Call for 2017 Jefferson Award Nominations
To honor current Emory faculty and staff members who have significantly enriched the intellectual and civic life of the university community, the Thomas Jefferson Award, named and endowed by the Robert Earl McConnell Foundation, is presented annually at commencement. For more information on the award's history and nominee qualifications, visit the award webpage. Nomination letters and CVs should be emailed to Tom Jenkins, thomas.jenkins@emory.edu, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Predatory and Open Access Publishing
The SOM's Office of Faculty Development has received many questions regarding predatory and open access publishing, particularly now that the previous source for information on this topic, Beale's list, has been taken down. The Office of General Counsel and the Office of Scholarly Communications have collaborated to provide guidance for faculty, creating a new document that can be found using this link. Please direct questions to Kathy Griendling, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

Call for Doctors' Day Nominations
Do you work with a doctor who goes above and beyond? Does your colleague inspire you? Let the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee know. The committee is planning a special acknowledgment for Emory faculty at all hospitals and clinics who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of patients and the community through the care they provide, the research they do and their efforts to teach young doctors.

To nominate one of your colleagues, visit this site. Nominations are due by Feb. 24.


March 3: Graduate Medical Education Open House
From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in SOM 327. Attendees will be able to meet and mingle with GME's Associate Dean Maria Aaron and Assistant Dean Philip Shayne. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes. Please RSVP by Feb. 27, using this link. Contact the GME office at gme@emory.edu, or 404-727-5658, if you have questions or would like additional information.

March 20: 4th Annual Medical Education Day
From noon until 5:00 p.m. in the SOM Building. Mayo Clinic Director Tait Shanafelt will give the keynote address, and the event will focus on best practices for a culture of wellness and well-being in medical education. There will be interactive wellness activities and sessions throughout the afternoon focused on supporting trainees and colleagues, time management, contributing to a culture of wellness to benefit oneself and others, and maintaining the joy of practice in today's health care environment.

All SOM staff members received an email last week regarding participation in Medical Education Day. If you are a staff member interested in presenting during this event, please contact Sherice Allen-Henry at sahenry@emory.edu

May 16: Dean's Distinguished Lecture
Nancy Newman, professor of ophthalmology and neurology, will present "Mitochondrial Blindness: An Emory Story" at SOM 110 at 5:30 p.m.


Spring Semester 2017: Center for Faculty Development and Excellence Teaching Consultation Program
Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) is offering support to faculty members to strengthen aspects of their teaching and/or help with developing or revising a course. Participation in the program is voluntary and confidential and usually consists of two to three meetings with a CFDE staff member and/or with a teaching mentor (another faculty member). Use this form to register for the program.

Feb. 10: Making the Most of Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
From 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., in the Center for Ethics Room 102. Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor in theology, will present. This lecture is part of a series from the CFDE. Find additional information on the center's website.

Feb. 15: SOM Lecture Series, Building a Teaching Portfolio
From 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in SOM 153 (please note this is different from the originally advertised meeting room). Learn about the critical parts of a teaching portfolio and how to put together a compelling packet for promotion. Learn more about the lecture series here.

March 20: From Failure to Success, A Practical Guide
From noon until 1:00 p.m., location to be announced. Senior faculty from across the university will discuss grants they didn't get, challenges they faced when writing and/or conducting research, and what they gained from those failures. This will be a panel discussion, including Carlos del Rio, Sandra Dunbar, Carla Freeman, and Gregory Waymire. Additional information about this event can be found on the CFDE website.

April 2017: AAMC and Cook Ross Inc. Unconscious Bias Training for Health Professionals
One-day, "Everyday Bias Workshop" where participants will delve into current research on unconscious bias, learn cutting-edge interventions, and create strategies to enact real change in themselves and their institutions. Locations, dates, and registration information can be found here.

Four-day, "Unconscious Bias Train the Trainer Program" provides participants with hands-on experiences that prepare them to deliver a workshop, which explores how unconscious biases develop, how they influence perceptions and decision making, and how to mitigate these efforts. Visit this site for more information about this program.

June 15-17: AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Seminar
The AAMC Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar will address the specific needs of mid-career faculty from a culturally responsive approach while offering skill building and strategies for pursuing career advancement in academic medicine. The seminar will be delivered through a blended learning model, including virtual learning sessions, a 2.5-day in-person meeting, and post-seminar activities. Learn more here.


Thomas F. Sellers Jr. died on Jan. 18. Dr. Sellers was an Emory professor of infectious diseases and preventive medicine for more than 30 years. He played a key role in the founding of the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Sellers was also the author of the 2009 book, What's Up Doc: A Lifetime in Medicine: 1946-1990. There will be a memorial service to honor Dr. Sellers at Peachtree Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 18. A reception will follow. Condolences may be expressed at www.csog.com.