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Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee Seeking Participants

On September 16, the University Faculty Council unanimously approved the formation of a special committee on faculty conflict resolution. This committee will look into ways to develop faculty-led mediation processes at Emory. One of the committee's first actions will be to assess Emory's existing and potential capacity for faculty-led mediation. To that end, all faculty members who have current certification in mediation, or who would like to become certified in mediation, are invited to take part in this new initiative. If interested, please send the following information to Kathryn Yount (kyount@emory.edu):

  • Name
  • Department/School
  • Preferred contact phone number
  • Preferred contact email
  • Current certification in mediation? Yes/No
  • Interested to be certified in mediation? Yes/No
  • Hours per week available for service

For more information, please contact Sheryl Heron, co-chair (sheron@emory.edu), Michael Sacks, co-chair (michael.sacks@emory.edu), or Kathryn Yount, chair of University Faculty Council (kyount@emory.edu).

From Excellence to Eminence

Candler School of Theology Grant Supports Youth Theology

The Candler School of Theology has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the General Board of Higher Education and the Ministry's Young Clergy Initiative. This initiative, a program of the United Methodist Church, is intended to increase the number of young clergy in the denomination. Candler's Youth Theological Initiative (YTI), and specifically the YTI Summer Academy, will be supported by the funds. The Summer Academy brings 40 high school students from across the nation and world to Emory's Atlanta campus for intensive study of Christian theology and ministry.

For more information on this story, please see news.emory.edu.

Heard on Campus

Competition and the University Press

Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the number of university presses increased significantly, from sixty to ninety-six, and their output increased dramatically as well, from forty-one titles per year on average to eighty-eight per year. Things plateaued after that, and although there definitely have been changes in how various segments of the market purchase and consume scholarly material, for the most part university presses still publish between 8,000 and 9,000 books each year. That sounds pretty good, until you hold it up next to the number of PhDs being produced in North America annually, which is somewhere around 50,000. Not all of these, of course, are in humanities and related fields, where a book is a requirement for tenure, but even if one third of those 50,000 falls into this category, that means there are many dissertations and manuscripts vying for those available book contracts.

—Cecilia Cancellaro, Editor and Literary Agent, from her talk about trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing, April 8, 2014, presented by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Resources for Faculty

Conference Subvention and Scholarly Writing and Publishing Funds Accepting Applications

Two funds at Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) are now accepting proposals.

1) The 2014-15 Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund is now accepting proposals. The fund promotes the visibility of academic conferences organized by Emory faculty and enables groups to take advantage of the state-of-the-art meeting facilities adjacent to our campus by offsetting the costs of hosting high-profile, intellectually significant events at the Emory Conference Center. Proposals for the fund may be submitted throughout the year and will be given full consideration, even if the meeting is scheduled to occur beyond the 2015 calendar year, contingent on the availability of funds. The maximum award amount is $30,000, and awards typically range between $5,000 and $20,000. A link to the application, as well as full information about eligibility and tips for developing a proposal, may be found at cfde.emory.edu.

2) The CFDE's Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund has announced a call for proposals for its Scholarly Writing Track. This fund supports scholarly writing projects in development. There are a limited number of grants from this fund, and grants may be awarded in amounts up to $2500 (applications are accepted on an open basis until the fund is exhausted, no later than August 1). These one-time-only 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. They may not be used for summer salary or for hiring a research assistant. More information on the application materials, as well as more information on the criteria, eligibility, uses of the grant, and more, may be found here.

New to the Faculty

Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies

Kevin Watson completed his PhD in the history of the Christian tradition at Southern Methodist University (2012). Previously, Watson taught at Seattle Pacific University. Watson's primary research interest is in the history of British and American Methodism. He has published Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Events This Week

Monday, October 27

The Emory Office of Technology Transfer will host a lunch and learn workshop on SBIR/STTR from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building Auditorium. The talk will focus on non-dilutive federal funding available for small businesses in the U.S. For more information or to learn how to register, please click here.

Theater Emory's Pinter Fest will continue with a staged reading of Pinter's Moonlight at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Reservations are required; to register or for more information, please click here.

At Oxford College, Jake and Rhonda Jacobsen (Messiah College) will give a lecture titled "Religion, Big Questions, and Academics" at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall. Please click here to learn more.

Tuesday, October 28

The Carter Center will host the 8th Brain Health Forum, "Movement and Memory: A Prescription for Your Brain's Health," today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The forum will be sponsored by Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Please click here to register or for more information.

There will be an EndNote introduction in room 314 of the Woodruff Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today. Please click here to register or to get more information.

At noon, Lian Li (Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Emory University School of Medicine) will give a lecture titled "Endosomal Trafficking and Peripheral Neuropathy." This lecture will be held in 5052 Rollins Research Center. For more information on this series of pharmacology seminars, please see pharm.emory.edu.

"Success with Stress: A Stress Management Workshop Series" will continue today with "Biofeedback for Stress Management" at noon in the 1762 Clifton Building, FSAP Conference Room, Suite 1100. Events will be held weekly until November 18, 2014. Please click here to learn more or to register.

The Physics Colloquia series will continue today at 2:30 p.m. as Alexei Sokolov (University of Tennessee) gives a talk on "Quantum Effects in the Glass Transition and Anomalous Dynamics of Water" in the Mathematics and Science Center E300. The Physics Colloquia website has further details.

The Ethics, Human Rights, and the Environment movie series will continue today with a screening of El Norte at 5:30 in the Center for Ethics Commons 102. Please click here to learn more.

Victoria E. Pagan (Classics, University of Florida) will give the fourth annual Herbert W. Benario Lecture in Roman Studies, "Tacitus' Obituary of Augustus," at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. More information is available at classics.emory.edu.

Marjorie Venit (Professor Emerita of Art History & Archaeology at the University of Maryland) will give a talk titled "Strangers in a Strange Land: Negotiating the Afterlife in Greek Tombs in Graeco-Roman Egypt" at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 110. For more information, please email Jack Black at jblack2@emory.edu.

At 7:30 p.m. at Oxford College, Walter Liars, a two-man Mississippi rock band, will give a concert in Williams Hall. For more information, please see the Oxford Studies series website.

Wednesday, October 29

Today and tomorrow, there will be a Digital Humanities in the Southeast Regional Workshop at Georgia Tech and Georgia State. Please click here to learn more.

The Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods presents Ryan Baker (Teachers College, Columbia University), who will present on "Towards a Long-Term and Actionable Prediction of Student Outcomes Using Automated Detectors of Engagement and Affect." This event will take place at noon in room 311 of the Woodruff Library. For more information, visit scholarblogs.emory.edu/ale.

At 3:00 p.m., there will be a conversation with Provost Claire Sterk, writer John Hope Bryant, Emory economics professor Esfandiar Maasoumi, and Ambassador Andrew Young on "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism." This talk will take place in the Goizueta Business School Room W525. Please click here for details.

Jeffrey N. Pennell (Richard H. Clark Professor of Law, Emory University) will facilitate a retirement seminar at 4:30 p.m. in the Goizueta Business School. For more information or to register, please follow this link.

The Atlanta Intersections conversation series will continue with Susannah Darrow of BURNAWAY at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. For more information, please click here.

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

At 7:30 p.m. at Oxford College, the Amernet String Quartet will perform in Williams Hall. For more information, please see the Oxford Studies series website.

Timothy Albrecht (Organ) will perform Scary Ride! as Dracula at 8:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall. A PDF of the program is available here.

Thursday, October 30

The Confucius Institute at Emory will co-sponsor an Emory/Agnes Scott joint conference on China studies. The conference will start today and run through Friday, October 31. Tani Barlow, the keynote speaker, will also hold a publication workshop titled "Submission, Revision, Publication of Your Essay and Its Impacts on Journal Readers" in the reception hall of the Carlos Museum for faculty and students today from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the conference or the publication workshop, please click here.

There will be a workshop titled "Using the Blackboard Grade Center 1" today from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Woodruff Library 312. More information or registration may be found here.

The Medieval Studies Roundtable will begin its fall series with a talk by Cassandra Casias (History) titled "Rebel Nuns and the Bishop Historian: Gregory of Tours' Use and Misuse of Radegund" from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in DUC E338. Lunch and a copy of the paper will be provided for those who RSVP to Sarah Bogue (sbogue@emory.edu) a week in advance (please specify any dietary restrictions).

The Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture will host a post-doctoral lunch symposium at noon in PAIS 464. Alli Ellebedy (Microbiology and Immunology) will speak on "Key to Universal Flu Vaccine: Embrace the Unfamiliar," and Adriana Lori (Human Genetics) will speak on "ADRA1A Locus and Response to Treatment for Major Depression." This event has limited seating. For more information on this event or how to register, please see cmbc.emory.edu.

At 12:15 p.m., Paul Doetsch (Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Radiation Oncology,School of Medicine) will speak on "Engaging DNA Repair and Mutagenesis from Outside the Box" in the Whitehead Building, Ground Floor Auditorium. Please see biochem.emory.edu for more information.

The Institute for African Studies seminar series will continue with a talk from Berber Bevernage (University of Ghent) titled "The Past is Evil/Evil is Past: On Retrospective Politics, Philosophy of History, and Temporal Manichaeism." These seminar talks take place in Bowden Hall 323 (major seminar room) at 4:15 p.m. Please see ias.emory.edu to learn more.

There will be a screening of the film Maramaso (directed by Emory alumna Laura Asherman) at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for Ethics, room 102. For more information, please click here.

At 7:30 p.m. at Oxford College, Harpreet Paul, a caseworker with REDRESS and a solicitor qualified in England and Wales, will speak on "Human Rights Advocacy in New York" in Williams Hall. For more information, please see the Oxford Studies series website.

Friday, October 31

Theater Emory's Pinter Fest will continue with Pinter Visions: A Symposium on the Work, Art, and Politics of Harold Pinter. This symposium will run from today through Sunday, November 2 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. For a full schedule of events for all three days or to register for the symposium, please click here. A Pinter Kaleidoscope will also be performed throughout the weekend as part of the Pinter Fest and Symposium.

Irish Fest Atlanta will begin today and continue through Saturday, November 2. For more information or a full schedule of events, please click here.

The Neuroethics Program's annual Zombies and Zombethics Symposium will be held today from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year's symposium will be titled "Our Fearful Fascination with the Other" and will be held in the Center for Ethics, room 102. Additional details and a link to register may be found at www.zombethics.com.

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. Elizabeth Wilson (WGSS) will discuss "Deconstruction and Freudian Psychoanalysis: Derrida Reads Freud." 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.

Saturday, November 1

No new events are scheduled for today. For events that began on Thursday or Friday and will run today (Joint Conference on China Studies, Pinter Fest, and Irish Fest) , please see above listings for links and information.

Sunday, November 2

At 3:00 p.m., Daniel Master (Professor of Archaeology, Wheaton College) will give a guest lecture titled "The Rise of the Philistines at the Seaport of Ashkelon" in the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Please see mesas.emory.edu to learn more.

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

Monday, November 3

The Emory University Emeritus College will host the fourth talk in its fall Luncheon Colloquium Series. Jim Snyder (Chemistry) will give a talk titled “Meat Glue and Other Interesting Ingredients in Our Meals." 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.

Provost Claire Sterk will host a faculty salon in the Center for Ethics from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. All faculty are invited. For more information, please click here.

There will be a screening of ART21: Art in the Twenty-First Century at 6:00 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building. For more information, please see arthistory.emory.edu.

Theater Emory's Pinter Fest will continue with a screening Pinter's The Caretaker at 7:00 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Reservations are required; to register or for more information, please click here.

At 7:30 p.m. at Oxford College, Julie Coucheron and Will Ransom will perform a Four-Hand Piano Concert in Williams Hall. For more information, please see the Oxford Studies series website.

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

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

Monday, October 27, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 10

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