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Faculty Council Seeks Participants for Mediation, Hearing, Research, and Other Committees

The Emory University Faculty Council invites interested faculty members to apply for service committees in the areas of Faculty Hearing; Faculty Life Course; Learning Outcomes Assessment; University Research; Faculty Mediation/Reconciliation (this committee's memberships require applicants to have certification-level mediation training).

Committees meet periodically throughout the academic year. To apply to serve on one of these committees for the 2015-2016 academic year, please send your resume and a brief statement of interest to Senate Assistant Jordan Stewart-Rozema (j.m.stewart-rozema@emory.edu) by April 30. There is no need to re-apply if you are already serving on one of the committees.

From Excellence to Eminence

Nanette Wenger Recognized for Contributions to Cardiology

Nanette Wenger (Cardiology) has been presented with the inaugural 2015 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's Cardiovascular Disease Award at the 64th Annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. Wenger is one of the world's most respected experts on coronary heart disease in women and focuses on reducing women's disability and death from cardiovascular disease.

The Bernadine Healy Award was created in honor of the work and memory of Bernadine Healy, who was the first woman to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first physician to lead the American Red Cross, and the founding editor of Journal of Women's Health. For more on this award and Wenger's career achievements, please click here.

Heard on Campus

Re-Framing Energy Politics in the South

I spend a lot of my time working with people that have very different political views than I do, but we don’t talk about our views on abortion rights or stem cell research, we talk about energy efficiency, clean energy, and why it’s good for the South. . . . .So much of the way that national policy is going in this country is defined by what the South is willing to do or not willing to do, and the South oftentimes on this issue goes as a block. Through history the South has gone as a block. What we are trying to do is work with people that are self-identified as conservative Republicans. We listen to what they say, we listen to their word choice, and we look for ways to help them in their own vernacular adopt this, and we do it in a way that makes them feel really good and happy and optimistic – kind of like they’re going to get their favorite dessert tonight. Because oftentimes, people in the advocacy world like to throw bombs and make you look bad. Think about a time in your own life when somebody has exposed you and said something like, “I told you so.” How many times did our parents do that when we were growing up? They might be right, but you still didn’t want to do what they told you to do. It’s just part of being human.

-- Mandy Mahoney, President of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, from her talk, “Climate and Clean Energy Policy in the Southeast,” February 18, 2015, presented by the Department of Environmental Sciences

Resources for Faculty

Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture and Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods Summer Workshop

The CMBC and IQTM will co-host an interdisciplinary symposium titled "Learning About the Vocal World: Deciphering the Statistics of Communication" on May 20, 2015. This symposium will bring together Emory faculty and internationally-recognized scholars from around the country, spanning fields from psychology to neuroscience to physics to medicine.

The day will consist of main conference discussions, lunchtime round-tables, and a poster session in which Emory graduate students will present posters to be judged by invited speakers. The all-day event (May 20, 2015) will run from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Emory Conference Center.

Complete event details are available at quantitative.emory.edu. To register to attend the event or to submit an application for a poster, please click here. Abstracts for the poster presentations are due April 27.

New to the Faculty

Chadwick McKinley Hales, Assistant Professor (Neurology)

Chadwick McKinley Hales received his MD and PhD from the Medical College of Georgia (2005). His postgraduate medical training included an internship in internal medicine, a residency in neurology, and a cognitive behavioral fellowship at Emory. His research interests focus on trying to understand the basic cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He will be working with patients who have Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative conditions in the Emory Clinic at Executive Park as part of the Emory Brain Health Initiative.

Events This Week

Monday, March 30

Pahi Saikia (assistant professor of political science at the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati) will give a talk today titled "Borders, Mobility, and Ethnicity: Issues and Challenges of Connecting India's Northeast to Asia's Southeast" from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in White Hall 101. This talk is part of Holli A. Semetko's (Political Science) Public Lecture Series for her India Today class. Learn more by emailing Semetko at holli.semetko@emory.edu.

At 7:30 p.m. at Williams Hall (Oxford College), David Nahm will read from his book Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, March 31

Sarah Bankston and Katherine McGuire will lead a Lunch and Learn titled "Research Practices Survey Data" today at noon at Oxford College. Please click here to learn more.

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship will offer a workshop titled "Visualizing Your Data" today at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. The workshop will be held in the ECDS on the third floor of the Woodruff Library. For more information and to register, please visit ecds.emory.edu.

As part of the Physics Colloquia series, Mario Belloni (Davidson College) will speak on "Know Your Boundaries: How the Infinite Square Well Can Teach You More Than Just Introductory Quantum Mechanics" at 2:30 p.m. in the Mathematics and Science Center E300.

Award-winning organic farmer and experienced farm educator Daniel Parson will host a Community Classroom event titled "Life, Work, and Learning Down on the Oxford Farm." This event will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Oxford City Hall community room. Please click here to learn more.

The Center for Ethics will host a reading of select scenes from the play "Blues for an Alabama Sky," followed by a discussion with the playwright, Pearl Cleage. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in room 1-2 of the Center for Ethics. For more information, visit ethics.emory.edu.

Jessica Stephenson, assistant professor of art history at Kennesaw State University, will give a lecture titled "Heaven's Things in San Art and Folklore" at 7:30 p.m. in the reception hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Please see carlos.emory.edu to learn more.

Emory Jazz Combos will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Music at Emory has more information.

Wednesday, April 1

Mala Murphy (Princeton University) will give a talk titled "Neural Computations Underlying Acoustic Communication in Drosophila" at noon in the Modern Languages Building, room 201. This talk is part of the Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods's Collective Computation in Biological Communication, Neural Dynamics, and Behavior Speaker Series. As lunch will be provided, please RSVP by March 25 here.

There will be a Climate@Emory Seminar at 4:00 p.m. in White Hall 207. Lance Gunderson (Environmental Sciences) will give a talk titled "Assessing Resilience and Governance in Regional Scale Water Basins Facing Climate Change."

Provost Claire Sterk will host an event titled "In Dialogue: Faculty Conversations with the Provost" from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Pitts Theology Library, room 560A. This event is a chance for Emory faculty members to participate in small-group conversations about their ideas, aspirations, and concerns. Each session is limited to 10 participants; to register or for more information, please click here.

Gertrud Platz-Horster, former vice-director at the Department of Antiquities, State Museums in Berlin, will give the John Laszlo MD, Excalibur Lecture tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the reception hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Her topic will be "On Cameos - From Antiquity to Present." Please see carlos.emory.edu to learn more.

At 7:30 p.m., Kerry Ressler (a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator) will give a talk titled "Mechanisms Underlying Fear and Fear-Related Disorders such as PTSD: From Mice to Men" in Williams Hall (Oxford College). This is an Oxford Studies event. For more information, please click here.

The Emory Cinematheque series will continue with a screening of Drumline at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. For more information, please see filmstudies.emory.edu.

Thursday, April 2

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, in collaboration with Emory, invites Emory faculty to participate in a program on “Teaching and the Digital Humanities,” in the Emory Conference Center Hotel. A coffee reception and digital display of ongoing work in Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by the program from 10:00 a.m. to noon, featuring presentations by four digital teacher/scholars: Anne Cong-Huyen (Whittier College), Angel Nieves (Hamilton College), William G. Thomas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Jessica Johnson (Michigan State University). Moderated by Erika Farr (Head of Digital Archives at Emory), the presentations will be followed by responses and discussion by G. Wayne Clough, former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and James M. Beall, (French and Humanities, Johns Hopkins University). As numbers are limited, those who wish to participate must send a confirmation email to Gary Hauk (ghauk@emory.edu) by Tuesday, March 31st.

Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, will give a talk titled "Losing the Miracle? The FDA and the Long Fight Over Agricultural Antibodies" at 4:15 p.m. in the Candler School of Theology, room 252. For more information, please see humanhealth.emory.edu.

The Healthcare Innovation Program presents the Healthcare Innovation Symposium XIV: Information Application: Creating Value in Healthcare, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Emory University Hospital Auditorium. For more information visit hip.emory.edu.

Reza Shah-Kazemi (Research Fellow, Department of Academic Research and Publications, The Institute of Ismaili Studies) will give a talk titled "From Tolerance to Reverence: Spirituality and Universality in Islam" at 5:00 p.m. in White Hall 207. More information is available at mesas.emory.edu.

Social Enterprise @ Goizueta will sponsor a nonprofit sector panel titled "Pay for Success Financing" tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Goizueta Business School. This panel is organized and moderated by Greg Giornelli, President and Chief Operating Officer of Purpose Built Communities; panelists include Ian Galloway (Senior Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco) and Deborah Kasemeyer (Senior Vice President, Northern Trust). Interested parties are asked to RSVP to melinda.k@emory.edu.

There will be a performance of Marisol, a play by Jose Rivera directed by David Crowe, tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center. This play will also be performed on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m. More information is available at Theater Emory.

Roger Fleming ('76OX, '79C) will give a lecture on his experiences in the legislative world and in writing and do a book signing of his thriller novel Majority Rules tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Library, room 201. Fleming once serviced as legislative director to Florida Congressman Clay Shaw, as majority and minority counsel on the Judiciary committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a political appointee in the administration of George H.W. Bush. Please click here to learn more.

There will be an Argentine Tango Music Concert tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Music at Emory has more information.

Friday, April 3

The Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program will present "Body Imaging and the Body Imaginary: An Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Conference" starting today at 8:00 a.m. and running through tomorrow, Saturday, April 4. For more information on events and locations, please see psp.emory.edu.

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta's John and Linda Cooke Noontime Series will continue with a performance of "The Rites of Spring" by the Vega String Quartet and pianists Elena Cholakova and Elizabeth Pridgen. This event will take place at noon in the Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Music at Emory has more information.

Saturday, April 4

Author Yuri Herrera and translator Lisa Dillman (Spanish & Portuguese) will present a bilingual reading and book signing of his novel Signs Preceding the End of the World, his first novel to be published in English, at today at 5:00 p.m. at A Cappella Books (208 Haralson Ave NE).

At 8:00 p.m., Sharon Isbin (guitar) and Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano) will perform in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. This concert is part of the 2014-15 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. Music at Emory has more information.

Sunday, April 5

The Emory University Gamelan Ensemble will present "Hanoman the Messenger: An Indonesian Shadow Puppet Show" tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio (1804 North Decatur Road). Music at Emory has more information.

Monday, April 6

The Emory University Emeritus College will host the next talk in its spring 2015 Luncheon Colloquium Series. William Ransom (Mary Emerson Professor of Piano) and the Vega String Quartet will offer a special performance titled "Around the World with the Vega Quartet." This event will be held in the Carlos Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. However, attendees who opt for lunch must register on or before the Thursday prior to each colloquium. The fee for lunch is $10.00 and it will be accepted at the door. For more information about The Lunch Colloquium and to register, please visit emory.edu/emeritus.

At 4:00 p.m., Erik Mueggler (Anthropology, Michigan) will speak on "Songs for Dead Parents: Materializing and Dematerializing the Dead in Southwest China." This talk will take place in ANT 206. Please see anthropology.emory.edu for more information.

The next Carlos Reads Book Club event will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. The discussion will focus on Timaeus, Plato's creation story. Discussion will be led by Richard Patterson (Philosophy). Although this program is full and no additional registrations may be taken, information on how to register for future events in this series may be found here.

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

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

Monday, March 30, 2015, Volume 15, Issue 29

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