic Suppression,” at University College London, United Kingdom, in April.


Wenger receives mentorship award

Nanette K. Wenger was recognized with the 2020 Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award of the American Heart Association. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding and long-term contributions as a mentor in developing academic cardiovascular physicians and scientists. 

Wenger is professor of medicine (emeritus) in the Division of Cardiology and a consultant to the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. She also is founding consultant of Emory Women’s Heart Center. Her award will be announced during the Presidential Address at the AHA’s scientific sessions in November.


University honored for educational fundraising, writing for the web

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recently honored Emory University’s Advancement and Alumni Engagement and Communications & Public Affairs

These peer-selected and adjudicated national awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism while delivering exceptional results in the fields of advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits. 

Emory’s Advancement and Alumni Engagement was named as a recipient of the 2020 CASE Educational Fundraising Award in the “Overall Improvement” category. A committee of experienced fundraisers select winners based on factors and variables including patterns of growth in total support; overall breadth of fundraising; patterns of growth in gifts from sources including alumni, other individuals, corporations and foundations; alumni participation; and more. 

Emory’s Communications & Public Affairs received two 2020 CASE Circle of Excellence “gold” awards in the category of Writing for the Web, the highest award given in the category. The Emory News Center was honored for a collection of digital immersive stories noted by judges for “wonderful page layout, intriguing story topics and great utilization of photos.” Emory also earned a gold award for “Stone Age Blades to Cutting-Edge Chemistry: Science Past and Future,” a collection of three online features showing how nature and our past informs the science of today and of tomorrow, also praised by judges for “great visuals, fascinating story topics, wonderful overall presentation.”

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