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February 22, 2001
Beckett Project / Special Collections Receive Smithsonian Award
Kudos to Lois Overbeck, Associate Editor of The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett, and Sephen Enniss, Curator of Literary Manuscripts for Woodruff Library Special Collections "Word and Image: Samuel Beckett and the Visual Text" recently won an award from the Rare Book Manuscript Section of the Smithsonian Institution. "Word and Image," an exhibit blending the literary and the visual to shed light on the work of Samuel Beckett, was first mounted at Emory in fall 1999 as part of a symposium on Beckett.

March 2, 2001
Harvard Medical Dean To Speak on Technology Transfer

Mark your calendars for the next Future Makers lecture on March 14, 2001. Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will present a lecture entitled, "Academic-Industrial Relationships: Measuring Opportunities and Assessing Conflicts." Dr. Martin will address the issues surrounding current mechanisms of technology transfer and conflict of interest
management. The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in the WHSCAB auditorium, with a reception to follow on the plaza.

An internationally recognized leader in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Martin's research has focused on the use of molecular genetics to better understand the causes of neurological and neurodegenerative disease. Early work led to a breakthrough in identifying a genetic marker near the gene for Huntington's disease; this culminated recently in the identification of the gene for that disease.

For more background on technology transfer issues at Emory, see the December 1999 / January 2000 issue of the Academic Exchange for articles and interviews on this topic.




January 31, 2001
Aquinas Center of Theology Spring Symposium, March 1-2
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"Kierkegaard and Marcel: Compatible Routes to God?"
Philosopher Thomas Anderson from Marquette University will speak on this topic at 4:00 p.m. in the Woodruff Library, room 311. A reception will follow.

--"Recent Research on the Relationship between Sartre and Simone deBeauvoir"
Anderson will address this subject during a brown-bag lunch on Friday, March 2 at noon. Drinks will be provided. Meet in Turner Village, 1703 Clifton Road, Suite F-6 (just past the fire station). For more information, call 727-8860 or email aquinasc@emory.edu.

More Help for Ph.D.s Seeking Alternative Careers
So What Are You Going to Do with That? A Guide to Career Changing for MA's and PH.D.'s by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2001).
Two recent Ph.D.'s from Princeton offer guidance for new Ph.D.s and professors seeking to leave academe. One of the best things this little book does is tell lots of stories of Ph.D.'s who have gone on to do other things. Institute of Liberal Arts faculty may recognize the story of one of Emory's own recent graduates, Brian Garman, who now teaches at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C. Visit an online
book review from CNN or read the Academic Exchange's own resource page on this topic.

Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights:
Several recent articles from the Chronicle update subjects covered this past year in the Academic Exchange.

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"The FDR Memorial: Who Speaks from the Wheelchair" by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, from the Chronicle Review, January 26, 2001. For more on Thomson and perspectives from Emory faculty see "Disability and the Academy: A Field Comes of Age" in the December 2000 / January 2001 issue of the Academic Exchange.

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"Psychology Ph.D.'s Pass on Academe" by Scott Smallwood, from the issue dated January 12, 2001. To hear some views on non-academic careers for Ph.D.s from Emory faculty, read "At a Crossroads: The Future of Graduate Education as Emory, in the September 2000 issue of the Academic Exchange.

 

January 19, 2001
The "Decade of the Brain" Becomes the Century of the Brain?
"There's no question that disorders of the brain will become the leading public health matter in this coming century. In fact, they probably already are. Just consider the phenomenon of neurodegeneration. Think of the classic neurodegenerative disorders of the adult and aging brain-Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and others-and the degenerative diseases of childhood . . . . And add to that the increasing evidence that in many acute disorders there is secondary, chronic neurodegeneration. For example, there is certainly a penumbra around stroke, spinal cord injury, brain trauma, untreated epilepsy, multiple sclerosis. Add that to the viral infections of the nervous system like AIDS, drug abuse, and the neurodegeneration that accompanies excessive use of alcohol and untreated depression. And when you add those all together and realize the burden of neurodegenerative diseases, they far exceed cancer today . . . . And these are all related disorders. They shouldn't be thought of as psychiatric disorders or neurologic disorders--as one or the other. They're all brain disorders. . . ."
--Gerald Fischbach, MD, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, addresed "The Changing Face of Neuroscience" on campus on January 10, 2001. The event was sponsored by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
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See also"Brainstorms: Emory and the Changing Climate of Neuroscience" from the February / March 2000 issue of the Academic Exchange.

PricewaterhouseCoopers selected to deliver on-line eduction:

Read about the steady development of web-based education in sectors beyond the academy in this
recent article from CNN. For perspectives from Emory faculty on some related trends, see "Te(a)chnology," from the Spring 2000 issue of the Academic Exchange.

January 10, 2001
"Science and Art: Shared Frontiers"
New exhibit to open in the Schatten Gallery on January 26.
The exhibit will feature about thirty works from Emory faculty and students. According to Sidney Perkowitz and Juliette Apkarian, the exhibit's curators, the exhibit will "display ways science and art converge within research and teaching as carried out by Emory faculty." To learn more, read Perkowitz and Apkarian's Academic Exchange article from the September 2000 issue, "Art and Science: Closer Than You Think."

 

January 3, 2001
Second Annual Science and Theology Symposium to host Ian Barbour
Winner of the 1999 Templeton Prize and author of several well-known books on science and theology, Dr. Ian Barbour, will be the featured speaker at this spring's Science and Theology Symposium. Mark your calendars for February 13th, 2001. Barbour, professor emeritus of physics at Carleton College, will speak as part of a noon panel and discussion in Cox Hall on the creation of life. John Lucchesi, chair of Emory's biology department, and John Hayes, professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology, will respond. At 7:30 that evening, Barbour will preach as part of an ecumenical service in Glenn Memorial. Contact the Office of the Secretary of the University for more information about the symposium (7-6022).

---From a biographical sketch of Barbour: "Ian Barbour's Issues in Science and Religion, published in 1965, has been credited with literally creating the contemporary field of science and religion. Barbour has also written and spoken extensively about ethical issues arising from the technological applications of science. As a physicist and theologian familiar with both these disciplines, which had long been considered separate domains, his writings have influenced an entire generation of scientists, religious scholars, church leaders and laity. "

---To read more about Barbour, visit the website of the PBS Online Newshour, which offers an interview with Barbour, the text of his speech upon accepting the Templeton Prize in 1999, and a biographical sketch.

---To read more about the growing conversation around science and religion at Emory, see "A New Spirit of Inquiry" from the October / November 2000 issue of the Academic Exchange.