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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2018.16, Week of December 10

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
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Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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There is as much strategy in playing dreidel as there is in playing the card game called “War”.

 

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia.

 

Table of Contents:

1.   This particular Caduceus Newsletter is the last issue for the Fall 2018 semester, and I have a request. 
2.  What do people want for Christmas?  We residents of the North Pole asked YOU, members of the CBU community want you would like, and HERE ARE YOUR ANSWERS!!  
3.  The Brown University (Providence, RI) Gateways Program opens the gate to careers in medicine, healthcare and research by offering either a Master Degree in Medical Sciences or a Certificate in Medical Science. 
4.  Loyola University – Maryland (Baltimore) offers a five-week summer program on the psychological and social foundations of health.  
5.  Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group December 2018 Newsletter. 

6.  Marginalia:  There is as much strategy in playing dreidel as there is in playing the card game called “War”.  Here are photos from the first-ever Chanukah lighting ceremony and reception.  

 

1. This particular Caduceus Newsletter is the last issue for the Fall 2018 semester, and I have a request. 

Since this is the last issue of the Caduceus Newsletter for the Fall 2018 semester, I have a request.  If, during your winter break, you visit somewhere or do something interesting and out of the ordinary, to please share photos so that I can post them during the Spring 2019 semester.  Here are some examples:

 

From:  http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/CadSummer0503.htm

“I am working on the jaguar ecology and conservation project in the Pantanal.  I am staying at Caiman ranch which is absolutely gorgeous.  We ride horses a lot because the roads don't all go where we have to in order to radio-track the jaguars.  The capture was in June and was awesome.   Totally crazy, but it was awesome to be chasing jaguars through the woods.  The jaguar in the picture is the only one I have seen while I've been here.  I work with Dr. Claudia Ferro full-time but Dr. Leandro Silveira is my mentor for the summer.”

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From:  http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/CadFa0506.htm

At the time, Jennifer Paxson was conducting research in Brazil, and was able to do some sightseeing…and hang-gliding in and around Rio.

Yes, these two pictures are of me hang-gliding with Hilton, the guy who owned the hang-gliding company over the city of Rio, the Tijuca forest, and the Cucumber Beach which I landed on approximately 15 minutes later. 

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(Ed. Note:  A new twist to the term “Airplane Food.”)  This picture is of the pizzaria in an old airplane that we found on the trip to Sao Francisco do Sul when Dr. Fitz, her husband, daughter and I stopped to go to the bathroom at a Gas station.  It was the funniest thing we had ever seen and it was in the middle of no where.  It is actually the restaurant, i.e. they don't use it to deliver pizza. 

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2.  What do people want for Christmas?  We residents of the North Pole asked YOU, members of the CBU community want you would like, and HERE ARE YOUR ANSWERS!!  

What people want for Christmas

Frequency

4

1

$1,000,000

2

$15,000 by December 31

1

A date/rum cake

1

A degree

1

A dog

2

A doll House

1

A drone

1

A drone that turns into a car

1

A in Organic Chemistry

1

A in Parasitology

4

A job

2

A nap

1

A new car

1

A passionate job

1

A Raise

1

A snow day

1

A summer internship

1

A trip

1

Alexa Echo 1st Generation

1

All A's

4

alumni giving rate

1

An A

1

Apple watch

2

Automated application review system

1

better GPA

1

Blue-eyed boyfriend

1

Books

3

BTW Album

1

Christmas sweaters

1

Christmas with family

1

clothes

1

computer

1

cookies

1

debt forgiveness & $

1

Diamond Earrings

1

diploma

1

Doll

1

Everyone to have Xmas spirit

1

family time

1

finals, classes, pagers

1

Free Time

1

free tuition

3

Fuzzy socks

3

Good grades

2

Hair

1

Happiness

2

Jeep wranger (black)

1

journals

1

Kyle's beard

1

Lego sets

1

Longer break for staff

1

Macbook

1

Money

2

new laptop

1

new phone

1

New Switch game Super Smash

1

New tripod

1

Nothing  :)

1

Onesies

1

PA Acceptance letter

1

Passing grade on CPA exam

1

Passing grades

1

pay my dues

1

Pencil

1

People

1

Pepper Spray

1

planner

2

Playstation

1

Pretty pony

1

puppy & green card

1

Santa!

1

shoes

2

Sleep

3

Slippers

1

Snow Meekus

1

soccer ball

1

socks

1

Spa Package

1

Summa cum laude

1

sunshine

1

Tazer

1

Teleportation device

1

Tennis bag

1

time with family & good food

1

Trains

2

Trip around the world

3

Truck & remote control

1

Tuition $$ back

1

Vacation

1

Waifus

1

Winning Lotto ticket

1

World peace

2

 

3.  The Brown University (Providence, RI) Gateways Program opens the gate to careers in medicine, healthcare and research by offering either a Master Degree in Medical Sciences or a Certificate in Medical Science. 

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Dear Stan, 

 

As an academic advisor, you know well how difficult it can be to gain entrance to medical school or doctoral programs in the heath field. Many students show promise, but need another level of experience to demonstrate that they are ready for this career path.

 

Gateways to Medicine, Healthcare and Research at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University provides a rigorous academic program that prepares students for either careers in these fields or doctoral-level training. The program offers either a Master of Science in Medical Sciences, or a Certificate in Medical Science. Benefits include:

  • A small class size that ensures individualized attention.
  • A robust curriculum on par with the first year of an Ivy League medical school.
  • Career mentoring and advising.
  • Access to Brown University facilities and resources.

Classes begin in July for master's degree candidates. Encourage your advisees to learn more about this program and apply to meet the June 1 deadline.

 

We look forward to helping your students achieve their career goals.

 

Sincerely,

 

Gowri Anandarajah, MD, FAAFP
Gateways Program Director
Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Sciences, Clinician Educator



 

 

4.  Loyola University – Maryland (Baltimore) offers a five-week summer program on the psychological and social foundations of health.  

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Join us!

 

This five-week summer program on psychological and social foundations of health builds your capacity to serve as a culturally competent health professional. The integrated course work, service-learning internship, and networking opportunities prepares you to learn, serve, and lead in the diverse and rapidly changing twenty-first-century world. The courses develop foundational skills to analyze how health is influenced by psychology, socioeconomic
factors, religious beliefs, and neighborhoods in which individuals reside. The service-learning internship in urban health care setting give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of health disparities and effective service to some of Baltimore's underserved residents.

 

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When?

May 19 - June 21, 2019

What?

STUDY

Introduction to Health Psychology + Urban Health and Faith
(diversity course) - 6 credits

 

IMMERSION

Health service-learning internship in urban setting
Site visits, urban health bus tour, and visiting speakers

 

GUIDANCE

Pre-health workshops and individualized guidance

 

EVEN MORE

Breakfasts and lunches on teaching days

Books included

Deadline?

Apply by Feb. 25

More?

Open to visiting students
Info and application:

http://www.loyola.edu/bhip

 

 

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For more information, contact Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., B.S.N.,

Director of Pre-Health Programs, at

mlehmijokigardn@loyola.edu or 410-617-2218.

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5.  Sierra Club-Chickasaw Group December 2018 Newsletter. 

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Sierra Club - Chickasaw Group
December 2018 Newsletter

Contents:

UPCOMING EVENTS/ISSUES:

VOTE! Tennessee Chapter and Chickasaw Group Elections in December

Please vote. A copy of the ballots with candidate bios can be found in your copy of the Nov-Dec Tennes-Sierran, or you can print one from here. Please exercise your right to participate in the selection of Tennessee Chapter and Group Executive Committees. Ballots must be received by December 15. Please carefully follow the directions indicated on the ballots. The two ballots (Chapter at Large) and Group Ballot may be included in the same envelope.

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Chickasaw Group Holiday Party

December 7 from 7:00-9:30pm


Once again, the Burch, Porter Johnson Law Firm (130 N Court Ave in downtown Memphis) has graciously made their office space available for our party. Come and bring a friend or two to see old friends and make new ones. Find out who will win our annual awards. Also, come and meet the candidates for next year's Excom. And of course, we will all pose for our Annual Photo. It's a "Pot Luck", so bring your favorite potluck dish, or maybe an appetizer or dessert. Beverages will be available for a donation. For more information and updates, visit our Facebook Event Page. Please RSVP HERE.  

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Solar and Renewables vs Bellefonte Nuclear Plant

BREAKING NEWS: TVA HAS CANCELLED THEIR CONTRACT WITH NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT, LLC

Dennis Lynch's comment to City Council

 

Memphis and/or MLGW should NOT take any action in support of the Bellefonte nuclear plant (Nuclear Development, LLC- "ND") in Alabama.  There are many reasons. We are presenting our case to MLGW and to the City Council directly, and sharing our views in social media and the traditional media.  Here are some of the reasons against the Bellefonte proposal:

 - The cost of renewable energy (solar and wind) is less than the price for electricity proposed by Nuclear Development, and that cost continues to go down.

 - Nuclear has huge additional "costs" for environmental impacts which they don't pay.

 - The President of ND has stated that their costs could go up, so their quoted price isn't reliable.

 - The costs quoted by ND are 65-79% lower than the costs of any recent nuclear plant.  Such costs are completely unrealistic and unsustainable.

 - Renewables are very responsive to peak demands for energy. Nuclear must be supplemented by high-cost peaker plants.

 - If longer-term demand grows, solar can be added easily; nuclear not so.

 - The proposal from ND would only satisfy 80% of Memphis region's energy need. MLGW would have to find additional power somewhere else.

 - The Bellefonte plant is based on an old design, and TVA stopped construction of the plant 30 years ago partly because they decided the plant wasn't needed.

 - The Bellefonte plant needs substantial new construction to become operational. Nuclear plants almost always take longer to construct than planned, and frequently include substantial cost overruns.

 

These are just a few of the many points as to why Memphis & MLGW should not show any support for the ND nuclear plant.

 

We ask that you call your City Councilperson before December 11 (901-636-6786), and also send a message to JT Young, the President of MLGW (mlgw.com/contact).  Tell them you don't want Memphis/MLGW to have any involvement with the Bellefonte plant. At the same time, please also tell them to substantially increase MLGW's investment in renewable energy. Thank you.



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No Dumps in Nutbush!

Memphis Land Use Control Board- December 13

 

United citizens defeated a proposed landfill expansion in Frayser last January and again defeated another new proposed landfill in Whitehaven on Holmes Road. Now a landfill approved by the City Council (as a Planned Development) is pending on Shelby Oaks Drive (in the 100 year floodplain) and the same company, Blaylock and Brown, is proposing another one on top of wetlands and in the 100 year floodplain in Nutbush. There will be a hearing on this proposed Nutbush landfill before the Land Use Control Board on December 13. For more information contact Scott Banbury at 901-619-8567 or smbanbury@gmail.com.
 

Join our Facebook Group Opposing these landfills for updates.

Watch an aerial video of the site.

Sign the petition opposing the dump.

Read more about it in the High Ground News.  


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Program Meeting on the State of Recycling in Memphis

Followup from October 18 program

The Chickasaw Group's October 18 program, "Recycling in Memphis" included presentations by panelists who highlighted the current situation, current problems and some current solutions to these problems. We had standing room only attendance who heard great presentations and made for a great Q&A.  Now we would like to develop a working group to follow up on all of the related issues. If you would like to participate in this effort--send an email to ChickasawSierra@gmail.com .  We expect to schedule the first Working Group meeting in January.  We will send an email to all who signed-in at the October meeting, and to all who send an email in response to this notice.  We especially want people who have good ideas AND time to contribute to the effort. Thank you.


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Conservation Education Day
February 12-13, 2019

Conservation Education Day has been a  joint effort of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Tennessee Environmental Council, and Tennessee Conservation Voters for many years. Environmentalists from across the state take a day to meet with their state legislators in Nashville to promote the passage of bills which preserve and protect our water, air and lands, and block those which would do it harm.  The goal is to have a meeting with every Tennessee legislator.
 
In advance of CED, the Political Committee and others will work with partner conservation groups to develop  a common agenda of key legislative items for 2019.  Due to the dynamics of the legislature, the final list won't be known until the week before CED.  Wednesday, February 13, has been chosen to be after the key bills are known, but before crucial votes are taken.
 
The "asks"  will be developed with the emphasis on getting bills passed.  Example of "asks" might be Forever Green Tennessee (funds for land acquisition), TennCan (bottle deposit) and PACE (energy efficiency financing).
 
There will be lobbying training and "ask" education in Nashville on Tuesday evening, February 12, plus information and discussion on Sierra Club Listservs, starting as soon the legislature convenes.
 
Legislator meetings, about 10 minutes long, cannot be arranged unless there will be a constituent at the meeting.  Last year, 45 of us met with 35 of 132 total legislators.  We need you to schedule time in Nashville on February 12 and 13 so that we can at least double the number of legislators with whom we meet in 2019.
 
Please join us!
 
For more information, questions or suggestions, contact: Bill Moll
, whmoll@aol.com, 404-401-7899

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Request for Volunteers

Campaigns, Strategies and Committees

 

The Chickasaw Group has numerous important campaigns, key strategies and committees which are always open to new volunteers.  Some of the areas are "Ready for 100" campaign (renewable energy strategies), recycling, environmental justice, "Protect Our Aquifer", parks and green spaces, communications including social media, and membership development.  If you want to get involved with our efforts in any of these areas, please "speak up" and send an email to ChickasawSierra@gmail.com.


 

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Tennessee Chapter Reaches Settlement with State Over Stormwater Regulations

by Axel Ringe, Harvey Broome Group.

Two years ago the Tennessee Chapter joined an administrative appeal of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) “NPDES General Permit for Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)”, or their general permit governing small municipalities' post-construction storm water runoff regulations. We have been co-plaintiffs with the Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Clean Water Network, and Obed Watershed Community Association. After we appealed the permit, the Tennessee Homebuilders Association intervened in the case opposed to our appeal. The case has dragged on over the past two years with each party entering into several sets of failed settlement negotiations in an effort to avoid going to trial. On October 8, 2018, the three parties engaged in a final all-day negotiating session with an administrative judge mediating the negotiations. At the end of the day all parties, represented by their respective attorneys, reached a tentative agreement signed by the attorneys. We, the plaintiff environmental groups, believed we have gained sufficient ground in improvement over the 2016 permit that we can accept the modified permit and avoid going to trial, which none of us could afford.

The four basic points we argued for are:
1. Water Quality Treatment Volume and alternatives when site-specific limitations apply;
2. Verification of post-construction controls: inspections and reporting Requirements;
3. Stream Buffers; and
4. Public’s Opportunity to Review and Comment: In the Phase II permit cycle beginning around 2022, TDEC will include a provision in the draft permit requiring draft notices of intent, stormwater management plans, and stormwater management programs from Phase II communities to be subject to public notice and comment before approval.

We did not argue #4 because TDEC has promised to include a public participation provision in the 2022 revision of the permit. We believe we forced significant improvement in the first three issues compared to the 2016 permit and compared to the Homebuilders’ proposals. The settlement was finalized by the explicit approval of all parties, i.e., in our case by vote of the Chapter ExCom on October 21, 2018.

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Environmental Justice Presentation at the Tennessee Chapter Retreat- October 19-21

By Dennis Lynch (Chickasaw Group)

The recent Tennessee Chapter Retreat (which was held at the Pickett Memorial State Park) included a presentation and discussion about Environmental Justice and the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing.  Marquita Bradshaw led the discussion and asked all of the attendees to comment on their own personal experience of how they might have been impacted by any environmental justice issue. Attendees were also asked to review the 6 Jemez Principles and consider how to incorporate these principles into their own activities in support of our mission.  These principles are:  1) Be Inclusive, 2) Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing, 3) Let People Speak for Themselves, 4) Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality, 5) Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves, and 6) Commitment to Self-Transformation.

There is clearly an interest and a desire at the Chapter and Group levels to more effectively integrate EJ and Jemez Principles more deeply into our work. This would perhaps include having Chapter Retreats in more accessible urban locations.


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VW Diesel Mitigation - Sierra Club Involvement in Important National Issue

By Dennis Lynch (Chickasaw Group)
 
Most people have heard that VW cheated on their diesel car's air pollution testing.  The EPA negotiated and signed settlements that Volkswagen violated the Clean Air Act (“CAA”). VW was made to sign a consent decree in 2016, and agree to spend up to $14.7 billion to settle the case.  The settlement is in 3 parts- a) offending vehicle buy-back, b) Zero-emission vehicle infrastructure development (now a VW division named "Electrify America"), and c) $2.7 billion for state-by-state mitigation plans.
 
The Sierra Club is involved and providing input to development of each state's specific mitigation plan.  In Tennessee, we have worked with TDEC's Office of Energy Programs, which has provided many opportunities for public input.  The Tennessee Chapter sought input from SC members across the state, through our Transportation Chair, Dennis Lynch, and worked with TDEC to advocate for certain details to be incorporated in the state's Mitigation Plan. With the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Department, we developed a 26-page comment letter, and then obtained sign-ons from multiple ally agencies.

TDEC analyzed all the input they received and then developed a Draft Mitigation Plan.  We again responded, and then finally in September of this year, TDEC published the final plan.  The final plan contains many details, but perhaps the key element is that Tennessee's $45.8 million share of the mitigation funds is to be allocated as follows- 15% for Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Supply Equipment (primarily electric vehicle charging stations & infrastructure); 60% is to be provided for transit buses, school buses and shuttle buses; 15% for Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks, and 10% for Class 8 Local Freight Trucks and Port Drayage Trucks (Google it). Much more information about this subject is available. Email any questions to
ChickasawSierra@gmail.com.

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HELP THE CHICKASAW GROUP
PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

 

 


Who We Are

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

The Chickasaw Group is one of five Sierra Club Groups within the Tennessee Chapter. We're based in Memphis and serve the 19 counties west of the Tennessee River. The Chickasaw Group works to protect the natural heritage of West Tennessee and the health and well being of human and wild communities.

For regular updates join our Facebook page.
Join the Sierra Club.
Visit our website.
Donate to our efforts.
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6.  Marginalia:  There is as much strategy in playing dreidel as there is in playing the card game called “War”.  Here are photos from the first-ever Chanukah lighting ceremony and reception.  

First, here are the instructions for playing dreidel:

How to Play Dreidl

The dreidl (or "svivon" in Israel) is a four-sided top with which a simple game of chance can be played. Each side  is marked with a single Hebrew letter. These letters have a double meaning:  on the one hand they stand for the Hebrew phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham -- "A great miracle happened there." But they also stand for Yiddish words denoting game instructions! Each player starts with ten or fifteen tokens (peanuts, pennies, raisins, M&M's, those little foil-wrapped chocolate coins -- whatever you want to use). Each player puts one token in the middle.  Then each player spins the dreidl in turn and acts according to the letter left facing up when the dreidl falls. (In fact, you can make your own dreidl from the following template):

= Nun- Lose a turn, because "Nun" stands for "nisht" in Yiddish, which means "nothing," so do "nothing."

 = Gimmel - Gants means "whole."  Take the whole pot.

 = Heh - Stands for halb (half) Talk half the tokens.

 = Shin - Stands for shtel -- "put in." Add to the pot the amount determined at the beginning of the game.

 

The game is over when one player has all the tokens.

And here are some photos:

Attendees singing “Rock of Ages”

 

Rabbi Jeremy Simons explaining the history and meaning of Chanukah

L-R:  Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Dr. Stan Eisen, Dr. John Smarrelli

The Menorah was dedicated to the Rabbi Joseph Eisen, who died in June, 2018

L-R:  Rabbi Joel Finkelstein (Rabbi of Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation), Dr. Joseph Turek (Dean, CBU School of Business), Rabbi Jeremy Simons, Dr. Samantha Alperin (Head, Education Department), Dr. Stan Eisen, Matthew Etts

 

Sorry, I don’t know either of their names.

 

 

Matthew Etts and younger brother playing dreidel

 

 

 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html