Diabetes Head to Toe: Q&A with the Authors

by eea | Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Why did you decide to write Diabetes Head to Toe ?

Diabetes is not a one-size-fits-all disease. There are different types of diabetes and a wide range of complications—head to toe—that may develop. Not everyone benefits from the same treatments. Health care providers may be limited, for a variety of reasons, to relay all the critical information needed for people with diabetes to confidently self-manage their disease at home. In this book, we provide up-to-date information based on the latest evidence in an easily accessible format. The goal of the content we write is to educate people with diabetes and their caregivers about recognizing the early warning signs—before they develop—so that diabetes-related difficulties can be prevented in the future.

What were some of the most surprising things you learned while writing and researching the book?

We were surprised at how little information is currently available for patients on other conditions that commonly occur in people with diabetes—such as liver disease, bone disease, skin conditions, and sexual problems—but is undoubtedly important to the day-to-day life of a person with diabetes. We were also...Read More

Cork Wars: Films Introduce a Story of Nature and Business in War

by eea | Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM

As a writer, it’s rare to feel that a story is destined for you. I felt that way with my first book, Ginseng, the Divine Root , about forests and a secretive subculture around a medicinal plant from American forests that for over two centuries has been exported to Asia.

Years later in a library, I stumbled on an article about a tree-planting campaign during World War II. Americans were planting millions of cork oak trees from coast to coast, with the idea they could save the country. Cork wasn’t native to North America, but people considered it important. How could tree-planting help win a war?

What really stuck with me was when I talked with a person involved in the campaign. Charles McManus Jr. was 96 years old when we met, very sharp. We sat in the empty ballroom of his retirement community outside Baltimore and he said two things that captivated me. First, he described an otherworldly scene of cork harvests in Portugal. Back in his 20s, McManus had visited Portugal with his father, and the traditional harvest – the skilled workers peeling the thick cork bark from the trees -- was magical.

The second...Read More

Before and After Loss: A Neurologist’s Perspective on Loss, Grief and the Brain

by eea | Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Loss is traumatic.

It wasn’t until I experienced my husband’s death that I learned how disorienting, harrowing and perilous it is to lose people close to us. To lose something that is simply basic to who we are and how we make sense of our lives.

As a practicing neurologist, I thought I was prepared. But instead, I struggled. It took many months until I had a flash of insight- for the first time I saw my experience through the eyes of a neurologist. I realized that the problem wasn’t sorrow, it was a fog of confusion , disorientation , and delusions of magical thinking. This insight spurred me to study how loss affects the brain, and what I learned about emotional trauma became the basis for Before and After Loss: A Neurologist’s Perspective on Loss, Grief and Our Brain .

For people experiencing loss, I believe demystifying the experience is an important step toward healing. When we think about brain trauma, we usually think about physical injury. But we now understand that the emotional trauma of loss has profound effects on the mind, brain, and body. An especially pronounced example...Read More

A Legacy of Usable Scholarship

by bjs | Monday, December 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Since 1938, the College English Association has served academics who seek to keep teaching college students as the focus of the profession. Its official publication, The CEA Critic , recently published a double issue commemorating its 80th anniversary with content from the history of the journal.

The issue includes essays from Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken, Pearl Buck, Wallace Stevens, Phillip K. Dick, Margaret Atwood, John Updike and many others. Editor Jeri Craver joined us for a lively discussion about the double issue and the journal's place in the field.

Audio titled Jeri Kraver, The CEA Critic

Since 1938, the College English Association has served academics who seek to keep teaching college students as the focus of the profession. Its official publication, the CEA Critic, recently published a double issue commemorating its 80th anniversary with content from the history of the journal.

The issue includes essays from Willa Cather, H.L. Mencken, Pearl Buck, Wallace Stevens, Phillip K. Dick, Margaret Atwood, John Updike and many others. Editor Jeri Craver joined us for a lively discussion about the social issue and the journal's place in the field.

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A New Angle on Asian Social Mobility

by bjs | Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Scholars have studied the topic of social mobility for Asian Americans for years. But a collection of essays in the most recent issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies took a special look at the topic, said journal editor Rick Bonus. He joined us for a quick Q&A on the issue , which wrapped up the journal's 21st volume.

How did this collection of essays come together?

This collection of essays came together quite serendipitously. Like all other incoming editors, I presume, I had several submissions already brewing on the burner, so to speak, when I stepped on board. So when the staff and I were putting things together, there was no grand design that was on our minds. We put them together, and then, after I read them over and over, certain themes come up. And “social mobility” rose to the top so unquestionably and rather clearly. I was quite delighted!

What surprised you the most from the submissions you received?

“Social mobility” as a topic in Asian American studies is as old as the field itself. But the essays in this volume...Read More