In this new YouTube video, Kylie McKenzie 14C (Biology with a Predictive Health minor) and Brooke Woodward 13C (Anthropology with a Predictive Health minor) talk about the new Healthy Eating Partners program that they developed with the help of the Center for the Study of Human Health and Emory Dining. The program illustrates a growing emphasis on the part of the College to translate academics into the real world to make positive changes.
Emory’s 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.
Beginning fall 2014, Emory students interested in the social sciences will have the opportunity to learn its real-world applications by receiving thorough quantitative training while they study subjects like Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Psychology, preparing them for graduate school and making them competitive on the job market. The quantitative courses are housed in the QuanTM Institute.
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QuanTM is also offering its first annual quantitative humanities speaker series. Each event will take place Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm in the Jones Room in Woodruff Library unless otherwise specified. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at IQTM@emory.edu if you are interested in attending.
Ted Underwood: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm
Matthew Jockers: Monday, April 14th, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm
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Three new videos highlight themes being discussed by the Disability Studies Initiative at Emory, a new working group (beginning Fall 2013) generated across departments and schools that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and teaching by faculty and students. The Initiative is led by a group of faculty and students who are interested in the social, cultural, historical, political, and legal dimensions of disability in our world.
- A conversation between Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and member of the President’s National Council on Disability, and Maria Town 09C, who currently works at the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (October 28, 2013).
- Ari Ne’eman delivers a talk on “Autism and the Disability Community: The Politics of Neurodiversity, Causation and Cure” (October 29, 2013).
- Walk a mile in my shoes? Maria Town hosts an informal discussion about disability advocacy and disability policy (October 30, 2013).
An article in in the current issue of Nature by Michelle Lampl, director of Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health, and colleagues from the University of Southampton summarizes the life’s work of the late David Barker, a visiting professor at Emory, a clinical epidemiologist at the University of Southampton in the UK, and a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, while also issuing a call to action to improve prenatal care.
Barker, who co-taught undergraduate courses at Emory, including one on predicting life span, and served as an adviser to graduate students, was widely considered to be one of the most important clinical epidemiologists of our time. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage last August at 75, after finishing the first draft of the Nature commentary.
Barker essentially “invented” a new field of medicine, now known as Development Origins of Health and Disease.
“He’s responsible for a paradigm shift in medicine through his focus on the science of health in the womb and the early ages,” says Lampl, an anthropologist who focuses on human growth. “The idea that your first cell has a big influence on your later life sounds unbelievable, and he was criticized horribly when he came up with ‘the Barker hypothesis.’ But he opened the door and profoundly changed the way that we think about health and disease.”
Read article in eScienceCommons blog
See YouTube video of Dr. Barker teaching Emory undergraduates
Emory’s Department of Environmental Studies has a new name, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and a new master’s level degree program through the Laney Graduate School, which will start in the fall of 2014.
“We’re not changing our direction with the new name. We’re reaffirming it,” says Uriel Kitron, who has chaired the department since he arrived at Emory in 2008.
“We felt that ‘Environmental Studies’ did not really convey our strong orientation toward research,” he explains. “The majority of our 11 faculty are focused on the natural and health sciences. We also have a few faculty involved in the social sciences, and we plan to increase their number. ‘Environmental Sciences’ encompasses the full range of what we do.”
The department’s emphasis on research gives students many chances to become involved in analysis, lab and field-work early on, Kitron says. The department has projects based in Atlanta and throughout the world.
Another hallmark of the department is extensive collaborations that cut across the University, from public health to business, law, anthropology, biology and other specialties throughout Emory College. The adjacent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further raises the collaboration quotient and opportunities for research experience.
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Craig L. Hill, Goodrich C. White Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, has been elected to the Academia Europaea (EA), the Academy of Europe.
The EA is a European non-governmental association of scholars from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and law, who are recognized as global leaders in their field. The 3,000 scholars in its ranks, from 35 European countries and eight non-European countries, include 38 Nobel Prize winners.
Hill will be formally inducted into the EA during its annual conference in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2014. He is the first Emory faculty member to join the EA, and one of only seven Americans elected to the chemical sciences section of the association during its 25-year history.
Hill joined Emory in 1983 and is a pioneer of green chemistry and molecular cluster science.
photo courtesy of Craig Hill
The Commission on the Liberal Arts (CoLA) will present “Emory Engaged: Ongoing Initiatives in Liberal Education,” part of a campus dialogue intended to highlight thought-provoking scholarship and teaching around the liberal arts currently being done on campus.
The program, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.
The program will feature five panelists who will address liberal arts initiatives they are currently engaged with, including such topics as how to invigorate the undergraduate curriculum, work to integrate residential and academic life, engage students within their communities, and enhance interdisciplinary perspectives on evidence-based learning.
Speakers will include:
- Sheila Cavanagh, professor of English and co-director of the World Shakespeare Project (see related YouTube video)
- Michael Elliott, Winship Distinguished Professor of English and senior associate dean of faculty, Emory College
- Vialla Hartfield-Mendez, professor of pedagogy, Spanish and Portuguese and director of engaged learning, Center for Community Partnerships
- Harvey Klehr, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History and director of the Voluntary Core Curriculum program
- Pamela Scully, professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies and African studies, director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and chair of the Emory Quality Enhancement Plan Committee.