After years of coursework and research, Lamont and Ryan Maddox both recently achieved doctorates in their respective fields.
Lamont received his doctoratein secondary social science education from Auburn University on May 6.
His research focused on authentic intellectual work. His dissertation was the pilot for a national study conducted by the Social Studies Inquiry Research Collaborative – a group of researchers from around the country investigating the impact of authentic pedagogy on student learning outcomes.
Lamont was named the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student for Auburn’s curriculum and teaching program. He currently teaches advanced placement government and politics, U.S. history, and economics at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama.
Ryan earned his doctorate in epidemiology from Emory University on May 14.
His research focused on Kawasaki syndrome, a childhood illness of unknown cause, and aspects such as recurrence and treatment nonresponse that may place affected children at increased risk of heart disease.
Ryan is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he coordinates national surveillance for several diseases.
Lamont and Ryan, both graduates of Dunwoody High School, are the sons of Jerry and Roberta Maddox of Dunwoody. Lamont resides in Trussville, Ala., with his wife, Jennifer. Ryan and his wife Kathy live in Dunwoody.
Joyce Many, Dunwoody resident and College of Education associate dean for academic programs, was named the 2012 recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award, given annually by Georgia State University’s Center for Instructional Innovation.
The award honors a GSU faculty member who exemplifies the balance between being a teacher and a scholar.
The Coca-Cola Foundation—the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company—has awarded a $50,000 grant to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School to provide tuition assistance for students recruited through A Better Chance, an organization matching talented students of color with independent and public schools.
“We are very grateful for the generosity and support of the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said Chris Pomar, Holy Innocents’ director of admissions. “This grant will ensure our ability to continue to enroll students of tremendous promise who meet the standards for enrollment but need a bit of financial assistance to realize their dreams.
The mission of A Better Chance is “to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.”
A $1 million grant was also made to Oglethorpe University to establish the Coca-Cola Oglethorpe Scholars program. The foundation recently announced grants to 17 colleges and universities totaling $5 million as part of The Coca-Cola First Generation College Scholarship Program. Oglethorpe will award its first Coca-Cola scholarships during its annual competitive scholarship competition in January 2013.