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New Certificate Program in Molecular and Genetic Epi

A new certificate program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology will launch in the fall, led by Jennifer Mulle, assistant professor of epidemiology. The program will offer training to qualified students as well as establish and organize the presence of genetic and molecular epidemiology research at Rollins.

PhD student nominated for two CDC Charles C. Shepard Science Awards

Adam Vaughan, research fellow in epidemiology, was first author for two papers in collaboration with the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, which were both nominated for the CDC Shepard Award. One was published in Annals of Epidemiology and the other in the Journal of the American Heart Association, each addressing methodological issues in spatiotemporal modeling of heart disease mortality trends.

Steenland awarded Fulbright fellowship

Kyle Steenland, professor in environmental health, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to work in Chile for three weeks this summer, and one week in January 2017.  The purpose is to develop a course in environmental cancer to be taught in January 2017 in the University of Chile School of Public Health summer school, which is one of the most developed programs of its type in Latin America.

Professor Dilip Nathwani, president of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, presents Dr. McGowan with the award.

John McGowan Jr., professor of epidemiology and global health, was awarded the Garrod Medal from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy for 2016. It is the highest honour afforded by the Society.

Kate Winskell, associate professor of global health, received the 2016 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award. This award is given to graduate public health faculty who are in the early stages of their professional careers and are noted for their excellence in teaching, research, and mentorship.

Kate also was named Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in Humanistic Inquiry.

Matt Freeman, assistant professor of environmental health, was awarded the ASPPH's Early Career in Public Health Research Award. This award recognizes an outstanding early-career investigator who is a graduate public health faculty member at an ASPPH member school or program of public health.

Dabney Evans, assistant professor of behavioral sciences and health education and global health, received the Unsung Heriones Award and Kathryn Yount, Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health and professor i of global health, received the Mentorship Award. Both are awarded by the Center for Women at Emory and the Emory Alumni Association.


August 22: Rollins-teer Day, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

August 22: Faculty retreat, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Lawrence P. and Anne Estes Klamon Room.

September 16: Public Health Career Fair, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Emory Conference Center Hotel.

*View all Rollins events on the online calendar.


Commencement congratulations

Dean James W. Curran

On May 9, we applauded our 2016 class of 529 MPH and MSPH and 24 PhD graduates. We wish them well as they continue forth in their public health careers in the United States and around the world. We also celebrated a semester of accomplishments.

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Nancy Thompson with Emory President James Wagner

Nancy Thompson received the 2016 Emory University Scholar/Teacher Award—one of the university's top honors. The award, supported by the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, honors exceptional teaching, significant contributions to the scholarly life of the university, concern for students and colleagues, and commitment to high standards of professional and personal life.

Nancy was a student in our first-ever masters of community health class in 1975. While working at the CDC a few years later, she began teaching at Emory. She came on full time in 1985. She played a pivotal role in developing the curriculum when we became a school of public health, and over the years she has touched untold numbers of students with her enthusiasm and commitment. When former colleague Stan Foster would travel internationally and meet Rollins alumni, he would ask who their best teacher had been. “Nancy Thompson,” one alumnus responded. “She could teach a rock and it would absorb it.” Read more about Nancy's career and accomplishments here.

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William Foege

William Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health-emeritus, gave the keynote address at the Emory University commencement ceremony. Bill received the Emory President's Medal, one of the two highest honors granted by the university. The medal is awarded only to people whose impact on the world has enhanced the dominion of peace or has enlarged the range of cultural achievement. Previous winners include former president Jimmy Carter and Rosa Parks.

Michelle Kegler, professor of behavioral sciences and health education, received the Thomas F. Sellers, Jr., M.D. Award for exemplifying the ideals of public health and serving as a role model to her colleagues.

Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Jules & Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health, accepted Emory's highest teaching honor, the Emory Williams Teaching Award.

Each year, Emory's Division of Campus Life and the Office of Student Leadership recognize students for outstanding humanitarian work. This year only one award was given, and it went to one of our own, Averston Worthy 16MPH. Averston has been heavily involved as a program coordinator and community health educator with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologist, helping increase and improve state and CDC epidemiological capacity. In addition, he served as founding co-president with Students for Social Justice, a student-led organization committed to equality and visibility to the school’s campus.

Sabrine Hamdi 16MPH accepted the James W. Alley Award for service to disadvantaged populations.

The Eugene J. Gangarosa Award for creative solutions in global health was presented to Nishant Kishore 16MPH.

The Rollins Student Government Association named Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist (epidemiology) as its Professor of the Year and Edgar Woods (facilities management coordinator) as its Staff Person of the Year. This is the second year in a row Edgar has won this award.

The Charles C. Shepard Award for best RSPH thesis was presented to Adam Joseph Weiss 16EMPH. His thesis was titled, "What it means to be Guinea worm free in Ghana: An insiders account from northern Ghana."

Kate Furgurson 17MPH was chosen as the 2016 Emory Student Employee of the Year. The award is given to recognize the importance of the student work experience. Kate has worked at the Ventanilla de Salud program at the Mexican Consulate, which provides health education, information, and direct services at the Consulate.

The following faculty were honored with Department Awards for Teaching Excellence: Steve Pittard (biostatistics and bioinformatics); Kimberly Jacob Arriola (behavioral sciences and health education); Stefanie Sarnat (environmental health); William Pearson (Executive MPH); Veronika Fedirko (epidemiology); Monique Hennink (global health), and Kathleen Adams (health policy and management).

A highlight of the ceremony was a performance by our own a capella group, Rock n' Rollins, who sang their version of the Pitch Perfect "Cups" song with a graduation theme. View video here.

McCauley receives Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., M.D., Award

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Jonathan S. Lewin, Linda A. McCauley and Dean James Curran

Linda A. McCauley, dean and professor of the Nell Hudgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was awarded the 2016 Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Public Health. Linda has a remarkable record, not only as a dean but as an alumna—she got her nursing degree from Emory in 1979. Linda has hundreds of publications, continuous federal funding, three NIH grants this year alone, and has served on many National Academy of Medicine committees.

The annual award is named for Dr. Charlie Hatcher, who advocated for the creation of the school during his tenure as Emory's vice president of health affairs.

Government of Mexico selects del Rio for Ohtli Award


Carlos del Rio, Hubert Professor and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico. The Ohtli Award was conceived to recognize and honor Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the well-being, prosperity, and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad.

Omer named William H. Foege Chair of Global Health


Saad Omer has been appointed William H. Foege Chair of Global Health. The chair, given by the Hubert Foundation, honors renowned epidemiologist William Foege. Saad has forged a profoundly impactful career devoted to vaccine research. His long-standing experience and expertise in public health practice, research, and education makes him a deserving recipient of this honor.

New grants


Viola Vaccarino (epidemiology) will receive $2.5 million over five years from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for a training grant titled "Multidisciplinary Research Training to Reduce Inequities in Cardiovascular Health (METRIC)." The program will draw faculty from Rollins, the schools of medicine and tnursing, as well as Morehouse School of Medicine. It combines training in graduate degree programs in Rollins with multidisciplinary research experiences with top investigators in cardiovascular sciences from diverse disciplines, including basic sciences, epidemiology, cardiology, interventions, and health policy. The goal is to prepare outstanding candidates for a successful research career that will ultimately help reduce health disparities. A maximum of four PhD and four postdoctoral trainees will be in the program at any point, each supported for an average of two years.

Kelli Komro (behavioral sciences and health education) received $1 million ($4.7 million over five years) from NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for a study titled "Prevention Trial in the Cherokee Nation: Interactive Effects of Environment and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)."

Aryeh Stein (global health and epidemiology)  was awarded $533,000 from NIH for a study titled "Early childhood nutrition and adult metabolomic and cardiometabolic profiles."

Rollins faculty have recently received many other grants for research and training. View the complete list.

Appointments and Promotions

Faculty promotions
  • O. Yaw Addo, Assistant Professor-RT, Global Health

  • Melissa Alperin, Assistant Professor-RT, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

New faculty

  • Vaughn Barry, Assistant Professor-RT, Environmental Health

  • Sandra E. Safo, Research Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Santiago M. Lattar, Global Health

  • Xueqing Wu, Global Health

Staff Promotions

  • Jamila R. Edwards, Pre-Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Andrea Miller Mercer, Senior Human Resources Associate, Human Resources

  • James Michiel, Information Analyst III, Global Health

  • Julia A. Phillips, Instructional Content Development Supervisor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Steven D. Rhodes, Clinical Research Nurse III, Epidemiology

  • Angela Maria Rozo, Project Coordinator, Environmental Health

  • Meghan Christina Sullivan, Student Academic Services Administrator, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Galina Terbova, Post Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Flavia Traven, Education Program Coordinator, Global Health

  • Tanya D. Young, Post Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

New staff

  • Catherine Abrams, Clinical Research Nurse II, Global Health

  • Carla Bailey, Secretary, Global Health

  • Lorin S. Boyce, Program Coordinator, Global Health

  • Marcie Burnham, Post Award III Research Administrator, Research Administration

  • Courtnee Davis, Web Developer, Information Services

  • Chinwe Egesi, Web Developer, Information Services

  • Brandon P. Ellis, Senior Multimedia Specialist, Global Health Institute

  • Shaina Felicie, Senior Research Interviewer, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • John Freshley, Social Worker I, Epidemiology

  • Jamie Green, Public Health Program Associate, Global Health

  • Allison Arena King, Administrative Assistant, Global Health

  • Danielle N. Lambert, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Erika Lopez Gil, Public Health Program Associate, Global Health

  • Tyra Massey, Program Assistant Coordinator, Epidemiology

  • Semra Ramosevac, Education Program Coordinator, Career Development

  • Yenawa R. Robinson, Administrative Assistant, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Terrena M. Sanks Social Worker I, Epidemiology

  • Katy Seib, Program Assistant Director, Global Health Institute

  • Shaunda Shaw, Administrative Assistant, Health Policy and Management

  • Rachael Spencer, Senior Program Coordinator, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education

  • Martina Stanley, Financial Analyst, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Heqiong Wang, Biostatistician, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

  • Aemon Weaver, Public Health Program Associate, Epidemiology

  • Daniel Weinberg, Senior Research Interviewer, Global Health

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