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ThoughtWork: Emerging Knowledge and News in Emory's Intellectual Community

Forefront

CFDE Classroom Mini-Grants Now Available for Spring 2021

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence offers Mini Grants to support faculty teaching. Applications are now being accepted until funds are depleted.

A Mini Grant should be used for an activity directly related to a class you are teaching during the Spring 2021 semester. Anyone currently teaching at Emory is eligible, including tenure track faculty, lecturers, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, and graduate students. The request can be up to $350.

The fund supports:

  • Honoraria for guest presenters (non-Emory)
  • Classroom materials that may not be covered by regular departmental funds
  • Software licenses that directly relate to your class

Application highlights:

  • 5 minute application
  • Possible 48-hour approval
  • Receive funds within days

Please note:

  • Applicants must either have their own Smartkey/Speedtype account or be connected to a department with a Smartkey/Speedtype account which must be entered at the time of submission.
  • We do not fund the purchase of technological hardware (iPads, voice recorders, etc.)

To access the online application, please visit the CFDE website.

From Excellence to Eminence

National Academy of Inventors Names Two Emory Faculty as Fellows

Two longtime Emory University academic and research leaders, David Stephens and Lanny Liebeskind, have been named 2020 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). NAI fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors. The program recognizes academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation by creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Stephens and Liebeskind are among 175 new fellows representing 115 research universities and government and non-profit institutes worldwide. The 2020 fellow class collectively holds more than 4,700 U.S. government-issued patents. This year’s class of fellows will be inducted in June 2021 at the NAI’s 10th anniversary meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Lanny Liebeskind is vice provost for strategic research initiatives and the Samuel Candler Dobbs professor of chemistry at Emory. He has, over his extensive academic career, pursued both the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge — both through fundamental research and the translation of his discoveries for the benefit of society. A fellow of the American Chemical Society, Liebeskind’s research interests center on the discovery of new reactions and application of transition metal chemistry to challenging problems in organic synthesis.

David Stephens is vice president for research at Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chair of the department of medicine in the School of Medicine. A veteran infectious diseases clinician, teacher, and researcher, Stephens holds several patents and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters. Under his research leadership, external funding for discovery at WSHC has seen phenomenal growth, increasing from $387 million in 2008 to $778 million this fiscal year.

For more on their research and this honor, please visit Emory News Center.

Heard on Campus

"Global" Health: Universal or Pluriversal?

I think about the ways in which I was introduced to literature, British literature in India. I was studying modernism and oftentimes the idea of what was happening in the West in terms of modernism was universalized. I want to make sure that we don't do the same thing with colonization and ideas permeating within colonization, that we don't think of them as "rational" or "modern" only. . . . Is the "global" in global health understood to be universal or pluriversal? By universal, I mean a kind of homogenizing practice and discourse that I want to move away from. If so, then the global cannot be simply a way for nonwestern countries to become Western or adopt the Western way. It has to be that we realize and give value to pluriversal notions of global health.

-- Pushpa Parekh, Chair of African Diaspora and The World Program, professor of English, Spelman College, during Emory Global Health Institute's Decolonizing Global Health Series, Session 2: "The Role of Religion and Culture in Shaping Global Health," held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Resources for Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Teaching and In-Person Teaching at Emory, Spring 2021

Do you have questions about teaching remotely or in person this semester? The CFDE offers two FAQ lists to help you prepare your Spring 2021 course.

FAQ: In-person classroom teaching for Spring 2021: This page offers information about PPE requirements for the classoom, student logistics, classroom recordings, and teaching methods.

FAQ: Remote teaching for Spring 2021: This page offers information about recording lectures and discussions, teaching synchronously vs. asynchronously, online testing, and accommodating student needs.

New to the Faculty

Geoffrey Levin, Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory College

Geoffrey Phillip Levin earned his PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History from New York University in 2019 and was an Alan M. Stroock Fellow at Harvard University's Center for Jewish Studies during the 2019-2020 academic year. Prior to his doctoral degree, he studied international relations with a focus on Middle Eastern affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Michigan State University. His interests are broad and include Middle Eastern politics, Modern Jewish history, U.S.-Middle East relations, and the histories of Israel and Palestine, particularly in global/transnational contexts. Though a native of the Chicago area, Levin has also lived in Israel, Italy, Australia, and Morocco, where he studied Arabic on a Critical Language Scholarship.

Levin's research has been supported by the Center for Jewish History, the Israel Institute, the American Academy for Jewish Research, the American Jewish Archives, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Association for Jewish Studies, and a Schusterman Israel Scholar Award. Levin is currently preparing a book manuscript on the emergence of Palestinian rights as a contentious issue in the relationship between American Jews and Israel during the first three decades after 1948. His work has appeared in Israel Studies Review, Arab Studies Journal, Israel Affairs, H-Diplo, and Shofar.

Events This Week

Monday, January 25

At 10:00 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will lead a workshop on Canvas Basics. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:30 a.m. via Zoom, the Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium will host Angelika Bammer, associate professor of interdisciplinary humanities, comparative literature. Bammer will speak on "German Family Memory and the Nazi Past: A Reckoning across Generations." To register, please visit the Emeritus College website.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Kickboxing workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At noon via Zoom, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference will host Leisy Abrego, UCLA. Abrego will deliver a talk titled "We Are Not Dreamers: Migrants as Experts, Rather Than Objects of Study." For more information, please visit the JWJI events page.

At 1:00 p.m. via Zoom, LITS will lead a workshop on Canvas 2 - Assignments and Grading. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, Erin Mooney (Emory Libraries) will host an Endnote Introduction workshop. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Body Sculpt workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

Tuesday, January 26

At 10:30 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will host a Canvas Studio workshop. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:00 a.m. online, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host a reading of "America's Chief Moral Dilemma," a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the reading, faculty experts will discuss the words of Dr. King. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:00 a.m. via Facebook, the CFDE will host "Sit Down and Write." For more information, please visit the CFDE website.

At 11:00 a.m. via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 10-minute Active Works workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Power 30 workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, the Aflac Research Conference will host Marianne Yee, associate professor of pediatrics, and Robert F. Sidonio Jr., associate professor of pediatrics. Yee will speak on "Red Blood Cell Survival and Clearance in Chronically Transfused Children with SCD." Sidonio will speak on “Immune Tolerance Induction: A New Way to Eradicate Inhibitors in Hemophilia A." Registration is required. For more information, please visit the ARC meeting link.

At 1:30 p.m. via Zoom, Global Services in the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives will host Global Learning Series: Understanding Export Controls, led by Rose Ndegwa, Emory's export control officer. For more information and to register, please visit the Zoom webinar page.

Wednesday, January 27

At 6:30 a.m. via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Low Intensity Interval Training workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At 10:30 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will host an Academic Production Team Drop-in. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:00 a.m. online, the Faculty Staff Assistance Program will host Parenting Resilience: Manifesting a Better Version of You. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Butts and Guts workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At noon via Zoom, LITS will host a Canvas Lunch and Learn: Studio workshop. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Thursday, January 28

At 7:00 a.m. via Zoom, Surgical Grand Rounds will host Heba Iskandar, associate professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. Iskandar will discuss "Inflammatory Bowel Disease Update." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 10:30 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will host a Poll Everywhere - Getting Started workshop. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:00 a.m. via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 10-minute Active Works workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At noon online, the Aquinas Center will host Nicole Symmonds, doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion in the Ethics and Society course of study as their Aquinas Day speaker. The title of Symmonds's talk is "Elevating Flesh: Womanist Ethics, Afro-Caribbean Carnival, and Divine Enjoyment." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At noon via Zoom, the Hubert Department of Global Health will present "We Have Vaccines, Now How Do We Deliver Them to Everyone Locally and Globally?" For more information, including Zoom login, visit this link.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Bootcamp workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At 1:00 p.m. via Zoom, LITS will lead a workshop on Canvas 1 - Essentials for Remote Teaching. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 4:00 p.m. online, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture 2021 will feature Maggie Anderson, former aid to Congressman John Lewis, former law student to President Barack Obama, and corporate executive. The title of Anderson's lecture is "Legacy and Responsibility." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, the Emory University Buddhist Club will lead guided meditation. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, the Department of Religion will host a drop in and happy hour. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Friday, January 29

At 10:00 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will lead a workshop on Canvas Basics. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 11:00 a.m. via Facebook, the CFDE will host "Sit Down and Write." For more information, please visit the CFDE website.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Tabata workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

Saturday, January 30

No events scheduled.

Sunday, January 31

At 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, the Carlos Museum will host the Nix Mann Endowned lecture. Caroline Vout, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology at the University of Leidenhis, will give this year's lecture, titled "The Shifting Shape of Classical Art." For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

Monday, February 1

At 11:30 a.m. via Zoom, the Emeritus College Lunch Colloquium will host John Sitter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English Emeritus at Emory, and Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature Emeritus, Notre Dame University. Sitter will speak on "What is Climate Fiction Saying? And Should We Listen?" To register, please visit the Emeritus College website.

At noon via Zoom, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference will host Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman. Rose-Wiseman will deliver a talk titled "Beauty, Ugliness, and Ideas of Racial Difference." For more information, please visit the JWJI events page.

At noon via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Kickboxing workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

At 10:30 a.m. via Zoom, LITS will host a Poll Everywhere - Getting Started workshop. For more information, please visit the Emory events calendar.

At 4:15 p.m. online, the Fox Center will host the Europe and Beyond Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, featuring Peter Höyng, Emory University, and Kathryn Kozaitis, Georgia State University. Höyng will speak on "Marilyn: A Novel of Passing from 1928: An Austrian Perspective on Jim Crow America." Kozaitis will speak on "Crisis as Liminality: Spatiotemporal and Sociocultural Transformations in the Aftermath of Eurozene's Collapse." For more information, please visit the Fox Center events calendar.

At 5:00 p.m. via Zoom, the Blomeyer Health Fitness Center at Emory will host a virtual 30-minute Body Sculpt workout. For registration and login information, please visit the Blomeyer Fitness schedule.

ThoughtWork: Emerging Knowledge and News in Emory's Intellectual Community

Monday, January 25, 2021, Volume 21, Issue 16

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