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

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Please note: This issue concludes the 2014-15 volume of ThoughtWork. Publication will resume August 24, 2015. Best wishes for the summer.

Latest Council Concerns: Free Expression, Faculty Governance Revisions, A Culture of Assessment

Council Concerns is the briefing published after each meeting of the Emory University Faculty Council. The most recent issue includes reports from the March meeting:

1. President James Wagner opened the meeting with remarks on open and free academic expression.

2. The Council approved a motion for revisions to the faculty handbook concerning principles of faculty governance.

3. Jason Hockenberry (Rollins School of Public Health) gave an update on his committee's work thus far on proposals to create a "culture of assessment" in response to the U.S. Department of Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) feedback during Emory's recent reaccreditation process. More information on these stories are available at the links below.

Council Concerns may be viewed online at scholarblogs.emory.edu/councilconcerns.

From Excellence to Eminence

Honors for Poets and Public Health Experts

K.M. Venkat Narayan (Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health) will receive the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology from the American Diabetes Association during the association's 75th Scientific Sessions from June 5-9 in Boston. For more information, please click here.

Nathasha Trethewey (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing) and Kevin Young (Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing) have been commissioned by the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to write poems inspired by the centennial of the Great Migration. These poems will be published online as part of MoMA's current exhibit "One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North," which includes materials on loan from Emory's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). Trethewey and Young are among 10 poets selected for this honor. More information is available here.

Heard on Campus

The Power of the Fulbright Scholarship

I think Fulbright Scholarships step beyond the bounds of a traditional academic exchange program, and that it’s very much a public diplomacy program at its core. Senator [J. William] Fulbright said international exchange can turn nations into people, and the mission of the program today is very much that—that we see Fulbrighters as citizen diplomats, we see you as representatives of the U.S. in your host country with the hope that you will develop lasting relationships with colleagues and community members overseas, bring your U.S. expertise to your host institutions, and also bring a great deal of knowledge and cultural awareness with you back to the U.S. In 1946, he introduced legislation that ultimately passed the Senate unanimously to create the program that now bears his name. It enjoys a great deal of bipartisan support today. One of his main thoughts in creating this program was that international education could be a real form of diplomacy to help create a more peaceful world, where people of other cultures knew each other on an individual level. . . . To date, there have been over 325,000 participants in the program, and we’re proud to say they’ve gone on to become heads of state and Nobel laureates, acclaimed artists, and respected leaders in a wide variety of fields, from the arts to the sciences.

-- Cate McCraw, Program Officer, Fulbright Scholar Program, from her talk, “An Introduction to Fulbright Scholar Grants for U.S. Faculty and Professionals,” March 16, 2015, presented by the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Resources for Faculty

New Emory Password Policy for 2015-16

Emory will introduce a new password policy for Emory email in the 2015-2016 academic year. In July, Emory will begin to enforce the new password complexity requirements (listed below) when users voluntarily change their passwods, and on September 9, Emory will begin to systematically enforce the full password policy, the components of which are listed below. Users who have not changed their Emory email password within the 12-month window preceding September 9 will be required to do so at this time. All individuals will receive email reminders 28 days before, 14 days before, and every week the day before the password is scheduled to expire. Instructions will be provided on how to change the password in those emails.

Policy Highlights:

  • Password Change Interval: Passwords must be changed at least once a year. Certain individuals (system administrators, individuals who process credit card payments, individuals working on federal contracts) will be required to change their passwords every 90 days.
  • Password Length: Passwords must be between 9 and 30 characters in length.
  • Password Complexity: Passwords must contain at least 2 alphabetic characters (A-Z, a-z) and at least two non-alphabetic characters (spaces, numerals, punctuation, and/or special characters).
  • Password Constraints: UserID/NetID cannot be part of the password, no more than two consecutive characters can be identical, and the password cannot match any of the previous 24 passwords used with the account.

More information on this new password policy may be found here.

New to the Faculty

Ymir Vigfusson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Ymir Vigfusson (PhD, Cornell University 2010) teaches an annual course in which students learn how to hack into computers. He also does research in distributed systems (how do you actually make the big Internet systems and websites that we use every day work at that scale?) and network science (can we predict epidemics in real-time by monitoring deviations from people's routines through regular cell phone call metadata?). Ymir was previously a professor in Iceland at Reykjavik University.

Events This Week

Monday, May 11

The Atlanta Campus Commencement for all schools except Oxford will be held today, starting at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please see this link.

The Emory College of Arts and Sciences Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Quadrangle. For more information, please see this link.

The School of Law Diploma Ceremony and Reception will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Gambrell Hall. For more information, please see this link.

The Goizueta Business School Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). For more information, please see this link.

The Physical Therapy Program Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium. For more information, please see this link.

The School of Medicine Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. For more information, please see this link.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on McDonough Field. For more information, please see this link.

The Goizueta Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) Reception and Diploma Ceremony will take place today at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Patterson Green at the Goizueta Business School. For more information, please see this link.

The Medical Imaging Program Diploma Ceremony will be held today from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center. For more information, please see this link.

The Genetic Counseling Training Program Diploma Ceremony will take place today from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Whitehead Auditorium, Whitehead Biomedical Research Building. For more information, please see this link.

The Laney Graduate School PhD Ceremony will take place today from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, please see this link.

The Rollins School of Public Health Diploma Ceremony will take place today from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on McDonough Field. For more information, please see this link.

The Candler School of Theology Diploma Ceremony will take place today from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium. For more information, please see this link.

Tuesday, May 12

Maymester beings today. For more information, please click here.

Wednesday, May 13

At 10:30 a.m., Harold James (Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, Princeton University) will speak on "The Rise of the Troubled Euro." This event will take place in the Goizueta Business School Boynton Auditorium (Room E130). To learn more or to register to attend by Tuesday, May 12, please click here.

Thursday, May 14

The "philoSOPHIA Feminist Philosophy" conference will begin today and run through Saturday, May 16. Events will be held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. For more information on this conference or to see a preliminary program, please click here.

The Joseph B. White Lectureship will be held today. Peter G. Stock (Surgery, University of California - San Francisco) will speak on "Serendipity in Transplantation Research: From Islets to HIV" at 7:00 a.m. in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. This talk is part of the surgery department's Grand Rounds series; please see surgery.emory.edu to learn more.

The Emory WorkLife Resource Center will host a workshop titled "Strategies for a Loved One with Dementia" today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, room 101.

Friday, May 15

No events are scheduled for today.

Saturday, May 16

The Atlanta Master Chorale will perform a concert titled "Magnifical and Mighty" tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Please click here to learn more.

Sunday, May 17

An international summit titled "Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit (BEINGS 2015)" will begin today and run through Tuesday, May 19. This conference is being organized by the Emory University Center for Ethics, and events will be held at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. For more information or to register, please click here.

Monday, May 18

The Emory University Emeritus College will host the final talk in its spring 2015 Luncheon Colloquium Series. Morton Waitzman (Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Laboratory for Ophthalmic Research Emeritus) will speak on "Waitzman as Witness to the Horrors of War: D-Day and Beyond." This event will be held in 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 $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.

The Emory WorkLife Resource Center will host a workshop titled "Getting Fiscally Fit: Life Insurance and You" today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Medicine Building, room 120.

Later in May

On May 28, Lawrence Jackson (English) and Alex Sayf Cummings (History, Georgia State University) will read from City by City, a collection of essays to which both contributed. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater. For more information, please click here. On June 3 at noon, the same two authors will participate in A Capella Bookstore's Second Author Lunch at Murphy's in Virginia Highland. Please click here to learn more about this event.

For more events at Emory or to stay abreast of events throughout the summer, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/events.

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

Monday, May 11, 2015, Volume 15, Issue 35

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