Emory Report
November 5, 2007
Volume 60, Number 10

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November 5, 2007

Around Campus

Renowned researcher to present McCormick Lecture
Hector DeLuca, widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on vitamin D structure and function, will deliver the 2007 annual Donald B. McCormick Lecture. The lecture will take place Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the School of Medicine Education Building, Room 130, followed by a reception.

In his talk, titled “The Functions and Mechanisms of Vitamin D,” DeLuca will describe the molecular and physiologic basis for the vitamin D endocrine system and its application in understanding, preventing and treating human disease.

As the Steenbock Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, DeLuca, along with his colleagues, has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of vitamin D research.

Religious, civil rights leader to speak at Candler
Theologian, pastor and civil rights leader Rev. Otis Moss Jr. will be speaker for the annual Fall Worship Service Thursday, Nov. 8 hosted by the Program of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology. The service will be held at 11 a.m. in Cannon Chapel, followed by a reception.

Recognized as one of the country’s most influential religious leaders, Moss has pastored several churches, including serving as co-pastor with the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Moss has been involved nationally and internationally in advocating for civil and human rights issues. He has served alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change.
For more information, call 404-727-4180.

Culinary revolution leader Alice Waters to lecture

Alice Waters, a leading voice in the revolution in American cuisine toward fresh, local food, will present a lecture, “Knowing Our Food: Science, Policy and Student Health,” Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Global Communications Center Auditorium, Centers for Disease Control, 1600 Clifton Rd., Building 19.

Waters is the executive chef and owner of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif.

The author of nine books, including most recently “The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution,” Waters is the founder of the Edible Schoolyard program and the Chez Panisse Foundation. Sponsored by Emory’s Sustainable Food Initiative, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Georgia Organics, a booksigning will follow Waters’ lecture.

Register online by Nov. 7 at www.georgiaorganics.org or contact Erica Weaver at 404-727-9916. Tickets are not required, but attendees must have a valid driver’s license or photo ID for entry.

Film on meth epidemic to be screened at Emory
The Emory Office of LGBT Life and the Atlanta METH Task Force present “Rock Bottom: Gay Men and Meth,” Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in 208 White Hall.

Directed by Jay Corcoran, this documentary explores the struggles surrounding the crystal meth epidemic affecting gay New Yorkers over a two-year period. It is the first time this film will be presented on a college campus, and Corcoran and members from the Atlanta METH Task Force will be participating in a panel discussion following the showing.

The event is free and open to the public, and is part of Unity Month.

Peterson to join Emory Crawford Long Hospital
Dane Peterson, a health care executive from Hospital Corporation of America and Tenet Healthcare Corporation, has been named chief operating officer for Emory Crawford Long Hospital, effective Dec. 12.
Peterson comes to Emory Healthcare from Medical City Dallas Hospital, a 677- bed facility.

“Dane has significant accomplishments in master plan construction and renovation, core measures improvement, employee engagement and cultural transformation support,” said John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “His experience in health care administration and operations, and industrial engineering are well-suited to the building momentum underway at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.”

Peterson succeeds Albert Blackwelder, who served as COO at Crawford Long Hospital since 1994. In May, Blackwelder was named COO for Emory Healthcare’s Wesley Woods Center.