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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.07, Week of February 18 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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On Thursday, February 21, we will be celebrating the 204th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth with a resumption of our Charles Darwin Olympic Competition!

 

One of the featured events is the coconut shot put, which is a lot like any other shot put, except you use a coconut instead of a 16-pound shot. 

 

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For more information, please go to Article #2. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  After a 5-year hiatus, we are resuming our honoring the birth of Charles Darwin with our Darwin Day Olympic Contest on Thursday, 21 February 2013!  
3.  Students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will be hosting an inter-professional campus wide Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive with DeleteBloodCancer on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27. 

4.  International Service Learning (ISL) announces service experiences for students in Costa Rica and in Nicaragua. 
5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 11, 2013. 
6.  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg, WV) announces its Spring Open House on April 6, 2013. 
7.  Inside OME:  AACOM News on Osteopathic Medical Education, February 2013, Vol. 7, No. 2. 
8.  The Wolf River Conservancy has planned a number of activities February through May. 

9.  Marginalia:  Tree tunnels of the world. 

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Tuesday, February 19:  Mackel Harris, Director of Multicultural Relations at Life University, will be on campus at 1 p.m. to discuss their programs in healthcare, including Chiropractic. 

Mr. Harris’ contact information is: 

Life University

1269 Barclay Circle

Marietta, GA 30060

P. 770-426-2707 

C. 404-468-0801

 

·         Wednesday, February 20:  Induction ceremony for (Beta)3, starting 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

·         Thursday, February 21:  Darwin Day Olympic Triathlon, starting at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, please see Article #2. 

·         Friday, February 22:  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Allied Health Sciences announces an Open House on Friday, February 22; 

·         Tuesday, February 26:  Biology Seminar poster session, starting at 12:30 p.m. in CW 105;   

·         Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27:  UT students from every discipline - Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, and even Graduate School - have teamed up to organize an inter-professional, campus-wide Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive with DeleteBloodCancer.  For more information, please go to Article #3.   

·         Saturday, March 16:  The Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN) will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, March 16.     

 

 

2.  After a 5-year hiatus, we are resuming our honoring the birth of Charles Darwin with our Darwin Day Olympic Triathlon on Thursday, 21 February 2013!  

Yes, friends, after a 5-year hiatus (http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/CadSp0807.htm#ApeOlympics )  , we will have three events in this Olympic Contest:

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

2)      Mating call contest, where women judge men and men judge women for their mating calls.  Criteria for judging include audibility, clarity, and arousal potential, i.e. “OOH, (s)he’s CUTE!”;

3)      Anteater competition, to test your ability to ingest prey organisms as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Here is the protocol for the event:

a.      Your “prey” will be Nerds candy.  Each contestant will receive a pre-weighed cereal bowl with Nerds;

b.      You will have a limited time (~15 seconds) to use your tongue to extract and eat as many Nerds from the bowl as you can, much like an anteater raiding an anthill;

c.       At the end of the time, the cereal bowl will be weighed again, to determine the mass of Nerds consumed;

d.      The contestant which has eaten the most number of prey will be declared the winner of the competition;

e.      Individuals who attempt to use their hands to raise or tip the bowl to accelerate ingestion of Nerds will be disqualified from the competition.

 

 

 

3.  Students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will be hosting an inter-professional campus wide Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive with DeleteBloodCancer on Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27. 

Hello Dr. Eisen,

I am a second year medical student at UT.  I wanted to pass along an opportunity that would be great for CBU pre-health professions students to get involved w/UT students, start running similar events on your own campus, and if nothing else just to have the volunteer experience.

UT students from every discipline - Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health, and even Graduate School - have teamed up to organize an inter-professional, campus-wide Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive with DeleteBloodCancer.   The drives will take place on Tuesday, Feb 26th and Wednesday, Feb 27th on the UT campus.  Volunteers must commit to at least one hour between 10am - 2pm on one (or either) of these days, and attend a training dinner from 6:30 - 8:00 pm on Monday, February 25th

If any of your students is interested in joining with us for this exciting new event, please have them contact me, Candace Schaefer, at cschaefe@uthsc.edu with their name and time(s) available to volunteer.  I will need to hear from them by this Monday, Feb 18th.  Again, this is a great way for them to get some experience running a Donor Drive that they can take back and put into action at CBU!

Thanks,

Candace


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Candace B. Schaefer, M.S.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
M.D. Candidate, 2015
phone: 423.742.0502
email: cschaefe@uthsc.edu

 

 

4.  International Service Learning (ISL) announces service experiences for students in Costa Rica and in Nicaragua. 

ISL International Service Learning

Serving the global community, one adventure at a time!

Students:  Bring health services and medications to developing communities, and learn through meaningful engagement!

Costa Rica & Nicaragua, April 27-May 10

Costa Rica, April 28-May 10

For faculty:  We can integrate our existing programs with your academic courses, allowing you to tailor the service learning experience to your educational goals. Students gain valuable skills and global perspective, while developing communities receive health services and medications to which they would otherwise have little or no access. 

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience while providing quality health care and other services in developing communities. We utilize in-country professionals and offer practical experience through programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire volunteers to a lifestyle of service. 

 

 

Find out more:  www.ISLonline.org   

 

 

5.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, February 11, 2013. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

February 11, 2013

• Sequestration Will Have “Devastating Impact” on Health
• Guide Provides Information on GME Payments for Students,
  Residents, Advisors
• Holistic Review Project Launches 2013 Admissions Workshop
Academic Medicine Articles Highlight Studies of Medical
  Student Perceptions
• PCORI Announces $350 Million in 2013 Research Funding
• On the Move



Sequestration Will Have “Devastating Impact” on Health

In a recent letter to congressional leaders, the AAMC expressed concerns about the impact of sequestration on programs vital to America’s health.  Sequestration would represent a $1.5 billion reduction in the first year alone for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The cut would “come at the end of a decade that has seen the NIH budget fall by nearly 20 percent after inflation,” according to the letter.  Also affected would be the Health Resources and Services Administration Title VII health professions programs to improve the diversity, supply, and distribution of the health care workforce and Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians already facing a “broad range of reimbursement cuts.”  In addition, funding for graduate medical education will be reduced by the sequester’s 2 percent cut, limiting “teaching hospitals and physicians’ ability to care for all patients and train the next generation of physicians.“


Guide Provides Information on GME Payments for Students,
Residents, Advisors


Medicare Payments for Graduate Medical Education: What Every Medical Student, Resident and Advisor Needs to Know briefly describes how Medicare pays teaching hospitals for graduate medical education (GME) and discusses the possible impact of the payment system on residents.  This updated publication is available online as a free PDF.


Holistic Review Project Launches 2013 Admissions Workshop

The 2013 “Holistic Review in Admissions: Challenging Conventional Thinking and Practice” workshop is designed to assist medical schools in enhancing student body diversity as a means of achieving mission-based excellence.  Through interactive discussion and hands-on activities, the workshop provides a forum for focused thinking about every stage of the admissions process in light of a school’s diversity interests and institutional mission.  The AAMC plans to conduct 10 to 12 workshops between mid-June and the end of September.  Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2013. To request an application, e-mail HolisticReview@aamc.org.  For additional information, contact Liz White, sewhite@aamc.org, 202-741-0754.


Academic Medicine Articles Highlight Studies of Medical
Student Perceptions


The February edition of Academic Medicine includes studies that evaluate medical student perceptions on a variety of topics from pharmaceutical marketing practices to patient care.  In one study, authors recognized that bias against obese people can lead to substandard care and developed a tool to measure negative attitudes toward overweight patients.  Despite traditionally negative responses in similar surveys, the responses of the students were viewed as mildly positive.  The authors believed this was the result of a desire to provide excellent care despite any potential personal bias.


PCORI Announces $350 Million in 2013 Research Funding

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will commit $350 million to patient-centered research by holding three funding cycles engaging all five priority funding areas.  The announcement came at a Feb. 4 meeting of the PCORI Board of Governors.  Also finalized were targeted funding areas, including the additions of back pain and obesity treatment options in diverse populations, with funding announcements anticipated in June and proposals due in November.  The Board of Governors also announced the first “PCORI Challenge” to develop a patient/researcher matching system to connect partners interested in research funding from PCORI.  To learn more, visit the AAMC's Web site.


On the Move

The White House has announced Marilyn B. Tavenner, R.N., M.A., as the nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.  The AAMC released a statement applauding the Feb. 7 announcement.

Ray L. Watts, M.D., has been named the seventh president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  He has been senior vice president and dean of the School of Medicine at UAB since 2010.  Anupam Agarwal, M.D., has been named interim senior vice president of medicine and dean.  Agarwal is the Marie S. Ingalls Endowed Chair in Nephrology Leadership, director of the Division of Nephrology, and vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine.  A national search will begin immediately to choose a permanent dean.

Eric W. Dickson, M.D., MHCM, FACEP, has been named president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, effective Feb. 25.  Dickson currently serves as president of UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He succeeds John O’Brien.

Subra Suresh, Ph.D., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced he will step down at the end of the March. He is leaving NSF to become the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University.

 

6.  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (Lewisburg, WV) announces its Spring Open House on April 6, 2013. 

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Sincerely,

Daniel Seams

Interim  Admissions  Program Administrator, Sr.

 dseams@osteo.wvsom.edu

Brenda Humphreys                  

Administrative Secretary Senior 

 bhumphreys@osteo.wvsom.edu

WVSOM - Admissions Department

400 North Lee Street

Lewisburg, WV    24901

(888) 276-7836

“The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered evidence based medicine.   WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.”

 

7.  Inside OME:  AACOM News on Osteopathic Medical Education, February 2013, Vol. 7, No. 2. 

Dear Advising Colleagues,

Please find this month’s Inside OME newsletter.  Of special note, Applications to Osteopathic Medical Schools Break Record for Seventh Consecutive Year.  Thank you all for your encouragement to your aspiring premedical students for their choices to medical school.  

Additionally, we highlight Dr. Shannon’s column, Fulfilling AACOM’s Promise to Service Members and Veterans, along with updates on the April 24-27, 2013 AACOM Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.   We hope to see many of you there as it does not overlap with any of the NAAHP Regional Meetings this year!

With all good wishes,

Gina

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Upcoming Events
and Deadlines

February 22
2014 OHPI Program Application Deadline

February 24
AACOM Research Grants Program Application Deadline

March 4
Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting Early Registration Closes / Regular Registration Opens

March 6
Macy Faculty Scholars Program Application Deadline

March 30
Sherry R. Arnstein Scholarship Awards Application Deadline

April 16
National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 24-27
Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD

May 20-22
Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Herndon, VA


AACOM Group and Council News

Meeting Recaps

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CSFAA)

Upcoming Meetings

March 11
CSFAA Quarterly Meeting

Meetings to be held at the Joint AACOM & AODME Annual Meeting

April 25

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) Executive Board

AACOM Board of Deans (BOD) and Council Leadership Luncheon

Council of Development and Alumni Relations Professionals (DEV-ALUM)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Student Services Officers (COMSSO)

Council of Researchers (COR) (Not Confirmed)

Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME)

Council for Information and Technology (CIT)

April 26

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Marketing and Communications Advisory Council (MAC)

Council of Osteopathic Medical Admissions Officers (COMAO)

April 27

AACOM Board of Deans (BOD)

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)

Core Competency Liaison Group

International Collaborative (IC)

April 28

Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP)


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Osteopathic Medical College Applications Hit New High.  Read more


Dr. ShannonFulfilling AACOM's Promise to Service Members and Veterans

Dr. Shannon discusses AACOM's ongoing efforts to fulfill its pledge to the Joining Forces initiative.

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Leadership Updates
PCOM President and CEO has announced his impending retirement and WesternU/COMP Interim Dean takes office. Read more

Update for the Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting
Only 10 more weeks until the Joint AACOM & AODME 2013 Annual Meeting! Read more

AACOM to Host 2013 COM Day on Capitol Hill
AACOM will be coordinating meetings with federal legislators and their staffs for participating COM Deans to discuss key issues. Read more

Applications to Osteopathic Medical Schools Break Record for Seventh Consecutive Year
With just six weeks remaining in this year's application cycle, the number of applicants for the 2013 entering class already has surpassed last year's cycle-end total. Read more

AACOM Announces Support of Legislation to Fix SGR
AACOM supports the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act. Read more

AACOM and the CSFAA Announce Launch of 2013 Financial Aid Resources Modules!
AACOM and the CSFAA have launched two new educational debt management modules. Read more

AACOM Launches Exciting New Online Member Collaboration Tool
AACOM launches AACOMmunities. Read more

Final Call for 2014 OHPI Program Applications
Osteopathic medical students interested in health policy should apply by February 22, 2013. Read more

Last Call to Submit 2013 AACOM Research Grants Program Proposals
The application cycle for the 2013 AACOM Research Grants Program ends February 24, 2013. Read more

$4 Million Federal Grant Funds Wright Center-ATSU Community Healthcare Hub
A $4 million HRSA grant has helped make possible a centrally run multi-state primary care residency program which will begin July 1, 2013. Read more

IPEC to Host 2013 Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute
IPEC's next Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety will be held on May 20-22. Read more

AOA Executive Director Announces Retirement
AOA Executive Director John B. Crosby, JD, has announced his forthcoming retirement. Read more

OME XXIII Overview
Co-sponsored by the AOA and AACOM, this year's meeting theme was Patient Safety: Addressing the Training Gap. Read more

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Federal Updates

AACOM and AOA Jointly Nominate Harald Lausen, DO, MA, to ACTPCMD

AACOM Letter in Support of the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act

AACOM Submits Testimony on Primary Care and Physician Workforce to Senate HELP Subcommittee

AACOM Joins the Coalition for Health Funding Letter to Oppose NDD Cuts

AACOM Nominates Osteopathic Medical Educators to NIH IPRCC

AACOM Joins the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Letter to Congress Opposing Funding Cuts to NIH

PCORI Calls for Individuals to Serve on Advisory Panels

AACOM GR Staff Attends NIH NACA Meeting

President Obama Signs Debt Ceiling Bill

HRSA Announces Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Demonstration Program

UPDATED Federal Funding and Research Opportunities Page

Additional Federal Updates


Campus Roundup

ATSU-KCOM and ATSU-SOMA Faculty and Students Participate in IPE Competition

KCUMB-COM Partners with AHEC to Host Teen Medical School Workshop

NSU-COM Expands Medical Outreach Trips to Developing Nations

PCOM Student Awarded Schweitzer Fellowship

PNWU-COM Receives Approval for Class Size Increases

RVUCOM Hosts Presentation by Former NASA Astronaut and Military Veteran

VCOM-VC Hosts American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine Southeast Region Student Conference

WVSOM Offers Free Public Clinic


2013 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book

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AACOMAS Application Open!

AACOMAS has opened its centralized application for those seeking to enter osteopathic medical school in fall 2013.

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AACOM Job Connection

Utilize AACOM's Job Connection to post resumes and fill academic, administrative and executive position vacancies with high-quality candidates.

Visit AACOM Job Connection to learn more.


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8.  The Wolf River Conservancy has planned a number of activities February through May. 

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 Quick Links

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS 

 
February 21st

Tom Fox Photography

 

February 23rd

Project WET Educator Workshop

 

March 2nd

First Saturday Paddle Trip

 

March 16th

8th Annual WRC Tree Planting

 

March 22nd

World Water Day

 

March 23rd

Tree Planting Rain Date

 

April 6th

First Saturday Paddle Trip

 

April 13th

Mineral Slough Nature Walk

 

April 27

Birding Canoe Trip

 

May 4th

First Saturday Paddle

 

Show your love for someone and the planet by celebrating with green gifts and activities this Valentines!  Below are few great gifts for going green the Valentines Day.

  

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 Whether you believe in water quality, consevation, natural habitats or outdoor receations, joining the Wolf River Conservancy is one way you can be a part of a community that shares your love and appreciation for protecting green spaces in Memphis.

  

A variety of Membership levels exist to work within your budget for both individuals and families and provide access to an assortment of programs.  Most importantly your membership helps support the Wolf River Conservancy and all of its efforts in local conservation.

 

To become a member or to renew your membership, simply click below.

 

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Want to send a unique gift this Valentines?  Make a $25 donation to the Wolf River Conservancy today, and we will plant a tree in honor of that special someone on March 17th at our 8th Annual Tree Planting at Shelby Farms.  Upon receipt of your donation, we will send an acknowledgement to that individual letting them know that this was a part of their "Going Green on Valentines Day" gift!

  

Simply click below and honor your loved one with a tree this Valentines Day.

  

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9.  Marginalia:  Tree tunnels of the world. 

Tree Tunnels of the World

Trees, The longest-living organisms on Earth, beautify and protect our environment by providing color, shelter, and shade. They renew our air supply by soaking up carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

 

10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel , Germany

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Each spring, a peaceful street, located in the German city of Bonn , transforms into an enchanting cherry blossom tunnel. Photographer Marcel Bednarz captured this stunning sight of cherry blossomsin full bloom. He explained to me that there are actually two streets in Bonn where cherry trees are planted, but the one you see in the above picture is called Heerstraße. As you may know, the average cherry blossom lasts only between 7 and 10 days, depending on weather conditions.

 

 

09. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brasil

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Number nine goes to Brazil ’s green tunnel from Porto Alegre , Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho. According to a decree signed in 2006 by former mayor Joseph Fogaça, this beautiful street is part of the country’s historical, cultural, ecological and environmental heritage.

There are more than one hundred towering Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho. The great shade trees stretch over three city blocks, which is a good thing for the city’s overall health. Did you know that trees, properly planted around buildings, can reduce air conditioning demands by up to 30%?

 

08. Autumn Tree Tunnel , USA

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Photographed in glorious autumn colors by Kevin McNeal, this tree tunnel is simply astonishing! The picture was taken on the way up to Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont state park.

The eye-catching foliage starts changing its color in the northern region, in response to many environmental factors, and spreads south as the fall season advances.

 

 

07. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel , Japan

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Gingko biloba is a highly venerated tree in Japanese culture. Six ginkgo trees survived the Hiroshima bombing, continuing to grow despite facing so many challenges, and are still alive today. Therefore, the Japanese regard the gingko as “the bearer of hope”. It is also known as “the survivor” or “the living fossil.”

Around 65,000 ginkgoes grace Tokyo ’s streets, gardens and parks today. According to some people who visited Tokyo , the tunnel you see in the above picture is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine .

 

 

06. Yew Tree Tunnel , UK

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The medieval Aberglasney House features one of the most beautiful gardens in Wales , UK . They have been an inspiration to writers since 1470. The Yew Tunnel is a popular tourist attraction in this area. Believe it or not, it took nine years of pruning to restore this unique archway. “Years of neglect had left it unsafe and with a perilous future, as the once formally clipped structure had grown even higher than the top of the Mansion itself. It is so nice to see it looking invigorated and healthy again, I had every confidence that with careful restoration it would help its future longevity, but I have to confess that it did look drastic at the time,” declared Graham Rankin, one of Aberglasney’s directors.

The Yew Tunnel is thought to have been planted by the Dyer family of Aberglasney, during the 18th century.

 

 

05. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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Tucked away in the county of Antrim , these beautiful beech trees are thought to be around 300 years old. According to local records, James Stuart planted the 150 beech trees in the 18th century, to impress guests as they approached his splendid property, Gracehill House.

Legend tells that the spirit of a maid, who lived in a neighboring mansion and died in mysterious circumstances hundreds of years ago, haunts the country road. “Grey Lady” silently floats along the road and quickly disappears as she reaches the last beech tree.

 

 

04. Bamboo Path , Japan

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The Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama, a nationally-designated historic site.  The pathway you see in the above picture is 500m long, and runs through one of Japan ’s most beautiful bamboo forests. No wonder the Agency for Cultural Affairs declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty”. This forest is close to many famous temple and shrines, including the Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple .

The sound the wind makes, as it blows through the tall bamboo trees, has been voted by the Japanese authorities as one of 100 must-preserve sounds of Japan .

 

 

03. Tunnel of Love , Ukraine

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The Ukrainian Tunnel of Love is actually a two-mile sector of private railway that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan, a small city located in western Ukraine . I read somewhere that couples pass through this romantic tunnel to make a wish. The myth goes that, if their love is strong and pure, the wish will come true.

May all of your wishes come true, but watch out for the train! It runs three times a day through the leafy tunnel.

 

 

02. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa

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Over 10 million trees keep South Africa ’s largest city green. According to several unofficial sources, Johannesburg is home to the world’s largest man-made forest.

There are at least 49 species of Jacaranda, most of them native to South America (particularly in Uruguay , Brazil , Peru & Argentina ), and the Caribbean basin. The tropical trees were imported to South Africa over one hundred years ago.

October is the month when the flowers of thousands of Jacaranda trees are in full blossom.  This spectacular tree tunnel is located either in Johannesburg or Pretoria , the Jacaranda City where 70,000+ Jacarandas add vivid splashes of purple-blue to the urban landscape.

 

 

01. Wisteria Tunnel , Japan

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As soon as the cherry blossom season ends, the gorgeous Wisteria flowers, that hang in grape-like clusters, take their turn on the Japanese floral calendar. The Fuji Matsuri, or Wisteria Festival, is celebrated each spring in Tokyo , Shizuoka , and Okazaki .

The Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the best places to admire different varieties of wisteria, including double-petaled wisteria, giant wisteria and yellow, white, light pink or purple variants of wisteria.

 

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://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://www.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html