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The sidewinder rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes), found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, has had less time evolutionarily to adapt to a sandy environment, since American sandy deserts are much younger than those in Africa.

Physics of Snakeskin Sheds Light on Sidewinding

The physics of snakeskin reveals the secrets of how sidewinders evolved an odd form of locomotion to move more efficiently over loose sand in desert habitats. The discovery by Emory physicist Jennifer Rieser may help improve the designs of robots that need to move in challenging environments.

Three Emory students on the Cox Bridge

Spring Semester Starts

The Emory campus gained renewed energy Jan. 25 as most spring semester classes got underway. Face coverings and physical distancing are required for students, faculty and staff on campus, while many continue to learn, teach and work remotely.

Digital book

Turning the Page

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.

Epigenetics and the Human Condition

Arts & Social Justice

Emory’s new Arts and Social Justice Fellows program brings together Emory students and faculty members with Atlanta artists to explore how creative thinking and expression can inspire change.

Granular materials are ubiquitous in everyday life, from gravel to salt

Movers and Shakers: New Evidence for a Unifying Theory of Granular Materials

Emory physicist Stefan Boettcher describes a pattern for how record-sized "shaking" events affect the dynamics of a granular material as it moves from an excited to a relaxed state, adding to the evidence that a unifying theory underlies this behavior.

Inside an Emory Shuttle

2020 in Review: Photos from the Pandemic

Through photos and headlines, see how Emory students, faculty and staff responded to an extraordinary year with resilience and resolve.

Commencement and Match Day send resilient graduates into the world

2020 in Review: Beyond COVID-19

From a Pulitzer Prize to welcoming a new president, explore 10 of Emory's most-read stories of the year that were not about the pandemic.

Dangling carrot

How the Brain Decides to Make an Effort

Research by Emory neuroscientists gives the first detailed view of human ventral striatum activity during three phases of effort-based decision-making — the anticipation of initiating an effort, the actual execution of the effort and the reward, or outcome, of the effort.


Digging into the Deep Past

Emory researchers discover the first known fossil iguana nesting burrow on an outer island of the Bahamas, filling in a gap of scientific knowledge for a prehistoric behavior of an iconic lizard.

Flourescent micrograph shows the new nanomaterial in sheet form

Emory Chemists Invent Shape-shifting Nanomaterial

Emory chemists have developed a nanomaterial that they can trigger to shape shift — from flat sheets to tubes and back to sheets again — in a controllable fashion.

Emory Doctor with a Mask

Our Stories of Resilience and Resolve

Palliative care physician Joanne Kuntz knew how important it was for quarantined COVID-19 patients to see and speak with their loved ones, so she found a way.

Three masked medical staff

Going Above and Beyond

Winship clinic leaders dedicate their daily huddle to COVID-19 preparation and response. Leadership and staff make constant adjustments to react to a health threat that they are learning about in real time.

Diagram describing the process of T cell extraction

Using a Patient's Immune System to Fight Cancer

Winship is expanding its research and clinical infrastructure to improve immunotherapy’s power, enhancing outcomes for a greater number of patients. And the cancer world is taking notice.

Vial and dropper

Keeping Cancer Research Running

In the Winship research labs, senior scientists, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and lab techs check on experiments, write up their findings, and share observations with each other in real-time as they unfold.

Students were given a longer window—five days—than usual to complete their move-ins

Campus Life in the New (Not) Normal

Despite new safety and health protocols, students returned to Emory campuses this fall with an unprecedented excitement to move forward with their academic journeys.

Emory President Gregory L. Fenves

The First 100 Days: A Q&A with President Gregory L. Fenves

On campus since August 1, President Fenves has faced a spectrum of timely, pressing topics, from the new demands of remote learning and keeping the Emory community safe during a pandemic, to supporting racial equity and social justice projects.

More than 5 million post-9/11 service veterans have transitioned from the military back to civilian life

Long Road Home

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program marks five years of helping heal the invisible wounds of military service. In recognition of Veterans Day, join the Emory community Nov. 11 for an online discussion with Emory alumni service members.

Voices for equity and justice

Voices for Equity and Justice

In this pivotal year of racial reckoning, Black leaders at Emory speak out on how our society and our university community can move toward a future where equity and justice burn brightly.

Julio Medina first came to Emory as a QuestBridge scholar and is now a faculty member in the dance program.

Bridge Builders

As a first-generation student, Julio Medina first came to Emory through the QuestBridge National College Match. Now a professor in the dance program, he helps current students find community and connection through Emory’s QuestBridge Scholars Network, one of the largest in the nation.

COVID-19 trained a spotlight on what Emory has long done well: Research with impact.

Stopping COVID-19

Emory earned a record $831 million in research funding for the last fiscal year and ranks #3 nationwide in NIH awards for COVID-19 among universities, as researchers shifted course rapidly to tackle the biggest public health crisis in more than 100 years.

Walter Gilstrap and family

Survivor Stories

Black communities have been hit hard by COVID-19. Here, four families share their experience with the novel coronavirus and what it’s like to come out on the other side, alive and grateful.

 Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The Two Traumas

When the brutal death of George Floyd stirred national protests in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these alumni physicians found themselves at the collision point of health and social justice.

A dog shepherds sheep

Dogs Process Numerical Quantities in Similar Brain Region as Humans

Dogs spontaneously process basic numerical quantities, using a distinct part of their brains that corresponds closely to number-responsive neural regions in humans, finds a study led by Emory psychologist Gregory Berns.

Lung cancer patient Brandi Bryant is pictured with her three daughters and son

Gaining Ground on Lung Cancer

Charting a new future for patients like Brandi

Gary Hauk stands in front of a display of his new book "Emory as Place"

The Storied Career of Gary Hauk

If one were to accept his modest view, in the course of a 34-year career, Gary Hauk 91PhD has merely been opening doors -- in his words, "smoothing the way and shepherding good ideas" through Emory.

An Emory student interacts with children at Camp PEACE

Creativity, Courage and Compassion

10 inspiring Emory stories from 2019

The Class of 2019 spells out '2019' as freshman on the quadrangle

10 Top Stories of 2019

Revisit some of Emory's most-read stories of the year

World Health Organization photo of a child receiving eye care

Making the Future

Emory's research funding in 2019 reinforces a record of successful innovation and seeks to unlock the mysteries of the human condition.

An illustration of lung cancer

Targeting Metastasis Through Metabolism

Could a common antiseptic help reign in cancer metastasis?

Reese enjoys her time in the spotlight

Big Little Lives

The Emory Reproductive Center helps would-be parents create families, with expertise and personal attention

A photo of a building on the Emory campus on a sunny day

Let's Party Likes It's 1919

Emory anniversaries abound, adding landmark celebrations to other festivities during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend 2019.

After talking with them for months via Skype, Buk Buk got to meet his group of supporters from teacher Kimberly Dickstein’s (far right, front row) high school class on the Emory campus last fall.

Forward Thinkers

An Emory master’s program is making global development effective, accountable, and real

A historic photo of Dickey Drive construction (originally Pierce Drive)

The Trees in the Forest

Let us begin the Emory story with the oldest living inhabitants of the place—the trees. How old some of them are, it’s hard to say. Those whose age we know, however, have stories and legends worth sharing. Here is one.

A family works on a farm

From Georgia Farms to Emory Tables

In partnership with The Conservation Fund, Emory makes a bold commitment to support the next generation of local farmers

Roxana Chicas poses in a corn field in Oxford, Georgia

Ahead of the Curve

Emory's School of Nursing doctoral students tackle the big questions

Emory active duty soldiers give a solute

Serving Students Who Served

Building on extensive service to veterans through health care and legal aid, Emory increases outreach and support for veterans as undergraduate and graduate students.

Jerry Grillo poses in a wooded area

Arrival of the Bees

When the buzzing in my brain meant stroke

A group of students talks on the streets of Atlanta, wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts

Black Health Matters

Alumni create social justice organization to reduce racialized health disparities

A bird's eye view of Atlanta

Driving Innovation

The partnership between Rollins and Georgia Tech fuels rich discovery

A screenshot of a virtual town

Navigating 'Neuralville'

Virtual town helps map brain functions

Ken Carter poses with a creature at Netherworld

The Psychology of Thrills and Chills

Ken Carter's new book delves into the minds of daredevils

Homecoming 2019

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Emory celebrates reunions, milestone anniversaries & more

A photo of the Emory gate

One Emory: Engaged for Impact

Meet the people bringing Emory's strategic framework to life

A photo of recent college graduate Kendall Lasseter, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease, in front of a wooded area.

High Time for Ticks

Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, from Lyme to alpha-gal. What is the actual danger and how can you avoid these tiny creatures that pack a big bite?

Max Lasker poses in his lab

Immune Response

A half-century ago, Emory immunologist Max Cooper made a discovery that forever changed our understanding of the human immune system. He recently received the Lasker Award, America's most prestigious biomedical honor, for his work that helped save countless lives.

A chameleon matches a green background

Chameleons inspire 'smart skin' that changes color in sun

While a chameleon can alter its skin color, scientists have struggled to make a photonic crystal "smart skin" that changes color in response to the environment without also changing size. Emory chemists might have found a solution, documented in a new study

Emory leaders cut a ribbon to open the new Emory Student Centers

Celebrating the New Emory Student Center

Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates Emory's new campus hub, which has earned the highest-possible rating for environmental sustainability

A photo of an Emory building

Extraordinary Scholars

The newest Emory Scholars bring outstanding academic achievements, leadership and service

An individual looks at a painting of the American flag

A Promise Kept

First 9/11 Scholarship recipient discovers the power of community

The Cox Hall mural features lots of Atlanta landmarks

Making Their Mark on Emory

Students from across campus join forces to create artistic tribute to Atlanta

President Carter addresses a crowd

Politics, Peace and Peanut Butter

President Jimmy Carter fields questions from students at 38th annual Emory town hall

A student works with children

Summer, Service & Social Justice

Emory Scholars spent 10 weeks this summer serving the community and learning about social justice

An exterior shot of the Emory Student Center

8 Cool Facts About the New Emory Student Center

The Emory Student Center fully opened to welcome a surge of new and returning students, who’ll discover a bright, spacious facility designed especially with them in mind.

The Class of 2023 spells out 2023

Meet Emory's Class of 2023

Riding a wave of excitement and eager to launch the next chapter of their academic journey, Emory’s new first-year class arrived on campus this week primed to step into college life.

Conversations with Claire

Conversations with Claire: Andrew Young

Emory President Claire E. Sterk discusses lessons from the Civil Rights Movement with Ambassador Andrew Young.

The Emory tent at a past Decatur Book Festival

Emory authors shine at the Decatur Book Festival

Tens of thousands of book lovers are expected to visit Decatur during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, for the 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival, presented by Emory University.

Kent Brantly high fives the team who took care of him when he was discharged at Emory

Five Years Later, Ebola Patients Return to Emory

On Aug. 2, 2019, Emory welcomed Brantly and fellow missionary and Ebola patient Nancy Writebol back to campus as the university reaffirmed its commitment to fighting Ebola and other infectious diseases around the world.

Migrant farm workers get health screenings in a large building

Harvesting Health

Migrant farm workers get free health screenings from Emory nursing students.

A hat, sunglasses, towel, and book on the beach

What to Read

10 books by Emory authors to add to your summer list

Students study in a lab

Chemists Teach Old Drug New Tricks to Target Deadly Staph Bacteria

Emory students are 'super heroes' in fight against 'superbugs'

Two kids sit side-by-side

The Perfect Match

Children developing typically and those on the autism spectrum learn together at Early Emory.

A researcher puts on PPE

Five Years After Ebola

Emory's infectious disease experts showed the world what can happen when you choose care over fear

Kent Brantly high-fives the Emory workers who saved his life

Because They Got Better

In 2014, Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol, Ian Crozier and Amber Vinson recovered from Ebola after being treated at Emory. Here's what they are doing now.

Doctors work in a clinic

Hidden from Sight

Emory doctors recently screened Ebola survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo for vision problems and eye disease.

Researchers in PPE

How to Don and Doff

See the detailed steps needed to safely take off gloves and other personal protective equipment to avoid contamination.

Thank you for choosing care over fear

Thank You for Choosing Care Over Fear

Five years ago, the U.S. admitted its first patients with Ebola virus disease to Emory's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, where they were met by a team of dedicated health care professionals.

Two Emory alumni at their wedding

Wedding Days

Many Emory alumni choose to return to locations on campus when it's time to celebrate another life transition -- their marriage

A rendering of a slave ship

Documenting Slave Voyages

Led by Emory, a massive digital memorial shines new light on one of the most harrowing chapters of human history.

Anthony Fauci and Emory President Claire E. Sterk

Conversations with Claire: Anthony Fauci

Emory President Claire E. Sterk discusses ending HIV with Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has advised five presidents on HIV/AIDS.

A grave site on a green lawn

Honoring Camille

On a warm, breezy day this past April, a World War I nurse named Camille O¿Brien came to life as dozens of people gathered in Atlanta's Greenwood Cemetery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her death.

A father and son play basketball together

Five Surprising Facts About Fathers

Emory anthropologist James Rilling interviewed 120 new fathers, finding most reported an increase in how enthusiastic, proud and inspired they felt after talking about their experiences as fathers.

Former President Jimmy Carter sits across from Emory President Claire E. Sterk

Conversations with Claire: President Jimmy Carter

The inaugural episode of President Sterk's new video series features President Jimmy Carter, who has been granted tenure after serving as Emory University Distinguished Professor for almost 40 years.

X-ray machine images on a black background

The Better to 
See You With

The evolution of medical imaging, from shoe store X-rays to cancer-tracking nanoparticles.

Yellow and orange particles collide

Cell Wars

In early 2016, Ricardo Parks had been experiencing stomach aches and unexplained vomiting spells for a few months. A local doctor prescribed tablets for an upset stomach, but by March, things had gotten even worse.

A gray background that says 'Living Will Declaration'

Last Rights

Most people don't die how or where they want. But there are ways to make your voice heard near the end. Six Emory physicians share details of their own advance medical directives.

Pink flowers

The Beauty of Spring

With the pollen count set to skyrocket into the thousands in Atlanta by early April, it was the perfect spring evening for a Dinner with a Doctor on seasonal allergies.

An empty court of law

Expert Witness

Forensic nurse Trisha Sheridan testifies in classrooms and courtrooms to help victims of violence.

Two silhouettes stand back to back in front of a rainbow flag and a pink, blue and white-striped flag


When two Emory nursing students advocated to include LGBTQ health in the nursing curriculum, the dean and the school listened. One result: alumna Michelle Sariev will co-teach a new elective on LGBTQ health this year.

A chef sprinkles a green herb on a dish

Bitter, salty, sour, sweet

After cancer treatment, this chef can taste them all. The Winship multidisciplinary head and neck team is changing the lives of survivors.

Middle school-aged girls dance on a stage

Community Connections

Emory takes a groundbreaking African American art exhibit out of the library and into a busy Atlanta public school, inspiring students to embrace their own creativity.

A group of Emory's Class of 2019 sit in chairs on the quad smiling

Celebrating Emory's Class of 2019

Emory's 174th Commencement celebrated the soaring achievements of the Class of 2019, as this year's talented graduates prepare to transform the world as tomorrow's leaders. Take a look back through videos, photos and more.

Cassandra Quave looks at something in a petri dish

Civil War plant medicines blast drug-resistant bacteria

Studying a guide to plant remedies commissioned during the Civil War, Emory researcher Cassandra Quave finds that three plants have antimicrobial activity against dangerous species of drug-resistant bacteria associated with wound infections.

An exterior view of the Emory Student Center with red flowers in bloom

Emory Student Center Opens Doors

Take a first look inside the new Emory Student Center, now open to the community. Still undergoing finishing touches, the expansive space features a spacious dining center, recreation areas, student services, collaborative spaces and much more.

An Emory dance major speaks to a group of students in a dance studio

Research Beyond the Lab

Increasingly, Emory students are pursuing undergraduate research in the humanities to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition as they prepare to set out on career pathways that range from medicine, business and law to nonprofits, teaching and public policy.

A group of Oxford College students sit on the quad in front of Seney Hall

Unexpected Oxford

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of Emory's Oxford College, where students get the best of both worlds -- a small liberal arts college embedded in a leading research university.

Hank Klibanoff speaks in a WABE-labeled microphone

Uncovering 'Buried Truths'

Emory professor Hank Klibanoff's podcast "Buried Truths" was named a winner of the 2018 Peabody Award for Radio/Podcast. The podcast, based on research by Klibanoff and Emory students, focuses on racially motivated crimes from Georgia's civil rights era.

Students poses with one of Emory's therapy dogs

Something About a Dog

Meet Finn and Beowulf, Emory's certified therapy dogs. Emory is among an early wave of universities to utilize animal-assisted therapy, bringing fluffy fun to campus events and a calming presence to counseling sessions.

Jericho Brown poses in a chapel on campus

Poet and Professor

Inspired by Emory creative writing students, professor Jericho Brown created a new form of poetry for his acclaimed collection, "The Tradition." Learn how Emory's Creative Writing Program nurtures a community of scholars, where students and faculty learn from each other.

Xinyi Huang poses on a vacation

Secrets of the Ginkgo Seeds

Extracts from the seeds of the ginkgo tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections, according to a study that started as Emory biology major Xinyi Huang's senior thesis and drew inspiration from an ancient text in the theology library.

A piece of ancient Egyptian art

Ancient Art Collection Comes to Emory

The Michael C. Carlos Museum has received a centennial gift from the Georges Ricard Foundation of the Senusret Collection, one of the most extensive single collections of ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern objects to be gifted to a U.S. museum.

A reporter holds hands with his son

'Your Fantastic Mind': Episode 10

Days after writer Jerry Grillo had an MRI for a story about the aging brain, he suffered a cerebellar stroke. In the new episode of "Your Fantastic Mind," delve into Grillo's story, new treatments for sleep apnea, and a personal tale of love, loss, baseball and Alzheimer's.

A young man speaks to a woman

'Your Fantastic Mind': Episode 9

When Jeremy Obata lost the ability to speak, Emory doctors used deep brain stimulation to help. In the latest episode of "Your Fantastic Mind," Emory and Georgia Public Broadcasting explore his case, as well as OCD and brain aneurysms.

A female soccer player stands on a soccer field

'Your Fantastic Mind': Episode 8

As Emory and Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Your Fantastic Mind" returns with the second half of the first season, discover how migraines differ from headaches, some common triggers and how a "numbing" treatment for hemiplegic migraines helped a young soccer player.

Students from the Class of 2023 sit on the Emory wall

Emory's Class of 2023

Emory University received 30,017 applications to be part of the Class of 2023, setting a new record for the university. Learn more about Emory's newest admitted class.

Students run toward a table filled with envelopes that will tell them their future in the medical field

Match Makers

Graduating Emory medical students experienced their "rite of passage" on Match Day, when they discovered where they are headed next on their journeys to become physicians.

Emory professor Kimberly Wallace-Sanders stands in front of the Framing Shadows exhibit in Woodruff library. A series of sepia-toned historical photos show African American women holding white children.

"Framing Shadows"

A new exhibition of historical photographs encourages visitors to consider the lives of African American women who spent years raising the children of white families. "Framing Shadows" is on display at Emory's Woodruff Library and is free and open to the public.

Justin Pargeter poses with various rocks that could have been 'tiny tools'

From Stone Age Chips to Microchips

Anthropologists have long made the case that tool-making is one of the key behaviors that separated our human ancestors from other primates. A new paper by an Emory anthropologist, however, argues that it was not tool-making that set hominins apart -- it was the miniaturization of tools.

An Emory professor in a tie-dye labcoat conducts an experiment that results in a dramatic fireball.

Igniting Curiosity

Watch for serious fun as Emory joins in the 2019 Atlanta Science Festival, March 9-23. More than 20 events featuring Emory experts are scheduled at Emory's Druid Hills campus, Oxford campus and venues throughout Atlanta.

Someone holds a phone while driving

Crash Into Me

Driver behavior -- from speeding to distraction -- causes most auto accidents. What can be done to reduce the risk?

Zebrafish swim in a tank


Emory researcher Jinhu Wang studies zebrafish to help guide the development of regenerative therapies.

Anthony Stringer, a professor in Emory's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and director of the Division of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health, poses for a photo in front of a computer screen

Frontiers of the Brain

Follow along as Emory partners with Georgia Public Broadcasting on "Your Fantastic Mind," a weekly TV series that features compelling stories on brain-related health and wellness.

Nate Lewis runs with a football

Frontiers of the Brain: And the Hits Kept Coming

As a former NFL player, Nate Lewis suffered from multiple concussions while playing football. With the help of Emory physicians, Lewis is trying a type of cognitive rehab that is helping parts of his brain not damaged by trauma compensate for the damaged parts.

Dupree poses in front of the White House

Frontiers of the Brain: Finding His Voice

In the spring of 2016, after picking up a stomach bug on a family vacation to London, political broadcast journalist Jamie Dupree lost his ability to speak. He was later diagnosed with oromandibular dystonia.

Sigurjon Jakobsson has his brain tested

Frontiers of the Brain: A Life Consumed by Sleep

For Sigurjon Jakobsson, the trip to Atlanta with his family was a last-ditch effort to wake up. He came to Emory from Iceland for diagnosis and treatment of his sleep disorder.

Emory interventional radiologist David Prologo shows a tool he uses

Frontiers of the Brain: Taming the 'Hunger Nerve'

Emory interventional radiologist David Prologo has found that freezing a "hunger nerve" that connects the brain and the gastrointestinal tract might help people lose weight.

Randall Burkett smiling, seated in a chair

A Lifelong Interest Builds a Lasting Legacy

Randall Burkett's passion for African American history and culture has created a top research collection.

Three Emory faculty members pose in Mercedes-Benz stadium, wearing Emory football jerseys

Emory's Got Game

As Atlanta welcomes the Super Bowl, Emory's sports doctors, faculty experts and alumni take their positions.

Jean Stillwell Reed in her home with the Liza Mundy book, 2019

The Code Breaker

How a young Oxford graduate became part of a code-cracking cadre of American women who helped win World War II.

Oxford student Gratia Sullivan on the Oxford farm

Growing Knowledge

The Oxford Organic Farm is both a source of fresh, healthy food and an outdoor classroom that serves the campus's unique approach to education

Fahamu Pecou stands in front of a wall displaying his art

New exhibition explores art as form of resistance

Emory alumnus Fahamu Pecou examines contemporary blackness through the lens of African spirituality in "DO or DIE," a new exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Emory Eye Center's Natalie Weil helps a Syrian refugee

Restoring Vision and Hope

Emory Eye Center's Soroosh Behshad and Natalie Weil are two physicians making a difference to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Over the last year, both have made visits to Jordan to provide surgical and clinical eye care for refugees and also to educate Syrian providers.

Emory medical personnel perform a surgery

Working Side by Side

In fiscal year 2017-2018, Emory Healthcare provided $89.1 million in charity care to patients in its hospitals and clinics.

The Class of 2018 pose to spell out "2018"

18 Top Stories from 2018

In 2018, Emory forged new collaborations, celebrated stellar rankings, and welcomed the Class of 2022. Take a look back at 18 of the stories that drew the most readers to the Emory News Center in 2018.

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Service & Scholarship: 10 Emory stories that inspired us in 2018

Emory's mission is to "create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." Here are 10 stories of students, alumni, faculty and families who inspired us through their service and scholarship in 2018.

Two Emory students pose at graduation

Emory's Best Photos of 2018

Throughout the year, Emory's staff photographers document accomplishments, breakthroughs and extraordinary moments across the university. As 2018 draws to a close, take a look back at 20 of their best photos of the year.

Over 150 Emory community members gather in Montgomery in front of a chapel

Journey Toward Justice

Students in Emory's Candler School of Theology confront America's legacy of slavery and lynching as part of a curriculum preparing them to lead communities on the road to racial reconciliation.

Emory senior Christell Victoria Roach

Promising Poet

Christell Victoria Roach, winner of this year's Hurston/Wright Foundation Award for College Writers, finds inspiration for her poetry through research in Emory's extensive archives on African American history and culture.

A woman wrapped in a winter coat coughs on a busy city sidewalk

The Flu is Coming

A hundred years ago, the 1918 flu pandemic swept the globe killing 50 to 100 million people. Since then, there have been three more pandemics ¿ in 1957, 1968 and 2009. The next pandemic, say experts, is a question of when, not if. Are we ready?

Two Emory students take the blood pressure of a migrant farmworker

The Learning Fields

Emory is home to two successful migrant health programs. Both can be life-changing for students and farmworkers alike. See how students in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program find life-changing experiences in the fields.

Driving Discovery

Driving Discovery

Emory received $734 million in external research funding in fiscal year 2018, the most ever for the university. Funded research helps Emory attract top professors and students, create jobs, increase the number of clinical trials, and advance start-up projects.

Healing on the Homefront

Healing on the Homefront

Veteran Timothy Banik struggled with PTSD after his military service, but an innovative Emory program helped him get his life back. Explore how Emory supports veterans through health care, legal aid, education benefits and more.

Alumnus Taos Wynn poses in front of the Georgia capitol building

Stepping Up

Wherever they live, whatever their profession, Emory alumni share a common pursuit: service to their communities.

A student in a mask performs on stage

The Play's the Thing

At Emory, theater majors are not just acting. They are building cross-disciplinary skills that enhance performance in almost any career pursuit.

An Emory nursing student poses in her scrubs at the bottom of a staircase

Critical Need | Critical Care

What if you pushed the nurse call button and no one came? Emory is working to make sure that never happens -- and teaching those who answer the call to lead with courage and compassion.

President Jimmy Carter speaks at the Carter Town Hall

President & Professor

In a lively meeting of generations, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined first-year Emory students for the 37th annual Carter Town Hall, a long-standing tradition that offers the university's newest class a firsthand glimpse into the mind of the global humanitarian.

A young boy poses with his dad

Boyhood Disrupted

When 9-year-old Brayden Harrison fell out of a tree, his life was saved by Emory pediatric neurosurgeon Andrew Reisner and a novel protocol he created for treating brain injuries in children.

Three students walk quickly in front of the Emory sign

Outstanding Scholars

The newest Emory Scholars, recipients of the university's top merit scholarships, bring extraordinary achievements and exceptional promise.

Three Emory students pose in front of a castle in England

Energy Innovators

Three Emory students spend the summer in a castle competing for $1 million to develop their device to help cope with climate change.

Two young female students stand on the steps of Atlanta City Hall

Summer of Service

From teaching reading to refugees to drafting policy at City Hall, Emory students spend the summer making an impact in Atlanta.

Emory professor Cassandra Quave poses with a couple of flowers she's picked in the field to do her research

The Plant Hunters

Ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave leads students in a search for secrets of ancient remedies that may benefit modern medicine.

A group of diverse Goizueta Business School alumni pose, seated at a table

Creating Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Bridging academia and the business world, Emory's Goizueta Business School has created initiatives to offer mentoring, business incubation, and, potentially, actual investment money for students, faculty and the broader community.

Two playwrights and two scientists collaborate in a lab for "4:48"

Science on Stage

Theater Emory's "4:48" promises to be a frenetic yet focused showcase of new works inspired by the human microbiome, performed July 14 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Two needles and a handful of pills sit on a desk

Moving the Needle

A national opioid epidemic is driving people from pills to heroin, filling emergency rooms with overdose cases, and killing tens of thousands of Americans every year. What are we doing about it?

Michael Dubin sits on a chair in the scenic Emory quadrangle

Life Unscripted

For Emory College alumnus Michael Dubin, improvisation has paid off. His company, Dollar Shave Club, launched in 2011 with a marketing video that went viral; five years later, he sold it for $1 billion. Learn the five life lessons that Dubin says contributed to his success.

A medical student smiles while caring for Sara, a Haitian baby with a rare birth defect

Sara's Journey

Emory medical student Justine Broecker was volunteering in Haiti when she met an infant, Sara, with a rare birth defect. With Broecker's help and determination, Sara would come to Atlanta for the complicated surgery she needed.

Several bunk beds line a large, tiled room

Combating AIDS in Atlanta

The city that is home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest clinics for HIV/AIDS patient care in the country, and top-funded HIV research programs, is also an epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. How are researchers trying to turn the tide?

An athlete stares into the practice basketball court at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex

Go Where the Pros Go

If an Atlanta Hawks player gets injured at practice, he can walk right across the hall to the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, adjacent to the team's front office and practice facility. And it's not just for elite athletes -- staffed by Emory sports medicine specialists, the medical and rehabilitation complex is open to the public.

President Carter speaks to a group of students

A unique collaboration: Emory University + The Carter Center

To the immense pride of both institutions, the partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center now spans more than 35 years of addressing some of the world's most pressing problems.

The Emory quadrangle is full of graduates at the 2018 Commencement ceremony

Honoring Emory's Class of 2018

With a keynote address by trailblazing entrepreneur Michael Dubin, Emory's 173rd Commencement honored the accomplishments of 4,857 graduates. From the opening procession to the final notes of the alma mater, take a look back through video, photos, audio and more.

Jessica Thompson holds up a small bone under a magnifying glass

Bonding over Bones, Stones and Beads

Emory anthropologist Jessica Thompson takes students into the field in Malawi to help uncover mysteries of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Africa. The project has already yielded the oldest-known human DNA from Africa.

A student photograph features a person working in a field in Uganda

Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

As Emory University¿s study abroad students travel around the world, they demonstrate a talent for capturing their experiences through a camera lens. See the contest-winning photos of 15 students.

Michael Yandell reflectively looks through a window

A Veteran's Next Mission

Exposed to sarin gas as a soldier in Iraq, Emory PhD student Michael Yandell now studies moral injury, the emotional and spiritual damage that can occur when someone's deeply held moral beliefs are transgressed.

An original publication of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman sit on display

Who Was Atticus Finch?

Letters by Harper Lee acquired by Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library shed new light on the beloved and now controversial character of Atticus Finch.

An original copy of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" at Emory

How Frankenstein's Monster Became an Icon

From labs to libraries, theaters to theology, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" continues to spark wonder and debate 200 years after it was published.

An illustration of a globe with various types of researchers contributing to its creation

Minds at Work

Where do Emory researchers go when they need some room to think? Find out in this photo essay from Emory Magazine's special research issue.

Emory Medicine: Learning from Lampreys

Learning from Lampreys

Immunology pioneer Max Cooper and researchers in his lab are hoping that an ancient immune system can provide therapeutic insights into our own.

Emory Medicine: Heart Storms

Heart Storms

What happens when the heart, the body's most important muscle, short circuits? Meet three Emory patients who survived unexpected cardiac emergencies.

Top 17 of 2017

17 of Emory's Most-read Stories of 2017

From research to rankings and even a Rhodes Scholar, take a look back at some of the stories that drew the most readers to the Emory News Center in 2017.

Hope, Help and Healing: 10 Emory stories that inspired us in 2017

Hope, Help and Healing: 10 Inspiring Emory Stories From 2017

The heart of Emory is the people who come here to learn, teach, work, help and heal. Meet just a few of the individuals and families who inspired us this year.

Emory's Best Photos of 2017

Emory's Best Photos of 2017

Every day, Emory photographers can be found from the classroom to the operating room, documenting the university's mission "to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity." View 12 of their best photos of the year.

Emory Eye Center immersive story- When Vision Betrays

When Vision Betrays

An emeritus professor finds commonality with Impressionist masters when his vision begins to fail due to cataracts. Take an in-depth look at the surgical advances that help restore his clarity.

Emory Public Health: Responding to climate change

Responding to Climate Change

The health effects of global warming are already being felt. Take an in-depth look at how researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health are addressing climate change on multiple fronts.

Emory Report: Love, Barack

Love, Barack

Letters from Barack Obama to his college girlfriend, now part of the collection of Emory's Rose Library, reveal a young man grappling with his place in the world.

Emory Report: Inside Brotherman's Big City

Inside Brotherman's Big City

In 1990, "Brotherman" debuted as one of the first comic books to feature a black hero. Almost three decades later, with help from Emory's digital scholars, this groundbreaking text is reimagined as an immersive, virtual reality world.

40 Under Forty Emory Magazine story

40 Under Forty

They're young, they're smart, and they're making their mark. The first-ever class of "40 Under Forty" outstanding young alumni gives all 140,000-plus Emory graduates forty new reasons to be proud.

Emory Medicine: Surviving the Unsurvivable feature story

Surviving the Unsurvivable

When a pine tree fell on Sylvia Ennis's car, impaling her, she began a multi-year medical odyssey that would require a care team of dozens -- and a lot of tenacity.

Emory Medicine: Doctors on the Field feature story

Doctors on the Field

From the sidelines, team physicians respond to emergencies including concussions, broken bones, and cardiac arrests.

Emory Report: Celebrating Emory's Class of 2017

Celebrating Emory's Class of 2017

Take a look back at Emory's 172nd Commencement, and celebrate the 4,615 degree recipients with photos, audio and video from the ceremony.

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