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May 6, 2002



James Laney, Emory the focus of new book
On Thursday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Durham Reading Room of Pitts Libary, LaGrange College President Stuart Gulley will discuss his new book, The Academic President as Moral Leader, which focuses on former Emory President James Laney and the growth of the University over the past quarter-century.

According to its publisher (Mercer University Press), the book pays particular attention to Laney’s commitment to make Emory a “moral community,” concerned with advancing the common good. For more information, call William Lawrence at 404-727-8879.

Citations galore for five Emory faculty
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has identified five Emory faculty members within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center as being among the most highly cited scientific researchers worldwide.

The five scholars are Mahlon DeLong, Professor of Neurology; Michael Kuhar, Charles Howard Candler professor of pharmacology and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar; Kenneth Minneman, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Pharmacology; Bruce Wainer, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine; and Allan Levey, professor of neurology.

The researchers are included in This new web-based research resource evaluated approximately 19 million articles or source records by 24,000 authors in 101 countries between 1981 and 1999 to determine the most highly cited researchers in their respective disciplines.

Exchange views for Academic Exchange
Emory faculty are invited to help evaluate the Academic Exchange by responding to a web survey, online at The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Responses will guide the Academic Exchange in assessing existing and future projects and publications. All survey information will be kept confidential.


Letter to the Editor
I keep up with Emory happenings through the Emory Report. This year will finish my l0th year of retirement after a 20-year period of employment with the English Department and the Creative Writing Program.

I read Emory Voices with interest and note that one particular constituency was missing in the [April 22] responses, those almost thousand of us who are Emory retirees, who worked at Emory faithfully and long. We run the gamut from full professors to administrative help to custodial help.

No one has asked for our input in the benefits restructuring, although I did submit my opinion after hearing about the proposed changes. The final decision by the Board of Trustees ... seems to be a break in trust.

The crux of the matter is that the changes imposed on retired staff will result in serious hardship for many, especially those in the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. These are the most vulnerable, financially and physically, at a time when adequate health care is needed the most, as we age and become infirm. We cannot look forward to an increase in salary to offset the increase in insurance premiums. Future increases are possible to the point where health insurance will indeed not be affordable for some of us. These are grave matters of trust broken for long and loyal service.

I agree with Ali Crown in her disillusionment in the administration’s emphasis on raising funds for capital expenditures while cutting retiree’s health coverage contribution by l9 percent. I agree with Melissa Snarr in her comments about exclusion of staff at an early stage of deliberation. Nowhere do I see or hear the voice of Emory retirees.

Trudy Kretchman
English Department and Creative Writing Program
Retired September l992