Part Four of Recovering and Preventing Cancer Lecture Series: Epigenetics

2012-05-21 by

The topic of the final event in the series is “Epigenetics for Cancer Recovery and Chronic Disease.” This series of lectures provides cutting edge research, information and tips on how to improve your odds of recovery from cancer, of remaining in remission or simply preventing cancer in the first place.

Lyn Freeman has a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in mind-body imagery. She owns the for-profit research firm Mind Matters Research. She delivered series of lectures to help listeners understand the most current ways to take control of personal health outcomes. She is an Alaska researcher and behavioral medicine provider who just completed six years of National Cancer Institute-funded research on overcoming the side effects of cancer treatments. The intervention she created and tested produced clinically and statistically significant improvements and is now a model of care for cancer survivors.

The full schedule for the spring semester 2012 four-part s Cancer Prevention and Recovery Lecture Series at the UAA Campus Bookstore:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7: Circadian and Ultradian Rhythms and Cancer Control: Special challenges for Alaskans and what to do about it
* Wednesday, March 7: Healing Spices for Cancer and Chronic Disease, Part 1: The history of spice research and 10 cancer fighting spices * Tuesday, March 27: Healing Spices for Cancer and Chronic Disease, Part 2: The history of spice research and 15 cancer fighting spices * Tuesday, April 17: Session Four: Epigenetics for Cancer Recovery and Chronic Disease

This is the final recording of the four sessions. The podcast was recorded April 17, 2012. All four talks are tagged with Lyn-Freeman, campus-bookstore, and cancer.

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For More Information:

Dr. Lyn Freeman
Bio page, from CompMed Alaska
Publications page
Dr. Lyn Freeman, CompMed Alaska
Green & Gold
Story on the series
UAA Campus Bookstore

Professor Rashmi Prasad discusses 'Destructive Leadership Behavior'

2012-05-16 by

This talk is based on research for a paper by Prof. Rashmi Prasad, with assistance from two UAA M.B.A. students, Monica P. Emerton and Mikhail A. Gorshunov. Prasad is a professor of business administration and director of graduate programs in the UAA College of Business and Public Policy. This talk was held in the UAA Campus Bookstore.

This podcast was recorded April 9, 2012.

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For More Information:

Prof. Rashmi Prasad
Bio Page, University Honors Council
UAA Campus Bookstore

Lifelong Youthfulness/Usefulness: What's Age Got to Do With It?

2012-05-02 by

Making remarks on the panel’s topic are:

(2:13) Dr. Ann Jache, UAA Sociology Dept, Chair Gerontology Minor
(11:59) Casey Smith, World Class Snowboarder
(28:58) Arliss Sturgulewski, Distinguished Alaska State Legislator
45:11) Dr. Richard Newman founder Total Health Clinic Anchorage
(1:00:16) Willie Hensley, Alaska Native Leader and Distinguished Professor in Public Policy and Administration.
The moderator is JP Ouellette, a Human Services Practicum IV student.

This panel was organized by the UAA Human Services class ‘Adulthood and Aging,’ and Practicums II, III and IV, as well as the UAA Campus Bookstore.

This pocast was recorded April 5, 2012

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For More Information:

UAA Human Services Dept.
Ann Jache
Sociology Dept., contact info
UAA Campus Bookstore

Author Colleen Mondor: 'The Map of My Dead Pilots'

2012-05-02 by

Alaska writer Colleen Mondor gets high praise for her book on aviation adventures and misadventures in Alaska. She is introduced at this UAA Campus Bookstore by fellow Alaska writer Sherry Simpson.

Here’s a bit more on the book from the author:

“I learned to fly at age 18 and have degrees in aviation, history and northern studies. ‘The Map of My Dead Pilots’ is based on my experiences as lead dispatcher at a Part 135 (commercial) air carrier based in Fairbanks. The ‘Company’ had bases in multiple bush locations and flew single-engine, multi-engine and twin turbine aircraft carrying everything from scheduled passengers and mail to convicts and sled dogs. There were incidents and accidents, moments of Pythonesque absurdity and brain-numbing hard work. It was never the profession I learned about in the classroom nor the glory stories so popular in modern myth…It is the story of the people who worked at one Alaska commuter and the culmination of my efforts to understand how commercial pilots live and die in the Last Frontier.”

This, from Alaska writer Nick Jans:
“Strap yourselves in. ‘The Map of My Dead Pilots’ is one hell of a ride, one of the best Alaska books ever. In gorgeous, literary prose that nails the rhythms of a barroom conversation and plumbs the depth of the human soul, Colleen Mondor writes a one-way ticket into the world of Alaska aviation.”

This podcast was recorded April 4, 2012.

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For More Information:

Colleen Mondor
Writing on her book
Sara Ryan blog
Interview with Colleen Mondor
7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog
A blog about books, interview of Colleen Mondo
Interview with Colleen Mondor
UAA Campus Bookstore
Bookstore website

NASA research scientist Christopher McKay: 'Search for Life in the Solar System'

2012-05-01 by

How many times have we heard a version of the question, “Is there life somewhere out there?” Hollywood has spent millions of dollars making movies and television programs exploring this question. Let’s face it, we’re curious.

McKay’s talk, “Search for Life in the Solar System,” addresses the fundamental question of life in the Universe. McKay argues that an organism would be alien if, and only if, it did not link to our tree of life. In our Solar System, the worlds of interest for a search for life are Mars, Europa, Enceladus and, for biochemistry based on a liquid other than water, Titan.

The discovery of alien life, if alive or revivable, will pose fundamentally new questions in environmental ethics. McKay believes that we would do well, ethically and scientifically, to strive to support any alien life discovered as part of an overall commitment to enhancing the richness and diversity of life in the Universe.

McKay received his doctorate in Astro-Geophysics from the University of Colorado and is a research scientist with the NASA Ames Research Center studying planetary atmospheres, astrobiology and terraforming and terrestrial analogs as vehicles to understand ecosystem sustainability. McKay has done extensive research on planetary atmospheres, particularly the atmospheres of Titan and Mars, and on the origin and evolution of life. He is a co-investigator on the Huygens probe, the Mars Phoenix lander and the Mars Science Laboratory. He has also performed field research on extremophiles, in such locations as Death Valley, the Atacama Desert, Axel Heiberg Island and ice-covered lakes in Antarctica.

McKay’s current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He’s also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions, including human settlements, and has conducted polar research since 1980, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys and more recently to the Siberian and Canadian Arctic to conduct research in these Mars-like environments.

This podcast was recorded April 4, 2012.

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For More Information:

Christopher P. McKay
NASA bio page
Fred Rainey
UAA Bio page, Dept. of Biological Sciences
NASA Ames Research Center

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