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Margaret Claytor Woodbury graduated pre-med in 1958 with a physiology major She continued

Margaret Claytor Woodbury (Class of 1958)

Margaret Claytor Woodbury graduated pre-med in 1958 with a physiology major. She continued on to be a physician and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan. She also was the president of the Alumnae Association and on the Board of Trustees from 1985-1997. She retired in 2002. 

Kim Gordon discussed Kurt Cobain’s chaos and Neil Young’s workout jams at BAM last

Kim Gordon discussed Kurt Cobain’s chaos and Neil Young’s workout jams at BAM last night. Here are eight things we learned from the talk.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award winners many of which are

Congratulations to all the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award winners, many of which are Sundance alum.  A special callout to the films that screened during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, including Richard Linklater (Best Director) and Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Female) for Boyhood, Justin Simien (Best First Screenplay) for Dear White People, Land Ho! (John Cassavetes Award), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Male) and Tom Cross (Best Editing) for Whiplash, and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (Best Foreign Film).

Good luck tonight to all the Sundance supported Academy Award nominees. Find out more on several of the nominees with our Special Edition Oscars Preview.

Film stills by Boyhood, Ashley Beireis Nguyen, Andrew Reed, Daniel McFadden, and Music Box Films

Photo credit Migrants from North Africa fleeing the unrest in Tunisia arrive in southern

Death boats of the Mediterranean

On February 8, 300 women, men, and children who were crammed into rubber dinghies on a stormy, wintry sea, perished in the perilous journey across the  Mediterranean. Twenty-nine of them died from exposure even though they had been rescued. It is not just the cruelty of the elements, the smugglers, or fate that cost them their lives. Europe shares responsibility for their deaths.

Read more.

Photo credit: Migrants from North Africa, fleeing the unrest in Tunisia, arrive in southern Italy on March 7, 2011.© 2011 Reuters

Beautiful blue potatoes today at Norwich Meadows GMKTeatarainbow blue at Union Square

Beautiful blue potatoes today at Norwich Meadows. GMKTeatarainbow blue (at Union Square Greenmarket)

Valentine’s Day in Invisible Hideout pDon’t ruin the moment catbug And Wallow’s

Valentine’s Day in Invisible Hideout :p

Don’t ruin the moment catbug.  And Wallow’s expression is priceless. Thanks for the submission flafly 

To submit your own fanart click here.

Kiki

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Those of you with more than a passing familiarity with the Brothers Grimm will know that

Those of you with more than a passing familiarity with the Brothers Grimm will know that classic fairy tales were often dark and macabre. They’re considerably more frightening than the sanitized versions we read to our children today. At Salon, Maria Tatar talks to Laura Miller about her translation of The Turnip Princess, a new collection of previously undiscovered fairy tales. Sample quote: “There isn’t that strict division of gendered labor that you find in the Grimms.” You could also read Kirsty Logan on the trouble with fairy tales.

No Fire Zone is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26-year-long

No Fire Zone: In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

“No Fire Zone” is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. It is a meticulous expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times.

This footage documents the day-to-day horror of this war in a way almost never done before: footage recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras–powerful actuality from the battlefield, from inside the crudely dug civilian bunkers and over-crowded makeshift hospitals, footage which is nothing less than direct evidence of war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence.

Read more and watch the trailer here. 

A look back at the dethroned NBC Nightly News anchor’s storied history in his own words

A look back at the dethroned NBC Nightly News anchor’s storied history, in his own words.

"The World According to Brian Williams" by Jess Chace

Admission decisions for undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2019 were released today

Admission decisions for undergraduate applicants to the Class of 2019 were released today. Congrats to everyone who’s gonetotexas!— http://ow.ly/Jkz0e

Previous studies in animals conclude that highly processed foods or foods with added fat

Highly processed foods linked to addictive eating

A new University of Michigan study confirms what has long been suspected: highly processed foods like chocolate, pizza and French fries are among the most addictive.

This is one of the first studies to examine specifically which foods may be implicated in “food addiction,” which has become of growing interest to scientists and consumers in light of the obesity epidemic.

Previous studies in animals conclude that highly processed foods, or foods with added fat or refined carbohydrates (like white flour and sugar), may be capable of triggering addictive-like eating behavior. Clinical studies in humans have observed that some individuals meet the criteria for substance dependence when the substance is food.

Despite highly processed foods generally known to be highly tasty and preferred, it is unknown whether these types of foods can elicit addiction-like responses in humans, nor is it known which specific foods produce these responses, said Ashley Gearhardt, U-M assistant professor of psychology.

Unprocessed foods, with no added fat or refined carbohydrates like brown rice and salmon, were not associated with addictive-like eating behavior.

Individuals with symptoms of food addiction or with higher body mass indexes reported greater problems with highly processed foods, suggesting some may be particularly sensitive to the possible “rewarding” properties of these foods, said Erica Schulte, a U-M psychology doctoral student and the study’s lead author.

"If properties of some foods are associated with addictive eating for some people, this may impact nutrition guidelines, as well as public policy initiatives such as marketing these foods to children," Schulte said.

Nicole Avena, assistant professor of pharmacology and systems therapeutics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and a co-author on the study, explained the significance of the findings.

"This is a first step towards identifying specific foods, and properties of foods, which can trigger this addictive response," she said. "This could help change the way we approach obesity treatment. It may not be a simple matter of ‘cutting back’ on certain foods, but rather, adopting methods used to curtail smoking, drinking and drug use."

Future research should examine whether addictive foods are capable of triggering changes in brain circuitry and behavior like drugs of abuse, the researchers said.

Best robot or cyborg Arnim Zola Winter Soldier Nebula Guardians Robocop 2014 Tars

My Sci-fi Awards 2015.  For fun only.  My choices (in bold) among 2014 sci-fi movies.    

Best actor: Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (X-Men:Days of Future past), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar)

Best actress: Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Jennifer Lawrence (Days of Future Past),  Zoe Saldana (Guardians),  I still have to see Lucy with Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay.

Best robot or cyborg: Arnim Zola (Winter Soldier), Nebula (Guardians), Robocop (2014), Tars (Interstellar), 

Best creature: Mimics from Edge of Tomorrow,  Caesar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes),  Godzilla, Groot,  Rocket Raccoon (hard to choose here, Godzilla was impressive, Rocket and Caesar were good characters too, I say Groot because he was surprisingly endearing for a tree with a limited vocabulary). 

Best movie:  I would say Interstellar (not perfect, but a valiant effort to do some serious sci-fi).  But I’m hesitating, Guardians of the Galaxy is great (in a lighter way).  In third place: Edge of Tomorrow.

Do you have comments, different choices, or new categories ?