The Research Excellence in Administration Certificate at Harvard (REACH) program, a University-wide sponsored training series, is currently accepting applications for the spring 2013 semester in both the Foundations and Intermediate levels. Applications are due January 11, 2013.If you would like more information on the program, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions. Instructors and participants will be available to tell you about the program, the new streamlined online application process, and to answer any other questions you may have. These information sessions will be offered at different locations across the University, and all are welcome to attend any session. For the most up-to-date session times and locations, please visit our website.The current session dates are as follows:Friday, 12/7/2012, 1-2 p.m., Tosteson Medical Education Center, Rm 333Monday, 12/10/2012, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Holyoke Center room 608Wednesday, 12/12/2012, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 124 Mt Auburn St, Ste 100, Rm 106Thursday, 12/20/2012, noon-1 p.m., Holyoke Center room 608Friday, 1/4/2013, 11 a.m.-noon, 124 Mt Auburn St, Ste 100, Rm 106To sign up, please click on your preferred date listed above.More information about the REACH program may be found by contacting [email protected]
Giant 700-pound alligator found in Georgia A farmer in southwest Georgia found something he wasn’t expecting in an irrigation ditch: a massive alligator. When a wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources arrived at the scene, he was shocked to see that the gator was 13 feet, 4 inches long, 700-750 pounds, with a chest girth of 57 inches. The gator had been in the ditch for almost a week before it was rescued. The animal had several previous injuries, including old gunshot wounds. Due to his poor condition and age, the team that rescued the alligator decided to euthanize him. When researchers followed up 10 years later, they found that the men that were able to do more than 40 push-ups during the test were 96 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who could do fewer than 10. The men who could do 21-30 push-ups saw a cardiovascular disease risk reduction, though it wasn’t as significant as it was in the men who could do more. While researchers aren’t sure why push-ups and cardiovascular health are linked, muscular strength has been linked to a reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Research discovers a link between men’s ability to do push-ups and heart disease Maryland’s Senate approves ban on foam food and drink containers On Tuesday, Maryland’s Senate voted to make the state the first in the country to ban foam food and drink containers to reduce pollution. The measure now goes to the House of Delegates. The ban would prevent businesses that sell food from using “expanded polystyrene food service products” beginning July 1, 2020. Senator Cheryl Kagan, who sponsored the bill, said that half of Maryland’s residents live in areas where food and drink foam containers are already banned and that the statewide ban would help the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. Opponents of the bill say that it only bans a small amount of foam food and drink materials and does not include packaging. Opponents also worry that the ban will hurt small business owners. A study published in JAMA Network Open has found that the number of push-ups men can do is linked to their likelihood of developing heart disease later in life. In the study, 1,104 healthy men with active jobs were instructed to do push-ups in time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute. Participants stopped when they hit 80 push-ups, missed three or more metronome beats, or were too exhausted to continue.
September 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News What legal rights would you give up? Justice labors to educate citizens about their constitutional rights Gary Blankenship Senior Editor “What is a warrant? Can I pick one up at Wal-Mart?” Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis asked a roomful of attorneys.“Yes, now you can,” replied criminal defense lawyer David Rothman, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.A minute or so later, Lewis interrupted Greg Parker, another board member, who was reading aloud the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Parker had just come to the part about probable cause for searches.“What is probable cause?” Lewis queried.Replied Parker, “I’ve actually never seen it. I’m a criminal defense lawyer.”Okay, so the criminal defense lawyers were having some fun, as were the rest of the lawyers in the room. But they were also being fully engaged in the exercises being run by Justice Lewis and Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.And that was the point as Lewis and Pitts showed how they run education programs for school classrooms and adult groups designed to get Floridians thinking about their rights and how they are protected.The pair was demonstrating their education techniques at the start of the Board of Governors retreat on August 27 in St. Pete Beach, which included many section leaders as well. The presentation was set up after President-elect Hank Coxe saw it during the Annual Meeting and discussed it with Bar President Alan Bookman, who decided to make it part of the retreat.The goal of the education effort, Pitts said, is summed up by two fairly well-known quotations. One, she said is by 1937-38 ABA President and New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt: “If [citizens] have respect for the work of their courts, their respect for law will survive the shortcomings of every other branch of government; but if they lose their respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law and order will vanish with it.. . . ”The second, she said, is from lawyer and educator Robert M. Hutchins: “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”The exercises typically used include getting people who disagree about an issue to listen to each other. As an example, Pitts and Lewis asked the assembled lawyers to answer this question: “I am willing to give up some of my rights in order to be safer.”They then gathered a handful of people on each side of that proposition, and asked those who agreed with that statement to give their reasons. Those on the other side, rather than immediately debate the issue, were asked to list the most persuasive reason given by the supporters.The opponents then gave reasons, and the supporters had to pick the most persuasive argument — and supporters and opponents were free to change sides at any time.“What we’re trying to get at is getting people to listen to one another on controversial issues,” Pitts said. Lewis added that facilitators shouldn’t give any indication of how they feel or be judgmental about anyone’s answers. “It’s important to make people comfortable.” he said.It’s good to use well-known quotations to summarize that both support either position and also show a middle ground, Pitts and Lewis said. For example, on the liberty versus safety issue they used three citations:• James Madison: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”• Benjamin Franklin: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”• Theodore Roosevelt: “Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”Another exercise is to break up the “class” into groups of five — small enough so everyone participates and large enough to have some diversity, Lewis said — and then give them a list of 10 basic rights that Americans have. Those range from freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, to the right to bear arms, and the right to counsel and a jury trial.Lewis then tells them that the country has been invaded and they’ll have to give up some rights. The task for each group is to select which five rights they want to retain.The class as a whole then compares results to see which rights have survived. Lewis then conducts a discussion to show how the rights chosen could be undermined by those left off the list.He noted that the lawyers chose freedom of speech, press, religion, the right to assemble, and the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures as their five rights. (The right to counsel was selected by several, but didn’t make the top five.)That meant, Lewis said, that someone could exercise their right to free speech, but would be liable to arrest and a trial without counsel or a jury, and then could be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. “There are no right and wrong answers; it’s just what your thoughts are,” he said.Another instructional technique is to moderate discussions about rights and what they mean. Lewis noted that most people are unaware that the Florida Constitution grants them more rights than the Federal Constitution and its Bill of Rights.Reading the Fourth Amendment is part of that exercise. For example, Lewis noted the amendment refers that citizens are free from unreasonable searches in their “houses.” Does that mean, he asked, that apartment dwellers do not have that right, or people in hotel or motel rooms, or those in their cars?The goal is to stimulate discussion and thought, not teach any particular point of view. “We’re trying to teach children how to think, not what to think,” Pitts said. “Try to inject fun, show them the human side of the law, interact with people.”Another tool is to give the class a set of case facts, break them up into groups of five, and have them decide the case, Lewis said.Pitts noted that Lewis appears before three classes every month, usually with her help, to conduct such education seminars, and she encouraged lawyers to volunteer to become instructors in their communities.Those interested can contact FLREA at (850) 386-8223, (877) 826-8167, or at www.FLREA.org. What legal rights would you give up?