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Sterk elected to National Academy of Medicine

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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has elected Dr. Claire E. Sterk to its 2018 class of leading health scientists and international members. Sterk is the 20th president of Emory University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health.

A pioneering public health scholar, Sterk has served for the past two decades as a social scientist, academic leader, and administrator at Emory. Prior to becoming president on September 1, 2016, she served as the university’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. At Rollins, she served as associate dean for research, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, and acting and associate director of the Women’s and Children’s Center.

Sterk’s scientific leadership includes chairing a section of the American Sociological Association and serving as a member of study sections, task forces, and conference committees for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. She has been a Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Public Policy and a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Both in her role as president and in her previous role as provost, Sterk has emphasized the choices and responsibilities of research universities and their real-world impact. She is leading efforts at Emory to broaden research across the university and its nine colleges and graduate and professional schools, including enriched opportunities for student research. Emory’s new strategic framework includes a heightened focus on serving both Atlanta and global communities through enhanced research partnerships.

Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in health and medicine.

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