Caduceus Newsletter:  Fall 2012.13, Week of November 19 


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

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Memphis, TN  38104

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1. MIT’s ChemLab Boot Camp Episode 9:  Roses and Death.  
2.  The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is a collaboration of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheva, Israel) Faculty of Health Sciences and of Columbia University Medical Center (New York.) 
3.  Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA) has had its College of Podiatric Medicine has been evaluated and accredited. 
4.  The latest news in nutritional science:  Hostess, the maker of iconic treats like Twinkies, is shuttering its plants and liquidating its 82-year-old business.  
5.  INSIDER:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, November 13, 2012 edition.  


6.  Marginalia:  How to Write a Gratitude List, from Vegetarian Times (Nov. 1999).   


1.  MIT’s ChemLab Boot Camp Episode 9:  Roses and Death.  

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ChemLab Boot Camp chronicles the experiences of 14 real MIT freshmen as they get their first taste of working in MIT chemistry labs through a four-week January course called 5.301 Chemistry Laboratory Techniques.

In Episode 9 - Roses and Death: The students work in teams to synthesize brand new antibiotics, and Dan and Hansol make a big mistake.

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The 2-5 minute episodes, shot in a style that mixes the geek fun of open educational resources with the immediacy of reality TV, bring viewers closer to the experience of being an MIT student. The videos are part of a broader effort funded by The Dow Chemical Company to foster interest in science and engineering careers.

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2.  The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is a collaboration of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beersheva, Israel) Faculty of Health Sciences and of Columbia University Medical Center (New York.) 



November 12, 2012

Dear Pre-Health Advisor,

We are pleased to send you the following updates on the global health activities of our students and graduates of the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), a collaboration of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences and Columbia University Medical Center. 

Class of 2016 on steps for web.jpgNow in our fifteenth year, the members of the entering class of 2012 are already actively involved in global health-related activities.  After completing the one-month required orientation in July, first-year medical students at the MSIH spend every Thursday involved in Global Health Clinics at Soroka Medical Center or at various locations in the Negev Desert.

Notable members of the first year class include Zach Morrison, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, who is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.  Zach spent three years in Burkina Faso teaching math to middle school children and working to fund and build a community library. He is one of two recipients of a four-year, $12,000 per year tuition scholarship.

Avi Shack, MA, is a Canadian citizen who graduated from McMaster University with a master’s degree in Sociology, and received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto.  Before matriculating at the MSIH he worked as a research coordinator in Toronto, with an interdisciplinary team, to integrate the treatment of elderly patients with congestive heart failure, and coordinated Jewish and Muslim groups to build campus partnership programs at the University of Toronto that involved humanitarian activities.

Sarah Humphreys, MPH, received her master’s of public health in Health Policy and Administration from Yale University, after graduating from Brown University with a degree in Bioethics. Her extensive global health work ranges from a project on smoking and cardiovascular disease with the Global Health Leadership and the National Bank of Egypt, to an asthma study with Puerto Rican-Americans in the South Bronx.

As noted in the profile of the 2012 entering class, this year’s first-year class showed that the average MCAT score of the 2012 entering class is 30, and the average GPA is 3.54.  Nearly 30% of the students entered with a non-science degree in subjects such as Philosophy and Anthropology, and 12% hold advanced degrees.

Our mission to humanize medicine on a global scale is also evident in the activities of current students and graduates at the MSIH: our longitudinal alumni tracking project shows that over 80% of graduates from our first five classes (2002-2006) are significantly engaged in one or Mink presentation 2012.jpgmore areas of global health. 

For example, MSIH graduate Jonah Mink, MD (’12), who graduated from Brandeis University, and third-year medical student Tobin Greensweig who came to the MSIH after graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, have just launched MigrantHealth:IL, an organization that bridges the gaps in healthcare access, care coordination, data collection and health education for the estimated 80,000 migrants and refugees in Israel, specifically at the Tel Aviv Refugee Clinic, in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Dr. Mink and Mr. Greensweig recently presented a global health forum lecture on Migrant Health: IL.  Click here to see clips from their lecture.  For more information, visit http://www.migranthealth.org.il

annie tubman presentation for web.jpgAnnie Tubman, a fourth-year medical student, participated in a global health workshop convened by the American Academy of Family Physicians in Minneapolis, Minnesota in September.  The workshop centered on global health education and international collaboration, and connected faculty, residents, medical students and global health leaders.

Ryan Davis, MD (’10) MPH, who received his master’s of public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011, was featured in the April 2012 article “Serving individuals while developing lab skills” in Global Health Matters, the e-newsletter from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Davis, who works with the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Initiative, is currently a Fulbright-Fogarty fellow in Botswana and is working on a technique to detect acute HIV infection (AHI) using dried blood samples as part of a prevention study.

We are currently accepting applications for admission to the entering class of 2013, and we review applications on a rolling basis.  To be eligible for a tuition scholarship, applicants must have their application submitted and complete by February 1, 2013.

We are always pleased to speak with pre-health advisors or send a program representative to meet with you and your students on campus. Our website provides the MSIH curriculum, an interactive application and scholarship information.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at the number below.

Pamela Cooper, MA
Administrative Director


630 West 168th Street, PH 15E-1512

New York, NY  10032



visit us on the web at http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/bgcu-md

read our first-year student blog at http://firstyearmsih.blogspot.com

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, search the Medical School for International Health.

Apply online at http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/bgcu-md

3.  Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA) has had its College of Podiatric Medicine has been evaluated and accredited. 

Western University of Health Sciences is pleased and proud to make the following announcement:

In accordance with the educational standards and requirements adopted by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine has been evaluated and accredited.

Podiatric Medicine has changed dramatically and benefits people in ways you have never imagined – from surgery to gene therapy to sports medicine to saving limbs and lives.  The field opens doors to research and participation in clinical trials for novel treatments and technologies, and WesternU’s groundbreaking curriculum will provide a new approach to podiatric medicine.

If you would like additional information on our College of Podiatric Medicine, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can also refer your students to local podiatrists in their areas for shadowing opportunities and experience.

For students:  To register for the next WesternU Preview Day open house on December 1st, please visit www.prospective.westernu.edu/campusevents.


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Join us for Preview Day – December 1st, 2012!

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4.  The latest news in nutritional science:  Hostess, the maker of iconic treats like Twinkies, is shuttering its plants and liquidating its 82-year-old business.



5.  INSIDER:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, November 13, 2012 edition.  

The Insider

November 13, 2012
º Holiday Survival Guide
º Tennis Racket End Table
º How to Eat Meat
º How Has Sandy Affected You?
º Must-See Wildlife Photography 





Sierra Club Outings
Winter Adventures: From Challenging to Cushy, We Have a Trip for You

It's just over a week until Thanksgiving, and in many parts of the country the snow has already started to fly. This winter, consider taking a snow trip with Sierra Club Outings. Glide over frozen lakes, mush your own sled, snowshoe or cross-country ski remote backcountry, or carve telemark turns down open bowls in a magical winter landscape. At day's end, return to rustic cabins or a cozy lodge.

Snow trips not your thing? Try one of our lodge trips, which combine scenic settings and outdoor activities with the comforts of home, all at a budget-friendly price. Each lodge trip offers its own mix of activities including day hikes, nature walks, visits to local attractions -- even yoga and wine-tasting if you want it.

Looking for something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings.

Tennis Racket End Table
DIY: Tennis Racket End Table

Do you have too much old sports equipment cluttering up your attic or garage? You've probably long since retired your trusty old wooden rackets -- but don't pitch 'em out.

Here's a project for reliving those moments of glory on the court and turning a pair of vintage wooden tennis rackets into a sporty side table

Photo: Lori Eanes

Protect Wind Energy Jobs
Don't Let Wind Energy Jobs Disappear

The growing wind industry supports 75,000 American jobs. Blades and turbines are manufactured right here in the U.S., new wind facilities are installed and maintained, and clean, efficient energy is reducing our dependence on the dirty energy technology of the 19th century. But if Congress doesn't renew the Production Tax Credit before the end of the year, all that is in jeopardy.

Write to your representative in Congress and urge them to renew the Production Tax Credit to protect American jobs and ensure a clean energy future.

Sierra Club Radio
Host Orli Cotel1.) Beth Terry, author of How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.

2.) Ken Winston, policy advocate for the Sierra Club's Nevada chapter, talks about wind power.

3.) Avital Andrews, green living editor for Sierra magazine, shares tips for a green Thanksgiving.
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Victory Corps Comes Through on Election Day

Victory Corps Comes ThroughThis election season, Big Oil and Big Coal spent hundreds of millions of dollars shoveling dirt on clean energy initiatives and smearing candidates who stood in the way of the fossil-fuel agenda. And all over the country, they failed.

The Sierra Club's Victory Corps worked to get President Obama reelected -- and also helped net dozens of other victories nationwide, moving us toward a greener U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Check out this infographic to see how we made a difference on Election Day.



Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival GuideThere you sit at the Thanksgiving table, hearing your uncle say that coal and oil are the only ways we can realistically supply our energy needs. Grandpa chimes in and says green jobs are a total scam.

On Hannukwanzmas Eve, your sister says she wants to be green, but she doesn't know where to start. Meanwhile, your brother lets on that he'd like to put solar panels on his roof, but it's just too expensive.

What can you tell them all? Find out in the Sierra Club Holiday Survival Guide, which also supplies you with recipes, green gift-giving tips, and more.



How to Eat Meat Without Killing the Planet

How to Eat Meat Without Killing the PlanetWe all know that a diet based on local, organic produce is the most planet-friendly choice. But is it OK to splurge on a bird for the holidays?

We've tackled the issue of sustainable meat in a four-part series that shows you the best ways to consume meat, fish, and eggs. We've even thrown in an extreme meat option for adventurous eaters. 



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How Has Sandy Affected You?

Hurricane SandyRegardless of where we live, Hurricane Sandy hit us all in some way. The Sierra Club is cataloging our experiences so we can continue to push for leadership and policies that fight climate disruption.

Whether you were directly in the path of the storm, had friends or family affected -- as Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune did -- or simply have something to share, please check out our Share Your Story website and submit your story, photos, or thoughts about how Sandy affected you.



Vets: Show and Tell Us Your Favorite Place Outdoors

Sierra Club Mission OutdoorsFrom November 11 through December 7 (Veterans Day through Pearl Harbor Day), the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program is teaming up with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sponsor a public lands essay and photo contest.

The contest, "What My Public Lands Mean to Me," encourages vets, active-duty military personnel, and their families to submit photos, essays, and videos about their favorite places outdoors and time spent on America's public lands. Entries will be accepted through December 6, and three winners will be featured on the BLM and Sierra Club websites and receive an outdoor support kit from the Club. Enter here.



Coming Clean by Michael Brune



National Wind Week Breezes Through the Capital

National Wind WeekAs part of its Wind Works campaign for clean energy, the Sierra Club has announced a national "Wind Week" to urge Congress to renew the vital Production Tax Credit for the wind industry before it expires on December 31. Wind Week, which began on November 12, brings together labor, environmental, and wind-industry groups to push Congress to extend the tax credit.  

As part of Wind Week, the Sierra Club launched a campaign that blanketed the Capitol South Metro station in Washington, D.C., with ads calling on Congress to stand up for American jobs by renewing the tax credit. The ads -- check 'em out here -- will run until December 3.



Must-See Wildlife Photography

Wildlife PhotographyPhotographer Suzi Eszterhas spends months in the field with her wild subjects to capture moments like this one -- a two-week-old lion cub at Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya meeting its father for the first time.

We collected some of our favorite shots from Eszterhas's portfolio and asked her to share some tales from the field. Click through the slideshow and then read our interview to find out the mountain gorilla's chances of survival, how long it takes to get a great photograph of a cheetah hunt, and how it feels to be slapped by a chimp.

Photo: Suzi Eszterhas



The Pacific Northwest Test

Coal TrainsThe Pacific Northwest is at a fork in the road. One path preserves its natural legacy. The other is full of coal trains and natural-gas pipelines.

In Washington, Big Coal is pushing to cut through the state with open trains that would send tens of millions of tons of coal each year through communities to the coast for shipping. Last week, 1,000 people turned out for a public hearing in Mount Vernon to give the stop signal to coal trains. In Oregon, natural gas companies want to permanently alter the coastline with liquefied natural gas shipping terminals. The multibillion-dollar plan would include highway-size pipelines along the Columbia River.

Toxic coal trains next to families' backyards? Pipelines along the Columbia? No wonder thousands of Pacific Northwesterners are just saying "No!"


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6.  Marginalia:  How to Write a Gratitude List, from Vegetarian Times (Nov. 1999).   


How to Write a Gratitude List

March-April 2000


by Meredith Gould, from Vegetarian Times

As a veteran of more personal-growth workshops than any human without a steady income has a right to be, I am no stranger to the techniques—both snazzy and simple—designed to move us from darkness to light. Add to that the time I spend in 12-step recovery, with its tips for happy, healthy living, and you’d think I’m the perfect candidate for this business of writing gratitude lists.

Well, I wasn’t. I was already keeping a shopping list, an errands list, and, ever since my estrogen levels plummeted, a list of daily reminders. Yet another list? Horrors.

A “gratitude list,” in case you’re not hip to trendy techniques for feeling better, is an exercise designed to shift your mood and attitude. A major midlife meltdown provided the impetus for me to try it, and someone actually strongly suggested that I scrounge up 25 reasons to feel grateful for my life in all its dismembered glory.

In fact, I only managed to eke out 15 entries by imagining what someone else in my situation might possibly celebrate, such as owning intact pairs of socks, having cats who coughed up hair balls nowhere near carpeting, and finding only slightly bruised papayas for under a buck. Amazing! It worked and I felt better. Who knew?

Now, almost five years later, writing gratitude lists has become a comfortable, even treasured component of my regular spiritual practice. I do them on an as-needed basis, which is to say shortly after something—or someone—has really ticked me off. It is during times of profound irritation that gratitude lists have the most salutary impact on my life. Strange but true: Gratitude and anger cannot inhabit the same emotional space. Go ahead, try being grateful for that clean biopsy and mad at the same time.

If you want to try this handy way to shift consciousness without ingesting anything illegal, let me offer three suggestions for getting started.

1. Hand-write your gratitude list. The kinesthetic experience of actually writing is valuable for several reasons: First, the physical act helps imprint the feeling of gratitude at the cellular level. Also, since it is a slower process than typing, writing by hand provides more time for contemplation, which makes for a more thoughtful list.

2. Set a realistic goal. Avoid immediate collapse by starting off with a reasonable number of items. If you set out to enumerate some insane number like 50, you’ll end up including stuff that not even the most zealous gratitude junkie would list. Better to limit yourself to one good reason than to dredge up sludge from a too-deep well.

3. Fake it, if necessary. Don’t worry about actually feeling grateful for anything, especially if during your formative years you confused gloom with sophistication. Until you are consistently inclined to see the glass as half full, act ‘as if.’ In other words, start by pretending that you are an authentically grateful person and write down what this alter ego is thankful for. If even this feels like too much of a stretch, maybe you’re getting stuck on semantics. Instead of calling yours a gratitude list, title it “Hey, it could be worse” and take it from there.

From Vegetarian Times (Nov. 1999). Subscriptions: $24/yr. (12 issues) from Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
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