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August 30, 1999
Volume 52, No. 2



Cleland, Barnes, Chace tackle tough issues at smart growth forum

Convocation begins 'four-year adrenaline rush' for '2003'

First person: Gruber recalls a time when 'discussion' wasn't everything

John Boli brings global perspective to Senate presidency

Construction vs. trees: a difficult debate for Emory campus

Visit by Belgian prince kicks off exhibit at Carlos Museum

It's goodbye Black Rose, hello 'fools' for Theater Emory

Music season full of choices from September through next May

Technology source: The millennium bug: It's time for contingency planning

Registration opens for Hillel Sunday School

The Emory Hillel Sunday School is accepting new students for registration. The program is open to all children ages 5 through 12 of Jewish faculty and staff. Students will meet Sunday mornings on campus. For more information, call Cheri Mullen at 404-251-4322 or Amy Hirschel at 404-636-7091.


Carlos hosts 'Egyptian' tour of New York and Boston

Atlanta's not the only place where mummies rule. Join Ancient Art Curator Peter Lacovara of the Carlos Museum on a unique tour, visiting the collections of Egyptian art in New York and Boston from Dec. 1-5.

Travelers will go to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art to view its Egyptian and newly renovated classical galleries as well as the exhibition "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids." Participants will see what's considered as some of the finest examples of "Old Kingdom" sculpture in the world. "You'll also have the opportunity to survey the collection of ancient Egyptian art at the Brooklyn Art Museum, generally acknowledged as one of the finest in the world," said Museum Director Tony Hirschel.

Boston will be host to "Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhnaton, Nefertiti and Tutank-hamun," a major international exhibition on the art of the Amarna Age. The program also includes a tour of the Harvard University campus and its great museums, including The Semitic Museum dedicated to Near Eastern culture and art.

The trip costs $1,150 per person, double occupancy, with a minimum of 24 guests. The price includes airfare from Atlanta to New York and New York to Boston, a four-night hotel stay, four continental breakfasts, one lunch, museum entrance fees, lectures, an evening reception, transportation, taxes, tips and baggage handling. Single occupancy costs an extra $500. A deposit of $150 is required to reserve a space; the remaining $1,000 payment is due Oct. 15. All payments must be made by check or money order.

For more information or a brochure, call Gail Habif at 404-727-2251.


Seminar looks at 'unusual' people on both ends of spectrum

New French studies course focuses on aesthetics, analysis

Community Charities honors Emory doc for sickle cell work

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Lewis Hsu received the Health Advancement Award from Community Health Charities of Georgia at the organization's first annual recognition gala earlier this year.

Hsu led the Emory component of the national Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia, a federal study showing that monthly blood transfusions prevent stroke in children at the highest risk-usually about one in 12 with sickle cell disease. The study's early results were so positive that the National Institutes of Health halted it midstream in 1997, giving patients nationwide access to the new therapy.

Hsu helps care for more than 1,000 of the state's children and adults at the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady and Hughes Spalding hospitals. Patients from as far away as London, Cuba, Zambia and Saudi Arabia have come to the center--one of the best kept secrets in Atlanta, according to Hsu.

Health care delivery with high patient satisfaction and a positive bottom line has netted the center a bevy of regional and national awards. Its web site, regarded as one of the best Internet health information sites, is located at <www.cc.emory.edu/PEDS/SICKLE/>.


Emory researcher named Pew Scholar

John Altman, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named a 1999 Pew Scholar. He is one of 20 biomedical researchers nationwide to be so honored.

Each of the scientists, junior faculty at medical schools and research institutions, receives a total award of $200,000 over a four-year period. The awards are intended to encourage scholarly innovation in research and to help advance the recipient's knowledge in the biomedical sciences. The awards provide flexible support to the researchers as they establish their laboratories and continue research in areas ranging from AIDS to cancer to childhood infectious diseases and those of the elderly.

"These young scientists are the lifeblood of the research community," said Rebecca Rimel, president of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "After 15 years of funding the Scholar's Program, we continue to see great value in nurturing outstanding young scientists to become tomorrow's leading investigators at the forefront of their fields."

Altman was chosen for his research on rational approaches to vaccine development and analysis for HIV and selected by a 16-member national advisory committee chaired by Torsten Wiesel, president emeritus of Rockefeller University and 1981 Nobel laureate in medicine.