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Archives for January, 2008

SchadenFriday: James Dobson

Maybe we should call this one SchadenThankFuckingChrist. It appears that Dobson’s influence has been steadily falling off. The ministry apparently has been “flat” for some time. For example, in 1994 Dobson’s monthly newsletter had a circulation of 2.4 million copies. Today, that circulation is about 1.1 million. Also, in the 1990s, Dobson was drawing audiences…

If you haven’t checked out the DANA Foundation, well, you should. The DANA Foundation and DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives are dedicated to providing up-to-date scientific information to the public, as well as supporting research and the arts. And they do a heck of a good job at laying out new findings in a very…

And wouldn’t you know it, we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches of snow. In NC. I lived here for 8 years and saw hardly any snow, and what we got didn’t last but for a day or two. At any rate, I’m having a good time. Getting to meet a bunch of colleagues from Seed…

After the Big Relocation, I’ve had not much to do while I wait for a job to open up. Specifically there is a university position that is (was) supposed to become available. It’s about the perfect position for somebody coming off a rather disappointing postdoc experience (to put it mildly); a lab coordinator for undergrad…

Memantine is the most recent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the drug because…. The first-generation of compounds aimed to boost the brain’s acetylcholine levels led to the development of drugs such as Aricept™ (donepezil) and Excelon™ (rivastigmine). Attempts to develop drugs that block the action of glutamate…

Iowa Caucuses

I make no secret that I’m pretty liberal, which means I don’t generally support the Democrats (especially after spending 8 years as a NC/VA resident, since they ain’t always that liberal in those parts). This year I find myself musing over what would be best for the Dems; currently, with about 1/3 of precincts reporting…