International awards honor work in anthropology, ethnomusicology, diabetes research

Ethnomusicologist Brett Pyper 00G honored with Sheth Distinguished International Alumnus Award.

By Shannan Palma 12G

Emory's Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives is honoring anthropologist David Nugent, South African ethnomusicologist Brett Pyper 00G, and global diabetes research administrator Mark Hutcheson.

Anthropologist David Nugent, South African ethnomusicologist Brett Pyper 00G, and global diabetes research administrator Mark Hutcheson have been named the 2016 recipients of the prestigious awards presented each year by Emory’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.

“This year’s award winners have not only demonstrated outstanding commitment to global understanding in their own careers, they’ve also empowered many others to pursue meaningful work across the globe,” says Philip Wainwright 85C 85G, vice provost for global strategy and initiatives at Emory.                               

“It’s gratifying to see how they have amplified that commitment beyond their individual spheres, whether it be enabling researchers to improve health outcomes in South Asia or training students to become international development leaders in Latin America," he says.

Nugent, Pyper, and Hutcheson will be recognized at International Awards Night on Nov. 17 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. The invitation-only event is part of International Education Week, which features a variety of events Nov. 14-18.

Sheth Distinguished International Alumnus

Pyper will receive the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award, which recognizes international alumni who have distinguished themselves through service to universities, governments, or the private sector. He earned a master of arts from Laney Graduate School in 2000, having arrived from South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar.

He is now head of the Wits School of the Arts at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. An ethnomusicologist by training, Pyper was previously CEO of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and founding chair of the South African Society for Research in Music.

“Brett’s interdisciplinary efforts have engaged people from all areas of society — scholars, artists, activists, and government officials — to advance South African public discourse, particularly around complex issues of culture, history, and memory,” says Lisa Tedesco, dean of Laney Graduate School. “He is a stellar example of the benefits of international engagement and the caliber of Emory graduates who work to change our world."

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