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Library Catalog Upgrades Makes Finding and Using Resources Easier

A number of improvements have been made to the library catalog (discoverE) in recent weeks:

    A "Virtual Browse" tab has been added to the record of each title in the catalog. Now, when you click on any title in discoverE and pull up that title's record, by clicking that "Virtual Browse" tab, you will be able to browse a virtual shelf that includes the holdings of all libraries and storage, as well as materials that may be checked out.

    It is now possible to limit your search to only "New Books," which are defined as titles added in the last 60 days. You may find this option in the upper lefthand "Refine Search Results" column under "Show Only" at the top.

    Under "Actions" on the upper righthand side of a title record, there are now features such as permalinks (which provide a permanent URL for each item); citation link (which offers a prepared citation for an item that can be copied and pasted in a document [MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian are available]); send to phone link (so that users can easily text an item's title, location, and call number to a mobile device); QR code (another way to capture an item's information with a quick scan of the code from a screen); and rare book records, which will be separated from other records.

More information is available here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Nine Emory Scientists Elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science

Nine Emory scientists have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as 2014 Fellows. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publishes the journal Science. AAAS Fellows, of which 401 were elected in 2014, are elected by their peers because of their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." The Emory AAAS 2014 Fellows are:

    Jeremy M. Boss: professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

    Richard D. Cummings: professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry

    Haian Fu: professor of pharmacology , director of the Chemical Biology Discovery Center

    Randy A. Hall: professor of pharmacology

    John R. Hepler: professor of pharmacology

    Fadlo R. Khuri: professor and chairman of the Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology, deputy director of the Winship Cancer Institute, Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research, professor of Otolaryngology, Medicine, and Pharmacology

    Pat Marsteller: professor of practice in Biology, director of the Hughes Science Initiative, founder and director of the Center for Science Education

    David S. Stephens: vice president for research in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, chair of the Department of Medicine, chief of medicine for Emory Healthcare, professor of microbiology and immunology, professor of epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health

    Stephen F. Traynelis: professor of pharmacology

For more information, please visit this link. The new Emory Fellows will be honored alongside their peers at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, in February 2015.

Heard on Campus

Visual Theology and Hinduism

Many images in the Hindu tradition are active in telling a story, telling a narrative. These are called visual theologies. . . . We might think of visual theology as a little bit different in the Hindu tradition just because of the nature of what text is. In other traditions and other religious communities where printed texts are important, if I want to look up a story I’ll go a printed book and I’ll pull it off the shelf and I’ll look it up by verse and number, and then I’ll read it. I might use it as a source of knowledge, perhaps a point of meditation, and I’ll relish the words on a page. Here, the images function similarly. They tell a story, they’re a device for meditation, and there’s so much more, in many instances, especially in temples—the images themselves house the presence of divinity. . . . Vishnu, even if he’s the creator of everything, he’s approachable, he can be seen in a number of ways, you can approach him as a devotee, as a parent, as a child, as a beloved, as a friend. There, when you see him sweetly sleeping [in the sculpture Vishnu Sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean], you just can’t wait for him to wake up and know what kind of universe he might be able to create. He’s sleeping, he’s dreaming, and within his own body and his mind are any number of universes, any number of potential possibilities to be created.

--Anandi Salinas, graduate student in the Department of Religion, from her talk on the eleventh-century sandstone sculpture Vishnu Sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean, November 6, 2014, presented by the Carlos Museum. The sculpture is on display at the Carlos Museum and can be seen here: http://www.carlos.emory.edu/collections/asian/vishnu-sleeping-cosmic-ocean

Resources for Faculty

Ebola Faculty and Community Discussion Forum

In Spring 2015, all schools at Emory will sponsor a community-wide forum to discuss the Ebola virus and its related issues. This group has been organized by The Institute of African Studies, The Institute for Developing Nations, and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and faculty from all schools at Emory are invited to participate. Areas from public health to development to governance to public policy will be covered, as well as topics pertaining to law and civil liberties, economics, religion, culture, and related ethical considerations. The discussion group will feature speakers from across the university, The Carter Center, the CDC, and partners in West Africa.

The group is set to meet seven times throughout the course of the semester. With the exception of April 9, which will meet from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., all listed dates will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    January 26: The group will discuss "Ebola, The Disease," "History and Regional Background of West Africa," "Current Situation in Liberia," and "The U.S. Experience of Ebola: Response, Treatment, Prevention." Speakers will include Jallu Barbu (Liberian Law Reform Commission), Deborah Bruner (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Ebola Task Force), Carlos del Rio (Rollins School of Public Health), and Susan Grant (Emory Healthcare, Georgia and Emory Ebola Task Force).

    February 3: The topics "Ebola, 'A Neoliberal Disease?'" and "Economic, Political, and Social Impact in Liberia" will be covered. Pewee Flomoku (Carter Center Liberia), Jeff Rosensweig (Goizueta School of Business), and Pamela Scully (Emory College) will act as speakers.

    February 23: The topics covered will be "Ebola and the Law in the U.S. and West Africa" and "Treatment, Vaccine Development, and Ethics." Polly Price (Emory Law) and Paul Wolpe (Center for Ethics) will speak.

    March 3: John Blevins (Rollins School of Public Health), Jehu Hancile (Candler School of Theology), and Emmanuel Lartey (Candler School of Theology) will speak for the topic "Religion as Obstacle and Asset."

    March 23: "Perspectives from Institutional Partners" will be the topic, and Shelly Bratton (CDC), Consuelo Campbell (Mental Health in Liberia Program, The Carter Center), Tom Crick (Access to Justice in Liberia Program, The Carter Center), and Courtenay Dusenbury (International Association of National Public Health Institutes) will act as speakers.

    April 9: President Jimmy Carter will speak on "Ebola, Democracy, Human Rights, and Public Health" from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. (note time change).

    April 16: The final session will be held on the topic "Moving Forward: Research, Curriculum, Global Partnerships." Deborah Bruner (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory Ebola Task Force), Elizabeth Downes (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing), Bill Eley (School of Medicine, Emory Task Force on Ebola), Sita Ranchod-Nilsson (Institute for Developing Nations), Pamela Scully (Emory College), David Stephens (School of Medicine, Emory Task Force on Ebola), and Philip Wainwright (Office of International Affairs, Emory Task Force on Ebola) will speak.

The faculty application to participate in this discussion forum may be found here. Applications are due December 19. For more information, please email The Institute for Developing Nations at idn@emory.edu.

New to the Faculty

Suprateek Kundu, Assistant Professor (Biostatistics)

Suprateek Kundu received his PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 under the guidance of David Dunson at Duke University, and then spent a year and a half working as a postdoctorate fellow at Texas A&M with Bani Mallick and Veera Baladandayuthapani. Kundu's primary research interests include developing flexible Bayesian approaches motivated by challenging biomedical applications. His work includes density estimation and regression, variable selection, graphical model selection, regression for structured covariates, and data integration for multi-modal data. A more recent research interest focuses on developing Bayesian methodology for high dimensional data using parallel computing approaches, by working at the interface of statistics and computer science. His research increasingly draws from applications in imaging and he is currently working on developing methodology for high dimensional imaging genetics problems. ​His articles have been published in journals including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika,and Statistics in Medicine.​​

Events This Week

Monday, December 15

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Tuesday, December 16

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Wednesday, December 17

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Thursday, December 18

Emory University School of Medicine's Grand Rounds talk will be held today from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. Ximena Pinell-White (Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine) will speak on "Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and the Changing Landscape of Breast Reconstruction." Please see surgery.emory.edu to learn more.

Friday, December 19

No events are listed for today.

Saturday, December 20

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Sunday, December 21

No events are listed for today.

Monday, December 22

The university will close for the Christmas holiday Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. It will also close for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day December 31 and January 1.

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

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

Monday, December 15, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 17

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