2014 ComicCon panel on Science in the Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

In his introduction to the story “The Call of Cthulhu,” Lovecraft wrote: “We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

Was he right? A panel of scientists and Lovecraft experts discussed the science behind four of Lovecraft’s stories. Panelists: Cody Goodfellow (“Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales Of Hyperborea”), Shane Haggard (chemistry instructor, San Diego City College), Leslie S. Klinger (“The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft”), Andrew Leman (The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society), and Lisa Will, Ph.D. (astronomy and physics professor, San Diego City College). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon-Los Angeles)
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New CDC guidance says older adults should ‘stay at home as much as possible’ due to coronavirus – CNN

Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University professor and longtime adviser to the CDC, said these two groups should strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane, going to movie theaters, attending family events, shopping at crowded malls, and going to religious services.
People in these two groups “should strongly consider not doing these activities at this juncture,” Schaffner said.
“This ought to be top of mind for people over 60, and those with underlying health problems, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems,” Schaffner added. “The single most important thing you can do to avoid the virus is reduce your face to face contact with people.”
Michael Osterholm, the former state epidemiologist for Minnesota, agreed that people over age 60 should take such steps.
“I think clearly the time has come to take these steps,” said Osterholm, who has served on committees advising the federal government on public health issues and is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Both experts, who are over age 60, said they have taken some of these steps themselves.
“When my wife and I need to go shopping, we’re going late at night when there are no crowds, and we get in and out efficiently,” Schaffner said.
He added that his wife goes to a bridge club with dozens of other people — but not anymore.
“She enjoys bridge and it’s an important part of her life and it keeps her mentally active, but she’s going to give it up for a while,” he said.
Osterholm said he has canceled some air travel plans.
“It’s always been easy to be abstract when you’re a public health person when something’s happening in Africa or Asia or the Arabian peninsula,” he said. “But now it’s happening here, and we have to internalize this.”
Schaffner and Osterholm said data from China shows that elderly people and those with underlying health issues are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and of dying from the novel coronavirus. Younger and healthier people often get only mild to moderate symptoms, or sometimes no symptoms at all.

The basics of ‘social distancing’

Schaffner and Osterholm said their advice has some flexibility for important events.
“This is not an instruction. This is not an order,” Schaffner said. “I’m not asking everyone to stay at home and lock the door for a month. I’m saying, be thoughtful every time you contemplate getting together with a crowd or group.”
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For example, if a grandparent wants to attend a grandchild’s wedding, they could sit off to the side, and bump elbows with relatives instead of hugging and kissing.
But someone might want to avoid, for example, a regular weekend religious service.
“Don’t go. Be reverent at home,” Schaffner said.

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“There Are No Boundaries To Your Approach” Says Chelsea

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Meet Chelsea Bahney, an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Chelsea is looking at stem cells and how they contribute to orthopedic healing.

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Diana Graber at the Digital Citizenship Summit

Diana Graber is founder of CyberWise.org and CyberCivics.com, two organizations dedicated to helping adults and students learn digital citizenship and literacy skills. A long-time media producer with an M.A. in “Media Psychology & Social Change,” Graber is a recognized expert on technology’s impact on human behavior, writing often for The Huffington Post and others.

In addition to having been an Adjunct Professor of Media Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), Graber teaches middle school Cyber Civics classes at Journey School in Southern California, where she incubated the program. You can often find her on her mountain bike using her favorite app, Strava.

Mark Ryan On Apologetics / Faith Ascent 2017 Dinner

Mark Ryan on Christian Apologetics at Faith Ascent’s 2017 Fundraising Dinner.

About Mark Ryan: Mark Ryan is the Director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, MO, where he also serves as adjunct professor of religion and culture. Mark has worked with L’Abri Fellowship in both Massachusetts and British Columbia and has pastored churches in Australia and the United States. Faith Ascent’s staff and board think very highly of Mark’s ministry experience, heart for evangelism, and interest in helping Christians and non-Christians alike navigate the cross-currents of religion and culture.

About Faith Ascent: Our mission is to reduce the number of young Christians abandoning their beliefs in college and disengaging from the church. We envision a world where every college bound Christian leaves home equipped with “good reasons” for the hope they have in Jesus and connects with Christian community on campus.

Arturo Lopez-Levy on the US embassy reopening in Cuba

For more on the Cuba embassy opening, CCTV America’s Asieh Namdar spoke to Arturo Lopez-Levy. He is an adjunct Professor at New York University and co-Author of Raul Castro and the New Cuba: A Close Up View of Change.

Fighting for Blue Skies – Insights from Air Pollution Activists (Christa Hasenkopf)

Christa Hasenkopf is an atmospheric scientist, passionate about fighting air inequality – the unequal access to clean air to breathe across the world – and using open data and convening community to do it. She is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of OpenAQ, a non-profit housing a real-time global open air quality data platform and community, created and used by scientists, software developers, journalists, and lovers of open environmental data. She is also an Echoing Green Fellow and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins in the Environmental Science & Policy Program, part of the Advanced Academic Program.

The Problem with Halloween

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Webinar: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Students with LDs

Many students with learning disabilities also struggle in their social-emotional development. How can educators and professionals support the development and social-emotional skills of children with learning disabilities? This webinar provided an overview of the complex interactions between learning disabilities and the development of social-emotional challenges in students. It also attempted to answer this question by providing information about common social-emotional challenges that are experienced by students, and strategies and tools to connect these ideas into a practical plan for student support.
Dr. Colin King is a Psychologist and the Acting Coordinator of Psychological Services in the Thames Valley District School Board. He is actively involved in various initiatives within special education and in providing assessment, counseling, and consultation services. Dr. King has trained and worked in a variety of community, hospital, and mental health settings with children and adolescents experiencing learning, behavioual, and social-emotional difficulties. He serves as an adjunct professor of Psychology at Western University and is engaged in graduate student training and supervision.

Impact of contract faculty’s low pay and lack of job security on higher education

A prof speaks on the impact on education of contract faculty’s precarity and low pay