Acclaim: Recent Honors for Emory Faculty and Staff | Emory University


Emory faculty and staff are frequently recognized for their work at the local, national and international levels. The following is a sample of recent accolades, including awards for professional contributions and leadership appointments.

Honors highlighted in this column:

Abbington recognized as honorary member of SEM

James abbington, Associate Professor of Music and Religious Worship at the Candler School of Theology, has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM). Members recognize his decades of innovative scholarship in music and worship, highlighting his dedication to education and his tireless support to the African American community. Abbington will be honored at the SEM 2021 annual meeting, which will be held October 28-31 in Atlanta.

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40” list includes Behshad

Ophthalmologist Soroosh Behshad of the Emory Eye Center was named to the 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under Forty” list. The award recognizes 40 rising stars from the Atlanta metro area who are making a mark in their industries and making a difference in their communities. Behshad specializes in cornea, cataracts and external eye diseases. He is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Emory Eye Center Clinic at Emory Saint Joseph Hospital.

Alzheimer’s Care Award awarded to Epps

Fayron Epps, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, received the 2021 Maude Award for Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care from the Memory and Brain Wellness Center at the University of Washington.

As a motivated nurse leader, Epps has shown tremendous effort and dedication in her work to enrich the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners. Her innovative nursing research and practices continue to change the lives of her fellow academic nurses and the dementia care community. Epps received his award at a celebration on September 15.

Atlanta United MLS recognizes Higinbotham’s community work

Sarah higinbotham, an assistant professor of English at Oxford College, was recognized by Atlanta United MLS and American Family Insurance during a recent football game at Atlanta United. Higinbotham is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Common Good Atlanta and the organization has been selected and honored as one of the five “Atlanta Uniters” – organizations that have social impact in communities and help build unity throughout Atlanta.

In recognition of their efforts, Common Good Atlanta received $ 30,000 for college programs in prisons. American Family Insurance produced this four minute video, filmed on the Oxford campus, about Common Good Atlanta. The company’s sponsorship of the Unity 2021 kit for Atlanta United included $ 105,000 to the five Atlanta Uniter organizations.

Kratz receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Anthropology

Emory Distinguished Professor Emeritus Corinne Kratz (Anthropology and African Studies) is the 2021 recipient of the Council for Museum Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award / Distinguished Service Award.

The Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) is a section of the American Anthropological Association. This award recognizes CMA members whose careers demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology through collections work, community collaborations, exhibitions, publications, public programs and outreach. , education, policy development and more. While many anthropologists stand out for their work, the Lifetime Achievement / Distinguished Service Award recognizes those who, during their career, have made a real contribution to defining and / or reshaping the field of anthropology in and in museums.

Kratz has been known to have redefined both museum anthropology and critical museology over the course of her nearly 50-year career, particularly at the intersections between these fields and African studies. She will receive the award in November.

Team Bennett Award goes to Marsteller

Emory College Professor of Practice Emeritus Tap Marsteller received the William E. Bennett Team Award for Outstanding Contributions to Citizen Science for outstanding collaborative work to advance social justice in STEM learning.

Marsteller headed the Emory College Center for Science Education from 1997 to 2016. While at Emory, she developed programs to attract and retain students, women, and under-represented minorities in science careers and chaired President Emory’s Commission on the Status of Minorities. She was also a co-founder of the major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a leader of the NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.

The award was established in 2009 by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Each year, an individual and team receive the award for their exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science and whose work embodies the ideals and goals of Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER).

Miarinjara Infectious Disease Travel Fellowship

Adelaide Miarinjara, a postdoctoral fellow in Thomas Gillespie’s environmental science lab, won the Centennial Travel Award of $ 25,000 for his research on infectious diseases. She is focusing on studying plague and fleas in her native Madagascar.

The award, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, was established in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its parent company. Today, the award facilitates international collaboration in fundamental scientific aspects of tropical infectious diseases and offers interested physicians or scientists the opportunity to gain practical field experience in combination with laboratory studies of parasitic infectious diseases. , bacterial or viral in endemic developing countries.

Orenstein honored with the Utz Leadership Award

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has appointed Walter Orenstein, Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center and Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine, recipient of his 2021 John P. Utz Leadership Award. The award honors individuals who exemplify and support NFID’s leadership goals, through services rendered to the NFID and / or in the field of infectious diseases.

Orenstein has held a number of leadership positions at NFID, including Past President, and has greatly contributed to the growth and visibility of the organization over more than 15 years of service. As director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Immunization Program, he oversaw efforts that led to record vaccination coverage associated with a record incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, including elimination of native measles.

Research collection with Reid’s work wins award

The 2019 collection “Science Communication Online: Connecting Traditional and New Genres” recently received the 8th edition of the Enrique Alcaraz Research Prize for the best research study on languages ​​for specific purposes by the European Association of Languages ​​for Specific Purposes (AELFE). The collection includes a research study conducted by Gwendolyne Reid, Assistant Professor of English at Oxford College, and co-author Chris Anson titled “Public and Expert Communication: A Case Study of Polycontextuality and Context Collapse in Internet-Mediated Citizen Science”.

‘Dr. Dale Strasser Day ‘pays tribute to retired professor

Recently retired professor of rehabilitation medicine Dale C. Strasser was honored with a proclamation for “Dr. Dale Strasser Day” from US Representative Hank Johnson, a letter of appreciation from US Senator Raphael Warnock and many words of appreciation from patients and members in Atlanta Post Polio Association. Strasser’s appointment in rehabilitation medicine lasted from 1990 to 2021, most notably as chairman of the department from 1999 to 2005.

During his years of service, Strasser was the first Chairman of the Medical Rehabilitation Board of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 2008 to 2010. He was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top Physicians by Atlanta Magazine and received the Edward W. Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Light Bulb Award from the Emory Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, and the Outstanding Counseling Service Award from the American Academia of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Throughout his tenure in the department, he authored or co-authored 31 peer-reviewed research articles, four review articles and 13 book chapters.

University recognized for its supplier diversity efforts

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) has recognized Emory University for its efforts related to supplier diversity. At the 39th GMSDC Spirit of Alliance Awards, Emory received the George Lottier Rising Star Award.

GMSDC holds the Spirit of Alliance Awards to honor individuals, small businesses, corporations, and government entities for their contributions to supplier diversity and minority business development in Georgia.

The Rising Star Award recognizes the GMSDC member company whose supplier diversity program has been active for less than three years, but has had a significant impact on the growth of supplier diversity within their organization. A Rising Star company has effectively taken proactive steps to advance and expand Minority Business Enterprise presence and capacity within its organization.


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