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


Interactive Website from ECDS Maps Personal Connections Among Irish Writers

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) has launched Belfast Group Poetry Networks, a website intended to map connections among Irish writers. The website focuses specifically on members of the Belfast Group, a mid-1960s poetry group that counted Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Edna Broderick, and others, among their numbers. The website uses the poets' correspondence, workshopped poems, and personal papers to create an interactive way to explore members' literary and social networks. The new site builds on and extends the original Belfast Group website, which was created at Emory in 2000.

For more information, please visit this link.

From Excellence to Eminence

Emory Named Top University in Research for Global Health Equity

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) released the second University Report Card: Global Equity and Biomedical Research in April of this year. The University Report card grades and ranks leading research universities in the U.S. on their commitment to biomedical research that addresses neglected global health needs. Emory University ranked second on the report card (behind Johns Hopkins University), with a grade of B+. To see the full rankings, please visit globalhealthgrades.org.

For more information, please visit this link.

Heard on Campus

The Food Industry and Aureomycin Mash

On Christmas Day, 1948, Thomas Jukes [a biologist with Lederle Laboratories] has given his assistant the day off, and he goes himself to measure the weights of all the groups of chicks that have been getting all these different additives. He weighs the ones that get liver extract and the ones that get alfalfa and the ones that get brewer’s mash and the ones that got the mash that Aureomycin was brewed in and discovers that the chicks that got the Aureomycin leftovers weighed three times as much as the control chicks. From that, an industry is born and changes agriculture—food production, meat production—as we know it in a way that we still have not fully finished examining today. It’s important to recognize that what they’re giving the animals is not the drug itself, though it turns out that in the manufacturing leftovers there are miniscule doses of the drug.

--Maryn McKenna, journalist and author specializing in public health, from her talk, “Losing the Miracle? The FDA and the Long Fight Over Agricultural Antibodies,” April 2, 2015, presented by the Emory Center for the Study of Human Health

Resources for Faculty

Center for Faculty Development and Excellence Launches New Resource-Rich Website

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) has launched a new website. Still found at cfde.emory.edu, the new site has been redesigned for ease of use and navigability as well as to provide several new features, including

  • Services to faculty organized by "Funding," "Programs," and "Resources" allowing for a more streamlined search.
  • A searchable Knowledge Hub, which aggregates content based on categories (such as "At-Risk Students," "Teaching Millennials," "Scholarly Publishing," and "Grants") and is searchable by category.
  • Edited videos of many CFDE programs are now embedded in many of the Knowledge Hub pages.

To see the fully redesigned website and explore its content, please click here.

New to the Faculty

Rob Schmidt Barracano, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

Rob Barracano completed his MFA in film direction at the American Film Institute Conservatory (1994). Before joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, Barracano held positions at Champlain College, The New School, and New York University Tisch Asia. Barracano's primary research focus is narrative film production, and his secondary focus is documentary/new media documentary production. Among numerous film and television projects, he has directed feature films for 20th Century Fox, MGM/UA, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Lions Gate, television episodes for NBC and Showtime, and a pilot for Fox Television. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America (East). His filmography may be found at this link.

Events This Week

Monday, August 24

No events are scheduled for today.

Tuesday, August 25

Today is the deadline for registration for an information session to explore opportunities in German academia. "TU9 - Excellence in Engineering and the Natural Sciences: Made in Germany" will be held on Tuesday, September 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Goethe Zentrum Atlanta, Colony Square Mall, Plaza Level, 1197 Peachtree Street NE. Delegates from nine leading German institutes of technology invite advanced doctoral students, postdocs, researchers, young investigators, faculty, and potential industry partners to learn more about career opportunities, discuss possibilities for international collaboration, and receive individual advice. Please RSVP to gaedeke@daad.org by the end of the day today and include "Atlanta" in the subject line. More information is available here.

As part of the Emory Center for Ethics's Ethics & The Arts Program, there will be a discussion on the ethical issues presented in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Ethics, room 102.

Wednesday, August 26

As part of the upcoming visit of Israeli film director Eran Riklis, there will be a screening of Zaytoun tonight at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. Riklis's visit is part of the Schwartz Artist in Residence Program.

Thursday, August 27

Karan Desai (Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine) will speak on "Lower Extremity Reconstruction and Limb Salvage" at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. This talk is part of the surgery department's Grand Rounds series; please see surgery.emory.edu to learn more.

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), along with the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) will offer the Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture entrepreneur training course in 2015. The first of six full-day courses will be held today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please click here.

Friday, August 28

No events are scheduled for today.

Saturday, August 29

No events are scheduled for today.

Sunday, August 30

As part of the upcoming visit of Israeli film director Eran Riklis, there will be a screening of The Syrian Bride tonight at 4:00 p.m. in White Hall 208. Riklis's visit is part of the Schwartz Artist in Residence Program.

Monday, August 31

The first Carlos Reads Book Club event of the 2015-2016 academic year will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. Cindy Patterson (History) will lead readers through the first of three different literary portraits of Alexander the Great (further dates: September 14 and October 5). For more information on the book club and to see the full fall semester's offerings, please click here.

For more events at Emory or to stay abreast of events throughout the semester, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015, Volume 16, Issue 1

ThoughtWork is a publication of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, which is supported by the Office of the Provost. This electronic newsletter list is moderated; replies are not automatically forwarded to the list of recipients. Please email aadam02@emory.edu with comments and calendar submissions. Calendar submissions are due 5:00pm the Wednesday before the week of the event. Dates and details of events on calendar are subject to change; please confirm with organizers before you attend.


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