September 9, 2010

Newsmakers: Faculty weigh in on same-sex marriage, diets, faith and more

Below are some of the highlights of national media coverage University-wide faculty have recently received.

• Katrina, Revisited: Emory English professor Natasha Trethewey received widespread national attention for her new memoir “Beyond Katrina,” including interviews with NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

•  “If you were unwrapping an Egyptian mummy and suddenly it had Ray-Ban sunglasses on it, that’s what it was like with us,” anthropologist George Armelagos told of new evidence showing that Nubians were producing and consuming tetracycline, most likely, in their beer. The published research, noted in eScienceCommons, also was covered by Scientific American, Discovery News, and numerous other outlets.  

• The skinny on the “anything you want” diet: “It’s no different from what we as dietitians and nutrition experts have been saying for years and years. It’s healthy eating,” said Julie Schwartz, Emory School of Medicine nutritionist in a CNN interview. “All kinds of foods are allowed if they’re natural and not processed.”

• Learning while serving: The AJC noted how nursing faculty and students travel to Moultrie, Ga., every summer as part of the Farm Worker Family Health Program. “Rural America is underserved, and it’s a huge ethical problem,” said Judith Wold, director of the program. 

• "If the United States Supreme Court were to uphold this decision, it would mean Georgia would have to uphold same-sex marriages," said Emory law professor Robert Shapiro in an interview with WABE-FM in Atlanta about the legal ramifications of a California judge's decision to overturn Proposition 8 and the banning of same-sex marriage. He also appeared live on MSNBC to discuss the case.

• "Students should use this time to exercise their mind. Students discover what they love by taking courses in subjects they don't know much about,” said Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, in an AJC article about advice for college students.

• "We think that they want cake, but they actually want steak and potatoes, and we keep giving them cake," Elizabeth Corrie said to about the state of Christianity and faith among teenagers.  Corrie is director of the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology.

• Business professor Jeffrey Rosensweig was interviewed on CNN’s “Newsroom” about Americans losing value in their homes, losing their jobs and losing wealth in the stock market.

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