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New Global Services Resource for Inbound and Outbound International Work

The Office of International Affairs announces the creation of a new Global Services function, to launch October 1. Global Services will provide faculty and staff a single point of contact for questions and issues related to outbound and inbound international work. The goal in creating this service is to enhance the level of administrative and business support available to faculty and staff involved in global work, and to do so in an engaged, responsive manner. Global Services grew out of a project conducted by the Office of Business Practice Improvement with the Office of International Affairs to examine how Emory could strengthen its support for international work. This staffed function will aim to provide assistance, guidance, and troubleshooting with the types of issues that global work can involve, thus making Emory's support of international activity more systematic and efficient. The service will initially be staffed by Chris Rapalje, who will serve as its director. Rapalje comes to this role from the Office of Business Practice Improvement, where she managed the Global Services effort as well as a number of other projects.

For more information, please visit the Global Program Support website, here.

From Excellence to Eminence

Major Grants Awarded to Biomedical Informatics and Mathematics and Computer Sciences Faculty

School of Medicine computer scientist Fushen Wang (biomedical informatics) has been awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, a five-year, $446,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Wang will use the award to support software development in the field of spatial big data. The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. More information is available here.

Li Xiong, who directs Emory College's Assured Information Management and Sharing (AIMS) research lab, is the recipient of a $1.06 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Xiong is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory College and the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine. She plans to use the award to work on developing improved methods for building data registries that benefit biomedical research and also guarantee patient privacy. To read more, please visit this link.

Heard on Campus

The Demographics of Wikipedia Knowledge and Editors

The majority of Wikipedia editors are men. What Wikipedia really needs is a community of women editors or feminist-minded editors who have a commitment to editing Wikipedia more than one time. The problem with Wikipedia is its well-known gender gap. The typical Wikipedia editor is thirty years old, male, not a programmer but college educated, and has some understanding of technology. There’s nothing wrong with a certain demographic editing Wikipedia, but what happens when there’s an overrepresentation of a certain demographic is that other demographics get less represented. We see that through the lack of representation of women, especially women of color, around the world. That’s why Wikipedia for us is a really important project to intervene in. . . . Wikipedia actually has a lot of similarities to mainstream print knowledge. In fact, it reproduces mainstream print knowledge. Some people have done a study showing that information on Wikipedia is pretty much the same as anything you can find in a regular Encyclopedia Brittanica.

-- Adeline Koh, Director of the Digital Humanities Center and Assistant Professor of Literature, Richard Stockton College, during the “Global Women Wikipedia Write-In,” March 18, 2014, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Resources for Faculty

New Faculty Development Podcasts in Teaching Technology, Public Scholarship, and Book Publishing

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence offers several new faculty development podcasts through the Center's iTunesU website. They include

  • “Connect With Teaching”: Three podcasts on this category are available: Using Piktochart and Infographics (Donna Troka, ILA and CFDE), Using VoiceThread in Language Instruction (Hong Li and Yu Li, Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures), and Using VoiceThread in the Sciences (Frank McDonald, Chemistry).
  • “Trolls: When Response to Public Scholarship is Uncivil”: Deb Houry (Medicine, RSPH, CFDE), Tressie McMillan Cottom (Sociology), and Robert Stephenson (Global Health) participate in a discussion about the fear of mean-spirited, sexist, racist, homophobic, and ad hominem comments that may come up when scholars take their work into the broader public sphere. These three speakers discuss their experiences with "trolls," their strategies for dealing with them, and the motivation that keeps them doing public work despite the negative comments.
  • "Success in the Current Book Publishing Industry" from publishing professional Cecelia Cancellaro looks at trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing and asks: what do scholars need to do to be successful in the present publishing world? How do they need to present themselves and their projects?

To access these podcasts and more than 50 others, please click here.

New to the Faculty

Adam Glynn, Associate Professor of Political Science

Adam Glynn completed his PhD in statistics at the University of Washington (2006). Previously, he held positions as assistant and associate professor at Harvard University. Glynn's research focuses on causal inference and sampling/survey design for political science applications. His articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

Events This Week

Monday, September 22

Nathaniel Smith (University of Arizona) will speak on "Public Politics in Post 3.11 Japan" at 2:30 in ANT 306. Please see the calendar of the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department to learn more.

The Emory Center for Ethics, Institute for African Studies, Global Health Institute, Institute for Developing Nations, and the Public Health Ethics Club will present a roundtable discussion on "The Ethical Challenges of Ebola for Global Health: Expanding the Conversation." The discussion will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Emory Center for Ethics Commons 102, with Robert Breiman (Director, Emory Global Health Institute), Kathy Kinlaw (Associate Director, Emory Center for Ethics), Colleen Kraft (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory Healthcare), Pamela Scully (Professor, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Institute of African Studies), and Agnes Kamara Umunna (Journalist, Radio Producer, and Community Activist) acting as panelists. Paul Root Wolpe (Director, Emory Center for Ethics) will moderate. Please click here for more information.

At 7:00 p.m., British actor Julian Sands will combine Harold Pinter's poems and political prose for an event titled "Julian Sands: A Celebration of Harold Pinter," directed by John Malkovich. A PDF of the program is available here.

The second Carlos Reads Book Club event of the year will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. The discussion will focus on the Book of Genesis and will be led by Carol Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament. This is the second of a two-part series focusing on this text. More information, including how to RSVP, may be found here.

Tuesday, September 23

At noon, Trent Spencer (Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant, School of Medicine) will give a lecture titled "Development of Gene Therapy Pharmaceutical: Trials and Tribulations of Translational Research." 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 24

At 4:00 p.m., Luke Hyde (Department of Psychology, University of Michigan) will speak on "Using Developmental Neurogenetics to Understand Psychopathology: Examples from Youth Antisocial Behavior" in PAIS 290. For more information, please see the calendar of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture.

Cecilia Van Hollen (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University) will speak on "Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India" at 4:15 p.m. in the Anthropology Building, Room 206. To learn more, please visit anthropology.emory.edu.

The 2014-2015 Emory Cinematheque Film Series will continue with screenings of Double Door and Supernatural at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. For more information, please click here.

Thursday, September 25

The Surgical Grand Rounds series will continue with a talk from Carl C. Hug, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine) titled "Medical Malpractice: Law Enforcing Ethics" 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.

At 12:15 p.m., Cimona Hinton (Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University) will speak on "The Differential Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Prostate Cancer Metastasis" in the Whitehead Building, Ground Floor Auditorium. Please see biochem.emory.edu for more information.

There will be an EndNote introduction in room 314 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. For more information or to register, please click here.

Megan Holmes, Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History at the University of Michigan, will give the Art History Endowed Lecture on "Miraculous Images and 'Popular' Religion" at 7:00 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. Please see arthistory.emory.edu to learn more.

The Disability Studies Initiative's Disability <In Focus> group will host a screening of Run & Jump at 7:00 p.m. in the Emory Center for Ethics room 102, followed by a post-film discussion. For more information about Disability <In Focus>, please click here.

Friday, September 26

There will be a "Meet the Choreographer: A Creativity Conversation with Bebe Miller" event from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Associate Professors of Dance Anna Leo and Bridget Roosa of Emory and Agnes Scott College will chat with visiting artist Bebe Miller about her creative process. For more information, please consult dance.emory.edu.

There will be a T.S. Eliot birthday and publication celebration, "T.S. Eliot Redivivus," at 4:00 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. The event is intended to celebrate the poet's 126th birthday and the publication of the first two volumes of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot. This collection, edited by Emory English professor emeritus Ron Schuchard, is an eight-volume digital collection of Eliot's published and unpublished works. Guests are encouraged to bring their tablets or laptops to the event for a hands-on tour of the volumes. For more information please visit this link.

As part of the Screenplay by Harold Pinter film series and Theater Emory's Pinter Fest, there will be a screening of The French Lieutenant's Woman tonight at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 208. More information is available here.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Please see the website of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series to learn more.

Saturday, September 27

Atlanta printmaker Deborah Sosower will host Concept & Creation: Printmaking Workshop for Adults today at 1:00 p.m. in the Tate Room of the Carlos Museum. She will host another workshop on Sunday, September 28, also at 1:00 p.m. The calendar of the Carlos Museum has more information, including how to register.

Sunday, September 28

The Candler School of Theology Centennial Organ Recital will take place today at 3:00 p.m. in the Cannon Chapel. Timothy Albrecht will perform. More information on this event, as well as a full listing of events for the Candler Centennial, is available here.

Atlanta's Aris Theatre is putting on a production of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come! from September 25 through October 5. After today's 5 p.m. performance at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Consul General Paul Gleeson and Emory Professor of English Geraldine Higgins will talk about the play and the topic of emigration. For more information, please see aristheatre.org.

Monday, September 29

There will be a workshop on Using the Blackboard Grade Center I from 10 a.m. to noon today in Woodruff Library room 312. For more information or to register, please click here.

At 4:00 p.m., Daniel Schacter (Department of Psychology, Harvard University) will speak on "The Seven Sins of Memory: An Update" in the Oxford Presentation Auditorium. For more information, please see the calendar of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture.

The third Carlos Reads Book Club event of the year will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. The discussion will focus on Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers and will be led by Erdmann Waniek, Associate Professor Emeritus of German Studies. This is the first of a four-part series focusing on this book. While this evening is sold out and no more registrations can be taken, information on future events 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, September 22, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 5

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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