Jeffrey S. Reznick (PhD, 1999) received the 2015 Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) best article award

Jeffrey S. Reznick (PhD, 1999), who is Chief of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division, received the 2015 Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) best article award for “Embracing the Future as Stewards of the Past: Charting a Course Forward for Historical Medical Libraries and Archives.” The article appeared in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (fall 2014 volume 15, number 2). Co-edited by Dr. Reznick and Michelle DiMeo, PhD, Curator of Digital Collections at the Chemical Heritage special, this open-access issue which contains the proceedings of the December 2013 symposium Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Alumni and Friends: Help Fund Student Research

The Emory College Department of History places student research at the heart of its mission. The department’s approach to learning—including quantitative analysis, close textual reading, work with primary materials, excellence in communication, and mastery of research methods—prepares students to do their own research on the cutting edge of the discipline. With a faculty distinguished for its expertise, Emory’s Department of History does more than ensure that undergraduates know about history. The department’s emphasis on independent research fosters the skills and intellectual discipline students need to thrive in any number of professions.

Through research, Emory students gain strong analytical abilities that help them in all aspects of their professional lives: in government work and with nongovernmental organizations, in medicine and other health professions, and in law and business.

Alumni and friends who want to champion historical understanding, educational excellence, or student success after graduation will find meaningful investment opportunities in undergraduate research at the Department of History.

Learn more here: Fund Student Research

Dr. Leslie M. Harris in ‘The New Republic’: ‘The Long, Ugly History of Racism at American Universities’

Dr. Leslie M. Harris, Associate Professor of History, penned an article for The New Republic titled “The Long, Ugly History of Racism at American Universities.” Here is a brief excerpt:

The events occurring on campuses today echo these troubled times and reveal the continuing unease that some have with diverse campuses. But significant progress has been made in the 65 years since Heman Sweatt attempted his law degree at University of Texas.

Dr. David Eltis Comments on DNA Analysis of African Roots

David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History, was cited in a CBS News article, “DNA analysis traces African slaves back to their roots.” Here is an excerpt of Eltis’ commentary:

“David Eltis, an expert on the Atlantic slave trade from Emory University who did not take part in the study, called the findings ‘promising research with enormous potential for tracking the location of Africans brought to the Americas.’

‘This approach, along with identification of African names, are ways of getting around the thin documentary record for pre-orthographic African societies,’ he said in an email interview. ‘However, at this stage, genetic bases of any kind are still in short supply for sub-Saharan African populations so it is going to take a while to realize the benefits.’