Emory Report
April 14, 2008
Volume 60, Number 27


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April 14, 2008
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Emory, Mexico center sign pact
University President Jim Wagner signed a letter of collaboration with former Mexican President Vicente Fox, now director and president of Centro Fox, in Leon, Mexico, early this month.

The recently-formed center will promote democracy, freedom and leadership.
Three areas of initial collaboration were identified: to jointly organize a workshop to develop research questions around migration; to develop a global health site in Guanajuato; and to facilitate student-faculty academic exchanges.

Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, director of Emory’s Institute for Developing Nations, and Carlos del Rio, professor in the School of Medicine’s infectious diseases division and vice-chair of Grady affairs at Emory, accompanied Wagner.

Fox visited Emory in November, where met with the Student Government Association and others on campus, and officials at The Carter Center whose programs he sought to use as models.

Seminar on race invites applications
Emory faculty can participate in a seminar May 14-22 to create new courses, adapt current ones or encourage students to pursue independent research on the University’s strategic plan theme of “Understanding Race and Difference.”

The Transforming Community Project’s event will meet each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The goal is to put Emory’s racial history and current experiences in context within and across the schools of the University.

The TCP is encouraging courses and research projects on contemporary topics as well as creative projects about race at Emory and Emory’s experience with it.

Application deadline is April 18. For more information, see

Contest tackles health care system
Essays on why and how the health system needs to change can garner Emory graduate and undergraduate students a monetary reward and high-profile attention.

The Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring the contest as part of a seminar series on health system transformation.

Original 1,000-word, single-author essays, which should also outline concrete suggestions for achieving change, must be submitted by April 21.

First prize is $1,000; second is $500.

Submit to Student Essay Contest, Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions, 1599 Clifton Rd., Room 6.240, Atlanta, GA 30322.