The Guts of Rights: Forensics in the World Reveals All

by eea | Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

What is odd about forensic cultures is their overwhelming presence in popular outlets (at almost any hour a channel-flipper will find a forensic wallow) and their simultaneous invisibility from most domains of scholarship, particularly from historical and comparative studies of institutions. A moment’s reflection will make clear that what we now know as forensic inference is not new: somebody with some manner of expertise draws conclusions about some problematic incident (often an unexpected death). There are consequences that a community needs to work out: in determining degrees of culpability, resolutions will be possible. Justice will have been seen to be done, which, after all, is what states are responsible for.

And yet we know much more about great legal decisions or even about great advocacy than about the minutiae of forensic methods. There are exceptions – the memoirs of top forensic pathologists recounting their ingenious unraveling of a few sensational cases, for example. There are reasons for this neglect: the matters are complicated; technicians work behind the scenes; and rights are supposed not to be dependent on mere technology.

But in short, when with Neil Pemberton, Ian Burney, and I convened an international group of scholars in London...Read More

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Contributions

by bjs | Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month has only existed since 1990 when President George H.W. Bush extended the existing week-long commemoration to the entire month of May.

JHUP journals have a long history of research about Asian American and Pacific Islander populations. With titles such as the Journal of Asian American Studies, Asian Perspective, Journal of Chinese Religions, Late Imperial China and Twentieth-Century China , our collection covers a wide range.

However, our other journals often tackle issues important to Asian American and Pacific Islander populations. As we use this month to celebrate culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, take some time to read important research from several of our journals. This content will be free on Project MUSE through June 14.

The September 2015 issue of American Quarterly took a look at "Pacific Currents," a collection of work sat the intersections of Native Pacific studies and American studies, both diverse, interdisciplinary, and expanding fields published atthe same time the journal relocated its editorial offices to the University of Hawai'i. In Spring 2012, Progress in Community Health Partnerships joined with the Asian...Read More

Delivering Effective College Mental Health Services

by eea | Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It seems odd, if not incredulous, but too few college counseling practitioners, as well as the upper administrators to whom they report, receive substantial training on how to build a counseling service from the ground up. In most mental health and higher education training programs there may be an overview of the business and financial aspects of practice, but even this is often cursory at best, due to the necessary constraints posed by a curriculum. Less available is information concerning profoundly important details of service construction. From what paradigm should the center operate? What type of model will guide the day-to-day operations of the center? What options exist regarding service paradigms and models? How should the center be oriented in order to match a specific campus culture and the needs of its students? What does such an orientation have to say about the rising demand for services? What are the strengths and limitations of this orientation?

These issues are profound in their importance because all the work that is done with developing adults will flow from these details. They affect how we see, define, and approach the advancement of their wellbeing, thus potentially affecting the rest of their lives....Read More

Gamer Nation

by mktstu | Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:00 PM

One of my favorite movies from the 1970s is Richard Fleischer’s science fiction thriller Soylent Green . Set in 2022, the movie is wrapped in concerns of the early 1970s about overpopulation, dwindling resources, government corruption and corporate malpractice. The plot revolves around NYPD detective Frank Thorn (played by Charlton Heston) investigating the murder of a rich businessman (and his ties to the Soylent Corporation, a company using a mystery ingredient to keep the world fed). Thorn visits the businessman’s deluxe apartment elevated above the grit and grime of dystopian New York. His pad is a technological-utopia. As a playboy of the time, the businessman ‘owns’ a concubine (the sexual revolution having somehow decayed) and also the latest toy: a video game. The game is in fact a real arcade machine from the early 1970s - Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney’s Computer Space (1971) - housed in its original, futuristic-looking fiberglass casing, but in a custom white color for the movie. While the world is falling apart outside the apartment, video games entertain the rich elite. Computer Space offers the perfect escape.

It is now almost 2022, and almost 50 years since Soylent Green , Computer Space...Read More

Wounded Planet: How Declining Biodiversity Endangers Health And How Bioethics Can Help

by mktstu | Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The biodiversity crisis is worse than climate change. This was the conclusion of leading international experts, meeting in Paris last week to assess the status of ecosystems. More than 1 million species will be annihilated in the next decades. Plants, insects and other creatures will be irreversibly lost. Growing food in certain areas such as the American Midwest will no longer be possible. More than 43% of Americans are now living in places where air is seriously polluted. According to the WHO 75% of the world population are already breathing unsafe air. At least 2 million people use contaminated drinking water. At the same time, the impending catastrophe is denied. Especially the American news media are sleepwalking toward disaster.

This book argues that it is high time to wake up. Not merely because the survival of humanity is at stake but because our current health is at stake. Whatever one thinks about climate change, degradation of biodiversity is a serious threat to planetary health and requires a radical change in ethical thinking. Biological diversity is an essential condition for human flourishing. Without a healthy planet, human beings cannot be healthy. For clean air, safe water, adequate nutrition, provision of...Read More