Autumn 2010: Of Note

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Alumna honored as top poet

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Carmen Gillespie 92PhD has been chosen by Essence magazine as one of the top forty poets to be published by the magazine in the past forty years. Gillespie, a professor of English and creative writing at Bucknell University, also won the annual Naomi Madgett Long Prize, sponsored by Lotus Press, for her collection Jonestown: A Vexation, to be published in January.

Emory info on the go

Emory Mobile, a collection of smartphone apps, now allows users to navigate the Atlanta or Oxford campuses, browse event calendars, get the latest news, find contact information, identify a place to eat on campus, browse the libraries’ catalog, and more. University Technology Services and the Office of Communications and Marketing developed Emory Mobile in partnership with Blackboard Mobile.

Sociologist chosen as race relations fellow

Associate Professor of Sociology Tyrone Forman, codirector of Emory’s Race and Difference Initiative, is one of three scholars in the country selected as an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow. The Fletcher Fellowship commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, and provides a stipend of $50,000 for work that contributes to improving racial equality in American society.

Ophthalmologist wins resident education award

Maria Aaron 99R, a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Emory Eye Center and associate professor at the School of Medicine, has won the Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education. Aaron served as the center’s residency program director for a decade. She is now chief of service in ophthalmology at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

German Protestant Leader is Theologian-in-Residence

The Reverend Margot Kässmann, former head of the Protestant church in Germany and a Lutheran theologian, is in residence at Emory during the fall semester, serving as Distinguished Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology and as a Distinguished Fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning.

Emory Healthcare official health care system for Yellow Jackets

Through a new multiyear partnership agreement between Emory Healthcare and Georgia Tech Athletics, Emory Healthcare will become the official health care system for all Yellow Jacket sports. The partnership builds on and expands the existing decade-long relationship between the Emory Sports Medicine Center and Georgia Tech Athletics.

First-year students move into Longstreet-Means Residential Hall

The new Longstreet-Means Residential Hall, the University’s newest freshman housing facility, opened in time to welcome this fall’s incoming Class of 2014. The five-story, 351-bed hall features an open common area with stone fireplace, study lounges, copper accents, sustainable features (including recycled materials and rainwater collection), and “global cultures” programming.

Former President Jimmy Carter holds annual town hall

University Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter, eighty-six, held his twenty-ninth annual town hall for Emory’s freshman class at the Woodruff P. E. Center, answering questions ranging from the political (his thoughts on the Tea Party) to the personal (how he courted his wife, Rosalynn) to the person he’d like to see play him in a movie (Jon Stewart, which was met with much laughter).

A drug treatment for Fragile X is in testing phase

Researchers at Emory are testing what may be the first drug therapy for Fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited mental impairment, caused by a genetic mutation discovered in 1991 by Stephen Warren, chair of the human genetics department. The drug has produced positive cognitive results in mouse models.

Amount of fat around the heart may predict heart disease

Fat tissue around the heart secretes large amounts of inflammatory hormones, which may result in greater risk of heart disease, says Paolo Raggi, director of Emory’s cardiac imaging center. Raggi and other Emory researchers found that a CT or MRI measuring the volume of fat around the heart can be a “gatekeeper” to whether a patient should have further testing.

CSLR studies pursuit of happiness

Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) hosted the Pursuit of Happiness Lectures Series in September and an interreligious happiness conference in October to correspond with the Dalai Lama’s 2010 visit. These events culminate a five-year CSLR project on the ancient ideal of the pursuit of happiness.

Center for Ethics notes twentieth anniversary

Founded to advance scholarship and education in ethics, the Emory Center for Ethics has become a national leader in the exploration of contemporary moral questions. After welcoming a new building and a new director, Paul Root Wolpe, in 2008, the center celebrates twenty years this fall. A public event, “Crossing the Line: The Ethics of Intervention,” in early October marked the milestone.

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