Sunday, 28 February 2016

still having problems with the internet - no posts

I am still having problems with the internet. Maybe I have taken it over quota. I will wait until the new month to see if it makes a difference. There is also a new Windows 10 preview to download, but since I did not click on it to download it, I don't see why it should be creating a problem.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

sorry ran out of patience with internet

There is apparently an incompatibility between the new hardware and the old at my current location. Yesterday I ran out of patience and did not climb the stairs to fix it for the second time in 2 hours.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Spike Lee's right: black people should wake up to 'Brother Bernie'

| Steven W Thrasher

MediHerb/Integria Healthcare Receives ABC’s Varro E. Tyler Award for Phytomedicinal Research

P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345 
Phone: 512-926-4900 x129; Fax: 512-926-2345 
Contact: Public Relations

ABC Registered User Advisory

For Friends of the American Botanical Council

AUSTIN, Texas (February 24, 2016) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) has named MediHerb of Warwick, Australia as the recipient of the 2015 ABC Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedical Research Award. MediHerb, an Integria Healthcare brand, is a leading natural products company that specializes in research-based botanical medicines designed by and for professional health care providers and clinicians.

“This is a great honor and a much-appreciated reward for our many years of research into the phytochemistry, quality, and therapeutic properties of medicinal plants,” said Professor Kerry Bone, co-founder of MediHerb and director of research and development.

The ABC Tyler Award was created to honor one of the most respected scientists in late-20th century herbal medicine and pharmacognosy (the study of medicines of natural origin). Professor Tyler was an early trustee of ABC, dean of the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for 20 years, and vice president of academic affairs at Purdue. He was the senior author of six editions of the leading textbook in the field, as well as numerous other professional and popular books and articles in the academic literature. Tyler encouraged scientific and product integrity, and envisioned a rational phytomedicinal health care sector that valued the proper evaluation of products’ quality, safety, and efficacy.

“I am a firm believer that herbal therapy (or phytotherapy) should always be adding to its clinical evidence base, but in a way that respects and is compatible with its traditional principles,” said Bone. “Understanding complex modern diseases in their totality and applying subtle but effective, chemically complex interventions underpinned by that knowledge is, to me, the height of rationality. This has always guided our research approach.”

Integria Healthcare invests more than $5 million in research and development each year, according to the company. Echinacea Premium and Kava Forte are two of MediHerb’s most popular clinically studied natural products.

“MediHerb and Integria Healthcare have supported around 25 human clinical trials of MediHerb products, 22 of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals,” said Hans Wohlmuth, PhD, manager of research and development at Integria. “In addition to clinical trials, MediHerb has funded a large number of phytochemistry and in vitro studies on botanicals. Much of this work has focused on quality issues, an area in which MediHerb has always been a leader.”

Both Bone and Wohlmuth are members of the ABC Advisory Board.

“ABC is pleased to recognize MediHerb for its strong commitment to conducting clinical research on its herbal products,” said Mark Blumenthal, ABC’s founder and executive director. “I consider MediHerb to be a prime example of Professor Tyler’s wish that herb and phytomedicinal companies document the efficacy of their products through appropriate clinical trials.”

ABC Chief Science Officer Stefan Gafner, PhD, said, “MediHerb is a company that has invested millions of dollars to back up the benefits of herbal medicine with sound science. This philosophy of testing products in human clinical studies as a basis for rational phytotherapy makes MediHerb a much-deserving awardee.”

Previous recipients of the ABC Tyler Award include Soho Flordis International (2014); Wakunaga Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. (2013); Horphag Research (2012); Bioforce AG (2011); New Chapter, Inc. (2010); Bionorica AG (2009); Indena SpA (2008); and Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals (2007).

The ABC Varro E. Tyler Commercial Investment in Phytomedical Research Award will be presented at the 11th Annual ABC Botanical Celebration and Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2016, in Anaheim, California. The event, for ABC Sponsor Members, occurs during Natural Products Expo West.

Josiah Wedgwood, Manufacturing and Craft

Research - peer-reviewJournal article
Craft and industrial manufacture are often seen as dichotomous, with craft being marginalized during the process of industrialization. We want to look beyond this position, searching for craft in places where it has gone unnoticed and where it might have bloomed anew in the interstices created by industrialization. We explore these questions by studying Josiah Wedgwood’s innovative craft and experimental practices, developed through a close reading of his extensive published correspondence. What we offer is a reinterpretation of Wedgwood’s practices positioned against the existing historiography, both standard and revisionist. Our reinterpretation is developed through application of a theoretical–methodological framework of phenomenological micro-history, in which craft is thought of primarily as a space that makes possible what Martin Heidegger called ‘occasioning’.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Design History
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 21 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Epub ahead of print. Published online January 21 2016


  • Crafts, Manufacture, Wedgwood

Vivienne Westwood and the Ethics of Consuming Fashion

Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Little attention has been given to the ethics of fashion consumption despite the often trenchant critique of the fashion industry for intensifying cycles of production, consumption, and disposal and encouraging in consumers a superficial sense of identity and the good life through apparel. In this article, we suggest that although relationships with clothes are not often explicitly stated as “being ethical,” the capacity to be ethical can pervade the buying and wearing of clothes. We focus on the fashion designer, environmental campaigner, and critic of consumption Vivienne Westwood and those who consume her clothing. Using a single case study approach (combining interview data, participant observation, internal and external documents, and literature), we examine the ethical potential of consuming fashion. We show how ethics in consumption is a critical engagement with how products such as clothes are bought and used, and understanding the value of the products we choose to buy. Consumers find themselves personally implicated with and caring for a designer’s work and become responsible for reflecting on their own consumption decisions rather than cheaply satisfying immediate desires.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015

Bibliographical note

Epub ahead of print. Published online: 1. July 2015

Discrimination - Feminists left out of this

old Harper supporter poster. I came across this poster while I was searching the interwebs about the UNBC / James Moore controversy


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 209th Birthday Party! February 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The whole family is invited to hear Longfellow's poetry from guest readers WGME CBS 13 News, Portland News Anchors Kim Block & Gregg Lagerquist and former State Representative Herb Adams, participate in craft activities, make birthday cards for Henry, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.
Free and open to the public!


February 27
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Maine Historical Society
(207) 774-1822


Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St 
Portland, ME 04101 United States
(207) 774-1822
Map data ©2016 Google

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wolverine behavior varies spatially with anthropogenic footprint: implications for conservation and inferences about declines

2016 Feb 9. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1921. [Epub ahead of print]

Author information

  • 1School of Environmental Studies University of Victoria 3800 Finnerty Rd. Victoria BC Canada V8W 2Y2.
  • 2Western Transportation Institute Montana State University PO Box 174250 Bozeman Montana 59717.
  • 3Alberta Environment and Parks Parks Division Kananaskis Region, Suite 201 800 Railway Avenue Canmore AB Canada T1W 1P1.
  • 4School of Environmental StudiesUniversity of Victoria3800 Finnerty Rd.VictoriaBCCanadaV8W 2Y2; Ecosystem Management UnitAlberta Innovates-Technology Futures3-4476 Markham St.VictoriaBCCanadaV8Z 7X8.


Understanding a species' behavioral response to rapid environmental change is an ongoing challenge in modern conservation. Anthropogenic landscape modification, or "human footprint," is well documented as a central cause of large mammal decline and range contractions where the proximal mechanisms of decline are often contentious. Direct mortality is an obvious cause; alternatively, human-modified landscapes perceived as unsuitable by some species may contribute to shifts in space use through preferential habitat selection. A useful approach to tease these effects apart is to determine whether behaviors potentially associated with risk vary with human footprint. We hypothesized wolverine (Gulo gulo) behaviors vary with different degrees of human footprint. We quantified metrics of behavior, which we assumed to indicate risk perception, from photographic images from a large existing camera-trapping dataset collected to understand wolverine distribution in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. We systematically deployed 164 camera sites across three study areas covering approximately 24,000 km2, sampled monthly between December and April (2007-2013). Wolverine behavior varied markedly across the study areas. Variation in behavior decreased with increasing human footprint. Increasing human footprint may constrain potential variation in behavior, through either restricting behavioral plasticity or individual variation in areas of high human impact. We hypothesize that behavioral constraints may indicate an increase in perceived risk in human-modified landscapes. Although survival is obviously a key contributor to species population decline and range loss, behavior may also make a significant contribution.


Camera trapping; Gulo gulo; Mustelidae; human footprint; landscape of fear; neophobia

Science Outside the Lab

Dear Colleagues,

Running for the first time in Canada this year, Science Outside the Lab is an immersive science policy experience for students of science and engineering who want to explore career options outside the lab or students interested in science policy as it functions in Canada, usually at the graduate or post-doctoral level.  

Applications will be reviewed starting March 1.  The program will run in Ottawa and Montreal May 1-8, 2016.  Please go to or email for more information.

Do share this announcement with any students (or faculty with students) whom you think may be interested.

Heather Douglas

Heather Douglas, Ph.D.

15 March Deadline | GI Grants for Leiden Affiliates

Call for Applications: Global Interactions sponsors a number of grant programs for Leiden researchers at various stages in their careers. The next deadline for GI Seed, Breed, Advanced seminar grants is March 15th.

GI Research Agenda

A central idea that unites the diverse research within the Global Interactions research profile is a shift away from a classical Weberian approach, which views historical development (and modernization) as emanating from Europe and ‘the West’, to a truly global approach allowing for multiple perspectives in a multipolar world. This de-centering approach remains principle in our mission to develop and support innovative research on past, present, and emergent global forms and interconnections.
We welcome all applications that seek to further study on all topics and issues concerned with global interactions. 

Breed Grants **Now open to VENI level researchers**

These grants for Leiden faculty offer a flexible scheme that focuses on supporting mini ‘sabbaticals’ tailored to support one or more researchers who situate the study of global interactions as a primary component in their research. While some preference will be given to those who wish to prepare research grant proposals, we will also consider other kinds of projects if they substantially enrich the development of research on global interactions at Leiden University. Proposals will be evaluated primarily in terms of innovative potential, cross-disciplinary integration and academic excellence. Possibilities for support include:
  • teaching relief for 0.5 to 1.0 term (buy-out or teaching assistants)
  • a series of intensive expert meetings and workshops
  • visiting scholars who are primary collaborators in the grant development (up to 1 month tenure)

Requirements and Eligibility

  • applicants must be Leiden faculty eligible to apply for NWO or ERC grants at any level
  • projects at the VIDI level and above must involve multidisciplinary research
  • projects at the VENI level must demonstrate interdiscilinary potential and prioritize the study of global interactions as a primary theme of the research
  • grantees must give a public presentation on their work midway and/or at the end of their tenure
  • grantees are expected to attend/participate in other GI activities

Expected Results (will vary depending on length of grant):
  1. a grant proposal to be submitted within the same year
  2. co-authored refereed publication to be submitted within the same year or an edited volume to be submitted the following year

Application Procedure

Application materials: standard application form + planning schedule
Rename the completed application as: last name of the primary applicant_BREEDgrant.
Send application materials to
* Deadline15 March
* Procedure: discussion by coordinators
* Decision: 15 May

Seed Grants

GI seed money is specifically intended to support and stimulate new collaborative or crossdisciplinary research. Projects may include:
  • new research related to the study of global interactions
  • the development of international networks and research partnerships
  • innovative projects that demonstrate the wider social relevance of global interactions research and approaches
Proposals must demonstrate a cross-regional and/or multi-disciplinary nature. This money cannot be used to support existing research projects. Proposals will be evaluated primarily in terms of innovative potential, cross-disciplinary integration and academic excellence. Grants generally will not exceed €5000.
Requirements and Eligibility 
Applications are open to all academic faculty and staff, including postdoctoral and doctoral researchers working at Leiden University. Self-funded PhDs are also eligible to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted jointly by at least two Leiden researchers from at least two different disciplines or regional specialties (one of whom is beyond the doctoral phase).
  • Grantees are expected to attend/participate in other GI activities.
  • Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis (with receipts and justification) and cannot be used for salary replacement or stipends. Advanced payments are not possible.

Expected Results
  1. Funds must be used within one year of initial grant date.
  2. Grantees must submit a short report on outcomes, future plans, and an accounting of expenditures at the end of grant period.

Application Procedure
Application materials: standard application form + planning schedule
Rename the completed application as: last name of the primary applicant_SEEDgrant.
Send application materials to
* Deadline15 March * Procedure: discussion by coordinators
* Decision: 15 May

Advanced Seminar Grants

Following the prestigious SAR Advanced Seminar model in anthropology, Global Interactions is pleased to announce funding for the GI Advanced Seminars (GIAS). GIAS seeks to promote in-depth communication among scholars from at least two different disciplines, whose research converges on a shared topic concerning global interactions and whose interaction has the potential to provide new insights into critical global issues, assemblages or dynamics.
Competitive proposals will have both strong empirical and theoretical dimensions; that is, they should be anchored in specific cultural or historical research, situate the proposed topic within a global problematic or framework, and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Each Advanced Seminar consists of 5 to 10 scholars including one or two who serve as chair(s). Depending on the size, the group will meet for three to five days of intense discussion. Seminar papers are circulated amongst participants at least one month prior to the seminar and are discussed during the sessions. These discussions should also include a consideration of recent or emergent innovations in theory and method, an appraisal of crosscutting issues, and a synthesis of ideas. The resulting papers will be submitted to an academic press or journal as a special issue for publication. Following the seminar, the chair is required to submit a 1,500-word summary of the seminar.
GI will provide round-trip coach airfare, lodging, and all meals and a meeting space for up to ten participants. Every effort is made to create an atmosphere in which participants can meet without interruption or distraction. Travel costs within the EU will be reimbursed up to €300 per person and for international flights, up to €2000 per person. Total travel costs cannot exceed €7000.
Requirements and Eligibility 
Applications are open to all academic faculty and staff, including postdoctoral and doctoral researchers working at Leiden University.
Application procedure
The application must include:
  • Cover sheet, with the contact details of chair(s).
  • Abstract, of no more than 200 words
  • Proposal, not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages
  • Short bibliography, not to exceed one single-spaced page, of references cited in the proposal
  • Curriculum vitae, not to exceed four single-spaced pages, for the seminar chair(s) only

Please see more detailed instructions here. Specify, "Advanced Seminar Application" in the subject line and send application materials to Only fully completed applications that adhere to GI’s guidelines and deadlines will be considered. 
* Deadline15 March
* Procedure: discussion by coordinators
* Decision: 15 May
Last Modified: 08-02-2016

Register now for Feb. 26-27, 2016 Feminist Legal Studies Conference


Gender, Wellbeing, and the Politics of Imagination:
Law, Culture, Compassion

Queen's University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Feb. 26-27, 2016

Improved wellbeing and better futures are legal issues as well as political, cultural, sociological, and economic issues. Law is not the only site of political struggle. Imagining better futures is a collective social process. Institutional transformation, law reform, and improved wellbeing demand moving toward moral imaginations focused on gender equality, diversity, and participatory governance.

According to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing national report (CIW, 2011), despite significant increases in economic growth between the years of 1994-2008,'increases in the wellbeing of Canadians were not nearly comparable.' The Index finds that societies with greater inequality have worse health and wellbeing outcomes. At the same time, countries like Canada have responsibility for one of the largest shares of global biocapacity, yet tolerate persistent levels of food insecurity, environmental contamination, and poverty.

Please join us and register now! Contact to register.
*** The Law Commission of Ontario has provided some funding to assist students from other Ontario law schools to attend, so please send this to your friends!

Anyone wanting childcare should mention this request so appropriate arrangements can be made.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Kathleen Lahey, Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Faculty of Law, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

Prof. Bita Amani, Co-Director
Feminist Legal Studies Queen's
Faculty of Law, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

Ottawa : Le rôle que joue l’éducation des femmes dans la promotion de la paix | Role of Women’s Education in Promoting Peace - Sénatrice | Senator Mobina Jaffer - 10 mars | 10 March 2016

Prière de diffuser. Merci.  | Please disseminate. Thank you.

Margot Charbonneau, Coordonnatrice des opérations / Operations Coordinator, Institut d'études féministes et de genre / Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa, 120 Université/University (11002), Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5; Tel : 613-562-5800, poste / ext. 1890 ; Fax : 613-562-5994 ;<>

English text follows

Célébrez la journée internationale de la femme
Le rôle que joue l’éducation des femmes dans la promotion de la paix

Conférencière d’honneur

Sénatrice Mobina Jaffer
“Les femmes doivent faire partie de la situation”


Urooj Mian
Directrice exécutive de Women in International Security Canada
Noorin Nazari
Consultante en développement international

Événement organisé par la Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
en partenariat avec l’Institut d’études féministes et de genre et
l’École de développement international et mondialisation

10 mars 2016
19 h -21 h

Université d’Ottawa
Édifice EITI, Salle H0104
800, avenue King Edward


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INFO : Jennifer Simpson,<>

La présentation sera en anglais

Celebrate International Women's Day
Role of Women’s Education in Promoting Peace

Key Note Speaker

Senator Mobina Jaffer
“Women Must be Part of the Solution”


Urooj Mian
Executive Director at Women in International Security Canada
Noorin Nazari
International Development Consultant

Event organized by the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
in partnership with the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and
the School of International Development and Global Studies

March 10, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

University of Ottawa
SITE Building, Room H0104
800 King Edward Avenue


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INFO: Jennifer Simpson,<>

The talk will be in English