November 15, 2010

Newsmakers: The Dalai Lama, midterm elections and butterflies

Eyes on Emory: The visit in mid-October by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and a series of events on interfaith views on happiness, compassion meditation, creativity and spirituality and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative attracted worldwide attention. More than 40 outlets provided coverage, including CNN, USA Today, NPR, Associated Press, Voice of America, WABE and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that has reached millions around the world.

Voice heard in the national conversation: Emory political scientists and national election experts Alan Abramowitz, Merle Black and Andra Gillespie weighed in on several aspects on the midterm elections on a near-daily basis in numerous national, local and regional outlets, including NPR, Fox News, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WABE, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and several more.

Chilean miner rescue: "For a small percentage, this is a genuinely life-changing experience…For most people, it wanes and they settle back into their old way of life,” explained theology professor Tom Long to CNN’s “Belief” blog about the faith experience of the Chilean miners rescued last month. Emory physician Kimberly Manning also provided her expertise on the health of the miners on CNN.

Top fossil discoveries: Emory paleontologist Anthony Martin’s find on prehistoric wasp cocoons, as cited by eScienceCommons, was among this year’s “best fossil finds” by Wired Science.

Put the pencils away: FOX News highlighted chemistry senior lecturer Tracy Morkin in a piece on teaching technologies and her use of “clickers” in the classroom.  Preetha Ram, associate dean for pre-health and science, also was interviewed about the global virtual study hall called “OpenStudy” she has helped develop in partnership with Georgia Tech.  

Obama award winner: The Associated Press, Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighted Emory student and NBB major Rosy Gomez as one of three Georgia students to receive a scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, one of 10 organizations picked to split President Obama's $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award.

Heal thyself: Biologist Jaap de Roode’s research on the self-medicating habits of monarch butterflies attracted notice with coverage by MSNBC, CBC, Scientific American, Voice of America, LiveScience and numerous other outlets. De Roode and colleagues founds that monarchs that consume a certain type of milkweed plant can reduce the chance and severity of infection among their larvae.

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