Vol. 9 No. 1
September 2006

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Who's Afraid of the IRB?
How the Institutional Review Board stepped into the research culture gap

Bolstering the Infrastructure

"If you look at the exponential growth in the amount of research dollars at Emory in 1990 as compared to 2005–06, it’s clear that we hadn’t invested in the overall infrastructure to keep pace with the volume of research and research dollars flowing through the institution."

"The granting organizations aren’t stupid. They’re going to go where they think can get a trial done fastest. If we’re slow, they’ll know about it and go somewhere else. When people approach me about doing clinical trials, they ask me how fast our IRB is. It’s one of their first questions."

Biography Redux
New interest in an old standard

Keeping Cultural DNA Intact
The Italian Virtual Class Chiavi di lettura method

Mixed Messages
Ten years after the Emory Commission on Teaching

Encouraging Words
Suggestions from the Manuscript Development Program

Reading to help you write

Emory Indicators



African Americans and the mainstream environmental movement
In geography, we look a lot at human-environment relationships. People often think it’s maps, but that’s about 25 percent of it. What I was finding in geography was while you can find anything about anybody pretty much anywhere in the world in their experience with the environment—urban, rural, international, hazards and risks like earthquakes—there was almost nothing about African Americans, with the exception of the environmental justice literature, which is just a small piece. It is a very relevant and important issue to look at, but it’s such a tiny piece, compared to what else geography was doing. I knew there was more. Part of it for me was that African Americans haven’t really been asked about their thoughts about the environment and environmental movement and the mainstream environmental debates that have been taking place in the U.S. Why don’t we see African Americans participate? Where is the African American voice? Why don’t we see African Americans in jobs having to do with the environment?

—“Black Faces, White Spaces: African-Americans and the Great Outdoors,” by Carolyn Finney, Cannon National Parks Science Scholar and Newhouse-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Studies at Wellesley College, speaking as part of the Dark Tower Colloquium Series in African American Studies, April 25, 2006

Losing a sense of place
What is sense of place? It’s more than just geography by itself, but you have to understand geography before you can get much farther along in the equation. Where are you on the map, what is the topography, what has the history been like, what’s the most predominant attribute? Have we covered it up, lost track of it? That’s our danger in Florida. A lot of people have lost track of what the predominant natural feature is in Florida—what brought them to Florida to begin with. They’ve been so good at covering up our natural landscape with built environments it’s hard to tell what the character of that natural landscape really is. . . . I’ve given about a dozen talks in Florida about sprawl, and I’ve had from twenty to two hundred people come out. Many have never read [my] book. They see the word “sprawl” and it touches something gut-wise in a true physical sense inside, and they come out and they’re angry, because they’ve all lost something to change and growth. We’re not talking just about change and growth in a responsible, rational way, we’re talking brutal, overnight, acting-very-quickly change the human psyche is not equipped to deal with.

—Bill Belleville, environmental writer and documentary maker, author of Losing it All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate my Cracker Landscape, April 6, 2006, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies