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RESEARCH
What our dogs are thinking
Emory professor Greg Berns and his team were the first in the world to train dogs to remain still so they could be awake for MRI scans of their brains, enabling scientists to learn more about how they think and feel. Watch episode 2 of “Your Fantastic Mind” to learn about their research — and what we can learn to improve our own lives.

 

HEALTH
Study shows importance of proactive COVID-19 testing to prevent further infection
Emory researchers, in collaboration with the Fulton County Board of Health, have found that testing for COVID-19 in long-term care facilities before cases were known to occur resulted in lower overall cases.

 

LITERATURE
Decatur Book Festival events feature African American poets whose papers reside at Emory
The Decatur Book Festival winds down with two events featuring poets with Emory connections: Kevin Young speaks Sept. 22 and Natasha Trethewey speaks Oct. 4. Both are former Emory professors whose papers are part of the university’s rich archives of African American poetry.

 

INSIGHT
Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health hosts author Q&A series
The Health and Human Experience author series kicks off Sept. 24, when senior fellow Maryn McKenna, a veteran science journalist, interviews Debora MacKenzie about her new book, "COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One."

SCIENCE
Experiments reveal why human-like robots elicit uncanny feelings
In a study by Emory psychologists, Androids, or robots with human-like features, are often more appealing to people than those that resemble machines — but only up to a certain point. The feeling of affinity can plunge into one of repulsion as a robot’s human likeness increases, a zone known as "the uncanny valley."
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Take Note
 
Join the virtual NEH Regional Grant Writing Workshop on Sept. 24 and 25
Join the virtual NEH Regional Grant Writing Workshop on Sept. 24 and 25

Registration for 'Refresh from Stress: 30-Day Inspiration' is open
Registration for 'Refresh from Stress: 30-Day Inspiration' is open

New virtual 'Walking on Wednesdays' challenge starts Sept. 23; register here
New virtual 'Walking on Wednesdays' challenge starts Sept. 23; register here
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Emory In The News
 
Survey finds 'shocking' lack of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Gen Z

 

Survey finds 'shocking' lack of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Gen Z
Sept. 16 |  Deborah Lipstadt |  NBC News

How to die (without really trying)

 

How to die (without really trying)
Sept. 16 |  George Yancy |  New York Times

Latino nurses push through COVID-19 burnout, sleepless nights and lost loved ones

 

Latino nurses push through COVID-19 burnout, sleepless nights and lost loved ones
Sept. 16 |  Nadine Kaslow |  ABC News
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Featured Events
 
Environmental Sciences Fall Seminar

 

Environmental Sciences Fall Seminar
In this next installment of the fall seminar series, Tom Gillespie speaks on "Preventing Pandemics and Saving Species: Disease Ecology Is Where Biodiversity Conservation and Global Health Collide."
When: Sept. 18, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free
Beethoven String Quartet Virtual Concert

 

Beethoven String Quartet Virtual Concert
The Vega String Quartet continues its exploration of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, with guest violinist David Coucheron. This virtual concert will be livestreamed from the Schwartz Center's Emerson Concert Hall.
When: Sept. 19, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free
"Empire and the Black Pacific"

 

"Empire and the Black Pacific"
Edlie Wong of the University of Maryland is the guest speaker for the JWJI Colloquium Series, a weekly lunch talk that addresses topics on race and difference.
When: Sept. 21, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
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