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									YOUR SOURCE FOR UNIVERSITY NEWS                                                                                           OCTOBER 20, 2008 / Vol. 61, No. 8

Q&A:                                                        FORUM
                                                                                                                       PEOPLE: Support sustainable food                    3
                                                                                                                       CAMPUS: Eco shares joie de vivre                    4
Development chief                                           JWJI’s Calinda
frames Campaign                                             Lee on linking                                             DISCOVERY: Radical playwright’s legacy 6
Emory in terms of                                           scholarship and                                            FORUM: How are you saving energy?                   7
the economy.                                                activism.
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                                                                                                                                           Talks on
                                                                                                                                           impact of
                                                                                                                                           By NANCY SEIDEMAN

                                                                                                                                              Much is not known about
                                                                                                                                           how the national economic
                                                                                                                                           crisis ultimately will affect
                                                                                                                                           Emory — particularly when
                                                                                                                                           every closing stock market
                                                                                                                                           bell can bring new upheaval to
                                                                                                                                           the country’s financial health.
                                                                                                                                           What is clear is that there will
                                                                                                                                           be an effect.
                                                                                                                                              What is known now is being
                                                                                                                                           shared with the entire Emory
                                                                                                                                           community by University lead-
                                                                                                                                           ership in a variety of ways,
                                                                                                                                           including staff and faculty dis-
                                                                                                                                           cussions led by Mike Mandl,
                                                                                                                                           executive vice president for
                                                                                                                                           finance and administration.
                                                                                                                                              In a presentation that gives
                                                                                                                                           a clear, concise primer on the
                                                                                                                                           University’s major financial
                                                                                                                                           levers, Mandl outlines how the
                                                                                                                                           current dismal investment and

                                                                                                                                           Please see ECONOMY on page 4

                                                                                                                                           in research
At the Election Extravaganza, administrators like Senior Vice Provost for Community and Diversity Ozzie Harris worked        bRYaN mElTz

with students to register voters.

      Students get out the vote                                                                                                            FROM STAFF REPORTS

                                                                                                                                              Emory     has     created
                                                                                                                                           University-wide, central office

      By BEVERLY CLARk                                              Society of America, a nonpartisan political debate orga-               to oversee administration and
                                                                    nization.                                                              enforcement of conflict-of-inter-
      The first few weeks of this semester, you could hardly turn      Emory Students for Barack Obama can take credit for                 est (COI) policies, and research-
      around on campus without running into someone with a          registering 936 students out of the 213,000 people that                ers are being informed about
      clipboard asking, “Are you registered vote?” For students,    Obama volunteers registered in Georgia in the last four                new financial disclosure require-
      the answer is a resounding “Yes!”                             months. And most all of those students are registered in               ments that will apply to inves-
         Campus voter registration efforts culminated in a          Georgia, Henson said.                                                  tigators on new and pending
      Wonderful Wednesday “Election Extravaganza” Oct. 1               “By having students registered here we’ll be able to get            National Institutes of Health
      before the Oct. 6 registration deadline hit in Georgia.       out the vote more thoroughly on campus, and a lot of what              (NIH) grants.
         The bipartisan party included Students for John            happens here in Georgia affects students so they should                     Earl Lewis, provost and
      McCain and Students for Barack Obama, as well as the          have a voice in that. Plus, for Obama supporters, your                 executive vice president for
      Student Government Association, the Emory College             vote counts more here in Georgia compared to if you’re                 academic affairs, and Fred
      Council, the Office of Multicultural Programs and a dozen     from California or New York where he is most likely to                 Sanfilippo, executive vice presi-
      other groups who provided information on the campaigns        win,” he said.                                                         dent for health affairs, said the
      and election issues. Several administrators were on hand         Henson said he’s optimistic that the youth vote will                oversight move has been dis-
      as well to help with the voter registration effort.           be heard this year, although it’s “never been reli-                    cussed for months as the scale
         More than 1,000 students, nearly all first-time voters,    able in a presidential election, mainly due to apathy.                 of research at the institution
      were registered through the various campus outreach                                                                                  has grown dramatically. Last
      efforts, said Brett Henson, president of Emory Students                                                                              year, for the first time, spon-
      for Barack Obama, and co-president of the Collegiate          Please see ELECTION on page 5
                                                                                                                                           sored research at Emory passed
                                                                                                                                           the $400 million mark.

                                                                                                                                           Please see RESEARCH on page 5

           2 People
      OCTOBER 20, 2008

 AT EMORY.EDU                                 EMORY PROFILE: Julie Shaffer
     Where do the presidential
 candidates stand on the
 issue of health care reform?
 Two analyses by Emory
 health policy researcher
 Kenneth Thorpe that detail
 estimated savings from the
 plans proposed by Sen. John
 mcCain and Sen. barack
 Obama are now available on
 the Institute for advanced
 policy Solutions Web site.
 The presidential candidates’
 health care plans share some
 important elements, but
 Thorpe’s analyses can help
 point out the differences. The
 analyses are also available on
 the Department of Health
 policy and management’s site
 at www.sph.emory.edu/hpm/

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 comprehensive resource for
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 interest to staff and faculty.
 The weekly publication
 highlights the Emory
 community’s accomplishments,
 endeavors and aspirations that
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 and strategic vision.
     Visit us online at www.
                                                                                                                          Emory’s annual sustainable Food Fair and Farmers Market,
                                                                                                                          held on Oct. 7, attracted the masses supporting the local
                                                                                                                          sustainable food movement. This year, grass-fed beef was
 CONTRIBUTE                                                                                                               showcased and will soon be featured in Emory dining
                                                                                                                          facilities like The Depot and Café Antico. Local chefs also
    Do you have an opinion to                                                                                             offered up tastes of delicious dishes made with local
 share? Emory Report provides                                                                                             products. The event was organized by Emory’s anthropology
 an opportunity to reach out                  Julie Shaffer is sustainable food service
                                                                                                  pHOTOS bY bRYaN mElTz
                                                                                                                          students, in cooperation with the Office of Sustainability
 to faculty, staff, students,                 education coordinator.                                                      Initiatives and Emory Dining.
 alumni and others through

                                              The time is ripe
 weekly First person essays. To
 learn more, contact Editor Kim
 Urquhart at 404-727-9507 or

                                              Educator puts new face on food at Emory
                                              By CAROL CLARk                       Atlanta magazine.                      steps at the farmhouse. “I hang     a purist or a member of the
                                                                                      McDonald’s was not part             the laundry out on the line and     food police,” she adds. “The
                                                 Even in her windowless Cox        of Shaffer’s childhood in              I cook in the kitchen,” Shaffer     food police and the diet food
                                              Hall office, Julie Shaffer creates   northwestern Ohio, where her           says. “For the few weeks I’m        industry have taken a lot of the
                                              the earthy aura of a garden. It      grandparents on both sides             there, I pretend it’s my place.”    fun out of food. And we keep
         EXECUTIVE EDITOR                     comes from the sky-blue of her       were Mennonite farmers. “I                 It was in Italy that Shaffer    getting fatter and fatter.”
      Nancy Seideman                          turquoise jewelry, the leaf-red      loved going out to the farms to        first heard of Slow Food               Shaffer aims to bring
                                              of her sweater, the scent of         see the animals, run through           International, a movement to        everyone to the table to break
                                              rosemary sprigs arranged in          the fields, and pick pears and         counteract fast food and fast-      bread together, not count
                                              a basket and the chirp of a          vegetables,” she says. Her             paced living by nurturing local     calories. “Our food sources
                                              cricket beneath her desk.            version of a Happy Meal is             food traditions. “It’s about        did not become industrialized
         kim Urquhart                            “That’s my cell phone,”           her grandmother’s farm-fresh,          bringing the pleasure back to       overnight, and they’re not
    kim.urquhart@emory.edu                    Shaffer apologizes, trying to        hard-boiled eggs mixed with            eating,” Shaffer says.              going to be become localized
                                              ignore the interruption. But         pickled beets. “The egg turned             She started the Atlanta         overnight either,” she says.
               DESIGNER                       the cricket starts chirping          bright pink,” she recalls. “I          chapter of Slow Food in 2000,
           Christi Gray                       again, and Shaffer reaches into      always loved that.”                    helping it grow from 30 members
     christi.gray@emory.edu                   her purse to take the call.             Shaffer went on to a 30-year        to 500 today. She hopes to            Feast organic
                                                 Since Shaffer took the            career as an art teacher, most         bring the same momentum
          p H O T O D I R E C T OR            position of sustainable food         recently at Redan High School          for sustainable food to Emory,        this turkey day
          Bryan Meltz                         service education coordinator        in Stone Mountain, where she           managing events such as the           The Emory community
     bryan.meltz@emory.edu                    in August she has been busy,         lives. But her passion for fresh,      Tuesday Farmer’s Market,              has one more thing to be
                                              sowing new ideas about               local foods remained a big part        cooking         demonstrations,       thankful for: a Heritage
            S Ta F F WR I T E R               food on campus. The Emory            of her life. She raises Brussels       picnics, potlucks and more.           Harvest Feast will be held
            Carol Clark                       sustainable food initiative calls    sprouts, broccoli, cabbage,                “I think it’s arrogant to         during lunch on Thursday,
      carol.clark@emory.edu                   for 75 percent of the campus         lettuce, figs, blueberries and         assume that people would want         Nov. 13 at Emory Dining
                                              food supply to come from local       herbs on her large plot of land,       to pay more for local, organic        locations, to spotlight local
       E D I T O R I a l a S S I S TaNT       and/or sustainable sources by        and she loves to cook simple,          food without knowing why it           foods and the importance
             Leslie king                      2015. Acquainting everyone           flavorful meals. “I’m really           costs more to produce, and why        of preserving endangered
                                              from dining staff to donors          good at making ice cream,” she         it’s better for the environment,”     breeds of livestock. more
                                              with the joys of eating locally      says. “My favorite is lemon-           Shaffer says. “My job is to           details will be posted at
     EmORY REpORT (USpS705-780) is            is a crucial part of meeting         basil flavored.”                       help people understand that           emory.edu/sustainability. For
 published by the Office of Communica-        that goal.                              For the past 14 summers,            sustainable means producing           those planning to cook on
 tions and marketing weekly September            “Many people have grown           Shaffer has rented the same            food in a way that doesn’t harm       Thanksgiving, order forms
through may and bi-weekly June through        up thinking of the McDonald’s        15th-century farmhouse in              the Earth.”                           are available at the Tuesday
  august and distributed free to faculty                                           Tuscany, Italy, where people               Students are especially
                                              Happy Meal as the standard                                                                                        Farmer’s market for a fresh,
 and staff of Emory University. periodicals
                                              of good taste. I have my             take great pride in their food         open to new ideas, and are the        local turkey from a network
   postage is paid at atlanta, Georgia.
  postmaster: Send off-campus address         work cut out for me,” says           culture. Shaffer’s daughter            key to the future of our food         of independent growers.
 changes to Emory Report, 1762 Clifton        Shaffer, former editor of Edible     India, now 16, took her first          culture, Shaffer says. “I’m not
Rd., plaza 1000, atlanta, Georgia, 30322.
Send e-mail to emory.report@emory.edu.
                                                                                                                                                       EMORY REPORT

                                                                  People 3
                                                                                                                                                      OCTOBER 20, 2008

   QUESTIONS FOR ... Susan Cruse                                                                                                                  Rosemary Hynes of the
                                                                                                                                              Graduate School and Sita
                                                                                                                                              Ranchod-Nilsson, director of the

   Campaign Emory: Your questions answered                                                                                                    Institute for Developing Nations,
                                                                                                                                              have been selected to participate
                                                                                                                                              in the HERS management Institute,
                                                                                                                                              a year-long academic program at
      On Sept. 25 Campaign Emory announced a $1.6 billion goal,                                                                               Wellesley College.
   the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in the University’s                                                                                    Under the women in leadership
   history and the largest ever undertaken in Georgia. The good                                                                               initiative of Emory’s president’s
   news is that the campaign already has raised more than half                                                                                Commission on the Status of
   of its goal — $849 million — over the past three years leading                                                                             Women, the two will attend
   up to the public announcement. Amidst the University celebra-                                                                              five weekends throughout the
   tion of what this investment means for fulfilling Emory’s vi-                                                                              academic year that feature sessions
   sion was the realization that the nation is facing a widespread                                                                            on issues in higher education
   economic downturn.                                                                                                                         including accreditation, legal
      Emory Report queried Employee Council, Faculty Council                                                                                  issues, financial issues, fundraising,
   and Student Government Association leadership to find out                                                                                  student life and others with the
   community concerns regarding the economy’s possible impact                                                                                 idea of creating leaders.
   on the campaign, and posed those questions to Susan Cruse,                                                                                     kim Loudermilk, senior
   senior vice president of development and alumni relations.                                                                                 associate dean for academic
                                                                                                                                              planning in Emory College of
   Emory Report: Why is Emory launching a campaign now, in                                                                                    arts and Sciences, was chosen
     the midst of a national economic downturn?                                                                                               to attend the HERS session this
   Susan Cruse: We announced the goal on Sept. 25, but Cam-                                                                                   past summer, held at bryn mawr
     paign Emory began on Sept. 1, 2005. The stakeholders who                                                                                 College.
     care about Emory, including our strong base of alumni in
     Georgia and around the world, continue to invest in Emo-                                                                                     Angel Leon, chief of
     ry’s vision for positive transformation in the world. On Sept.                                                                           cardiology at Emory Crawford
     25 we thanked our early supporters and unveiled Campaign                                                                                 long Hospital, and Norman
     Emory to a broader constituency and invited them to invest                                                                               Elliott, clinical assistant professor
     as well. To stop now would have halted the momentum we                                                                                   of gastroenterology the School
                                                                        Susan Cruse is senior vice president of                 bRYaN mElTz
     already have, and it would have been unfair to those who                                                                                 of medicine, have been named
                                                                        development and alumni relations.
     place their trust, and their dollars, with us. Our peers have                                                                            to the Emory Healthcare board of
     not stopped. There are 29 universities in $1 billion-plus                                                                                Directors.
                                                                        ER: What goes on behind the scenes in the Office of Develop-              leon holds the linton and
     campaigns right now. We can’t stop, and the need has not
                                                                           ment and University Relations during a campaign?                   Helen bishop Chair in medicine.
     diminished. If anything, the downturn makes it more im-
                                                                        Cruse: In a nutshell, we are taking the campaign to a much            Elliott is the new community-based
     portant to increase endowment and provide financial aid.
                                                                           broader audience, identifying and engaging additional              member of the board.
                                                                           stakeholders for our programs, and talking to a wide vari-             Carolyn Meltzer, chair of
   ER: Will the downturn in the investment market have an
                                                                           ety of people about what they can invest in at Emory. We           radiology, has been named to
      impact on giving going forward?
   Cruse: Historically, recessions have little or no effect on             steward the gifts, and we have a fiduciary responsibility to       replace allan levey, chair of
      philanthropy in general. Extrapolating data from the last            use the money as the donor intended. Ensuring a success-           neurology, whose term expired
      recession in 2001, Boston College wealth researcher John             ful campaign is not just about the dollar goal. It’s did we        at the end of august. meltzer,
      Havens has said that unless national incomes decline                 accomplish what we set out to accomplish? Did we advance           the William p. Timmie professor
      sharply, the decline won’t last long and it won’t be signifi-        the strategic plan? Did we get more people excited about           in radiology, is associate dean for
      cant. Universities in particular are pretty recession-proof. I       Emory? Have we contributed to the community?                       research in the medical school.
      do think there is another dimension to this financial crisis,
      and we don’t have enough data to know what to expect.             ER: What impact will the campaign have had on Emory when                 Sue McAvoy, director/public
      We’re all going to watch carefully and see what happens.             it concludes in 2012?                                              interest advisor, Office of Career
                                                                        Cruse: As President Wagner says, we’re not striving to be             Services at the School of law, has
   ER: What can students, staff and faculty do to support Cam-             another Harvard or Princeton — we want to be the best              been elected
      paign Emory? And why do our gifts matter?                            Emory we can be. And unlike most universities, Emory               president of
   Cruse: In addition to running a campaign, we’re trying to               has a living strategic plan. We know where we’re going, we         the Davidson
      instill a culture of philanthropy where everybody has a role.        know the areas where we have the edge, and we’re build-            College alumni
      And everybody does. Faculty, staff and students are our              ing on that. We want to be a place where we can provide            association.
      stakeholders, advocates and role models. Get involved in             access to students regardless of economic need. We want               She will
      whatever way fulfills you. You can visit the campaign Web            to contribute to positive transformation in the world in a va-     serve on the
      site at www.campaign.emory.edu, you can call me or any of            riety of ways, from addressing world hunger, to advancing          board as
      development officers in any of the units if there is a specific      therapies for disease, to introducing someone to the beau-         president-
      interest that you have, but all support is welcome in any            ties of art or live performance. The bottom line at the end of     elect in 2009,
      form. There is no gift too small. Every dollar provides relief       the day is that our faculty and students are why we’re here.       president in 2010 and immediate
      for the already impacted budget.                                     They are what the campaign truly is all about.                     past president in 2011. In her
                                                                                                                                              position she will serve a two-year
                                                                                                                                              term on the board of trustees.
                                                                                                                       — Kim Urquhart
                                                                                                                                                 Rosemary Magee, vice
                                                                                                                                              president and secretary of the
                                                                                                                                              University, was recognized by
                                                                                                                                              atlanta Woman

Biophysicist wins NSF CAREER award
                                                                                                                                              magazine for
                                                                                                                                              her leadership
                                                                                                                                              position within
By CAROL CLARk                     smaller and smaller pieces,”         using traditional biochemi-        there proteins that stabilize         appointed
                                   Rasnik says. “One approach to        cal approaches. A molecule is      their formation?”                  to her current
   The     National      Science   understand biological systems        tagged with a dye that emits          Rasnik     involves    under-   position in
Foundation has awarded a           is to learn how each small piece     light when excited by a laser,     graduate biology majors in         2005, magee
CAREER development grant           works, so that you can better        and causes an energy trans-        his research. “The interface of    works with the president and the
to Ivan Rasnik, assistant pro-     understand the whole system.”        fer to a nearby dye molecule.      physics and biology is relevant    board of trustees in developing
fessor of physics, providing           The NSF CAREER awards go         Researchers can then indirectly    to both sides,” he says. “I want   governance practices across
$500,000 over five years for       to investigators who are work-       observe the changes in distance    students to understand the         campus and in setting the agenda
his work at the interface of       ing on transformative ideas in       between the dyes by measuring      interdisciplinary character of     for the future. prior to that she
biology and physics, and for       their fields, while also striving    the amount of light they emit.     science.”                          served as a dean in Emory College.
his efforts to bring underrepre-   to educate the next generation           In collaboration with bio-        He will use part of the NSF
sented students into the physi-    of scientists. Rasnik competed       chemist Cynthia McMurray           grant to continue recruiting
cal sciences.                      nationally with physicists, biol-    at the Mayo Clinic, Rasnik is      women and minority students,
   Rasnik is studying proteins     ogists, chemists and mathema-        focused on the interactions        who are typically underrepre-
that recognize and correct mis-    ticians for the award, funded by     of mismatched repair pro-          sented in the physical sciences.
                                                                                                                                              “Acclaim” recognizes the
matched DNA bases, which may       the NSF program “Physics of          teins with DNA triplet repeat         A native of Uruguay, Rasnik
                                                                                                                                              accomplishments of faculty and
be involved in initiating ail-     Living Systems.”                     sequences that can form hairpin    earned a bachelor’s of chemistry
                                                                                                                                              staff. Listings may include awards
ments such as Huntington’s dis-        Biological physics is a rel-     structures, which may be linked    and went on to pursue a Ph.D.
                                                                                                                                              and prizes; election to boards and
ease, by locating and tracking     atively new field, gaining           to the origin of Huntington’s      program in physics in Brazil,
                                                                                                                                              societies; and similarly notable
the movement of single protein     momentum a decade ago with           disease.                           after a professor recommended
                                                                                                                                              accomplishments at Emory or
molecules as they perform their    advancements in techniques              “Among the many questions       him. “If you identify people who
                                                                                                                                              in the wider community. Emory
functions.                         such as single molecule fluores-     we have about DNA triplet          have a natural interest in sci-
                                                                                                                                              Report relies on submissions for
  “In physics, when you want       cence resonance energy transfer      repeat sequences, we’d like to     ence and give them just one
                                                                                                                                              this column. Contact: ltking@
to understand something com-       (smFRET), which reveals infor-       know how the DNA hairpins          opportunity, sometimes it can
plicated, you break it down into   mation that cannot be detected       are formed,” Rasnik says. “Are     make a big difference,” he says.

        4 Campus
     OCTOBER 20, 2008

Honorary degree
                                 Umberto Eco delights community
nominations sought               By ELAINE JUSTICE                     home of Angela Della Costanza
   The Honorary Degree                                                 Turner, former honorary consul
Committee is soliciting nomi-        As he introduced Italian          of Italy for the State of Georgia
nations from faculty, staff,     scholar/author Umberto Eco            and Ted Turner’s daughter-in-
students and alumni for 2010     for the opening of the 20th           law.
Commencement. Nominations        anniversary Ellmann Lectures,            Eco also sat with Della
for distinguished candidates     Joseph      Skibell,    associate     Costanza Turner for an Italian
for an honorary degree from      professor of English, said Eco        TV interview, and had a wide-
Emory University are due by      has his own sense of “joie de         ranging audio interview for
Nov. 10.                         vivre.” Eco then proved that to       Emory on iTunes U with Vice
   The committee looks for in-   be the case.                          President and Secretary of the
dividuals who have achieved          During his eventful three-        University Rosemary Magee,
the highest distinction in       day visit, Eco enlightened,           both of which he seemed to
their fields while also demon-   entertained and captivated large      relish.
strating a transformational      Emory and Atlanta audiences,             At the book signing following
impact.                          giving three lectures constructed     his reading, Eco “signed books
   Submit nominations            with the same deft touch he           until his hand wouldn’t work
online or via mail or e-mail.    brings to his novels.                 anymore,” said Schuchard. “He
Information about Honorary          “You couldn’t have had a better    just talked his head off.” At 76,
Degrees and the nomination       guest or more appreciative            Eco does try to pace himself, “but
process can be found at www.     audiences,”       said    Ronald      carrying on many conversations
                                 Schuchard, Goodrich C. White          from many points of view in
                                 Professor of English and founder      many languages is an exhausting
                                 of the prestigious literary series.   process,” said Schuchard. “He
Register for ING                     Schuchard, who is retiring        bore up very well.”
run team discount                as director of the Ellmann               One      of   the    qualities
                                 Lectures this year (Skibell is        Schuchard hopes for in the
   The Emory team for the        the new director of the series),      Ellmann Lectures is their
2009 ING Georgia Marathon        said Eco was “a most generous         appeal to new audiences, and
and half marathon is being       guest.” Not only did Eco give         in that Eco proved a smashing
formed.                          three lectures and a reading,         success — Schuchard is still           Umberto Eco                                                     aNN bORDEN
   All Emory employees and       he visited fourth-year Italian        getting glowing e-mails from
immediate family members         classes of Judy Raggi Moore and       members of the Emory and               from around the University             life, enjoying each other’s
can join the team and register   Simona Muratore “with only a          Atlanta community.                     having dinner together and             company and great conversation,
at a discount for this March     last-minute notice.”                     The other measure of the            walking en masse to the lecture.       then walking over to a lecture
29 event. The marathon and           He mingled at receptions,         lectures is something much             That’s something you don’t see         together. That’s one of the things
half marathon start at Under-    danced to jazz at a barbeque          closer to an academic’s heart.         anywhere these days. You don’t         I wanted the Ellmann Lectures
ground Atlanta at 7 a.m.         hosted by the Wagners at              In Schuchard’s words, “it was          see enough of faculty coming           to create, a sense of celebration
   To register, go to www.                                             great to see faculty members           together to celebrate intellectual     of intellectual life.”
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                                 ECONOMY: How Emory is coping
   The discount is $15 off the   Continued from the cover              the future. Do I fill that open
                                                                       position now? Is there some
regular registration price
                                                                       activity we can live without?”
                                                                                                                 A focus on priorities
until Dec. 31.
                                 debt/credit markets are cur-             According to Mandl, activ-             In president Jim Wagner’s Oct. 8 community letter, he stated
   For more information,
                                 rently impacting Emory, and           ity levels are going to need to           that, “Ensuring that Emory’s momentum and positive trajectory
e-mail Lindsye.Mitchelll@
                                 what the community can do             change in order to deal with              continue will require clear understanding, discipline, and prudent
                                 starting today to better prepare      the changing economic environ-            tradeoffs. We will continue to invest in those areas that are
                                 for the next year or so to adjust.    ment, which is one reason he              essential to achieving our vision. To these ends, budget priorities
EHSO moves                          On Oct. 16, Mandl met with         thinks it’s important to talk             will include:
                                 Employee Council members to
to 1762 Clifton                  give a current update, and to
                                                                       about these issues across cam-            • Investing in competitive, merit-based salaries to reward, retain,
                                                                       pus. “Meeting this economic               and attract the best faculty and staff.
   The main offices of the       discuss issues on their minds         challenge is a shared responsi-
Environmental Health and         including specific questions          bility, and it’s important to hear        • Investing in the financial aid required to retain and attract the
Safety Office (EHSO) have        regarding filling positions,                                                    best students, regardless of their economic standing. This will be
                                                                       from people in all areas of the
moved to 1762 Clifton Rd.,       research funding and support,                                                   especially challenging in the coming years.
                                                                       University’s operation, who are
Suite 1200, the location         financial aid, and the more gen-      feeling the effects of the situ-          • Completing all the construction we have started and reviewing
formerly occupied by Procure-    eral — what should staff be           ation every day on the job and            the timing and pace of future projects.
ment and Payment Services.       doing now to prepare for bud-         at home.”                                 • Investing in research and teaching in accord with school-based
   Contact numbers and fax       getary challenges ahead?                 The more communication,                and University-wide strategies.
numbers remain the same.            Mandl offered advice that          the better, said several employ-
EHSO director Patricia           he has shared with his own            ees who attended the Oct. 16              • Investing in Campaign Emory, whose success is critical to our
Olinger praises the new digs     staff: “I’m not a fan of absolutes,   briefing. “People need to be              future.
from a “workability stand-       so I don’t generally use terms        reassured that Emory is doing             • Investing in research compliance and support, an indispensable
point and a synergy stand-       like ‘freeze.’ I’m suggesting that    everything possible to manage             business function for a University that now competes successfully
point…This brings everyone       we approach all decisions with        the economic situation and to             for more than $410 million a year in research funding.”
together in one group,” she      a different degree of thought-        help us work through it,” said            To read the letter, visit http://www.emory.edu/home/news/
says, noting that they had       fulness and consideration, and        Patricia Chebat, administrative           releases/2008/10/emory-and-the-economy.html.
outgrown their spaces at the     with the assumption that bud-         assistant, Goizueta Business
dental school.                   gets will be flat or decrease in      School.
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room, parking for visitors and       Campus communication on economic news priority for leadership
the convenience of having all
                                         University leadership has initiated an ongoing, multi-pronged communications program to keep the Emory community updated on the
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                                         In this issue, Emory Report covers an economic briefing that mike mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, is giving
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affected by the move, Olinger
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    REPORT FROM: Emory alumni association

    Reaching out to and beyond alumni this fall
       The Emory Alumni Association               The EAA is about students. More           Destinations speaker series is one of         Carlos Museum.
    isn’t just about Emory alumni.             than 200 sophomores gathered in              the EAA’s most popular programs.                 And the EAA is about alumni.
       Though that phrase may sound            Cox Hall on Oct. 7 to receive their             An EAA alumni panel, “Insight Into         We’re about involving alumni in every
    suspiciously like a slogan, it’s not.      sophomore pins — symbolic of their           the 2008 Election,” featuring former          aspect of the University. Encouraging
    Mainly because it would be a really        completion of two semesters as Emory         Sen. Wyche Fowler ’69L (D-Ga.) and            alumni to volunteer, mentor students
    bad one.                                   students, which earns them the right         former head of the Christian Coalition        and fellow alumni, attend University
       Clunky vernacular aside, the            to be called “alumni.”                       Ralph Reed ’91PhD was attended by             events, and in the wake of the public
    EAA reaches out to a variety of               “You are Emory’s present and it’s         some 200 alumni in Atlanta the same           launch of Campaign Emory, contribute
    constituents. While serving Emory’s        future,” said Paul McLarty ’63C–’66L,        day. And on Oct. 30, Black will make          to their alma mater in a variety of
    105,000 alumni is certainly important      president-elect of the Emory Alumni          an EAA encore appearance at Faculty           ways, is our job. And we’ve very happy
    and arguably why we exist, our             Board, during his congratulatory             Destinations: Nashville, less than one        with the way things are going.
    relationships go deeper than that. In      address. “May you carry on our               week before the election.                        The EAA is still basking in the glow
    fact, many of our proudest moments         tradition of excellence and pride in our        The EAA is about staff. “4EU”              of our largest Emory Homecoming
    come when we can involve alumni            alma mater.”                                 means “Emory Educated, Emory                  Weekend ever. Some 4,000 guests
    in the Emory community that goes              The EAA is about faculty. On Oct.         Employed,” a new partnership between          attended events across campus, Sept.
    beyond themselves.                         16, four faculty members — Merle Black       the EAA and the Emory Annual                  26–28. We use the term “guests,”
       For instance, when alumni and           (political science), Art Kellermann          Fund. Some 3,000 Emory alumni work            because we are still breaking down the
    parents partner to lead a service          ’80M (emergency medicine), J.B.              for the University and 4EU is a new           numbers in terms of alumni, students,
    project for Emory Cares International      Kurish (business), and Robert Schapiro       way to bring them together. On Nov.           parents, faculty and staff. They mixed
    Service Day, we feel a tremendous          (law) — spoke on “The 2008 Elections”        20, 4EU will host an exclusive tour           so well, we are still sifting through the
    sense of accomplishment. Creating          to more than 120 alumni at Faculty           of the King Tut companion exhibition,         names trying to figure out who’s who.
    that partnership and nurturing its         Destinations: New York. Presenting           “Wonderful Things: The Harry Burton
    growth is what we are about. But           faculty speakers to alumni audiences         Photographs and the Discovery of              Eric Rangus is the director of communica-
    that’s not all we are about.               is nothing new, though. In fact, our         the Tomb of Tutankhamun” at the               tions for the Emory Alumni Association.

ELECTION: Students may RESEARCH: New central
make difference this year office to oversee rules
Continued from the cover                     ingly different candidates who produce         Continued from the cover
                                             strong emotions.” McAfee added that
                                             students are “typically an unreliable                                                         “We believe creating oversight
But Senator Obama has created excite-        group, unfortunately, but this year our           “We understand the need for integ-          of conflict-of-interest issues
ment among young voters probably more        vote may make a difference in some             rity in research. We believe creating
than ever before. I think this demo-         states, like North Carolina. In Georgia,       oversight of conflict-of-interest issues       in a new central office will
graphic also realizes that it will inherit   students may make it a closer race, but        in a new central office will help us           help us ensure strong conflict-
many of today’s emerging problems so we      I don’t think it will be enough to tip it to   ensure strong conflict-of-interest policies
must vote to make our voices heard and       the blue column.”                              and procedures University-wide,” Lewis         of-interest policies and proce-
participate in the democratic process.”         SGA and College Council are sponsor-        and Sanfilippo said. The new office will       dures University-wide.”
   Henson’s classmate across the aisle,      ing shuttles to the polls at Druid Hills       report to David Wynes, vice president for
                                                                                                                                           — Earl lewis, provost & executive vice
Emory College Republicans chair Scott        High School, in an effort “to remove all       research administration at Emory.
                                                                                                                                           president for academic affairs, and Fred
McAfee, also expects an increase in the      barriers to students getting out to vote,”        Although the School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                           Sanfilippo, executive vice president for health
youth vote “since we have two strik-         said SGA president Maria Town.                 continues to have the most sponsored
                                                                                            research of any division at Emory, grow-
                                                                                            ing numbers of studies are also found in
                                                                                            Emory College, Rollins School of Public        mind as the University’s investigation
                                                                                            Health, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff              of the allegations concerning Nemeroff

15 minutes of fame
                                                                                            School of Nursing, the Yerkes National         continues: Nemeroff deserves a full and
                                                                                            Primate Research Center and elsewhere.         fair review of the facts before final con-
                                                                                            COI administration has been based in           clusions are drawn; well-managed col-
                                                                                            the School of Medicine since the incep-        laborations between private industry

for debate experts                                                                          tion of such research protocols in the
                                                                                               Meanwhile, Emory is continuing to
                                                                                            investigate allegations against professor
                                                                                                                                           and the academy have yielded many
                                                                                                                                           benefits to humanity that are worth
                                                                                                                                           the prudent investment of public funds;
                                                                                                                                           and the health of any scholarly com-
                                                                                            Charles Nemeroff. Nemeroff voluntarily         munity depends upon the intellectual
By BEVERLY CLARk                              in Joe the Plumber, who became an             stepped aside as chairman of psychiatry        honesty and personal trustworthiness of
                                              amazing metaphor for the middle class,”       and behavioral sciences and principal          its members.
   In last Wednesday’s final presidential     Wade said. It was when the questions          or co-investigator on all NIH grants at            Emory is absolutely committed to
debate, America learned a lot about           about negative campaigning and the            Emory, pending resolution of COI ques-         these principles, Wagner stressed.
an Ohio plumber named Joe and saw             vice presidential selections were asked       tions recently raised about his finan-             “I am confident that in the end we
candidates Sen. John McCain and Sen.          that “McCain veered off course and            cial relationships with pharmaceutical         will determine whether these allegations
Barack Obama face off one last time.          didn’t get back.”                             companies by Sen. Charles Grassley             are true. If they are, Emory has in place
   For Emory’s deep bench of debate              Obama was able to offer a solid rebut-     (R-Iowa).                                      strong and proven procedures for dealing
experts — thanks to the award-win-            tal to questions about his association           Steven Levy has been appointed act-         with their fallout,” Wagner wrote.
ning Barkley Forum — the debate also          with William Ayers, Wade says. “He            ing chair of the department. Levy, who             He continued: “Emory would not be
marked the end of an exciting cycle they      made it look like McCain was launching        began his Emory career in 1974, is profes-     true to our mission of creating, preserv-
see every presidential election season.       blows in the air and landing nothing.”        sor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences      ing, transmitting and applying knowl-
  “It’s our 15 minutes of fame every four        Unlike previous Democratic contend-        and holds the Bernard C. Holland Chair         edge in the service of humanity if the
years,” quipped Melissa Maxcy Wade,           ers, “who tended to bludgeon you over         of Psychiatry. He is also chief of psychia-    very foundation of that knowledge were
executive director of forensics and the       the head with facts and figures,” Obama       try at Grady Memorial Hospital, head           called into question by lack of integrity
Barkley Forum. Wade is one of only            used evidence sparingly, and often in         of the psychiatry section of The Emory         in research. We owe it to every citizen of
three university debate coaches in the        a way that was counterintuitive, such         Clinic, vice chair for clinical services       the world not to fail in that mission, and
United States who has served on the           as citing how the national Chamber            and academic affairs in the Department         we will not fail.”
National Associated Press Presidential        of Commerce, which doesn’t often sup-         of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences              Nemeroff is cooperating with the
Debate Evaluation Panel for every U.S.        port Democratic policies, warned that         and director of Emory’s Psychoanalytic         investigation and has assured Emory
presidential election since 1976.             McCain’s plan threatened the unravel-         Institute.                                     officials that: “To the best of my knowl-
   The series of face-offs has offered a      ing of the health care system, Wade              “Dr. Levy is a valued, long-stand-          edge, I have followed the appropriate
host of opportunities for Emory’s debate      says.                                         ing excellent faculty member in the            University regulations concerning finan-
coaches to provide analysis and insight         “That was extremely efficient debat-        Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral        cial disclosures. I have dedicated my
for numerous media outlets, including         ing and made points that were hard for        Sciences,” said School of Medicine Dean        career to translating research findings
USA Today, Voice of America Radio, the        McCain to untangle,” she says. Overall,       Thomas Lawley. “We look forward to his         into improvements in clinical practice in
Atlanta Journal-Constitution and local        Wade sees a clean sweep for Obama in          leadership as he serves as acting chair        patients with severe mental illness. I will
news.                                         the presidential debates.                     for the department.”                           cooperate fully and work with Emory to
   In the first 20 minutes of the Oct. 15        As for the vice presidential debate,          President Jim Wagner, in a letter to        respond to the alleged conflicts of inter-
debate, “McCain was very solid. He had       “there will be academic papers written on      the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct.       est issues raised by Senator Grassley
a symbol for who he wanted to target          that one,” Wade said.                         12, cited three key principles to keep in      and his staff.”

        6 Discovery
     OCTOBER 20, 2008

Collaboration spreads koltès work
By PATTI GHEzzI                     and racism. “We’re still working
                                    through the ghosts of slavery,
    Isma’il ibn Conner was an       of the civil rights movement,”                                                                                     UPCOMING
actor seeking his first profes-     ibn Conner told students in pro-
sional role when he auditioned      fessor Valérie Loichot’s class,
for Bernard-Marie Koltès’ “Black   “Ghosts of the Plantation,” which                                                                                   Oct. 20–30
Battles with Dogs.” He wasn’t       explores the aftermath of slav-                                                                                    Director Thierry de peretti
impressed.                          ery. Students reacted strongly                                                                                     and sound composer Nicolas
   “I thought it was some stupid    to ibn Conner’s translation for                                                                                    baby on campus to develop
French dude’s play,” recalls ibn    Koltès’ “In the Solitude of Cotton                                                                                 production. To schedule a
Conner, who nevertheless got        Fields,” which 7 Stages produced                                                                                   visit, contact amin Erfani at
the part. A week into produc-       last spring.                                                                                                       aerfani@learnlink.emory.edu
tion, a passage moved him so           “As Americans, we’re taught                                                                                     or 404-290-3179.
much it set him on a mission to     to have a great amount of pre-                                                                                     Oct. 20
introduce the provocative work      tense,” ibn Conner told them.                                                                                      Screening of film on Koltès,
of Koltès to Americans through     “Koltès wanted us to embrace our                                                                                    followed by panel discussion
a partnership with Emory.           animal side.”                                                                                                      featuring Isma’il ibn Conner,
    In the scene, ibn Conner’s          Born in 1948 in France,                                                                                        de peretti, baby and faculty
character wants to retrieve the     Koltès lived in New York early                                                                                     member Catherine Dana.
body of his brother, who was        in his writing career. He died                                                                                     4:15–6:15 p.m. White Hall
killed on a West African con-       of complications from AIDS in                                                                                      208. Reception follows.
struction site. The character       Paris in 1989.
                                        His work is known in Europe                                                                                    Oct. 27
describes how his family needs
                                                                                                                                                       Director’s roundtable
the corpse to keep them warm,       but remains obscure in the
                                                                                                                                                       discussion with de peretti,
and the corpse needs the family     United States, says Judith Miller,
                                                                                                                                                       baby and actress Janine
to stay warm.                       who read Koltès in the 1980s
                                                                                                                                                       barris. 4:15–6 p.m. White
   “Something broke in me,” ibn     in Paris when Patrice Chéreau
                                                                                                                                                       Hall 205.
Conner says. “I realized what       staged Koltès’ work. “I remem-
Koltès was wanting us to do is      ber the debut of a radical play                                                                                    Feb. 6, 2009
be human.”                          by a radical playwright,” says                                                                                     brave New Works reading
    Since then, ibn Conner,         Miller, associate professor of his-                                                                                of the translation of Koltès’
artistic associate with 7 Stages    tory and co-director of European                                                                                   “The Day of murders in the
Theater and artist in residence     Studies. “I had to read his work                                                                                   History of Hamlet.” 7 p.m.
at Emory, has immersed himself      to find out what the furor was                                                                                     Schwartz Center Theater lab.
in Koltès and is undertaking        all about.”                                                                                                        March 16–20
the translation of six plays for          “Autour de Koltès/About                                                                                      de peretti and baby return to
productions at 7 Stages over a      Koltès” is ideal for the European                                                                                  atlanta for pre-production
10-year period.                     Studies Project, Miller says.                                                                                      work in Dobbs University
    This month and again in        “This collaboration will call                                                                                       Center.
March, Emory’s European             attention to the substance of
Studies Project will host ibn       Koltès work while adding to                                                                                        March 19
Conner, French director Thierry     Emory’s reputation in contempo-                                                                                    Colloquium with de peretti
de Peretti, and sound compos-       rary literature and the arts and                                                                                   and baby. 4–5 p.m. Schwartz
er Nicolas Baby as they work        to Atlanta’s standing as a major                                                                                   Center Theater lab.
on the translation and produc-      site for path-breaking theatrical       A classroom visit from 7 Stages Theater’s Isma’il ibn    bRYaN mElTz       Spring 2010
tion of Koltès’ play, “The Day      productions,” Miller says.              Conner is among the campus events surrounding a collabora-                 Koltès exhibit in the Schatten
of Murders in the History of            It will be of interest for schol-   tion to translate and produce six plays by French playwright               Gallery, play’s production at
Hamlet” (“Le Jour des meurtres      ars and students in literature,         Bernard-Marie koltès.                                                      7 Stages, and Koltès scholar
dans l’histoire d’Hamlet”).         gender studies, African American                                                                                   Christophe bident teaches
    The residency and the events    Studies, history and theater.           visited Emory. Interested faculty   ate professor in the Graduate          seminar at Emory.
in “Autour de Koltès/About              In 2010, 7 Stages will produce      and students will be able to sit    Institute of Liberal Arts and          For more information,
Koltès” are funded in part by       Koltès’ adaptation of “Hamlet.”         in on the production’s table work   co-director of the European            contact Amin Erfani at
a grant from The Andrew W.          Other aspects of the partnership        while de Peretti and Baby are on    Studies Project. “We’re hoping         aerfani@learnlink.emory.
Mellon Foundation.                  include student workshops, a            campus.                             to foster connections between          edu.
    Atlanta is an ideal setting,    film screening, readings and an           “This is our first big public     Europeanists at Emory and cul-
because Koltès’ work is laden       exhibition about the writer’s life,     scholarship initiative,” says       tural endeavors of all sorts in
with imagery relating to slavery    created by his brother, who has         Elizabeth Goodstein, associ-        Atlanta in the future.”

Puzzle connecting                                                           New insight found into genome
cancer drug and sepsis                                                      of neglected malaria parasite
By QUINN EASTMAN                   called MD-2. MD-2 helps white            By QUINN EASTMAN                    um, the dominant malaria para-       sequence of P. vivax has revealed
                                   blood cells sense the presence                                               site whose genomic sequence          unique genes that appear to
   A well-known anticancer         of bacterial products called                As international health          was published in 2002, are car-      be important for invading the
drug also binds a protein in the   endotoxins.                              authorities step up efforts to      ried by mosquitoes and can cause     host’s cells and in evading the
human body that triggers sep-         The team’s results were               fight malaria, leading scientists   fever, chills, headache, nausea      host’s immune system, Galinski
sis, Emory researchers have        published in the Oct. 10                 say the stealthy Plasmodium         and vomiting. What makes P.          said.
revealed.                          issue of Journal of Biological           vivax parasite deserves more        vivax distinctive is the “hyp-          Galinski and Yerkes col-
   In mice, the drug paclitaxel    Chemistry.                               attention. The complete sequ-       nozoite” phase of its life cycle,    league Alberto Moreno also
can bring on symptoms resem-         “We were able to demonstrate           ence of the P. vivax genome,        when the parasite lays dormant       recently published studies of
bling sepsis, a life-threatening   that paclitaxel doesn’t induce           reported in the Oct. 9 issue        in liver cells for months or years   a P. vivax vaccine candidate.
inflammation caused by sys-        an inflammatory response                 of Nature, could help scientists    after initial infection.             In the August issue of Vaccine,
temic infection. Luckily for       through human MD-2, but                  unlock its secrets.                    While P. vivax infection is       they showed that the vaccine
thousands of cancer patients,      binding does occur,” Zimmer                 Vaccine researcher Mary          usually non-lethal and doctors       effectively stimulated monkeys’
paclitaxel doesn’t act similarly   says. “The difference seems to           Galinski and her colleagues         once considered it “benign,” an      immune systems to produce
in humans.                         be in a particular loop area of          at Yerkes National Primate          increasing number of reports         antibodies, which in laboratory
   Solving this puzzle could       MD-2, which changes shape                Research Center played a criti-     show the parasite can kill,          tests could block proteins the
help scientists better under-      when MD-2 binds.”                        cal role in assembling P. vivax’s   Galinski said.                       parasites use to invade blood
stand how paclitaxel works and        Paclitaxel was found in the           genetic information because the        Compared with P. falciparum,      cells.
develop new drugs to quench        bark of the Pacific yew tree by          parasite cannot be cultured in      P. vivax’s ability to come back         The full P. vivax sequence
sepsis, says infectious disease    National Cancer Institute sci-           the laboratory and can only be      from dormancy, its faster devel-     and its analysis were a col-
specialist Shanta Zimmer.          entists in the 1960s. Its main           grown in living monkeys.            opment in the mosquito, and          laboration involving scientists
   Zimmer teamed up with           effect — separate from its                  P. vivax is responsible for at   the outdoor biting behavior of       from a dozen institutions and
Jim Snyder, Emory’s director       interactions with MD-2 — is              least 25 percent of the roughly     the mosquitoes it prefers may        coordinated by the Institute of
of biostructural research and      to interfere with cell division          500 million cases of malaria        make P. vivax more resilient to      Genomic Research. The first
an expert on paclitaxel and        by locking microtubules, the             worldwide and is the major          common control methods such          author is microbiologist Jane
its chemical relatives, to probe   building blocks of the cell’s            cause of malaria outside Africa.    as insecticide-treated nets.         Carlton at New York University
how the drug binds to a protein    internal skeleton, into place.              Both P. vivax and P. falcipar-      The       complete     genetic    School of Medicine.
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                                                                      Forum 7
                                                                                                                                                                     OCTOBER 20, 2008

Flip the switch on power usage                                                                                                                                 SOUNDBITES
This month, Emory faculty, staff and students are competing to win $1,000 toward a sustainable prize while helping Emory become a more                         Is gold overrated
sustainable university. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, Campus Services is measuring the energy use in every campus building, including
academic, administration and residence halls. A $1,000 sustainable prize will be awarded to the building with the greatest energy reduction                    in times of crisis?
during the month of October, when compared to 2007 levels.                                                                                                         With the financial world
                                                                                                                                                               in crisis, many people are
CAMPUS QUESTION                                                                                        “Reminding people to turn lights off. I
                                                                                                                                                               wondering what to do with
                                                                                                                                                               their savings. beware of ads for
What are you doing                                                                                     make it a point to shut off the halogen
                                                                                                       lights in the display case. It’s small but it
                                                                                                                                                               gold as an investment, warned
                                                                                                                                                               Ray Hill, assistant professor of
to reduce energy                                                                                       all adds up.”                                           finance, during a recent Chapel
                                                                                                                                                               Tea talk.
consumption on campus?                                                                                              Demeris “Dee” Ogletree
                                                                                                          (custodian at the Callaway Center)
                                                                                                                                                                   “The last time the price of
                                                                                                                                                               gold peaked was in 1980,”
                                                                                                                                                               he said. “Inflation was up, the
 “I launched an ethics and                                                                                                                                     economy was going to heck
 public service blog, ‘So What                                                                                  “I challenged my colleagues and had            in a hand-basket, and people
 Can I Do?’ in which each                                                                                       them replace their incandescent light          were asking, ‘What should we
 post offers specific ways indi-                                                                                bulbs with compact fluorescent light           do? buy gold, right?’”
 viduals can make a difference.                                                                                 bulbs. We reduced electricity use by               The value of gold today,
 For example, taking the stairs                                                                                 10 percent.”                                   however, is about half as much
 instead of elevators reduces                                                                                                                                  as its value in 1980, when
                                                                                                                                    Brad Schweers              adjusted for inflation, Hill said.
 energy costs to run eleva-                                                                                            (admissions advisor, Candler
                                   “I had a closed-loop chilled                                                                                                “Gold may be a smart invest-
 tors.”                                                                                                                        School of Theology)
                                   water system installed so                                                                                                   ment, I don’t know. but when
   karama Neal (adjunct assis-     that cooling water in my                                                                                                    somebody asserts that gold is
      tant professor of biology    lab is continuously re-                                     “The Greeks Go Green campaign and annual                        a great investment in a time of
    and program associate for      circulated, re-cooled and                                   energy competition amongst Emory’s sororities                   crisis, you should be aware that
    Emory’s FACES Alliance for     reused rather than being                                    and fraternities has created some healthy                       there is nothing in history that
   Graduate Education and the      used once and disposed.”                                    competition and helped raise awareness for                      confirms that.”
                 Professoriate)                                                                energy conservation around campus.”
                                           Susanna Widicus                                                                                                                       — Carol Clark
                                          Weaver (assistant                                          Whitney Hannan (senior, business)
                                       professor of physical
                                                 chemistry)                                                                                                    Archbishop on
                                                                                                                                                               capital punishment
                                                                                                                                                                   atlanta archbishop Wilton
                                                                                                                                                               D. Gregory spoke about the
FIRST PERSON                                                                                                                                                   Catholic Church’s revised
                                                                                                                                                               stance on capital punishment
                                                                                                                                                               as the first lecturer in a new

linking scholarship and activism                                                                                                                               Center for the Study of law
                                                                                                                                                               and Religion series. Gregory’s
                                                                                                                                                               Oct. 7 address was cospon-
                                                                                                                                                               sored by Emory’s aquinas
                                        Calinda N. lee phD’02 is                                                                                               Center of Theology.
By CALINDA LEE                                                                                                                                                     “There has been a change
                                        assistant director for research and
                                        development at the James Weldon                                                                                        in the church’s moral posi-
    When I decided to leave my          Johnson Institute for advanced                                                                                         tion on the use of the death
faculty position at another uni-        Interdisciplinary Studies and                                                                                          penalty,” Gregory said. “The
versity to come to Emory as the         adjunct faculty in the Graduate                                                                                        key distinction is the way in
assistant director of the James         Institute of liberal arts.                                                                                             which purposes of punishment
Weldon Johnson Institute for Ad-                                                                                                                               are defined.
vanced Interdisciplinary Studies,                                                                                                                                  “The only purpose that
I found some friends and col-          ed halls of the academy when I                                                                                          would render an execution
leagues scratching their heads.        completed my doctoral work. I                                                                                           morally licit is the defense of
    When I excitedly explained         would not cast my pearls of wis-                                                                                        society from the criminal whose
that the institute is the first and    dom to a privileged minority rep-                                                                                       sentencing is under question”
only in the nation that supports       resented by the student bodies                                                                                          — a situation not likely to be
new research and scholarship on        at elite universities.                                                                                                  found in a modern, industri-
the modern civil rights move-              Instead, I contended, I would                                                                                       alized society with a secure
ment, they agreed it sounded           be doing “public” work with the                                                                                         prison system,” said Gregory,
interesting.                           masses, work that would reach                                                                                           who is among those who have
    When I argued that the insti-      far beyond the ivory towers of                                                                                          appealed for clemency for Troy
tute would encourage the vital         the academy. While I intuitively                                                                                        Davis in the Georgian’s death
work of examining the civil            understood the necessity and va-                                                                                        penalty case.
rights movement’s points of in-        lidity of the pursuit of knowledge                                                                                                        — mary loftus
tersection with other social jus-      for its own sake, I struggled to
tice movements such as the             reconcile my intellectual work
women’s movement, the GLBT             with the imperative that I felt to     In joining the James Weldon Johnson Institute, Calinda             bRYaN mElTz   A poetic approach
movements and the human                be an active agent for social and      Lee found a new outlook on scholarship.                                          to women’s health
rights movement, they acknowl-         political transformation in our                                                                                              “many HIV-prevention
                                                                                 I was right that students need     and Other Sermons” by esteemed
edged that this was timely and         society.                                                                                                                programs talk about the epide-
                                                                              to be able to understand the con-     clergy; a spring concert series
progressive. But, what, many               To be fair, I will acknowledge                                                                                      miology of HIV or why people
                                                                              nection between the work that         celebrating the role of art in voic-
wondered, would I do outside of        the arrogance and immaturity in                                                                                         are at risk. That’s one way to
                                                                              they do in the library, the lab,      ing resistance and uniting com-
a faculty context? And how ex-         my assertion that work in the                                                                                           communicate with people, but
actly would I advance scholar-                                                the archive and the classroom         munity; and the Johnson Medal
                                       classroom, lab, archive and in                                                                                          if you want to reach people,
ship — or even my own career                                                  with the social and political con-    Award Ceremony, which honors
                                       silent contemplation with a text                                                                                        you have to talk about some-
— in such a position?                                                         cerns that keep them awake at         individuals who have distin-
                                       could not be profoundly socially                                                                                        thing that’s comfortable,” said
    I welcomed these challenges        and politically transformative. I      night.                                guished themselves through in-
                                                                                                                                                               Gina Wingood, professor in the
because they forced me to refine       find remarkable my hubris in so           And this is why coming to the      tellectual and creative genius
                                                                                                                                                               Rollins School of public Health
my ideas about the meanings of         poorly judging the importance of       Johnson Institute was a no-           and in service to their communi-
                                                                                                                                                               during the mary lynn morgan
success and to fundamentally in-       the scholarly enterprise; I am         brainer. It was the vision of the     ties.                                      annual lectureship for the
terrogate our responsibilities as      dismayed by the anti-intellectu-       institute, “an open but applied          In seminars and symposia,               Center for Women at Emory.
scholars in the academy.               al bent of my assertions that          mind serving all of humankind,”       colloquia and working groups,                   Wingood and her research
   At the risk of alienating at        those who chose to work within         that attracted me.                    the James Weldon Johnson In-               team use discussions of poetry
least half of my readers, I am go-     an academic environment and/or            Each of our visiting scholars      stitute’s mandate is to support            and role models to help get
ing to be more candid than I           framework could not cause radi-        comes to advance their research       critical new scholarship and to            women at risk for HIV involved
would ever argue is prudent. The       cal restructuring of societies.        interests but also to share their     explore and affirm the relation-           in prevention strategies. “What
truth is that, when I began my            And yet, even as I accept this      work with students and col-           ship between scholarship and               you want to do is listen. What
graduate studies, right here at        self-criticism, I think that I         leagues at Emory, at the Atlanta      social advocacy.                           you want to do is engage.
Emory, I felt quite disdainful of      was right about some things.           University Center, and through-          This is a project that we can           What you really want to do
work in the academy.                   I was right about the imperative       out the city at large.                all embrace. In the very best              is connect,” Wingood said.
    I was drawn to the Graduate        of linking scholarship and social         In like manner, the institute’s    academic tradition, we are com-            “part of our program is not just
Institute of the Liberal Arts spe-     advocacy. I was right about            signature programs seek to            mitted to transforming the world           teaching about HIV and aIDS.
cifically because of its emphasis      the need for our intellectual          bridge a gap between the cam-         together.                                  It’s connecting with women.”
on public scholarship. I was           work to more fully inform the so-      pus and communities beyond.              Learn more about our work                                 — Carol Clark
quick to argue that I would not        ciety’s responses to practical         They include a reading of John-       at www.jamesweldonjohnson.
find myself cavorting in the gild-     challenges.                            son’s seminal “God’s Trombones        emory.edu.

        8 Events
    OCTOBER 20, 2008

                                                                                                                 Items are compiled from the University’s master calendar,
                                                                                                                 Events@Emory, and from individual submissions to Emory
                                                                                                                 Report. Submit events at least two weeks prior to the
                                                                                                                 publication date at emory.edu/home/events or christi.
                                                                                                                 gray@emory.edu. Listings are subject to space limitations.

ADVANCE                              athletics                               Schwartz Center. $48; $36
                                                                             discount category members; $5
                                                                                                             “On the Go! Integrating
                                                                                                               Exercise Into a Busy               Visual arts
NOTICE                                 Saturday, Oct. 25
                                                                             students. 404-727-5050.           Schedule.” melissa morgan,
                                                                                                               wellness specialist, present-        Thursday, Oct. 23
Conference looks                     Men and Women’s Swimming
                                       v. UNC-Wilmington. Noon.*
                                                                          Religion                             ing. Noon. meeting Room 5,
                                                                                                               Women’s Center, Cox Hall.
                                                                                                                                                  Emory Evenings at the High
                                                                                                                                                    Museum. 4 p.m. High
                                                                                                               Free. Roslyn.sledge@emory.edu
at race, class                       *Woodruff P.E. Center. Free.           Sunday, Oct. 26                                                         museum of art. $5 with Emory
                                                                                                             “Liberal Facism.” Johan                ID. hitsjam@emory.edu.
   a two-day conference on             404-727-6447.
                                                                          University Worship. bryan Small,      Goldberg, National Review col-
race, ethics and class will be
                                                                            preaching. 8:30 and 11 a.m.         umnist and editor, presenting.      Saturday, Oct. 25
held Oct. 29–30 in the Jones
Room of the Woodruff library.        Film                                   Cannon Chapel. Free.
                                                                                                                8 p.m. 208 White Hall. Free.
                                                                                                                sfmcafe@emory.edu.                Mummies and Milkshakes
   presented by the Depart-                                                                                                                         on the Quadrangle!
ment of Sociology, “Defining           Monday, Oct. 20                    GREEN SUNDAY: “Festival of                                                7 p.m. $5; free for members.
Race, Ethnic, and Class Divides:                                            God’s Creation.” 10:30 a.m.        Thursday, Oct. 23                    404-727-0519.
                                     “Like a Shooting Star.”
Where We are Now, What the                                                  Glenn memorial Church. Free.     “Making Local Connections:
                                        4:15 p.m. 208 White Hall. Free.
Future Holds” features panel                                                404-634-3936.                      Differentiation of Spinal            Now Showing
                                        histjam@emory.edu. Discussion
presentations around the is-                                                                                   Premotor Inhibitory
                                        and reception to follow.                                                                                  “From GW to GW: Presidents,
sues of the dynamics of social
inequality and educational
                                       Wednesday, Oct. 22
                                                                          Seminars                             Interneurons From the
                                                                                                               Embryonic V1 Canonical                Politics, and Primaries; also,
inequalities.                                                                                                  Group.” Francisco alvarez,            Presidents, Politics and
   lawrence D. bobo, W.E.b.          “M.” 8 p.m. 205 White Hall.            Monday, Oct. 20                    Wright State University, pre-         Powers.” levels 2 and 3,
Du bois of Social Sciences             404-727-6761.                                                           senting. 9 a.m. 600 Whitehead         Woodruff library. Free. 404-
                                                                          MONDAYS AT THE MUSEUM:                                                     727-0136. Through Nov. 15.
at Harvard University, is the                                                                                  building. Free. 404-727-7401.
                                                                            “Ancient Greek story of
keynote speaker on Oct. 29,
and Carla O’Connor, associate        performing arts                        Pandora.” peter bing, Emory
                                                                            Department of Classics, pre-
                                                                                                             EVOLUTION REVOLUTION:
                                                                                                               “Creativity Conversation
                                                                                                                                                  “Latin American Posters:
                                                                                                                                                     Public Aesthetics and Mass
professor for education at the                                                                                                                       Politics.” Schatten Gallery,
                                                                            senting. 10:30 a.m. Carlos         With E. O. Wilson.” 3 p.m.
University of michigan, will           Monday, Oct. 20                      museum. $10, child/adult pair;     Jones Room, Woodruff library.         Woodruff library. Free. 404-
keynote Oct. 30.                                                                                                                                     727-0136. Through Dec. 14.
                                     Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony.           $8 child/adult pair members.       Free. 404-386-0365.
                                        8 p.m. Emerson Hall, Schwartz       404-727-4291. Registration                                            “Big Shots: Andy Warhol’s
Atlanta refugees                                                                                             “Race, Place and Professional
                                        Center. Free. 404-727-5050.         required.                                                                Polaroid Portraits.”
                                                                                                               Identity: Nursing in Georgia
are series subjects                                                       “Beyond Left and Right: The          1900–1940.” patricia O’brien          Carlos museum. $7 donation;
    “Displaced,” a series of           Tuesday, Oct. 21                     Promise of the Emerging            D’antonio, University of              free, Emory students, faculty
                                                                            Progressive Religious              pennsylvania, presenting.             and staff. carlos.emory.edu.
events to raise awareness of         kessler Reformation Day                                                                                         Through Dec. 15.
and inspire service to refugees        Concert. Emory Concert Choir         Movement in America.”              4 p.m. Rita Rollins Room,
in the atlanta community and           and melissa plamann, organ,          Robert Jones, public Religion      School of public Health. Free.
throughout the world, is set
for Oct. 20–23 hosted by the
                                       performing. Eric Nelson, direct-
                                       ing. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall,
                                                                            Research, presenting. 4 p.m.
                                                                            110 White Hall. Free.
Emory Christian Fellowship.            Schwartz Center. Free.               Eblank2@emory.edu.                 Friday, Oct. 24                      Tuesday, Oct. 21
Co-sponsors are the Office of          404-727-5050.                                                         EVOLUTION REVOLUTION:
Religious life and americans                                                Tuesday, Oct. 21                   “Science Changing Life.”           Influential Leadership. 8:30 a.m.
for Informed Democracy.                Thursday, Oct. 23                  LUMINARIES IN ARTS AND               9 a.m. Emory Conference Cen-          1599 Clifton Rd. $60 for course
    On Oct. 20, a dinner with                                               HUMANITIES: “Ambiguity in          ter. $40; $25 faculty and staff;      materials. Emoryhr.eu.emory.
atlanta-area refugees will           Poetry Council Poetry Reading.                                                                                  edu.
                                       8 p.m. Harris Hall lounge. Free.     Art and in the Brain.”             $10 students. 404-386-0365.
feature personal stories from                                               Semir zeki, University of                                             Nutrition for the Heart.
refugees of their journeys to          dtroka@emory.edu.
atlanta. The dinner, free and
open to the public, will be            Friday, Oct. 24
                                                                            london, presenting. 5 p.m.
                                                                            Jones Room, Woodruff library.    Special                                8:45 a.m. Fifth Floor
                                                                                                                                                    Conference Room, The Emory
                                                                            Free. 404-727-7134.                                                     Clinic. Free. 404-778-7777.
from 7 to 9 p.m. in the math &
Science Center atrium.
                                     Emory’s Young Artists Concert.                                            Thursday, Oct. 23
    a screening of the film,
                                       Student musicians, performing.       Wednesday, Oct. 22               NATIONAL COLLEGIATE                     Wednesday, Oct. 22
                                       Noon. Reception Hall, Carlos
“Rain in a Dry land” will be           museum. Free. 404-727-5050.        “Preterm Labor and Delivery:         ALCOHOL AWARENESS                  Increasing Personal Effective-
Oct. 21 in 207 White Hall                                                    Exploring the Controversy.”       WEEk: “Amethyst Initiative            ness. 8:30 a.m. 1599 Clifton
format 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 22,                                                 michael lindsay, Emory            Town Hall Forum.” 6:30 p.m.           Rd. $125 for course materials.
a benefit concert at bread Cof-
                                       Saturday, Oct. 25                     Department of Gynecology          Tull auditorium. Free. alyssa.        Emoryhr.eu.emory.edu.
feehouse on Ridgewood Drive          Flora Glenn Candler Concert             and Obstetrics, presenting.       lederer@emory.edu. Related            Two-day workshop.
will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Vice          Series. lynn Harrel, cello, and      8 a.m. 101 Faculty Office         events Oct. 20–24 and Oct. 30.
provost for academic Initiatives        Victor asuncion, piano, per-         building, Grady Campus. Free.
Santa Ono will moderate a               forming. 8 p.m. Emerson Hall,        Claire.Hackworth@emory.edu.
panel Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on
“The phenomenon of Clark-
ston” at the Center for Ethics.

Faculty awards
joint ceremony
    The albert levy award
for Scientific Research and
the Emory Faculty Excellence
Ceremony will again celebrate
jointly faculty accomplishments
across disciplines throughout
the University. The celebra-
tion will be Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.
in Cox Hall Rooms 1–3, the
University Research Committee
    During last year’s inau-
gural joint ceremony, faculty
throughout the University who                                                                      SpECIal                                                                 SpECIal
earned prestigious academic
honors over the preceding year          Romantic masterworks concert                                            Tibetan dolls on view
were recognized in conjunc-
                                           To open their 43rd season, the Emory University                         “The Loseling Dolls and Traditional Costumes of the
tion with the levy awards,
                                        Symphony Orchestra (ESO) directed by Richard Prior                      Tibetan World” opens with a free reception on Monday, Oct.
presented to faculty members
                                        will present a free concert on Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in             20 from 6–8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition,
for outstanding scientific pub-
                                        the Schwartz Center featuring Tchaikovsky’s renowned                    on display Oct. 21–25, features a set of traditionally
                                        “’Pathetique’ Symphony No. 6 in B Minor” and Rossini’s                  costumed Tibetan dolls created by the master craftsmen of
    In preparation for this year’s
                                        overture to “The Barber of Seville.” Emory’s University                 Drepung Loseling monastery and also live demonstrations
awards ceremony and recep-
                                        Chorus will join the ESO and music faculty Deborah                      of doll-making by Ven. Geshe Pema Ludrup and Ven. Geshe
tion, the URC and the Office of
                                        Thoreson, piano, for Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”                      Yeshe Thokme.
the provost are asking faculty
                                           In Prior’s opinion “the ESO is an extraordinary                         Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory Tibet
members to send informa-
                                        manifestation of the Emory population. The students bring               Partnership, was eager to have this exhibit on campus:
tion on any significant awards
                                        a thousand years of collective musical experience to the                “Our intention is to share a broad spectrum of the rich and
that they or their colleagues
                                        stage and come from every conceivable part of the academic              unique culture of Tibet. These monks are preserving an
received in the past year.
                                        spectrum with double majors in the sciences, humanities                 endangered culture that faces extinction. As the Dalai Lama
    Send submissions to
                                        and arts, yet they are unified by their love of humanistic              recently stated, ‘Whether intentionally or unintentionally,
melanie Kingston, UNIVmHK@
                                        expression through the medium of music.”                                cultural genocide is taking place.’”
emory.edu, by Nov. 10.
                                           For information, visit www.arts.emory.edu.                              For information, visit www.visualarts.emory.edu.

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