Stanford campus photo from above

2/26/2004

Research

Duke research.

Durham to get dumped on

SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE NORTHWEST PIEDMONT FROM SOUTH TO NORTH THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. THE SNOW WILL LIKELY BE HEAVY AT TIMES... ACCUMULATING AT ONE INCH PER HOUR. THE SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FALLING THROUGH TONIGHT AND INTO FRIDAY MORNING. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 6 AND 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM TROY TO DURHAM TO HENDERSON BEFORE THE STORM ENDS FRIDAY MORNING

The snow is pouring down!

2/18/2004

Valentine's and Portabellos

It was a good Valentine's weekend.

Also of note in these pics is what I believe to be the world's largest portabello mushroom which I consumed over the course of two days.

EcoAccess

EcoAccess.org has linked to Envirotech and lists it in it's "What's New - November 2003" section. I just found it when I googled myself.

EcoAccess helps you find and share useful environmental information online.

Cool.

2/12/2004

Morocco

Dear everyone...

the latest update on morocco...sorry its been so
long..
i just wanted to send my love in time for this coming
valentine's day. it is a long letter...so if you don't
want to read on,,,just erase...i am doing the mass
email thing.

Toni, Marc and my friend Ab Jalil and I just recently
took a trip to a city called Chefchaoen. Chefchaoen is
a glorious little town nestled in the valley of the
Rif Mountains (very close to Spain.) Chefchaoen is a
mixture of Spanish, Moroccan/French and Berber
influences. It is absolutley beautiful and it was a
rare treat to visit such a calm place. My friend Toni
described it as "the city under the sea." Which seems
to me to be quite fitting concidering that all of the
homes are painted a beautiful pale blue wash. In the
evening the city is aglow with colorful lanterns and
stained glass windows and there is an unbelievable
serenity in the atmosphere and demenor of the people
there. there are no streets in Chaoen just
cobble-stoned, narrow pathways which lead out on to an
extrodinairy town square. One can spend all day
relaxing in the fresh mountain air, drinking
cafe-au-laits and people watching your heart out.
We climbed the side of a mountain which looked out
to a spectacular view of the whole city. During our
hike we came upon fields of olive groves, wildflowers,
gargantaun aloe and cacti plants, and mountain
streams. As you can imagine, we returned from our trip
feeling quite refreshed.

Teaching is still going wonderful; each day is a new
adventure. My favorite class is a group of teens i
teach on fridays for threee hours. They are more
advanced in their English skills and they all have
very big attitudes. I love them for all of their
rolling eyes and looks. They make me work really hard
to gain their trust and when i do... it keeps me high
for weeks. Nothing is better then getting through to
one of them.

One thing that i have been doing with them which
they really love is something called a "council."
Basically, for the beginning of each class the
students and i form a circle, pass around a "talking
stick", and discuss things. I usually propose a
question or bring in a poem or song to spark
discussion. The four rules of our councils are:
speak from the heart,
listen from the heart,
be lean of expression,
be spontaneous...

they really dig it because they can talk about what is
important to them,,,,,sometimes they just like the
idea of pretending they are native americans...but
either way they are learning so i am excited about it.

Other then that, i spend alot of my time wandering the
medina (the large open market place), trying to bargin
for things in Arabic and soaking up all of the
vibrancy. It is a very alive place and so i try to get
their as much as possible.

anyway...thats all for now...
my love goes out to each and everyone...
be well,
*coleen

[via Coleen, who I went to India with]

2/09/2004

I Love this Game

Judy got Nooreen and I into a Duke basketball game vs. Clemson last night. See uploaded pics and a movie clip linked on the left.

2/08/2004

Congrats Melnicki!

Congratulations to Matt Melnicki on getting into UC Berkeley for grad school to study photosynthesis and alternative energy!

2/03/2004

Hey, that's sweet as . . .

A conversation about sweet/bitter tastes has combined with a work literature search (apparently sense of smell abilities are linked to prediction of developing schizophrenia) to produce this tidbit of the day for you loyal readers. Apparently if you blend three different kinds of sweeteners, it tastes sweeter over 4 sips/bites even at the same sweetness level.

Author
Schiffman, Susan S; Sattely-Miller, Elizabeth A; Graham, Brevick G; Zervakis, Jennifer; Butchko, Harriet H; Stargel, W. Wayne.

Title
Effect of repeated presentation on sweetness intensity of binary and ternary mixtures of sweeteners.

Source
Chemical Senses. Vol 28(3) Mar 2003, 219-229.
Oxford Univ Press, United Kingdom
Local Messages
(THE DUKE MED CTR LIBRARY HAS THIS TITLE; CHECK FOR HOLDINGS)

Abstract
Examined the effect of repeated presentation of the same sweet stimulus on sweetness intensity ratings to 17 trained taste panelists (mean age 48 yrs). The sweet stimuli tested were binary and ternary blends of 14 sweeteners that varied widely in chemical structure. Ss evaluated the sweetness intensity over 4 sips of a given mixture presented at 30 sec intervals. The individual components in the binary sweetener combinations were intensity-anchored with 5% sucrose, while the individual sweeteners in the ternary mixtures were intensity-anchored with 3% sucrose. Each self-mixture was also evaluated. The main finding was that mixtures consisting of 2 or 3 different sweeteners exhibited less reduction in sweetness intensity over 4 repeated sips than a single sweetener at an equivalent sweetness level. Furthermore, ternary combinations tended to be slightly more effective than binary combinations at lessening the effect of repeated exposure to a given sweet stimulus. These findings suggest that the decline in sweetness intensity experienced over repeated exposure to a sweet stimulus could be reduced by the blending of sweeteners. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)

2/02/2004

Technology and Biology converging

Living Machines
Scientific advances point to a startling conclusion: The nonliving world is very much alive. by Christopher Meyer

Copernicus demoted humanity by removing Earth from the center of the universe. Darwin showed that, rather than being made in God's image, people were merely products of nature's experimentation. Now, advances in fields as disparate as computer science and genetics are dealing our status another blow. Researchers are learning that markets and power grids have much in common with plants and animals. Their findings lead to a startling conclusion: Life isn't the exception, but the rule.

Business School and Hydrogen

Duke University and the General Motors Corp. (GM) have reached an agreement on a multi-year, interdisciplinary teaching and research project aimed at furthering worldwide efforts to develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by 2010, the university and company announced Tuesday.

Duke's Fuqua School of Business is spearheading the project, with significant participation from the Pratt School of Engineering and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

I have been working on research recently with Dr. Lenox and Dr. Cohen with whom I am also currently auditing a class.

We're going to DisneyWorld!

Looks like the next work trip is tentatively set for Orlando, FL April 18-20th.