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Ken Bradford, PhD '89 to Present on the Spontaneous Play of Nondual Awareness at Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, CA

03/07/2011
Ken Bradford, PhD '89 to Present Arising and Dissolving: Spontaneous Play of Nondual Awareness Science and Nonduality Conference October 19-23, 2011 Embassy Suites and Marin Center San Rafael, California http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/program_schedule.shtml This is an interesting conference for those of you interested in the progress of inquiry into bridging spirituality, natural science...

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Myrna Araneta, PhD '09 OS Releases New Book, Inspiring Lives

03/07/2011
Myrna Araneta, PhD '09 OS Releases New Book entitled: Inspiring Lives: Personal Stories of Sustained Transformation http://www2.xlibris.com/books/webimages/wd/85412/ Also available at Amazon.com. Myrna Araneta, Ph.D. AConsultingGrp.com Tel. 702-227-5718 http://www.linkedin.com/in/myrnaaranetaphd

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Carl M. Hild, PhD ’07 – Received a National Library Of Medicine Award for 2010-2011

03/07/2011
Carl M. Hild, PhD ’07 Organizational Systems – Received a National Library Of Medicine Award for 2010-2011 to continue the work he has been conducting in partnership with the Inupiaq traditional healers in northwestern Alaska. The community-based project is collecting insights from regional elders on how they would like to assure that future generations have the traditional cultural...

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Elizabeth Tice, PhD '00 Recently Appointed President and CEO of Ashford University

03/07/2011
Elisabeth Tice, PhD '00 was recently promoted to President and CEO of Ashford University. Elizabeth T. Tice, Ph.D President and CEO Ashford University -------------------------- 858.513.9240 ext: 2238 phone 858.668.3681 fax -------------------------- liz.tice@ashford.edu www.ashford.edu Higher education made affordable.

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The American Psychological Association's new guidelines are a step forward for gay rights

03/07/2011

Rainbowflag Last month, the American Psychological Association (APA) approved the release of the publication, Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients. It’s an essential publication, for psychologists and laymen a like, in order to empathically relate and ethically care for all people with equality—and according to their needs. 

The guidelines were written with an emphasis on what was declared by the APA’s 1975 resolution stating, “Homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities.” Since that time, the APA has been a staunch supporter of the “mentally healthy” aspects of same-sex attraction. In sum, the guidelines speak to the rationale and application of twenty one specific guiding principles for psychological practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.  

Chances are you or someone in your family is in a committed same-sex relationship. And--likely, they want equality and proper care. The recent census reports 1.2 million gay couples living together in the United States; roughly between 3-5 percent of the total population reporting an LGBTQQI orientation. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning and Intersex)

It recent years, academia, professional organizations and social service agencies have caught on. Rightfully so: Discrimination based on ethnicity or gender is a no-no — sexual orientation is no different. Psychology, specifically psychotherapeutic practice, has made huge growth. These new guidelines are part of that progress.

Highlights include:

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Reports from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

03/06/2011

What do the uprisings in the Middle East mean for the women who live there? UN Commission on the Status of Women

Do women have equal access to social networking technology? 

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No education, no peace -- that's the way the world works

03/03/2011

Tarakan_refugees_(090819) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) released the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report on Monday that gives some discouraging news about the children that are living in our war torn nations.

In a press release issued March 1, 2011, UNESCO states that armed conflict is robbing 28 million children of education.

Living in a conflict area puts millions of children at risk of sexual violence, human rights abuses and targeted attacks on schools. These armed conflicts are not only destroying the educational infrastructure but the social structure that sustains the school and educational system. Teachers often flee the country during war time.

Violent conflicts reinforces inequities that are already rooted in a country, wars push those on the edges further out, depriving them of the needed basic resources and a tool to help them overcome disparities – and a resource that is almost always overlooked for refugees is education.

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Can we stop pretending the private sector is so efficient?

03/02/2011

Ship of Fools Recently in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed capping the salary of school superintendants at $175,000.  That’s still a lot of money, and it would certainly help school districts save $100,000 here and there annually. 

But I’m confused:  why is it that, when private sector CEO’s are offered multi-million dollar incentive packages during the height of a recession, it’s considered essential business strategy because they need to attract top talent – but when school districts pay a fraction of that for quality superintendents, it’s considered waste and inefficiency?

We’ve all somehow gotten the idea in this country that government is wasteful while the private sector is efficient ... but then why is it that Goldman Sachs can justify offering its already wealthy employees billions in bonuses for 2010 alone, while teachers and hospital workers are told they can’t even organize for better working conditions?  Wouldn't teachers and hospital workers demanding bonuses be the height of efficiency?  Because, just like it's supposed to do for bankers, it would keep and retain the top talent? 

Why is Goldman’s extravagant spending a savvy, efficient, use of shareholder dollars, while the comparatively small amounts needed to better support government employees are considered a waste of taxpayer dollars? 

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Mindfullness training results in more ethical business decisions

03/01/2011

Meditating Monks Recently the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded about the 2008 economic collapse:  “there was a systemic breakdown in accountability and ethics.”

No kidding. 

It goes on:  “Unfortunately – as has been the case in past speculative booms and busts – we witnessed an erosion of standards of responsibility and ethics that exacerbated the financial crisis.”

This isn’t limited to the past, either:   lack of accountability and ethics is prevelent all over the business world. How do we encourage ethical decision making in business? If ethics courses in business school did the job, we wouldn’t have had a financial collapse in the first place.  Two researchers offer another solution.

Doctoral Student Nicole Ruedy and Maurice Schweitzer professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have published a report called “In the Moment: The Effect of Mindfulness on Ethical Decision Making”, in the February issue of Journal of Business Ethics.

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The horrors of the past are very much a part of the present. Why are we ignoring them?

02/28/2011

Most people think the Holocaust was a one-time, unthinkably tragic sequence of events that we would never let happen again.

Most people think that slavery ended decades ago – and was a horrendously barbaric practice that has no place in the modern world.

Most people are mistaken.

Our world continues to condone slavery and genocide.  They’re more clandestine, more under the radar, than their historical predecessors, but they’re very real and very 21st century. 

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