American society – Vet Clin Path Journal Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:49:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 American society – Vet Clin Path Journal 32 32 A multidisciplinary approach leads to a higher rate of completion of neoadjuvant treatment in pancreatic cancer Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:05:45 +0000 Patients with localized pancreatic adenocarcinoma who received care in a multidisciplinary clinic had significantly higher neoadjuvant therapy completion rates than those treated in a specialty clinic.

Patients with localized pancreatic adenocarcinoma who received care at a multidisciplinary clinic had significantly higher neoadjuvant treatment completion rates than those treated at a specialty clinic, according to results of a retrospective study presented at Quality Care 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology Symposium.1

Patients whose treatment was coordinated by a multidisciplinary clinic (n = 157) completed their neoadjuvant treatment regimen according to institutional standards at a rate of 71%, while the 83 treated in an individual clinic (surgical, medical or radiation). oncology) did so at a rate of 46.1% (P = 0.002). In addition, the enrollment rate in clinical trials was higher among the former (16.6%) than among the latter (7.2%) (P = 0.043).1

The adjusted odds ratio (aOR) for completion of neoadjuvant therapy by institutional standards for patients seen via multidisciplinary clinics versus standard oncology clinics was 3.35 (95% CI, 1.46- 7.07; P=0.004). In terms of clinical trial enrollment, the aOR in the multidisciplinary clinic cohort was 2.44 (95% CI, 0.94-6.35; P=0.067).1

Investigators used data from the Institutional Pancreatic Cancer Registry to compile a study population of patients diagnosed with localized pancreatic adenocarcinoma between 2018 and 2020 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. To be eligible for the study, patients had to have a disease for which resection was ultimately undertaken and have come to Johns Hopkins either through its multidisciplinary pancreatic clinic or through one of its surgical, medical, or radiation clinics. oncology.

The primary outcome of the study was completion of neoadjuvant treatment according to stage-specific institutional standards. Clinical trial enrollment included only patients who had been admitted to an institutional clinical trial. The investigators noted that during the study period, it was standard practice for patients with resectable borderline disease to be treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy for at least 4 months, with or without preoperative radiation therapy, before to explore. Patients with locally advanced disease received 4 to 6 months of chemotherapy, then radiotherapy, followed by possible exploration.

Baseline patient characteristics were well balanced across cohorts, with a median age of 67 years for those treated in standard clinics (range, 58-73 years) and multidisciplinary clinics (range, 61-73 years). The patients had a history of other cancers at a rate of 12% and 35.8%, respectively. Most patients in both arms had an ECOG performance status of 1 or less (63.9% versus 91.7%, respectively).

Additional findings showed that patients who came to Johns Hopkins through a multidisciplinary clinic experienced a survival advantage. Mortality rates were 28.7% in the standard clinic and 20.5% in the multidisciplinary clinic (P = 0.157).

More patients in the multidisciplinary clinic than patients in the standard clinic had neoadjuvant radiotherapy (59.7% versus 34.9%; P = 0.004). Patients in the standard clinical group had a slightly lower recurrence rate (38.5%) than those in the multidisciplinary clinical group (40.1%; P = 0.421).

The median number of visits to the multidisciplinary pancreatic clinic was 1 (range, 1-6) and the authors noted that multiple clinic visits were not associated with completion of neoadjuvant therapy.

Following the blueprint established by the Johns Hopkins Skip Viragh Center for Pancreatic Cancer Multidisciplinary Pancreatic Clinic, the team’s focus should combine the knowledge of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other clinicians to provide a complete comprehensive review. The multidisciplinary clinic is also able to diagnose, educate and create personalized treatment plans for patients.2

Patients should meet with specialist clinicians based on their specific needs and then have their case reviewed by a panel of experts. The multidisciplinary clinic is best suited to patients with newly diagnosed and treatment-naïve disease, those with locally advanced unresectable or borderline disease, and those who have had surgery for a pancreatic cancer but who have not started chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

Pentagon promotes critical race theory, gender identity ‘madness’: GOP report Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:00:37 +0000

The Biden administration launched sweeping diversity and equity initiatives in the military that popularized elements of critical race and gender identity theory and significantly weakened the US armed forces, according to a report obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital.

“The singular purpose of our military is to ‘provide for the common defence’ of our nation,” the report said. “It cannot be turned into a leftist social experiment. It cannot be used as a cudgel against America itself. And it cannot be paralyzed by fear of offending the sensibilities of the teachers’ lounge from the Ivy League or progressive pundits.

“The world is a dangerous place, and the madness of the Biden administration is eroding our greatest source of security.”


The United States Marine Corps tweeted a picture for Pride Month with rainbow bullets.
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The report by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, details how the military has allocated resources to root out extremism in its ranks as it promotes predominantly left-leaning ideas about race and sex. This includes records of how military employees promoted critical race theory and embraced anti-white views.

For example, less than a month after his nomination by President Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin asked commanders and supervisors at all levels to schedule a day to discuss extremism. But a Biden administration report, “Countering Extremist Activity Working Group,” later identified fewer than 100 instances of extremism among the 2.1 million active forces, a rate of 0.005%.

The report finds that instructors at military academies use “anti-racist” approaches to education that push soldiers to center their understanding of American society on acknowledging its racist past and present, according to the report. The Department of Defense, however, stressed that it does not teach critical race theory and focuses on intellectually challenging its military students and rooting out extremism.


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has come under fire from Republicans for pushing

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has come under fire from Republicans for pushing “woke” social experiments on members of the military.
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Rubio said these race-based initiatives are a distraction and a danger to American security.

“Rather than standing up for American greatness and protecting our nation, the military is repeating woke nonsense,” Rubio told Fox News Digital. “It’s stupid, it doesn’t work and it’s dangerous. We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter Chinese aircraft carriers and less time thinking about pronouns.”

A few examples of “woke” defense policies have spread in the press. Kelisa Wing, head of diversity equity and inclusiveness at the Department of Defense, tweeted that she was “exhausted by these white people” and suggested that black people are incapable of racism, comments that have sparked an ongoing investigation at the agency. Bishop Garrison, another diversity officer at the agency, promoted elements of critical race theory through his praise of the 1619 Project, a controversial education project that depicts slavery at the heart of the story. American.

This emphasis on diversity, the Republicans’ report notes, extends even to the United States Special Operations Command, which oversees special operations conducted for national security. That group’s strategic diversity and inclusion plan, which all agencies were required to submit in response to an executive order from Biden, stated that “leaders must integrate diversity and inclusion efforts into corporate goals. unit, mission objectives, talent management initiatives and operational priorities for success”. Implementation.”


Republicans say the Pentagon avoided patriotic appeals to the military, which made recruiting more difficult.

Republicans say the Pentagon avoided patriotic appeals to the military, which made recruiting more difficult.

The report also notes that the military covers the costs of transgender procedures for its members and allows them to serve as transgender and use the restroom of their preferred sex. Military recruiting videos in recent years have touted the military’s inclusivity towards LGBT members with the use of the rainbow pride flag.

A US military base in Germany scheduled a drag queen story hour for children in its library this year, but canceled the event after facing backlash from the public.


Roy said this broad politicization of the military is a distraction from its focus on national security.

“The priority of the Department of Defense should be to train the men and women of our armed forces to be a united, lethal, combat-ready force, ready to defend the United States and its interests at all times” , Roy told Fox News Digital. “Instead, Biden’s woke Pentagon is using taxpayer dollars to promote blatant anti-American ideology.”

Jerry Radke Obituary – The Des Moines Register Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:25:19 +0000

Jerry Keith Radke, 84, of Nevada, Iowa passed away peacefully in heaven on November 1, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. from complications of a recurrent brain meningioma. He was surrounded by his loving family at Accura Healthcare, Ames, Iowa. Jerry was born in Ripon, Wisconsin on April 11, 1938, to Edward Ludwig and Vera Ione (Phillips) Radke, the eldest of four boys. Jerry grew up on the family farm, working with his grandparents’ dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese. The family grew corn, alfalfa, oats, barley, peas, tame hay and marsh hay. His father put him on a tractor when he was three years old. Jerry recounted how his feet touched the pedals as he leaned his head against the tractor seat! Jerry also talked about helping his grandmother quilt. He was, indeed, a Renaissance man. He attended Henderson School, a one-room school, until 8th grade. It was the boys’ job to walk to the nearest farm to get a bucket of water from the farmer’s dairy and pour it into the school tank for the drinking fountain. Jerry said one of the few times he was reprimanded by the professor was when he dipped a young woman’s braid in the ink well. His grandfather and father had also attended this school. He attended Ripon High School and during summers worked for Green Giant as a crop control inspector, checking crops and testing for moisture to determine if they were ready for harvest. He participated in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, football, track, 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Jerry retained his primary and secondary school report cards, which recorded excellent academics and a strong work ethic. Jerry was an accomplished musician, playing organ, piano and accordion. Jerry, 12, played the accordion and his brother Mike, 10, played drums at weekends and birthday parties in Ripon. At age 15, Jerry began giving accordion lessons. When Jerry was 16 and Mike was 14, their band, “The Rhythmaires”, featured Jerry on accordion, Mike on double bass, with a trumpet player and drummer. They have performed for parties, weddings, proms, after proms and at the exclusive Green Lake Country Club. In college, he taught accordion and piano lessons to help pay for his room and board. Later, Jerry’s accordion skills would always bring joy to his mother-in-law, Violet Charlson. His father, Otto Book, had played the accordion at many family gatherings. Jerry’s music reminded him of those special family times. Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Soils from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During this time, he participated in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. While commissioned, 1st Lt. Radke served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey as an electronics instructor. Jerry received his Master of Science in Soil Physics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He returned to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to earn his doctorate in soil physics. During his 35-year career as a soil physicist, Jerry worked at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab, Morris, Minnesota. He was also Assistant Assistant/Associate Professor, Soils, University of Minnesota, studying soil structure, soil temperature, and instrumentation automation. Jerry took a sabbatical at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Glen Osmond, South Australia. He was also an Associate Professor, Sols, at Pennsylvania State University when he worked at the Central Weather Station, conducted field studies, modeling, and electronic communications at the Rodale Research Center (Rodale Institute) in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Jerry retired from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Soil Tilth Lab, Ames, Iowa. At this time, he was also a Collaborative Associate Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, teaching meteorological instrumentation. He has published research articles on soil freezing and thawing, including the effect of water and nutrient movement in soil profiles, which is necessary to develop improved management strategies. Additional research trips included Cali, Colombia, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Scientists from several countries have requested copies of his research publications over the years. Jerry was a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, American Meteorological Society, and Soil Conservation Society of America. He served as Story County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner from 2000-2013 and Deputy Commissioner from 2013-2022. Jerry joined the Morris Lions Club in 1965 and transferred to the Nevada Lions Club when he moved to Iowa. He has held several positions with this service organization, most recently as webmaster for the Nevada Lions Club. Jerry married Barbara Thorndike, also of Ripon, Wisconsin, on August 4, 1962. They had three children, Greg, Earl and Katrina. They have taken their children on numerous camping trips across the United States and Canada to help them develop a love for adventure and nature. Jerry had been a member of the church since his youth, was baptized and confirmed to Grace Lutheran in Ripon. After moving to Nevada, he joined the Memorial Lutheran Church, serving on several committees. On June 4, 1994, Jerry married Susan (Charlson-McLain) at Memorial, where they had met while serving on the Outreach and Fellowship Committee. Their blended family includes Greg and Anne Radke, their children Chloe and Phoebe; Earl and Monica Radke, their children: Mackenzie Machovec, Nolan and Heather Machovec, their children Levi and Elyanah, Mason Machovec and his children Ethan and Marshall, and Kennadie Machovec; Katrina (Radke) and Ross Gerry and their children Brenner, Benjie, Shanti and Sanjay; Steve Pannkuk and Alicia Quella, their children Zach, Sam and Josh; Emily (McLain) and Sanjay Negi, their children Lenore and Imelda; Christina (McLain) and Joe Larson, their children Austin, Jenna and Tyler and Frank McLain, V. Jerry brought her family laughter, joy, love and many travel memories. He had a great sense of humor and could be a little mischievous. He served his church and community selflessly. Jerry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susan and their blended family, his brothers Michael (Linda), Rodney (Jeannie) and Brian (Pam) Radke, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held November 19 at 11:00 a.m., Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa. A lunch and a time of remembrance will follow the service. A private family interment will be held at Madison Township Cemetery, Forest City, Iowa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada Lions Club or the Watersheds and Wildlife Program (Prairie Rivers of Iowa),

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China, not Europe, is keeping policymakers in Washington awake at night Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:10:01 +0000 Last week was good for Western democracies. In the midterm elections in the United States, which usually turn out to be a slaughterhouse for the incumbent president’s party, the Democrats performed much better than many had predicted. They even managed to keep a narrow majority in the Senate. Moreover, moderate Republican candidates fared much better than hardliner Republican candidates backed by Donald Trump. This can give moderates a stronger voice in their party. Significantly, it looks like most Republican losers accepted the results.

While many European policymakers and citizens have breathed a sigh of relief that US democracy has proven more resilient than many feared, this result still does not mean that Europe can rest on its laurels. . Trump as a politician may seem to have lost his wild magic, but Trumpism has had a profound impact on American society and politics. Because of the war in Ukraine, Europe is as dependent on the United States for its security and prosperity as it was during the Cold War. But it would be a mistake to assume that with strengthened Democrats or moderate Republicans in Washington, he will be safe in both areas for years to come.

Europeans need to realize that there is only one problem keeping policymakers in Washington up at night: the rise of China. Everything else is secondary. When President Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24, the United States came to Ukraine’s aid quickly and generously. To date, military, financial and other assistance from the United States far exceeds that from Europe.

Over the past six months, Washington has partially reversed its regular withdrawal of US military personnel from Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War in 1989. But Europe is still not able to protect and defend themselves. Despite all the talk of “strategic autonomy,” Europe’s security and defense rests with NATO, an organization in which the United States has long borne the lion’s share of costs and responsibility.

As President Biden said, “America is back” in Europe, to help its NATO allies and Ukraine. According to White House security adviser Tom Wright in last week’s Rachman Review podcast, an additional motive for Washington to prevent a quick Russian victory in Ukraine has to do with China: such a Russian victory would have made the formation of a strong anti-American and Russian-Chinese anti-Western bloc more likely. Russia is backing down in Ukraine and China does not want to appear as supporting the losing side. Beijing steps up rhetoric and military exercises to intimidate Taiwan; the last thing President Xi needs now is to tie his fate to an ever-weaker Russia.

From day one of the war in Ukraine, American Democrats and Republicans have pushed for greater European contributions both to the war effort in Ukraine and to its own defense. During US election campaigns in recent weeks, domestic criticism of heavy US involvement in Europe has been a resounding theme for both left-leaning Democratic candidates and many Republicans. It would be an illusion to think that these voices will be silenced after Joe Biden’s solid electoral performance in the Midterms.

Europe must redouble its efforts to ensure its own defence. Calls from Washington for European governments to step up their efforts will increase rather than diminish. As a former US defense official said the other day, “We can’t fight two wars at once.

There is another area in which America will be more assertive towards Europe, and that is the economy. Even as Trumpian slurs against European companies and governments “stealing American jobs” have died down, President Biden increasingly wants Washington to focus on a fierce rivalry with China. Biden wants to win this race. One consequence for Europe, which is suffering from an economic cold turkey without cheap Russian gas and heading into recession, is that it is now under intense US pressure to do less business with China. President “Make America Great Again” Trump has inundated European manufacturers with high import tariffs and numerous verbal abuses. Joe Biden is much more polite. But he, too, is trying to make the United States less dependent on China.

This “decoupling” means that the United States will produce more itself and reduce imports from China and elsewhere. For example, the Chips Act, which came into effect last August, aims to renationalise the production of computer chips. And this year’s Cut Inflation Act is designed to do the same for electric car parts. This policy, analysts say, will lead to more state aid and protectionism.

The current and fierce dispute between Brussels and Washington over US tax breaks for those who buy American electric vehicles – a program that suddenly seems to make European-made electric cars uncompetitive – may just be a taste. of what is to come. For example, while Europe is rushing to buy more liquefied gas from the United States to compensate for the unavailability of Russian gas, some American politicians are already demanding that this gas be reserved exclusively for American households and businesses.

All this obliges Europe to collectively develop sound strategies to stimulate and protect its own economy, security and defense in the years to come. At a time when it is militarily and economically increasingly dependent on the United States, this will be a difficult exercise.

Reviews | Marco Rubio, Mike Gallagher: Ban TikTok in America Thu, 10 Nov 2022 19:08:00 +0000


Marco Rubio, a Republican, is a United States Senator from Florida. Mike Gallagher, a Republican, represents Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district in the House.

The United States is locked in a new cold war with the Chinese Communist Party, a war that senior military advisers say could escalate at any time over Taiwan. Yet millions of Americans are increasingly relying on TikTok, a Chinese social media app exposed to CCP influence, to check the news, share content and connect with friends.

Already among the most popular media companies in the United States, TikTok offers the CCP a unique ability to monitor more than a billion users worldwide, including nearly two-thirds of American teenagers. We need to ban this potential spyware before it’s too late, not encourage its use in the United States, as President Biden is doing.

TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It’s not a public company, but in China no company is truly private. Under the National Intelligence Act of 2017, all citizens and businesses are required to participate in intelligence work, which includes data sharing.

That’s not all. According to Forbes, LinkedIn profiles reveal that 23 of ByteDance’s directors previously worked for CCP propaganda outlets, and at least 15 ByteDance employees now work for them. Additionally, the company’s editor, who also happens to be the secretary of its internal CCP committee, pointed out that the committee would “take the lead” in “all product lines and lines of business” to ensuring that ByteDance’s products have “correct political direction”. .”

Corporate ownership of TikTok is problematic for two reasons. First, the app can track the locations of cell phone users and collect internet browsing data even when users visit unrelated websites.

That TikTok, and by extension the CCP, has the ability to investigate every keystroke teenagers enter on their phones is disturbing. With this app, Beijing could also collect sensitive national security information from US government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage.

Of course, TikTok denies it would ever do such a thing. It’s hard to believe, however, in light of recent reports from Forbes that ByteDance planned to use the app to monitor the locations of US citizens for undisclosed purposes unrelated to advertising.

TikTok did not respond to questions from Forbes about whether it was targeting US government officials, activists, public figures or journalists. The company’s refusal to be transparent invites suspicion that the CCP may already be collecting data from the app.

However, the potential abuse of TikTok’s algorithm is even more alarming than this possibility.

TikTok provides open content from people around the world. Its algorithm is a black box, in that its designers can modify its operation at any time without informing users. Presumably, it’s designed to identify and promote content with a high chance of going viral – catchy music, dances, jokes, etc. But in the hands of ByteDance, it could also be used to subtly indoctrinate American citizens.

TikTok has previously censored references to politically sensitive topics, including the treatment of workers in Xinjiang, China, and the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square. He temporarily blocked an American teenager who criticized the treatment of Uyghurs in China. In German videos about Chinese behavior towards Uyghurs, TikTok changed captions for terms such as “re-education camp” and “labor camp”, replacing the words with asterisks.

The CCP could also use TikTok to broadcast videos that support pro-party politicians or exacerbate discord in American society. These videos don’t have to be from CCP proxies – they can be created by anyone. With essentially unlimited data on user-created content at its disposal, Beijing can leverage it to fan the flames of domestic division.

And thanks to the growing number of adults getting their news from TikTok, the platform has the ability to influence what issues Americans learn about, what information they consider accurate, and what conclusions they draw from events. global. This places extraordinary power in the hands of the company’s employees who could be overthrown by the CCP at any time.

TikTok is a major national security threat to the United States. Still, Biden is encouraging greater engagement with the platform by courting TikTok influencers directly. Additionally, reports suggest he is close to reaching a deal that would allow TikTok to continue operating in the US without any change in ownership.

This would dangerously compromise national security and provide a model for other CCP-controlled companies to establish themselves in the United States with minimal scrutiny. Unless TikTok and its algorithm can be separated from Beijing, use of the app in the United States will continue to compromise our country’s security and pave the way for a Chinese-influenced tech landscape here.

These are unacceptable results. This is why we are introducing legislation that would ban TikTok and other social media companies that are effectively controlled by the CCP from operating in the United States. Congress must act against the TikTok threat before it’s too late.

]]> Happy birthday x-ray! Mon, 07 Nov 2022 22:59:31 +0000

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Health care changed dramatically on November 8, 1895, when German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered radiography. Hailed as a medical miracle, scientists and physicians began using X-rays in clinical settings soon after, and their use exploded in the early 20th century. Fast forward to 2022 and healthcare providers still rely on x-rays to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, identify lung disease and more.

Radiography has been the catalyst for advanced medical imaging procedures such as computed tomography, mammography, and nuclear medicine. Additionally, radiation therapists use X-rays and other forms of electromagnetic radiation in cancer treatments. Quite simply, radiography has changed healthcare and continues to be a key player in patient care globally.

An important part of the history of radiography includes radiological technologists who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. From the earliest stages of radiography, radiologic technologists have worked to establish patient safety protocols, patient positioning techniques, equipment processes, and radiation safety guidelines. Their contributions to medical imaging and radiation therapy are an essential part of the history of radiography.

To commemorate the anniversary of radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week®, November 6-12. The week recognizes Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of radiography and honors the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in patient care and healthcare safety.

Visit to learn more about radiology technologists and medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.

About the ASRT
ASRT represents 157,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and administer radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiological scientific association in the world. Its mission is to advance and elevate the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy and to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

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]]> America after Affirmative Action – L’Atlantique Fri, 04 Nov 2022 21:30:00 +0000

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The Supreme Court may soon rule against race-conscious admissions to colleges and universities. I called the Atlantic staff writer Adam Harris to talk about how this week’s news fits into the larger story of higher education in America.

But first, here are three new stories from Atlantic.

An open dirty secret

Isabelle Fattal: As someone who has followed the issue of affirmative action for years, what was the most surprising or remarkable moment for you during Monday’s five hours of oral argument in the Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina?

Adam Harris: One thing that I found rather surprising was a series of questions from Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Considering the pressure that ending affirmative action in admissions would put on universities to find racially neutral alternatives, he asked an SFFA lawyer if a university could give preference to descendants of slaves.

And the lawyer replied that it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because it was basically a racial indicator. Then Kavanaugh went on to ask if a university could give preference to people whose families were immigrants, and they said that would probably be allowed.. The lawyers were indeed arguing that yes, all of these other things can be taken into consideration. But the one thing that has helped improve the number of underrepresented and marginalized minorities cannot be allowed. I thought that was a brutal confession.

Isabella: Backtracking a bit: you recently interviewed sociologist Natasha Warikoo, who argues that we’re asking the wrong questions about college admissions. Can you explain how America’s obsession with meritocracy leads to a misunderstanding of how the admissions process works?

Adam: Because there are only a limited number of places at institutions that attract large numbers of applicants, it has created this understanding of higher education admissions, more broadly, as a kind of zero-sum game. , a game that prospective students can manipulate in some way. doing the most extracurriculars, having the highest test scores, having the most AP classes, or whatever. There’s this idea that if you do all the right things, then you should be rewarded by entering X instead.

Let’s say an institution only has 1,600 seats and there are a lot of applicants who have very high GPAs, very high test scores, and lots of extracurricular activities. There are all these institutional priorities that affect admissions and change from year to year. Maybe the college accepted a bassoon player three years ago, and they don’t need another bassoon player until next year. So that extra degree might not push you that year, but it might in the next admissions cycle.

Admissions officers often say they shape a class, rather than just saying, Here are the top 1,600 students who all have perfect test scores and perfect GPAs. We will admit them. And if one of them says, We don’t comethen we move on to the next person. That’s not how the system works.

Isabella: This misunderstanding appears to have contributed to concerns about racially-conscious admissions policies and how they might undermine meritocracy.

Adam: I have written about the higher education admissions black box and how it generates these challenges. You try to do your best, but you don’t understand how an admissions decision was made. You are like, Oh, they say it’s a holistic admissions process, but how exactly do you make that decision? It makes people worried, Was I really shaken up?

Isabella: One of the big questions in the affirmative action debate is whether there is some kind of proxy for race that would allow universities to achieve similar levels of diversity in their student body. What do you think?

Adam: If you look at states that have banned the use of race in admissions, none of them have been able to find a proxy for race. The Texas “10% Plan” [which guarantees Texas high-school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class automatic admission into any publicly funded state university] is probably the most cited and closest to it, but that doesn’t necessarily work because you’re tapping into a larger pool of white candidates due to the way the demographics are shaped. You also have examples of people moving to certain school districts in order to get a head start in the admissions process.

More generally, if you try to use socioeconomic status, you will find that there are more poor white people in the country than poor people of any other race. If you did it by geographic location, that doesn’t work either, because it would be demographically the same as if you did it by socioeconomic status.

Isabella: You wrote last year that “affirmative action has been a veil obscuring the truth about American higher education.” If the Supreme Court lifts that veil, what will Americans begin to see?

Adam: In my book, I wrote that the American higher education system has a dirty open secret: it has never given black students an equal chance to succeed. If you take away the affirmative action, you end up with a system where the better endowed institutions have the fewest black and brown students, and the least endowed institutions – the ones that have historically served those students – are the institutions that are eventually hiring more black and brown students.

If the use of race in admissions disappears, it will become increasingly important to fund the institutions where these students attend, so as not to further aggravate inequalities already entrenched in American society.


Today’s News
  1. Thomas Barrack Jr., a former adviser to Donald Trump, was acquitted on charges of serving as an agent for the United Arab Emirates and lying to federal investigators.
  2. Under Elon Musk’s new leadership, Twitter has begun laying off employees across the company.
  3. The United States added 261,000 new jobs in October, a stronger than expected level of employment growth.


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The wars of the new history

By David Frum

Even by rancorous academy standards, August’s blowout at the American Historical Association was unpleasant and personal.

The August issue of the association’s monthly magazine featured, as usual, a short essay by association president James H. Sweet, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Hours after it was posted, a volcano of outrage erupted on social media. A Cornell professor has spoken out about the author’s “white gaze”. A University of San Diego historian denounced the trial as “significant and substantial violence”. A historian at Knox College, Illinois, organized an email campaign to pressure the AHA to respond.

Read the article completely.

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And if you’re hoping to extend the spooky season a bit longer, this 125-year-old classic still packs a punch.

Look. The new season of The White Lotus on HBO tackles the sex lives of the 1%.

The good nurse on Netflix charts another path forward for the true-crime genre.

In theatres, After Sun traces the bittersweet journey of coming to see a parent as their own person.

Listen. Bonus tracks from Taylor Swift’s album Midnights are where she hid her rawest and most disorderly feelings.

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I asked Adam what he’s been up to these days when he’s not following the affirmative action story. “I listened to Charley Crockett a lot…The Waco Man on a loop,” he told me. “I read John Feinstein where no one knows your name, on life in the minor leagues. Those two things, combined with the World Series, kept me sane.

— Isabella

Must Read for Policymakers: The New Roadmap for Black Freedom Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:11:13 +0000

For more than a generation, black Americans have been held back by many of the major government policies and programs created to help them. While this phenomenon does not occur exclusively among black Americans, it has disproportionately affected their ability to live the American Dream.

Project 21, an organization aimed at ensuring that conservative or centrist black people can have their views promoted in the media and within American society, has released an updated “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” This document is a statement calling for an end to the harmful leftist policies of the past and offers hope for a prosperous future – a future that allows black people to achieve the American dream without limiting the rest of America’s abilities to achieve the same goal.

A powerful quote in the document says government aid is meant to be a “helping hand, not a handout”. This perfectly embodies the message of the master plan. Black America can and must be in control of its own destiny.

After winning the Democratic primary in 2020, largely thanks to the black vote, Joe Biden, once in power, made things worse. Under his leadership, rampant crime, inflation, and stifling regulations have become obstacles that disproportionately impact the well-being of black America. The situation exposed a truth that conservatives have been saying for decades: The road to a more prosperous black America does not run through Washington bureaucracy and big government projects.

Instead, building on the principles that made America a “city on a hill,” the Blueprint offers 56 policy recommendations that will promote prosperity in Black America — notably, without harming other races.

It offers a powerful critique against Critical Race Theory (CRT), the “Defund the Police” movement, and other so-called “equity” agendas, while offering common sense solutions on criminal justice, regulation excessive and below-average educational opportunities in low-income communities. , among others.

But the goal of the Blueprint is to find solutions, not just criticism. Offering innovative policies to lower the costs of college education, encourage better education for urban youth, and end the crime epidemic, the plan is far-reaching.

The Blueprint uses history and data to support each of its policy proposals. For example, when discussing his efforts to expand work requirements for federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the authors show how the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program ( TANF) managed to reduce workload by 56% once a job was found. This requirement was put in place with the Welfare Reform Act 1996.

The Master Plan is as comprehensive as it is bold. Take abortion. It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to use abortion as a eugenics tool. The Blueprint explains that over 19 million black babies have been aborted. If these babies were born, the black population in America would be double what it is today. This staggering level of lost lives is not the only consequence of Sanger’s vision; it also represents a huge setback for the political impact of black America. Blacks in less than a generation are no longer the largest minority in America. In California, they’re not even the second largest minority. The Blueprint urges policymakers to reverse policies that encourage loss of life and the associated reduction in political impact.

One of the most provocative topics Project 21 addresses in the document is their recommendation to end the marijuana legalization movement. Even some conservatives have embraced this terrible idea. The Blueprint provides a compelling argument that legalizing marijuana nationwide would actually lead to greater education losses, negatively impact wealth, and reduce job skills in the black community.

The Blueprint urges Washington to reverse harmful anti-energy policies pushed by Biden and environmentalists. A revitalized push to expand fracking and oil exploration will help the budgets of black households who have been hit hard by the so-called “environmental justice” agenda.

This document presents a roadmap for true black empowerment – a roadmap for growth and hope, and a roadmap that is not based on the old zero-sum game of forcing other groups to sacrifice. It’s essential reading for policymakers in Washington.

Horace Cooper is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board, and legal commentator. Follow him on Twitter @HoraceCooper21.

States make Asian American studies mandatory. What should the curriculum look like? Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:18:25 +0000

2022 has been a banner year for Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, or AAPI: New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island all passed legislation making the subject mandatory in K-12 schools, as did Illinois, which in 2021 became the first state to require it.

Now, say educators and scholars, the real work begins: shaping the guidelines and educational resources that will underpin the efforts and play a huge role in determining their success.

“In some ways, the legislation was the easy part,” said Jason Oliver Chang, an associate professor of history and Asian and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut, who is among those working on a state curriculum model. “The hardest part is now after it’s passed.”

He and others face a host of questions that the growing number of states seeking to better integrate AAPI stories into schools are also likely to juggle. Among them: how can you accurately cover the scope of diverse communities sharing the AAPI label? How important is it to use a critical lens? And what is the best way to go from 0 to 60 with an integer state?

The Rationale for Increased Attention: Inclusive and Accurate Instruction

In Connecticut, AAPI studies must be part of the public school social studies curriculum beginning in the 2025-26 school year. The legislation was passed in May.

Researchers and teachers talk about the importance of teaching AAPI stories as a way to ensure students see themselves and their communities better in the curriculum; as a way for all students to learn better from each other; and as a means of combating harmful stereotypes. While local and regional districts in Connecticut can write their own curriculummany are likely to rely on the model that Chang and others devise, at least as a starting point.

He and others engaged in the work say they want to fully contextualize people’s lived realities, past and present.

Two years before the pandemic, Asian Americans were discussed in mainstream conversations in the context of the hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” Chang noted. Yet in 2020, these same communities have experienced hateful rhetoric associating them with COVID-19.

“This tenuous hold on a positive public image has politicized many Asian Americans across the country,” Heg said. “A new generation is asking the question, ‘Why is this happening?’ And the United States has a very deep reservoir of history that informs this experience, which people have not learned.

“Nothing About Us Without Us”

A guiding principle in developing a state curriculum is this maxim: “Nothing about us without us,” Chang said.

This means raising the voice of the AAPI when making decisions about what to cover in courses, to ensure that no one is left behind.

Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are two pan ethnicities with different histories and internal diversities. Chinese Americans, Indian Americans, Sikh Americans, among others, Chang said. And in Connecticut, the Asian population increased between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, from 3.8% to about 5%. Nationally, the Asian population grew from 4.8% to 6.2% of the population over the same period.

For Chang and the organizations he leads, including the nonprofit Make Us Visible CT and the Institute of Asian and Asian American Studies at UConn, the goal is for communities to tell districts what should be in the curriculum, not the other way around.

“Instead of having kind of a strong, principled position up front to say, thank you for the mandate, this is what the program looks like, we go out into the communities and say, what’s your Asian American story? the history of this community? What stories do you want others to know about you?” Chang said.

To do this, academic and community groups such as the Greenwich Indian Cultural Center collaborate on oral history projects among high school students who interview loved ones through whom stories can help inform the model curriculum.

Chang also runs a curriculum lab that involves students, families, and teachers.

“We want to support teachers as truly key performers, and not see them as the kind of anonymous workforce that will spread this kind of impersonal knowledge that will then be distributed in classrooms across the state” , Chang said.

Teachers in other states who have experience integrating AAPI studies throughout lessons say it’s a crucial component.

In October 2021, California passed a law making ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement. (The ethnic studies movement began in California colleges and universities in the 1960s.)

Districts are now grappling with how to meet the new graduation mandate.

Some of the questions they ask are, “Who is qualified to teach it?” What program is going to be taught and who is qualified to write this program? How are we going to train people to teach it? Who wants to teach it? And in the end, how do you teach these courses well and not do more harm? said Eunice Ho, who teaches ethnic studies in the Anaheim Union High School district.

Context is key when covering AAPI histories

A long-standing pitfall for all program writers: how to teach AAPI stories beyond a superficial “multicultural contributions” approach, such as simply covering annual festivals.

Asian Americans must understand themselves as active actors in the struggles for justice in this country if we are to truly understand our ties and alliance with other racial groups in this country.

Wayne Au, acting dean and professor at the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell

Rather, courses should contextualize the full lived experiences of AAPI individuals and communities, Chang said. Talking about Filipino Americans, for example, without addressing the Spanish-American War and the 30-year occupation of the Philippines makes no sense, he said.

For Ho in California, part of teaching ethnic studies in general is identifying how various communities have been racialized. Students need to understand how groups have historically been categorized, labeled, and treated so that students can understand who they are, what world they live in, and how they can make that world better for themselves and their communities.

“The purpose of these disciplines is also about interrogating power,” Ho said. “But it is also, ultimately, for me, about loving ourselves and our communities, about healing individually and collectively, and put our knowledge into action to change our communities for the better.”

Asian American Studies in particular provide an opportunity to explore the history of American colonialism abroad and American intervention, and how this impacted immigration and caused population movements to the states. United, she said. Some of Ho’s students are of Vietnamese origin and whose parents or grandparents are refugees; they wonder how and why their families arrived in this country.

Students could also learn about the history of Asian American political activism, said Wayne Au, acting dean and professor at the University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies.

“Asian Americans need to understand themselves as active players in the struggles for justice in this country if we are to truly understand our ties and our alliance with other racial groups in this country,” Au said.

This could include discovering 1960s civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama – whose work draws on his family’s experience in a Japanese-American incarceration camp – and acknowledging the role played by the Filipino farm workers in the California grape strikes, which are most often associated with Cesar Chavez.

A strong curriculum can help students better understand the past, but also make connections to the present. For the AAPI community in particular, such connections can help students understand the recent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, and how to end this violence.

“If we want to see this program do the job that we hope it will do — which is to connect with a student population that has been underrepresented in the program and not addressed as a fundamental part of American society — as well as contributing to a decrease in anti-Asian violence, it needs to come into that conversation,” Chang said. “It needs to show where that violence came from in the past. We need to reconcile where we are with it now.

Unicycive showcases an innovative product pipeline Wed, 26 Oct 2022 12:04:05 +0000

Multiple data presentations Support the company’s pipeline of innovative product candidates aimed at improving the quality of life of patients with kidney disease

An Independently Hosted Panel of Key Opinion Leaders to Highlight the Potential of the Company’s Product Candidates in Hyperphosphatemia and Acute Kidney Injury

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unicycive Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNCY), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing therapies for patients with kidney disease, announced today that She will have a strong presence at the upcoming American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week 2022 taking place November 3-6, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

“We look forward to presenting the growing body of clinical evidence supporting our innovative product candidates to improve the treatment paradigm for patients with kidney disease at this international nephrology conference,” said Shalabh Gupta, MD, CEO of Unicyclive. Hyperphosphatemia continues to be a serious problem for patients with end-stage renal disease worldwide, especially since compliance with currently available phosphate binders is difficult and we believe the product profile of Renazorb can improve adherence. -494, our new drug candidate to reduce oxidative stress and restore mitochondrial function.

Renazorb is an advanced phosphate binding agent using proprietary nanoparticle technology under development for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia. Unicycive has completed a Renazorb student clinical trial in 32 healthy volunteers. In this study, Renazorb was poorly absorbed from the systemic circulation and was safe and well tolerated at doses up to 6000 mg/day. Renazorb significantly reduced urinary phosphate excretion and significantly increased faecal phosphate excretion at doses equal to and greater than 3000 mg/day.

UNI-494 is a mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel activator (mitoKATP) in development for the treatment of AKI. UNI-494 has been shown in preclinical models to improve tubular function in rat models with acute kidney injury and works by blocking the opening of mitochondrial permeability transition pores.

The following abstracts have been accepted for presentation at ASN Kidney Week:

Poster title: “Preclinical pharmacokinetics of a new nicorandil prodrug”
Session title: Pharmacology (PO1900)
Attach # 3760757
Date hour : Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Billboard #: FR-PO220
Poster title: “Lanthanum Dioxycarbonate Effectively Reduces Urinary Phosphate Excretion in Healthy Volunteers”
Session title: Vascular calcification, nephrolithiasis, bone (PO0402)
Attach # 3760842
Date hour : Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Billboard #: SA-PO171

Additionally, Abstract No. 3764498, titled “Daily Medication Volume of Phosphate Binder Therapies,” has been accepted for publication in ASN 2022’s Abstract Supplemental.

All ASN Kidney Week 2022 summaries are available on the ASN website (

Also, Ed Arce, Managing Director and Senior Biotechnology Analyst at HC Wainwright & Co., will moderate a panel of key opinion leaders on November 4, 2022. The panel will feature Ravindra L. Mehta, MD and Stuart M. Sprague , DO, FASN in a discussion of new treatment options for kidney disease. The panel is an investor-by-invitation-only event. For those interested in participating in the roundtable, please contact Additionally, the event will be archived on video and accessible in the Events section of the Unicive website.

About Key Opinion Leaders

Dr Mehta is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he directs the Masters in Clinical Research program at UCSD. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of acute kidney injury (ARI) and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). He chairs the annual international AKI and CRRT conference in San Diego which is now in its 25th year. He chaired the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) committee on AKI, is a founding member of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative (ADQI) and the Acute Kidney Injury network (AKIN), member of the KDIGO Guidelines in AKI committee and was the director of the ISN 0 by 25 initiative to eliminate preventable ARI deaths by 2025. He coordinated and led several multinational efforts to determine the best approaches to managing ARI and CRRT. He has over 200 original research publications, 100 reviews and book chapters. He has served on the study section of the NIH NIDDK and on expert panels and editorial boards for the Journal of American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, and CJASN. He was a member of the ISN program committee and contributed to the annual meetings of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation and ISICEM. He coordinated the development of consensus recommendations, including the RIFLE and AKIN diagnostic and staging criteria for AKI. He has been recognized as one of the best doctors in San Diego and the United States for several years. In 2008 he was recognized by Indian American Nephrologists and in March 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK. He was awarded the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Bywaters Award for Lifetime Achievement in IRA in April 2011. He graduated MBBS (1976) from Government Medical School, Amritsar, India , as well as the MD (1979) and DM (1981) degrees from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He then completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Rochester in Rochester New York and earned his board in internal medicine (1986) and nephrology (1988). He has been on the San Diego faculty since 1988.

Dr Sprague is currently Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at NorthShore University Health System and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Previously, he was a professor of medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Sprague was also a recipient of a Fulbright Chair. Dr. Sprague is internationally recognized in the field of bone and mineral metabolism, having authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and speaking at numerous national and international professional meetings. Dr. Sprague previously served as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, the ASN Education Committee, and the Programs Committee of the National Kidney Foundation and ASN. He is currently a member of the steering committee of the Global Bone and Mineral Initiative, an international scientific organization under the auspices of the National Kidney Foundation and the European Renal Association to assess the diagnosis and management of bone, mineral and cardiovascular diseases. in patients with chronic kidney disease.

He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Michigan State University in East Lansing, completed his internal medicine training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and completed a clinical and research fellowship in nephrology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Sprague is a member of the editorial board of several leading nephrology journals, is a reviewer for the NIH, served as chair of the Technical Expert Panel on Mineral Metabolism for CMS, and is a scientific consultant to industry.

About Unicycive Therapeutics

Unicycive Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing new treatments for kidney disease. Unicycive’s lead drug, Renazorb, is a new phosphate-binding agent being developed for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia. UNI-494 is a patent-protected new chemical entity in late preclinical development for the treatment of acute kidney injury. For more information, visit

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