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University of Texas at San Antonio Students Release Inner Animal with The Age of Empathy

The Age of Empathy TPRoughly seventy-five students in the University of Texas at San Antonio’s anthropology department will soon be using Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy to investigate shifting human behavior.  The book, which examines how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of creatures, including humans, studies social behaviors in animals, such as bonding, the herd instinct, the forming of trusting alliances, expressions of consolation, and conflict resolution.  The author uses these findings to assert that, contrary to popular belief, human beings are not inherently selfish and can work together toward a more just society.

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June 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: The Top Common Reading Book of 2011 and 2012

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010, including: Best Book of the Year at: O, The Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Bookmarks Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly, East Bay Express, and Kansas City Star, A Discover Magazine 2010 Must Read, National Public Radio, Best of the Bestsellers

In 1951, an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, stricken with cervical cancer, became an involuntary donor of cells from her cancerous tumor, which were propagated by scientist George Otto Gey to create an immortal cell line for medical research. These cells are now known worldwide as HeLa. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot brilliantly weaves together the Lacks’s story–past and present–with the story of the birth of bioethics, the story of HeLa cells, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans. Important, powerful, and compassionate, this is a remarkable work of science and social journalism.  (more…)

March 12, 2013 at 1:03 am 4 comments

Author Rebecca Skloot Shares Inspiration Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The phenomenal story behind a woman named Henrietta Lacks, or better known as HeLa by scientists worldwide, is grabbing the attention of teachers and students alike.

Henrietta was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

In the following video clip, author Rebecca Skloot shares her inspiration for writing the book and how one woman’s life changed the world and came to be The  Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Author website: www.rebeccaskloot.com

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January 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

University of Michigan Students are Reading The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How

In The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How, bestselling author Daniel Coyle reveals the simple yet powerful mechanisms through which human beings acquire skill–the kinds of practice, motivation, and coaching that grow myelin, a substance in our brains–the fastest. Through visits to the world’s best soccer players, bank robbers, violinists, fighter pilots, artists, and skateboarders, and to the labs where myelin is being investigated. This compelling and instructive book will transform the way we view talent and enable all of us to develop our full potential and is recommended for courses on education, business, psychology, and sociology.  (more…)

April 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Daniel Goleman’s Ecological Intelligence – Essential Book at Antioch University McGregor and Virginia Tech

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The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership now brings us revealing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet and ourselves.

“Drawing on his capacious intelligence Daniel Goleman dissects the issues involved in the attainment of long term sustainability and details promising and intriguing solutions. Once again, he has written an essential book.”– Howard Gardner, author and Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. (more…)

August 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

The Acclaimed Bill Bryson Book, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine, Now Adopted at SUNY Cobleskill

Shortlisted, by Britain’s Royal Society, for the prestigious “Aventis Prize for Science Books.”
Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine Winner, 2004 Aventis General Prize, which celebrates the very best in popular science writing for adult readers.

Bill Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers. In A Short History of Nearly Everything, he takes his ultimate journey–into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It’s a dazzling quest, the intellectual odyssey of a lifetime, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. Or, as the author puts it, “…how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since.” (more…)

August 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment


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