Anthony Stringer Receives Rare Board Certification in Clinical
Stringer, director of neuropsychology in Emory’s Department
of Rehabilitation Medicine, has attained board certification in
neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology,
an achievement reached by only five hundred neuropsychologists
in the U.S. and seven in the state of Georgia. Stringer is also
the first African American to achieve board certification in neuropsychology.
Neuropsychology is a specialty area within the field of psychology
focusing on the relationship between brain dysfunction and its
effects on cognitive skills and behavior. In rehabilitation medicine,
neuropsychologists work with patients who experience memory loss
resulting from a variety of physical impairments such as stroke,
epilepsy, surgery, and traumatic brain injury.
Although board certification is the standard for medical doctors,
it is the exception for psychologists. The certification process
includes a close examination of the candidate's clinical experience,
a one-hundred-question, three-hour written exam, the submission
of two case reports including support materials, and a three-hour
oral exam. ''It's an arduous process, but one that's worth it,"
says Stringer, adding that he is surprised he is the first African
American to achieve certification. ''It's certainly a nice honor.
There are perceptions that neuropsychology is a very difficult
field to go into, and therefore many people are deterred from
trying to enter it. I hope I have created a perception that a
door has been open, and more people will follow in my footsteps."
Thomas Moore book and recording to be featured on nationwide radio
program "Thistle and Shamrock"
Flannery’s book/recording Dear Harp of My Country: The
Irish Melodies of Thomas Moore will for the third time be
featured in October on Public Radio’s nationally syndicated
“The Thistle and Shamrock.” Host Fiona Ritchie has
described Flannery’s recording of thirty-nine of the airs
of Moore as “a landmark collection” and credits his
work with gaining an understanding of Moore as Ireland’s
first internationally-known Irish artist as well as a seminal
figure in the revival of Irish traditional music and the establishment
of the Irish literary and dramatic movement. She also praises
Flannery’s effort to establish the connections between Moore
and the Scottish bard Robert Burns, especially in their effort
to create a cultural identity for their respective nations by
writing patriotic lyrics to ancient Celtic airs.
Atlanta, the PBS-affiliate WABE (90.1 FM) will broadcast “The
Thistle and Shamrock” program devoted to Flannery’s
work on Sunday, October 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. “The
Thistle and Shamrock” is broadcast internationally via NPR
Worldwide and is also streamed on many affiliate stations.
“The Thistle and Shamrock” is the most popular and
influential program devoted to Celtic music and culture on the
airways. In the United States it is broadcast weekly on over 390
PBS stations nationwide while it is also broadcast throughout
Europe on the BBC international network. Fiona Ritchie, who first
began broadcasting “The Thistle and Shamrock” from
Charlotte, North Carolina in 1983, is often credited with making
the single most important contribution to the worldwide interest
in Celtic music.
Flannery holds the Winship Chair of Arts and Humanities at Emory
University where he teaches mainly in Irish Studies. He is currently
working on another book/recording, Heart Mysteries: Traditional
Love Songs of the Irish. He also produces the annual Atlanta Celtic
Christmas Concert, now in its twelfth season.
professor comments in New York Times on hip-hop and the
You’ll probably never hear the music from hard-edged rappers
like Slim Shady or Dr. Dre right before the preacher’s sermon.
But according to a recent New York Times article, the
long-standing antagonism between hip-hop and the church (one Harlem
Reverend literally drove a steamroller over a pile of CDs 11 years
ago) has diminished to the point where the blunt rhythms are heard
more frequently during services, though fleshed out with gospel
messages. The idea is to embrace at least part of the hip-hop
culture, fill up the pews and spread the Word to young people
who are drawn to the street-wise honesty of hip-hop. Said Alton
Pollard III, the director of black church studies at the Candler
School of Theology, who is quoted in the article, the resistance
that many churches have shown to hip-hop culture resembles previous
battles over gospel music or drums in church. “This is just
the latest version" of the battle, he said. "It's about
the continuing need for new expressions of what it means to be
human, and the church oftentimes is not able to keep up, whether
we're talking about jazz, the blues, soul or gospel music.”
To read the full text of the Times article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/13/arts/music/13hiph.html
Powers of Recall
September 20 edition of Newsweek magazine includes a
mention of a recent article in the journal Applied Cognitive
Psychology that examines a case-in-point of the plasticity
of memory, a key notion explored in the September 2004 cover story
of the Academic Exchange on memory research. In "President
Bush's False Flashbulb Memory of 9/11/01"(published online
in March 2004 in Applied Cognitive Psychology), Daniel
Greenberg of Duke University notes that President George W. Bush's
reported recollections of how he learned of the attacks on the
World Trade Center are factually impossible. The inacurracies,
suggests Greenberg, are a prominent example of evidence that "flashbulb
memories"—memories of major events people believe they
remember perfectly—are not as perpect and indelible as experts
to read the Newsweek article.
for an abstract, references list, and downloadable .pdf file of
the full Applied Cognitive Psychology article text.
for the Academic Exchange article on the art and science
Poetry of Memory
the cover story of the September 2004 issue of the Academic
Exchange, Emory scholars from the sciences to the liberal
arts reflect on their investigations into the nature and mechanisms
of memory. Such inquiries also loom large in the work of associate
professor of creative writing and poet Natasha Trethewey.
The cultural and the chemical processes of memory making are similar
because their meaning takes shape over a period of time. In both
processes, meaning may change as memories are recalled repeatedly.
For Tretheway, this plasticity in cultural memory allows for a
productive tension between history and imagination.
Even though each of her books is different, Trethewey says, “the
underlying obsession is the same. I’m really interested
in the way we make cultural memory and the gaps between personal
stories and authoritative history—what gets written down
and what gets written out.” Trethewey’s current project
examines the “Native Guards” during the Civil War
in her home state of Mississippi. Newly freed slaves joined the
Union troops on Gulf Coast barrier islands that are now home to
a national park.
you don’t know to ask who those soldiers really were, the
park ranger doesn’t mention it," she says. "So
the idea of the Native Guards became for me both the literal subject
of poems—the soldiers I’m writing about—and
a figurative connection to myself as a mixed-race daughter of
the South, standing at the borders of this history.”
is a poem inspired by Trethewey's explorations of memories of
the Native Guards.
for the Native Guards
Now that the salt of their blood
Stiffens the saltier oblivion of the sea…
leave Gulfport at noon; gulls overhead
trailing the boat—streamers, noisy fanfare—
all the way to Ship Island. What we see
first is the fort, its roof of grass, a lee—
half reminder of the men who lived there—
a weathered monument to some of the dead.
Inside we follow the ranger, hurried
though we are to get to the beach. He tells
of graves lost in the Gulf, the island split
in half when Hurricane Camille hit,
shows us casemates, cannons, the store that sells
souvenirs, tokens of history long buried.
The Daughters of the Confederacy
have placed a plaque here, at the fort’s entrance—
each Confederate soldier’s name raised hard
in bronze; no names carved for the Native Guards—
2nd regiment, Union men, black phalanx.
What is monument to their legacy?
All the grave markers, all the crude headstones—
water-lost. Now fish dart among their bones,
and we listen for what the waves intone.
Only the fort remains, near forty feet high,
round, unfinished, half-open to the sky,
the elements—wind, rain—God’s deliberate
appeared in The Atlanta Review, Fall 2002]
Associate Editor of the Academic Exchange
five years, Amy Benson Brown served as the assistant and later
associate editor of the Academic Exchange. With her poet’s
ear and her doctorate in literature, Brown brought the rich perspective
of a humanist to bear on major issues in the sciences at Emory,
as well as larger questions of university life. Brown is now devoting
her energies to the continued growth of the Provost’s Program
in Manuscript Development, an initiative she launched two years
ago to help faculty respond to the changing landscape of scholarly
Succeeding Amy Brown as associate editor of the Exchange is Steve
Frandzel, an accomplished science writer and editor whose work
has focused on healthcare and related sciences, as well as the
social and economic impact of medicine. Frandzel joined the staff
on August 9.
of Emory Psychiatry Department Killed in Car Crash in China
Wang, MD, PhD, a promising researcher at the interface between
immunology and psychiatry with particular regard to anxiety, depression
and mood disorders in patients with cancer and other medical illnesses,
was killed Saturday, July 24, in a car accident along with his
sixth-grade son Jim while vacationing in Wuhan, China. He had
returned to China for the first time in a number of years to visit
his parents. Dr. Wang’s wife, Dr. Xiao Lan Ou, and their
older son, John, escaped injury in the accident.
Dr. Wang, 47, was an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral
sciences in the Emory University School of Medicine. He practiced
throughout the Emory system at Emory University Hospital, Emory
Crawford Long Hospital, Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, and Grady
Memorial Hospital, where his main clinical responsibilities were
in the psychiatric emergency room.
“Xiaohong Wang was a model faculty member who was universally
liked and respected,” said psychiatry department chairman
Dr. Charles Nemeroff. “This is a tragedy and a shock whose
pain will be felt not only by his family but by all his friends
and colleagues here at Emory.”
Dr. Wang was a graduate of the Tongji Medical University in Wuhan,
China, who had served an internship at Wayne State University
in Detroit and a residency at the State University of New York
– Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He had also pursued
his education at Texas A&M where he earned a PhD. A member
of the American Psychiatric Association, he had been recognized
with a Janssen Psychiatry Resident Award of Excellence, a Janssen
Faculty Career Development Award, a Young Investigator Award from
the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression,
psychiatric research fellowship sponsored by the APA and Wyeth-Ayerst,
and a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute
of Mental Health.
Dr. Wang was also an outstanding teacher, receiving the psychiatry
residents’ teaching award in 2003. He came to Emory in 2001
and his research program was regarded as extremely promising.
His studies provided novel insights into the role of inflammation
in the development of mood disorders as well as the regulation
of the neuroendocrine system. He had taken on three postdoctoral
research fellows just in the past several months.
“Xiaohong was a treasured friend, whom we will all miss
terribly,” said Dr. Andrew H. Miller, professor of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences and director of psychiatric oncology at
Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. “He was on a major
upswing in his career, and his premature death is all the more
tragic when considering his immense potential to make significant
contributions to the lives of so many.”
The funeral was held in China. The department plans to hold a
memorial service in Atlanta. Dr. Wang resided in Tucker.
a recent essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (“White
Professors Can Help Uproot Racism,” May 7, 2004, B16), Julie
W. de Sherbinin, associate professor of Russian at Colby College,
discusses her efforts to form a collective of mostly white faculty
members to become better allies to students of color on her campus.
Earlier in her career, de Sherbinin writes, she was primarily
concerned with tenure, but she became increasingly interested
over the last decade in race-related issues. She began attending
lectures, films, and forums on race; she read extensively about
white privilege; and she eventually became involved with the campus
chapter of the Society Organized Against Racism in New England
Higher Education (SOAR). Finally, after talking with many colleagues
who had served as mentors to students of color and hearing stories
of students’ encounters with racism on campus, she invited
faculty members to get together to discuss these issues, resulting
in the formation of a group called Faculty Allies. This group’s
goal, writes de Sherbinin, is “to contribute to the academic
and social success of students of color through informal faculty-student
interactions.” Faculty Allies has been involved with planning
faculty-student events; it provides faculty mentors for students
at the students’ request; and it recently sponsored the
publication of a poetry volume by African American and Latino
students. Although de Sherbinin recognizes that this group “does
not represent an unmitigated success story” and acknowledges
that “uprooting racism happens excrutiatingly slowly,”
she does assert that white faculty members can do their part by
working as academic mentors and through social interactions. To
read the full article, visit http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v50/i35/35b01601.htm.
read the April/May Academic Exchange examination of race and the
faculty, visit http://www.emory.edu/ACAD_EXCHANGE/2004/aprmay/lead.html
from “Coping with Copyright”
A panel discussion sponsored by the Manuscript Development
Program and the Academic Exchange on April 15, 2004
Topics included: basic definitions in copyright law; trends
toward broader copyright restrictions; the process, time, and
cost of securing permissions for scholarly books; and issues covered
by the TEACH (Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization
Act). Below are highlights from the four speakers’ remarks.
Contact Amy Benson Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested
in obtaining a transcript.
“There is a broad march of expanding copyright to cover
anything that anyone considers creative and pretty soon we will
have nailed everything down, and we won’t be able to use
anything without a license. . . . We have a trend that’s
not favorable for academics."
—Sara Stadler Nelson, Assistant Professor in the School
“What was particularly surprising was the amount of time
this process of securing permissions took—and how much it
cost, even after my negotiations. And it is possible to negotiate
with the publishers. As Routledge says in their packet: 'Don’t
be afraid to try to negotiate the fees or have them waived entirely.'
But simply collecting these permissions took me approximately
—Kim Loudermilk, Director of Special Academic Projects in
“My press said, 'We can’t go forward with your book
until you clear this permissions issue up.' I asked my editor,
'Will you consult your legal department?' The legal department
came back and said, 'You’ve got to clear this up.' I called
Emory University’s General Counsel Office, and the response
was that I needed to find a lawyer. What I was faced with was
educating myself on the state of the fair use laws in copyright
at my own expense, to try and figure this thing out.”
—Matthew Bernstein, Associate Professor in the Film
“We all need to do something about it because right now
the content provider industry has the ear of Congress, and they
have it very effectively. If we don’t stand up and let our
voices be heard, the long-term repercussions . . . [will] impact
creativity in this country. The way derivative works are being
interpreted today, they seem to cover any and all uses of the
original copyrighted work, and that’s a real problem. It’s
not only creativity at stake but also innovation, even technical
innovation in the long, run if we don’t address this.”
—Doris Kirby, Director of Policy and Compliance for
IT at Emory
on Scholarship in an Age of Terror
Emory Professor of Religion Paul Courtright was featured in a
Washington Post article about recent attacks on scholars
of Hinduism. The wave of attacks has been orchestrated by the
Hidutva movement, which claims, “scholars are imposing a
Eurocentric world view” on their culture, writes Post
reporter Shankar Vedantam in the April 10, 2004, issue. A brief
section of Courtight’s 1985 study of the Hindu god Ganesha
(published by Oxford UP) incensed some readers by offering a psychoanalytic
reading of one part of the mythology.
The article connects the email threats and online petition against
Courtright to recent attacks on other Hinduists. In November,
University of Chicago scholar Wendy Doniger was “egged"
in London but escaped injury. And in January a work by Macalester
College Professor James Laine on an ancient Hindu King sparked
an assault on one of his collaborators and on materials in an
institute housing rare manuscripts in India.
Registered users may view the Post
article by clicking
here to read Coutright's reflections on the charges against
his work, threats against his person, and the challenges that
this kind of attack poses for scholars, students, and scholarly
associations, in the April edition of the Academic Exchange.