Saturday, June 27, 2009

Emory Doctors Prominent in Atlanta Magazine's Top List

According to a survey of Atlanta doctors published by Atlanta magazine in its July 2009 “Top Doctors” issue, almost half (72) of all 165 doctors selected for recognition are Emory Healthcare doctors and Emory School of Medicine faculty.

The list is prepared by a national firm that surveys doctors to identify leading doctors in key areas of the country. See Emory Healthcare to learn about doctors named.

“We are pleased to learn of the recognition of Emory doctors recently highlighted in the Atlanta magazine top doctors issue,” says Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, Emory University executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of Emory Healthcare. “This recognition helps underscore the type of accolade Emory faculty physicians receive every day, including awards from professional medical groups and important grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Doctors practicing at Emory not only provide excellent patient care but they also are the source of pioneering discoveries that advance our understanding of disease prevention and treatment.”

New York-based health care research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. survey and research process involves tens of thousands of top doctors across America and the medical leadership of leading hospitals. Atlanta’s top doctors are selected after peer nomination, extensive research and careful review and screening by Castle Connolly’s doctor-directed research team. Atlanta magazine uses the research by Castle Connolly to provide detailed information about education, training and special expertise of Atlanta doctors. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

“The Atlanta magazine listing provides yet another opportunity for the public to learn of the outstanding doctors that practice at Emory Healthcare,” says John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “The fact that these doctors were selected by their peers in Atlanta to receive this recognition says a lot about the level of expertise in our health system. There is no doubt that these doctors and others at Emory excel at providing the highest level of health care to our patients every day.”

In addition to Atlanta magazine’s listing showing that Emory doctors were 44 percent of the top Atlanta doctors, Castle Connolly will issue “America's Top Doctors,” a national guide that profiles more than 5,000 top specialists throughout the United States, including these Emory doctors. The doctors in this guide represent the top 1 percent in the nation, according to Castle Connolly.

From Woodruff Health Sciences Center

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Paul Lombardo awarded Georgia Author of the Year Award

Georgia State University College of Law Professor Paul Lombardo has been named a 2009 Georgia Author of the Year for his book, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell.

The legal historian was among 90 first-time and veteran authors honored this week by the Georgia Writers Association. He was recognized in the creative nonfiction history category for his book, which is the only fully documented account ever written of Buck v. Bell, a notorious U.S. Supreme Court decision that led to more than 60,000 involuntary sterilizations of people described as “feebleminded and socially inadequate.”

“I’ve only been here for three years so it has been great to be honored among Georgia authors in a very short time,” Lombardo said. “The private attention among scholars to the kind of things I’ve been writing has been around for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve gotten a great deal of public attention and that’s very gratifying.”

Lombardo was also featured in a June 24 USA Today article titled “U.S. eugenics legacy: Ruling on Buck sterilization still stands.” The article tracks Lombardo’s 30 years of research of eugenics programs in the United States, including the infamous case of Carrie Buck, who was the first victim of the 1924 sterilization law.

"This woman got railroaded. And one of the giants of the Supreme Court was driving the train,” Lombardo says in the USA Today article, referring to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. who wrote the 1927 ruling in favor of Buck’s sterilization. "Three generations of imbeciles are enough," Holmes wrote in the ruling.

Lombardo was the last person to interview Carrie Buck before she died, and the book incorporates material he discovered such as Buck’s medical records, the honor roll grade book of her daughter, Vivian, private correspondence of the lawyer who was named to represent her, and the only existing photos of all three generations of the Buck family, which support the conclusion that the Buck case was a fraud.

Lombardo, who traveled to Rome to speak about the danger of eugenics at the Vatican in February, hopes the public attention to his book will help in his efforts to publicize the terrible history of eugenics. He has been instrumental in the movement to solicit apologies and legislative denunciations of past state eugenic laws in seven states.

“Like most scandals in our past we tend to forget them and there are some we should probably remember so that we can make public policy with our eyes open in the future,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo, who has published extensively on topics in health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics, is currently working on a book titled 100 Years of Eugenics: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Project. He teaches courses in Genetics and the Law, the History of Bioethics, Mental Health Law and the Legal Regulation of Human Research.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Georgia Tech Students Win NASA/NIA Moon Design Competition

Graduate students from Georgia Tech and North Carolina State University took first place honors in the 2009 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, contest sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). They presented their work at a forum in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

In the graduate division, a team of Georgia Tech and North Carolina State University students studying at NIA won first place for their project titled, “Reusable Lunar Transportation Architecture Utilizing Orbital Propellant Depots.” Team members included Georgia Tech students Erik Axdahl, Patrick Chai, Michael Grimes, Robert Rowland and Matthew Long along with John Gaebler and Rafael Lugo from NC State. Prof. Alan Wilhite of Georgia Tech served as the team’s advisor.

An independent panel of space exploration experts drawn from NASA, industry and the academic community judged the entries. Teams scored points based on their final paper, oral presentations, outreach service, technicality and real-life concepts of the project.

Over the course of the forum, students toured NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, listened in on their peers’ oral presentations and had the opportunity to network with one another and industry experts during the poster session and planned activities.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Local Garden Club Wins Statewide Awards

Historic Augusta, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Spade and Trowel Garden
Club of Augusta was presented two awards by the Garden Club of Georgia at their
annual state convention in Atlanta in May. The club was awarded the First Place
Award in the Historic Preservation category and an Honorable Mention in the Civic
Improvement category, both for their efforts in restoring and maintaining a portion
of the garden at the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson with historically
appropriate plant material. Funds for the project were provided by the Sertoma
Club and a Community on My Mind grant.

The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson is located at 419 Seventh Street
in Augusta. Tours of the museum are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10
am until 5 pm. The last tour each day begins at 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults,
$4 for seniors and $3 for students. Group rates are available. For more information
about the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, visit
www.wilsonboyhoodhome.org or call 706-724-0436.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mercer Publication Earns First Place Award from Georgia Press Association

Mercer University was among the first place winners in the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Georgia Press Association (GPA). An associate member of the GPA, The Mercerian magazine was awarded first place in the category of “In-House Publication.”

The Mercerian was redesigned into its current magazine format in the fall of 2008. The inaugural issue was the one nominated and ultimately judged as a winner by GPA. The 56-page magazine is currently published twice a year by Mercer’s Marketing Communications Office and is mailed to 65,000 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

Judges said, “The Mercerian distinguished itself with clean, classic designs. Solid writing, combined with compelling photography and graphics, compels the reader through the magazine.”

Mercer has been an associate member of GPA for several years. According to outgoing GPA President Buff Leavy, publisher of The Brunswick News, “GPA’s associate members provide valued information and contacts for our newspapers and make us a better organization.”

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Berger's Celebrate 50th Anniversary

All Saints Anglican Church of Peachtree City honored the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Connie and Quinn Berger recently.

Reverend Michael Fry (left) surprised the Quinns by asking them to come forward and be recognized for their achievement.

The Quinns are among the founding members of their church which is located at 303 Kelly Drive.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Award-Winning Director George C. Wolfe Named Chief Creative Officer for Atlanta's Center for Civil and Human Rights

/PRNewswire/ -- George C. Wolfe, Tony Award-winning theater director, producer, playwright and author, brings his renowned artistic talent to the design of the upcoming Center for Civil & Human Rights (CCHR) in Atlanta as its new chief creative officer.

Wolfe will oversee the creation of design concepts and themes for CCHR, including creative interpretation of exhibits, a storyline-based approach to content and the overall visitor experience. Wolfe will work in close partnership with the Center's architectural team, the Freelon Group and HOK, and exhibit designer Gallagher & Associates on the $125 million, 100,000 square foot Center.

"George Wolfe has the visionary talent necessary to create an unmatched experience for CCHR visitors," said Doug Shipman, executive director for the Center. "We look forward to seeing how his strengths in storytelling will fuel new discussions on civil rights lessons and human rights issues."

"The fight for civil rights is a great American story, filled not just with leaders of astonishing power and vision, but everyday citizens, who because of their bravery, humanity and heart, transformed this country, politically, spiritually and culturally," said Wolfe. "I am thrilled and honored to be a part of helping to share and celebrate their stories."

Slated to open in 2012, the Center will serve as a dynamic space designed to be a global hub for contemporary discussion on the link between civil rights lessons and human rights issues. It will also serve as the home for powerful, thought-evoking works and exhibits, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers and Without Sanctuary photography collection.

Considered one of Broadway's most respected producers and directors, Wolfe's theatre directing credits include "Jelly's Last Jam," the Tony Award-winning "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," and "Angels in America - Millennium Approaches." His award-winning plays include "The Colored Museum" and "Spunk," an adaptation of three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston. Wolfe has also directed several notable movies such as "Nights in Rodanthe" and "Lackawanna Blues" for which he earned The Directors Guild Award, four NAACP Image Awards and seven Emmy Award nominations.

"What is also exciting to me is the Center's ambition to connect the triumphs and losses of the fight for racial justice in this country to contemporary human rights issues," said Wolfe. "It's amazing to be a part of an organization which is going to be located in Atlanta, yet by virtue of it's subject matter and vision, is connected to the entire world."

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Friday, June 5, 2009

MAXIMUS Recognized for Call Center Excellence in Georgia

(BUSINESS WIRE)--MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS), a leading government services provider, announced today that its Georgia Families project call center is recognized as a “Certified Center of Excellence” by Purdue University's Center for Customer-Driven Quality (CCDQ).

The award certification followed a rigorous review by BenchmarkPortal, Inc., the custodian of the CCDQ best practices and the repository of the world's largest database of call center operations and management. The CCDQ and BenchmarkPortal provide thought leadership in customer service operations. To earn the Center of Excellence designation, call centers must meet objective, quantitative criteria and pass audits conducted by BenchmarkPortal researchers. Key indicators for successful call center performance in customer service include operational efficiency, service level standards, process management, customer satisfaction, leadership resources and employee training.

MAXIMUS has operated the Georgia Families Program for the Georgia Department of Community Health since 2005, facilitating program enrollment for eligible members of Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, Georgia’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. As a Certified Center of Excellence, the project’s toll-free customer service line ranks among the top ten percent of the 20,000 call centers evaluated by the CCDQ.

“A contact center that seeks and achieves the Center of Excellence Certification from Purdue University’s Center for Customer-Driven Quality demonstrates a remarkable commitment to service excellence,” commented Dr. Jon Anton of the CCDQ. “The obvious beneficiaries of this commitment are the center’s customers, employees, and shareholders.”

"This certification demonstrates the emphasis that we place on delivering high quality services in an efficient and effective manner to beneficiaries,” commented Bruce Caswell, President and General Manager of the MAXIMUS Health Services Segment. “Georgia Families is the fifth MAXIMUS call center to receive this certification, joining our California Health Care Options, New York Medicaid CHOICE, Massachusetts Health Benefits (MassHealth) Customer Service, and HealthColorado projects.”

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Clayton State Interim President Hynes Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Who’s Who in Education

Clayton State University Interim President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., has been named as one of the leading figures in Atlanta education by the Atlanta Business Chronicle (ABC) in that publication’s May 22-28 “Education” special insert.

Hynes, who took over the president’s office at Clayton State on May 18, 2009, is one of a group of Atlanta’s top educational leaders noted in the ABC’s second annual Education “Who’s Who.”

Hynes was previously provost, vice president for academic affairs and professor of mass communications at the University of West Georgia (UWG), holding the administrative positions for all but two years since 1996. On two occasions since 1999, Hynes served as acting president of UWG when President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna was called to the University System Office in Atlanta to serve as acting senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

He previously served as interim dean of the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., from 1990 to 1996. Before that, he was associate dean of the university from 1988 to 1990 and had been a member of the University of Louisville faculty since 1978. Prior to that, he taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the University of Massachusetts (UM) in Amherst and the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill.

Hynes was a member of the Board of Regents Advisory Committee that developed the 1998 Regents’ Principles for the Preparation of Teachers. Still in use today, these principles guarantee the quality of all teachers prepared by the University System of Georgia.

Hynes holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in communications studies from UM and a Master of Arts degree in speech from UNC. In 2005, he earned a certificate of participation in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, and in 2003, he participated in the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Diversity Leadership Academy.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Writers for Atlanta's Mundo Hispanico and Azizah Magazine Win New America Media Awards for Outstanding Journalism

/PRNewswire / -- New America Media (NAM) announced today that two journalists from ethnic news organizations in Atlanta won prestigious awards in NAM's national awards contest, which includes entries from ethnic media outlets across the country.

Leslie Froelich, of Mundo Hispanico, a weekly Hispanic newspaper, and staff writers at Azizah, a monthly magazine covering Muslim woman, will be honored for their outstanding work. Ms. Froelich won an Arts, Sports & Entertainment category for an article on "Spanglish," the mixing of the Spanish and English languages. The Azizah writers won an environmental category for feature stories exploring the Islamic approach to environmentalism.

Sandy Close, NAM's executive director, said the award winners exemplify the quality of work performed by ethnic media outlets across the country. Citing a new poll showing that the ethnic media in America is growing as mainstream newspapers struggle to keep readers, Ms. Close said more and more Americans are recognizing the influence of the ethnic media.

"Even as both mainstream and the ethnic media struggle to survive in difficult economic times, it's clear that the quality of work, and the ethnic media's commitment to the communities that they serve, has never been better," Ms. Close said. "The ethnic media is continuing to make an impact in urban and rural communities. NAM award winners, such as Ms. Froelich and Azizah Magazine, demonstrate that the ethnic media is making a difference."

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, and not speaking a word of Spanish until she learned it in high school, Ms. Froelich never imagined she would soon be writing for Nuevo Sumario newspaper in Cordoba, Argentina, then find herself covering finance, business, real estate, heath, and lifestyle at Mundo Hispanico, Atlanta's largest Spanish language newspaper.

It was in the newsroom, overhearing colleagues from Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and across Latin America, where Ms. Froelich was first fascinated by the sounds of Spanglish, the hybrid language of English and Spanish embraced especially by younger Latinos in the U.S. While researching the story, Ms. Froelich sought to determine if the collision of Spanish and English was viewed as a bad thing -- a devaluing of the Spanish language -- or a good thing -- a natural evolution of words helping create a common framework especially among newcomers.

Ms. Froelich was surprised by her findings. "I thought I was going to find more of a balanced mix of responses, particularly among academics, that Spanglish is ruining the Spanish language, obstructing it," she said. "When really, most felt it was a reflection of where the country is headed."

The Atlanta-based Azizah Magazine published a package of stories entitled: "Color Me Green, Loving Planet Earth." Their stories explored the connection between Islam and environmentalism. It included one staffer's first person perspective of junking one's car for car sharing, a one woman's journey toward eco-activism. Contributor Nadirah Z. Sabir described running her last minute errands using a car share service. Readers were also invited to take the Azizah Green Test from editor Azizah Zahera to find out how green they are.

"We wanted to emphasize, going green is dear to us, because we have a spiritual responsibly to care for the earth," says Tayyibah Taylor, editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah Magazine. "We tried to show how Muslims were doing it here."

Despite an emphasis on faith, Ms. Taylor says it was very important to not "preach." Instead, their package of stories tried to engage readers by highlighting what people were doing to make small changes in their lives. "The more you know about options and possibilities," Ms. Taylor said, "the more apt you are to put it into practice."

All the award winners from around the country will be honored at NAM's National Ethnic Media Expo & Awards on June 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The awards will be presented on June 4 at 6:00 pm, an event that will be co-sponsored by NAM and the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication.

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