HUMANITIES

Monday Missive – February 19, 2018

Educating Educators — Bobbie Cavnar, who received an M.A. in English from our department in 2011, has just been named the nation’s best teacher for 2018 by National Education Association (NEA).  Bobbie is an English teacher at South Point High School in Belmont, North Carolina.   Bobbie received this award on February 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  Here is the link to the NEA’s article about Bobbie’s award:  http://neatoday.org/2018/02/12/2018-nea-foundation-gala/...

The Top Twenty Fictions Related to the Talpiot “Jesus Family” Tomb

I consider the following to be the top twenty “fictions” related to the discussion of the Talpiot tomb separated into six basic categories. Since the Talpiot “Jesus” family tomb came into public attention in 2006 there has been an  avalanche of media coverage and Internet discussion. A simple Google search for the string “Jesus family [...]...

NATURAL SCIENCES

The Stories of Ibis, by Hiroshi Yamamoto

I have a long backlog of book blogging to do, but I had to jump and do the back of the queue first.  Every once in a while I read a book that is so thought provoking and moving to me that I have to write about it right away while the multitude of ideas are fresh in my mind. That book for me is Hiroshi Yamamoto’s The Stories of Ibis (2006), which I just finished yesterday.

The novel is set in a future in which the human population, and its civilization, has collapsed.  Artificial intelligence,...

The Arctic is full of toxic mercury, and climate change is going to release it

The Arctic is full of toxic mercury, and climate change is going to release it:

Some time back, I did a post on this Tumblr noting that the scariest part of climate change is all the horrible stuff that can happen that we didn’t anticipate. I would add this to the list: 

Permafrost, the Arctic’s frozen soil, acts as a massive ice trap that keeps carbon stuck in the ground and out of the atmosphere — where, if released as carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas would drive global warming....

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