Oakland Journal Number 19: Fall 2010

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    Oakland Journal Issue 19 cover
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    Statement of Purpose
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Cole, Natalie B.
    Oakland Journal Issue 19 statement of purpose
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    Table of Contents
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Cole, Natalie B.
    Oakland Journal Issue 19 table of contents
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    Cadavers: Touching Lives After Death
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Kzirian, Natalie; Bee, Mary; Cole, Natalie B.
    Dissecting cadavers is a vital part of educating health professionals.Unlike a book or computer program, learning with cadavers exposes students to the three-dimensionality of the human body.
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    Equality For LGBTQ Faculty at Oakland University?
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Larrabee, Timothy G.; Cole, Natalie B.
    This essay will take the reader through a nearly six year history from the time Michigan amended the state constitution banning the state from recognizing same-sex couples as families up to the adoption of Oakland University’s first university-wide policies inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
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    Saving a Haitian National Icon: Guillon-Lethière’s Oath of the Ancestors
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Wood, Susan; Cole, Natalie B.
    Guillaume Guillon-Lethière’s monumental 1822 canvas had been his labor of love, his gift to the newly independent nation of Haiti, and his declaration of political solidarity with their revolution against slavery. I could not imagine how a perishable work on canvas might survive the disaster, and the thought of its loss was heartbreaking. Therefore, I was delighted to learn recently that the painting has been found and salvaged from the wreckage of the building.
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    A Wondrous Tale of a Sperm Tail
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Lindemann, Charles B.; Cole, Natalie B.
    What does this sperm tail tale teach us about the connectedness of the biological world? What could be more compelling evidence for the continuity of the tree of life than the amazing conservation of the genes of the sperm tail in so many distantly related organisms? We find the same proteins are recognizable in the sperm of humans, rats, mice, fish, sea urchins, and even Chlamydomonas, a green plant! Creationists fret that Darwin’s theory of evolution reduces us to the descendants of apes. Sperm tail researchers have glimpsed a more humbling truth; we are the direct linear descendants of pond scum.
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    The Joys and Perils of World Cup Fever
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Rorke, Stafford C.; Cole, Natalie B.
    The following is written as a guide to assist faculty, colleagues and students toward understanding the cyclic aberrant behavior that occurs in selected individuals who fanatically follow the World’s most popular sport.
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    Meeting Report: The First Midwest Conference on Stem Cell Biology and Therapy (SCBT)
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Dinda, Sumi; Chaudhry, G. Rasul; Cole, Natalie B.
    This well-planned conference was structured into a unique 3-day format designed to bring together scientists and clinicians from various disciplines to share their research results and experiences as well as ideas concerning future research and therapeutic strategies in this rapidly advancing field of stem cell biology. Given the wealth of information presented and the range of topics covered, we will not even attempt to summarize all the findings in this brief report. We present here some of the highlights of the conference proceedings.
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    The Restaurant
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Chapman, Jeffrey S.; Cole, Natalie B.
    Short story
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    Natives: Ambrotypes from the Digital Frontier
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Evans, Susan E.; Cole, Natalie B.
    After the invention of wet plate photography, the ambrotypist/ferrotypist traveled the Western frontier in wagons, photographing those living on the fringe of civilization. Nearly 160 years later, I travel the new frontier of online communities, photographing those paving the way.
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    City Life and Feline Opinions: The Tomcat Murr and Hoffman’s Urban Landscape
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Clason, Chris; Cole, Natalie B.
    Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr (The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, 2 vols. 1820–22) offers some of the most detailed reflections on city life by Hoffmann, an author associated intimately with urban settings such as Bamberg, Dresden and Berlin. It also concretizes and elucidates the position of the feline vis-à-vis human society and the environment from the cat’s own point of view. Finally, it moves toward a synthesis of feline and human perspectives, which implies an aesthetic bridging of the homo sapiens / animal gap that is realized not only in the novel’s content, but also in the form. This remarkable novel both inscribes and expresses ecology, transforming space into content and content into space.
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    “Those Things” and “You People”: Issues of Racism in Zombie Cinema
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Allkins, Kyle; Cole, Natalie B.
    ...representations of race in zombie films change over the course of cinema history, and can be best understood in the multiple cultural and cinematic contexts that shape those representations
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    “So.”: The Worlds of Oral Performance
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Anderson, Robert; Cole, Natalie B.
    Oral recitation of poetry has a long tradition in the Academy. Reading out loud reminds us of poetry’s corporeal nature, of how poetry is breath and the pressure of tongues against teeth as much as ink on paper. Reading poetry out loud reminds us of the irretrievably social nature of language.
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    One Man’s Part in “The Rising”
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Byrne, Bill; Cole, Natalie B.
    My uncle’s story is replete with gunrunning for the Irish Volunteers and later the Sinn Fein, with run-ins with the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the British Army stationed in Ireland, resulting in time spent in Irish prisons, with all the drama and mayhem that a young man could want or endure during the period in Ireland known as “The Rising.”
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    Academic Service Learning: Moving Your Students Outside of the Classroom-Literally
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Smydra, Rachel; Cole, Natalie B.
    Many instructors are using social media to move students “out of the classroom” into virtual worlds; however, constructing a method to move students—literally—outside of the classroom exists as a viable option as well. As a pedagogical methodology, Academic Service Learning is more than an internship or experiential learning.
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    Religion and Society: A Discussion with Dr. Stephen Prothero
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Giberson, Greg; Horning, Alice; Tess, Jessica; Prothero, Stephen; Cole, Natalie B.
    On November 9, 2009, Dr. Stephen Prothero, former chair of the religion department at Boston University and New York Times’ bestselling author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Should Know—and Doesn’t, visited the Oakland University campus to meet with students and give a public lecture on the importance of religious literacy in American civic life. During his visit, he graciously spoke with the three of us for a discussion about his book and other related and not-related issues. The following is an edited transcript of that discussion.
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    Introduction to the Forum
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    Creating a University of Distinction
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Moran, Seán Farrell; Cole, Natalie B.
    John Henry Newman’s The Idea of the University (1873) holds that the sole reason for universities is to create knowledge. He envisioned a community of scholars—faculty members as well as their students—whose efforts were to make a mark on the sum total of human knowledge and by that means make the world a better place. There are many who now find Newman’s ideas passé, particularly so as we now see the university as an important tool of social engineering.
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    Is America Smart Enough to Lead the World?
    (Oakland University, 2010-10-01) Folland, Sherman T.; Cole, Natalie B.
    A poorly educated populace can and has led us into ill-conceived policies, such as ill-conceived wars, handicapped foreign health aid, and foolish debates over health care reform. It is a good time to talk about this because it doesn’t have to be this way; we are on the cusp of being able to do something constructive about it.