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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2013.12, Week of April 1 

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Due to the proliferation of application service websites for the submission of letters of recommendation, CBU faculty have decided to use a NEW and IMPROVED Unified Recommendation Form that we will joyfully use when you apply to a graduate-level clinical healthcare program. 

 

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For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up. 
2.  Yes, it’s the Annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolates, Thursday, April 18!
3.  The University of South Carolina's Office of Pre-Professional Advising is hosting its annual, intensive five-day program that assist pre-med students as they prepare for their med school application. 
4.  The School for Field Studies sponsors Environmental Field Studies Abroad. 
5.   The Nature Conservancy supports Conservation Canines.  
6.  More people have access to cellphones than toilets:  From yahoo news, Friday, March 22, 2013.
   
7.  Nature Conservancy announces World Water Day.  

8.  Marginalia:  Here is the NEW and IMPROVED Unified Recommendation Form that faculty will use when you apply to a graduate-level clinical healthcare program. 

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Registration dates for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 terms:

                   *Monday, April 1: Day Seniors and Juniors

                   *Wednesday, April 3: Day Sophomores

                   *Friday, April 5: Day Freshmen

·         Thursday, April 18:  Annual Dinstuhl’s Chocolate Tasting Session, Montesi Room, Buckman Hall, starting at 2 p.m.  For more information, please go to Article #2.  

 

2.  Yes, it’s the Annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolates, Thursday, April 18!

This annual event is presented by the students of BIOL 103, and will be held in the Montesi Room of Buckman Hall, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Door prizes will be distributed!!

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3.  The University of South Carolina's Office of Pre-Professional Advising is hosting its annual, intensive five-day program that assist pre-med students as they prepare for their med school application. 

The University of South Carolina's Office of Pre-Professional Advising is hosting its annual, intensive five-day program that assist pre-med students as they prepare for their med school application. The Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) is a residential program that offers personal attention to each participant along with many activities to help them prepare a compelling application. Applicants must have 60 hours of earned college credit by the end of this school year to attend.  The program includes an AMCAS overview with helpful hints and instructions, a Myers Briggs Type Indicator workshop, personal statement workshop with follow-up assistance, an interview skills workshop, simulated med school interviews with written feedback, and in-depth discussions about health care issues.   We will also perform a human cadaver dissection, shadow in local hospitals, and have a panel presentation by students who have been through the process.  The counselors for this program are current medical students who are available the entire time to offer advice and assistance. This opportunity will help highly-motivated students learn how to showcase their abilities, skills, and motivation throughout the application process to med school.

 

The program will take place June 9-13, 2013.  To hear from some students who have attended the program in past years, please contact Eileen Korpita at Korpita@sc.edu or 803-777-5581.

 

Go to http://www.sa.sc.edu/oppa/med/summerprogram/ for the PDF version of the application, flyer, and itinerary.

 

Thank you!

Eileen Korpita

 

 

Eileen Korpita

Pre-Professional Advising

208 Sumwalt College

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC  29208

www.edu.sc/oppa

803-777-5581

 

 

 

4.  The School for Field Studies sponsors Environmental Field Studies Abroad. 

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Environmental Field Studies Abroad

March 28, 2013



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Research Partnership Extended in Costa Rica's Parks
Over the years, the SFS Center for Sustainable Development Studies and SFS students have worked with national parks in Costa Rica to provide crucial baseline data on biological diversity, as well as evaluating tourism and infrastructure services. Recently, the Center renewed its partnership with the National System of Protected Areas (SINAC). "This agreement represents an excellent tool for identifying the research needs of protected areas," Center Director Dr. Gerardo Avalos said. READ MORE


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Challenges of Conserving Migratory Wildlife Species
In this blog post, Dr. Christian Kiffner, Lecturer in Techniques of Wildlife Management in Tanzania, describes the nuances of effectively protecting Africa's migratory species and their habitats, and how SFS students are playing a part in conservation management. READ MORE


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Reflection on Water
March 22nd was World Water Day. Read SFS East Africa Professor John Kiringe's thoughtful commentary on the state of the world water resources and what we must do to conserve them. READ MORE

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SFS Was Just the Beginning
"If you attend a semester at SFS, you will be joining this tight-knit community of alumni who are continuously doing amazing things. I have found it to be a community that is endlessly driven, successful, and inspiring." reAD MORE

 


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5.   The Nature Conservancy supports Conservation Canines.  

 

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Dear Stan Eisen,

Supporters like you helped bring an unusual team of researchers to New Mexico's Jemez Mountains last fall --rescued shelter dogs trained to sniff out critical cluesfor protecting our forests.

While in the Jemez Mountains, furry tracking specialists Frehley and Sampson spent several weeks training to locate an endangered salamander found nowhere else in the world.
 

Their hard work continues to
 help scientists complete critical forest restoration in the Jemez Mountains without impacting threatened salamander habitat.

That's why
 we need your help to bring the dogs back to continue our important work managing New Mexico's vital forests. Will you help?

Your support makes exciting research projects like this possible, and leads to lasting conservation results here in New Mexico and around the world.

Yours in conservation,

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Anne Bradley
Forest Program Manager
The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

p.s. Want to see the dogs in action?
 Watch our video to meet Frehley on assignment with me sniffing out conservation clues in New Mexico's Jemez Mountains.


PHOTOS: Jemez Mountain Scene © BFS Man/Flickr via Creative Commons. Frehley and Nathaniel "Bud" Marks search for salamanders in the Camp May area of Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico © Karine Aigner.

 

6.  More people have access to cellphones than toilets:  From yahoo news, Friday, March 22, 2013.   

Here’s the URL:  http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/more-people-access-cell-phones-toilets-010850961.html

 

A new United Nations study has found that more people around the world have access to a cellphone than to a working toilet.

The study’s numbers claim that of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet.

At a press conference announcing the report, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson announced the organization is launching an effort to halve the number of those without access by the end of 2015.

“Let’s face it—this is a problem that people do not like to talk about. But it goes to the heart of ensuring good health, a clean environment and fundamental human dignity for billions of people,” Eliasson said at the press conference.

In August 2012, the Bill Gates Foundation began its own effort to “reinvent the toilet” as a way to help curb the number of people around the world without access to sanitary waste disposal.

Interestingly, the report states that India alone is responsible for 60 percent of the world’s population that does not use a toilet, an estimated 626 million individuals. Yet, at the same time, there are an estimated 1 billion cellphones in India.

Conversely, in the world’s most highly populated country, China, only 14 million people do not have access to a toilet. However, there are also fewer cellphones in China, 986 million, according to theDaily

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Driving the point home, more than 750,000 people die each year from diarrhea and one of its primary causes is from unsanitary conditions created in communities without access to toilets.

And there are other benefits of installing more modern sanitation options that don’t immediately come to mind.

“This can also improve the safety of women and girls, who are often targeted when they are alone outdoors,” said Martin Mogwanja, deputy executive director of the U.N. Children’s Fund. “And providing safe and private toilets may also help girls to stay in school, which we know can increase their future earnings and help break the cycle of poverty.”

 

7.  Nature Conservancy announces World Water Day.  

 

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Dear Stan Eisen,

Throughout the month of March, our social supporters have shared their water-saving tips and freshwater photos to help the Conservancy get ready for today: World Water Day!

You can help make it a truly global celebration by sharing your freshwater photos with us on your favorite social networks.

·         Post Your Favorite Freshwater Photo to Our Wall on Facebook and "like" inspiring photos from other Nature Conservancy Facebook Friends

·         View User Generated Water Images on Instagram when you follow #WorldWaterDay and #20DaysofH2o on Instagram, then share your own masterpiece

·         Share Your Photos with Our Flickr Community. Simply add your photos to our group and tag with "Freshwater-TNC"


Your photos will inspire people around the world and help educate about the importance of conserving and protecting our most precious resource.

Happy World Water Day,
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Amy Hawthorne Morris
Sr. Online Outreach Manager
The Nature Conservancy

p.s. You can also learn interesting facts about water on our 20 Days of H2O blog post and follow the director of the Conservancy's Securing Water Program, Adam Freed, on Twitter @AdamMFreed for water news and action alerts.

PHOTOS: Le Lac d'Allos. © Amélia Photographies/Conservancy Flickr Supporter; Jumping into World Water Day, Ecuador. © compassion/Conservancy Instagram Supporter; Mallard, Kellogg Bird Sanctuar, Augusta, Michigan. © Joe Povenz/Conservancy Flickr Supporter; Gone finshin'. © bradkremer/Conservancy Instagram Supporter; Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. © Robert Park Photography/Conservancy Flickr Supporter; Spruce Flats Falls, Great Smokies Mountain National Park, Tennessee. © Bindu&Sudhir/Conservancy Flickr Supporter.

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8.  Marginalia:  Here is the NEW and IMPROVED Unified Recommendation Form that faculty will use when you apply to a graduate-level clinical healthcare program. 

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After careful consideration, the Preprofessional Health Programs Central Letter of Recommendation Committee has decided to adopt the Unified Recommendation Form, as proposed by Charles King in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Name of Applicant_______________________________

The person above is filing an application for our:
___________ graduate program
___________ fellowship program
___________ other (specify) ___________________
and has given you as a reference. Please provide a frank assessment of the applicant's abilities by answering the questions below. Separate letters will be considered only if they are written on official stationery or a series of $20 bills.

1. How long have you known the applicant?
__________ years
__________ months
__________ minutes

2. Time since last contact with applicant
___________ decades
___________ years
___________ days

3. In what capacity have you known the applicant (check all that apply)?
___________ professor in only one class
___________ professor in more than one class
___________ major advisor
___________ mentor
___________ Svengali
___________ other (specify) _______________

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4. Please rate the applicant's abilities in questions 6 through 14, according to the following scale:
1 = oh, puh-LEEZE
2 = not recommended
3 = recommended with reservations
4 = recommended with a soupçon of misgiving
5 = highly recommended, yet with a lingering feeling of unease
6 = very highly recommended
7 = highest recommendation
8 = a blockbuster - I laughed, I cried. Better than The Lord of the Rings.
9 = unable to judge
10 = able to judge but disinclined to throw stones in a glass house.

If you rank all applicants 7 or 8, please go to question 5. Otherwise, skip to question 6.

5. Answers to questions 6 through 14 should be given a discount factor of roughly:
__________25 percent
__________50 percent
__________75 percent
__________100 percent
Now skip to question 15.

6. Intellectual ability ______________________
7. Curiosity _____________________________
8. Maturity _____________________________
9. Leadership ____________________________
10. Drive _______ (automobile used for evaluation)_______________
11. Potential as a teacher ___________________
12. Writing ability _________________________
13. Capacity for fulsome self-promotion ________
14. Ability to feed family of three on graduate-student stipend without resorting to felonious activity ______________

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15. This applicant is likely to be given (you may check more than one):
____________ a Nobel
____________ a MacArthur
____________ a Guggenheim
____________ a Fulbright
____________ a half nelson
____________ early release

16. Would you say this student:
____________ is your best student in the last year
____________ is your best student in the last 5 years
____________ is your best student in the last 20 years
____________ is not your best but one of the best in the last year
____________ is not your best but one of the best in the last several years
____________ is not close to your best and, in fact, verges on the worst
____________ haunts the corridors of your mind

17. If the applicant's native language is not English, please evaluate English proficiency:
___________ poor
___________ not great, but better than President Bush's
___________ very good
___________ excellent except for occasional use of the word "othering" and insistence that "impact" works fine as a verb

18. Over all, how would you rate this student's chances of success in graduate school:
___________ strong
___________ good
___________ anybody's guess, really
___________ snowballs and hell come to mind

19. If Woody Allen is right that those who can't do, teach, and those who can't teach, teach gym, which career path is the applicant likely to pursue?
___________ doing
___________ teaching
___________ gym

20. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, this applicant would most likely (choose one):*
___________ write a poem about it
___________ perform tree-ring analysis on it
___________ attempt to replant it
___________ build a house with it
___________ find out who is responsible

*Under the USA Patriot Act, university officials are required to forward all responses to this question to the Department of Homeland Security.

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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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