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Farewell to Leonard Nimoy

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Originally from: http://uptownradio.org/2015/02/27/farewell-to-leonard-nimoy/

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, has died. The cause was pulmonary heart disease. He was 83.

Spock was the half human, half Vulcan first officer of the Starship Enterprise. And Nimoy turned him into a cultural treasure. Starkly logical but still empathetic, Spock explored what it means to be human.

His character was the unlikely best friend of Captain James Kirk, and he immortalized the split-fingered Vulcan salute.

Nimoy was friendly with Star Trek’s fiercely loyal fans, but also sought a life beyond pointy ears and slanted eyebrows. He wrote two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” and then 20 years later, another: “I am Spock.”

He also wrote poems and music, some of it silly but still beloved by fans.

He performed spoken word on stage and directed two “Star Trek movies: The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home.

And light-years away from sci-fi, he directed the successful comedy ‘Three Men and a Baby’.


Though he’s now moved on to new frontiers, the memory of Leonard Nimoy will endure.

Update on Marijuana Laws Around the Country

(Originally from: http://uptownradio.org/2015/02/27/update-on-marijuana-laws-around-the-country/)

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Host 1: Starting this week, you can legally grow and use marijuana in both Alaska and Washington D.C. That makes four states where recreational pot is legal.
Host 2: Allen Saint Pierre is the executive director of NORML, an advocacy group in D.C. working to normalize the use of marijuana. He says these decisions moves the nation one step closer to legalization.

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION DO YOU NEED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

By | February 20, 2015

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(Originally from: http://uptownradio.org/2015/02/20/what-type-of-education-do-you-need-to-run-for-president/ )

Forbes Ranks Physician Assistant the Best Masters Degree

By: Tyler Daniels

Originally Published: February 17, 2015

Forbes recently ranked Masters in Physician Assistant Studies the Best Master’s Degree for Jobs. This is good news for women in STEM fields as roughly two out of every three Physician Assistants, or PAs, are women, according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

 The job of physician assistant has been around for nearly 50 years, however it is still a relatively unknown field.  PAs “practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses and provide treatment,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

 The field of PAs is growing rapidly throughout the country, largely due to gaps in the current healthcare system. PAs fill those gaps typically by seeing patients, often in lieu, but under the supervision of a doctor – in various medical practices ranging from emergency rooms to urgent care facilities.  BLS projects that between 2012 and 2022, the field of PAs will increase by 38 percent to 120,000.

 Pay for PAs is appealing. In 2012, the median Physician Assistant took home over 90 thousand dollars. While that is not as much as doctors make, PAs also do not have to go through as many years of schooling or residency to practice medicine, which means significantly lower upfront training costs. This can make the PA degree more attractive than the MD to some, as it can offer more flexibility, especially for women.

 “Being a PA can be very flexible for women, depending upon your specialty,” says Eileen DeAngelis, President of the Delaware Academy of Physician Assistants. “My current practice is open 24 hours and I have the option of requesting specific shifts. As a woman expecting my first child, this is helpful for childcare.”

 Women choosing to become PAs over MDs can benefit finically too, according to a 2012 UCLA study that found that, “The median female (but not male) primary-care physician would have been financially better off becoming a physician assistant.”

 But DeAngelis doesn’t see a difference between the way men and women are treated in the profession.

 Going to PA school is no walk in the park compared to attending medical school. Most PA schools require good grades several and science courses in an undergraduate school. Additionally, it’s common for a PA school to have a more selective acceptance rate than a medical school. Pupils at the Yale School of Medicine went through an acceptance rate of just 6.5 percent. But that’s more than double the 3.3 percent acceptance rate Yale’s PA school.

For DeAngelis, she’s happy with her decision, “the medical field is interesting and keeps me thinking and learning each shift”, she says. “I enjoy interacting with people, both the patients I see and my colleagues at work.  It is also very satisfying work.”

 (Originally Published at: http://hertech15.wix.com/hertech#!Forbes-Ranks-Physician-Assistant-the-Best-Masters-Degree/cmbz/54e38bfe0cf2a1055e730351)

Groups Demand Migrant Rights at Climate March

Sonia Guinansaca directs her group, Culture Strike, at last month's climate march. (Photo Credit: Tyler Daniels)

Sonia Guinansaca directs her group, Culture Strike, at last month’s climate march. (Photo Credit: Tyler Daniels)

By: Tyler Daniels

Originally Published: October 14, 2014

When hundreds of thousands of demonstrators clogged New York City’s streets last month chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, climate change has got to go,” their message was mostly a familiar one: world leaders need to act to save the planet.

Here and there in the crowds were some pockets of protestors with a less obvious chant.  “Hey Obama, don’t deport my mamma!” they yelled.

That message came from immigrant community groups, using the huge rally to promote a lesser-known climate cause – the push for formal acknowledgement that environmental issues are a major factor in migration, and that those who flee to the U.S. from Mexico and other countries ravaged by the environment should not be penalized.

In the last 20 years, Mexico has seen an uncharacteristic drought robbing many rural farmers of their livelihoods. And a 2009 report by the United Nations University predicts that rain levels and runoff could continue to decrease in parts of Mexico by up to 70 percent over the next century.

Those climatic changes are a factor pushing migrants from Mexico into the U.S., according to a 2010 National Academy of Sciences study. There are “numerous reports and anecdotes of Mexican farmers fleeing to the United States because they no longer could maintain their previous way of life because of climate-driven crop failures,” the study said, adding that the issue “has not received sufficient attention in the immigration literature.”

Up to 7 million Mexicans are projected to emigrate to the United States over the next 65 years due to displacement from climate change, the study said.

The issue has drawn the attention of City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who represents the heavily Hispanic Sunset Park and Red Hook neighborhoods. “There are floods and droughts and hurricanes that are right now going through Mexico,” Menchaca said while on the march in last month’s climate change protest. “This is what the country is experiencing and so they’re coming up here. They’re coming north.”

While climate change may be just one factor pushing migration from Mexico, it’s an important one, said Marco Castillo from Ñina Migrante, a local migrant advocacy group that participated in the climate march. Migrants who come to the United States feel they have no choice, said Castillo, but once they arrive “we find ourselves criminalized here because of that decision.”

On the street at the march was a multitude of artwork that consisted of realistically shaped, two-dimensional wooden props in the shapes of corn, turtles and life-sized printouts of people.

The people represented on the signs: migrant farmers from around the world who have been displaced due to climate change.

The marchers also highlighted other causes of displacement: pollution, or land takeovers by large multi-national companies in Mexico.

“I think that a lot of the messaging fails to mention how migrant communities are being impacted. And we’re directly impacted,” said Sonia Guinansaca, from Culture Strike, a Latino migration organization that uses artwork in its advocacy for immigrant rights.

Fernanda Espinosa’s group, Ropavejeros – part of an immigrant worker art collective, manufactured a float mounted on four bicycles in the shape of a large tree trunk – with a bird’s nest atop and axes protruding along the sides.

While peddling in the back corner of the float during the parade, Espinosa said her group was “here today because we wanted to build something that portrayed our displacement from Latin America.”

Emigrating from Mexico or Central America does not guarantee an escape from pollution or climate change. “A lot of the people who have migrated in the US come to live in neighborhoods like the Bronx or east Harlem,” said Eliana Godoy, marching with Culture Strike, naming two neighborhoods where high asthma rates are often attributed to air pollution.

Councilman Menchaca noted that some of his immigrant constituents in Brooklyn’s Red Hook and Sunset Park neighborhoods, which are nearly a third Central American, suffered damage to their homes during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. “They’re talking to me from their experience – from the mold that’s in their homes, to the fact that some of these homes have yet to be re-constructed. This is a crisis.”

(Originally Published at: http://globalcitynyc.com/2014/10/14/groups-demand-migrant-rights-at-climate-march/)