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Tayari Jones takes Emory president to creative writing class on podcast

On the latest episode of One Big Question, Emory President Gregory L. Fenves talks to bestselling author and creative writing professor Tayari Jones about the power of storytelling.

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Professor Pearl Dowe selected as vice provost for faculty affairs
Pearl Dowe has been selected as the next vice provost for faculty affairs, Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Emory University provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced today.
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Ancient DNA gives new insights into 'lost' Indigenous people of Uruguay

The ancient DNA lab of Emory anthropologist John Lindo, above, specializes in mapping little-explored human lineages of the Americas.

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Cuttino Award winner Rachelle Spell mentors every Emory biology student, new faculty

As Rachelle Spell, this year’s winner of the Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring, prepares to retire, she leaves a legacy of one-to-one guidance at Emory College.

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Emory professor Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas receives New Directions Fellowship to study immigration law
Emory College’s Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, an anthropologist in the Department of Spanish, will use a prestigious fellowship from the Mellon Foundation to spend the next year studying immigration challenges faced by particularly vulnerable populations.
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Emory experts confirmed by U.S. Senate for Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board

On Feb. 17, Emory University professor Henry “Hank” Klibanoff and Gabrielle Dudley, instruction archivist in Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, were confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board.

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Emory’s Carol Anderson honored for contributions to social justice by Brandeis University

Emory historian Carol Anderson, whose research and award-winning books address the ways racial inequality affects the creation and unraveling of U.S. policy, has been selected for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize.

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Emory historian Daniel LaChance named 2022-23 Chronos Fellow
Emory historian Daniel LaChance, whose research examines harsh punishment in the United States, has been awarded the Chronos Faculty Fellowship in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
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Sewell Named Georgia Sociologist of the Year

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Sociology Alyasah “Ali” Sewell, who has been selected as the 2021 Georgia Sociologist of the Year by the Georgia Sociological Association. They are the founder and director of the Race and Policing Project. By advancing quantitative approaches to racism studies, they assess empirical links between the political economy of race and racial health(care) disparities using policing and housing policy data. 

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Emory historian Kali Gross named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Kali Gross, professor of African American studies at Emory University, has been named one of 26 recipients of the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Each fellow receives $200,000 to fund significant research and writing in social sciences and the humanities that addresses important and enduring issues confronting society.

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Physics of snakeskin sheds light on sidewinding
Discovery may aid robot locomotion

“The specialized locomotion of sidewinders evolved independently in different species in different parts of the world, suggesting that sidewinding is a good solution to a problem,” says Jennifer Rieser, assistant professor of physics at Emory University. “Understanding how and why this example of convergent evolution works may allow us to adapt it for our own needs, such as building robots that can move in challenging environments.”

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Dr. Kristin Phillips wins 2020 Society for Economic Anthropology Book Prize

Anthropology faculty member Dr. Kristin Phillips has been named a co-winner of the 2020 Society for Economic Anthropology Book Prize for her 2018 book: An Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun (Indiana University Press).  The award honors the best book in economic anthropology published during the last three years.  Phillips shares this honor with Dr. Kathleen Millar of the University of British Columbia for her 2018 book: Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump (Duke University Press). 

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Dowe named to Kamala Harris Project’s advisory board

Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, has been selected as a member of the inaugural advisory board of the Kamala Harris Project.

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Emory’s leadership in digital publishing and open access expands the scope and reach of new humanities scholarship

A groundbreaking effort within Emory College of Arts and Sciences brings books by humanities faculty to wider audiences through open access publication, making the works freely available online to anyone in the world with internet access.

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Taking math by storm: Talea Mayo models how climate change may affect our coasts

Talea Mayo joined the Emory faculty in May as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. A computational mathematician, she specializes in developing numerical hydrodynamic models to help predict coastal hazards.

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