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THE MERCERIAN, SPRING 2021FEATURES1218MACON ATLANTA SAVANNAH COLUMBUSDouglas County, Henry County, Warner RobinsCARNEGIE RECLASSIFIES:DOCTORAL WITH HIGHRESEARCH ACTIVITYUNDERGRADUATES FRONTAND CENTER OFMERCER RESEARCHVOLUME 31, NO. 1PRESIDENTWilliam D. Underwood, J.D.CHANCELLORR. Kirby Godsey, Ph.D.PROVOSTD. Scott Davis, Ph.D.EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FORADMINISTRATION AND FINANCEJames S. Netherton, Ph.D.SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR STRATEGICINITIATIVESDEPARTMENTSKellie Raiford Appel, J.D.4 BEARINGS24 BEARS ROUNDUP34 MERCER HEALTHSCIENCES40 CLASS NOTES48 ADVANCEMENTUPDATESSENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETINGCOMMUNICATIONS AND CHIEF OF STAFFLarry D. BrumleySENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENTMANAGEMENTPenny L. Elkins, Ph.D.SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITYADVANCEMENTJohn A. PattersonSENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSELWilliam G. Solomon IV, J.D.EDITORRick CameronART DIRECTORSteve MosleySTAFF WRITERKyle Sears CLAS ’09CONTRIBUTORSKraig Doremus, Jennifer Falk, Andrea Honaker,Jill Kinsella CLAS ’85, Mary Beth Kosowski,Erin Lones CLAS ’00, Jesika Moore, Travis Rae,Stephen Waldman, Daniel WilliamsSPECIAL DESIGNGinger Harper, Alex KellerPHOTOGRAPHY COORDINATORJan Crocker COPA ’09PHOTOGRAPHERSJohn Amos, Matt Boyd, Victor Brott,Jan Crocker COPA ’09, Marin Guta, Bekah Howard,John Knight, Christopher Ian Smith, Matthew Smith,Ann Thompson NPR, Robin Trimarchi, Leah YetterDIGITAL PRODUCTIONMatthew Smith, Jennifer Falk,Andrea Honaker, Rob Saxon, Todd SayreVIDEO PRODUCTIONBekah HowardEDITORIAL OFFICEThe Mercerian, 1501 Mercer University Drive,Macon, Georgia 31207-0001, (478) 301-4024GET IT IN THE MAIL!Request at mercerian@mercer.eduTO UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS CALL:THE MERCERIAN is published by the Office of MarketingCommunications at Mercer University. 2021 MercerUniversity. The views and opinions presented in this publicationare not necessarily those of the editors or the official policiesof the University.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE MERCERIAN,1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207-0001.Become a fan of Mercer on Instagram, Facebook,follow us on Twitter, and watch our latest videoson YouTube. mercer.edu/socialmediaLEAH YETTER PHOTO; COVER: JAN CROCKER PHOTO(478) 301-2715 or 1-800-MERCER-U, x2715

InOurLensThe annual Light More Homes Christmas Celebration benefiting MaconArea Habitat for Humanity was relocated this past holiday season to Mercer Village.The light show has been a tradition at Chick-fil-A on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard for thepast 12 years, but it was moved while the restaurant was undergoing renovations.The show featured a canopy of 50,000 white icicle lights strung betweenbuildings, a pedestrian arch tunnel with thousands of color-changing LEDlights, a snow machine, a nativity scene, and a Christmas tree designed andprogrammed by Dr. Bob Allen and Mercer computer science students.

MERCERUNIVERSITY PRESSSPRING/SUMMER 2021Continuously working throughout a pandemic yearof challenges facing the publishing industry, MercerUniversity Press proudly offers a new season filled withmusic, fiction, poetry, history, philosophy, and religion.PRING/SUMMER 2021 SEASON highlightedtitles include: Lighthouses of the Georgia Coastby William Rawlings, a richly illustrated lookat the five existing Georgia lighthouses, theirconstruction, and historical role as once essentialparts of nautical navigation and commerce;Eavesdropping on the Most Segregated Hour:A City’s Clergy Reflect on Racial Reconciliation,edited by Andrew M. Manis with Sandy DwayneMartin, scriptural interpretations on thelongstanding problem of White supremacy in American life from 14Macon, Georgia, clergy from various faith traditions; Fix It in the Mixby Paul Hornsby with Michael Buffalo Smith, a memoir of Hornsby, theacclaimed record producer and musician best known for his work atCapricorn Records; Scaring the Bears, a debut collection of poemson fatherhood, marriage, faith, loss, and nature by Gordon Johnston,Mercer professor of English; The Birth of a New South: Sherman,Grady, and the Making of Atlanta by E. Culpepper Clark, a history ofrace and its influence on politics, economics, and culture in the NewSouth; and Liberty, Democracy, and the Temptations to Tyranny inthe Dialogues of Plato, a collection of 11 essays from the 2019 A.V.Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas at Mercer University editedby Charlotte C.S. Thomas, Mercer professor of Philosophy.Visit www.mupress.org to see a complete listing of titles or todownload a catalog. Books are available from your favorite independentbookstore, major online retailer, or wherever fine books are sold.Order from Mercer University Press directly and receive a 40% MercerAlumni discount by calling (478) 301-2880. Shipping charges andtaxes will apply.www.mupress.org (478) 301-2880

FAITHFUL TO OUR MISSION, NOW MORE THAN EVER.AT MERCER, NO OBSTACLE CAN STOP USFROM CHANGING THE WORLD.Though our lives and our world have changed in many ways, one thingremains steadfast — Mercer’s commitment to educating leaders, creators,and trailblazers. No matter what comes our way, Mercerians are ready.65 ResidentialUndergraduate ProgramsIN MACON80 Graduate andProfessional ProgramsIN GEORGIAMATTHEW SMITH PHOTOWhere can Mercer take you next?Explore all of our programs and findyour path at mercer.edu35 Undergraduate andGraduate ProgramsFULLY ONLINE

B E ARI NGSUniversity Sets Recordwith Final Fall EnrollmentM9,026ercer’s finalfall enrollmentestablished anew record,surpassing9,000students forthe first time.A total ofstudents were enrolled lastfall in Mercer’s 12 schools andcolleges on campuses in Macon,Atlanta, Savannah and Columbus,surpassing 2019’s record final fallenrollment of 8,759 by 3%. First-timestudents enrolled in Mercer’s Maconundergraduate programs numbered951, and 87 percent of first-yearstudents from 2019 returned forfall 2020. Freshman-to-graduationretention reached 73.2%, also anew University record.4Mercer Featured AmongPrinceton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’forConsecutive YearMercer Rises Five SpotsAmong U.S. News Best ValueNational UniversitiesMercer is one of the nation’s bestinstitutions for undergraduates toearn their college degree, accordingto The Princeton Review. Theeducation services company profiledand recommended Mercer in the 29thedition of its annual college guide,“The Best 386 Colleges,” releasedin August.Mercer remains in the top tier ofnational universities and is amongthe top 35 best values in U.S. News& World Report’s annual America’sBest Colleges issue, released Sept.14. The University improved five spotsover last year’s ranking of the bestvalues among the 389 institutionsin the national universities category.The best value ranking takes intoaccount an institution’s academicquality and the previous year’s netcost of attendance for a student whoreceived the average level of needbased financial aid.THE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021

B EARIN GSMercer Recognizedas a Top Producerof Gilman ScholarsMercer is among the U.S. colleges anduniversities that produced the most GilmanInternational Scholarship recipients duringthe 2018-2019 academic year.“Mercer’s recognition as a top producerof Gilman Scholars proves that our studentsoverachieve against our peer institutions,demonstrating not only the caliber of ourstudents but also thequality of our facultyand staff,” said ProvostDr. D. Scott Davis. “I’mproud of this award, andI congratulate everyoneinvolved with the process.”Each year, the U.S.Department of State’sBureau of Educationaland Cultural Affairsannounces the topproducing institutions forthe Gilman International Scholarship Program at the Diversity AbroadConference. The scholarship program enables students of limitedfinancial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skillscritical to the national security and economic prosperity of the U.S.A total of 13 Mercer students earned recognition fromthe Gilman Program during the award year of 2018-2019.An additional 34 students received Gilman or Gilman-McCainscholarships in 2019-2020.MARIN GUTA PHOTO; BEKAH HOWARD PHOTOMercer Fifth Nationally AmongPeace Corps Prep CertificateIssuing Institutions in 2020The Peace Corps announced Sept. 30that Mercer ranked No. 5 among morethan 140 Peace Corps Prep schools onthe agency’s list of top certificateissuing institutions in 2020.Mercer issued 28 certificatesto seniors and juniors in 2020,tying the University for fifth placewith Monmouth University in NewJersey. A total of 55 studentswere enrolled in the PeaceCorps Prep program at Mercerduring the 2019-20 academicyear. Over the past year, six Mercer studentswere awarded Peace Corps placements.Wade and ThompsonWADE NAMEDTOP SPEAKERAT DEBATENATIONALSJunior Cam Wade won the James “Al”Johnson Top Speaker Award, the highestindividual honor presented at the NationalParliamentary Debate Association (NPDA)championship, held virtually March 6-8.Wade, a women’s and gender studiesand English double-major from Savannah,is the first African-American male tobe named top speaker at the nation’s largestparliamentary debate tournament and is the secondMercer student to win the James “Al” JohnsonAward since 2015.Mercer swept individual honors at this year’snationals, also taking home the Dan Henning Awardfor top novice speaker. Freshman Matt Thompson,a chemical commerce and French double-major fromCanton, won the award, which was presented toWade in 2020.Additionally, sophomores Ashley Pemberton,journalism and media studies double-major fromMacon, and Madeline Smith, biochemistry andmolecular biology (BMB) and Spanish double-majorfrom Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, won the novice divisionand were named second- and third-place speakersamong novices, giving Mercer the top-threeindividuals in the division.“This was a bit of a ‘clean sweep’ for Mercerand is a win that truly belongs to the Universityas a whole,” said Dr. Vasile Stanescu, associateprofessor of communication and director of debate.“Debate is a public thinking event as much as itis a public speaking event. What these victoriesunderscore is the College of Liberal Arts andSciences continues to train some of the finestundergraduate minds in the entire nation.”THE MERCERIAN SPRING 20215

B EARINGSNEW MASTEROF SCIENCE INPHARMACEUTICALSCIENCES DEGREEPROGRAM APPROVEDMercer’s Board of Trustees during its fallmeeting approved a Master of Science inPharmaceutical Sciences degree program.The new graduate program in the College ofPharmacy on the Atlanta campus is designedto equip students with the necessary skills toperform in academia, in the pharmaceuticalindustry or in government, and addressesa shortage of entry-level researchers inagencies such as the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention and the U.S. Foodand Drug Administration. Students mustcomplete degree requirements within threeyears of matriculation and complete twoyears in residence.STETSONHATCHER SCHOOLOF BUSINESSRECOGNIZED AMONGTHE PRINCETONREVIEW’S ‘BESTBUSINESS SCHOOLSFOR 2021’Stetson-Hatcher School of Businessis one of the nation’s most outstandingbusiness schools, according to The PrincetonReview. The education services company chosethe school for its list, “Best Business Schools for2021,” released Dec. 8.Mercer JoinsUniversities StudyingSlavery ConsortiumMercer joined Universities StudyingSlavery (USS), a consortium of more than 70institutions created and led by the Universityof Virginia to collaborate in sharing best practicesand guiding principles about truth-telling projectsaddressing human bondage and racism ininstitutional histories. All member schools commit toresearch, acknowledgment and atonement regardinginstitutional ties to the slave trade, to enslavementon campus or abroad, and to enduring racism inschool history and practice. USS hosts semi-annualmeetings to allow participating institutions to worktogether to address both historical and contemporaryissues dealing with race and inequality in highereducation and in university communities.6THE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021Mercer-LedTeam Wins 200,000Top Prizein ArtisanalMining GrandChallengeGlobalCompetitionAteam of researchersinvolved in theMercer On Missionprogram on Oct. 1received the GoldAward and top prizeof 200,000 in theArtisanal MiningGrand Challenge.The global competition, whichreceived applications from 42different countries, recognizesinnovative solutions for transformingartisanal and small-scale goldmining (ASGM) for water andbiodiversity conservation.The Gold Award-winningapplication, titled “Mercury CaptureSystems for ASGM Gold Shops,”details a system developed bythe Mercer-led team to removedangerous elemental mercury vaporemitted during the final stages ofgold extraction and at the initialstages of gold refinement.

Mercer MusicatAffiliatesCapricorn with theGRAMMY MuseumB EARIN GS MCHRISTOPHER IAN SMITH PHOTO; MOM PHOTO; COURTESY GWINNETT COUNTYercer Music at Capricorn is now an affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum.The affiliation allows Mercer and the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum to collaborate on educational and professional developmentprograms, share museum curricula and resources, participate intraveling exhibits, and develop internships.STEM Education Innovation LabPartners with Gwinnett CountySchools to Offer InnovativeAgSTEM Learning ExperienceThrough an innovative AgSTEM research project utilizing aquaponicsand smart sensor technology, and with support from an interdisciplinaryteam of research faculty, educators in Gwinnett County’s Archer SchoolCluster are being equipped with the tools and resources to teachevery subject through the lens of urban agriculture and conservation.Mercer’s STEM Education Innovation Lab, in collaboration with Gwinnett’sSoil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural ResourcesConservation Service Lawrenceville District office, has engaged regionalpartners to implement agriculture-based science, technology, engineeringand math (AgSTEM) in the Archer Cluster. The District awarded Mercer 50,000 in funding to administer this initiative, led by Dr. Justin Ballengerand Dr. Elaine Thurmond, both faculty members in the University’s TiftCollege of Education.THE MERCERIAN SPRING 20217

B EARINGSSCHOLARSHIPS& FELLOWSHIPS21 GILMANSCHOLARSMercer had 21 studentsamong morethan 3,400recipientsacross theU.S. chosenduring thetwo mostrecent selectioncycles to receivethe prestigious BenjaminA. Gilman InternationalScholarship to study or intern abroad.Teni Aina, Joyell Bailey,Camryn Bierria, Hailey Christian,Lea Dulcio, Savannah Duringer,Hailey Ferrel, Brianna Gonsahn,Savannah Granito, Evelyn Johnson,Annie Lam, Stephany Leal,Walter Lopez-Chavez,Kallie McDaniel, Alexandra Norori,Ayomide Odeboh, Obehi Onabanjo,Omar Peralta Rios,Ja’Diyah Shamsiddin,Alexandria Swinson andTran Vo were selected during thespring 2020 and fall 2020 cycles.Given the disruption of the COVID-19pandemic, the Gilman Program willsupport students who are unableto start their programs abroadin their original destinationor in the original timeframeby helping to identifyalternative program options,by permitting students to deferto a program through theend of 2021, or by supportingparticipation in a virtualstudy abroad or internationalinternship program.PICKERINGFELLOWSHIPAlumna Ariel Danielsrecently received theprestigious Thomas R.Pickering Foreign AffairsFellowship to pursuea master’s degree ininternational relations beforebeginning work for the U.S.Foreign Service. Daniels,from Milledgeville, earnedher bachelor’s degree in May2020 with a double-majorin political science andinternational affairs and aminor in French.DanielsBIO INNOVATION SUMMITMercer students won two of five poster session awards presented at the GeorgiaBio Innovation Summit held virtually Nov. 4-6 to gather hundreds of professionalsfrom industry, academia and government to discuss major trends and issues inbioscience. College of Pharmacy student Mani Deepika Vakkalanka was oneof three winners ofthe Anthony ShukerScientific Poster SessionAward, and School ofEngineering studentSarah Spaldingreceived the DownSouth Grace andPoise Award.Vakkalanka8THE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021Spalding

B IPJunior Marissa Murriel receivedthe Gilman-McCain Scholarshipto participate in the Mercer OnMission program in Ecuador.Murriel, from Columbus, is aglobal development majorwith a minor in Spanish.Freshman Mahnoor Sultan was chosenas a recipient of the inaugural McDonald’s/APIA Scholarship to provide financial supportand opportunities to Asian and Pacific IslanderAmerican college students. Scholarshipstotaling a half-million dollars were awarded byMcDonald’s to 55 students across the country.Fifteen students, including Sultan, receivedfour-year scholarships, while the remainderreceived one-year awards.ARIN GSSultanPHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIPSenior Faith Alexis Parker received theProfessional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE)Betty J. Phillips Scholarship, awarded through thePAGE Foundation. Parker, who is pursuing her Bachelorof Music Education in the Townsend School of Music,has committed to teach in Georgia for three years inexchange for receiving the 1,000 scholarship.MurrielAndersonHARRISDAVISAWARDCollege of ProfessionalAdvancement seniorRicks Anderson II recentlyreceived the inaugural HarrisDavis Transformational Powerof Education Award. Theaward, presented annuallyto an undergraduate studentwho has experienced thetransformational power ofeducation, is named foremeriti faculty membersDr. Colin Harris andDr. Duane Davis. Ananonymous College ofProfessional Advancementfaculty member providedthe initial gift ofapproximately 25,000 toendow the award.MARSHALLSCHOLARSHIP FINALISTParkerSenior McPherson Newell was selected as a finalist for theMarshall Scholarship, which finances young Americans of highability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Only asmany as 50 Marshall Scholars are selected each year to studyat the graduate level at a U.K. institution in any field of study.Newell, a biomedical engineering major from Augusta, hasalso been named a Goldwater Scholar, Newman Civic Fellow,Stamps Scholar and a finalist for the Truman Scholarship.NewellWOODROW WILSON FELLOWAlumnus Ryan McGuire was named to the second class of WoodrowWilson Pennsylvania Teaching Fellows, a highly competitive programthat recruits recent graduates and career changers withstrong backgrounds in the STEM fields andprepares them to teach in high-needsecondary schools. McGuire, fromKennesaw, began a master’s degreeprogram in education at theUniversity of West Chester lastfall. He earned his bachelor’sdegree, with a major inchemistry and minors inbiology and economics,from Mercer in May 2020.THE MERCERIAN SPRING 20219

B EARINGSFACULTY&STAFFHONORS&RECOGNITIONBROWNBACKAND THITSANAMEDALL-SOCONMercer wasrepresented byMatt Brownback,assistant athleticdirector for studentathlete supportservices, andDr. Makhin Thitsa,associate professorof electricaland computerengineering, onthe All-SouthernConference Facultyand Staff Team,announced Dec.17. Begun in 2016,the All-SoConFaculty and StaffTeam consists oftwo individualsfrom each ofthe 10 memberinstitutions whoshare the commoncharacteristics ofdemonstrated serviceto the institutionand contributions tocampus life and thelocal community.10BrownbackGRANT RECEIVESFULBRIGHT AWARDTO UKRAINEDr. GrantDr. Chris Grant, professor and chair of political sciencein the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received aFulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Ukraine fromthe U.S. Department of State and the J. William FulbrightForeign Scholarship Board. He will use the award to conductresearch and lecture at Kyiv Mohela Academy on theemergence of civil society in the former Soviet territory.THOMAS NAMEDEXECUTIVE DIRECTOROF ACTCProfessor of Philosophy Dr. Charlotte Thomaswas recently named executive director of theAssociation for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC),an international membership-driven professionalorganization dedicated to the improvement of liberaleducation through the use of core texts in commonlytaken undergraduate liberal arts courses. ACTC isone of a small handful of academic associations inthe world working to temper the ever-increasingspecialization of colleges and universities.Dr. ThomasCANNON SELECTEDFOR AMTE STaRPROGRAMDr. ThitsaTHE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021Dr. CannonTift College of Education faculty memberDr. Susan Cannon was recently selected to theAssociation of Mathematical Teacher Educators (AMTE)Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Program. TheSTaR Program is an early career induction program forfaculty in mathematics education with tenure trackappointments at higher education institutions.

B EDR. GORDON JOHNSTON, professorof English in the College of LiberalArts and Sciences, authored Scaringthe Bears (Mercer University Press).Wryly funny and earthy, these poemsrefuse to waste their troubles. They talkback to the dangers along the trail.MERCERFACULTYAUTHORNEWBOOKSDR. RAMNEET KAUR, adjunctprofessor in the College ofProfessional Advancement, coauthored Psychological SkillsTraining for Human Wellness (SAGEPublications). The book provides acomprehensive reference to all aspects ofPST and presents a holistic view of thesubject area.DR. EDWARD C. KLATT, professorof pathology in the School ofMedicine, authored The Robbinsand Cotran Atlas of Pathology,4th Ed. (Elsevier Health Sciences).Designed to complement Robbinsand Cotran Pathologic Basis ofDisease, 10th Ed., and Robbins BasicPathology, 10th Ed.DR. MATT MARONE, associateprofessor of physics in the Collegeof Liberal Arts and Sciences,authored The Art of Teaching Physicswith Ancient Chinese Science andTechnology (Morgan and Claypool).Blending physics with the study ofancient Chinese science, technology, andculture is a unique and highly effectiveway to present the fundamentals ofphysics to non-science majors.DR. LYDIA MASANET, professor ofSpanish in the College of Liberal Artsand Sciences, authored Enhebradas(Editorial Adarve). Enhebradas is apolyphonic of sixteen female voices atdefining moments in their lives. Slivers ofrevelation explore a vast range of issues.ARIN GSDR. MICHAEL L. RUFFIN, adjunctprofessor of religion in the Collegeof Liberal Arts and Sciences,authored Praying with Matthew(Smyth and Helwys Publishing).The Gospels bear witness to Jesus’searliest followers’ remembrances of andthe early Christians’ understanding of hislife and teachings.DR. BRYANT SMALLEY, associatedean for research in the School ofMedicine, and DR. JACOB WARREN,associate dean for diversity, equityand inclusion in the School ofMedicine, co-authored Health Equity:A Solutions-Focused Approach(Springer Publishing). Health Equity isa comprehensive textbook that illustratesexisting conditions of health disparitiesacross a range of populations.DR. ROBERT N. NASH JR., associatedean and professor of mission andcomparative religion in the Schoolof Theology, authored Moving theEquator: The Families of the Earthand the Mission of the Church(Smyth and Helwys Publishing).We inhabit a diverse world, but the fullbenefit of such a world is possible only ifwe overcome our fears of other cultures,religions and worldviews.THE MERCERIAN SPRING 202111

What doesR2mean foryou?IMERCER’SHIGH RESEARCHACTIVITY RESULTSIN NATIONALRECLASSIFICATIONBy Kyle Searsn December 2018, Mercer announced the University’s most recentrise within the Carnegie Classification , the leading system of recognizing anddescribing academic diversity within U.S. higher education institutions since 1973.12THE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021

Among 30 categories,Mercer was elevated to thesecond-highest level — DoctoralUniversity with High ResearchActivity (R2) — representing theUniversity’s second promotionwithin the classificationssince 2014.What ProvostDr. D. Scott Davis called a“quantum leap” within theCarnegie Classification and thelandscape of American highereducation was the result ofmore than a decade of strategicplanning to enhance the researchprofile of the University whilemaintaining the distinctivecharacteristics that have definedthe Mercer experience forgenerations of alumni.What is the CarnegieClassification?Tionna Burner,senior, biochemistry andmolecular biology majorThe Carnegie Classification“is intended to be adescriptive taxonomy,” saidDr. Victor Borden, professor ofhigher education and studentaffairs at the University ofIndiana and project director forthe Carnegie Classification ofInstitutions of Higher Education.In the mid-2010s, theclassifications were restructuredto separate doctoral researchuniversities from doctoralprofessional universities, whichhelped pave the way for Mercer’sacceleration through threecategories in a span of four years.When the classifications wereupdated in 2015, Mercer waswell above the thresholds forresearch Ph.D.s and expendituresto be considered a doctoralresearch university. By the nextupdate in 2018, restructuring ledto the University’s elevation fromthe discontinued R3 (DoctoralUniversity with ModerateResearch Activity) categoryto R2.By the numbers, Mercer’s12 research Ph.D.s awarded in2008-09 had risen to 59 by 201617, which was the target yearused for the 2018 update. TheUniversity had 21.9 million inresearch expenditures in 200809 compared to 34.2 million in2016-17. This figure is projectedTHE MERCERIAN SPRING 202113

*Projected14THE MERCERIAN SPRING 2021Dr. Wayne Glasgow Senior Vice Provost for Researchstudents applying to master’s and doctoral programs.“Mercer has always had a good reputation for our undergraduatestudents matriculating to graduate schools across the nation,” saidDr. Davis. “Being at the R2 level allows even easier access for thosestudents in that they’ve received that personalized undergraduateexperience that they can’t get at other schools and it’s happening at anational research university.”R2 status also serves as a recruiting tool for professors, sendinga message to prospective faculty members that “You’ll be able toaccomplish all you want to accomplish, and you’ll be competitive forhigh-level grants,” said Dr. Glasgow.‘We’re really fulfillingour mission’High research activity “cuts across” all seven tenants of Mercer’smission to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empowerand to serve, said Dr. Glasgow. “It gives us an opportunity to createoriginal ideas and be involved in discovery, not just learning aboutwhat other people have done.”Mercer’s rise in the Carnegie Classification is a result of a strategic,intentional process that has seen the University’s research expendituresincrementally rise from 18 million to almost 50 million over the lastdozen years.LEAH YETTER PHOTOS; BEKAH HOWARD PHOTO; PREVIOUS PAGE: CHRISTOPHER IAN SMITH PHOTOto reach nearly 50 million when the 2020numbers are finalized.The R1 (Doctoral University with VeryHigh Research Activity) and R2 levelsrepresent what the Carnegie Classificationviews as the country’s 262 researchinstitutions as of the most recent update.“These are universities that have astrong focus on research that has nationaland international impact. They havethe appropriate resources to provideopportunities to do a certain level ofresearch in a variety of areas,” saidDr. Wayne Glasgow, Mercer’s senior viceprovost for research.“These institutions are also significantplayers in terms of how many Ph.D.s they areproducing. They are producing people who arewell-equipped to be leaders in their fields, andthey also have the appropriate faculty to serve asmentors to these doctoral- level students.”Dr. Borden emphasizes that the CarnegieClassification is not intended to indicate anymeasure of “quality, impact or other outcome.”While terms like ‘rise’ are used to describemovement through the classifications, they are notdesigned to be a ranking of one institution overanother. The classifications exist for “researchand policy setting purposes,” he said, though theyhave been “appropriated for other uses.”Such uses include annual rankings publishedby U.S. News & World Report and others,eligibility for particular types of state and federalfunding and admission to certain researchconsortiums and organizations.In many ways, the Carnegie Classificationserves as a stamp of approval not just for theaforementioned opportunities but for Mercer

Simultaneously, Universityleadership has identified ways inwhich to draw upon Mercer’s longheld strengths while expanding itsresearch portfolio.Examples include interdisciplinarymajors like neuroscience as well asbiochemistry and molecular biology(BMB) that are research-intensivewhile leaning into Mercer’s emphasison undergraduate education.Mercer On Mission draws upon theUniversity’s service ethos whilecarrying out life-changing researchacross the globe. Additionally, theSchool of Medicine’s foundationalmission to provide physicians andhealth care professionals for rural andunderserved Georgia has resulted inMercer becoming a national leaderwith its Center for Rural Health andHealth Disparities, one of only tworural-focused National Institutes ofHealth (NIH) Centers of Excellencein the U.S.The medical school alsohouses the Georgia Rural HealthDr. Kevin Bucholtz Director of Undergraduate ResearchDr. Scott Davis ProvostInnovation Center, established in 2018 by state lawmakers toaddress the health-related challenges and disparities facing Georgia’srural communities.For these reasons and more, Mercer’s growing research profile isa product of decades of distinctive programming and institutionalvalues that have defined what it means to be a Mercerian.“A lot of graduates were integral in this process. It didn’thappen overnight with one researcher or one program,” saidDr. Kevin Bucholtz, professor of chemistry and director ofundergraduate research. “We don’t get thi

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