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Forefront

Changes Coming to Learning Commons in Woodruff Library

This fall will see a series of changes coming to the Woodruff Library's Learning Commons. The Commons, the collective name for computer workstations for student and public use across the first three floors of the Woodruff Library, will be renovated to respond to the need for fewer stationary computers and more spaces that foster interaction and collaboration and promote creativity. This change has been instigated due to the shift that has occurred in the ways students approach and use information, most notably the ever-increasing use of mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Because of a noticeable usage decrease of the fixed workstations in the Learning Commons, the number of fixed computer workstations on level two will be reduced by nearly half and will be replaced by comfortable and mobile furniture that will create an open, informal environment that will encourage students to work in teams.

To learn more, please click here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Shannon Gourley Receives NIH BRAINS Award

Emory pediatrics researcher and assistant professor of pediatrics Shannon Gourley was awarded a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award from the National Institutes of Mental Health this year. Gourley, one of ten promising young scientists given this honor, is using the award to decipher the brain mechanisms involved in adolescent depression, with the aim of developing new specialized treatments. Her research will explore the link between adolescent stress, brain chemicals, depression, and related mood disorders. Gourley also received the 2014 Albert Levy Award for a junior faculty researcher, presented by the University Research Committee, earlier this year.

The full story is available at news.emory.edu.

Heard on Campus

Los Angeles in the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic

A wealthy gay man came into [the office of Dr. Dave Auerbach, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer] in Los Angeles [in 1982] and pulled out a notebook and began to cry. He began to show pictures of himself and his dead lover. At the time there had been thirteen cases of AIDS reported in metropolitan Los Angeles. His lover was one of those. He showed pictures of a man who was a body builder who eventually withered away to nothing and died, and then a picture of him and his lover at a table at a large gay fundraiser of about thousand people in 1978 or 79. He said, We were sitting at a table with these people, we got to know them, partied with them, went places them. Many of us had sex with each other. And now four of the people at this table had AIDS out of the thousand people in the room and millions of people in L.A. County. . . . But people still didn’t really believe that this was a sexually transmitted disease or that it was caused by a virus. The healthcare workers caring for patients and the lab workers taking care of the specimens were scared to death. There were people at Grady Hospital that left [meal] trays out in the hallway, I’m told, instead of taking them into AIDS patients’ rooms. . . . There’s a lot of fear of the infection, but a lot of people didn’t want it to be caused by a sexually transmitted organism.

—James W. Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology, from his talk “Lessons from the Beginnings of the AIDS Epidemic,” February 18, 2014, sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine

Resources for Faculty

Mini-Grants and FIT Grants Available From the CFDE

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence is now accepting proposals for Classroom Mini-Grants for courses to be offered in Fall 2014. Mini-grants can be awarded in amounts up to $300 and should be used for an activity directly related to a class being taught during the Fall 2014 semester. Anyone currently teaching at Emory is eligible to apply, from graduate students to tenure-track faculty. Preference will be given to those who have not received past grants and to those teaching new course offerings. Individuals may only apply for one grant per semester. Funds may be used for honoraria for guest presenters (non-Emory), food and travel expenses for off-campus visits, or classroom materials that may not be covered by regular department funds. To apply, please send a paragraph that describes your need including your course number, name, and semester the course is offered to Donna Troka at dtroka@emory.edu by Friday, April 25. Please also include your name, department, rank, email address, and phone number. For more information, please click here.

Fund for Innovative Teaching (FIT) grant proposals are due in the CFDE Monday, April 28, at 5:00 p.m. These grants, which range from $500 to $3000, are available to support innovative undergraduate and/or graduate and postgraduate teaching at Emory. FIT grants are open to all full-time faculty (both tenure and non-tenure track) and are available for both individual faculty members and faculty working as teams. Priority will be given to those whose proposals promise long-term educational effects within the Emory community. Please email your applications to Donna Troka (dtroka@emory.edu). Proposals should be 2 to 3 pages long (excluding the syllabus) and should include the proposed innovation; course outline or proposed syllabus; budget; and schedule for integration of the proposed project in the classroom setting. To learn more about FIT grants and to see specific judging criteria and suggestions for the types of new approaches that the grants support, please see this link.

New to the Faculty

Mary Beth Weber, Assistant Professor of Global Health

Mary Beth Weber completed her PhD degree in nutrition and health sciences at Emory (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2013, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Emory. Weber's primary research interest is global diabetes. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Diabetes CareLancetBirth Defects Research, and the New England Journal of Medicine.


Events This Week

Monday, April 21

There will be a "Digital Identity: Using WordPress to Establish Your Online Presence" workshop today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in room 217 of the Woodruff Library. Bryan Chitwood of ECDS will present. To learn more or sign up, please click here.

Harold Gouzoules (Psychology) will speak on "Natural History of the Scream" at 4:00 p.m. in PAIS 290. Please click here for more details.

The next Carlos Reads Book Club event of the semester will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum (Board Room, Level Two). The text to be discussed is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. Space is limited; interested parties are required to reserve space by calling 404.727.6118. For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, April 22

The Carlos Museum will host an installment in its AntiquiTEA series as Tara Doyle (Religion) discusses a red sandstone figure of Buddha in the museum's collection. This will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the museum reception hall, level three. Please click here to learn more.

At 4:00 p.m., Bradley Howard (director of vocal studies in the music department) will direct Stageworks 2014: An Afternoon at the Theater!, an afternoon of song, dance, and theater from Emory music majors and graduate students in the Performing Arts Studio (1804 North Decatur Road). The Music at Emory website has more information.

Allison Busch, associate professor of Hindi/Indian literature at Columbia University, will give a lecture titled "Commemoration and Emotion: Writing History in Early Modern Hindi" at 4:00 p.m. in Bowden Hall 323. For more information, please visit mesas.emory.edu.

The inaugural Laney Symposium, "Can Graduate Education Solve Global Problems?", will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Goizueta Business School, room W525 (West Wing). A reception will follow. For more information or to register, please click here.

The Fox Center will host the fourth in its Samuel Pepys' London Great Works Seminars tonight at 7:00 p.m. Elizabeth Bouldin of the history department will facilitate. For more information or to register, please click here.

Emory Big Band will perform tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. A PDF of the program may be found here.

Wednesday, April 23

At noon, journalist and former Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow Judith Warner will speak on "We've Got Issues: The Media and ADHD" in the Rita Anne Rollins Room on the eighth floor of the Rollins School of Public Health. This event is rescheduled from February; the original event was postponed due to severe weather and university closures. To learn more about this speaker, please click here.

Eugenia del Pino of the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador will give the department of biology's 2014 Rhodes Lectureship at noon in the Whitehead Auditorium. Please email Malia Escobar at malia.escobar@emory.edu to learn more.

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, there will be a Shakespeare and the Arts Across the Disciplines event from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Barnes and Noble bookstore. This event is presented by the World Shakespeare Project and the Commission on the Liberal Arts. Panelists will include Sarah Freeman and Susan Shapiro of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; William Eley, Emory School of Medicine; Steven Paskoff, President and CEO of Employment Learning Solutions; Sarah Higinbotham and Bill Taft of the Georgia State Prison Initiative; Jim Grimsley of the Creative Writing Program; Kate Winskell of the Rollins School of Public Health; and Carolyn Cook, recipient of the 2013 Suzi Bass Best Actress Award. Birthday cake and lemonade will be provided. More information is available at liberalartsforwardemory.com.

The Halle Institute, the Carter Center, and the Confucius Institute in Atlanta will present Zhu Feng of Nanjing University as he gives a talk titled "The Endgame of North Korea and China-U.S. Collaboration" at 4:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Center for Ethics. Registration is required; to do so, please click here.

At 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Room, the creative writing program will host its awards night. Winners of the creative writing and English departments' student writing contests will read from their submissions. Please see this link for more information.

Emory Cinematheque will conclude its 2013-2014 film series with a screening of "Le Caire, Nid D'Espions" at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. This film will be the last in this year's series. This event is free, unticketed, and open to the public. For more information and for film descriptions for this movie or the whole series, please click here.

Thursday, April 24

There will be an Academic and Industry Intersection Conference: Medical Devices: Partnering for Innovations today at 8:00 a.m. at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center (250 14th Street NW in Atlanta). This conference is led by Emory University with Georgia Tech and Morehouse co-sponsorship. To learn more or to register, please follow this link.

Brian K. Hammer of Georgia Tech will speak today on "The Regulatory Network Coordinating Natural Competence for DNA Uptake in the Human Pathogen Vibrio Cholerae" in the Whitehead Auditorium at noon. Please email Erica Caplan at ecapla2@emory.edu to learn more.

Mary Woo of the UCLA School of Nursing will deliver the 2014 Center for Neurocognitive Studies Distinguished Lecture today at 4:00 p.m. in room 101 of the School of Nursing. Please register by clicking here.

Chris Gunter of the Marcus Autism Center and the Emory department of pediatrics will speak on "The Importance of Being Earnest, or at Least Appropriate: How to Publish and Communicate Your Science" today at 4:00 p.m. in the Bourne Seminar Room, Yerkes. More information is available here.

The opening reception for the Student Art Exhibition 2014 will be held tonight in the visual arts department from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibition will remain open until May 12. Please see visualarts.emory.edu to learn more.

Jazz on the Green will happen tonight at 6:00 p.m. on the Patterson Green, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The Music at Emory website has more information.

The Fox Center will host the fourth in its Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" Great Works Seminars tonight at 6:30 p.m. Erich Nunn of Auburn University's English department will facilitate. For more information or to register, please click here.

The "He Had a Hammer: The Legacy of Hank Aaron in Baseball and American Culture" exhibit will open today at 7:00 p.m. in MARBL in the Woodruff Library and will remain open until August 10. Please click here for more information.

There will be a Classical Interiors Lecture by Elizabeth Dowling (professor emerita of architecture at Georgia Tech) at 7:30 p.m in the Michael C. Carlos Museum's reception hall, level three. Please see the calendar of the Carlos Museum to learn more.

The Refuge Theater will present a production of Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Conversations at Night with a Despised Character" at 7:30 p.m. in the Burlington Road Building. Christopher Owens will direct. There will also be performances at 7:30 p.m on Friday and Saturday. Please click here to learn more.

The Emory Dance Company will perform "Pluto's Renaissance" tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. There will also be performances on Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please see dance.emory.edu for more information.

The Oxford Chorale's spring performance will take place today in Tarbutton Theater (Oxford College) at 8:00 p.m. The Chorale will also perform tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. Please click here to learn more.

Friday, April 25

Starting today, the Carlos Museum will have a two-day spring clearance sale at its bookshop. More information is available here.

At noon, the Emory WorkLife Resource Center will host a Debt Management and Budgeting workshop at noon in the Dobbs University Center, Harland Cinema. Galen Mayo of Fidelity Investments will facilitate. Please click here to register.

There will be a Frontiers in Neuroscience Event at noon in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building Auditorium as Klaus A. Miczek (Professor of Psychology at Tufts University) gives a talk titled "Social Stress and CRF-Dopamine Interactions in Rodent Models of Depression and Drug Abuse." Please see the website of the Neuroscience Graduate Program for more information.

Students from the Food Policy and Food Security class at the Rollins School of Public Health will present the results of their semester's research at 2:00 p.m. in a Community Food Symposium. The symposium will include time to engage with Atlanta community members and groups working on local food security issues. Please click here to learn more.

The Feminism and Legal Theory Project at 30 will host a two-day Workshop on Labor and Employment starting at 3:00 p.m. today and continuing throughout the day on Saturday. Events will be held in Gambrell Hall's Hunter Atrium on Friday and room 575 on Saturday. Please click here to register.

The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society presents Elizabeth Corpt, LICSW, who will speak on "Peasant in the Analyst'c Chair: Reflections, Personal and Otherwise, on Social Class and the Forming of an Analytic Identity." This event will take place at 7:30 pm in the School of Medicine Room 170A (100 Woodruff Circle). For more information pleae contact Inna Strizhevsky, istrizh@emory.edu.

The Emory Wind Ensemble will perform tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. The Music at Emory website has more information.

Saturday, April 26

The Michael C. Carlos Museum will host a two-day mosaic workshop for adults today and tomorrow. Artist Janice Schmidt will facilitate. Today's installment will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Tate Room, Plaza Level. Please see the calendar of the Carlos Museum to learn more or to register.

Choral conducting student Caleb Lewis will conduct the Emory Master Singers in a graduate recital in Glenn Memorial Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. Please email Martha Shockey at mshocke@emory.edu to learn more.

Sunday, April 27

There will be a Journeys in Asian Music concert today at 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio, 1804 North Decatur Road. The Music at Emory website has more information.

As part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Family Series, there will be a concert titled "Musical Animals" today at 4:00 p.m. in the reception hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The program will consist of musical favorites Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Camille Saint-Saens's "The Carnvial of Animals," as well as narration of the stories. The Music at Emory website has more information.

The Emory Concert Choir will perform tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. The Music at Emory website has more information.

Monday, April 28

The "When the Emory Unit Went to War" exhibition will open today in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library on 1462 Clifton Road and will remain open until March 30, 2015. More information is available here.

There will be a "Digital Identity: Using WordPress to Establish Your Online Presence" workshop today from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in room 217 of the Woodruff Library. Bryan Chitwood of ECDS will present. To learn more or sign up, please click here.

The year-long series of seminars on the topic of visual exegesis will conclude with an event titled "Late Modern Exfoliation of Visual Exegesis, Part 2." Today's talk will be the last in the series. This series is being facilitated by faculty from art history, English, French, Middle Eastern and South Asian studies, religion, Russian and East Asian languages and cultures, and theology. This talk will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Candler School of Theology. The seminar series is made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon's Sawyer Seminar Program and is titled "Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics." Please contact Kathleen Carroll at kathleen.carroll@emory.edu for more details or click here for more information on the series or this specific event.

The Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture will hold its final lecture of the year at 4:00 p.m. as Rebecca Saxe (Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) speaks on a topic to be announced. This event will be held in PAIS 290. Please see the CMBC website for more information.

For more events at Emory, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

ThoughtWork: Emerging Knowledge and News in Emory's Intellectual Community

Monday, April 21, 2014, Volume 14, Issue 33

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