Vol. 7 No. 3
December 2004/January 2005

For Its Own Sake
When knowledge isn't for sale

How you package and promote your knowledge is equally as important as how to produce world-class knowledge. Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing

I don’t think the basic researcher has an obligation to apply what he or she discovers.
Marshall Duke, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology

The Negative Benefits of Historical Study
On not applying the lessons of the past
Patrick Allitt, Professor of History

Teaching the Teachers
Reinventing graduate and postdoctoral education
Pat Marsteller, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Director of
the Emory College Center for Science Education

Further reading

Poetry Happens
The power and popularization of an ancient art at Emory


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The burden of the uninsured
It’s now widely reported and understood that more than $40 million Americans lack health insurance and that this number has not been reduced significantly in good economic times. In fact, since January [2004] an additional two million people have lost coverage, bringing the current number to 45 million. Whenever I speak on this issue to general audiences, several findings still seem to be startling to them: that there’s a link between uninsurance and premature death; we estimate 18,000 premature deaths annually because the uninsured receive about half the medical care than the insured. We have solid evidence that the uninsured suffer from poorer health. Audiences are also surprised to hear that 80 percent of Americans who lack insurance do their jobs; they’re not just slackers not working, or they live in families where someone works. More than 80 percent of uninsured children and adults live in working families. In most cases a worker holds a job that doesn’t offer health insurance. Sometimes subsidized coverage may be offered, but the worker can’t afford it. Whole families are placed in financial risk if even one member lacks insurance. Also the uninsured are charged more when they seek care because they don’t have an insurance company to negotiate special rates. And even those with insurance are at risk if they live in an area with a large uninsured population because health care institutions are overwhelmed financially by the uninsured burden.

—Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, speaking on “The Consequences of Uninsurance,” sponsored by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, October 25, 2004

An essential art
I think that as long as we use words to describe our own existence to one another, to ourselves, then poetry will remain an essential art. It remains, even in the twenty-first century—in the day of ipods, emails, and cell phones—the most concise, memorable, and expressive way we have of using words. And I do think even in this electronic era, when the written word now competes with a variety of other media, that poetry, which predates written language, remains startlingly contemporary for us and becomes one of the genuine and potent ways that we link ourselves to the past.

—Dana Gioia, poet, critic, and chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, speaking during a celebration of the gift to Emory of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, September 9, 2004