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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 national awards for leadership and excellence.

Honors highlighted in this column:

Arnold selected as general chair for 2023 computing conference

Emory College computer science associate professor Dorian Arnold has been selected as the general chair of SC23, the 2023 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. Annually, SC draws up to 13,000 researchers, scientists, engineers and others working in high-performance computing from around the globe. Having been part of the SC leadership for more than a decade, Arnold’s plans for SC23 include building more opportunities to broaden participation in the conference and high-performance computing, for high school, college and graduate students. 

Arnold has spent his research career studying methods for improving the performance, reliability and usability of high-performance computing systems. He also has a steadfast commitment to developing diverse, sustainable pipelines of students interested in computing. This commitment is only partially exemplified by his service as a Distinguished Speaker for the Associated Computing Machinery and his leadership in the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, which connects diverse populations of undergraduate and graduate students with faculty, researchers and computing professionals and opportunities.

Bradley to serve as radiation oncology interim chair

Jeffrey Bradley has been appointed the new interim chairman of the Emory University Department of Radiation Oncology. He also holds the position of James W. Keller, MD Distinguished Professorship in Radiation Oncology.

Previously the executive vice chairman of the department, Bradley succeeds former Winship Cancer Institute Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., who announced in October 2020 that he would be stepping down from his role as chair.

Bradley joined Winship in 2019 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he served as the S. Lee Kling Endowed Professor of Radiation Oncology and clinical director of the Kling Proton Center. His achievements include leading the effort to open the world’s first single-room proton center at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital and being a founding member of the Particle Therapy Oncology Group of North America.

Del Rio awarded for excellence in public health

Carlos del Rio has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Charles R. Hatcher Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Public Health. This award is given to faculty in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center who, through their lifetime of work, exemplify excellence in public health. 

Hatcher, former vice president of health affairs and director, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, was the first recipient of this award in 1996 in honor of his long service and support of public health. This award honors del Rio for contributions to the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and also advancing the field of public health.  

Del Rio is executive associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine; professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine; and professor of global health and epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health.

Emergency Medicine residency program wins Diversity and Inclusion Award 

Emory School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been awarded the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)The award is presented in recognition of “innovation, commitment, thought leadership to create physician workforce diversity, and efforts to promote inclusivity.” 

In giving the award, the ACGME specifically noted Emory’s demonstrated success in diverse recruitment and retention, its commitment to pathway programs into medicine and its engagement with the greater Atlanta community. Award winners will be recognized in a virtual Awards Hall during the 2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Feb. 24-26.

Kramer and Alperin recognized as public health leaders

Two Rollins School of Public Health faculty members are the recipients of the prestigious 2021 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Excellence Awards, which recognize public health leaders for their service and achievements in teaching, research, practice and student services. 

Michael Kramer, associate professor of epidemiology, director of Emory Maternal and Child Health Center of Excellence and co-investigator for the RISE Education Core, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award, recognizing him for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship.  

Melissa (Moose) Alperin, director of the Executive MPH program and principal investigator and director of the Region IV Public Health Training Center, received the 2021 ASPPH Practice Excellence Award, recognizing her for devoting her career to advancing and integrating scholarly public health practice within research, teaching and service.

Award recipients will be recognized at ASPPH’s Annual Meeting in March 2021. 

Weeks wins 2020 Slack Award of SESAPS

Eric Weeks received the 2020 Francis G. Slack Award. Weeks serves as director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence; associate vice provost for faculty affairs; and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics.  

The Slack Award was created by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) to honor excellence in service to physics in the Southeast.

The citation for Weeks’ recognition read, “For demonstrated excellence in service to the physics community of the Southeast through his success in organizing the Southeast Soft Matter community, and co-founding the Southeast Meeting on Soft Matter. Dr. Weeks has brought increased recognition to Physics in the Atlanta area, establishing a flourishing culture of research and collaboration. In addition to founding and running the Science Education Research Journal Club at Emory for ten years, under his stewardship, the Emory research portfolio increased more than two-fold.”


Emory communications, advancement staff honored at 2021 CASE District III Awards

Emory’s Advancement and Alumni Engagement and Communications & Public Affairs were recently honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III, which covers nine states in the Southeast. These peer-selected regional 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. 

Advancement and Alumni Engagement staff won the “grand gold” award in the category of donor relations and stewardship, as well as three “bronze” awards for fundraising on a shoestring, marketing improvement, and video on a shoestring. “Grand gold” awards are the highest honor that can be given in a category; they are rare and given only to work that is extremely exceptional or "game-changing."

Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) staff won three “grand gold” awards in the categories of general news writing, series or collection writing, and writing for the web; four “gold” awards in the categories of profile writing, poster design, special events on a shoestring, and feature writing; two “silver” awards in the categories of digital communications/social media and individual photograph; and three “bronze” awards in the categories of editorial design, digital communications/websites (institutional), and feature writing. CPA was also honored as the region’s Platinum Award Finalist in the category of best article for the story “Man on Fire,” which advances to national competition, and as a platinum award honorable mention in the category of best practices for digital communications for the Emory School of Medicine Virtual Match Day 2020.

View all of Emory’s CASE District III Award-winning projects here.

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