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Welcome to 2017-18 academic year

It is both a pleasure and privilege to offer my first welcome message to the Emory academic community as your new provost.

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Oxford College Commencement address

Provost Dwight A. McBride delivers the keynote address at Oxford College's Commencement.

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A spring semester message from Provost McBride

Building on President Claire E. Sterk's bold new vision for Emory's future, Provost Dwight A. McBride reflects on a year of academic excellence and looks ahead toward work on the vision for Emory's future.

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Holiday reflections from Provost McBride

As the Emory community enjoys the holiday season, we gather to share the warmth and generosity of spirit this time of year inspires. We may also reflect together on not only who we are, but also what we do, and what we are grateful for.

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Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship

The innovation initiative aims to create clear access pathways for members of Emory's academic community.

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New career development resources for faculty

Emory faculty may access the online resources of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

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Celebrating interdisciplinary humanities

Learn about the Interdisciplinary Humanities Conference

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Next steps: Faculty Class and Labor Report

Letter to Emory faculty about next steps with recommendations of the Class and Labor 2 Committee Report

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New tenure, promotion advisory committee

Learn about the new Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee (TPAC)

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Emory announces new provost

Dwight A. McBride is newly named as Emory University's Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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Fall 2016 Life of the Mind lecture on Nov. 1

Nov. 1 lecture topic: Emerging Interactive Technology for Research and Teaching

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Faculty/Staff Campus Climate Survey Report

Letter to the Emory community about the Faculty/Staff Campus Climate Survey Report from Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair and Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Stuart Zola

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The three R's of Emory's interim provost

Stuart Zola brings a wide range of expertise and experience to his role as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emory.

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Thoughts from Emory's new president

Provost Claire Sterk has spent a substantial part of her academic career at Emory, and in September, she will take on a new role: president of the university.

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Emory's 2016 Rhodes Scholar

Congratulations to Emory College senior Leah Michalove, one of 32 U.S. college students selected as a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and the 19th student from Emory to be selected for the prestigious scholarship.

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Provost office at a glance

Learn more about the Office of the Provost

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The postdoc pipeline

The School of Medicine's Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) consistently achieves high national rankings in postdoc satisfaction, and part of that success is due to its diversity and mentoring programs, says pediatrics professor and Director of Postdoctoral Education Lou Ann Brown.

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Building a bridge for diversity

Every year, almost 100 college and graduate students from diverse backgrounds come to Emory for the annual STEM Research and Career Symposium, where over two days they get a smorgasbord of academic research presentations along with networking, mentoring, and recruitment opportunities. That early outreach to underrepresented students is just one of many ways that the Laney Graduate School (LGS) is living out its mission to foster an environment of inclusion and diversity.

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Changing culture

"Having a diverse faculty is a priority because out of diversity comes creativity, innovation, discovery, and wisdom," says Provost Claire Sterk. "As we review the current state of faculty diversity at Emory and make plans for moving forward, it's important to consider our culture and to commit to developing a diverse pipeline."

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Faculty diversity, by the numbers

From 2004 to 2015, diversity among tenure-line, full-time faculty at Emory grew by 20 percent in women faculty and 33 percent in faculty of color.

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Teaching made new

Since 2011, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) has fostered interdisciplinarity by developing university courses that bring together faculty from at least three schools as well as undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to explore a major societal issue.

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The 'squishy' side of B2B

Business relationships fail more often than they succeed. Enter Sandy Jap, an expert in interorganizational relationships, whose research spans industries and organizations in both profit and nonprofit spaces.

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Advancing careers through continuing education

Nursing school business manager Adam Malm knew that he wanted to go back to school during the formative stages of his career, even why he wanted to continue his studies. He just wasn't sure what to study. He credits two Emory Continuing Education (ECE) certificate programs in the essentials of management with his decision to pursue an administration and a master's degree in organizational leadership.

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Class and labor, through the faculty lens

In October 2013, Provost Claire Sterk charged a committee to examine class and labor concerns related to faculty on behalf of herself and Mike Mandl, executive vice president for business affairs. This spring, the Class and Labor Faculty Committee -- cochaired by Nadine Kaslow and Gray Crouse -- delivered its 351-page report on the ways in which class (and its related distinctions of power and status) affects the life and work of faculty members at Emory, along with 43 recommendations.

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Armchair traveling around the world

For a wealth of international resources for faculty, staff, students, scholars, and visitors, look no further than the newly redesigned website for the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI).

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Deans in jeans

Provost Claire Sterk and Emory's deans donned denim in April in support of the goal to end sexual violence on campus and across the nation.

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Asking the big questions, in and out of class

A 10-minute walk from the Oxford College campus brings students to new kinds of lessons. There on an organic farm founded two years ago, they consider big issues around food. What goes into food production? Who has access to healthy food?

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Creative thinking

Several years into working in neuroscience laboratories, Laura Otis had "a gut feeling" that she was in the wrong field. Now as a professor of English at Emory, she works at the intersection of scientific and literary studies with particular interests in 19th-century literature, memory, and identity formation.

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Reimagining the humanities

By training and interest, Kylie Smith identifies as an historian. This fall, Smith brought that orientation to Emory, but through an unusual avenue: nursing. She is one of four new Mellon Fellows in Humanistic Inquiry hired in 2015 to forge future directions in the humanities across the disciplines and schools at the university.

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In Dialogue in the Rose

Provost Claire Sterk invites faculty to join her in small groups at the spring series of In Dialogue conversations, which will have a special focus on faculty diversity.

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Facts and figures

Check out the new website for the Office of Planning and Budgeting, which manages key institutional responsibilities that include academic programs, accreditation, assessment, institutional data, and operating budgets.

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The Laney student experience

Give Anthony Prosser three minutes, and he can tell you about a compound he's designed to offer a more robust treatment for HIV. That's the time it took the chemistry doctoral student to win first place in Emory's annual Three-Minute Thesis competition.

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Pioneering the science of disease forecasting

"I never imagined where mosquitoes would take me," says Gonzalo Vazquez Prokopec, assistant professor of environmental sciences. In the past few months, his research on mosquitoes and their role in spreading vector-borne and parasitic diseases has indeed taken the ecologist around the world, from the Peruvian city of Iquitos to northern Australia, from Cuba to the White House.

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Student Campus Climate Survey Report

Letter to the Emory community about the Student Campus Climate Survey Report from Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire E. Sterk

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Oxford College search committee appointed

A transition in leadership in Emory's colleges and schools offers an opportunity to reexamine values, consider priorities, and select the best person ...

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A how-to workshop on recruiting new faculty

Associate law professor Julie Seaman and colleagues in neuroscience and psychology are offering a workshop series to explore how research on implicit associations can guide Emory in best practices for faculty recruitment. The series is a tool to empower the Emory community to reach strategic goals of strengthening faculty distinction.

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Online welcome

Faculty looking for campus-based professional development opportunities can find them easily with the newly redesigned website of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE).

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The new chemistry class

Emory biochemist Emily Weinert has a confession to make. In her first semester of biochemistry in college, she didn’t pay much attention. Thankfully, Weinert got beyond that first encounter with what became her favorite subject, which she's teaching in new ways at Emory. Her approach complements the department's initiative to re-envision its curriculum with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Admissions data

A close look at Emory admission statistics over the past decade highlights some interesting changes. The Office of Undergraduate Admission has pursued purposeful ways to increase the diversity of the undergraduate student body.

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Rushdie reflects on being an Emory professor

When celebrated fiction writer Salman Rushdie contemplated Emory's offer to join the university faculty, he worried it might interrupt his work. His experience as University Distinguished Professor has proven that worry to be ill-founded. "It's been good for me," says Rushdie of his appointment, which culminates in his keynote address at Emory's 170th commencement exercises.

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Health disparities through a multidisciplinary lens

Even after a long and distinguished career, Sherman James wanted to continue working with students. So he's joined the Rollins School of Public Health. He was drawn to Emory for its strong public health research and its many schools and departments that can facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Suite feedback

Provost Claire Sterk invites readers to send feedback about Emory Suite 404 and specifically changes we might consider in making it a useful resource for our community.

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Aging, with wisdom and grace

The use of technology as a tool for seniors is among the topics at the March 25th Life of the Mind lecture, which is being paired for the first time with the Faculty Salon event.

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NAACP v. colonialism

At January's Life of the Mind lecture, Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American studies and history, shared how primary research into civil rights history revealed tactics the NAACP used to confront colonialism.

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Sharing governance

Ask for a definition of shared faculty governance on Emory's campus, and you'll get many answers. The president, the provost, and the Faculty Council are taking a close look at shared governance to reach a common understanding of what it means, establish principles around governance, and explore governance initiatives that will make the university a leader in higher education.

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Candid conversations

Emory College faculty members are invited to share their ideas, aspirations, and concerns with Provost Claire Sterk in small-group conversations during March and April.

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The road to accreditation

Three years of preparation, review of 94 federal standards, input from dozens of academic faculty and staff, development of one quality enhancement plan (QEP), a 500-page report, and 3,000 supporting documents: those are just a few of the ingredients that led to Emory's recent reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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Getting Title IX right

By their very nature, Title IX concerns are delicate. They might involve a student who comes to a faculty member with questions of sexual discrimination or a student who wonders what to do about a sexual harassment incident he or she witnessed. Now the Office of Equity and Inclusion is rolling out new online Title IX training at Emory.

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Economic wisdom

One reason that economics is such a popular major at Emory can be traced to Esfandiar (Essie) Maasoumi. Now he's receiving uncommon honors from colleagues.

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Good data defined

As associate vice provost for academic planning, Nancy Bliwise spends a lot of time thinking about data -- and not just data for data's sake but quality data with integrity. Bliwise chairs the Data Advisory Committee, which has developed a new institutional data management policy for Emory.

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Lessons in caregiving

Jim wants to see his brother today, but the brother died years before. Only Jim doesn't remember that because he has Alzheimer's disease. His wife Becky relies on a technique she learned in an instructional video series that offers strategies for caring for loved ones with dementia, developed by Emory faculty.

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Did someone say 'tailgate'?

Bringing faculty and students together around ideas in new ways is the goal of two projects resulting from recommendations by Emory's Commission on the Liberal Arts, which is now transitioning to its new implementation name, Coalition on the Liberal Arts (CoLA).

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Behind the scenes of student logistics

If you teach a class or give a test, apply to Emory or matriculate here, more than likely someone in enrollment services has helped you. This group also coordinates the university's calendar, delivers grades, and distributes financial aid.

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A Callaloo celebration

Writing may be a solitary craft, but an overflow crowd turned out to hear Emory poets Kevin Young and Jericho Brown read from original works during the recent Callaloo Conference.

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Going mobile in more ways than one

Anyone who likes bookmobiles will want to check out Yolanda Cooper's wish list for the Emory libraries. The university librarian wants to change how we use the libraries and the way we think about them.

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Happy birthday, Candler

The Candler School of Theology is celebrating a milestone anniversary this fall: #100. Its new library's multimedia exhibition hall is one noted reflection of the shift toward more interactive learning since Candler's founding.

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Emory's story, by the numbers

Michael Andrechak likes to understand how organizations work. The first Chief University Budget Officer is putting that curiosity into action to understand how Emory works and how to help it succeed.

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Worldwide recognition

On his public profile on LinkedIn, Mahlon DeLong describes himself simply as a "neurologist at Emory." In fact, the William Timmie Professor of Neurology is world-renowned. And in the past year alone, two prestigious awards have come to him.

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Back-to-school pencils, lunch box, website

The newly redesigned website for the provost's office seeks to foster two-way communication between the provost's office and the Emory community.

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Where in the world is Emory

Where should Emory focus its attention around the globe? The Office of International Affairs wants your input.

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Protecting Emory's people by respecting the rules

Lynell Cadray likes rules. That's a good thing because as associate vice provost of equity and inclusion, Cadray must make sure that Emory follows the rules to be in compliance with federal regulations. She also advises senior leaders on developing and implementing initiatives related to equity and inclusion.

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New dean on the business block

More than a month into her appointment as dean of the Goizueta Business School, Erika James has just completed what she calls her listening tour. "The good news is that I'm hearing similar points from people, and that helps me narrow my focus," says James.

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Singing for your life

Don Saliers, a professor emeritus and the father of the Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers, has documented the power of songs not only to tap into deep associative memories but also comfort and heal.

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To salon or not to salon

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Ethics have joined together to offer a series of Faculty Salons for swapping ideas and learning what colleagues are doing.

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Extending our liberal arts core

A new conversation is underway about how faculty can teach cross-disciplinary courses without worrying about which unit gets credit for the teaching and where the tuition flows.

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Is Emory Oxford? Is Oxford Emory?

The latest In Dialogue session tackled the question of whether Emory's Oxford College is a distinct stand-alone unit or an integrated part of the university.

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Benchmarking our benchmark schools

Provost Claire Sterk has worked with colleagues to revise the university's benchmarking by using quantitative metrics and qualitative interviews.

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Reducing costs and waistlines

Health sciences units are succeeding with the goal of increasing efficiency and effectiveness and reduce expenses, Wright Caughman said in his annual State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center address.

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Salman Rushdie and the power of stories

Stories help us to feel and know truths beyond what truth can tell us, University Distinguished Professor Salman Rushdie said during his recent annual visit.

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Brave work

The risks involved in the creative process, whether making a scientific discovery or exploring gender through art, were in the spotlight during the Brave New Works festival produced by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory.

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70 is the new 50 at Emeritus College

Much like our evolving perceptions of retirement, the Emory University Emeritus College is evolving to offer a dynamic portfolio for retired faculty and staff.

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Words for convocation and beyond

"If we agree that something is worth having, we must invest in efforts to make it happen," Provost Claire Sterk said in her convocation address for Candler School of Theology.

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How those assessments improve quality

David Jordan oversees the review of annual assessment reports from around campus. For him, it's all about offering the best academic programs we can.

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The mysterious marginalia

Emory student Ted Parker and classics professor Garth Tissol have been pouring over the margin notes in the Kessler Reformation Collection. Find out what they found.

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Meet the new Mellons: Nichole Phillips

The Mellon Foundation is enabling Emory to bring junior and midcareer faculty to foster an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic inquiries.

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MOOCs learning, Emory-style

Emory's new MOOCs on Coursera highlight our faculty's research expertise and the university's distinctive resources.

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The ideal student (for Emory)

Considerations of what makes an ideal Emory student include being intellectually curious and concerned with community. "Emory is looking for traits over and above academic credentials," says Provost Claire Sterk.

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Big moves

Emory Continuing Education is starting the new year in a new home.

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Let's talk values 'In Dialogue'

How can Emory make sure scholarship and teaching are recognized for their value? Listen in on the In Dialogue session with Provost Claire Sterk.

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What does the provost do?

Claire Sterk gets many questions about what she does as Emory's provost -- find out more with the new Suite 404 newsletter.

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'It's academic' for Dorothy Brown

Hang around Dorothy Brown and you're bound to hear her say, "It is what it is." Brown is a no-nonsense, straight-talking, savvy, and funny vice provost for academic affairs.

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Table talk 'In Dialogue' with faculty

"I'm here to listen and learn." With those words, Provost Claire Sterk launched the first session of a new conversation series with faculty called In Dialogue.

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Way out of the box

Kaeya Majmundar is an Emory junior who is pursuing a better packing box. She's not alone -- a newly chartered student entrepreneurs' club already has drawn 200 members.

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Encounters with evidence

Titled The Nature of Evidence, Emory's new quality enhancement plan promises to empower students as independent scholars and collaborative thinkers using different types of evidence to support arguments.

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Inside and outside of diversity

Robert Franklin, newly appointed as senior adviser for community and diversity, is experiencing some déjà vu as he prepares to return to Emory.

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Stats Stat: Meet Melissa Bolyard

Melissa Bolyard, director of institutional research, is a self-described "data geek." That's good for Emory, because her team collects and analyzes data for internal and external uses.

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The health of the liberal arts

Wander through Emory's medical education building, and you'll find lecture halls, simulation labs and even a practice room for musicians -- a tangible sign of the importance of the liberal arts to health sciences.

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