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Scholarly Writing and Publishing (SWAP) Fund

A limited number of grants from this fund for up to $2500 remain available for the 2018-19 year from the SWAP fund, a grant program in the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence designed to help faculty seeking professional editorial support for projects in development across a range of serious scholarly works, including book manuscripts, article manuscripts, grantwriting, and digital scholarship.

These grants are intended to support Emory faculty members facing the often-difficult challenges of scholarly writing at any stage of their careers and to provide funds for hiring editorial support or a writing coach.

If you are planning a major push on a writing project of any sort over the summer, now might be a good time to apply for funding for editorial support. For more information and to access the application, please visit the CFDE website.

From Excellence to Eminence

Tayari Jones Wins NAACP Image Award and Aspen Words Literary Prize

Tayari Jones, novelist and professor of English and creative writing at Emory, recently received the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)” as well as the Aspen Words Literary Prize for her latest novel, An American Marriage (Algonquin 2018).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as people or groups who promote social justice or creative endeavors. The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.

A New York Times bestseller and 2018 pick for Oprah’s Book Club, An American Marriage tells the story of newlyweds whose pursuit of the American dream is violently interrupted when one of them is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. The novel was recently named to the longlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, the U.K.’s most prestigious annual book award for women’s fiction. An American Marriage was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the 2019 Black Caucus American Library Association Literary Award for Fiction, among other honors.

Heard on Campus

A Viral Methodology

I was doing a lot of subcloning, a technique used in molecular biology. . . . In subcloning you’re using bacteria, and bacteria have a circular genome, what’s called a plasmid. You can cut that plasmid, put in a piece of DNA that you’re interested in, and then put it into the bacteria, and it will replicate your DNA interest. I saw that as a type of viral methodology, a methodology of disruption. For me, there was a missing component that I read into it—the possibility of bringing change, of disruption.

--Deboleena Roy, associate professor and chair, WGSS and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, during a discussion with Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto, to celebrate Roy's new book Molecular Femininisms: Biology, Becomings, and the Life in the Lab, sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on April 25, 2019

Resources for Faculty

Lynda.com Transitioning to LinkedIn Learning Platform

This summer, Lynda.com will transition to the LinkedIn Learning platform. LinkedIn has owned Lynda since 2015, and this transition will retire the Lynda brand. The change should be seamless for Emory users and will provide added benefits while delivering all of the existing Lynda content, plus more content and improved functionality.

The transition is currently scheduled for June 20. Lynda users should look for an email soon with further details.

Teaching and Learning Technologies will give several presentations covering the new LinkedIn Learning interface. Save the date for either of the following events to learn more:

  • A LinkedIn Learning info session on May 9 at 10:00 a.m. in Woodruff Library 314 and Zoom
  • The May IT Briefing on May 16 at 10:15 a.m. in the North Decature Building, 4th floor

If you have any questions, please reach out to ATS Teaching and Learning Technologies at classes@emory.edu. To learn more, please consult the LinkedIn Learning migration site.

New to the Faculty

Carmelo Blanquicett, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, School of Medicine

Carmelo Blanquicett grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences and chemistry from Florida International University, in Miami, Florida. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College. During medical school, he employed bioinformatics tools to attempt to predict which patients could be susceptible to developing heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Blanquicett received his PhD degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he also did his residency in internal medicine. For his dissertation, he conducted pharmacogenomic and molecular oncology studies. He completed his post-doctoral training at Emory. Blanquicett has participated in the Vaccine Trials Network Research and Mentorship Grant at Vanderbilt University. He has an interest in geriatric oncology and in focusing on molecularly-targeted therapeutics and markers of tumor response. Blanquicett also intends on participating in medical missions, when possible, as he is a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

For more information about Blanquicett's research, please visit the following link.

Events This Week

Monday, May 6

At 1:00 p.m. in Kemp Malone, Callaway Center N301, Patrick Herald from the Emory Writing Program will lead a workshop on "Designing a Continuing Writing Class." Please RSVP via the following link. For questions, please contact Pat Herald (patrick.steven.herald@emory.edu).

Tuesday, May 7

At noon in 5052 Rollins Research Center, Nien Pei Tsai, assistant professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois, will deliver the Pharmacology Seminar. The title of Tsai's talk is "Unraveling the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Excitability Homeostasis." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Wednesday, May 8

At 6:00 p.m. in Cannon Chapel, the Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation will host Mary Schmidt, president of Spelman College and the country's leading liberal arts college for black women, and Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, associate professor of American studies and African American studies in Emory's Department of African American Studies. For more information about Framing Shadows / Framing Lives, please visit the event site.

At 8:00 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, the Emory Youth Symphony and Emory Junior Chamber Orchestra will present an evening of orchestral masterworks. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Thursday, May 9

At 7:00 a.m. in Emory University Hospital Auditorium, Oluyinka Olutoye, professor of surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics, Baylor College of Medicine, will deliver a talk as part of Surgical Grand Rounds and the 19th Annual Gerald Zwiren Lectureship in Pediatric Surgery. The title of Olutoye's talk is "Fetal Surgery - Past, Present and Future." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 9:00 a.m. in Whitehead Building, 6th Floor Common Room, Itzhak Fischer, professor and chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, will deliver a talk titled "Using neural progenitors to reconnect the injured spinal cord: past, present and future." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At noon at the Winship Cancer Institute, Kauffman Auditorium C5012, learn more about upgrades to the Integrated Cellular Imaging Core's cutting edge lattice lite sheet microscope during nanoTalk: Lattice Light Sheet v2.0, Spatiotemporal Super-Resolution. Please RSVP for for lunch at the following link. For questions, please contact neil.anthony@emory.edu.

Friday, May 10

No events scheduled.

Saturday, May 11

Oxford College Commencement exercises will take place at 10:00 a.m. on the Oxford College Quad to honor students before they move on to Emory University's Atlanta campus. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 4:00 p.m. in White Hall 205, the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute will host a screening of Beautiful Boy (2018). Discussion with Stefanie Speanburg and Brigitte Manteuffel will follow. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 5:00 p.m. in Cannon Chapel Sanctuary, enjoy the Candler Singers in concert as they kick off Candler’s Commencement Weekend. They are directed by David B. Daniel, director of chapel music and assistant professor in the practice of music ministry. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Sunday, May 12

At 1:30 p.m. in Miller-Ward Alumni House, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will host the Cherry Emerson Memorial Alumni Concert. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Pavilion, the First-Generation Low Income Partnership with Campus Life will host a gradation ceremony for first-generation and/or low income graduates across all schools. For more information about the RISE Graduation Ceremony, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Monday, May 13

Emory's 2019 Commencement Exercises. Please visit this website for a full schedule and details.

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

Monday, May 6, 2019, Volume 19, Issue 34

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