COVID-19 and uncertainty: Can we still do Exposure Therapy for OCD, by Jonathan Grayson, PhD

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For the first time in our lifetimes we are experiencing a world-wide pandemic that has disrupted the world. We don’t know exactly how or when it will end, but we do know there will be economic and mental consequences for almost everyone. In this environment, where we get conflicting advice of what we are to do to protect ourselves and loved ones, what kind of modifications can be made for the treatment of OCD? In this presentation, Dr. Grayson will discuss exposure with response prevention (ERP) in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will cover doing exposure via tele-therapy, how to continue safely with contamination exposures, fear of harming others, health concerns about the coronavirus and other topics. There will be time for questions and answers on individual case issues and other pandemic related issues.

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Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY26643), director of the Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety & OCD and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California where he lectures and supervises residents. Dr. Grayson has been specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for more than 40 years and is a nationally recognized expert and author of Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Personalized Recovery Program for Living with Uncertainty, a self-help guide for sufferers. In 2010, the International OCD Foundation awarded Dr. Grayson the Patty Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and contributions to the treatment of those with OCD. In October of 2010, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies gave his book, Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the Self Help Book of Merit Award, recognizing his book as providing sufferers with the highest level of information about the best practices treatment for OCD. Dr. Grayson has presented workshops and written numerous articles and book chapters for both professional and lay audiences, including two manual/ videotape sets made for the International OCD Foundation (The GOAL Handbook: Running a Successful Support Group for OCD and How to Recognize and Respond to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School Age Children). His work and expertise has been featured in national media including, People Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Nightline. He serves on both the Scientific Advisory Board and the Speakers Bureau of the International OCD Foundation. In 1981, along with Gayle Frankel (the former president of the Philadelphia Affiliate of the OC Foundation), he started the first support group in the country for OCD. In 2015, Dr. Grayson helped to form and donate his time to a free GOAL support group in LA. Finally, he has the distinction of being the first and possibly the only professional to run a yearly OCD camping trip.

Professor researching Covid-19 was killed in an apparent murder-suicide, officials say – CNN

“Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications,” his colleagues at the university’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology said in a statement.
Members of the university’s School of Medicine describe their former colleague as an outstanding researcher and mentor, and have pledged to complete Liu’s research “in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”

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The Reliability of the Bible: Archeology, Accuracy, & Authenticity / Ron Quick

The Reliability of the Bible: Archeology, Accuracy, & Authenticity / Ron Quick

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Ron and his wife Shona have been married for over 20 years. Their family includes their three children, Shelby, Ronald, Ada and numerous animals (dogs, cats, birds, etc.). Ron has an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary, an MSW from St. Louis University and a B.A. in Bible from Johnson Bible College. Ron worked in the counseling field for over 20 years and is currently an adjunct professor for several colleges and universities. Ron is a board member and a seminar speaker for Faith Ascent Ministries and has been involved with the ministry since 2010. His personal interest and expertise in Christian apologetics focus on the reliability and historicity of the Old and New Testaments.

WHAT I SPEND IN A WEEK AS A GRAD STUDENT AT OXFORD UNI *spent way too much* | Oxford Diaries #15

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Lawrence Jordan, ACE is a veteran feature film and television editor who has worked with many of the top creatives at the world’s largest entertainment companies, including Time Warner, Sony, Fox, MGM, HBO, Netflix and Disney. He has supervised creative aspects of the post-production process on over 45 feature films and television shows with budgets ranging from 1 million to upwards of 80 million dollars.

He is currently editing his latest feature film, “Sextuplets” starring Marlon Wayans, Bresha Webb & Molly Shannon for Netflix.
With a passion for technology, Lawrence was fortunate to have the opportunity to be one of the earliest adopters of digital, non-linear, editing workflows. Along the way he became an adjunct professor at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Studies, and created and taught courses on non-linear editing at UCLA. He has also been a consultant and speaker for companies such as Apple, Adobe,and Avid Technology. Jordan has also written articles for periodicals including American Cinematographer, Editors Guild Magazine, DV and MacWorld.

Jordan also created, an Internet community dedicated to providing information about Apple’s revolutionary new post-production software, Final Cut Pro. 2-pop quickly became the premier web destination for the rapidly growing digital video marketplace and was a catalyst for FCP user group communities worldwide. It was later acquired by Creative Planet.

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Wreck Update: Behind the scenes in Maritime Archaeology

Presented by Adjunct professor Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy, Curator, Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Museum

Part of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series.

Some of Western Australia’s most historically significant maritime sites have had many new and exciting developments happening in the field and behind the scenes. Dutch shipwrecks Batavia, Zeewick, Zuytdorp and Gilt Dragon all have new research unfolding, as does the elusive Aagtkerke.

As the WA Museum gears up for the 2016 celebrations of Dirk Hartog’s landing, take an illustrated tour of the latest research activity in the Maritime Archaeology Department with Dr Mack McCarthy.

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A profile on one my most favoritest teachers, Daniel Johnson. The master of all things pixelated, Daniel is a wizard with a Wacom pen. He teaches at Portland Community College.

Professor Ackbar Abbas – Posthumous Socialism

Professor Ackbar Abbas delivered a lecture on “Posthumous Socialism” on 23 October 2017, which was organized by the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. This video was edited and produced by Global University for Sustainability, October 2017.

What is the Socialist Market Economy? Are we dealing with another phase of socialism? Or is China today capitalist in everything else but name alone? Or, even more paradoxically, are we dealing with neither the life nor death of socialism, but with its afterlife? With a posthumous socialism more than a post socialism?

Socialism in its posthumous form can have a vitality stronger than ever before. It is not a case of socialism being more alive than dead in China today, but a case of socialism being more alive when dead: just like a preserved building. A socialist past is not just succeeded and replaced by a capitalist present, but coexists with it, and we are forced to inhabit overlapping time frames.

Hence, anachronisms of a new and peculiar kind are everywhere. Anachronism does not mean being behind the times; rather, it is a sign of the times, a product of the speed of historical change. However, what we will see in the coming period is not just change in any familiar sense, but rather how change itself has changed.

Ackbar Abbas is internationally renowned for his writings on Hong Kong and China. His book, Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (published in 1997 by University of Minnesota Press) is a path-breaking work in urban studies and cultural theory. His scholarship spans a range of cultural practices, from cinema to architecture to the visual arts. He has been writing on art and visual culture in China, and speaking at important international art events like the Sydney, Venice and Moscow Biennales on Asian art. Before moving to UCI in 2006, he was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He is also currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.

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)

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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