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January 26, 1998
Volume 50, No. 18



Thomas Robertson named Goizueta School dean

Emory and Wesley Woods discuss expanded relationship

Emory to host UN official for human rights conference

New Cell Biology chair adds faculty, model systems

Construction set to begin on new $57 million CDC lab

Emory's handball team makes No. 1 first time out

AIDS czar Thurman delivers annual David Jowers lecture

Representatives appointed to newly expanded IAC

Issues in Progress

Did You Know?

Pitts Theology Library is the second-largest theological library in North America.

The Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta was deeded to the University in 1940 by Dr. Luther C. Fischer (co-founder with Dr. E. C. Davis). The transfer of its management, however, did not take place until Fischer's death, in 1953.

Fall 1997 marks the 15th anniversary of The Carter Center. President Carter was named University Distinguished Professor in the spring of 1982 and assumed the position the following fall.

The name 'Emory' pays tribute to a popular young Methodist bishop of Maryland-John Emory-who lost his life in a carriage accident shortly before the college was founded. Bishop Emory defined education broadly, as embracing the scope of the character, condition, and interests of man, physical, mental, moral, and religious, for time and eternity."

Sources: Candler School of Theology 1966-1997 Handbook; Emory College, 1994-1997 Handbook.

This column is compiled by the Employee Council to help increase awareness of Emory's history.

Alzheimer's Disease Center taking applications

Emory's Alzheimer's Disease Center is soliciting applications for one-year pilot projects to be funded from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999.

These projects will allow investigators to develop preliminary data to provide the basis for subsequent independent research. Each approved project will receive a non-renewable award of up to $20,000, and the center encourages applications from junior investigators as well as more established researchers. Basic and clinical scientific proposals related to Alzheimer's disease in any discipline will be considered.

Interested investigators should submit the following using NIH format:

  • description of work proposed;
  • detailed budget and justification, direct costs not to exceed $20,000;
  • biographical sketch of project leader and all investigators;
  • other support for project leader and all investigators.
  • description of resources and environment;
  • research plan, limited to two pages.

Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 27 to the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Center: Pilot Grant Application, at P.O. Drawer AJ. For more information, call Linda McGuire at 404-728-6950 (fax 404-778-7771) or send e-mail to <lmcguir@emory.edu>.


Emory Report incorrectly referred to honorary degree recipient Bruce Alberts as Bruce Roberts in last week's issue. We regret the error.


First Person:
Common ground not likely for abortion adversaries

Emory's first fire safety director Smith knows her moves


Journal illustrates medieval religious melting pot

Researchers work toward tolerance of transplant organs

IA establishes tax fund

The Office of International Affairs has established a $25,000 tax fund to help defray the costs of short-term stays for international faculty and visitors.

Federal tax must be paid on all honoraria as well as living and travel expenses for visitors from other countries. To apply for a grant from the tax fund, applicants must submit the following:

  • name, home country and specialty of visitor;
  • names of the sponsoring University entity, faculty member and staff contact (including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers);
  • complete information on the visitor's activities while on campus (including dates and times of appearances and presentations);
  • total amount paid to or on behalf of the visitor, with expenses itemized.

Applicants should submit grant information to the Office of International Affiars, Box 52/Administration Building, by March 16. For more information, call 404-727-7504 or send e-mail to <oia@emory.edu>.

Ground broken for new vaccine center

Yerkes broke ground on its new Vaccine Research Center Dec. 30, beginning construction on what promises to be one of the country's leading centers for the study of AIDS and other infectious diseases.

Yerkes staff, health sciences administrators and contractors attended the groundbreaking, made adjacent to Yerkes' on-campus facility. The new three-story building should be completed in 18 months and will bring together leading scientists in viral disease and immunity. Rafi Ahmed will be the center's director, and Harriet Robinson will head the Yerkes division of micobiology and immunology.

Other new researchers will soon join Ahmed and Robinson. Harold McClure and Frank Novembre are two Yerkes researchers also doing work in AIDS.

Wallace unmasks 'origins of women' in Jan. 27 speech

Ever since his discovery in the late 1980s that diseases could be inherited through the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Doug Wallace has devoted his career to uncovering a series of stunning surprises about mitochondrial genetics that have changed the way scientists view disease and have provided fascinating insights into the very origins of humanity.

Wallace, who is Woodruff Professor of Molecular Genetics and director of the Center for Molecular Medicine at the School of Medicine, will discuss "The Origins of Women: The Mitochondrial Perspective" as part of the Great Teachers Lecture Series on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. The lecture is free.

Since receiving his PhD from Yale University in 1975, Wallace has demonstrated that not only is mtDNA, or the "other" DNA in the body, the basis for a growing list of inherited diseases, it also can be used to trace the origins of human beings. "Perhaps more than any other system, the mtDNA has shown us that our past and our present are one," said Wallace.

IA office announces new fund guidelines

The Office of International Affairs announced its guidelines for the $250,000 Internationalization Fund for the 1998-99 academic year.

The new guidelines are similar to the 1997-98 regulations, but some changes were made to allow for special funding of graduate and undergraduate student projects. The fund granted $50,000 to the graduate school for support of dissertation-related research; a committee appointed by Dean Donald Stein will award the grants, and proposals should be submitted directly to this committee.

The fund also granted $15,000, matched by Emory College, to the Center for International Programs Abroad to facilitate undergraduate study abroad for students in need of financial support. CIPA will make awards from this fund in cooperation with the Financial Aid Office, and proposals should be made directly to CIPA.

Proposals for the remaining $185,000 should be sbumitted to the University Fund for Internationalization, Box 52/Administration Building, no later than Feb. 27. Full details of submission guidelines are available on the OIA web site at <www.emory.edu/OIA/oia_ news.html>. For more information, call 404-727-7504 or send e-mail to <oia@emory.edu>.