Emory Report
September 21, 2009
Volume 62, Number 4


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September 21, 2009
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Training grants for staff, faculty of color available
Professional staff and junior tenure track faculty of color can apply for a limited number of grants of up to $500 each.  The annual grants are available from the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity through its Professional Development Fund.

The grants are to be used to reimburse expenses for professional conferences or training. The conference or seminar must take place between Sept. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2010. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 16.  Priority consideration will be given to those who previously have not received an award. Length of employment at Emory will be considered.

Applications can be found here.

For more information, contact Andrea Neal or Lisa Smith.

Take a tour of Grady’s history, connections
A tour of a history exhibit at Grady Memorial Hospital explores the connection between Emory and Grady and more.

The free tour for Emory participants is Wednesday, Sept. 30 and takes 90 minutes, including the shuttle ride. Shuttles depart from the Woodruff Memorial Research building at: 10: 40 a.m.; 11:40 a.m.; 12: 10 p.m.; 1:10 p.m.; and 1:40 p.m.

Grady’s lobby will feature numerous photographs and objects that illustrate the history of the hospital and its place in the community. The tour is funded and supported by a Transforming Community Project mini-grant and the School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty and Staff Development.

Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Susan Raven at 404-727-7395.

Apply for funds for arts and science projects
Emory faculty, staff and students are encouraged to apply for Center for Creativity & Arts Project Grants, which are arts-related projects and cultural activities that fall outside of the regular academic responsibility of Emory College individuals and departments.

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects, projects focusing on arts and science in the classroom and projects on the topic of censorship will receive priority. These types of projects may build upon collaborative interests between departments, units, faculty or students.

The deadline for grant applications is Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m.

Composting program expands in sites and scope

Emory launched a composting pilot program this summer at Dobbs University Center dining facility, with the goal of reducing food waste. The program was so successful the University has extended it to include additional facilities on campus with dining choices and is looking at animal bedding composting.

Composting turns food waste and animal bedding into a rich soil for growing crops, creating a “closed loop” for Emory’s food systems. Through Emory’s composting program, approximately 200 tons of animal bedding waste can be diverted from landfills, saving the University disposal fees.

Composting has been expanded to housing along Eagle Row and locations at Wesley Woods, including the hospital.

In other sustainability news:
Emory Recycles received the “Spirit of Green Award for an Outstanding Institutional Program” at the Georgia Recycling Coalition annual conference in August.

Also, on Saturday, Sept. 26 (9 a.m.-noon; Briarcliff campus) turn in your old electronics such as outdated computer equipment, cell phones and stereos at Emory's E-Waste Recycling Day.

CASE honors Blue Pig class gift campaign
College students are known to be strapped for cash, but through the Emory Annual Fund’s Blue Pig campaign Emory students are showing how a little change can make a world of difference.

The class gift campaign mascot, a piggy bank named “Blue”, earned the Emory Annual Fund a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Gold Award for excellence in fundraising.

Student giving has increased since Blue’s debut in 2007. Last academic year, undergraduates contributed more than $18,000 to the Class Gift campaigns, which helps to support programs like the Class Gift Book Award.