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March 2, 1998
Volume 50, No. 23



Emory posts 5th straight balanced budget; endowment, sponsored research grow quickly

Faculty town hall focuses on current and future research

Economics of health care system flawed, says Kuttner

Hurst pens history of medicine at Emory from 1834 through 1986

Emory, UAB collaborate on center for geriatric medicine

Eureka! Long-lost frieze found in Candler Library attic

Issues in Progress


17th Assembly set for March 19-21

The 17th Assembly takes place the weekend of March 19-21, and the entire Emory community is invited to join alumni delegates, faculty and administrators in discussing the future of performing arts on campus and honoring two alumni volunteers.

A reception dinner will kick things off Thursday, March 19, and President Bill Chace will present the inaugural Pollard Turman Alumni Service Awards to two dedicated Emory alumni. The event will also feature faculty and student musical performances.

Don Saliers from the theology school will deliver the weekend's keynote address at 8:30 a.m. on March 20 in the Performing Arts Studio. Saliers will discuss "The Love of Art in Everyday Life." Participants are invited that afternoon to a tour of the Carlos Museum and a panel discussion on the art of collecting, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday morning will feature presentations on interactive teaching, the campus master plan and a preview of the Performing Arts Center, which currently is being designed. A tailgate party will be held afterwards at the P.E. Center for the NCAA Division III Spring Break Invitational Track Meet.

For more information on the 17th Assembly, call Michele Maupai at 404-727-6405 or send e-mail to <mmaupai@emory.edu>.

Health Sciences opposes anti-cloning legislation

Health Sciences joined more than 50 organizations recently in co-signing a letter from the Association of American Medical Colleges to all U.S. senators.

At issue is a Senate bill, now stuck in committee, that would prohibit any use of somatic cell nuclear transfer technology-taking the nucleus containing DNA or genes from a mature cell and putting that nucleus into an egg cell from which the original nucleus has been removed. If implanted into a woman's womb, these eggs have the potential to grow into a baby with the same DNA as the cell from which it came-a human clone. But eggs grown under special laboratory conditions could become specific tissue such as muscle, nerve or skin.

The bill's goal is to prevent using the technology to clone a human being, a restriction for which there is widespread support throughout the scientific community. But the language of the bill focuses on the technology instead of its use, restricting any application of the technology.

David Blake, vice president for academic health affairs, said the whole issue of cloning is complex, and legislation may not be the best way to handle it.

"There is general agreement that we should not be cloning humans," Blake said. "But if we prevent research into cloning DNA, we are turning our backs on the possibility of cloning a burn victim's own skin or creating a new liver for someone dying of liver disease."


First Person:
Message to our mothers: Happy Women's History Month

South African journalist faces deportation upon his return


Walls: Understanding myths a matter of interpretation

Werner studies the aims of war and the cost of peace

Houston Mill House hosts yard sale

Houston Mill House will hold a yard sale Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Stop by the event at 849 Houston Mill Road and find housewares, furniture, jewelry, clothing, small appliances, restaurant equipment and other items. For more information call Amy Booker at 404-727-8311.

Resume workshop

As part of its effort to promote career development, Human Resources will hold a resume-writing workshop March 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will learn the purpose of a resume, resume "do's and don'ts," how to write good objective and summary statements and how to differentiate between the two types of resumes.

Participation is limited. To register for the workshop or for more information, contact Rhonda Martin at 404-727-7023.

Panel discussion on climate change and public health

Some of the nation's top academic and government experts in identifying potential health threats posed by the Earth's changing climate will meet for an informal panel discussion Tuesday, March 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rita Anne Rollins Room.

Members of the public, physicians, other health care providers and students are invited to attend the free event titled "Global Climate Change: Threats to Health, Opportunities for Action."

Moderating the discussion will be Richard Jackson, director of the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other participants will include Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School; Johnathan Patz, director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health; and John Balbus of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

For more information call the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School at 404-727-3697.

Emory Report breaks for spring break

Emory Report will not be published next week (March 9) in observance of Spring Break. The newspaper will resume weekly publication on March 16. Issues and deadlines for the remainder of spring semester are:

Issue date/Deadline

March 16/March 6

March 23 /March 13

March 30 /March 20

April 6/March 27

April 13/April 3

April 20/April 10

April 27/April 17

May 4/April 24

May 18*/May 12

*Commencement issue