June 7, 2004

Exhibit teams Emory with Fernbank


By Michael Terrazas

Emory is the major sponsoring partner of a new exhibition, “The Genomic Revolution,” opening at the Fernbank Museum of National History on Saturday, June 12, and running through Jan. 2, 2005.

According to the museum, “The Genomic Revolution” is the most comprehensive show ever presented on the subject, featuring a range of exhibits such as hands-on models, interactive stations, videos, films and visitor polling stations. Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, will speak at an invitation-only opening on June 10, along with Fernbank CEO Susan Neugent.

Throughout the exhibition’s run, Emory professors and researchers will deliver lectures on genomics at Fernbank and coordinate with the museum on a range of related programming, incorporating such University entities as the Center for Ethics, the Program in Science and Society, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) and others.

Kelly Powell, CBN senior associate director for programs, said her center will train Emory undergraduates to be docents for the exhibition, and those students also will conduct a research project to assess the show’s impact on museum visitors.

“We’re working with students from Emory, Georgia Tech and Spelman College, and they’ll be interpreting within the exhibit,” said Brandi Berry, director of public relations and promotions at Fernbank. “They’ll also be doing demonstrations at our learning lab.”

University faculty, staff and students are entitled to special Emory discounts during the show’s run, including $2 off museum admission and $4 off combination museum/IMAX theater admission.

“We have entered a new era of scientific research, and we hope this exhibition will give visitors a better understanding about these discoveries,” said Anita Kern, dean of science at Fernbank. “This exhibition not only presents the latest discoveries, it allows visitors to examine their own reactions and form opinions about what the implications may be on our lives and the health of our planet.”

Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road, just north of Ponce de Leon Ave., and is open Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 404-929-6300 or visit www.fernbank.edu/museum.