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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2014.11, Week of March 24

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

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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

Caduceus Newsletter Archives:
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Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic Moss Revived.  

This image provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows a plant that scientists revived which was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun. The simple moss was about 1,600-year-old, black and looked dead, but when it thawed in a British laboratory incubator it grew again. AP Photo/British Antarctic Survey, Esme Roads

 

For more information, please go to Marginalia. 

 

Table of Contents:

 

1.  Events coming up.  
2.  Yes, friends, it’s time for the Annual Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, featuring Dinstuhl’s Chocolates, Monday, March 24, in J-10, starting at 2 p.m.(!)  
3.  On Thursday, March 27, from 1 to 2 p.m., Career Services is hosting a “Careers for Animal Lovers” panel in the LLC Lounge.  
4.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the United States Army Medical Command are partnering to present a Medicine Meets Military event, for an educational look at Army medicine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at UTHSC, 800 Madison Avenue. 
5.  The University of California – Berkeley’s School of Optometry will be hosting two sessions of its 9th annual Opto-Camp program in June and July.  
6.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine announces its National ShaDO Week, April 14-18, 2014, reach out to reach out to high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students and pre-health advisors.   
7.  The Medical School Program for the UAG School of Medicine (Guadalajara, Mexico) International Program has changed so that students will get their MD degree in 4 years. 
8.  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Buies Creek, NC) will be holding an information conference for Pre-Health Advisors and Prospective Students (called a Pre-SOMA Conference) on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  
9. 
Join the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for a free webinar:   Introduction to Autoimmune Disease.  
10.  The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) offers information resources about the career of physical therapist. 
11.  Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the School of Osteopathic Medicine (Buies Creek, NC) announce the upcoming dates for their Healthcare Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP). 
12.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 17, 2014 issue. 

13.  Marginalia:  From the March 19, 2014 issue of R+D Mag.com – Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic Moss Revived.  

 

1.  Events coming up.  

·         Monday, March 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m.:  Annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s gourmet chocolates, in J-10.  For more information, please go to Article #2; 

·         Thursday, March 27, 1 to 2 p.m., in the LLC Lounge:  Career Services is hosting a “Careers for Animal Lovers” panel.  For more information, please go to Article #3;

·         Saturday, April 5, 2014:  The Student National Dental Association of UTHSC (Memphis) have organized an “Impressions” program for April 5, 2014, designed to expose college students to the profession of dentistry by opening the College and allowing prospective students access to their students and faculty in a relaxed setting.

·         Tuesday, April 8, 2014:  Medicine Meets Military event, presented by UTHSC and the United States Army medical Command.  For more information, please go to Article #4. 

 

2.  Yes, friends, it’s time for the Annual Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, featuring Dinstuhl’s Chocolates, Monday, March 24, in J-10, starting at 2 p.m.(!)  

This annual event is presented by the students of BIOL 103, and will be held in room J-10, across from the Computer Center, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

Door prizes will be distributed!!

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3.  On Thursday, March 27, from 1 to 2 p.m., Career Services is hosting a “Careers for Animal Lovers” panel in the LLC Lounge.  

Next Thursday, March 27, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Career Services is hosting a Careers for Animal Lovers panel in the LLC Lounge. We have six speakers representing a variety of professions who will be answering questions about their educational and career backgrounds, typical days at work, the strengths and challenges of their positions, and recommendations for students interested in pursuing similar careers.

 

·         Fields Falcone: Zookeeper (China Exhibit), Memphis Zoo

·         Stephanie Bennett: Executive Director, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services

·         Jerry Goudy: Operations Manager, Memphis Animal Services

·         Eric Keszler: Senior Communications Specialist, Ducks Unlimited

·         Elta Woodliff: Owner & Certified Professional Dog Trainer, The Dog Tutor

·         Gena Vazquez: Law Enforcement Support Assistant/Evidence Custodian, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 

 

We also plan to have Animal Crackers and Jungle Juice (or water) available for refreshments.

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4.  The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the United States Army Medical Command are partnering to present a Medicine Meets Military event, for an educational look at Army medicine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at UTHSC, 800 Madison Avenue. 

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SAVE THE DATE for MEDICINE MEETS MILITARY

APR 8, 2014

11:00 a.m.

800 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the United States Army Medical Command are partnering for an amazing event-Medicine Meets Military. Our goal is to bring students, educators, health care providers, and administrators together as a community for an educational look at Army medicine. The U.S. Army will construct a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) on the UTHSC Memphis campus, complete with a Forward Surgical Team (mobile hospital), to demonstrate the realistic hands-on experiences that future medical professionals and team members will have as part of the U.S. Army. For more information, please contact: Pam Houston at phouston@uthsc.edu or CPT Gary Miller at gary.e.miller12.mil@mail.mil

 

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5.  The University of California – Berkeley’s School of Optometry will be hosting two sessions of its 9th annual Opto-Camp program in June and July.  

The Admissions and Student Affairs Office at UC Berkeley's School of Optometry is pleased to announce that we will host our 9th annual summer Opto-Camp program!  We will offer two sessions this summer, June 18-20 and July 16-18.

Open to all, the goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to provide pre-health science/pre-optometry majors, especially those who are underrepresented in the profession and/or first-generation college students, with in-depth information about Optometry as a career track and to prepare attendees to be successful applicants to optometry school.

Please note that there is a $125 program fee for those selected to attend, however, we are also offering a limited amount of scholarships per session.

Program specifics and the application are linked here:

http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp

The application deadline is Monday, April 28, 2014.

Please share with anyone who you think might be interested to apply! Questions about Opto-Camp can be directed to Heather Iwata (hiwata@berkeley.edu).

 

Thank you!

Heather

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Heather Iwata
Associate Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
UC Berkeley School of Optometry
380 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA.  94720-2020
http://optometry.berkeley.edu

[ph] (510) 642-9537
[f] (510) 643-7111
[em] hiwata@berkeley.edu

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Sharon T. Joyce
Assistant Dean
Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services
UC Berkeley - School of Optometry
Admissions & Student Affairs Office
380 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA
94720-2020

Phone (510) 642-5286
Fax      (510) 643-7111
Visit us on the web at:
http://optometry.berkeley.edu

 

Celebrating 9 years of Opto-Camp!

Want to learn more about Optometry and how to apply to Berkeley for your OD studies? Attend our summer program, Opto-Camp, to discover more about this dynamic profession!  For details, visit the Opto-Camp website:
http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp

 

 

6.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine announces its National ShaDO Week, April 14-18, 2014, reach out to reach out to high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students and pre-health advisors.   

AACOM is very proud to support the National Pre-SOMA medical student leaders volunteering to lead National ShaDO Week April 14-18, 2014 at select Osteopathic Medical Colleges across the nation!   April’s event is held in conjunction with National Osteopathic Medicine Week

 

National ShaDO Week’s event brings together Pre-SOMA medical students and admission officers from the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Schools to reach out to high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students and pre-health advisorsThis is also a wonderful opportunity for your aspiring premedical students to connect with medical students to have their questions answered, visit a medical school, and get great insight from current medical students willing to help mentor premedical students!  Space is limited, so we encourage you to register soon!

 

Please share the attached PDF flyer with your premedical students and clubs on campus.  National ShaDO Week will be held the week of April 14-18, 2014

Note: Some Osteopathic Medical Schools may have other opportunities available.

 

We greatly appreciate your interest and support in promoting this wonderful opportunity to your pre-health students!  We look forward to continuing this type of outreach and collaboration to help support your advising and premedical students.

 

Best wishes,

Gina

 

 

Pre-SOMA

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the largest Osteopathic student organization in existence.  Run on a national level by volunteer student leaders elected by their peers, SOMA acts as the voice of Osteopathic medical students on issues that affect our medical education, our future careers, and the care of our future patients. 

Pre-SOMA is the undergraduate division of SOMA, dedicated to the promotion of Osteopathic medicine and the support of all students who aspire to become the kind of caring, compassionate and competent physicians that epitomize Osteopathic medicine.

How do I get involved? There are two ways to be involved in Pre-SOMA – by becoming a National Member and by being a part of a Pre-SOMA chapter at your local school.

To join National Pre-SOMA:

1) Go to www.studentdo.com/join and create a login

2) Press the “Join SOMA” button on the main page and fill out the form

 

 

Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Application Services

 

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7.  The Medical School Program for the UAG School of Medicine (Guadalajara, Mexico) International Program has changed so that students will get their MD degree in 4 years. 

UAG 4 Years Program

 

Dear Stan Eisen,

 

Our Medical School Program has changed; starting January 2014 our students will get their MD degree in 4 years at the UAG School of Medicine International Program.

Two years of basic sciences in Mexico and two clinical years which can be done in Mexico, the U.S. or Puerto Rico. 

This is one year less than our previous program.

UAG Medical School strives to recruit students who reflect the varied communities they will serve. A more diverse physician workforce will help challenge assumptions, broaden perspectives, and shape more culturally competent health care providers for the future.

Be sure to contact our office if you have any questions. 

 

Sincerely,


UAG, School of Medicine

Find UAG on FacebookSee UAG Videos on Youtube

110 Gallery Circle | San Antonio, TX 78258 | Tel: 1-800-531-5494 | Fax: (210) 377-2975

© Copyright 2014 - Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

 

8.  Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Buies Creek, NC) will be holding an information conference for Pre-Health Advisors and Prospective Students (called a Pre-SOMA Conference) on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  

AACOM is extremely pleased to partner with Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) in North Carolina in announcing their Pre-SOMA Conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  The event will run from 8:00am – 4:30pm. 

Note:  CUSOM is one of the newest Osteopathic Medical Schools in the nation.  A visit to this state-of-the-art medical campus should not be missed!  Check out their video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHy5XFO-Bmo

This free, interactive pre-medical conference is designed especially for aspiring pre-medical students; high school, college, post-bac students, parents, and pre-health advisors are encouraged to participate. The event is designed as a way to promote Osteopathic Medicine and awareness of the many wonderful opportunities that come with being an Osteopathic Physician.  

Registration and Event Details:  http://www.campbell.edu/cusom/admissions/pre-soma-information/

Pre-SOMA medical student leader-lead conferences are designed to provide information on Osteopathic Medicine for Pre-Health Advisors and Prospective Students, while also an opportunity for Pre-Health organizations at undergraduate and graduate schools to learn how to establish a Pre-SOMA Chapter on their campus.  Pre-SOMA is on Facebook!   

We look forward to your participation as we promote the great opportunities in Osteopathic Medicine to pre-medical students and pre-medical advisors!  We want to see you at the conference! 

All the Best,

Gina

Gina M. Moses, M.Ed.

Associate Director of Application Services

 

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American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 310 | Chevy Chase, MD 20815 

p 301-968-4184  | f 301-968-4191

www.aacom.org | facebook | twitter

 

 

 

9.  Join the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for a free webinar:   Introduction to Autoimmune Disease.  

 

Join AANMC for a free webinar: 

Introduction to Autoimmune Disease

Thursday, March 27, 2014

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Registration Link: http://ow.ly/uL0Ac

 


Interested in learning about autoimmunity? Attend this webinar!

·  See a presentation from Dr. David M. Brady, Vice Provost for the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Bridgeport

·  Learn about autoimmune disease through Dr. Brady's cutting edge research

·  Hear about a day in the life of a practicing naturopathic doctor


Our Presenter

Dr. David M. Brady is presently the Vice Provost of the Division of Health Sciences, the Director of the Human Nutrition Institute, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Dr. Brady also has been lecturing extensively on the international postgraduate speaking circuit for over 18 years. Dr. Brady's latest book Dr. Brady's Healthy Revolution: What You Need to Know to Stay Healthy in a Sick World was published by Morgan James Publishers and released in early December of 2008.

 

 

10.  The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) offers information resources about the career of physical therapist. 

RE: Physical Therapy Slides and Video

 

Advisors are encouraged to download the new "Move Toward a Physical Therapist Career" slide show (.ppt) available on the APTA website. The overview is intended for use by advisors, high school students, and college students who are interested in learning more about physical therapist education and careers.  To view, please go to http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Presentation/.

 

Please also check out the “You Can Be Me” video on the APTA site.  It depicts a wide variety of ways that PTs and PTAs help their patients restore and improve motion to achieve long-term quality of life. To view, go to http://www.apta.org/YouCanBeMe/ .

 

Please contact me if you have questions about these resources. Thank you! Libby

 

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Libby J. Ross, MA

Director, Academic Services

American Physical Therapy Association

1111 N. Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703/706-3326 or 800/999-2782, ext. 3326

libbyross@apta.org

 

 

11.  Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the School of Osteopathic Medicine (Buies Creek, NC) announce the upcoming dates for their Healthcare Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP). 

Greetings Health Professions Advisors!

 

Please forward the information regarding our annual Healthcare Professionals Readiness & Enrichment Program on to your advisees!  The program will be held May 18-22, 2014 and the application deadline is March 17, 2014!

 

Healthcare Professionals Readiness

& Enrichment Program

Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the School of Osteopathic Medicine are excited to announce the upcoming dates for the Healthcare Professionals Readiness & Enrichment Program (H-PREP)!

 

H-PREP is an intense, development summer capstone offered at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina on May 18 – 22, 2014.  The program exposes students to a formative experience that combines academic instruction with professional development in an inter-disciplinary environment.  This year, the theme focuses on issues unique to community and rural practice across the health professions.  Preference for admission to the program will be given to individuals who are interested in practicing in rural and underserved areas. 

Throughout the H-PREP program, students are taught principles that are foundational to professional health science programs in Pharmacy, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Research, and Public Health.  Through inter-professional opportunities, students will be able to:

· participate in interactive and inter-disciplinary classes, seminars, and case studies;

· build relationships with leaders in the healthcare profession, to include community and rural practice;

· discover how to become more competitive applicants for health profession admissions;

· explore a variety of health profession career opportunities; and

· learn how to improve or strengthen professional admission test scores through a Kaplan PCAT, MCAT, or GRE review session.

 

Application Information

Students are admitted to H-PREP on a rolling admission basis with a priority deadline of February 28, 2014, however all applications must be submitted no later than March 17, 2014. We hope you are ready to APPLY today!   The application requires all applicants to submit:

· official transcripts;

· one letter of recommendation;

· one passport-size photo; and a

· 1500-word statement indicating why you would like to attend HPREP.

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the School of Osteopathic Medicine invite you to the eighth annual H-PREP and we hope to CUthere!

    

Recommended HPREP Admission Requirements   

Doctor of Pharmacy

· Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

· Complete 30 semester hours of college level courses

· Completion of the following college level courses are required:

· Calculus (4 credit hours)

· Biological Sciences (8 credit hours)

· General Chemistry (8 credit hours)

· Organic Chemistry (4 credit hours)

 

Like Pharmacy Practice on Facebook

Follow Pharmacy Practice on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@cphsPharmPrac

Visit the Student Pharmacist Blog: Eat Sleep Pharmacology

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy

· Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

· Completion of the following college level courses are required:

· College Algebra or higher (3 credit hours)

· Biological Sciences (8 credit hours)

· General Chemistry (4 credit hours)

· General Physics (4-8 credit hours)

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

· Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

· Complete 30 semester hours of college level courses

· Completion of the following college level courses:

· Biological Sciences (4 credit hours)

· General Chemistry (4 credit hours minimum)

· Organic Chemistry (4 credit hours)

· General Physics (3 credit hours minimum)

· Upper Level Sciences (3 credit hours)

· English (3 credit hours minimum)

Like DO on Facebook 

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Master of Physician Assistant

· Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

· Complete at least 30 credit hours toward a Bachelor’s Degree. Recommended courses to be completed:

· One semester of General Biology

· One semester of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (this may be taken as two combined A & P courses with lab, or one Anatomy course with lab and one Physiology Course)

· One semester of Microbiology with lab

· One semester of General Chemistry with lab

· One semester of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

· One semester of Statistics or Biostatistics

· One semester of Psychology

· One semester of Genetics is recommended

· Preference will be given to students who have started direct hands on patient care hours (1000 required for admission to MPAP)

Like PA on Facebook 

Visit the PA Blog: Specializing in Lumps and Bumps

 

Master of Clinical Research

· Minimum Cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

· Completion of the following college level courses:

· Anatomy & Physiology (4 credit hours)

· Statistics (3 credit hours)

· Additional Sciences (6 credit hours minimum, 12 credit hours preferred)

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Master of Pharmaceutical Science

· Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

· Completion of 30 semester hours of college level courses

· Completion of the following college level courses:

· Calculus (4 credit hours)

· Biological Sciences (8 credit hours)

· General Chemistry (8 credit hours)

· Organic Chemistry (8 credit hours)

Like Pharmaceutical Science on Facebook

Visit the MSPS blog:  CU Lab Rat

 

 

 Master of Public Health

·         Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)

·         Completion of college level Statistics (3 credit hours)

·         Complete at least 75 Credit hours toward a Bachelor’s Degree 

Like Public Health on Facebook

Follow Public Health on Twitter 

Visit the Public Health Blog

 

Follow the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS)!

 

CPHS Mobile App

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CPHS on Instagram 

 

For more information contact Shari McGuire, Senior Admissions Coordinator at smcguire@campbell.edu 

 

Thanks,

 

Kim Dunn
Regional Director of Student Affairs & Admissions
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
910-978-1689
(cell)
Download the CPHS Mobile App!
www.campbell.edu/cphs

 

 

 

12.  ===AAMC STAT===, News from the Association of American Medical Colleges, March 17, 2014 issue. 

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News from the Association of American Medical Colleges

March 17, 2014

• American Cures Act Would Mean Sustained Funding for Research
• Call for Submissions Open for 2014 AAMC Medical Education Meeting
• AAMC Announces Grants for “Hot Spotting” Initiative
• Applications Open for Executive Development Seminar for Interim and Aspiring Leaders
• Practical Playbook Initiative Supports Integrated Primary Care and Public Health Efforts
• On the Move



American Cures Act Would Mean Sustained Funding for Research

The American Cures Act, introduced last week by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would provide sustained, predictable funding increases for biomedical research. By augmenting appropriations with a mandatory trust fund dedicated to steady growth in medical research supported at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense Health Program, and Veterans Medical and Prosthetics Research Program, Sen. Durbin estimates the bill would provide $1.8 billion in the first year and $150 billion over 10 years. In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said, “The proposal aims to ensure that our nation’s scientists and research institutions will continue to have the support they need to improve the lives all Americans through vital medical advancements and innovations.”


Call for Submissions Open for 2014 AAMC Medical Education Meeting

The AAMC is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Medical Education Meeting. Held Nov. 6–7 in Chicago, the meeting is a unique, scholarly forum offering professionals from across the medical education continuum the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the field, connect with thought leaders, network with peers, and identify the critical skills they need to advance their careers. The submission deadline is April 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


AAMC Announces Grants for “Hot Spotting” Initiative

The AAMC is seeking the next generation of “hot spotters” to learn from one of the pioneers behind the concept, Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., and his colleagues, at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. With support from the coalition and Primary Care Progress, the AAMC is administering $700 mini grants to up to five member medical schools for interprofessional hot spotting projects. Applicants are asked to assemble an interprofessional team of students to follow superutilizer patients over six months. Students also will be invited to join a learning collaborative led by Brenner on the hot spotting technique. There will be a Q & A conference call for deans and faculty advisers on March 24. Applications are due April 7. For more information on how students can apply for this opportunity, visit https://www.aamc.org/hotspotter.


Applications Open for Executive Development Seminar for Interim and Aspiring Leaders

The AAMC is now accepting applications for the Executive Development Seminar for Interim and Aspiring Leaders, held in Washington, D.C., May 1–2. The seminar aims to increase the leadership skills of faculty in academic medicine and science who are aspiring to permanent leadership positions or have recently obtained a new leadership position. The seminar focuses on the core areas of organizational culture and management, interpersonal and interorganizational communication strategies, new leadership strategies for managing talent, and other critical leadership skills. Click here to review the agenda, speakers, and application information. For questions, contact Diana Lautenberger at dlautenberger@aamc.org.


Practical Playbook Initiative Supports Integrated Primary Care and Public Health Efforts

The Practical Playbook is a new initiative designed to support project-based integration of primary care and public health to achieve better population health. When primary care and public health work together, chronic diseases are managed better, quality of care increases, and health care costs are kept in check, according to the initiatives’ partners, which include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and de Beaumont Foundation. To learn more about the initiative and the web-based tool to support projects, visit http://www.practicalplaybook.org/. 


On the Move

David J. Skorton, M.D., Cornell University’s 12th president, has been named the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Skorton, a cardiologist, will be the first physician to lead the museum and research complex. He will remain at Cornell through June 30, 2015. Skorton became Cornell’s president on July 1, 2006, and holds faculty appointments as professor in the departments of medicine and pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and biomedical engineering at the College of Engineering on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. He is a former member of the AAMC Board of Directors.

Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., M.B.A., announced he will retire as president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System in December after 11 years leading the health system. Laskowski is the 2012–2014 chair-elect of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems and a member of the AAMC Board of Directors.

 

13.  Marginalia:  From the March 19, 2014 issue of R+D Mag.com – Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic Moss Revived.  

Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:43am

Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

 

This image provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows a plant that scientists revived which was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun. The simple moss was about 1,600-year-old, black and looked dead, but when it thawed in a British laboratory incubator it grew again. AP Photo/British Antarctic Survey, Esme Roads

This image provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows a plant that scientists revived which was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun. The simple moss was about 1,600-year-old, black and looked dead, but when it thawed in a British laboratory incubator it grew again. AP Photo/British Antarctic Survey, Esme Roads

 

Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.

Dug up from Antarctica, the simple moss was about 1,600 years old, black and looked dead. But when it was thawed in a British lab's incubator, something happened. It grew again.

British Antarctic Survey ecologist Peter Convey said the moss was visibly greening with new shoots after three weeks. He said scientists didn't do anything to make it grow except squirt it with distilled water.

Convey said this may make scientists rethink what is dead and what's not. He said this is by far the longest case of revival of a plant or animal from frozen limbo.

The study was published Monday in the journalCurrent Biology.

Millennial timescale regeneration in a moss from Antarctica

 

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/
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