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May 15, 2000
Volume 52, No. 33



Emory hosts 'sprawling'forum for lawmakers

Staff Fest 2000 promises fun for all

Johns details WHSC moves

Satcher, Carter to focus on mental health

U.S., Europe reps to discuss "green" papermaking process

Software detects cancer recurrence

International Affairs

President's Commission on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Concerns

ER begins summer schedule

This issue marks the end of Emory Report's weekly publication schedule for academic year 1999-2000. The next issue will be the Commencement issue, to be published May 30. ER will publish biweekly for the remainder of the summer, with eight-page issues on June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7. Deadlines for calendar items are 10 days prior to the publication date. For more information, please call 404-727-0645.

Playing hard to get

For the first time, Emory has made it into the "most competitive" schools category of Barron's, publishers of college guides. This rating is based on the selectivity of admission for Emory College and will appear in the University's profile in the next issue of Barron's "Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges." The guide will be published later this year and will profile approximately 55 colleges and universities.


The headline of the front-page article in the May 8 issue describing budget plans for the coming year should have read, "Budgets used to focus on priorities." As the text of the story indicates, budget managers are being asked to identify efficiencies or recommend the elimination of ineffective programs or services in order to invest these resources in higher-priority initiatives-not to recommend across-the-board cuts, as the incorrect headline implies. Emory Report wishes to apologize for the error.

Emory ranks high for black faculty

Emory has the second highest percentage of full-time and tenured black faculty among the nation's highest-ranked colleges and universities, according to a new study by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Winter 1999/2000). Only Columbia University had a higher percentage of full-time black faculty-7.2 percent to Emory's 7.1-and only Georgetown had a higher percentage of tenured black faculty-4.8 percent to Emory's 3.9. The report is based on a 1999 survey of 27 of the highest-ranked institutions.


Floyd Watkins, retired professor of English who specialized in Southern literature, died May 7 of a stroke. He was 80. Dr. Watkins, who received his master's in English from Emory in 1947, joined the University faculty in 1949 and was promoted to full professor in 1961. He was named the Candler Professor of American Literature in 1980, adding emeritus to the title in 1988. During his career, he analyzed, chronicled and distilled Southern life and art and people the literary landscape that he portrayed with such touchstones of Southern letters as William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty. He wrote some 13 books and 80 articles and reviews. He also was the co-author of The Practical English Handbook, one of the most successful of all college texts, first published in 1961 and currently in its 10th edition. Dr. Watkins won numerous teaching awards including the University Scholar/Teacher Award (1984), Thomas Jefferson Award (1968) and the Emory Williams Award (1979). He provided scholarship support to Emory students over four decades through the Floyd Watkins Scholarship Fund, an endowment built from royalties and personal contributions. This past year the scholarship was expanded to fund a rising sophomore from the Oxford campus. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Watkins Scholarship Fund, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 30332 Dr. Watkins is survived by his wife, son, two daughters and brother.

Free cancer screenings

Emory HealthCare will sponsor free skin cancer screening on May 16 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. For more information, call 404-778-7777 or e-mail patricia_joseph@emory.edu.