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


Canvas Replacing Blackboard as Learning Management System

Canvas will replace Blackboard as the learning management system at Emory. Though Canvas will be fully available beginning fall semester 2016, Blackboard will remain available through summer 2017 to allow for transition time.

A number of resources are available for faculty for help navigating the new Canvas system. A website, available at it.emory.edu/canvas, has been set up with information about timelines, training resources, and FAQs. Information on the Canvas pilot and upcoming transition is available here. Sandboxes and course shells for training are located here, faculty online training guides here, and a help section here. Classes hosted on both Canvas and Blackboard may be found at the same launching pad, classes.emory.edu.

Any questions on the Canvas system may be emailed to the ATS Teaching & Learning Technologies team at classes@emory.edu.

From Excellence to Eminence

Lisa Dillman Wins Top Translation Prize

Lisa Dillman (Spanish and Portuguese) has won the Best Translated Book Award for fiction. Dillman translated Yuri Herrera's Signs Preceding the End of the World from the original Spanish. The novel "tells the story of a young switchboard operator’s harrowing attempt to cross a border between worlds—Mexico and the United States, but also between reality and myth, between the living and the dead, between any here and distant there—in search of her brother, who like uncountable others before him has gone north to seek out a better life." The translation was cited for its "ingenious and bold" solutions to tricky linguistic problems.

For more information on Dillman's award, please visit this link.

Heard on Campus

Grandiose and Vulnerable Narcissism

[Of the two types of narcissism, grandiose and vulnerable], Donald [Trump] is certainly a good example of the more grandiose variant, what I think most of us are familiar with. . . . George [Constanza from Seinfeld] is a really good example of a vulnerable narcissist. His facial expression shows that he’s not so sure of himself, socially ill-at-ease, awkward. But if you watch Seinfeld, he was a very self-absorbed, egocentric person. He wasn’t super-grandiose, but he didn’t have much room in his life for other people’s needs. He wasn’t a great friend; he wasn’t a great romantic partner. . . . How do we delineate between these two dimensions? . . . Well, they’re both sort of distrustful, both think people do negative things to them on purpose, they’re both likely to experience an expressive anger. But then you see the grandiose people are more likely to act on that anger, or at least they say they will [when interviewed]. And in fact, we’ve done some experimental studies that show that grandiose individuals are more likely to physically aggress in a laboratory paradigm. I think that the vulnerable individuals . . . would like to [act on anger], but they think, “I’m not sure I would win.” But the Trump guy, he’s pretty sure he is going to win, so he’s going to say something and threaten violence. Because they have a higher sense of self-efficacy, they think they will do well in that situation.

--Joshua Miller, professor of psychology and director of the Clinical Training Program at the University of Georgia, during his talk, “The Nomological Nets of Grandiose and Vulnerable Narcissism,” Monday, April 25, 2016, part of the department of psychology’s colloquium series

Resources for Faculty

Resource Sharing Between Emory and Georgia Tech Libraries

Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology have launched a program called Resource Sharing, which will allow Emory and Georgia Tech faculty, students, and staff to borrow materials from each other's collections located at the shared Library Service Center.

Emory patrons will be able to locate and request these items through discoverE via the use of a "Request from Georgia Tech" link that will appear next to eligible items. Loan periods and policies from Georgia Tech items are similar to those for Emory's own materials. Special collections, archives, journals, and other non-circulating items are not eligible for this program, though they still may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Items requested through Resource Sharing may be picked up at the Woodruff, Theology, Health, Science Commons, Music/Media, Law, and Oxford (via Woodruff) libraries. Deliveries will be made within one business day. Patrons can also choose to pick up items at the Library Service Center directly; please email lsc@library.gatech.edu or call 404-727-1400 before visiting.

New to the Faculty

Bin Xu, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Bin Xu will be joining Emory’s Department of Sociology in August as an assistant professor in a position made possible by the Confucius Institute in Atlanta. Bin's research interests lie at the intersection of culture and politics, and he is working on projects along two lines of research: cultural and political sociology of disasters, and collective memory. A sought-after speaker with an impressive list of publications and honors, Bin will be teaching “Contemporary China and Culture” in the fall and a China-focused version of “Culture and Society” in the spring, along with a theory-focused course for graduate students. 

Events This Week

Monday, August 22

No events scheduled

Tuesday, August 23

No events scheduled

Wednesday, August 24

Classes begin for all colleges and schools (excluding Law). For more information, please see your school's website.

As part of the Winship Grand Rounds series, Nancy Y. Lee (vice chair, department of radiation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) will speak on "Towards Personalization for Head and Neck Cancer" at 7:30 a.m. in the John H. Kauffman Auditorium (C5012, 5th floor Winship). For more information, please click here.

Playwright Margaret Edson will speak on her play Wit at 5:00 p.m. in room 110 of the James B. Williams Medical Education Building. For more information, please contact Andrew Furman, afurman@emory.edu.

Thursday, August 25

As part of the surgery department's Grand Rounds series, Spence M. Taylor (senior associate dean for academic affairs and diversity, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; vice president of physician engagement, chief academic officer, president: GHS Clinical University, Greenville, SC) will speak on "Conscious Leadership: Lessons Learned While Building a Medical School" at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. This talk is also the 40th Annual J.D. Martin Visiting Professorship.

The Winship Cancer Institute will host a Healthy Winship Free Lecture on "Family History and Genetic Counseling" at noon in the Winship John H. Kauffman Auditorium (C5012, 5th floor Winship). Christine Stanislaw, director of genetic counseling at Winship, will speak. For more information, please see winshipcancer.emory.edu.

The Carter Center and the Georgia China Alliance present "U.S.-China Relations: After the 2016 Presidential Election," featuring Alan Abramowitz (Emory, Political Science), Christopher Chan (Southerland, Asbill, and Brennan), John Garver (Georgia Tech, International Affairs), and Yawei Liu (The Carter Center). This event will take place at The Carter Center from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit this link.

Friday, August 26

The Winship Endowed Elkin Lecture will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the John H. Kauffman Auditorium (C5012, 5th floor Winship). Paul Johnson, professor of medicine and director of the Yerkes Research Center, will speak. For more information, please see winshipcancer.emory.edu.

Saturday, August 27

No events scheduled

Sunday, August 28

No events scheduled

Monday, August 29

No events scheduled

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

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

Monday,August 22, 2016, Volume 17, Issue 36

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