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University of Chicago Divinity School Posts Four New Faculty Postions

09/14/2010
The University of Chicago Divinity School has posted four job searches they are currently conducting: Social Scientific Study of Religion, History of Religions, Religious Ethics, and Islamic Studies. The link is on the website http://www.sssrweb.org, but you can see all four by following this link also: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/SearchResults_css.jsp

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Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Releases Children's Book on the Haiti Quake Experience

09/14/2010
Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Releases Children's Book on the Haiti Quake Trant Senk Segond/Thirty-five Seconds Trant Senk Segond/Thirty-five seconds is a unique children’s book, written in Haitian Creole and English, about two Haitian boys’ experience with the January 12 earthquake that killed both of their parents leaving them in an orphanage. The book features full-color...

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Alumnus Jean Millay, PhD '78 Edits New Book Release on Parapsychology

09/14/2010
Alumnus Jean Millay, PhD '78 Edits New Book Release Radiant Minds: Scientists Explore the Dimensions of Consciousness This is an update of the Parapsychology Research Group anthology of 1993, SILVER THREADS: 25 Years of Parapsycholoogy Research The new book has articles by 55 scientists and psychics from many disciplines. It is available on Amazon.com Jean Millay, PhD, 1978

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Full-Time Faculty Postion Open in Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University in CA

09/14/2010
Full-Time Faculty Postion Open in Developmental or Cognitive Psychology at Sonoma State University in CA Starting Fall Semester 2011-2012 Contact: Gerryann Olson, PhD Chair, Department of Psychology Sonoma State University 1801 E.Cotati Ave. Rohnert Park, CA 94928 olsong@sonoma.edu fax: 707-664-3113 Direct questions regarding the application process to: facultysearch@sonoma.edu Reference...

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Saybrook Alumnus Royal Alsup, PhD '75 Presents Paper at International Conference on Shamanism, Healing, and Transformation

08/27/2010
Saybrook Alumnus Royal E. Alsup, Ph.D. '75 is presenting a paper The Mask of Evil: The Dark Side of Shamanism at the 27th International Conference on Shamanism, Healing and Transformation Wisdom of Our Ancestors-Bridge to The Future Santa Sabina Retreat Center San Rafael, California Saturday, September 4, - 9:00 AM to Monday, September 6, 4:00 PM Labor Day Weekend - 2010 Saybrook faculty...

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Saybrook Alumna Margo Maine, PhD '85 Publishes New Book on the Treatment of Eating Disorders

08/27/2010
Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap Margo Maine Available at www.Amazon.com From Alumna Margo Maine, PhD '85: Dear Friends - The book that has been my "extra" project of the last 2 years was just released. It is an edited volume and a great contribution to the field as my co-editors and the writers are dedicated and innovative experts and leaders in the field...

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Faculty Fellowships Available at the Stanford Humanities Center

08/24/2010
Announcement of Faculty Fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships The Stanford Humanities Center invites applications for 2011-12 academic-year residential fellowships. The Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute located at the heart of Stanford University. Since its founding in 1980, the Center has provided a collegial environment for...

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Saybrook Assistant Professorship Open in Peace and Conflict Studies

08/24/2010
Faculty of Graduate Studies Assistant Professor (Peace and Conflict Studies) The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor position in the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program, with a starting date of July 1, 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Program is particularly interested in a candidate whose scholarship...

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How to help schools help creative kids

08/23/2010

Test taking student There are a lot of things kids can do to get in trouble in school, and being more creative than the test they’re taking may be near the top of the list.

Overwhelmed teachers say they’re having trouble finding the time to work with creative students, and an increasingly tight regimen of standardized tests means that creativity is often punished on report cards. 
 
That’s having an impact:  according to a recent Newsweek cover story, America’s intelligence test scores are going steadily up, while our scores in creativity are going steadily down. 

That’s dangerous in several ways, the first of which is that it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting any smarter.  As the magazine notes, intelligence test scores tend to suffer from inflation as new generations get more used to taking the tests – it’s called the “Flynn Effect,” and it means increases in intelligence scores aren’t always increases in intelligence.

Theoretically, creativity tests should suffer from the same problem of false inflation – which makes the recent drop in creativity scores all the more disturbing. 

How disturbing?  Newsweek calls it a “Crisis in creativity,” and points out that in a global economy based on innovation, a loss in creativity is an economic disaster waiting to happen.

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The health care system's blind spots make it hard to die

08/23/2010

When we get sick ... really, really sick ... all we want to do is get better, right? 
 
Hospitals certainly think so.  But, as a recent article on hospice care in the New Yorker points out, they’re often wrong.
 
“People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives,” notes writer Atul Gawande:

“Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others. Our system of technological medical care has utterly failed to meet these needs, and the cost of this failure is measured in far more than dollars. The hard question we face, then, is not how we can afford this system’s expense. It is how we can build a health-care system that will actually help dying patients achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives.”
 

When it comes to the people it serves, our health care system has a lot of blind spots, says DR. Leila Kozak, and often we’re most blind to the idea that not everything has a technical fix.  “This is a huge problem,” she says.  “Most people end up dying without the comfort care and psychosocial-spiritual support they need. Ask physicians themselves, ask the nurses, they’ll tell you that the system isn’t working.”

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