Steve Everett’s Coursera Class Featured

Professor of of Music Steve Everett‘s digital sound design class for winter 2013 is featured in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s article on online classes (Open online classes transform Georgia colleges, Dec. 27, 2012). The course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of sound and the factors that determine audio perception — it also explores techniques of recording, mixing, processing, synthesis, sampling, analysis, and editing of digital audio. There’s still time to sign up!

Cameras filmed Emory University professor Steve Everett as he recorded a lesson for a digital sound design class.

He teaches a popular music class on campus, but it can only accommodate 15 students. Yet, more than 20,000 people are expected to take his class in January when it is offered as a massive open online course, or MOOC.

These online courses are revolutionizing higher education as they give students free access worldwide to content and faculty offered by elite colleges. About 2 million students have signed up for the classes this year, and two Georgia colleges — Emory and Georgia Tech — are among those participating. Georgia Tech started this fall, and Emory begins in January.

Colleges are on the cusp of a major transformation as they test what they can provide through advanced technology and how they can operate more efficiently. They are discussing how to provide a richer learning experience online and in traditional classrooms.

“The model of higher education is changing,” said Lynn Zimmerman, Emory’s senior vice provost. “We are at the forefront of the experiment, and I don’t think anyone can predict where it will go.”

Read full article

See YouTube introduction to the course


Clay and Science Brings Together Biology and Visual Arts

“Clay and Science: A Symbiotic Relationship” (Ceramics I) brought together the fields of visual arts and biology to arrive at a better understanding of symbiosis. After exploring this concept in lectures, labs and studio trips, students explored symbiosis through art–shape, size, color, and forms–and created pieces for their final project. Visual Arts lecturer Diane Kempler teamed up with Nicole Gerardo, assistant professor of biology, to offer the class, which was divided into one three-hour studio session and a one-hour evening discussion.

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Profile of Prof. Kempler in Spring 2011 Quadrangle Magazine

See YouTube videos of Prof. Kempler’s Coan Middle School Garden Art Project

Prof. Gerardo’s tour of the complex world of fungus-growing ants (YouTube)


Huw Davies Named AAAS Fellow

Huw M.L. Davies, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Organic Chemistry, has been selected as a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor AAAS members bestow upon their peers. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Davies was cited “for distinguished contributions to the field of organic synthesis, particularly for developing new strategies for C-H functionalization.” His research group focuses on streamlined synthesis methods for drug discovery and has garnered 10 patents.

Davies is also director of the Center for Selective C-H Functionalization, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence, which brings together scientists from leading research universities across the country working to revolutionize the field of organic synthesis. C-H functionalization is expected to have a huge impact on the development of new drugs and other fine-chemical products by breaking new ground for organic synthesis, and making it faster, simpler and greener.

See news release (Dec. 12, 2012)

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Share Your Study-abroad Experience


Go Global. Go Abroad. Go Digital.

CIPA is offering you two ways to get recognized for your ability to share your study-abroad experience: via a digital story or a still photo competition.

For the digital storytelling contest, create a first-person digital story (2:30-3:00 minute length) about an aspect of your CIPA study abroad experience.

The photo competition is open to CIPA summer and semester undergraduate study abroad students and Emory/CIPA-affiliated faculty and staff returning from CIPA/Emory College-approved study abroad programs, beginning Fall 2011 through Fall 2012.

CIPA Digital Storytelling Application Spring 2013 (March 1st deadline)

More information on photo contest (Dec. 21st deadline)

2012 Student Photo Gallery

2011 Student Photo Gallery

Tocqueville on the Sources of Greatness in Democratic Societies

Aurelian Craiutu of Indiana University gives a talk entitled “Tocqueville on the Sources of Greatness in Democratic Societies” for the Emory Williams Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts (November 27, 2012). His research interests include French political and social thought (Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Aron), varieties of liberalism and conservatism, democratic theory as well as theories of transition to democracy and democratic consolidation in Eastern Europe.

The Emory Williams Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts has been made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Emory Williams (Emory College ’32 and Trustee Emeritus, Emory University).


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iTunesU audio

iTunesU Video



Honoring Prof. David Freides

Professor Emeritus of Psychology David Freides passed on November 22, 2012, at Budd Terrace nursing facility. He succumbed to pneumonia following a fall, subdural hematoma, and a long struggle with Parkinsonism. He was 83.

Dr. Freides retired from Emory University in 2007 after 41 years of service. He specialized in clinical neuropsychology and the training of students in clinical and neuropsychology.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Freides’s parents were labor Zionists who immigrated from shtetls in the Ukraine. He was active in Habonim Dror from childhood until a young adult and was enrolled in Hebrew school through his college years. He received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 1949, followed by his M.A. at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1951, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1956.

After service as an Army psychologist during the Korean War, Dr. Freides served as the director of Child and Adolescent Services at Lafayette Clinic. Thereafter, he relocated to Atlanta. An early practitioner of neuropsychology, Dr. Freides was largely self-taught, and was an early member of the International Neuropsychological Society and neuropsychology division of the American Psychological Association. He was the first neuropsychologist in Georgia to achieve board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology after earlier board certification in clinical psychology. Dr. Freides’s research interests covered a broad range of topics in brain behavior relationships and clinical practice. Personal interests included travel, opera, gastronomy, folk dancing, and socializing with family and friends.

Dr. Freides is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vivian Auerbach, daughters, Priscila and Tatiene Freides, grandson, Joshua Freides, sister, Deborah Brown and a wide circle of friends, colleagues and former students.

On January 14, 2013 at 4 p.m., family and friends will gather to share memories at Emory University (Room 290 of the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 36 Eagle Row). Those unable to attend who wish to contribute their recollections or thoughts may forward them to: Vivian Auerbach, 889 Springdale Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30306, or

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dr. Freides may be directed to: Emory University, Office of Gift Records, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, MS: 0907-001-8AA, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322-1710. Proceeds will be used to aid Psychology students at Emory.

from Emory University Emeritus College

Creative Writing Good Tidings

More good tidings from the Creative Writing Program!

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Kevin Young on NPR (Nov. 22, 2012)