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


Mentoring Guides Now Available from Laney Graduate School

Two detailed guides for building successful mentoring relationships for faculty and graduate students are now available online from Laney Graduate School. During the academic year 2014-15, the Laney Graduate School Executive Council led a project on graduate mentoring in order to enhance the quality of graduate faculty mentoring and prepare graduate students to become good mentors themselves. As a result of this project, two new mentoring guides—one for graduate faculty and the other for graduate students—have been produced.

As resources faculty and students may consult as they navigate the mentoring and advising relationship, these documents cover some common principles and guidelines for this cornerstone experience in graduate training.

If you are a Laney faculty member, please take a moment to peruse these new guides. The downloadable .pdf for graduate students may be found here (at right), and the downloadable .pdf for faculty may be found here (also at right). Please also pass this information along to graduate students in your program.

From Excellence to Eminence

Cancer Researchers Win Video Prize

Winship Cancer Institute reesarchers have won first place in the GRAND Basic Research video contest for their video on precision-based medicine techniques for studying metastatic cancer cells developed by associate professor of hematology and medical oncology Adam Marcus and graduate student Jessica Konen. In the video, Marcus and Konen explain how they came up with the technique to isolate and study the characteristics of cancer cells that spread throughout the body and invade new tissues. The contest is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. For more information, please click here.

Heard on Campus

Coming to Terms with Indian Removal

Indian removal may very well have been the first modern instance of mass deportation. It occurred some 25 years before the czar began deporting non-Russians from the Caucasus; it occurred 85 years before Turkey deported the Armenians; it occurred almost 100 years before the deportation of Greeks and Turks at the end of the Greco-Turkish War, and well over a century before the more infamous deportations of the later twentieth century. What does this deportation have in common with the ones that followed? Well, for one, it was very clearly tied to racial ideology. For another, it was driven by a desire to build a monocultural state, in this case defined by white Americans. And third, it drew on modern tools of state administration, including bureaucratic controls such as censuses. By the most recent estimate, some 750,000 Americans lost their lives in the Civil War. A few weeks before it came to an end, Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address: if slavery was an injustice, he said, then woe to those by whom the offense came. Americans, as we well know, are still struggling with the legacy of slavery and the Civil War. By contrast, the United States has never come to terms with Indian Removal. It is not part of our national conversation. The predictions of Americans in the 1830s—that it would forever stain the nation’s history—have not come true. So this was, in short, the war that the slaveholders won, and Americans, as a whole, have never looked back.

-- Claudio Saunt, Richard B. Russell Professor in American History and associate director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia, from his talk, “The War the Slaveholders Won: Indian Removal and the State of Georgia,” November 10, 2015, sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s Indigenous Beauty exhibition

Resources for Faculty

Global Services Website Offers Support for International Work

The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives offers a resource for faculty and staff who encounter questions and issues related to their international work, from conducting research abroad to hosting international scholars to planning a global project. This resource, the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives's Global Services, may be found at global.emory.edu/support and is directed by Chris Rapalje. Rapalje may be contacted via email (christine.rapalje@emory.edu) or by phone (404-727-9127). The website also includes information on personal safety, financial management, import/export regulations, group travel, overseas legal status, and more. This website does not cover the topic of global fellowships for faculty; for assistance with issues of this nature, please click here.

New to the Faculty

Rasheeta Chandler-Coley, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Rasheeta Chandler-Coley completed her PhD in nursing at the University of South Florida (2008). Before joining the faculty at Emory in 2015, she held a position at the University of South Florida. Her primary research focus is technological delivery of STI, HIV, and unintended pregnancy prevention strategies to emerging adults/college students and adolescents, integrating technology with methodological approaches to research implementation, and health disparities. Her articles have been published in journals including the American Journal of Health Behavior, Journal of Community Health, and Journal of Nurses in AIDS Care.

To view a list of all new Emory faculty in 2015-16, please visit provost.emory.edu.

Events This Week

Monday, November 23

Mary Barr (sociology and anthropology, Clemson University) will present "How Integration Worked--and Failed--in Evanson, Illinois" as part of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference's Race and Difference Colloquium. This event will take place in the Jones Room at the Woodruff Library from noon to 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP to jwji@emory.edu.

Tuesday, November 24

The Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures department will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. in Ethics Center 102. Victor Yampolsky (director of orchestras, Northwestern University), Richard Prior (composer and conductor, Emory University), Matthew Bernstein (chair of film and media studies, Emory University), James Steffen (film and media studies library, Emory University), and Maria Corrigan (film and media, Georgia State University) will speak on the topic "What Do We Hear When We Listen to Dmitry Shostakovich's Music in Shakespearean Tragedies?" Please click here to learn more.

At noon, filmmaker and author James Ault, Jr. will give a public lecture titled "African Christianity Rising: Understanding Its Importance for the Church and World." This lecture will take place in the Candler School of Theology, Pitts Lecture Hall (room 360). Lunch is provided; please register here.

Wednesday, November 25 – Sunday, November 29

No events are scheduled for these days. The university will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 30

The final Carlos Reads Book Club event of the fall 2015 semester will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carlos Museum's Board Room, Level Two. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, lecturer in English, will lead discussion on Sacred Wilderness. For more information on the book club and to see the full fall semester's offerings, please click here.

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

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

Monday, November 23, 2015, Volume 16, Issue 14

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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