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Even for her 125th birthday, Lady Liberty didn’t get this dressed up.

But this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty will be decked out, sporting snazzy bow ties to promote the launch of a new menswear brand from designer Nick Graham.

“I was just thinking of something that would be fun to do, dressing up something very large,” Graham said. “Mount Rushmore is too far from here, so the next best thing is the Statue of Liberty.”

So even if the polka-dot bow ties don’t match Lady Liberty’s robe, they’ll have to do, he joked.

Graham isn’t really planning on wrapping the ties around the statue because that would require permission from the National Parks Service.

Instead, helicopters will dangle massive, 35-pound nylon bow ties in front of the statue for a few minutes on the morning of Oct. 31 so it will appear to spectators on Manhattan that she’s dressed up.

The National Park Service told ABC News it doesn’t have a say in Graham’s project because the FAA controls the airspace around the statue, but if it did — it wouldn’t let it happen.

“We have not been asked for a permit and, if we were, we would not permit such activity within our property,” NPS spokeswoman Mindi Rambo told ABC News.

Graham, known as the creator of Joe Boxer but who has since launched a namesake line, said his plan is meant all in good fun.

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Libertarian Senate Candidate discusses social, economic policy by Will Marshall | Oct 02 2014 | 10/02/14 1:52am

Libertarian Virginia Senate candidate Robert Sarvis spoke at a Students for Individual Liberty event at Clark Hall Wednesday, outlining his platform in the upcoming midterm election.

The Annandale native broke into the spotlight when he ran as a third-party candidate in last years Virginia gubernatorial election, defining his brand of libertarianism as a best of both worlds, striking a balance between what he considers the Republican and Democratic parties best policies.

Generally speaking, Sarvis said he identifies with the rights fiscal policies and the lefts social policies.

Sarvis began his political career as a GOP candidate running for state Senate, eventually dropping his Republican affiliation and taking up the Libertarian mantle.

After I ran in 2012 as a libertarian Republican, I learned that the GOP is not a good vehicle for liberty candidates, Sarvis said. They are hypocritical on economic issues and strident on social issues. I feel like the two-party system is broken. I could have run as an independant, but thats not leaving behind something that outlasts you.

Sarvis emphasized what he considers the most urgent issues libertarian candidates need to address the dwelling on the long, costly drug war, which he blames for saddling the nation with excess expenditures in the last 50 years.

Thanks to the drug war, we have millions in prison the highest incarceration rate in the world, Sarvis said. A third of those are for nonviolent crimes, which, a) costs money, and b) is wasted human potential.

Other issues topping his list of priorities included reforming certain entitlement programs and deregulating areas where he believes the free market would be a more effective solution.

Obamacare is a problem but weve also had 100 years of misregulation of the health care system by both major parties, Sarvis said.

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Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a leading biomedical research policy expert, will discuss “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Dr. Deepak Srivastava, the Baker Institute’s nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy and the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give introductory remarks.

Stem cells and regenerative medicine are exciting and emerging fields of biomedical research, according to event organizers. Proposed applications include treating conditions such as blindness, diabetes and heart disease. Regenerative medicine could also help heal failing organ systems and replace damaged tissue. While these fields hold great promise for medicine, external factors limit and, in some cases, stall research, organizers said. Ethical controversies surrounding human embryonic stem cells, policy issues affecting federal and state funding and regulation, and economic pressures all play a role in determining the future of research.

In his presentation, Srivastava will explore the current and future potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Following the presentation, he will discuss policy challenges and opportunities with Lane.

The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum.

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Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a leading biomedical research policy expert, will discuss “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Dr. Deepak Srivastava, the Baker Institute’s nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy and the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give introductory remarks.

What: A presentation titled “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future.”

When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:45-9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:45.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Stem cells and regenerative medicine are exciting and emerging fields of biomedical research, according to event organizers. Proposed applications include treating conditions such as blindness, diabetes and heart disease. Regenerative medicine could also help heal failing organ systems and replace damaged tissue. While these fields hold great promise for medicine, external factors limit and, in some cases, stall research, organizers said. Ethical controversies surrounding human embryonic stem cells, policy issues affecting federal and state funding and regulation, and economic pressures all play a role in determining the future of research.

In his presentation, Srivastava will explore the current and future potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Following the presentation, he will discuss policy challenges and opportunities with Lane.

The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum.

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Newswise Four scientists from the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award that will forward revolutionary stem cell and neuro-science in medicine. The four UCLA researchers were among only 50 scientists nationwide to receive the New Innovator Award, the most of any institution represented.

Each recipient received a $2.3M award for their respective projects. These included Dr. Reza Ardehali, assistant professor of cardiology, for his research investigating novel ways to use stem cells to regenerate heart tissue; Dr. Elissa Hallem, assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, for her work studying interactions between animal parasites and their hosts to foster the further understanding of human parasitic diseases; Dr. Sririam Kosuri, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, for his project developing new biological system technologies to solve outstanding problems in gene regulation; and Dr. Lili Yang, assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics, for her work developing a new method to track special immune cells for use in new cellular therapies.

“These New Innovator Award grants are an important acknowledgement of our cutting-edge research and will help our faculty drive the revolutionary advances we are seeing in stem cell and neuro-science,” said Dr. Owen Witte, professor and director of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center. “Every cellular therapy that reaches patients must begin in the laboratory with novel ideas and experiments that will lead us in new directions in medicine and ultimately improve human life. That makes these awards invaluable to our research effort.”

The NIH Director’sNew Innovator Award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career. The award seeks to support exceptionally creative new scientists whose research complements ongoing efforts by NIH.

Dr. Reza Ardehali: Unlocking the Secrets to Regenerating Heart Tissue

Dr. Ardehali’s cutting-edge work focuses on both human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, known as human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC), to provide insights into the mechanisms involved in the differentiation and specification of heart cells. hPSC have the unique ability to become any cell type in the body. His lab recently identified several novel surface markers that can highly enrich early cardiovascular progenitor cells. When delivered into functioning human hearts that are transplanted in laboratory conditions, the progenitor cells integrate structurally and functionally into the host myocardium. These studies established the basis for future hPSC-based cardiac therapy.

Dr. Ardehali and his colleagues were also the first to directly measure limited division in the cells that make up heart muscle (cardiomyocytes), proving that cardiomyocytes divide and that such cell division is rare. This discovery resolves an important controversy over whether the heart muscle has the power to regenerate and is critical for future research that may lead to regenerating heart tissue to repair damage caused by disease or heart attack.

His 2013, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state’s stem cell research agency, New Faculty Physician Scientist Translational Research Award allowed Dr. Ardehali to initiate the preclinical studies on stem cell based therapies for heart disease that were pivotal for his success in the 2014 New Innovator Award competition. The NIH grant affirms the critical success of the project-to-date, and emphasizes the creativity of Dr. Ardehali’s research and its potential to have a significant impact on the creation of novel regenerative approaches to treat heart disease.

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A Pound of Muscle Vs. A Pound of Fat: The Truth about Weight Loss

Most people have been around long enough to hear the concept that muscle weighs more than fat. Many people work out frequently as a means to lose weight, and they get frustrated by the fact the scale doesn’t go down, or the weight doesn’t drop fast enough. Sometimes, people work out every single day and find out that they are can’t lose the weight, or even gain a little weight, and they don’t understand why.

In the gym, you’ll hear the phrase muscle weighs more than fat frequently, and many people don’t fully grasp the underlying concept that this is trying to get across. The most important difference between muscle and fat as it pertains to weight loss is that muscle fits more mass into a smaller volume than fat. One pound of fat takes up around 18% more volume than a pound of muscle.

Losing Body Fat Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Losing Weight

This is one of the reasons why people that have trouble losing weight while exercising frequently get frustrated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Because exercise builds muscle mass, especially anaerobic exercise, the combination of exercise and healthy eating can lead to a significant loss of body fat without majorly affecting the overall mass of the individual. After a couple of months of dieting and working out, you may only lose ten pounds or so, but the changes in body composition are much more apparent than the minor loss in weight (not to say that ten pounds isn’t an accomplishment in and of itself!

Body Mass Index is the basic rule of thumb when it comes to fitness by age and weight, but many people misunderstand the concept and consider it the be-all-end-all when it comes to gauging health. Because muscle weighs more than fat, the stronger that you are and the more muscle mass that you have, the less accurate that the BMI will be at assessing your health based upon your weight. BMI is very much based on the average specimen, and you want to be more than simply average, don’t you?

When you stick to a diet and fitness regimen, its certainly important to pay attention to the number on the scale, but understand that it is only one factor in regard to your physical transformation, and other factors such as muscle mass, muscle tone, and body fat percentage are more revealing.

The following image is a cross section of your muscle tissue. Notice how densely packed the tissue is? This is why Muscle tissue carries so much mass in so little volume:

Now look at this cross section of an adipose fat cell. Fat cells take up a lot more space, and are less compact, as you can see:

Fat vs. Muscle: A Visual Representation

The next photo shows five pounds of fat compared directly with five pounds of muscle. It’s incredibly clear that muscle takes up a whole lot less space than fat. Even when counting for the compression underneath the skin, fat is going to take up much more space than muscle. Also, fat contributes to the rounding and lumpiness of men and women with too much body fat, because body fat is more amorphous than muscle, which causes the body to take on a more unappealing shape.

It’s also important to know that you can’t see all body fat. The body also builds fat internally, and your organs are separated by fat tissue. In addition to this, the body isn’t designed to carry body fat efficiently. Our ancestors rarely had the opportunity to build a lot of fat, simply due to their hunter-gatherer lifestyle and the fits of feast and famine that they would endure. Body fat was an evolutionary benefit because it could keep people alive longer when times were lean.

Today, however, we in the United States live in a period of veritable, undeniable plenty that our ancestors never had the chance to experience, and thus, never adapted to. This is why being overweight or obese is such a health hazard. On the other hand, as a whole, we have historically been far more fit in the past than we are now. In order to catch our prey and fend off predators and enemies, we naturally stayed strong and fit. Our early ancestors also tended to be much more nomadic, which means that they were used to walking long distances every day. Today, most people can make it through the day with very little physical activity, which causes us to be much weaker and less fit than our ancestors unless we actually take the time to work out, exercise, and build our muscles.

Benefits of Working Out and Building Muscle Mass

Our bodies are designed to function optimally when we build muscle mass and tone. The following are some benefits that both men and women can experience by working out:

Improved Metabolism

A Stronger, Sturdier, Physical Frame, More Resistant to Injury

A More Fit and Attractive Physique

Improved Psychological Health

Enhanced Sense of Well-Being

More Energy

Increased Mobility and Balance

Improves Athletic Performance

Enhanced Healing Due to Improved Metabolic Profile

Healthier Cholesterol and Insulin Levels

And these are just the obvious benefits!

Out of all these benefits, the two that are perhaps most important are your metabolism and your Insulin Sensitivity. Let’s talk about those a bit more in-depth.

Enhanced Metabolism

Every pound of body fat that you have is the equivalent of 3,500 calories of stored energy. Now, there are two ways to get rid of this body fat. You can exercise and burn through those 3,500 calories, or you can eat a more conscientious diet, and reduce your calories by 3,500 over a period of time, such as a week. Of course, you can combine these two methods as well.

There are three ways that you get rid of stored fat. For example, the respiration process uses up about 86% of the body fat calories that you expend each day. You get rid of around 14% of your fat calories through the acts of urination and sweating.

Increasing your activity level through weight training and resistance training is a highly effective way to increase the rate at which your body burns calories. Although fat carries more volume than muscle, it doesn’t burn energy as quickly. This means that pound for pound, the more muscle that you have, the faster your body will burn calories than it will per pound of fat.

How Many Calories Does Muscle Burn vs. Body Fat?

Specifically, a pound of muscle mass will burn around six calories per day, whereas a pound of bodyfat will only burn around two calories per day.

Of course, its important to remember that the benefits of building muscle mass are far greater than just your weight and your ability to burn calories. Some health specialists, especially those on television, like to emphasize the ability of muscle mass to incinerate calories, but this is a bit of an overstatement.

In the End, The Calories Your Muscles Burn at Rest Are Only a Piece of the Weight Loss Puzzle

On the other hand, most responsible fitness specialists think that it is important that their clients understand that muscle is better than fat at burning ambient calories, but these benefits have their limits, and are often overstated by many times. No one should be building muscle mass just to lose weight, because there is a chance you’ll be disappointed, especially if you don’t combine you anaerobic exercise with cardiovascular exercise and a healthy and nutritious diet.

In fact, if you just engage in anaerobic exercise, this may influence you to eat more and actually gain body fat if you don’t make further efforts to lose weight. This is why you see so many weight lifters at the gym that are obviously strong, but with a layer of fat over their huge muscles.

In the end, losing weight and being healthy is a concerted effort, and it is true that your ambient metabolism is important, but it’s only one part of the process. Many people put too much stock in their muscles’ ability to burn body fat, which causes them to be lazy or inefficient in following other aspects of a good and healthy lifestyle. A lot of folks also use their workouts as an excuse to overindulge. The brain plays tricks on the mind in order to fulfill its urges, which can be amplified by your increased metabolism.

Don’t Overwork Yourself to Lose Weight

Of course, it’s no good to spend too much time obsessing over your fitness and nutrition regimen as well. Many people, in an effort to get healthy and lose weight, spend hours at the gym each day, exhausting themselves and overworking their bodies. In an effort to lose weight, they combine this exercise with severely restrictive diets which deny them the necessary calories and nutrients they need to get through the day. In the end, this approach and those like it are incredibly unhealthy, because they actually damage their bodies through their actions. Even worse, these people often lose their gains in the end when they lapse from their hardcore training and dieting, or they succumb to an injury and give up on their health regimen. They often gain all the weight back and more.

The end-goal of a healthy fitness regimen is to provide the body thorough anaerobic and aerobic stimulation without going overboard, and combining that exercise with a thoughtful and healthy diet. It’s all about being smart about how you do things.

When it comes to health, strong basal metabolism is an important aspect, but controlling insulin and glucose levels is even more important for maintaining health, and it doesn’t involve hours upon hours slaving away in the gym, but a conscientious exercise and diet regimen that promotes optimal cardiovascular health and hormone balance.

Maintaining healthy muscle mass and combining it with a good diet keeps hormone levels optimally balanced, creating homeostasis in which Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone (for both sexes), and Insulin Levels remain in optimal range. When Glucose Sensitivity gets out of whack, this rewires the body, causing it to build body fat more quickly and inhibit weight loss as well as the ability to maintain a health body composition.

How Does Exercise Regulate Glucose Metabolism, Improving Body Composition and Health?

In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2011, researchers presented data which showed that insulin sensitivity is largely correlated with a patient’s muscle mass. In fact, a ten percent increase in lean muscle mass led to an average eleven percent reduction in insulin resistance.

More Muscle Mass = Less Risk of Diabetes

This is the main reason that people with more muscle mass have a lower incidence of diabetes. When individuals have optimal insulin sensitivity, this means that the body responds swiftly to the influence of glucose in the body. Patients with poor glucose sensitivity are more prone to directly convert glucose in the blood stream into fat rather than converting it into immediately usable energy.

If the body is creating energy directly from blood sugar, this helps the body burn fat more effectively, and also improves overall, general hormone balance. By taking responsible steps in one’s diet and lifestyle, it is possible to rewire the body by encouraging enhanced insulin sensitivity, keeping the body lean, strong, and full of energy.

Of course, this reiterates the fact that the scale doesn’t really matter. Improving body composition is a process, and improving hormone balance takes time. By taking fitness and nutrition seriously and responsibly, you put your faith in the science behind your body, and it benefits you most to not think of numbers on the scale as goals, and you really don’t have to think about them at all.

Don’t Get Hypnotized by the Scale

People that focus too much on the scale get frustrated, because they often don’t feel that the effort they’ve put in at the gym and at the dinner table is leading to the appropriate results. Becoming hypnotized by the scale blinds them to the physical changes occurring within the body and numbs them to the psychological and metabolic benefits that they are likely experiencing. This is actually one of the primary reasons why people lapse from their regimen, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Anyone that has ever made the effort to try to lose weight likely understands this plight, or even knows what it feels like to just give in and give up. It’s easy to think of exercise and eating healthy as a simple give and take, where the effort you put in directly correlates with weight lost, but this is simply not the case. Every time you step on the scale, you’re excited to see how much weight you’ve lost, but all too frequently, you’ve lost no weight, or even gained a bit, and with all that effort!

There’s nothing wrong with using the scale as a source of motivation, but don’t let yourself get caught up in numbers and strict goals. Allow your fitness regimen to be a process, and give in to that process. If you feel that the scale is a source or frustration for you, put the scale away for a week, or even two weeks, and just keep following your game plan. Come back a week or two later, look at yourself in the mirror and see if you notice any change. Take in your physique and recognize the benefits, then step on the scale. If you take time off from the scale, it makes it more likely that you will either see a noticeable change in your weight, a change in your shape, or both!

Dieting is a Lifestyle

That number on the scale represents only a microcosm of all of the changes that are going on in your body. The scale won’t tell you you have more energy. The number on the scale won’t make you feel better. The number on the scale doesn’t even accurately represent your body composition! Understand that all that work that you are putting in at the gym is not all for naught, if you are sticking with a good exercise and diet regimen, your body is truly going through a metamorphosis, even if the number on the scale remains the same for days or even weeks at a time! You are more than a number!

The difference in volume between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle is positively huge, and in terms of your physique, is more important than the amount of energy each pound of muscle that you burn. In addition to this, your muscles help constrain and control the way that fat distributes across your body, so it even makes the body fat you still have less noticeable!

Understanding the science behind weight loss, muscle mass, and metabolism makes it easier to withstand the effort involved in a successful exercise and nutrition regimen. In regard to physical fitness, knowledge truly is power. Don’t give in to the mental shortcuts like the scale that can discourage you and prevent you from reaching your goals. Just follow your plan, focus on gradual change, and appreciate the subtle positive changes in your physical and psychological health and in a matter of months, you’ll both look and feel like a new man (or woman)!

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We hear over and over that Sen. Rand Paul is the Republican Democrats should fear most the guy who could win over anti-war voters with his anti-interventionism, young people with his supposed (mostly rumored) libertarianism, maybe even some African Americans thanks to his work on criminal justice reform.

But every time Paul gets attention for one of his interesting politicsl stands, hes likely to repel potential new supporters with one of his crazy ones. Politics aside, anyone who cares about science and reason is going to have a hard time supporting Paul the doctor who said last week that the government was lying about how Ebola was spread, and who (according to this new interview with Salons Elias Isquith) turned off the non-partisan, libertarian leaning comedian Bill Maher with his blinkered views on climate change.

Lets take Ebola first. In a breathless exclusive, Breitbart News revealed that Paul thinks the Obama administration is misleading the public about the nature of the threat and how the disease is spread. Theyre downplaying and underplaying the risk of this, Paul claimed. They keep emphasizing that its so hard to transmit. Well if its so hard to transmit why are doctors getting it with masks, gloves, boots and hatsthe whole works?

You might think an ophthalmologist (though hes not board certified) would be more responsible about spreading health panic. But youd be wrong. Could we have a worldwide pandemic? The Spanish flu in 1918 killed 21 million people, the plague in the 14th century killed 25 million people; Im not saying thats going to happen, I dont know whats going to happen. But I think we should have travel restrictions at this point in time coming from Africa, Paul added.

Health experts shot Paul down almost immediately. I dont think that theres data to tell us that thats a correct statement, with all due respect, NIH veteran Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBSs Face the Nation. We have had experience since 1976 with how Ebola is transmitted. And it is clear that its transmitted by direct contact with body fluids, blood, diarrhea, vomit, or what have you.

And theres no indication that there is another insidious way that its transmitted that were missing because of the experience that weve had. So, weve really gotta go with the evidence base. Theres always hypothesis and surmising about that, but theres no scientific evidence, Fauci added.

Then theres Pauls recent encounter with Bill Maher, which the comedian shared with Isquith. Maher made headlines last month when he said that even though he was a big donor to President Obamas 2008 and 2012 campaigns, he would consider voting for Paul in 2016, because of his anti-interventionism.Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me. Rand Paul could possibly get my vote. Hes way less of a hawk than Hillary, and that appeals to me a lot because Im not crazy about how warlike she is.

Then the two men had a drink, and Maher explained what happened.

My big problem is I asked him about the environment, which is my big issue because he had made a comment that was very similar to what Dick Cheney said about a month or two ago, which was basically, Why are we talking the environment when ISIS is out there?

I said, Senator, yknow, you sounded just like Dick Cheney its very unfortunate that even he, who I consider, in the Republican Party, the most viable [presidential candidate], is apparently so far in the bubble on their environmental denial that he just doesnt have an answer that sounds like it should come out of the mouth of any politician in the 21st century.

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The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the Territory of Guam have joined the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) in order to administer the ASWB social work licensing exam as part of adopting new regulations for the social work profession. This is the first time that social workers will be regulated and licensed in these jurisdictions. The board of directors for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the nonprofit association of social work regulatory bodies in the U.S. and Canada that owns and maintains the licensing exams, accepted the application of both U.S. jurisdictions by unanimous vote.

We are pleased to welcome the Health Care Professions Licensing Board of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Guam Board of Social Work of the Territory of Guam as members of ASWB, said ASWB President Dorinda N. Noble, Ph.D., LCSW. Professional regulation protects the public by ensuring that consumers have an avenue of recourse if practitioners step outside the boundaries of the rules, regulations, and ethics that guide our profession. The ASWB social work licensing exam ensures that social work professionals demonstrate their ability to practice competently and safely before becoming licensed.

The Northern Mariana Islands and the Territory of Guam form the Mariana Islands in the Pacific subregion of Micronesia.

Northern Mariana Islands The Health Care Professions Licensing Board (HCPLB) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands includes the regulation of the profession of social work. The board recently adopted regulations for licensing baccalaureate, masters, and clinical social workers.

CNMI is a commonwealth of the United States, ratified in 1975. It is a 14-island archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The population of approximately 53,000 (2013) lives predominantly on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Territory of Guam The Guam Social Work Board of the Territory of Guam is an independent regulatory agency with the authority to license and regulate the profession of social work in Guam. The board is in the process of developing regulations for the licensure of social workers at the baccalaureate, masters, and clinical levels.

Guam became a U.S. territory in 1898. Its current form of government was established in 1950. The island of Guam is the southernmost and largest of the Mariana island chain. It is also the largest island in Micronesia. The population in 2013 was approximately 165,000.

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The Association of Social Work Boards is the nonprofit association of social work regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada. In addition to Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, ASWB member jurisdictions include 49 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and all ten Canadian provinces. The association owns and maintains the licensing examinations used by its jurisdictional members and also provides services to members and social workers, such as the Approved Continuing Education program, the ASWB Social Work Registry, and the Public Protection Database. ASWBs mission is to strengthen protection of the public by providing support and services to the social work regulatory community in order to advance safe, competent, and ethical practices. Visit http://www.aswb.org for more information.

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Heads of Ayr and Lunan Bay in Angus are worst offenders for illegal contaminants By Rob Edwards Environment Editor

The annual survey of Scotland’s bathing waters, due to be unveiled by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) this week, will show that contamination from human and animal faeces this summer has been worse than last year.

The two dirtiest beaches were at Heads of Ayr in South Ayrshire and Lunan Bay in Angus, which suffered so much pollution that they failed to meet basic sewage safety limits introduced 38 years ago. Last year, no beaches in Scotland breached these limits.

But this year three samples of water at Heads of Ayr in May and August contained levels of toxic E-coli bacteria in breach of the legal limits. According to Sepa, this was because heavy rain caused “sewer overflows” and washed animal waste from farmland and urban areas.

Another two beaches – Irvine in North Ayrshire and Eyemouth in the Borders – also recorded five sample failures between them. But four of these are liable to be discounted because they were correctly predicted by electronic warning signs at the beaches.

Ten other beaches – in Ayrshire, Argyll, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Angus, Moray and Highland – had single water samples that failed the safety limits this summer (see table below). The contamination from bacteria and viruses can cause ear and stomach infections and, in extreme cases, be fatal.

Next year, much tougher new standards will come into force, meaning that many more bathing waters will be classified as badly polluted. In June, Sepa estimated that as many as 20 could be officially rated as “poor” under the new system.

The pollution has come under fierce fire from environmental groups worried about the health implications. “It’s very disappointing that Scotland’s beautiful beaches continue to fail the most basic water quality standards,” said Andy Cummins, campaigns director of Surfers Against Sewage.

“We are concerned that a wetter bathing season, combined with new, tougher water quality standards will result in a dramatic number of Scottish beaches failing water quality standards in the coming years.”

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Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in a consortium taking the study of motor neuron disorders – such as Lou Gehrig’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy – to a new, comprehensive perspective.

“We will be working as part of an NIH initiative to create databases of disease ‘signatures’ by generating and analyzing thousands of data points. Scientists often focus on very small things, such as a single signaling pathway in cells or a single gene or protein that is involved in some way with disease development, but identifying and correcting one component rarely leads to a cure. This is especially true in the brain because its networks are very complex,” said Clive Svendsen, PhD, professor and director of the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, principal investigator of Cedars-Sinai’s part of the study.

Svendsen, the Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Regenerative Medicine, compares this shift in perspective to the way meteorologists began predicting weather years ago – viewing global trends and collecting vast amounts of data to create a forecast for a specific place and time.

The grant is part of an NIH initiative called the Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures, or LINCS, program, which aims to develop a “library” of molecular signatures that describes how different cells respond to proteins, genes, chemicals – essentially anything that may come in contact with or change the cell or its activity.

Cedars-Sinai is a member of a group, NeuroLINCS, studying motor neuron disorders, which include Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and spinal muscular atrophy. The NeuroLINCS study will be coordinated by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, with additional collaborators at the Gladstone Institutes at the University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and the Broad Institute.

NeuroLINCS is one of six consortiums recently funded through NIH’s LINCS program to study diabetes, cancers and other diseases using cell lines and specialized stem cells called induced pluripotent stem cells. Derived from a patient’s own skin samples and “sent back in time” through genetic manipulation to an embryonic state, these cells can be made into any cell of the human body.

The Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, which has developed a national reputation for the quality of its induced pluripotent stem cells, was asked to provide the stem cells for all of the consortiums. The cells are produced in the Regenerative Medicine Institute’s Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Core Facility, directed by Dhruv Sareen, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and faculty research scientist with the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Cedars-Sinai and the Regenerative Medicine Institute also will play a major role in the data generation phase of the study. New technology enables scientists to “mine” data on a large scale, such as measuring millions of proteins in a single sample – an area of expertise for Jennifer Van Eyk, PhD, director of Cedars-Sinai’s Advanced Clinical Biosystems Research Institute and the Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women’s Heart Health. She will be co-principal investigator of Cedars-Sinai’s part of the study and will provide protein analysis for all NeuroLINCS collaborators. Other teams of experts will collect data on genetic material and the way genetic information is relayed to proteins within cells.

Svendsen said the data analysis teams will collaborate to create computer programs to pull all the information together.

“We may be looking at many thousands of data points, but using algorithms to create a ‘cloud’ of information, we expect to see a ‘signature’ emerge that shows us the relationships between proteins, genes and RNA in the cell. There will be a specific signature for healthy controls and a different one for the disease, such as Lou Gehrig’s,” Svendsen said. “Once we have that, we can try to ‘punch holes’ in the disease signature by hitting the cell with a small molecule to see how the cloud of information changes. The ultimate goal is to morph the disease cloud back into a healthy cloud. But right now, we don’t know what the disease state is. This is what we want to find out.”

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Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise. This is perhaps the natural outworking of an enlightenment political philosophy that puts individual rights at its center. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy described this view as the right to define ones own concept of existence.

Whatever else traditional religious views may entail, they involve a belief that existence comes pre-defined. Purpose is discovered, not exerted. And scripture and institutions a community of believers extended back in time are essential to that discovery. This is not, to put it mildly, the spirit of the age.

It was not, as far as I can tell, really the spirit of any age. But many evangelicals believe it was, subscribing to the myth of a lost American Eden. There has certainly been a cultural shift in the United States on religion and public life. But it has largely been from congenial contradiction to less-sympathetic contradiction. There is more criticism of the (thin) veneer of Protestant spirituality in public places. There is also a growing belief that individual rights need to be protected, not only from the state but also from religious institutions that dont share public values. In the extreme case, this means that nuns who dont want to participate in the provision of contraceptives are interfering with conceptual self-definition.

The reaction of evangelicals to these trends can (and does) vary widely. They can accommodate to the prevailing culture, as many evangelicals have already done on issues such as contraception, divorce and the role of women (without talking much about it). Or they can try to fight for their political and cultural place at the table, as other interest groups do.

A recent study, Sowing the Seeds of Discord, by a group of scholars associated with the Public Religion Research Institute, describes a mix of reactions. There is some evidence that younger evangelicals are more socially accepting of social outgroups, including gays and lesbians. A higher proportion of evangelical millennials (more than 40 percent) support gay marriage than do evangelicals overall. But there is no evidence this shift is changing political allegiances. White evangelicals remain reliably and monolithically Republican.

My interpretation: Even as some evangelical cultural views change along with broader norms, the Democratic Party is still viewed as a hostile instrument of secularization a perception reinforced by the health-care mandates of the Obama era.

But the most interesting finding of the study concerns where disaffection with conservative politics is developing among evangelicals. On a number of questions Should under God be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance? Does religion solve more social problems than it creates? evangelical millennials expressed more negative views on the social role of religion according to an unexpected pattern. Those who lack friends and ties outside