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Law School Announces Bederman Research Professorship and Fellowships

In late October, Emory Law announced that Jonathan Nash would be the first recipient of the new David J. Bederman Research Professorship. This professorship will now be awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member and will offer a course release in order to faciliate scholarly work. Later this fall, the law school will also open applications for the David J. Bederman Fellowship in International Law. This fellowship will allow two Emory Law students annually to attend the Summer Programme at The Hague Academy of International Law, starting in 2015. Both the professorship and fellowships are named in honor of the late K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law David J. Bederman. The David J. Bederman Fund also supports the annual David J. Bederman Lecture. Bederman, who was at Emory Law for 20 years, was a highly skilled and beloved scholar, professor, and lawyer.

For more information, please click here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Rollins School of Public Health Receives $10 Million Gift

The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation recently contributed $10 million to the O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins Endowment Fund of the Rollins School of Public Health. With this unrestricted endowment donation, the longtime contributors to the school doubled the endowment fund established by the school in 1997. This gift will enable the Rollins School of Public Health to concentrate on the school's highest priorities; past donations have enabled the school to build the Grace Crum Rollins and Claudia Nance Rollins buildings, as well as recruit and retain key faculty leaders.

More information is available here.

Heard on Campus

Operatic Patient-Physician Relationships

In the story of the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, there is a curious but very illuminating medical detail. Maestro Spinelloccio is fooled because he is prevented from actually seeing his patient, Buoso Donati, even though we in the audience can still see Gianni Schicchi in the bed, who has replaced [Donati], because the curtains are actually drawn around the bed. As a twenty-first century physician, I might find it quite unrealistic that a doctor would not actually examine a patient, but in fact this isn’t all that strange before the nineteenth century. . . . In this time [the fourteenth century] the actual physical examination of the patient was extremely limited. It involved essentially two things. The first was taking the pulse, not really for the purposes we take it today, but rather as a measure of the flow of the humors. The second was the examination of the patient’s excretions, most commonly their urine, also in an effort to understand how the balance of humors might have been disturbed. And we know from the opera that Dr. Spinelloccio asks Buoso Donati has he had the use of his bowels. It’s the only time that line actually appears in opera as far as I know. However, seeing the patient—in this case actually examining his or her body—was far less important. In fact, physicians would actually comment on or prescribe for patients through the mail. Medicine by correspondence was not unusual.

—Michael Hutcheon, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Toronto, from his talk, “Watching Doctors Watching You: Representing Patient-Physician Relations on the Operatic Stage,” presented by the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, October 6, 2014


Resources for Faculty

Submit Nominations for the Levy Award

The University Research Committee is now accepting nominations for the Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Awards. The Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award recognizes outstanding scientific contributions by Emory faculty members. Each year, one award is given to a junior faculty member and one to a senior faculty member (associate rank or above).

Each winner will be awarded $350 each in research funds. Fields considered for this award are mathematics and the social, chemical, physical, and biological sciences. Peer and self-nominations are welcome. To submit a nomination, please submit the following to Ms. T. Laketia Woodley at urcappl@emory.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28, 2014:

  • Copies of one or more recent (published in the last two calendar years) peer reviewed papers;
  • Three letters of nomination;
  • A one to two sentence description of the contributor being nominated;
  • A brief description of the impact of the nominee's publications in the specific field of study (no more than two paragraphs).

More information may be found at http://urc.emory.edu/levy-award/index.html.

New to the Faculty

Erika V. Hall, Assistant Professor of Organization and Management

Erika Hall completed her PhD in management and organizations at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (2014). Previously, she held positions at Harvard Business School and Kellogg. Hall's primary research focus is on implicit perceptions of masculinity and femininity in the workplace. Further, Hall looks at how leaders with multiple minority identities are perceived in teams and organizations. Her articles have been published in journals such as Psychological Science and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Events This Week

Monday, November 17

At noon, Alyssa Wise (Simon Fraser University) will speak on "Advancing University Teaching and Learning with Analytics: Linking Pedagogical Intent and Student Activity Through Data-Based Reflection" in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. This talk is part of QuanTM's Learning Analytics Speaker Series.

The first recipient of Emory's new Playwriting Fellowship, Edith Freni, will hold a reading and book signing tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. A reception will follow. Click here for more information.

There will be a screening of a documentary titled Vaccines - Calling the Shots at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Ethics, room 102. This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Health. There will be a post-film discussion with Saad B. Omer (RSPH) and Elena Conis (History), and pizza will be served. For more information, please contact Jennifer Sarrett at jsarret@emory.edu.

Tuesday, November 18

"Success with Stress: A Stress Management Workshop Series" will conclude today with "The Gift of Gratitude" at noon in the School of Medicine, Room 190P. Please click here to learn more or to register.

Larry Greenbaum (Chief, Pediatric Nephrology and Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine) will deliver a Medicine Grand Rounds: Renal talk titled "Personalized Medicine for Hyponatremia" at noon in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium, 2nd floor. For more information, please see medicine.emory.edu.

The Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department will host an event titled "Mapping East Asian Cultures in the U.S.: Geolocative Learning Projects in Language Courses" at 4:00 p.m. in MSC N302. For more information, please see the REALC calendar.

At 4:00 p.m. at Oxford College, there will be a Community Classroom event titled "Weird Math -- Hot Fudge, Hairy Balls, and Topological Transformations" in the Oxford City Hall. Paul Oser, director of Oxford's Mathematics Center, will speak. For more information, please click here.

The Emory-Tibet Partnership will host a discussion titled "The Necessity for Compassion: Ethics for a Whole World" from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in PAIS 230. Geshe Yeshe Thabke (Drepung Loseling Monastery) and Corey Keyes (Sociology) will speak, and Brendan Ozawa-deSilva (Emory-Tibet Partnership) will moderate. A reception will follow. For more information, please see tibet.emory.edu.

Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and law professor at the University of Oslo Kirsten Sandberg will deliver a talk titled "The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: Working Methods and Dilemmas" at 4:30 p.m. in the Tull Auditorium (Gambrell Hall, Third Floor, Emory University School of Law). Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro will introduce her, and a reception will follow. RSVPs are requested.

Wednesday, November 19

The Emory Committee on Class and Labor is holding focus groups to hear from faculty members on the tenure track on their views on aspects of faculty life like rank, track, promotion, advancement, and benefits (salary, professional development opportunities, work relationships). Meetings for those on the tenure track (those not on the tenure track were offered focus groups last year) will be held today from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the O. Wayne Rollins Research Building, Room 2052, and on Friday, November 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Ethics, Room 162. Please direct questions to Nadine Kaslow (nkaslow@emory.edu) or Gary Crouse (gcrouse@emory.edu).

At 11:45 a.m., Samantha Allen (doctoral candidate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) will give the final Psychoanalytic Studies Program's Lunch and Learn lecture in Candler Library 124. Her topic will be "Precarious Worlds: Queering Gamer Shame." Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Gina Stamm at gstamm@emory.edu by Tuesday, November 18.

Jessica Flack (University of Wisconsin) will speak on "Collective Computation in Biological Communication, Neural Dynamics, and Behavior Speaker Series: Life's Information Hierarchy" from noon to 1:30 today in the Modern Languages Building, room 201. Please click here for more information or here to register.

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship will hold a GIS Day celebration from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the ECDS (Woodruff Library, Third Floor). Events and talks are scheduled in 30-minute blocks, and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to see a full schedule, please click here.

As part of the Physics Colloquia series, Roseanna Zia (Cornell University) will speak at 2:30 p.m. in the Mathematics and Science Center E300. Refreshments will be served at 2:00 p.m. in MSC N235.

At 4:00 p.m., Sukhdeo Torat (Jawaharlal Nehru University) will give a talk titled "A Dalit Autobiography" in Bowden Hall, room 323. This talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Workshop in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

There will be an EndNote introduction at 4:00 p.m. in room 314 of the Woodruff Library. Erin Mooney will present. For more information or to sign up, please click here.

The Ambassador of India to the United States S. Jaishankar will give a talk today, "India and the U.S.: Taking the Relationship Forward," at 4:00 p.m. in the Emory Conference Center Hotel, Silverbell Pavilion. The ambassador's talk will be followed by a Q and A session and a reception. Interested guests must register by Tuesday, November 18.

At 5:30 p.m., Nadine J. Kaslow (2014 President of the American Psychological Association, the editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, and the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet Company) will deliver the 2014 Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lecture on Women and Health in the Miller Ward Alumni House. Her talk will be titled "Leadership Matters" and more information is available here. RSVPs are requested.

Ad Hoc Productions will perform Dogfight: The Musical at 7:30 p.m. in the Burlington Road Building's Black Box. There will also be performances on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. For more information or for tickets, please click here.

The Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces in Polish Cinema film series will continue with a screening of The Hourglass Sanatorium at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. For more information, please click here.

The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. A PDF of the program is available here.

Thursday, November 20

Emory University School of Medicine's Grand Rounds talk will be held today from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. and will be focused on Emory Medishare Haiti. Please see surgery.emory.edu to learn more.

Film scholar and Hitchcock expert Murray Pomerance (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Media Studies Working Group at Ryerson University, Toronto) will speak on "Who Knew Too Much?: Painful Indications and the Question of Sight" at 3:30 p.m. in White Hall 101. For more information, please contact tanine.allison@emory.edu.

The Emory University Center for Ethics Monthly Clinical Ethics Seminar will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for Ethics Seminar Room (162). April Dworetz (Pediatrics) will discuss "Sustaining Disability: How to Get Healthcare Professionals on Board with Shared Discourse." For more information, please see ethics.emory.edu.

At 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room, Irish poet Peter Fallon will give a reading to mark the closing of the exhibit "Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens," which will end its run in the library's Schatten Gallery on Sunday, November 30. Please click here to learn more.

As part of the Oxford Studies series of concerts and lectures, there will be a Puppetry Performance: I Burattini de Riccardo tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall, Oxford College.

The Emory Dance Company and the Agnes Scott Dance Department will perform "Prey" tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The same performance will also happen at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, and at both 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. More information is available at dance.emory.edu.

Friday, November 21

As part of the fall's commemoration of the ten-year anniversary of Jacques Derrida's death, the "Eating Well: Encounters in Deconstruction" lunchtime reading group will continue today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Comparative Literature Seminar Room, Callaway N106. Geoff Bennington (French and Comparative Literature) and Andrew Mitchell (Philosophy and Comparative Literature) will discuss "Deconstruction and Philosophy: Derrida Reads Heidegger." Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP to Hannah Markley (markleyh@gmail.com) or Ronald Mendoza-de Jesus (mendoz@emory.edu). Readings will be circulated for registered parties. Please see the events calendar at comparativelit.emory.edu to learn more.

At noon, Masatoshi Hagiwara (Professor and Vice Dean of Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University; President of International Chemical Biology Society & Japanese Society of Chemical Biology) will give a lecture titled "Challenges to Cure Genetic Diseases with RNA-Targeting Chemical Compounds." This lecture will be held in 5052 Rollins Research Center. For more information on this series of pharmacology seminars, please see pharm.emory.edu.

Eri Saikawa (Environmental Sciences) will speak on "China's Environmental Challenges: Air Pollution and Climate Change" at 4:00 p.m. in the Modern Languages Building, room 201. For more information, please see the REALC calendar.

The Japan Foundation Film Series: Literary Adaptation in Recent Japanese Cinema will continue with a screening of Someday at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 205. More information is available at filmstudies.emory.edu.

The Emory University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. A PDF of the program is available here.

Saturday, November 22

At 8:00 p.m., the Vega String Quartet will play a piece by the creator of the string quartet, Joseph Haydn, give the world premiere of a new work by Paul Salerni, and perform Milhaud's Creation of the World with pianist William Ransom. This concert is part of the Creation Stories Project, as well as the Emerson Series of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. A PDF of the program is available here.

Sunday, November 23

The Emory Mastersingers will perform at 4:00 p.m. at the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. A PDF of the program is available here.

Monday, November 24

As part of the Oxford Studies series of concerts and lectures, Scott Garner (1990 graduate of Oxford College, 1992 graduate of Emory college) will give a lecture titled "Anatomy of a Hit TV Show" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall, Oxford College.

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

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

Monday, November 24, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 14

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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