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SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH
Annual benefits election period set
Emory's annual Benefits Election Period is scheduled for Oct. 20 to Nov. 14. During this time, employees can opt for a flexible spending account for 1998, begin or drop health coverage for dependents, change health or dental plans, sign up for additional life insurance, or choose to pay for health, dental and short-term disability on a before- or after-tax basis.
The BeneFlex plan offers eligible employees the opportunity to save money on costs associated with dependent care, out-of-pocket health care expenses and other benefits through a health care reimbursement account or a dependent-care assistance account.
An advantage of this plan is the ability to reduce taxable income by paying for health and dependent care expenses with before-tax dollars; employees can designate an amount to be deducted from their paycheck and deposited into the BeneFlex account before any taxes are withheld.
Employees currently enrolled in a flexible spending account should note that they must re-elect an account for 1998 if they wish to stay enrolled. Current accounts will automatically end Dec. 31.
Interdisciplinary faculty seminar to be offered next spring
Following last year's successful interdisciplinary exchange, "Questions of Evidence," Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and Religion James Gustafson and English Professor Walter Reed will lead another faculty seminar in the spring of 1998. The topic is "Metaphors and Models." This year's seminar will meet from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the semester; it will continue as a scaled-down version of the Luce Seminar run for eight years by Gustafson.
Participants will read and discuss a collection of essays on the topic of metaphors and models drawn from a variety of disciplines. The collection will be compiled with input from the seminar members.
Applications for this year's seminar are invited from all Emory's faculty, including former participants in the Luce Seminar. Enrollment will be limited to 13 people, selected in order to promote diversity among fields. Participants will receive a stipend of $500 for research expenses related to the seminar.
Applications should be sent to Gustafson at the Department of Religion, Callaway Center, by Dec. 5. They may include the suggestion of a relevant essay. Selections will be announced by Dec. 16.