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September 7, 1999
Volume 52, No. 3



Class of 2003 is smaller (thankfully) but more traveled, more focused on attending Emory

College continues improvements to its teaching spaces

First person: Michael Johns outlines Emory's commitment to Grady

President Ann Rouse brings Employee Council into step

Grimsley and Skibell join creative writing faculty

Wellness: Study explains how aspirin cuts chest pain

German diplomat Walther Kiep addresses Halle Luncheon

International Affairs: A look ahead for the Halle Institute

Issues in progress: Employee Council

Emory adds eight chairs to rows of distinguished professors

Woodruff Library Resources: ScienceDirect offers web-based access to hundreds of journals

ABC ranks Emory Atlanta's No. 3 employer

The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently named Emory the third-leading employer in the city behind Delta Air Lines and BellSouth. The Chronicle's annual Top 25 list said Emory employs 14,000 people, an increase of almost 40 percent since 1997. The University ranked as the fifth-leading Atlanta employer last year.

Challenges to the Humanities lecture

Stanley Chodorow, founding chief executive officer of the California Virtual University, will present a public lecture on "Challenges to the Humanities: Current and Future" on Thursday, Sept. 9, at noon in Cox Hall Room 4.

Chodorow has been involved in library and information resource issues and has written extensively on the future of scholarship, scholarly communication and information resources in the electronic age.

The lecture is being sponsored by the Emory College Humanities Council, the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost and the Digital Futures Seminar.

That evening Chodorow will speak at a meeting of the Digital Futures Seminar, an invited group of 19 faculty and staff members who are exploring various scenarios and projections about the evolution of digital technology and its impact on the University. The seminar was created by Provost Rebecca Chopp and is co-chaired by Chancellor Billy Frye and College Dean Steve Sanderson. The seminar is running parallel to the Council on Information Resources and Technology, which Frye and Sanderson also co-chair, for the year. It is meant to be sort of a "think tank" group to review developments and forecasts regarding the future of digital technology.


Insel, Young discover 'sociability gene' in prairie voles

Study shows simple messages improve health behavior

Peter Aranson dies at 56
Peter Aranson, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, died Aug. 31 after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

Aranson had been at Emory since 1981, when he came from the University of Miami as part of the Law and Economics Center. Aranson also taught for four years at Georgia Tech before moving to Miami in 1977. He received his master's and PhD from the University of Rochester and did his undergraduate work at Bowdoin College.

Aranson wrote American Government: Strategy and Choice, published by Little, Brown & Co. in 1981, and he edited Supreme Court Economic Review, Volumes I & II. He served on the editorial boards for several journals, including The Cato Journal, Constitutional Political Economy and Advances in Austrian Economics.

Aranson was also active in the extended Emory Jewish community. He was a board member of both The Epstein School and Yeshiva High School of Atlanta. He chaired the Atlanta Jewish Foundation's strategic planning committee for services to the elderly and also served on the foundation's executive committee for planning and allocations.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to The Peter H. Aranson Memorial Fund, The Epstein School, 335 Colewood Way, Atlanta, 30328.

Bacchanal '99 set for Sept. 18

The Carlos Museum will host its sixth annual Bacchanal, a catered indoor/outdoor party featuring entertainment and dance instruction, on Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The evening will have a Belgian theme to highlight the opening of "So Many Brilliant Talents: Art and Craft in the Age of Rubens." The event will be held in the museum's reception hall and on the Quad. Tickets are $40 for museum members, Emory staff and alumni, and $50 for nonmembers.

Carter booksigning at Druid Hills Bookstore

President Jimmy Carter will sign the new paperback edition of his 1997 book, Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith, at the Druid Hills Bookstore in Emory Village on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. Carter, who has authored 14 books, based Sources of Strength on favorite Bible meditations from the adult Sunday school classes he teaches at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga.