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January 2010

Mentoring Panel - The Faculty Development Committee for the department will be sponsoring seminars 3-4 times per year related to faculty development. Our first such event will be a panel related to mentoring, which will be held on Wednesday June 30, 2009 from 9-10:30am. It will include a number of mentor-mentee pairs in the department, who will share their reflections about what makes for an effective mentoring team. Details will follow at a later time.

Mentor-Mentee Pairs – I know that many of you have very positive mentor-mentee pairings. However, for those of you who would like more guidance in this regard, please feel free to contact me. This offer is open to both mentors and mentees.

Publish or Perish Software – Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It can be found at It helps you determine your Hirsch’s H-index, which is being increasingly used as a metric for scholarship (including at Emory).  Essentially, the H-index lists the number of papers you have that have received at least that many citations.  For example, if you have an H index of 12, that means that you have 12 papers that have at least 12 citations to them each.  If you have 13 papers, but one of them doesn't have 13 citations back to it yet, you still have an H- index of 12. Breaking the H index = 30 barrier is a big deal

Mentoring Teams - The following is an example that exemplifies successful mentoring. Dr. Michael Compton had a K-award and his primary mentors were Drs. Nadine Kaslow and Elaine Walker. Dr. Compton received an R01 grant during his final year of the K-award and then a second R-01 within several months of the K-award ending.

Faculty Kudos

  • Ayman Fareed, along with his colleagues, Jennifer Casarella, Richard Amar, Karen Drexler, Domonique Musselman, and Natasha Whitefield, among others, have had 9 recently published peer-reviewed papers related to matching patients to opioid agonist treatment,  methadone maintenance, seeking safety therapy for veterans, etc. Dr. Fareed is a Reviewer for the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and a member of the Emory University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Stuart Zola, PhD, director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, and Larry Young, PhD, Yerkes researcher and professor, Emory University School of Medicine, have been selected as American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellows, an honor AAAS members bestow upon their peers. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
  • Both Marietta Collins and Gene Farber were chosen for the Emory University Office of Community and Development 100 Emory Community Builders Award. This award celebrates 100 people at Emory who have made significant contributions regarding diversity and inclusiveness on campus. Marietta was selected for her work with the Transforming Community Project and Gene was chosen for his contributions related to creating HIV mental health service programs for underserved communities of color.

Open Door Policy – As a reminder, I have an open door policy and am happy to set a time to talk with people about the full range of faculty development issues. Please feel free to email me at

Please send me updates on your accomplishments or the accomplishments of your colleagues in the department for our February update.