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


Recent Grants Awarded for Research and Teaching

Over the summer months, a number of grants were awarded to various Emory schools and faculty in support of research, scholarship, and teaching and learning. Those awards included

  • In May, the Rollins School of Public Health received a five-year, $2.5 million research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is intended to help researchers develop new computational approaches for better understanding and responding to infectious disease risks that result from a changing and variable climate. For more information on this grant, please click here.

  • Also in May, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) granted Emory $1.2 million to re-envision the chemistry curriculum at both the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and at Emory's Oxford College. More details may be found at this link.

  • In June, the Lilly Endowment awarded $460,000 to the Candler School of Theology so that the school may lead a study of the purposes of theological education in a time of significant change. The project, titled "Theological Education Between the Times: Consultations on the Meanings and Purposes of Theological Education," will convene diverse groups of theological educators to reflect on the nature of theological education. More information on this award is available here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Helen Mayberg Receives Gold Medal Award

At the May meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in New York, New York, Helen S. Mayberg, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology; Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics, was presented with the Gold Medal Award. This award was established by the Society of Biological Psychiatry to honor pioneering contributions to the field. A gold medal and framed certificate is presented to the award recipient for significant and sustained work that advances and extends knowledge in biological psychiatry. For more information, please click here.

Heard on Campus

Allowing Scientific and Artistic Creativity to Ferment

One of the aspects of the creativity process is the essential nature of having the time to allow [inspiration] to ferment. It can’t float through you transiently. There needs to be some incubation time before it comes out. That’s in part where energy change or the frequency change is most important. In science, it works very much like the arts. I think it’s critical that you find the time to be able to process the information or let it change or ferment and be open to the emergent opportunities. It’s about wonder, it’s about trying to understand things you don’t understand and sitting with the uncomfortableness of not knowing what it means or where it comes from or how to put it in the context of your personal life or personal way of viewing and understanding. I find that a marvelous image, and I feel like that’s such a common element between the sciences and the arts, and maybe all creativity.

—David Lynn, Chair of the Chemistry Department, Emory University, from his Creativity Conversation with artist Brendan O’Connell, February 27, 2014, sponsored by the Center for Creativity Arts

Resources for Faculty

New Library Course Reserves Tool for Faculty

Emory Libraries and Information Technology has launched a new Course Reserves tool that will make it easier for instructors to reserve materials for their students.

The new system is very similar to the previous tool, Reserves Direct. Course Reserves will enable instructors to request materials directly from the discoverE catalog. Instructors will have direct access from the Course Reserves tool also, where they will find their previous reserves from as far back as fall 2011 migrated into their accounts, which they can reactivate or archive. Earlier course materials may be added on request. In addition, Course Reserves is integrated into Blackboard for further convenience.

The library services staff has a Course Reserves webpage and a video describing the changeover and new tool. The Libraries launched the new Course Reserves tool in May, and faculty and students have been using it for courses during the summer.

For more information, contact Amy Boucher, head of access services, at aebouch@emory.edu or Colin Bragg, reserves coordinator, at cbragg@emory.edu.

New to the Faculty

Eladio Abreu, Lecturer in Biology

Eladio Abreu completed his doctoral degree in biochemistry & molecular biology at The University of Georgia (2011). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Abreu held a position at Emory University as a postdoctoral fellow. Abreu's primary research focus is protein localization and trafficking in cancer cells. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Science, Molecular Cell, and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Events This Week

Monday, September 1

Today is Labor Day. The university will be closed.

Tuesday, September 2

The Woodruff Library will hold a small book sale Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The majority of the books will be priced at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks (cash only). For more information, please see the library's website.

At noon, Cassandra Quave (Dermatology) will give a lecture titled "Natural Product Quorum Quenchers and Biofilm Inhibitors: A New Path for Anti-Infective Drug Discovery." This lecture will be held in 5052 Rollins Research Center. For more information on this series of pharmacology seminars, please see pharm.emory.edu.

Wednesday, September 3

There will be two sessions of a seminar today titled "VC 101: A Primer on Venture Capital." The seminars will be led by Louis P. Berneman, the founding partner of Osage University Partners, which is a venture capital firm that specializes in university spinouts. The first session will be held on the main campus, in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building's Whitehead Auditorium from noon to 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided). The second session will be held at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Glenn Classroom 1 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to learn how to register, please follow this link.

Librarian Erin Mooney will host an EndNote Introduction today in room 314 of the Woodruff Library from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your laptop with EndNote already loaded. Please click here to learn more.

The 2014-2015 Emory Cinematheque Film Series will continue with a screening of Gun Crazy at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. For more information, please click here.

Thursday, September 4

The Surgical Grand Rounds series will continue with a talk from Denis Foretia (Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine) titled "Understanding Healthcare in Cameroon: Challenges & Opportunities" from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. CME credits are given for documented attendance. More information is available at surgery.emory.edu.

Tonight at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta, President James Wagner will speak alongside Crystal Edmonson (Broadcast Editor for the Atlanta Business Chronicle) and Doug Shipman (Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights). The program will include hors d'oeuvres and an open bar reception, alongside exhibition viewing, and will last in total from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please click here.

Friday, September 5

On September 5 and 6, the recently published "Black Notebooks" of 20th-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger will be the focus of a public conference titled "Heidegger's Black Notebooks: Philosophy, Politics, Anti-Semitism" at the Emory Conference Center. Visit this page for a schedule and details, or contact the conference organizer, Andrew J. Mitchell, associate professor of philosophy, at andrew.j.mitchell@emory.edu.

Emory Worklife Resource Center presents a workshop titled Get Your Money Right (Building Your Financial Strategy), with Alok Deshpande of SmartPath Financial. This session is part of the Finance Matters series. The event takes place from 12 noon to 1:00 pm in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, Room 1000. For more information, please contact Aaronnette Jackson at 7278432.

From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Center for Global Safe Water (CGSW) will hold an open house featuring presentations that will give an overview of CGSW, current faculty research projects, WASH certificate, and upcoming GFE opportunities. This event will be held in the Grace Crum Rollins Building, Rita Ann Rollins Conference Room. Please see this link for more information.

At 8:00 p.m., Asphalt Orchestra, a radical street band unleashing innovative music, will perform in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. To learn more or to purchase tickets, please visit tickets.art.emory.edu.

Saturday, September 6

No events are scheduled for today.

Sunday, September 7

Timothy Albrecht will perform Bach Live! with guest pianist William Ransom at 4:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. To see a PDF of the program, please click here.

Monday, September 8

On September 15, the Emory University Emeritus College will host the first talk in its fall Luncheon Colloquium Series. Lois Overbeck, managing editor of The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett, Graduate School, and Brenda Bynum, professor emerita of theater, will give a talk titled “A Letter is not a Tweet: Emory’s editing of The Letters of Samuel Beckett." This colloquium will be held in Room 130 at The Luce Center 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 $8.00 and it will be accepted at the door. For more information about The Lunch Colloquium and to register, please visit emory.edu/emeritus.

Librarian Erin Mooney will host a Zotero Workshop from noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 314 of the Woodruff Library. Please click here to learn more.

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

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 2

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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