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Foundation and Faculty News at Emory

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a three-year, $1.25 million grant to Emory University to support a Humanities Pathways initiative at Emory College of Arts and Sciences and Oxford College of Emory University. The initiative aims to better prepare students to convert their academic pursuits into meaningful professional opportunities through the development of new and enhanced curricula, classroom experiences and course innovation.


  • The Rollins Foundation has pledged $65 million to Emory for the construction of a third Rollins School of Public Health building. The building will be named the R. Randall Rollins Building and groundbreaking is currently set for 2020. “The Rollins family continues to demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to the health of global communities,” says Claire E. Sterk, president of Emory University. “This new investment is a gift for the future that will have world-wide reach. It will propel the faculty, staff and students of the Rollins School of Public Health to new levels of leadership and service for the greater good.  We are truly grateful for the Rollins family’s partnership with Emory.” "We are thrilled to be able to build upon our strategic investment in Emory," said Amy Rollins Krisler, executive director of The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation. "Construction of a third building dedicated to public health will enable the university to continue its upward trajectory as one of the world's leading schools excelling in publich health scholarship and reserach." 


  • The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation granted $172,000 to continue providing need-based financial assistance to women living at Budd Terrace Wesley Woods skilled nursing center. Since 2010, Emory Healthcare has received $1,463,000 in grants from the foundation for the Budd Terrace female residents. Additionally, the foundation awarded $2,401,000 for Emory University scholarships.


  •  The Ray C. Anderson Foundation awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory Unviersity to advance the Georgia Climate Project. The state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, now also includes Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia.


  • The Marcus Foundation awarded a new $5 million gift to the Department of Pediatrics in Emory University School of Medicine to renew support for 15 pediatrician/researchers in the Marcus Society of Pediatrics. The Marcus Professors practice medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and conduct research in laboratories at Emory School of Medicine. For more information, please visit the Emory News Center.


  •   The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) is an educational program designed to teach modern science to Tibetan monastics. With a generous new grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, ETSI expanded in 2018. Two small science labs will be created and three summer intensive courses were offered to the first cohort of Tibetan Buddhist nuns from five nunneries across India. The ultimate goal of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is to build a bridge between two complementary systems of knowledge by educating future scientific collaborators who can contribute to new discoveries in the science of mind and body. More information on the Emory-Tibet Partnership.


  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation awarded $550,000 to Emory Mathematician Ken Ono for The Spirit of Ramanujan Talent Initiative, a global program to identify and nurture gifted students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Visit the YouTube video and Emory's News Center for more information.


Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Gordon Berman, Physics, for winning a Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award. This award provides "$100,000 to each recipient identified as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution."


  • Congratulations to Eva Dyer and Chethan Pandarinath from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University for their Research Fellowship awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships recognize early-career scholars who are among the most promising researchers in their fields.



  • Congratulations to Carla J. Berg Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, and Associate Director, Population Services Winship Cancer Institute on being selected to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 List. This award recognizes significant career achievements and demonstrated social and community responsibility.

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