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LANNY LIEBESKIND, a professor of chemistry at Emory College, recently assumed the newly created position of director of science strategies for the University.
     In his new role, the former senior associate dean for research is charged with aligning scientific priorities across the different schools and institutes at Emory and with improving the institution’s national research standing.
     Among his initial goals, Liebeskind says, will be to recruit highly competitive faculty in key areas, improve the national rankings of science departments, create greater opportunities for interdisciplinary research, and increase understanding, interaction, and cooperation between the health sciences and other arts and sciences at Emory.
     “This is an exciting time at Emory and one in which science and technology will play a central role in advancing our mission,” he says.
     The new position reports directly to WHSC CEO Michael M.E. Johns, University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Earl Lewis, and Michael Mandl, Emory’s executive vice president for finance and administration.
     The change in administrative structure comes at a time when Emory is focusing on science and technology as a key pillar of its strategic plan. Three of the plan’s main initiatives are in science and technology, areas where Emory believes it can become a national and international leader. These are neuroscience, human nature, and society; predictive health and society; and computational and life sciences.
     The University recently launched a number of new initiatives in these areas that will feature unprecedented interdisciplinary cooperation. For example, the planned Comprehensive Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Research Center will integrate translational research, clinical care, and education and draw not only on the expertise of faculty in medicine and public health and at Yerkes National Primate Research Center but also will involve faculty from law, business, and the arts.
     “Dr. Liebeskind will serve as a catalyst for integrating the tremendous scientific resources and intellectual capacity available throughout the University,” says Johns. “By focusing our priorities and coordinating our goals, we can expect to accomplish a great deal more than if our efforts were fragmented.”


J. DAVID ALLEN, WHSC board member and president and CEO of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Atlanta, has accepted the position of 2007 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Psychiatrist MICHAEL COMPTON, SOM, received the 2006 William Kane Rising Star Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine. The award honors Compton’s past work with the college on the Prevention Practice Committee and his recent appointment to the Core Examination Committee. He is board-certified in both preventive medicine and psychiatry.

Nursing Management: Principles and Practice, a textbook edited by MARY GULLATTE, was named 2005 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. Gullatte is director of nursing, oncology, and transplant services for the Winship Cancer Institute.

CLINTON KILTS, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SOM, is the first holder of the Paul Janssen Chair of Neuropsycho-pharmacology at Emory. Janssen LP, a U.S. pharmaceutical company that focuses exclusively on mental health, provided the support to endow the chair, which is named in honor of its founder, Paul Janssen, a leading Belgian researcher, pharmacologist, and physician.

SHUMING NIE, associate director of nanotechnology and bioengineering, Winship Cancer Institute, and four other scientists have received the 2006 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics for research using quantum dot crystals as biologic labels. The Rank Prize Funds were established in London in 1972 by the late Lord Rank to support research in nutrition and optoelectronics.

NADINE KASLOW, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SOM, and chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, recently received the Presidential Citation Award from the American Psychological Association for her work with psychology trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and training sites in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane, many young psychologists were confronted with the loss of training sites where they had expected to complete internships or postdoctoral fellowships. At least five training programs were either destroyed or disrupted. As emerita board member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, Kaslow personally called dozens of psychology training program directors across the United States and Canada to match training programs and fellowships with displaced interns and postdoctoral fellows.

SOPHIA LAL, a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation, SOM, received the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2006 Leadership Award, which provides medical students, residents/fellows, young physicians, and international medical graduate physicians special training to develop skills as future leaders in organized medicine. Lal’s recent accomplishments include serving as a medical expert for development of the amuputee center for civilians, police, and military in Baghdad, Iraq. She also has organized and volunteered for surgical and medical mission trips to Peru and Haiti.

Neurobiologist KERRY RESSLER is one of 10 physician-scientists to receive a Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, a private foundation dedicated to supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. The award is given for laboratory research that affects patient care. The $750,000 award provides $150,000 per year over five years.

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) has chosen pharmacologist KENNETH MINNEMAN, SOM, as its president-elect. He will become president in July 2007.

Researcher RAYMOND SCHINAZI received the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Hepatitis B Foundation in recognition of his “extraordinary contributions to the science and discovery of new drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B.” The foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for people around the world who are living with hepatitis B.


80, the widow of Boisfeuillet Jones, a civic leader and first president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundations, died April 4, 2006. Jones was an alumna of Agnes Scott College and served on its board of trustees for 11 years. She also served on the boards of the Atlanta YWCA, the Northwest Council of Girl Scouts, and the Emory University Woman’s Club. Her longtime advocacy for public health culminated in the endowment of the Boisfeuillet Jones Scholarship at the Rollins School of Public Health. Jones’ daughter, Laura Jones Hardman, serves on the Emory University Board of Trustees.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded KENNETH WALKER, SOM, and Irakli Sasania, the chief administrator of M. Iashvili Central Children’s Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia, its Outstanding Citizen Achievement Citation for establishing the first modern pediatric emergency room in a pediatric hospital in Tbilisi, the first of its kind in any of the former Soviet countries. The citation was presented to Walker at a dinner hosted by USAID in Atlanta on April 19. Sasania will be honored separately at a ceremony in Tbilisi.

STEVEN WARREN, chair of the Department of Human Genetics, SOM, is the new president of American Society for Human Genetics, the primary professional organization for human geneticists in the Americas.


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