Booby-trapped Yerkes letters turned over to FBI
Yerkes has turned over letters it received two weeks ago containing razor blades to the FBI for investigation.
Emory police intercepted the letters after being warned by other primate research centers that had received similar letters. An animal-rights group calling itself the "Justice Department" has claimed responsibility for sending 80-plus booby-trapped letters around the country. The letters bore Las Vegas postmarks.
"The University condemns this violent behavior as reprehensible and cowardly acts of terrorism, designed to hurt innocent people to garner media attention for an extremist cause," said a Yerkes statement.
Women's Center seeking Unsung Heroines nominees
The Emory Women's Center is currently seeking nominations for its third annual Unsung Heroine Awards. The awards honor an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a faculty member, a staff member and an administrator who have "demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at Emory or in the larger community but whose efforts heretofore have not received accolades or formal recognition."
Awards will be presented at a dinner on Feb. 15. Please send letters of nomination by Nov. 19 to Emory Women's Center Unsung Heroines, Box GG. Previous nominees (but not previous winners) are eligible to be nominated again.
Nomination letters should include the name and daytime phone number of the nominee and the person nominating her, a thorough description stating why the candidate should be an Unsung Heroine and her category.
SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH
Emory gets grant for electric buses
Emory has received a federal grant of nearly $1 million to purchase five electric shuttles that will run between the main campus and the new University Apartments parking deck.
The grant totals $960,000, 20 percent of which will be matched by the University for a total of nearly $1.2 million. It was obtained from a $3.5 million federal allocation slated for alternative fuel buses for the Chattanooga (Tenn.), Buckhead and Emory communities.
Erick Gaither, senior associate vice president for business management and head of the University's alternative transportation program, said the addition of the 22-seat electric vehicles to the Emory fleet is a major step in alleviating traffic congestion and improving air quality along the Clifton Corridor.
The shuttle road will be open only to alternative fuel vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The new shuttles are scheduled to be delivered to campus in summer 2000. The UA parking deck will include quick-charging stations for the shuttles and 50 individual chargers for anyone driving electric vehicles to campus.
Jin named National Book Award finalist
Xuefei Jin, assistant professor in creative writing who publishes under the name Ha Jin, is one of five finalists for the National Book Award for his new novel Waiting.
Published by Pantheon Books, Waiting is "a deceptively simple tale, written with extraordinary precision and grace," according to Kirkus Reviews, about a married army doctor who falls in love with a nurse during the Chinese cultural revolution.
Jin, an exile from China and a former soldier in the People's Liberation Army, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Under the Red Flag: Stories and a Pen/Hemingway Award for the collection Ocean of Words. The winner of the National Book Award will be announced at a ceremony held Nov. 17 at the Mariott Marquis in New York.