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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
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DISCOVERY
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." Wang Shensheng, first author of the new study, did the work as a graduate student at Emory and recently received his PhD in psychology.

 

HEALTH
Don’t miss your shot: Join the fight against the flu
In an effort to the keep the flu (in addition to COVID-19) off campus, so students can remain on campus, Emory is offering several locations where students can get free flu shots while supplies last.

 

SCIENCE
'Firefly' imaging method zooms in on 'the forces within us'
Emory chemists have developed a new technique using tools made of luminescent DNA, lit up like fireflies, to visualize the mechanical forces of cells at the molecular level. The paper's first authors, Joshua Brockman and Hanquan Su, did the work as graduate students in professor Khalid Salaita's lab.

CLASSROOM
Lights, cameras, action: Theater audition course adjusts to new demands
When stage lights dimmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a narrowly focused course preparing students for a theater conference transformed into a master class in auditioning.

 

PERSPECTIVES
Anthony Fauci to join Emory experts for COVID-19 fireside chat
NIAID director Anthony Fauci will join Emory physicians Carlos del Rio and Colleen Kraft in a discussion of the latest COVID-19 news and research on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. via Facebook Live. Emory faculty member Sanjay Gupta will moderate. Learn more.

 

PARTNERSHIP
Emory, Hazelden Betty Ford unite to create Addiction Alliance of Georgia
With needs for substance use treatment growing amid the pandemic, Emory Healthcare and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will collaborate and engage community partners throughout Georgia to advance addiction-related clinical care, education and research.

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.
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Take Note
 
Oxford College tennis coach Pernilla Hardin inducted into Georgia Collegiate Hall of Fame
Oxford College tennis coach Pernilla Hardin inducted into Georgia Collegiate Hall of Fame

Carlos Museum offers single-shopper Bookshop appointments
Carlos Museum offers single-shopper Bookshop appointments

Emory, Fulton County study shows importance of proactive COVID-19 testing to prevent further infection
Emory, Fulton County study shows importance of proactive COVID-19 testing to prevent further infection

Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff
Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff
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EMORY INSIDER
 
Emory Insider

 

ICYMI: The Center for Ethics hosted a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of "How to Be an Antiracist," on Sept. 16. Watch the replay as he speaks on our individual responsibility to create a more just and equitable society through the transformative concept of antiracism.
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Emory In The News
 
A COVID-19 vaccine for children may not arrive before fall 2021

 

A COVID-19 vaccine for children may not arrive before fall 2021
Sept. 21 |  Evan Anderson |  New York Times

Gasping for air: Autopsies reveal troubling effects of lethal injection

 

Gasping for air: Autopsies reveal troubling effects of lethal injection
Sept. 21 |  Mark Edgar and Joel Zivot |  National Public Radio

Spending more at grocery store lately? Experts explain what’s keeping prices so high

 

Spending more at grocery store lately? Experts explain what’s keeping prices so high
Sept. 21 |  Doug Bowman |  WSB-TV Channel 2
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Featured Events
 
"COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened"

 

"COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened"
Journalist and Emory senior fellow Maryn McKenna speaks with author Debora MacKenzie in this first installment of the Health and the Human Experience author Q&A series.
When: Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
Student Studio: Indigo-Dyed Masks

 

Student Studio: Indigo-Dyed Masks
Stop by and make a new face covering using indigo, a dye made from the indigo plant and used by cultures around the world. The Carlos Museum and the Art History Department will provide white cotton maks, rubber bands, and indigo dye-baths. Face coverings and appropriate physical distancing are required. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided.
When: Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Emory Quadrangle in front of the Carlos Museum
Admission: Free
Virtual Concert with Junction Trio

 

Virtual Concert with Junction Trio
In a virtual concert produced exclusively for Schwartz Center audiences, three visionary artists who are internationally recognized on their own come together as an eclectic new ensemble with piano, violin and cello.
When: Sept. 25, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
"are we democracy?... we the people"

 

"are we democracy?... we the people"
The Emory Dance Program presents a virtual Creativity Conversation with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women. Conversation with the original Emory Dance Company cast will address the relevance of the choreographic work today.
When: Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free; registration required
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