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December 13, 1999
Volume 52, No. 15



Woodruff Library's Special Collections is fast becoming 'something extraordinary' at Emory

Danielle Sered named Emory's 16th Rhodes Scholar

First Person: Pastor says nations still rule the World Trade Organization

Profile: O'Day prepares Candler students for the big leagues

Van Houweling talks about benefits of 'the Internet of tomorrow'

Books in Review: For Common Things, by Jedidiah Purdy, reviewed by Michael McQuaide

UVA's Thomson 'gets the lead out' in ENVS lecture

Eagle News: Basketball, swimming & diving teams start season strong

Walker wins $200K Grawemeyer Award for book on segregation

Wellness Words of wisdom

Robinson Clock Tower gets new face and bells with new name

Fourth EPIC awards set for Feb. 1

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), an organization that provides stipends to law students pursuing public interest law projects during the summer, will host its fourth annual EPIC Inspiration Awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000. The awards, presented this year by Georgia Attorney General (and Emory alumnus) Thurbert Baker, are given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public interest.

A record 225 lawyers, judges, faculty members and students attended the 1999 awards ceremony, which raised more than $31,000 to fund 10 public interest law fellowships. This year's recipients are Robert Bomar, deputy attorney general of Georgia; Mary Margaret Oliver, former state senator and representative; and Douglas Ammar, executive director of the Georgia Justice Project.

The awards ceremony will be held at the law school beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. A $25 contribution is requested. For more information, call Sue McAvoy at 404-727-5503 or send e-mail to <smcavoy@law.emory.edu>.


Study says expectations play role in surgical outcomes

Blumenthal's book looks at battle between good and evil

Oxford's McKibben receives D.V.S. Award

William McKibben, professor of mathematics at Oxford, was recently honored with Emory's 1999-2000 D.V.S. Award in recognition of his devotion to improving the life of the University.

McKibben, who has been at Oxford for more than 25 years, was lauded for his ability to spark students' interests in his mathematics and astronomy classes, and for his dedication to the betterment of the Oxford and Emory communities.

"He is perhaps peerless in the praise he receives from students in mathematics, praise which dates from 1974," said Oxford Dean Dana Greene. "Since adding astronomy to his teaching schedule in 1991, he once again consistently receives the highest accolades."

D.V.S. was founded in 1902 as the senior society of Emory College with membership offered exclusively to seven rising seniors who have performed significant service to the University and who may be expected to continue with an unusual degree of loyalty and dedication in their association with Emory.

Student finds notes from 'lost' Sylvia Plath novel

The Ted Hughes collection, acquired by Emory in 1997, is bearing fruit. Olivia Cole, a student from England who is helping process the two-and-a-half-ton collection, made a remarkable discovery on her second day of work in the archive.

While going through drafts of previously unpublished Hughes poems, she found on the opposite side of the pages detailed notes in the hand of Hughes' wife, poet Sylvia Plath, for "Falcon Yard," the unfinished novel thought to be lost.

Plath, author of The Bell Jar, began "Falcon Yard" in the late 1950s, but the manuscript was thought to have been destroyed. The notes describe the novel as "a fable of faithfulness" and include the names of a number of friends and family who served as the real-life models for the fictional characters.

According to Sylvia Plath's biographer Anne Stevenson, "There is absolutely no documentary evidence that such a novel existed."

Until now, that is.