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Celebrate milestones while
striving for new ones

This issue of Momentum magazine marks an exciting time of milestones and new beginnings. We start a new year, the fifth (or sixth, depending on how you count them) of our new millennium. How time flies! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we all were looking forward with great anticipation to the dawn of the 21st century. We should never forget the feelings of wonder and resolve that fueled our imaginations–wonder at what the new century would bring and resolve at what we could make of it, each in our own way as well as collectively, in our work, with our families, and in other aspects of our lives.
    One of the big milestones we mark is the 150th anniversary of Emory University School of Medicine (SOM). As this issue’s cover story details, the SOM has seen a fascinating 15 decades of significant change and achievement. From modest, but very promising beginnings, the SOM has evolved and grown, with a dedicated faculty and strong leaders, to become one of the very best schools in the country. Even now, when its students and faculty are on a steep trajectory toward even higher levels of achievement, the SOM is once again raising the bar by undertaking a complete review of its curriculum to ensure that our students will be best prepared for the demands of 21st century health care, research, and related pursuits.
     There is much else that is new and exciting throughout the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), including anniversary milestones we will mark this year for Emory University Hospital (100th), Yerkes National Primate Research Center (75th), and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (100th). But far more important than the anniversaries themselves is the extraordinary work being done within these institutions and throughout the WHSC. We will continue to bring you some of the many highlights of this
     One final milestone and new beginning that I would like to bring to your attention is one for the magazine itself. With this issue, we welcome our new editor, Catherine Harris. Catherine is replacing Marlene Goldman, who had been our editor since the founding of Momentum and who did an outstanding job managing and helping build Momentum into the first-rate, award-winning publication that it is. Marlene has taken her terrific skills to WHSC’s development office, where she now serves as director of communications. Catherine Harris comes to us from a strong and diverse background in journalism and publications. Immediately before being named editor, she was a freelance medical journalist, speciaizing in coverage of medical ethics, public health, and institutional research compliance programs. Previous positions include three years as an editor with American Health Consultants, a publishing division of Thomson Healthcare Communications, and a stint as a reporter and copy editor for the Columbus-Ledger Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. Catherine is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
      Please join me in thanking Marlene and wishing her all the best in her new role and in welcoming Catherine as our new editor. We can expect great things on both counts!





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