2021: the year of Emory in review

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4. Marking of milestones, from the beginning to the new direction of the university

Although many students took classes virtually during the spring semester, and many staff continued to work remotely, life at the university continued unabated.

The Emory community celebrated its first major gathering in over a year in May, when thousands of graduates gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center for the university. 176th start.

Instead of a central launching ceremony for Emory’s class of 2021, there were 14 of them spread over three days, representing the university’s nine schools and multiple study programs, to allow for proper physical distancing. . There was also a special ceremony in honor of the class of 2020, whose re-entry last year must have taken place virtually due to the pandemic.

Dr.Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, received the President’s Medal from Emory University and addressed the ceremony for the Emory College.

“It’s a painful and contested world we live in, and the normal we will return to may not be the same as the normal we all remember before January 2020, said Fauci. “However, maybe it can be an even better standard, and you can play an important role in shaping this new normal.”

Other major university milestones also made the news in 2021:

In February, President Gregory L. Fenves announced the appointment of biomedical scientist Ravi Bellamkonda as the university’s next rector and executive vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1, 2021.

Bellamkonda returned to Emory after serving as Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for five years. He previously held a joint faculty position at Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2003, as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2013 to 2016.

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In June, Fenves announced the appointment of Kimberly Jacob Arriola as Dean of Laney Graduate School. Arriola, who was previously Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Rollins School of Public Health and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Health Education, took office on September 1. She also joined the management team of the Office of the Provost. as vice-president of graduate affairs.


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