Fall 2005 – Spring 2006

June 2006

2006 AMWA Southeast Chapter Summer Conference

The Southeast Chapter Summer Conference was held on June 24, 2006 at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, in Atlanta, GA. Two workshops were taught by Nancy Taylor: Punctuation for Clarity and Style (G) and Ethics of Authorship and Editorship (EW/PH). The conference was attended by 14 participants.

May 2006

Common Mistakes Made When Submitting Journal Articles

Richard Rothenberg, MD, MPH, discussed the most common mistakes made when submitting journal articles for publication. Dr. Rothenberg also described the Emory Journalism Program’s recent foray into offering a science writing classes — this summer, he will be teaching an intensive, one-week class for the Program at Emory titled “Science Writing for Research.”

Dr. Rothenberg currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Annals of Epidemiology and is a long-time member of the Editorial Board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He has published 140 peer-reviewed articles and has authored five book chapters on infectious diseases and epidemiology. Dr. Rothenberg has also lectured extensively about science writing and grant preparation. Dr. Rothenberg attended Harvard University, where he earned his MD and MPH degrees. After 25 years at the CDC, he joined the Emory faculty in 1993 where he currently serves as Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) at the School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. His research focuses on the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of STDs and HIV.

The meeting was held on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

January 2006

The Role of Toll-like Receptors as Therapeutic Targets

J. Daniel Piper, PhD, discussed how toll-like receptors are emerging as an important therapeutic target in several diseases , including atherosclerosis, and how blocking the actions of these receptors represents a novel approach to treating this disease.

Dr. Piper is a research scientist involved in exploring the mechanism of actions of proprietary anti-atherosclerotic compounds for the Alpharetta-based pharmaceutical company AtheroGenics. Dr. Piper’s work has two goals; the first entails putting together a story at the molecular level to explain the observed vivo properties of candidate therapeutic compounds; and the second involves identifying new potential targets that arise as a result of that process. The focus of his work is to conceptualize and explore the mechanism of actions of proprietary anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of atherosclerosis.

The meeting was held on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

November 2005

Answering Today’s Toughest Financial Questions

On November 16, 2005, K. Michael Hennessy, CFS, provided an entertaining and informative talk about the economic and market challenges of today and how we can use history as a guide of what to expect into the future.

With nearly a decade of Financial Planning and Investment Portfolio management experience, Mike currently serves as Vice President of Investments and Chief Portfolio Strategist with Allegiance Financial Group in Atlanta. Mike attended the University of Georgia majoring in Risk Management, receiving his BBA from Georgia State University. He has worked with AXA/Equitable specializing in the small business marketplace as well as the investment banking firm, Raymond James & Associates, focusing on the financial needs of mid-to-upper level executives of Fortune 500 companies.

The program was held at Athens Pizza, 1341 Clairmont Road, in Decatur, GA.

September 2005

Medical Themes in Literature

In his own inimitable style, Dr. Tom Wiseman spoke about medical writing as portrayed by some of the great writers of our time. Dr. Wiseman educated and enlightened us about the use of medical themes in literature. He recommended the following works:

  • William Blake, “London, 1802”
  • Susan Sontag, “Illness as Metaphor” or “AIDS as Metaphor” (either essay)
  • Edmund Wilson, “The Wound and the Bow” (an essay on the Greek dramatist Sophocles)
  • The Book of Job
  • Hawthorne, chapter in “The Scarlet Letter” where Chillingsworth exposes the “wound” on Dimmesdale’s heart
  • Kafka, “A Country Doctor”
  • Richard Selzer, “The Exact location of the Soul” (or any of his essays–he was a practicing surgeon)
  • William Carlos Williams, “The Use of Force” (Williams was a practicing physician who recounts a fascinating case history)

Dr. Wiseman has taught medical and science writing, composition, literature, technical and business communications at Southern Polytechnic State University, in Marietta, since 1985. He has edited and written for trade journals, magazines, and newspapers. His most recent publication is “Difficulties in reporting the acid rain story,” which appeared in the Humanities and Technology Review. He is currently working on a textbook/reader dealing with environmental journalism.

The meeting was held at Cheyenne Grill in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in Buckhead.

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