Emory University Hospital Tower Wins Silver Certification for Building Design

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Emory University Hospital Tower a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification, according to an April 10 University press release. LEED certification is determined by scores in various categories such as proximity to public transportation and water efficiency. Numerical scores are translated into a certified, silver, gold or platinum rating. The hospital won the certification for its proximity to public transportation and use of recyclable construction materials, according to the press release.

Tayari Jones Wins Aspen Words Literary Prize

Emory Professor of English and Creative Writing Tayari Jones won the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel “An American Marriage” on April 12. Aspen Words, a non-profit literary organization, grants the award in partnership with NPR. Other finalists for the award included Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, David Chariandy, Jennifer Clement and Tommy Orange. A five-member panel, chaired by Samrat Upadhyay, a finalist for last year’s award, selected the winner, according to NPR. The panel selected the finalists from 177 nominations, according to the Aspen Times. Jones also recently received an NAACP Image Award for “An American Marriage.” — Ninad Kulkarni

Astronomists Capture First-Ever Image of Black Hole

The Astrophysical Journal of Letters published the world’s first photo of a black hole on April 10. Representatives of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) revealed the photo during “coordinated press conferences around the world.” The EHT “links telescopes around the globe to form an Earth-sized virtual telescope with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution,” according to its website. The photo was the result of 10 years of collaboration between researchers from 13 partner institutions. The photo captured the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a galaxy in the Virgo galaxy cluster.

Brexit Deadline Extended by European Union to Oct. 31

Two days before Britain was set to withdraw from the European Union (EU), the EU extended the withdrawal deadline to Oct. 31, according to the New York Times. British Prime Minister Theresa May proposed a June 30 deadline, which was rejected by the European Council for being too short. After setting the Oct. 31 deadline, the Council agreed to review the exit progress at the end of June. President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the extension was “a bit shorter than expected,” leaving open the possibility of another extension.

Measles Outbreak Ravages New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency and called for mandatory vaccinations on April 9 following a measles outbreak in Brooklyn, according to NPR. The emergency area covers four Brooklyn zip codes where 285 cases of measles have been identified since October. De Blasio’s order mandates that all unvaccinated residents living or working in the area receive immunization unless they can provide a reason for medical exemption.

Part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Catches Fire

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France caught fire on Monday, April 15. Commander of Paris firefighters Jean-Claude Gallet said the fire started in the cathedral’s attic and spread to the scaffolding that was erected to perform maintenance on the spire. The spire collapsed later that night. Firefighters managed to save two of the cathedral’s towers but the blaze destroyed most of the roof.