more waiting for Jin
writing professor and author Xuefei Jin couldnt have been
further off target when he told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution
he thought Kent Harufs Plainsong would win the 1999 National Book
Award for fiction. In fact, it was Jins novel Waiting, a lyrical
love story set during Chinas Cultural Revolution, that claimed
was lucky, so lucky, says Jin, who, during the ensuing media storm,
has fielded interviews with the Associated Press, countless newspapers
and magazines, and Chinese radio and television programs.I feel
humbled by it all." Kirkus Reviews describes Jins novel as
"a deceptively simple tale, written with extraordinary precision
of work that went into Leroy Davis book A Clashing of
the Soul, a biography of John Hope, has been rewarded with a 1999
Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council. Davis,
associate professor of history and African American studies, has chronicled
the achievements of Hope, president of Morehouse College and Atlanta
University and a contemporary of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois.
D. Altman, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, is
among twenty young scholars nationwide selected as 1999 Pew Scholars
in the Biomedical Sciences. The $200,000 award from the Pew Charitable
Trusts in Philadelphia will support Altmans research over a four-year
period. By studying immune memory and T-cell response to disease, particularly
to HIV, Altman hopes to develop and evaluate effective vaccines.
new beginning on the Quad
a 1985 sculpture by Isamu Noguchi,
has been sited on the grounds of Emorys Quadrangle as
part of the Michael C. Carlos Museums outdoor sculpture
program. The installation, a random placement of five andesite
granite stones, is meant to evoke a Japanese rock garden, according
to the artist. The sculpture is on loan from the Isamu Noguchi
Foundation in New York City.
gifts of the Greeks
C. and Thalia Carlos
have pledged $10 million to build the ancient Greek art collection
of the Michael C. Carlos Museum. This extraordinary gift,
said Carlos Director Anthony Hirschel, . . . will allow
the museum to acquire superb works of art of the very highest
quality, works that would never have come to Atlanta otherwise.
The first group of masterworks acquired with the pledgeincluding
a Roman marble sarcophagus, painted Athenian vases, two marble
statues, and a bronze statuette of a man resembling Alexander
the Greatwent on view in January.
age forty, Senior Lecturer of Physical Education Scott
Murphy is still in his prime, as he recently
demonstrated by competing in the Hawaii Ironman, a grueling triathlon
in which participants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run
26.2 miles. Murphy competed as a challenge to my body and
mind and in tribute to Jon
who is recuperating from an automobile accident that rendered
him temporarily paralyzed. Murphy coached Myers on the Emory cross
country team for three years, and the two became good friends.
In Hawaii, Murphy completed the swim portion in first place in
the mens masters division. He finished the triathlon with
a time of eleven hours, eight minutes, and fifty-five secondsor
eighty-eighth place among the one hundred seventy masters competitors
and 776th overall among fifteen hundred competitors. When
I was struggling, I thought about Jon, says Murphy. He
does not have a choice in his current condition. But I did.