Check out Dawoud Bey – Emory Portrait videos

Thanks to a collaboration involving “Creativity: Art and Innovation” and lots of people, especially jazz director Gary Motley, who composed a new song (“Dawoud”) for the soundtrack, a few YouTube videos showcasing the Dawoud Bey Emory Project have just gone live.

The Emory Project exhibit opens on February 1, 2011, at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery and continues through March 5th. At 6pm on Feb. 1st, Dawoud Bey will talk about the project at the opening reception (5-8pm).

Check out the online exhibit that accompanies the permanent exhibit of 20 selected photographs.

Dawoud Bey and Emory portraits

Participating in the Bey Portrait Series at Emory

Meaning and Legacy of the Bey Portrait Series at Emory

Perkowitz at the movies

Physics professor Sydney Perkowitz talks about the science behind the movies in these popular YouTube videos produced by the eScienceCommons blog.

Is the Futuristic World of TRON Outdated? (Dec. 2010)

How Powerful is Unstoppable? (Nov. 2010)

The Reality of Iron Man (May 2010)

“Euraka!” moment in the north Georgia mtns (“A Walk Through the Woods Leads to Insight on Numbers, Jan. 24, 2011) shares the story of an important recent discovery involving partition numbers by  Ken Ono (Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics). He and post-doc Zach Kent were walking through the north Georgia woods when…

“We were standing on some huge rocks, where we could see out over this valley and hear the falls, when we realized partition numbers are fractal,” Ono says. “We both just started laughing.”

Fractals are a kind of geometric shape that looks incredibly complex but is actually composed of repeating patterns. Fractals are common in nature—snowflakes, broccoli, blood vessels—and as a mathematical concept they’ve been hauled into use for everything from seismology to music.

Ono and his team realized that these repeating patterns can also be found in partition numbers. “The sequences are all eventually periodic, and they repeat themselves over and over at precise intervals,” Ono says. That realization led them to an equation (all math leads to equations, it sometimes seems) that lets them calculate the number of partitions for any number.

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SIRE Supports Undergraduate Research

Kristen Clayton 11C (Sociology major) talks about her undergraduate research in biracial identity and the support she’s received from Emory’s SIRE (Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory) program, which promotes undergraduate research projects through grants, faculty-student research partnerships, and summer research stipends.

Several programs, each suited to different student levels or needs, are offered each year, and students may be accepted in more than one program per academic year.

For more information, see the SIRE webpage.

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IDS major allows students to structure program of study

Prof. Peter Wakefield, senior lecturer and director of Undergraduate Studies, believes the IDS major may be one of Emory’s best-kept secrets. Senior Michaela Salvo 11C agrees.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society is the only major at Emory University that allows students to structure their own program of study around a field of interests that they themselves define. It is designed for independently minded students who wish to study culture and society but whose interests are broader than those accommodated by a single discipline. As part of the major, students are permitted to take courses in a number of departments, provided they meet appropriate departmental prerequisites.

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Matthew Bernstein (Film) an “Atlanta treasure”

Film Studies Chair Matthew Bernstein is an “Atlanta Treasure” and without him “the cinematic landscape in this town would be significantly less robust,” says Creative Loafing blogger Gabe Wardell ( “Cool Films at Film School”).

Wardell also mentions lecturer David Pratt and the free weekly screenings of 35mm prints of classic films at the Emory Cinémathèque.

See the blog (Jan. 19, 2011) for more details.

Janet Napolitano to give commencement address

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will deliver the keynote address at Emory University’s 166th Commencement ceremony Monday, May 9.

“As our graduating students set forth to shape their own lives and careers, they will be well served by the example of Janet Napolitano, who has used her exceptional intelligence, integrity and humanity in behalf of positive transformation in the world,” said President Jim Wagner.

Napolitano is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where she won a Truman Scholarship and was the university’s first female valedictorian, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

NPR covers story of monks studying at Emory

From the AP article (“Tibetan Monks Studying Science At Emory In Atlanta”) on the NPR website…

“My mother wasn’t happy about my coming here,” said Ngawang Norbu, 36, who is from Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement in India. “But when I told her it was part of His Holiness’ vision, she was very happy. I’m taking a small step toward fulfilling his wishes.”

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Learn more about the Emory-Tibet science initiative

College faculty featured in special Emory Report

The following College faculty are spotlighted in a special issue of Emory Report (Jan. 7, 2011) — representing just a few of the faculty helping the University achieve its level of excellence.

  • Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies and author of the book Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Gustavus Myers and Bernath Book awards. Her forthcoming book examines the NAACP’s role in revitalizing global freedom movements from 1941 to 1960.
  • Uriel Kitron, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, is now working with more than a dozen Emory undergraduate and graduate students on a large-scale, federally-funded project to help determine why cities like Chicago, Detroit and Denver have a much higher incidence of West Nile Virus than places like Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami.
  • English professor Laura Otis is on a Fulbright Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she is completing a book on visual and verbal thinking.
  • Deboleena Roy, associate professor of women’s studies and neuroscience and behavioral biology, bridges the divide between feminist theory and the natural sciences.

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