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scientists help identify Fragile X Syndrome
have identified for the first time specific genes in the brain
that are affected by the lack of a protein in individuals with
fragile X syndrome, the most frequent cause of inherited mental
retardation. The research group included scientists from Emory,
Rockefeller University, Duke University, and the Howard Hughes
health students win Harvard contest
School of Public Health students Erik Folch, Isabel Hernandez,
and Carlos Franco won first place and an award of $4,000 in an
essay contest on the health of developing countries sponsored
by the Center for International Development of Harvard University
with their paper, Infectious Diseases, Non-Zero Sum Thinking
and the Developing World.
ranks high in community service
a national survey, Emory ranked second among top universities
in the country in the percentage of its work-study funding that
goes to community service projects. Emory directs 13.8 percent
of work-study funds to service, ranking below Stanford University
(at 22.3 percent) and well above the 7 percent federal requirement,
according to a joint project by The Washington Monthly and Northwestern
Universitys Medill School of Journalism.
Arthur M. Blank, co-founder and retired co-chair of The Home
Depot, pledged five million dollars as part of a five-year challenge
grant to Emorys Institute for Jewish Studies, he intended
the funds to help the institute expand its faculty, community
outreach, and cooperative teaching with the Candler School of
a more personal note, Blank gave special recognition to his
rabbi of twenty-three years, Donald Tam of Temple Beth Tikvah
in Roswell, a spiritual leader, and a leader of spirit,
by naming the institute in his honor.
cant think of a more appropriate way to recognize a man
who exemplifies the power of combining wisdom and understanding
of human relationships in overcoming differences, Blank
matching funds raised by Emory, the grant will result in a ten-million-dollar
endowment for the Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.
The institute was established in 1999 as a center for the study
of Jewish life and culture, including classic texts, the Holocaust,
Hebrew language and literature, contemporary Israel, and modern
gift gives us a chance to do wonderful thingsto enhance
the faculty and add new positions, to participate in doctoral
programs in other departments, to offer students additional
financial support, says Deborah Lipstadt, institute director
and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
Its a great show of confidence.
institute has a core of thirteen faculty members, three of whom
hold endowed professorships, with another thirteen professors
serving as associate faculty. Lipstadt would like to expand
the institutes offerings in Jewish history and the anthropological
study of the worldwide Jewish community.
Tam was flabbergasted by the honor. Arthur is a very complex
and very fine human being, he says.
Tam would like to see the institute offer ongoing education
to rabbis working in congregations as well as community programs
and summer workshops open to anyone, Jewish and non-Jewish.
Years ago in Santa Fe, I attended a roundtable discussion
on the great books in Western Civilization with nurses, teachers,
clergy, he says. It would be wonderful if this could
be done here for Jewish great books, life, and culture.
who serves as a guest lecturer at Goizueta Business School,
has long been involved in Atlantas Jewish community and
hopes the Tam Institute can play a vital role by allowing Jewish
scholars and Christian theologians [to] more deeply understand
and respect each others religions, traditions, and cultures.
the endowment, says David Blumenthal, Cohen Professor of Judaic
Studies, Emory can leap to the forefront of Jewish scholarship
in the country.
gift, he says, will allow us to create an island
of excellence. M.J.L.
learn more, go to www.emory.edu/COLLEGE/JewishStudies