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April 29, 2002



Statement regarding investigation of Michael Bellesiles
On Feb. 7, Emory University announced that its history department and Michael Bellesiles had jointly initiated a formal process to address allegations of misconduct in research concerning Professor Bellesiles’ book, Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. That internal inquiry is now complete, and based on it, Robert Paul, interim dean of Emory College, concluded that further investigation would be warranted by an independent committee of distinguished scholars from outside Emory University. That investigative committee’s work is now under way and should be concluded no later than summer’s end. During the course of the investigation, the committee’s work will remain confidential. Professor Bellesiles has concurred that the outcome of the investigation may be made public.


Emory receives ‘green giving’ award
Earth Share of Georgia, one of five new agencies added last year to EmoryGives, the University’s workplace giving program, selected Emory’s as its “Campaign of the Year.”

Presented at a ceremony held April 19 in Piedmont Park’s Magnolia Hall, the award is bestowed “to a business and its employees that significantly contribute to the environmental community through its workplace giving program.”

EmoryGives raised a record $447,000 last year, with more than $49,000 going to Earth Share. The organization directs funds to 64 environmental agencies, 23 in Georgia and 41 more nationwide. At the April 19 event, Earth Share also honored Michelle Smith, director of corporate relations and EmoryGives organizer.