Connecting martial arts with the environment


What do martial arts and the environment have in common?

In this new YouTube video, Kyle Albers 11C talks about combining his passion for both to research the connections between the two. On his blog, he offers a comparative analysis to view both the evolution of martial arts and natural adaptations of the broader ecosystems that house them.

An Environmental Studies major, Kyle has participated in several on-location environmental research projects including those focused on the weathering and aging of rock monuments in Scotland (with Prof. Stephen Henderson) and feral animal tracking (with Prof. Anthony Martin). He also teaches martial arts, holds a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, studies To Shin do (Ninjutsu), and is a regular student of Japanese swordsmanship.


Emory makes national “honor roll” for community service

Nearly 90 percent of all Emory undergraduates take part in service projects. For that and other reasons, Emory University was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In addition, one of the university’s signature education and outreach programs has earned national notice as Georgia’s most innovative, urban-based project.

The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Emory as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

One of the partnerships noted in the Honor Roll, Emory’s Community Building and Social Change (CBSC) Fellowship along with its founding director, was lauded in the May 2011 issue of the business magazine Fast Company in its feature “United States of Innovation.”

The CBSC program is highlighted among 51 “bold ideas and brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America’s future.”

See full news release



“Emory Pulse” showcases student writers

One reason that Emory has been named the top American college for aspiring writers(according to a recent USA Today ranking) shows up in an anthology of short stories now available on

The Emory Pulse features work by 19 authors, including Andrew Casso, Bianca Copello, Duke Elmore, David Fish, Alexandra Fuller, Georgiana Green, Justin Groot, Hugh Hunter, Mika Ishikawa, Michelle Izmaylov, Xi Jiang, Kristin Morgan, Erica Morris, Cindy Okereke, Charles Peng, Jeffrey Rainey, Jamie Schlansky, Grace Tung, and Jessica Williams.

Check out The Emory Pulse on

Emory Playwriting Alum Talks about the Major


In this new YouTube video, Nicholas Surbey ’10C talks about Emory’s relatively new playwriting major (he was actually the first to graduate with the major) that brings together the disciplines of Theater Studies and Creative Writing to educate playwrights both as writers and as theater professionals. For more information, see



Rising junior Christina Cross (Latin American and Caribbean studies major) has been selected as a 2011 Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellow. She is one of 25 college students nationwide named to this prestigious fellowship and the first Emory recipient in the program’s 17-year history. The fellowship has an estimated value of $75,000.

The fellowship program includes participation in summer institutes, a study abroad program, an internship, language study and graduate school, and must be completed within six years. Cross’ fellowship will begin in mid-June with the Sophomore Summer Policy Institute (SSPI), a seven-week program at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Cross has worked as a peer advisor and volunteer services intern in the Emory Center for International Programs Abroad, and has led service activities for the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She also serves as chaplain for Emory’s Voices of Inner Strength Choir and is a learning coach with Volunteer Emory. Cross is from Milwaukee, Wis.

The IIPP Fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, seeks to enhance U.S. national security and global competitiveness by promoting excellence, international service and awareness among a representative cross-section of the American citizenry.

See May 19, 2011, news release

Liotta receives Emory’s highest award

Dennis Liotta
, professor of organic chemistry, received the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award, the University’s top recognition for significant service to the institution through personal activities, influence and leadership.

In collaboration with postdoctoral researcher Woo-Baeg Choi and Emory virologist Raymond Schinazi, Liotta developed Emtriva, a breakthrough antiviral drug for the treatment of HIV, now used by more than 90 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States, and by thousands more around the globe. Other medicinal inventions generated by Liotta’s lab over the years include therapies for everything from cancer and rheumatoid arthritis to hepatitis B.

See full Emory Report article (May 5, 2011)

Lynn receives 2011 University Scholar/Teacher Award

David Lynn, chair of the Chemistry Department and professor of biomolecular chemistry, received the 2011 University Scholar/Teacher Award, selected by Emory faculty on behalf of the United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He was recognized for his contributions to plant chemical biology, dynamic molecular self-assembly, chemical evolution and chemical education.

See Emory Report article (May 5, 2011)


On Supramolecular Self-Assembly and Understanding the Origins of Life

Synthetic Biology: Creating Life in a Lab?

Creativity Conversation with David Neumann (Dance), David Lynn (Chemistry) & Rosemary Magee

ORDER Brings Researchers into Classroom

The spring 2011 Emory Magazine features an article on the College’s ORDER (On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers) course, which brings graduate students into the classroom to present their research.

“Graduate students represent the next level after undergraduate training in the career path of a scientist,” Lynn [David Lynn, chair of the Chemistry Department] says. “Seeing that graduate students—who were themselves taking undergraduate classes only a few years earlier—are contributing to our scientific knowledge base is both very motivational to the undergraduate students and empowering for the teacher-scholars.”

See full article

Recognizing the Work of Ivan Karp and Dana White

How do you honor the life work of Profs. Ivan Karp and Dana White, who are retiring this year from Emory’s The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts?

One way is by hosting an afternoon of presentations by their colleagues and students, and seeing firsthand the impact their work has made in the world.


  • Jay Straker (Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines): “Traveling Theory Revisited, Recurrently.”
  • Timothy Crimmins (Professor of History and Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University): “Atlanta Memory: A Divided Past and a Divided Present.”
  • Calinda Lee (Associate Director for Programs and Development, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University): Creating the Pleasant View: Reimagining Suburban History as “Black Flight”
  • Dismas Masolo (Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville, Kentucky): “Beyond Justice: Rethinking Ends from an African Perspective.”
  • Gordon Jones (Senior Military Historian and Curator, Atlanta History Center): “Cyclorama-Drama: How Atlanta Wishes It Was Gettysburg”
  • George Johnston (Professor and Chair of the School of Architecture, Georgia Tech): “Architect’s Handbook: Of Moby Dick, Rockwell Kent, and The Adventures of Tom Thumtack.”


From Africa to Atlanta: A Conference in Recognition of the Work of Ivan Karp and Dana White” was held on May 4, in the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum and sponsored by The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts; Office of the Provost, Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Laney Graduate School; Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; Departments of Anthropology, English and History; The Institute of African Studies; The James Weldon Johnson Institute, Academic Affairs; Film and Media Studies; and The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.