Joe Bowman (Chemistry) Receives Top Honors

Joel Bowman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Emory University, received the Herschbach Prize for Theory, presented this summer at the Dynamics of Molecular Collisions 2013 Conference. The prize is named for Nobel Prize winning chemist Dudley Herschbach, who describes the award’s criteria as “bold and architectural work” that “addresses fundamental, challenging, frontier questions … and typically excites evangelical fervor that recruits many followers.”

Bowman also was recently elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, and is lauded in the August 15 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the leading journal in its field. This special “Festschrift Issue” includes a tribute article to Bowman.

Bowman is considered “one of the founding fathers of theoretical reaction dynamics,” the tribute authors write. More recently, they add, he has made exceptional contributions to modeling potential energy surfaces, or PESs: “Without the PESs emerging from Joel’s group, many theorists would be unable to apply powerful methods of modern quantum dynamics to some of the most challenging problems of great current interest.” One of the many applications of Bowman’s work in PESs includes weather forecasting and cloud formation.

Full story at eScienceCommons



New Videos Showcase Human Health Programs

Check out these two new videos highlighting the groundbreaking work of the Human Health program at Emory. In the first video, a number of students talk about the impact of the human health classes on their undergraduate experience. In the second video, Brooke Healey 15C (Journalism and Human Health) shares her story — from her freshman Health 100 class to becoming a Peer Health Partner the following year so that she could work with first-year students.

The Center for the Study of Human Health brings together the resources of a major research university to advance knowledge and undergraduate education in the area of human health.

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Virtual Rome at the Carlos Museum

The celebrated bird’s-eye view map of Giovanni Battista Falda, published in 1676, is transformed into a virtual, walkable, experience of Rome using the gaming platform NVis360, as part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum‘s special exhibition, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, on view from August 24 through November 17, 2013.

Virtual Rome was created from the great map (1676) and etchings of Giovanni Battista Falda (1643–1678), the map of Giovanni Battista Nolli (1701–1756), and historical and archival research into the fabric of seventeenth-century Rome. The project was carried out under the design, interpretation, and direction of Sarah McPhee, Winship Distinguished Professor of Art History at Emory University.

“The gaming platform allows us to follow the invitation of Falda’s prints to stroll the city with our eyes: to navigate lost streets and squares, take in vanished prospects, experience seventeenth-century Roman “teatri” in the round,” says Prof. McPhee. “This is the first time a gaming platform has been used at Emory University to recover urban history through an immersive and interactive reconstruction. We look forward to sharing the exciting results.”

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Body of Knowledge: Emory Dance Program’s 2013-2014 Season

With interdisciplinary collaborations, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the choreographic process, community workshops and classes, and imaginative new choreography by faculty and guest artists, the Emory Dance Program’s 2013-2014 season explores the evolution of movement languages, offering something for any dance enthusiast’s palate.

Emory Dance Company presents its Fall Concert, an evening of contemporary dance created by Emory dance faculty, Anna Leo, George Staib, and Lori Teague and guest artists Emily Johnson and Kristin O’Neal, November 21–23. The Emory Dance Company Spring Concert takes place April 24-26 and will feature new works created by students.

A Moving Exchange is a series of workshops led by Emory Dance faculty. On Tuesday, October 1, Sally Radell presents a GYROKINESIS® Movement Training Class for movers of all experience and levels. Anna Leo offers a relaxing evening of Iynegar-based yoga on Tuesday, October 29. George Staib leads “Dance and Music: Workshopping the Love Affair” on Tuesday, November 5.

pre-suf-fixes: Catellier Dance Projects… Gregory Catellier, artistic director of Catellier Dance Projects, looks back at previous work and forward to the next evening-length work, Corpus Mysteriis. Presenting insight into his creative process, Catellier exemplifies a transformation of concepts that cut across personal, social, and political layers, December 6-8.

For more information on these events and others, visit or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050.

Kevin Young Wins 2013 PEN Open Book Award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Kevin Young, Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Curator, Raymond Danowski Poetry Collection, has been awarded the 2013 PEN Open Book Award for The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (Graywolf Press). His book was also a finalist in criticism for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The PEN Open Book Award was created by PEN American Center’s Open Book Committee, a group committed to racial and ethnic diversity within the literary and publishing communities. The award confers a $5,000 prize upon an author of color.

From the Judges’ Citation for The Grey Album

Like Duke Ellington’s fabled, Harlem-bound A Train, Kevin Young’s The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness propels us across a panorama of African American history, creativity and struggle with a lightning-brisk brilliance and purpose. Here’s what happens when an acclaimed poet makes his first foray into nonfiction: madcap manifesto and rhapsodic reportage create a formidable blend of scholarship and memoir that tackles cultural and personal history in one breath. Young goes far beyond just being a documentarian of American Black identity—he shows us how Black identity is indispensable to American culture. The Grey Album is an ambitious, exhilarating, impassioned work of Black literary and cultural criticism, unlike any other—an inspired, sweeping book that deserves to be savored and celebrated.

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