News Release Archive

Paul Root Wolpe's interview with The Science Network on neuroethics


Carlton Mackey at Emory Visual Arts 

Edward Queen will deliver closing remarks at "Leading Disaster Relief in Haiti"

Paul Root Wolpe to speak at TEDx Peachtree

Toby Schonfeld featured in IRB: Ethics & Human Research

Ethics Art Cafe' in The Emory Wheel

Paul Root Wolpe quoted in New York Times

Arri Eisen in CNN's "My Take: Why the Dalai Lama Became a Global Icon"

David Gowler Wins 2010 Jerry G. Gaff Award for Faculty Excellence

David Gowler, Pierce Professor of Religion at Oxford College, has been awarded the 2010 Jerry G. Gaff Award for Faculty Excellence by the Association of General and Liberal Studies. The Jerry G. Gaff Award is given annually to those who have demonstrated leadership on their campuses in the area of general and liberal education, who have shown evidence of outstanding teaching in general and liberal education courses, and who have a record of achievement in curriculum development, innovation, or implementation in general and liberal education.

The selection committee cited Gowler for his excellence in teaching and scholarship, as evidenced in his numerous grants and teaching awards. Also noted was his leadership, notably the creation and direction of the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement; the founding of Oxford's Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts and direction during its first two years; and leadership in the changes to Oxford's general education program, including the creation of its Ways of Inquiry Foundation.

Carlton Mackey Accepted Into the LEAD Atlanta  Class of 2010-11

Congratulations to Carlton Mackey, Assistant Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership program, for being accepted into LEAD Atlanta.
LEAD Atlanta is an intensive nine-month leadership development and community education program targeted at promising young professionals between the ages of 25 and 32 in Metro Atlanta. Through personal and professional development and broad exposure to the community, LEAD Atlanta aims to equip young leaders early in their careers with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective leader committed to the common good. Established in 2004 as an initiative of Leadership Atlanta, the program is distinguished by its unique integration of personal, professional, and community education.
LEAD Atlanta boasts a diverse roster of accomplished alumni.  These young leaders, and all who follow their example, represent the next generation of metro Atlanta's leaders.

Center For Ethics Instrumental in New Georgia Health Law
Senate Bill 367, which addresses a process for consent for surgical or medical treatment for a patient who 1) does not have decision making capacity and 2) who lacks a family member or other surrogate authorized under Georgia law, has been signed by the Governor and will go into effect July 1, 2010. 

Why is this bill needed?  One recent state ombudsman case among many that were shared with members of the working group that drafted the legislation:  An elderly nursing home resident needed someone to sign consent to do surgery.  The gentleman had diabetes and had developed gangrene and the risk of sepsis. Without an amputation, physicians indicated the resident would die, but the physicians would not perform surgery without a signed consent. There was a problem locating relatives, and the only known relatives were a nephew and one grandchild, neither of whom could legally provide consent.  The surgery was not considered an emergency, but neither was there time to appoint a guardian for the resident. The nursing home had the gentleman transported to the hospital where the diagnosis was made, but the resident was sent back to the nursing home where he died waiting for someone to consent for the needed surgery.   

Legislative change was needed to provide another pathway for medical consent for patients. The bill was drafted by a working group convened by Kathy Kinlaw, Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics and Director of the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia.  The working group included representatives from a variety of agencies and organizations around the state, including the Georgia Division of Aging, Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Organization, Georgia Council on Aging, Georgia Advocacy Office, and Georgia Hospital Association, as well as health care providers, faith perspectives, and others who also shared a strong interest in helping these patients have a voice in health care decision making.  The draft legislation was discussed in two legislative sessions prior to its approval in 2010.  State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (HD 83) provided important counsel throughout the process and Judge Susan Tate assisted the group in considering the role of the Probate Courts in the consent process.   Temple Seller, General Counsel for the Georgia Hospital Association, was an essential partner in both the drafting and the legislative process.  State Representatives Ed Lindsey (HD 54) and Mike Jacobs (HD 80) and State Senators Don Thomas (SD 54) and Don Balfour (SD 9) were key voices in understanding the need for legislative change and in moving the bill forward in the House and Senate.

The full text of the bill can be found on-line at:

EASL Alumna Receives Two Honors

Anastasia (Stacy) Tolos a Servant Leader Summer Intern (2008) and one of our first class of law students has received two honours recognizing her commitment to community and public service and her superior academic work.

In May this year she was honoured with the Georgia Assoc. of Women Lawyers' scholarship which is designed to:

  • Recognize women law students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an aptitude for leadership and philanthropy;
  • Promote excellence in legal studies by providing assistance to deserving students; and
  • Advance the missions of both the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the GAWL Foundation, including: enhancing the welfare and development of women lawyers and supporting their interests; and encouraging philanthropy by women lawyers in Georgia for the benefit of the greater community.

Criteria include:  Academic achievement, leadership, community service, and philanthropic potential, and a strong commitment to the profession. Involvement in programs that advance or support women in the profession and in the community are given particular consideration.

Additionally she was named a Presidential Management Fellow and is scheduled to begin working for FEMA.

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.  By drawing graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, the PMF Program provides a continuing source of trained men and women to meet the future challenges of public service.


EASL Summer Intern Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Emory University swimmers Lillian Ciardelli and Ruth Westby, and hurdler Steve Dry were awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, in addition to their work in the community, during their time as Eagles.

Westby has recorded a school-record five National Championships, including two this past season, in addition to 27 all-America honors, just one short of the maximum possible over a career.  This season, Westby earned seven all-America certificates, helping the team to its third National Championship.  She is the school-record holder in seven different events, and is the only swimmer in Emory history to earn all-America honors in the same three individual events (50, free, 100 free and 200 free) all four years of her career.  Westby was named the 2008 and 2010 UAA Swimmer of the Year and was chosen as the UAA Swimmer of the Week on 11 occasions during her Emory tenure.  She is a double major in Environmental Science and Political Science with a 3.77 cumulative GPA.
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This season's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (29 men and 29 women) represent winter-sports participants from all NCAA divisions, who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500.

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the Diversity and Inclusion link under the ‘About the NCAA' tab at <> .

Full article at:

Center faculty member appointed interim director of the new Emory Center for Palliative Care

Center for Ethics faculty, Tammie E. Quest, MD, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Emory University School of Medicine, has been named interim director of the Emory Center for Palliative Care.

The online story can be found here.

Two Faculty Named Emory Distinguished Teaching Scholars

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence's new program is designed to honor Emory's leading teachers and create a university-wide conversation around pedagogy.

Congratulations to Center for Ethics faculty, Jeff Rosensweig (Goizueta Business School) and Sarah Freeman (School of Nursing) for being honored as Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

The online story can be found here.

2008-2009 EASL Forum Member Honored with Robert T. (Bobby) Jones Fellowship

Surabhi Agrawal a 2008-2009 participant in the EASL Forum and a 2009 UPGRADE Fellow (a program supervised by Edward Queen) was named the 2010-11 Robert T. Jones Jr. Fellow. This award, created in 2008, funds tuition and living stipend for one to four years of graduate study at St. Andrews and is awarded to a graduating senior or a student who has a record of academic excellence and interest that may be pursued at St. Andrews.

The online story can be found here.

Lori Marino, who has spent more than a decade tracking the trend, estimates there are now more than 100 organizations offering therapy with dolphins.

On November 23, Jim Fowler was honored at the annual meeting of the Religious Education Association in Dallas, Texas:
The William Rainey Harper Award is one of the great honors offered by the Religious Education Association. The award is named for one of the founding leaders of the Association and is presented to scholars and other leaders in religion, theology, education, and related fields whose work has had a significant impact on religious education. The impressive work on faith development and ethics that have occupied the career of James W. Fowler have influenced the academic discipline, affected the practices of religious communities, and expanded the understanding of religious education. The Religious Education Association is delighted to recognize James W. Fowler as the recipient of the William Rainey Harper Award for 2009. He joins a distinguished list of recipients, including Marshall McLuhan, Elie Wiesel, Margaret Mead, Paolo Freire, Gabriel Moran and Maria Harris, and Randolph Crump Miller.

Deborah Cruze sets the record straight on the "Death Panel" debate

The Autumn 2009 edition of Emory Magazine is here! Check out our featured faculty: Lori Marino and Ani Satz

View Part-1 and Part-2 of the Emory University Atlanta Mayoral Debate

Center faculty participates in "The Ethics of Healing" panel
Introducing our Master of Arts in Bioethics Program - Read the Press Release

Kathy Kinlaw examines decisions surrounding the Suleman octuplets in Emory Health Magazine

Featured Article: "Ethical Guidelines in Pandemic Influenza"