Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.01, Week of January 7.   


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

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A proposed event commemorating the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth:  An Ape Olympic Triathlon:


The coconut shot put:  It’s a lot like any other shot put, except you use a coconut instead of a 16-pound ball. 


Jessica Ennis Jessica Ennis of Great Britain competes in the Women's Heptathlon Shot Put on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England.


For more information, please go to Article #1. 


Table of Contents:


1.  A proposal for an event to commemorate the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.  
2.  The School of Field Studies (SFS) offers are variety of environmental field studies abroad.  
3.  Insider:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, November 27, 2012 edition.  
4.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “Are there any post-baccalaureate programs specifically for individuals interested in dentistry?  
5.  Wolf River Conservancy December 2012 E-newsletter. 
6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 17, 2012 edition.  


1.  A proposal for an event to commemorate the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, February 12.  

This February 12 will be the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin birth.  A website, http://darwinday.org/ , was created to facilitate learning about his life and times, and to promote learning about the origins of our world. 


I am proposing an Ape Olympic Triathlon to commemorate his birth and to honor his contributions to science, consisting of the following events:

a)      Coconut shot put, which is a lot like any other shot put event, except you use a coconut instead of a 16-pound ball;

b)      Mudskipper crawl, a timed distance event in which contestants crawl, like mudskipper fish, which have an accessory lung, in locating a new pond when the current one dries up;

c)       Mate-calling contest, in which girls judge guys and guys judge girls in their mating calls.  Judging criteria include, audibility, clarity, and arousal potential.  (Shouting “I’ll do the dishes!” seems to be a real winner with the girls.)

There IS precedence for this:  http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/CadSp0807.htm#ApeOlympics


2.  The School of Field Studies (SFS) offers are variety of environmental field studies abroad.  



Environmental Field Studies Abroad

November 28, 2012


My Journey to East Africa Began a Long Time Ago
Cameron Held (Bates College) recounts the moment while on expedition in Serengeti National Park when he "lives out a lifelong dream" of being a nature photographer, and especially of capturing a shot of the big cats of Africa. "The leopard’s bright yellow eyes bore into my own as I stared him down through the lens."  READ MORE


Education, Food, and Sustainability
Dr. Sergio A. Molina, Resident Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Policy at the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Costa Rica, reflects on how students are learning to choose healthy and sustainable meals, and, in the process, explore issues including water, energy use, biodiversity, soil and air protection, social equity, and economic development. read MORE


A Sense of Connection
Student Affairs Manager and alumna Kimbrough Mauney writes about the exciting activities that students in Turks & Caicos are enjoying this fall from performing at outdoor concerts to fitting sea turtles with satellite tracking devices. READ MORE


Alumni Profile: Emma Impink
Emma (SFS Kenya Spring '09) returned to Kenya as a Princeton in Africa Fellow with The BOMA Project, a nonprofit with a focus on alleviating poverty and empowering women. "My familiarity and comfort with pastoral communities, an essential skill for this job, grew out of my time with SFS." read MORE


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3.  Insider:  The Sierra Club’s Official Newsletter, November 27, 2012 edition.  

The Insider

November 27, 2012
º Choose Revolution
º Up On the Farm
º Huge Victory for Our Mountains
º 20% Off at Eastern Mountain Sports
º Stop the Blank Checks





ExploreSierra Club OutingsGear Up for a New Year with Sierra Club Outings

Tick, tick, tick... that's the sound of 2012 winding down -- which means it's time to start thinking about next year's travel plans!

Dreaming of watersports and warm ocean breezes in sunny St. John? Winter wildlife and cross-country skiing in the Vermont backcountry? A tour of Norway's fjords and glaciers?

Browse all these and 150 more unique adventures at Sierra Club Outings.


HIKE t-Shirt and National Parks Subway Map ToteShirt? Check. Tote Bag? Check.

Earlier this year, you asked for them. Now you've got 'em. Our National Parks Subway Map tote bag and John Muir HIKE t-shirts make excellent holiday gifts! Get them before they run out, and see what else strikes your fancy at the Sierra Club store.


Say No to FrackingStop the Blank Checks

The natural gas industry wants to ship fracked liquefied natural gas to other countries to profit even more, while leaving our communities to deal with consequences -- including poisoned drinking water, air pollution, and destroyed coasts.

It is up to us to tell President Obama the natural gas industry does not deserve a blank check to put our communities at risk.


Sierra Club Radio
Host Orli CotelBestselling novelist and essayist Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book, Flight Behavior, in which climate change plays a central role.

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Climate Change Comes HomeClimate Change Hits Home

Ten days ago, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune visited the beachfront community in New Jersey where he grew up. The damage was so extensive that the area is closed off and there is still no power or clean water. Brune's family and their neighbors were allowed to enter the barrier island for just seven hours.

Visit our new website, Climate Comes Home, to read what he and others had to say and see the devastation.

Photo: Julie Dermansky

Rally for Clean EnergyChoose Revolution

Sierra Club President Allison Chin joined 3,000 other activists on November 18 for a march on the White House and a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. Chin and others -- including 350.org founder Bill McKibben -- called on President Obama to stop tar sands development, reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and promote clean energy solutions to combat the climate crisis.

 "Will America be the victim of climate disruption, or will we be the hero of a clean energy revolution?" Chin asked. "I choose the revolution!"

Up on the FarmUp On the Farm

Is it possible to reside in a crowded city and still eat like you live in the country? In the Big Apple, a food revolution has taken root: New York City has more urban farms and community gardens than any other American city.

We compare two different models for rooftop agriculture to get the dirt on homegrown, hyper-local food.

Photo: JJ Sulin


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Craig NewmarkLet's Hangout

What is Craigslist founder Craig Newmark doing hanging out with the Sierra Club? Newmark's "craigconnects" program and the Sierra Club's Military Outdoors program share a focus on serving returning veterans, military members, and their families.

Join our Google Hangout on December 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, where Newmark and the Sierra Club will discuss the military community, technology, the outdoors, and how we can help veterans.

Huge Victory for our MountainsHuge Victory for Our Mountains

One can only imagine what John Muir would have thought of mountaintop removal coal mining. But he’d certainly have celebrated this month’s announcement that the Patriot Coal Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Sierra Club and other environmental groups to end its involvement in this destructive practice. But other coal companies are moving forward with plans to blow the tops off mountains and bury streams all across Appalachia.

Send a message to the EPA, letting them know that protecting Appalachia from destructive coal mining should be a top priority for the next Obama administration.

Get the Sierra Club's Holiday Survival Guide

SoccetSoccket to Me

Kids in the developing world can play soccer during the day, and use the energy stored in the ball to power an LED lamp when the sun goes down. After getting kicked around for 30 minutes, the Soccket can power an LED lamp for three hours.

We talk with inventor Jessica O. Matthews about how this game-changing ball works and what it means for people who rely on polluting kerosene lights. "People think serious issues require serious solutions," says Matthews. "I think play can be used to provide tangible things to people who need them."

Photo: Natalie Brasington

20% Off at Eastern Mountain SportsSave 20% at Eastern Mountain Sports

Whether you’re planning to hit the ski slopes, catch some air on a sled ride, or glide on your pond skates, you could save 20 percent when you gear up for winter fun at Eastern Mountain Sports by joining the Sierra Club today. With the exclusive, members-only offer you'll save on one full-price item every time you shop for yourself, a friend, or family member this holiday season... and whatever you do, stay warm!

Find out about your new member benefits and how to use your discount at EMS.


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4.  The question posed to the HLTHPROF listserv was “Are there any post-baccalaureate programs specifically for individuals interested in dentistry?”  

Here are two programs that were specifically mentioned:  

Boston University


The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Oral Health Sciences Track




University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)


M.S in Biomedical Sciences  Dental Scholars Program




5.  Wolf River Conservancy December 2012 E-newsletter. 

Wolf River Conservacy

December 2012 ENEWSLETTER




December 2012

Season’s Greetings to you all! In addition to the usual holiday festivities, this is also the time of year for me to reflect on what 2012 has held for the Wolf River Conservancy. So I would like to take this opportunity to review some of our accomplishments, events, and projects – all reasons why the Wolf River Conservancy continues to be a regional community asset:

• With the help of 200 plus volunteers we planted 2600 trees at the Shelby Farms Park Tree Farm.

We continued to increase the professionalism and training of our volunteer River Guides; we currently have twenty-one WRC Certified River Guide and fifty-three trainees in the queue to join their ranks.
• The Wolf River Greenway Trail received the “National Recreational Trail” designation from the U.S. Department of the Interior.,,MORE

I am very proud to be the Executive Director of such a valuable and well-respected organization, which is actively improving our community’s quality of life. Please give generously to our 2012 Annual Campaign so that the Wolf River Conservancy can continue to serve in so many ways.


Keith Cole, Executive Director

More Stories

2012 May Be the Best Time to Contribute to Conservation

The federal tax rules will change in 2013, but the rules for 2012 are certain and there are actions that charitably minded people can take to maximize their giving now, so they can meet their goals this year and in the future...More. Please consider including WRC in your annual giving. To contribute,  please click here.

Natural Highlights:  Northern Cardinals and Bird Feeding Basics

During the season of giving, remember the wildlife around you. Give to protect habitat  and share some treats with the birds! Use this link to learn more about one of everyone's favorite birds, the Northern Cardinal. Click here for Bird Feeding Basics.

WRC Receives Grant from Tennessee Parks and Greenway Foundation 

WRC received a $2,500 grant from TPGF for a stewardship project to promote protection of properties that we own or where we have easements..More

Please Join Us! WRC Open House on Jan. 10

Drop in and see us at the WRC Offices on Jan. 10 and enjoy snacks, libations, and information on all of our programs. Most of all, this is a chance to share ideas and get to know each other better...More

Thanks to Cynthia Spangler and Charles Askew

Charles Askew recently stopped by the office to deliver a much-needed map file from Cynthia Spangler.  The file is now full of maps no longer in need of a home.  Thanks to you both!

Pedestrian Bridge Closure Schedule

The pedestrian bridge connecting the Wolf River Greenway to Shelby Farms Park will be closed for updates through Jan.11, though it will be open on weekends and holidays. View the schedule here.

Tom Roehm Creates Conservancy Timeline

For anyone interested in WRC's history and accomplishments, Tom Roehm has just created a timeline graphic that we have added to our website.  See the timeline by clicking here.       



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6.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 17, 2012 edition.  


News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

December 17, 2012

• Podcast Series Explains Dangers of Medicare Cuts to Teaching Hospitals
• Threats to Funding to Physician Training, Hospital Payments Continue

• Groups Express Concerns About Impact of NIH Cuts on Health

• IPEC Institute Will Focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

• AAMC Releases “From Moses to Multipliers” Monograph

Academic Medicine Studies Explore Remediation Outcomes
• In Memoriam: Harry Beaty, M.D.

The next edition of STAT will arrive on January 7, 2012.  Happy Holidays from the AAMC!

Podcast Series Explains Dangers of Medicare Cuts to Teaching Hospitals

A new
Second Opinion podcast series from the AAMC explains how Medicare payments to teaching hospitals help support these institutions’ efforts to provide life-saving services and physician training programs.  Narrated by Chief Public Policy Officer Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D., the first three installments describe the differences between direct graduate medical education and indirect medical education funding, the danger of cuts to this funding, and the important services and programs provided by hospital outpatient departments.  Future podcasts will explore other policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals.  To listen, visit https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/secondopinion/323430/podcasts.html. 

Threats to Funding for Physician Training, Hospital Payments Continue

Proposed cuts in deficit reduction plans to graduate medical education and payments for evaluation and management services provided in hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) would have a disproportionate impact on major teaching hospitals, according to an AAMC
letter sent to members of Congress and the administration last week.  In the letter, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., explained that cuts to graduate medical education “would threaten access to critical services unavailable elsewhere and reduce physician training at a time when patient needs are increasing.”  Kirch also explained that of the $1 billion a year cut to HOPD payments, teaching hospitals would receive a reduction of more than $738 million annually.

The AAMC also launched ads in Beltway publications and the
Washington Post warning about the dangers of cuts to GME funding at a time when the nation faces serious doctor shortages.  To learn more about preserving funding for graduate medical education, visit www.aamc.org/gmefunding.

Groups Express Concerns About Impact of NIH Cuts on Health

Nearly 200 patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, and medical schools and teaching hospitals expressed grave concern about the impact of continued cuts, including sequestration, on research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a
letter to Congress organized by the AAMC-led Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research.  “At at time when we should be investing more in this agency, which spurs job creation and economic growth, the impact of an 8.2 percent cut on NIH-funded research will be immediate and devastating,” said the group.  The letter urged “Congress and the administration to work together on a solution that avoids sequestration and the devastating impact of across-the-board cuts.

IPEC Institute Will Focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

As a founding member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), the AAMC is pleased to announce the third
IPEC Faculty Development Institute, May 20–22 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va.  The institute will focus on quality improvement and patient safety to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and learner assessment in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care.  Faculty across the health disciplines will explore how to embed this content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical quality and safety projects.   
Registration and hotel information will be available January 28, 2013.  Direct requests for e-mail notification when the registration link is active can be sent to Alexis Ruffin, director, medical education at

AAMC Releases “From Moses to Multipliers” Monograph

A monograph of
“From Moses to Multipliers—The New Leaders for Academic Medicine,” the 2012 Annual Meeting address of AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D, is now available online.  In his speech, Kirch called for a new kind of leadership at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals that multiplies “the intelligence, creativity, and commitment of our faculty, students, residents, and institutional leaders…to create a sustainable future for academic medicine…and resolve the national problems we have been avoiding.

Also available online is 2011–12 AAMC Chair Mark Laret’s annual meeting
addressin his speech, Laret described the challenges academic medicine faces and called for the community to begin “thinking differently.”  Webcasts of the speeches are posted on the AAMC's Web site and include Walter Isaacson's keynote address.

Academic Medicine Studies Explore Remediation Outcomes

Ahead-of-print articles in the January edition of
Academic Medicine explore remediation programs intended to confront and rectify disruptive or unprofessional behavior from physicians and residents.  Despite the “culture of silence in medicine,” the studies show how critical it is to have policies and programs in place for the sake of patient safety.  The authors of one study conducted a 10-year review of data for 103 residents at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine who were referred for remediation.  While multiple remediation periods often were needed, the study found that 78 percent of residents successfully completed their residency education.  The December edition of Academic Medicine also is currently available online.

In Memoriam: Harry Beaty, M.D.

Harry Beaty, M.D., died on Dec. 8 at age 80. 
Beaty, an infectious disease specialist, was dean from 1983–1997 of what is now the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Before joining Northwestern, he was chair of medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  Prior to that, he served on the faculty of the University of Washington for more than a decade.  Beaty was chair of the AAMC Council of Deans (1992–93) and the AAMC's Advisory Group on Assessing Change in Medical Education (1990–92).  He also was an AAMC Distinguished Service Member.

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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