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

Forefront

NIH Awards $9 million to Continue Emory Fragile X Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a team of Emory investigators one of three national grants intended to support the Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile X. Emory's five-year, $9 million award will help the team study fragile X syndrome-associated disorders and work toward developing effective treatments. The grant is also a renewal; Emory's National Fragile X Syndrome Research Center has been continuously funded by the NIH since the inception of such centers 10 years ago.

Fragile X syndrome, Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), and Fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (FXPOI) result from a variety of mutations in the FMR1 gene. The syndrome is the most common form of inherited intellectual and developmental disabilities, and can be coincident with the presence of autism spectrum disorders. With this grant, the Emory team plans to perform whole genome sequencing on 600 patients to find modifier genes that predispose people with FMR1 gene mutations to other disorders such as epilepsy, FXTAS, or FXPOI.

The principal investigator for this project is Stephen T. Warren, chair of the Department of Human Genetics and William P. Timmie Professor and Charles Howard Candler Chair of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. Stephanie Sherman, Emory professor of human genetics, is associate director of the center. Other associated faculty include Emily Allen, David Cutler, Michael Epstein, Andrew Escayg, Peng Jin, Jeannie Visootsak, Michael Zwick (all Department of Human Genetics); Sandra Helmers, Jorge Juncos, Naymee Velez-Ruis of the Department of Neurology; and Jessica Spencer (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology).

For more information, please click here.

From Excellence to Eminence

New Endowment for Doctoral Student Ethics Training

Atlanta philanthropists John and Mary Ellen Imlay have made a $1 million estate gift to the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Program in Ethics endowment. The Imlay Foundation has also given $50,000 to the Jones Program in Ethics.

The Jones Program in Ethics is required of all Emory doctoral students and trains more than 300 students each year in the responsible conduct of research. Faculty participate from the fields of the humanities, social sciences, biomedical and natural sciences, public health, nursing, law, and business, and subjects from ethics in data management to peer review to human subjects research and more are covered.

The Jones Program is housed in the James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies. John Imlay is a longtime member of the Bobby Jones Advisory Committee at Emory and launched the Friends of Bobby Jones, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the memory of golfer Bobby Jones. Imlay was also a personal friend of Jones.

To learn more about the Imlays, the Jones Program, this gift, or Bobby Jones, please click here.

Heard on Campus

The Invisibility of Mental Illness

We called 500 people at home at night and asked, “Do you know anybody with serious mental illness, and what do you think should be done?” More than 50 percent were willing to admit to a stranger on the phone—so the number was probably higher—that they did, and that more tax money should be spent, more should be done, to help people. . . . We then did focus groups and brought together people who were in a position to help people with mental illness—judges, human resources executives. When we asked what they think about when they think about the mentally ill, the needle swung the other way and it was all about the guy in the ATM that I can’t go into anymore and the homeless guy who stabbed a pregnant nurse with a pencil. We told them that happened on [the TV show] ER, they said, "Oh, that’s right." Even getting fiction and reality mixed up, these images grossly drove people’s attitudes. What we realized was that people were making decisions based on the .0001 percent of people with mental illness that they saw, and they were in some cases dramatic, and they weren’t seeing the 99.999 percent of people who maybe were taking medication and weren’t as visible.

—Bill Lichtenstein, journalist and president of Lichtenstein Creative Media, from his comments at the panel discussion, “Research, Reporting and Advocacy: New Opportunities and Challenges Facing Public Scholars,” September 16, 2014, presented by the Institute for Developing Nations and The Carter Center

Resources for Faculty

Data Symposium and Publishing Workshop

The Southeast Educational Data Symposium (SEEDS) will be an all-day event on Friday, February 20, 2015, in the Emory Conference Center, focused on using data to inform decisions about learning environments and instructional design. SEEDS will convene administrators, researchers, and instructors to pool information on making use of educational data to foster student success, and will also serve as a Southeast regional networking opportunity. The event will include a morning keynote address, four panel discussions, and lunchtime roundtables. Potential participants are invited to apply through scholarblogs.emory.edu/ale/events/seeds. This link also includes information on panel topics, potential levels of participation, the keynote speaker, and more. Contact Timothy Harfield (timothy.harfield@emory.edu) for further information.

The Center for Faculty Development and East Asian Studies will co-sponsor a publication workshop titled "Submission, Revision, Publication of Your Essay and its Impact on Journal Readers," on October 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will take place in Candler 123, and will be led by Tani Barlow (T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian History; founding director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University; senior editor of the journal positions: East Asia Cultures Critique). Barlow plans to cover the editorial process at the journal positions, what "revise and resubmit" really means, how to read a journal and decide if your paper is appropriate to it, and implicit debates and your intellectual work. This workshop is part of the Confucius Institute's "China: Tradition and Transformation" conference (October 30 through November 1). For more information on the conference and the publication workshop, please click here.

New to the Faculty

Jennifer Juergensen McGee, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jennifer Juergensen McGee completed her PhD in psychology at Emory University (2014). McGee's primary research focus includes the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as how community engagement can enhance the classroom experience.

Events This Week

Monday, October 20

Neurophilosopher Heidi Ravven (Hamilton College) will discuss her book The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternate History of Ethics, the New Brain Sciences, and the Myth of Free Will. This discussion will be sponsored by the Neuroethics Book Club, and will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Ethics room 102. Lunch is provided and seating is limited, so please RSVP by Monday, October 13 to akear@emory.edu.

Barbara Landau (Dick and Lydia Todd Professor of Cognitive Science and Director of the Science of Learning Institute, Johns Hopkins University) will deliver the Psychology department's McCandless Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in 290 PAIS. More information is available here.

Theater Emory's Pinter Fest will continue with a staged reading of Pinter's Betrayal 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.

Tuesday, October 21

The Candler School of Theology will host the twenty-seventh Reformation Day today, themed "Reform in the University and the Church." The program is part of the the centennial celebrations of the Candler School of Theology and will look back to Luther's work in pursuing reform at the University of Wittenberg and in the Church. To register or to see a full schedule of events, please click here.

The Department of Biology will host Robert A. Lue (Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Director of Life Sciences Education, Director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Chair of the HarvardX, Harvard University) for two talks today. At 9:00 a.m., he will speak on "The Transformation of Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences at Harvard" and at 4:00 p.m., "The Digital Evolution of the University." Both talks will be held in the Rita Anne Rollins Room, 8th floor, Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road. Please see the Biology Department News and Events website to learn more.

Anthony Cooke (graduate student, English) will deliver an installment in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program's Lunch & Lecture series with a talk titled "The Forensic Fifty-Minute Hour: Crime, Mental Illness, and the Analyst-Analysand Relationship." This talk will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Callaway N116. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Gina Stamm (gstamm@emory.edu) by Monday, October 20.

"Success with Stress: A Stress Management Workshop Series" will continue today with "Bouncing Forward: The Art of Resilience" at noon in the School of Medicine, Room 190P. Events will be held weekly until November 18, 2014. Please click here to learn more.

At 2:30, Rodney Priestley (Princeton) will speak on "Confined Glassy Properties and Constrained Volume Processing of Polymer Nanoparticles" in the Mathematics and Science Center E300. For more information, please consult the website of the Physics Colloquia.

At Oxford College, Deric Shannon (Sociology, Oxford) will give a talk titled "What is the Sociology of Food?" at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Oxford City Hall. This talk is part of Oxford's Community Classroom Series.

Ronald Schuchard (English, emeritus) will give a lecture titled "'Into the Heart of the Ordinary': Seamus Heaney and Thomas Hardy" at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. For more information, please see english.emory.edu.

There will be a screening of Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony at 7:00 p.m. in the Oxford Presentation Auditorium. For more information, please see german.emory.edu.

At 7:30 p.m., director of excavations at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods Bonna Wescoat (Art History) will deliver the annual Samothrace Lecture in the Michael C. Carlos Museum (Reception Hall, Level Three). Wescoat will discuss the collaborative work between her team and French colleagues on the restoration of Winged Victory, which is now back on view of the Louvre. For more information, please consult the calendar for the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Wednesday, October 22

There will be a lecture on Food Insecurity: A Challenge to Faith Communities at 11:00 a.m. in the Candler School of Theology, Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252. Chad Hale (ordained American Baptist minister) and Jennifer Ayres (Candler School of Theology) will speak. This lecture is part of the Candler School of Theology's Centennial Celebration's Community Engagement Emphasis initiative. Lunch will be provided; to register, please do so here by Wednesday, October 15.

There will be a workshop on Blackboard Assignments from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Woodruff Library 312. For more information or to register, please click here.

At 4:00 p.m., there will be a reading of John Berryman's poems to celebrate his 100th birthday on the first floor of Barnes & Noble @ Emory. If interested in participating, please email Lang Thompson at TM757@bncollege.com.

Louise Rodino-Klapac (Ohio State) will speak on "Therapeutic Development for Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies Using Viral Mediated Gene Replacement" at 4:00 p.m. in 400 Whitehead Biomedical Research Building. Please see cellbio.emory.edu to learn more.

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

At Oxford College, there will be a showing of Valentine Road at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall. Filmmaker Marta Cunningham will be at the showing to speak. This screening is part of the Southern Circuit Film Series.

Thursday, October 23

To celebrate its Centennial, the Candler School of Theology will hold its Fall Celebration today and tomorrow. Please click here to learn more or to see a full schedule of events.

The Emory WorkLife Resource Center will begin its fall workshop series for caregivers with a workshop titled "Financing Long Term Care" from noon to 1:30 in the School of Public Health, Rita Anne Rollins Room. Heather Durham-Nedler, Certified Elder Law Attorney, will facilitate.

Emory Libraries and Information Technologies is offering mini-grants to encourage faculty and instructors to create and use open educational resources and library materials in their courses. An overview of the grant program will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and may be attended in person (Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Room 303F, Woodruff Library) or via Adobe Connect (click here). For more information, click here.

At 12:15 p.m., Russell DeBose-Boyd (Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center) will speak on "Sterol and Nonsterol Signals Regulating ERAD of HMG CoA Reductase" in the Whitehead Building, Ground Floor Auditorium. Please see biochem.emory.edu for more information.

Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of Art of the Americas at the Carlos Museum, will discuss Blood and Guano: Bats and Creation in the Art of the Americas in the next installment of the AntiquiTEA series. This event will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Reception Hall (Level Three) of the Carlos Museum.

Jazz on the Green will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Patterson Green, outside the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Please see the calendar of Music at Emory to learn more.

Emory Law will host Federal Election Commission Vice Chair Ann Ravel, as well as Stefan Passantino (head of McKenna Long & Aldridge's Political Law Team, Washington, D.C.) and Anne Tucker (associate professor of law, Georgia State University) for a public hearing titled "The Future of Elections and Democracy." Participants will have the opportunity to speak to FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel and other participants directly. This event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Tull Auditorium/Hunter Atrium in the Emory School of Law; it is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The Carlos Museum will host a Mummies & Mixers event at 7:00 p.m. for museum members. For more information, please click here. A children's version, Mummies & Milkshakes, will follow on Friday, October 24, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m., also in the museum. More information on the children's event is available here.

The Emory Disability Studies Initiative will continue its Disability <IN FOCUS> series with a screening of Monica & David at 7:00 p.m. in room 102 of the Center for Ethics. Pizza and other refreshments will be served, and a discussion will follow.

The Oxford College fall drama production, The Lady in Question, will be held in Tarbutton Theater at 7:30 p.m. Clark Lemons (English and Theater) will direct. There will also be repeat performances on Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. Please click here to learn more.

The Emory Wind Ensembles will perform at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Please see the calendar of Music at Emory to learn more.

Friday, October 24

The Candler School of Theology invites the public to take part in the official commemoration of the school's 100th anniversary with a convocation at 10:30 am in Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Luther E. Smith, Jr., professor emeritus of church and community at Candler, will deliver the convocation address, "Since We Are Surrounded." For more information, click here.

There will be an installment in the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta's John and Linda Cooke Noontime Series as pianist Tanya Stambuk performs at noon in the Reception Hall of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

The Laney Graduate School welcomes Julie Posselt (University of Michigan), who will present a seminar titled "Mirror, Mirror: Understanding and Challenging Faculty Preferences for Graduate School Applicants Like Themselves." This event will take place from noon to 1pm in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. For more information contact Meliaa Gilstrap, mgilstr@emory.edu.

The Emory Dance Program will sponsor an event titled "Twilight Salon - Three Versions of 'Warrior Woman Pantoum'" at 6:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. There will be both performance and discussion at this event. For a full description, please see dance.emory.edu.

The Dooley Players will present A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington Road Building. Tickets are free. Please email thedooleyplayers@gmail.com for more information.

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

Saturday, October 25

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers will sign and discuss editing H.L. Mencken's The Days Trilogy for the Library of America at 4:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble @ Emory. Rodgers is the author of the major biography Mencken: The American Iconoclast, as well as the editor of Mencken's Prejudices for the Library of America. Information on The Days Trilogy is available here; interviews with Rodgers are available here and here.

There will be an Emory Choral Concert, titled "Sunrise," at 8:00 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Please see the calendar of Music at Emory to learn more.

Sunday, October 26

The Emory Chamber Music Society and the Carlos Museum will present Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale Babar the Elephant set to music at noon in the Michael C. Carlos Museum's Reception Hall, Level Three. The music will be performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE 90.1's Lois Reitzes. Please click here to learn more.

Monday, October 27

Joan Copjec (Professor of Modern Media and Culture, Brown University) will deliver a Psychoanalytic Studies lecture at 4:30 p.m. titled "The Effigy of Love: Contingency, Event, and Like Someone in Love" in White Hall 110. Please see psp.emory.edu to learn more.

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.

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

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

Monday, October 20, 2014, Volume 15, Issue 9

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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