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April 25, 2016
This issue of our newsletter is sent to members and friends of the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC). I hope the newsletter will help keep you informed about our activities and help you feel connected with our members throughout the U.S.  On the left are links to our website and links to contact either me or the EUEC office. 

With best wishes,

Gray F. Crouse
Director, EUEC
In this Issue:
DirectorMessage from the Director

After our hectic March, April has been much less busy, but was punctuated by one of our major programs for the year--The Sheth Distinguished Lecture on Creativity in Later Life.  Thanks to the generosity of Jag and Madhu Sheth, and to the Emory Alumni Association who provide us with the beautiful space in the Miller-Ward Alumni House, we are able to host an outstanding speaker and provide a lunch for all who attend.  We were very fortunate to have Dean James Curran as our speaker; you can read Linda Hubert's report below and also find a link that will allow you to view his talk if you were not able to attend.


One of our EUEC Distinguished Faculty Awards presented in March went to Eugene Gangarosa; next week our Lunch Colloquium will be presented by Christine L. Moe who is the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Rollins School of Public Health.


There are many other items of interest in this newsletter.  We note especially the passing of one of our founding members, Gene Winograd, and welcome new members

I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.  
LCMay2TopLunch Colloquium May 2

The Water and Sanitation Crisis in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries: Status, Consequences and Challenges
The Luce Center  11:30-1:00
Room 130

Christine L. Moe, PhD 
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation; Director, Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health

ShethTopSheth Distinguished Lecture

The 2016 Sheth Distinguished Lecture was given by Dean James Curran on April 13.


A training session for a second group of EUEC Retirement Mentors was held on April 13, just after the Sheth Lecture.

SenFacTopUniversity Senate and Faculty Council

EUEC Representative Holly York reports on the last meetings of the University Senate and Faculty Council for the year.

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EUEC Founding Member Gene Winograd recently passed away.  You can read his obituary below.

FacAcTopFaculty Activities

Click here to read about two of our faculty, Steve Nowicki and Perry Sprawls, and also to read about some other Emory faculty

AROHE is the only national association for higher-education retirement organizations like EUEC.  AROHE includes both faculty/staff retiree organizations and those organizations that consist primarily of faculty such as EUEC.  EUEC has a long history with AROHE and John Bugge is currently a board member.  You can find out much more about AROHE by going to their website:

AROHE has a biennial annual conference.  The conference in 2014 was at the University of Minnesota and was attended by Gray Crouse, John Bugge, and Gretchen Schulz.  You can read a report of that conference in Issue 3 of volume 1 of the newsletter.  The conference this year will be August 14-16 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The topic will be Transforming Retirement:  Re-writing Life's Next Chapter.  The brochure for the conference is available by clicking here.  At this point, we know that Gray Crouse and John Bugge will be attending and that Gretchen Schulz may be able to attend again as well.  Other EUEC members would be welcome to attend!

There is a particular reason we would like to have additional EUEC members attend this conference.  There have been discussions in the EUEC Executive Committee about the possibility of EUEC proposing to host the next conference, which would be in 2018.   Thanks to all of you and to the many ways you contribute, EUEC is a vital organization and has a lot to contribute to a conversation about retirement organizations; in addition, Atlanta and Emory would be a great location for the next conference.  There is no doubt, however, that it would be a considerable effort on our part to host the conference and having more of our members who would know what an AROHE conference is like would be very valuable.  Seattle is also a nice location if you would like to extend your visit.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Gray Crouse.
EUEC Retirement Seminar May 4

Our Transitions to Retirement Committee offers seminars designed for faculty not yet retired.  The next of these will be Wednesday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in White Hall 206.  The topic is Estate Planning and the seminar will be led by Jeff Pennell, who is the Richard H. Clark Professor of Law at Emory.  Jeff teaches estate and gift tax, wills and trusts, income tax, estate planning, and legal ethics. In this seminar, designed for Emory faculty, he will discuss wills, trusts, and estate planning.  He has given versions of this seminar before, and his seminars have been very informative and well-received.

 If you would like to attend, we ask that you register by clicking here.

DiversityDiversity and Inclusion at Emory

As reported in Issue 6 of the newsletter, the administration provided an initial response to student demands about the issues of diversity and inclusion at Emory.  Since that time,
there have been working groups considering the issues brought up in the demands.  On April 21, there was a very positive article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about those efforts, titled One University's Response to Students' Demands on Race:  Radical Transparency; it had the teaser, "Last fall activists at Emory University listed 13 steps they felt were needed to improve the campus's racial climate. Officials formed working groups to tackle each one. Here's how the process is playing out."  That article may be read by clicking here.

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Do you find it challenging to care for someone with memory issues?


Could you benefit from information and insight concerning memory issues?


Please join our upcoming workshop: The Basics of Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease


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May 17, 2016


Grace Crum Rollins Building

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Caring for someone with memory issues is difficult.  Alzheimer's Disease is not a normal part of aging.  If you or someone you love is caring for someone affected by memory impairment or dementia, it's time to learn the facts.  This program provides information on detection, causes, and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more.  Join us for a presentation given by the Alzheimer's Association.  Experts will be present to facilitate open discussion and to answer any and all questions.


Please contact Mary Ellen Nessmith at 404-727-4177 if you have questions about the upcoming workshop, live talks, or the Emory Caregiver Support Program.


LCMay2BotLunch Colloquium May 2

The Water and Sanitation Crisis in Healthcare Facilities in Low-Income Countries: Status, Consequences and Challenges

Christine L. Moe
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation; Director,
Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health 

Universal access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities (HCF) is part of the new Sustainable Development Goal #6.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified WASH in HCF as an urgent priority that falls under the WHO constitutional mandate to strengthen health services and improve environmental hygiene.  However, results from a recent WHO assessment of conditions in HCF indicate that water access at health facilities is often worse than in households; in 51 countries, only 61% of the HCF have access to an improved water source within 500 meters, and consistent water availability and quality are a major challenge. In order to advocate for improved WASH in HCF in low-income countries, researchers and global health leaders need to develop an evidence base that documents the conditions, health outcomes, and costs associated with poor WASH in HCF in these countries. Understanding the health consequences of poor WASH in HCF is especially important in West Africa, where Ebola prevention and control depend on strict hygiene and appropriate WASH infrastructure and practices. 
Currently, many HCF in low-income countries suffer from water shortages, poor water quality, deteriorating water infrastructure, rudimentary sanitation, and poor hygiene that may cause increased health risks.  Instead of being models of good WASH practices, these HCF demonstrate a neglected crisis in providing the level of WASH services that are necessary to support the delivery of healthcare.  Health practitioners in these settings may have limited knowledge about the relationship between WASH and health outcomes and may not make WASH a priority.  Furthermore, the potential cooperative overlap between appropriate WASH infrastructure and established infection control practices is not clearly delineated.  WASH professionals in low-income countries typically have little experience dealing with the special WASH needs of HCF, and the responsibility for WASH in HCF may fall between government agencies for health and water and not receive adequate attention. This presentation will include an overview of the status of WASH conditions in HCF globally, results from our recent assessments of WASH in HCFs in Honduras, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Cambodia, evidence on the consequences of poor WASH in HCFs, and a discussion about the unique challenges to providing and maintaining WASH infrastructure in HCF settings. 

About Christine Moe:

Dr. Moe's research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents, in particular, foodborne and waterborne disease.  Working in the laboratory and in the field (she can be seen in the field in the photo above), Dr. Moe's work addresses sanitation and health issues in the United States and around the world. Her field research in Ghana, Rwanda, the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Kenya includes studies of dry sanitation systems, fecal contamination in low-income urban environments, water quality in distribution systems, and environmental contamination of vegetable crops.  Her laboratory research program focuses on norovirus studies of dose response, determinants of host susceptibility and resistance, viral persistence in the environment, methods to concentrate and detect enteric viruses in water and wastewater, and evaluations of the efficacy of disinfectants and handwash agents against noroviruses.

Dr. Moe leads a team of faculty, post-graduates and students and is the catalyst for a flourishing interest in safe water and sanitation at Rollins.  In 2006, her team received the Development Marketplace Award from the World Bank for their project on sanitation demand in Bolivia.  Dr. Moe received the Food Safety Leadership Award in Research Advancement from NSF International in 2008.

Dr. Moe currently serves on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and chairs a National Research Council Committee to advise USAID on Grand Challenges in International Development. She has been a consultant for WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on several projects related to water, sanitation and health. She was also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the USEPA Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board, and the Research Advisory Council for the American Water Works Research Foundation. 

She holds a primary appointment in the Hubert Department of Global Health and joint appointments in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health,  She received her Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


ShethBotSheth Lecture

Dr. James W. Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, presented the Sheth Distinguished Lecture for 2016 on the topic of "A Career in Public Health, Options and Predictions."  Endowed by Dr. Jagdish and Mrs. Madhu Sheth, this luncheon lecture was held in the Governors Hall of the Miller-Ward Alumni House on April 13. The Sheths' generous gift to Emory's Emeritus College highlights "creativity in later life."
Dean Curran, this year's honoree, declaring that he was problematically not yet emeritus (but was certainly qualified as enjoying "later life"), profiled a career in public health that has required his considerable creativity and adaptability in addressing unpredicted research opportunities and administrative challenges, but that has also enabled him to be productive in his contributions to the assault on HIV-AIDS, as well as other emerging plagues of our time.
Jim Curran has recently been officially lauded for the many accomplishments of his twenty-year commitment to the twenty-five year existence of Rollins, an institution that on his watch has developed into one of the largest and best regarded of its kind.  But his talk was dedicated to the challenging years prior to his assuming that post.
Organizing by his series of slides, he proceeded in a charmingly informal and self-effacing manner to tell the story of his own continual need to adapt his best laid professional as well as personal plans, both of which went "aft agley."  Back in the early seventies, he was wrenched from his medical residency at the University of Michigan by the Vietnam War, to become an officer of the EIS (the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC).  Studying and teaching about STDs led him to Harvard to pursue a degree in public health.  After teaching at the Ohio State University School of Medicine and serving as Assistant Commissioner of the Columbus Ohio Health Department, he found himself appointed Chief of STD Research at the CDC in 1978. 
In June 1981, the CDC published a report (MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) concerning deaths of young homosexual men in Los Angeles from pneumocystis pneumonia.  Odd coincidences intensified and widened study when, for instance, Kaposi's sarcoma became a highly specific identification for this burgeoning disease. Eventually the mysterious plague became recognized as an auto-immune syndrome that was labeled AIDS. 
Dr. Curran tracked in horrific detail the growing awareness of the medical community of multiple victims from sexual contact, blood contamination, and being born to or drinking milk from infected mothers. As understanding of causes and vulnerability increased, medical clinicians and researchers could pursue the studies that led to drugs and protocols for the prevention and treatment of what was for years a terrifying and dooming disease.  He noted that many brave souls and dedicated researchers were fundamental to the progress that changed HIV/AIDS from a death sentence, repositioning it as a chronic disease.  He paid particular tribute to two individuals, Jonathan Mann and Mary Lou Clements-Mann, who, until they were killed in the Swiss Air Crash of 1998, were important in this fight by linking public health to ethics and human rights.
Dean Curran commented on the "biologic and social factors" that promoted "insidious spread and long-term endemicity," and enumerated the various conditions that enabled the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  These included the fear of the disease, the stigma surrounding it, and the limited status of woman in many cultures, among others.  He concluded with a summary of the lessons learned from the experience with HIV/AIDS and the resulting implications and applications for the recent outbreak of Ebola and for newly emerging infections,as well as for chronic disease treatment and prevention. 
A lively question and answer session provoked discussion of the new and frightening Zika mosquito infection as well as further details of the HIV-AIDS history and the development of drugs germane to its treatment.  Dr. Andy Nahmias contributed by detailing the early role of Emory physicians in dealing with the crisis, with special focus on the women and children affected by the disease. Emory's financial good fortune in participating in a patent for a fundamental HIV/AIDS drug was also noted.
The enthusiastic response to Dean Curran's talk explains why this annual event has become one of the most anticipated and best attended of the Emeritus College programs.
--Linda Hubert
NewMemBotNew Members

Wendy Farley, PhDProfessor of Religion and Ethics


James Roark, PhD,  Professor of History


Ann Hartle, PhD,  Professor of Philosophy


Wan-Li Ho, PhD,  Sr. Lecturer - Department of Russian & East Asian Languages and Culture


Harvey Klehr, PhD,  Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics & History


Carl D'Orsi, MD  School of Medicine - Radiology


Wendy Farley, James Roark, Ann Hartle, Wan-Li Ho, and Harvey Klehr are all retiring on August 31 of this year and were recognized at a College faculty meeting on March 30 with their department chairs detailing the amazing contributions these faculty have made to the College.


Carl D'Orsi, although being one of our newest members, has already been trained as one of our retirement mentors (see the article in this newsletter)!    


RetMenBotRetirement Mentoring

Our Retirement Mentoring program and its first round of mentor training are described in the January 18, 2016, issue of the newsletter, which you can see by clicking here. Marilyn Lineberger and Paula Gomes of the Faculty Staff Assistance Program and our own Pat Douglass led a second session of training for new mentors on April 13 (seen above in the Luce 3rd floor conference room.)  The mentoring program has not been advertised extensively as we wanted to roll it out slowly and also make sure we had sufficient mentors.  With these new mentor additions, we will begin advertising the program more extensively, so if you know faculty who are starting to think about retirement, let them know about this program!

Thanks to our new retirement mentors:

Gretchen Schulz, Carl D'Orsi, Beverly Schaffer,
Julianne Daffin, Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan
SenFacBotUniversity Senate and Faculty Council

Since the April 12 meeting of the University Faculty Council was the last at which retiring President James Wagner would be present, the proceedings opened with tributes and thanks for his years of leadership. Following the committee reports, President Wagner's final comments brought up Emory's recent presence in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the subject of student protest, most recently due to the Trump chalking incident. Much of the discussion centered on the divergence between the actual incident and its portrayal in the news media. Far from being the spoiled offspring of wealthy parents, the students who gathered at the President's office were largely minority and international. The placement of the chalked messages, for example, on every step leading to the Hispanic student office, made it seem to some an aggressive move, not simply a statement of political preference. President Wagner refused the demand to disavow Trump but recognized the uneasiness of the students. While the picture painted in many media sources was disparaging to Emory, in the end this incident opened much useful discussion in and out of classrooms, providing teaching moments on the subject of civil discourse.  [See the separate article in this newsletter about a recent and positive report in The Chronicle about Emory's leadership in responding to student protests.] 


The University Senate met on April 19. An update from the Presidential Search Committee was presented by Board of Trustees Chair, John Morgan. Committee members met with over 50 constituencies of the Emory Community and received hundreds of emails via its website. From these discussions and comments, the committee compiled a Presidential Portfolio. The portfolio reflects some often-repeated themes such as the disparity between Emory's accomplishments and its perception in the media, the need to move from diversity to inclusion, and the desire for collaboration across the disciplines. Members of the Search Committee have been traveling to the campuses of potential candidates, respecting their need for absolute confidentiality, and are enthusiastic about the quality of those under consideration.


New officers are traditionally installed at the final meeting of the Senate. This year there was a slight departure in procedure as David Lynn, who had been voted President-Elect at the March meeting, had contacted the Executive Committee prior to the April meeting with a request to step down in favor of Oxford Associate Professor of Classics Henry Bayerle, who had been a close runner-up in the election. As the By-laws are silent on this situation, the Senate voted to accept the resulting motion and Henry Bayerle was installed as President-Elect.  


--Holly York


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FacAcBotFaculty Activities

Steve Nowicki
Candler Professor of Psychology Emeritus   

Steve's latest book will be available on 5/17/2016.

From the publisher:

How Much Do You Believe That What Happens to You Is the Result of Your Own Actions--or Do Circumstances Beyond Your Control Largely Determine Your Fate?
Locus of Control (LOC) is a phrase used by psychologists to describe a widely effective way of assessing an individual's potential for success--personal, social, and financial. LOC measures how much you believe that what happens to you is the result of your own actions or, conversely, of forces and circumstances beyond your control. People who accept that they are largely in control of their lives tend to do better than those who feel that fate or external factors rule what they do, especially in novel and difficult situations.
This book explains LOC research, until now mainly confined to academic circles, in terms easily understandable to the average person. The author, a clinical psychologist who has spent nearly five decades investigating and writing about LOC, helps the reader to explore his or her own locus of control and what those orientations might mean for how life is lived. He discusses the extensively documented relationship between LOC and academic achievement, personal and social adjustment, health, and financial success. 
Click here to read more about the book and what others have said

Perry Sprawls, Ph.D., FACR, FAAPM, FIOMP
Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Emory University  

Perry reports that "Since retiring much of my work now is in Global Health Education with a special emphasis on the Developing Countries of the world."  The picture above is from a conference in February on radiation medicine in Saudi Arabia.  His participation was reported on in his local newspaper, the Black Mountain News, in an article that can be read by clicking here.


Sander Gilman, Kevin Young, Carol Newsom, and Melvin Konner

Although they are not EUEC members (yet!), we wanted to report that the above four Emory faculty were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The Emory News report may be read by clicking here.   Many of you heard Mel Konner at our Lunch Colloquium last September 21 (a report on that talk can be found by clicking here).  We are recruiting Kevin Young for a future Lunch Colloquium, so stay tuned!

Stefan Lutz

Stefan Lutz climbing Denali

Stefan Lutz is also not a member, but again we want to report that he is currently undertaking what may well be a first for an Emory faculty member--climbing Mount Everest!  You can click here to read about his previous mountain adventures.  As of April 22, his expedition was spread out between Base Camp, Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Everest.  You can read live reports and see pictures by clicking hereWe hope to recruit Stefan for a future Lunch Colloquium, too.

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InMemBotIn Memoriam

Eugene Winograd

Eugene Winograd (Gene), 83, emeritus professor of psychology at Emory University, died at his home in Decatur with his family on April 9, following a brief illness.  Gene was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933; he was predeceased by his parents Louis and Pauline, and his brother Sam.  He attended Columbia College in New York City, where he was a member of the varsity fencing team, and earned his PhD in Psychology from Indiana University in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army 1953-55.  His teaching career in experimental psychology began at Columbia University, and in 1968 Gene joined the Emory faculty, where he taught until his retirement in 2004.  His research focused on memory and learning, with particular emphasis on recall of historic events and special places. He was a founding member of the Emory Emeritus College and taught in the OLLI Center for Lifelong Learning. In addition to his passion for teaching, Gene found tremendous joy in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, in the mountains and  in New York City; playing piano; listening to jazz, classical music, and the great American songbook; reading countless books; and following baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves.  
He is survived by Judy, his wife of 56 years, children Polly Winograd Ikonen (Greg) and Joe Winograd (April), and grandchildren Sara and Charlotte Ikonen, and Ben and Olive Winograd. The family would like to thank CaraVita Home Care and Hospice Atlanta for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gene's memory to the Columbia University Fencing Program  ( or YIVO Institute of Jewish Research (  A memorial for Gene is scheduled to be held at Cannon Chapel Saturday, May 14, at 1PM.
WalkBotWalking the campus with Dianne

A few emeritus members recognized the fairly new addition to an existing building on campus -- it's the atrium area for the new Theological Library connected to the Rita Anne Rollins Building.  My old stomping grounds, the Center for Ethics, is also located in this building.  The third photo on the right is a shot of the exterior of the new area.  


The pollen has somewhat disappeared and the weather is becoming pleasant again, so let's go back outside, shall we?  The next photo might be easy to recognize, but then, not everyone sees this part of the building....

Where Will You Find This on Emory's Campus?


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Emory University Emeritus College

The Luce Center
825 Houston Mill Road NE #206

Atlanta, GA 30329


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