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Feb. 7 is deadline for Awards of Distinction nominees
Emory faculty and staff are invited to nominate employees for the Award of Distinction, which recognizes outstanding service and contributions to the Emory community by Emory staff members.

All general staff and presidentially approved principals employed for at least one year are eligible to be nominated. Hospital employees have an internal recognition program and are not eligible for the Award of Distinction.

Nominations should reflect consistent excellence in the performance of job duties and responsibilities and should cite examples of how the employee has demonstrated: Nominations may be made by faculty or staff. Employees may not nominate themselves, nor can previous recipients or retirees be nominated. All nominations must be typed, and no more than 500 words and endorsed by the head of the department, school or division in which the nominated employee works.

The department head should then submit a written recommendation to the selection committee on each person nominated from the department. No more than five nominees may be submitted from any single department, school or division.

Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 7, and should be sent to P.O. Box 23705, Campus Mail.

Evening at Emory offers Mini-Medical School 102
No matter what their science or medicine background, Emory employees can learn how physicians take histories, use diagnostic tests and solve the mysteries of differential diagnosis.

Following on the heels of last fall's successful third Emory MiniMedical School program will be "MiniMedical School 102": Diagnostic Skills and Clinical Workups. Ten Emory physicians will explain how doctors diagnose and determine the extent of disease and the effect of treatments-and what health care consumers can do to collect and provide information to help this process along.

The four-part course, directed by cardiologist Randy Martin, will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 4-25, from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $50 (20 percent discount to MiniMedical School graduates and Emory employees). To register, call Evening at Emory at 727-6000.

Special cloth donated for Carter Center program
The DuPont Company and Precision Fabrics Group have agreed to donate 300,000 square yards of nylon filter cloth for Guinea worm eradication to The Carter Center's Global 2000 Program. The nylon cloth allows people to filter from their drinking water the fleas that cause Guinea worm.

DuPont and Precision Fabrics already have contributed more than 2 million square yards of the fabric since 1990. "We are deeply grateful for their generosity," said former President Jimmy Carter. "Guinea worm cases already have been reduced by 97 percent worldwide, and these extraordinary contributions should enable us to eradicate this debilitating disease."

People are infected with Guinea worm disease when they drink stagnant water contaminated with tiny water fleas carrying the worm's larvae. The disease can be prevented, but there is no cure.

The commitment by DuPont is especially noteworthy since the company, which developed the unique monofilament nylon at President Carter's request in 1990, no longer owns the unit that produces the fiber. DuPont is now purchasing the cloth in order to continue the donation.

"The filter cloth is key," said Donald Hopkins, director of Global 2000's eradication program. "Along with health education, it's the fastest and least expensive way to prevent transmission of the disease."

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