Tibet Week Talks Focus on Self-Immolation in Tibet

Two talks held in conjunction with Emory’s Tibet Week, an annual celebration of the culture of traditional and contemporary Tibet, focused on self-immolation practices in Tibet.

Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative to the United States, spoke about the more than 100 Tibetan self-immolations and the Tibetan Buddhist cultural attitude towards confronting injustice. Chinese government policies concerning Tibet and basic human rights violations have led to the utter frustration and desperation of Tibetans, leaving them with no choice but to self-immolate in order to draw international attention.  He also addressed the Tibetan Buddhist cultural attitude towards confronting injustice.

Sherab Woeser, editor-in-chief of Phayul.com, described current conditions in Tibet related to the flow of news and communications. Previously, he served as the editor of “Tibetan Bulletin” and Tibetan Youth Congress’s Rangzen magazine.

Tibet Week events include lectures, panel discussions, meditation, films and music.


Chemistry Gets a Makeover


A $52 million expansion and renovation of the Stanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center will begin in May 2013, with completion expected in early 2015. About 40,000 square feet of existing space in Atwood will be renovated, and 70,000 square feet of new space will be added to the existing 200,000 square-foot chemistry complex of Atwood and Cherry L Emerson Hall.

“Chemistry is foundational to solving many of the most critical problems facing society, but these problems need to be viewed from differing vantage points,” says David Lynn, the chair of chemistry. “The expansion and renovation of Atwood is designed to capture new and creative ideas, while strengthening our connections to the rest of the University.”

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Growing Lettuce in the DUC

Alex Boettcher 13C and Jai Seth 14C (both Economics majors and Sustainability minors) talk about the hydroponics system they built for the Dobbs University Center (DUC) this semester in order to promote sustainable and local food. The system currently grows about 50 heads of lettuce in 15 square-feet of space. Both Boettcher and Seth credit lots of support from Emory faculty and programs, particularly the Center for the Study of Human Health, Prof. Brian Campbell (Foundations of Sustainability class) and Interim Executive Director of Food Service Administration Kenny Hemmer.

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New Videos Highlight Work of CSHH and Predictive Health at Emory

Check out these new videos from the Center for the Study of Human Health (CSHH) — or go directly to the CSHH YouTube Playlist to view them all.

Alumni on…

From Peer Health Mentoring to Working in Healthcare IT

Exploring the Field of Electronic Medical Record Systems

Experts on the Effects of Growth Rate on Health (from a CSHH workshop held Oct. 30, 2012)…

David Barker, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton (UK) and Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (US)

Caitlin Dmitriew, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Neil Metcalfe, Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Glasgow

Patricia Monaghan, Professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Glasgow

CSHH Homepage

Seeing Is Believing with Emory’s Parthenon Project

Emory students under the direction of Bonna Wescoat, Professor of Greek Art and Architecture, address the longstanding question of why an ornate frieze was located in a seemingly obscure position high on the outside wall of the Parthenon.

On November 10, 2012, students erected a replica of panels of the frieze at the Nashville, Tenn., Parthenon. Then they asked bystanders what they could see.

Visit Parthenon Project Blog

See eScienceCommons Blog post about the Project

AWIS Week at Emory Features Plenty of Events

Emory’s first Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Week is being held from March 18-22nd, featuring networking, outreach, and mentorship opportunities.

Please note: RSVP (sguasch@emory.edu) for the “Mocktail Networking Night” event — see below — by March 20th.

Monday 6pm: Get your questions about pre-health, research, pre-Ph.D, or any science-related career answered. Pizza provided.

The panel will provide an open environment in which Emory students could come have questions concerning medicine, research, professorship and other science related careers answered and the opportunity to hear about the professional challenges the panelists have encountered and overcome. The panelists will range from professors and P.I.s to accomplished deans and doctors.

Tuesday 12pm: Lunch with a Scientist- Talk with and ask questions with a science professor in a comfortable and informal setting with 4-5 of your peers. Email vsjiang@emory.edu to reserve a seat.

Wednesday 11:30 — 1:30pm: Wonderful Wednesday and Cake Cutting. There will be cake in honor of AWIS, a “make your own molecule” activity, and other interactive activities.

Thursday 3pm: Druid Hills High School Tutoring (you can specify subjects that you feel comfortable with or prefer to tutor). Email cpbaile@emory.edu to sign-up.

Friday 6pm: Mocktail Networking Night. The closing event of a week-long series of educational, service oriented and awareness activities for AWIS Week. This mocktail night will allow students, faculty and professionals alike to gather together for an evening of fun and mingling to celebrate the 42 years of AWIS service. The night will be divided into 3 parts:

  1. Brief AWIS presentation — AWIS Emory Chapter will take a few moments to reflect on the past year by showing a short multimedia presentation highlighting our mission, past service trips/events, and goals for the future.
  2. “Speed dating” — Students meet and speak with faculty members/professionals in short 4 minute intervals before rotating to the next guest. This segment will aim to reduce the tension often experienced by students when required to “mingle and network,” in a fun manner.
  3. “Mocktails and mingling” — Guests will freely sample various “mocktail” drinks and light snacks while music is played. Undergraduate and Graduate students will get an opportunity to network with faculty and professionals in a more casual setting and enjoy a festive ambiance.


Fall 2012 Quadrangle Magazine Features College Faculty & Students

Quadrangle CoverThe Fall 2012 issue of Emory College’s Quadrangle Magazine is now online, featuring articles about the World Shakespeare Project (directed by Sheila Cavanagh, professor of English, and Kevin Quarmby, assistant professor of English at Oxford College); interesting going-ons in the Department of Mathematics; short profiles of five newly or recently retired professors (Stephen Nowicki, Ronald Schuchard, Albert Padwa, George Jones, Dana White); and a profile of international student Hyeok Kang, who excels in history and music–and finding ways to merge the two.

You’ll also find an excerpt from environmental studies professor Anthony Martin’s new book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (Indiana University Press, 2012), and a kudos to Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies

Related Links

World Shakespeare Project Homepage

Book Trailer for Life Traces of the Georgia Coast

2013 Bobby Jones Scholars Selected

Four Emory University seniors – Katherine Dickerson, Nour El-Kebbi, Lauren Henrickson and Rebecca Levitan – are the 2013-2014 recipients of the highly sought-after Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Award for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

They will represent Emory as ambassadors to St. Andrews and were selected based on their established records of leadership, academic excellence and interests that can be pursued through the offerings at the venerable Scottish institution. In addition, the 2013 Robert T. Jones, Jr. Fellowship for graduate students has been awarded to Emory senior Zachary Domach.

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See YouTube video with Lauren Henrickson talking about songwriter Paul Simon’s influence.

New fMRI Supports College Research

It wasn’t your typical office delivery last week. The 15-ton functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine required two flat-bed trucks and a 40-foot crane outside the PAIS building. But it’s now found a home in the Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience (FERN). “From anthropology to economics, political science, music and literature, students and faculty from virtually every discipline we have on campus now have the ability to examine the brain in relation to their area of interest,” says Patricia Bauer, senior associate dean of research for Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

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