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6 posts from January 2007

30 January 2007

A New Kind of Living Space (Irving Parent - November 2006)

Webpagecoversip My essay, "A New Kind of Living Space," was reprinted in the regional parenting magazine Irving Parent in November 2006.  The essay first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor titled as "Our Home's Designer Look, Courtesy of Fisher-Price." 

24 January 2007

Taking Care of Me (The Bark - Issue #40, January/February 2007)

Bark40_cover_129x169_drop"Taking Care of Me," an essay about how my relationship with my dog changed during my husband's deployment to Iraq was published in Issue #40 of the Bark

Excerpt:

I did it again.

I know that I shouldn't have.  I promised my husband that I wouldn't.  But I couldn't help myself.  I have no excuses, really.  I understand that, to some, my crime is tantamount to animal cruelty.  But it couldn't be helped.

And yes, it involved a novelty wedding veil.  I know I should be ashamed of myself...

23 January 2007

Basal Ganglia Contribute to Learning, but Also Certain Disorders (BrainWork - 23 January 2007)

Cvr_sm_brainworkAn article on the basal ganglia and the area's newly discovered prominence in learning and reward has been published in the Dana Foundation's BrainWork Neuroscience Newsletter.

Excerpt:

Move over, hippocampus. The basal ganglia, a group of interconnected brain areas located deep in the cerebral cortex, have proved to be at work in learning, the formation of good and bad habits, and some psychiatric and addictive disorders...

(To read the rest of the article, click here).

Talking About the Problem (Literary Mama - 22 January 2007)

Lmbook_largeMy Op-Ed on the lack of desire to discuss the efficacy (or lack thereof) of Megan's Law is now up on the Literary Mama website. 

Excerpt:

Not long ago, I was discussing the DaiShin WolfHawk case with some friends, most of whom, like me, are mothers of young children. All of them applauded Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania for removing Melissa and DaiShin’s child a mere 24 hours after he was born. They felt that the father’s 20-year-old rape conviction and presence on the sexual offender registry should preclude him from raising a child. And they had no issue about the County terminating the parental rights of the mother either, believing that just the fact she had willingly brought a child into the world with a sex offender made her automatically unfit. When I disagreed with them and stated that though I doubted the WolfHawks would be winning any “Parent of the Year” awards, I still felt that their basic rights had been violated, I was vehemently accused of not wanting to “protect the children.” I was stunned by the reaction...

(To read the rest of the Op-Ed, click here).

20 January 2007

Building for the Shattered Mind: Partnering Brain Science and Architecture (Cerebrum - 20 January 2007)

Cerebrum A co-authored piece (with Russell Epstein, PhD) about the hypotheses generated at a recent Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) multi-disciplinary workshop entitled, "Neuroscience of Facilities for the Aging and People with Alzheimer's," appears in the January edition of Cerebrum.

Excerpt:

In Elegy for Iris, John Bayley’s poignant memoir chronicling life with his wife, Iris Murdoch, as she struggled with Alzheimer’s disease, the author writes, “Alzheimer’s is, in fact, like an insidious fog, barely noticeable until everything around has disappeared. After that, it is no longer possible to believe that a world outside the fog exists."

(To read the entire article, click here).

09 January 2007

Healthcare Industry Survey Reports

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For a corporate project, I ghostwrote three survey reports for the Vendome Group, a leading publisher in the healthcare sector.  These reports included topics such as critical needs assessment, the optimization of clinical workflow and the use of mobile computing in healthcare delivery.