Zika and malaria
Apropos of the emergency need for research funding to confront the threat of Zika carrying mosquitoes that David Price has lectured and written about (DN, June 12)), we might recall how a comparable problem was dealt with during World War II.
To meet the threat of malaria to our soldiers from these same mosquitoes, Roosevelt’s White House organized the Office of Scientific Research and Development. This organization, was “an umbrella organization that oversaw all war-related, science-based work, including the Manhattan Project. OSRD was a unit of President Roosevelt’s Office of Emergency Management.” I am quoting here from Karen Masterson’s excellent book, ‘The Malaria Project’ (New York: Penquin, 2014), p. 159, which documents the fight to battle malaria, how it was done, and what the results were. The needed funding was found then for the Manhattan Project and for the Malaria Project.
We have been down this road before. We must find a way now.
Write on, Pam
Regarding the My View column by Pam Saulsby (DN, June 8):
Great right-on article, Pam! I started my teaching career 50 years ago with a class of middle school students with special needs in inner-city Pittsburgh. It was a 180 from your desciption of your students and from my son’s of the youth that are court-referred to his mentoring program. What a sad state, but thank goodness for those like you, my son and his co-workers, and Kim Demery at Kidznotes. Keep smiling and shaking hands – you might reach a few doing that.
The best I could do
Regarding the My View column by Pam Saulsby (DN, June 8):
Please keep writing. Please keep observing and speaking it as it is. In 1966, I had a high school remedial reading classroom with 18 such students as you describe and a teacher’s assistant. That was in the heady days of ESEA Title 1.
I did have one student pull a knife on me, but another student grabbed his elbows and he dropped it. He needed more help than I could give, but the majority of the students I could teach and help.
With that small student-teacher ratio in high school, if I did the best lessons I could do, if I believed they could learn, if I connected personally with them, I could see change.
But now, with poverty and gangs and the size of classes and the amount of teacher turnover, it is very challenging. I hope someone will want to focus on this again. Now it is mainly swept under the rug as the central office salaries and numbers grow and the legislature lets us know they don’t care.
via the durhamnews.com
Keep it beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful invites residents to join with their neighbors as part of the nation’s largest annual Keep America Beautiful cleanup program, the “Clean Your Block Party,” to beautify Durham communities this Saturday June 18. Groups selecting other dates in June may also participate in the program.
Our goal is to end littering, improve recycling and beautify Durham, one block at a time. Whether a weedy corner, broken sign, littered street, or a garden bed needing attention, the “Clean Your Block Party” is an opportunity for neighbors, friends, and family to band together to create a positive, lasting impact, and to celebrate their accomplishments.
Registered “Clean Your Block Party” communities will be able to pick up available cleanup supplies from Keep Durham Beautiful on Thursday afternoon or by appointment. Supplies include litter grabbers, safety vests, trash bags, gloves, gardening tools, volunteer waivers, and a variety of prizes and goodies to show appreciation to our volunteers.
This initiative provides the best practices, activity ideas, and online toolkits for community cleanup organizers to learn about relevant Durham City and County ordinances and what they can do to address common maintenance issues in public spaces. Best practice tips are available for mosquito prevention, bird bath and rain barrel maintenance, standing water, tire disposal, recycling, paper shredding, bulky waste, the impact of cleanups to reduce pests, enforcement for unsightly areas, debris in the stormwater, and dog waste disposal.
Keep Durham Beautiful, along with other organizations in Keep America Beautiful’s national network of community-based affiliates, plan volunteer events and education programs that help to remove litter and renew parks and trails, clean waterways, reduce waste and improve recycling, and plant trees, flowers and community gardens.
In 2015, Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers:
Participated in 120 events that engaged 3,230 individuals
Contributed 7,693 volunteer hours valued at $23.07/hour
Donated $177,478 worth of their time to make Durham more clean, green and beautiful
Planted over 1,150 trees and distributed 800 tree seedlings to strengthen green infrastructure
Collected and diverted 11,992 lbs recyclables and compostables from the landfill
Removed 18,695 lbs litter from Durham parks, streams, bus stops and roads to create safer, cleaner communities
As part of this year’s community cleanup effort, we encourage residents to properly dispose of old tires and other items that may hold standing water to prevent mosquito breeding and the diseases they may carry. A special tire collection event is planned for July 9, 2016 at the City of Durham Solid Waste Transfer Station.
Keep Durham Beautiful seeks to educate and encourage volunteers to build a sense of community pride and environmental stewardship, offering experiences that help change behaviors to improve community appearance, block by block.
Keep Durham Beautiful
Bloody well done
Thank you to the Carolina community for your outpouring of support and blood at the 28th annual Carolina Blood Drive. Because of your generosity, this year’s blood drive collected a goal-breaking 842 pints of lifesaving blood. These 842 pints helped UNC top 25,000 pints collected since 1988.
We could not have done this without you. We are so grateful for people like first-time donor Jason Athavale (and the youngest donor of the day at 16 years old), Provost Jim Dean, Sergeant James David of UNC’s Department of Public Safety, and the many UNC students, faculty and staff who gave blood. Your gift of blood means everything to those in need of blood donations like Robin Cyr, associate vice chancellor for research compliance, and Superior Court Judge Carl Fox.
“I have donated blood, but never thought I would need blood,” Fox told a crowd of blood donors at the Smith Center during the drive. “I am here to say thank you because the blood from people like you kept me alive.”
UNC has partnered with the Red Cross for more than 25 years on lifesaving blood drives. The impact that results from student and community participation for these blood drives is invaluable. And because each pint of blood can help save up to three lives, the impact of these donations is far greater.
Thank you, too, to the more than 75 volunteers who gave more than 300 volunteer hours and more than 200 Red Cross staff members who made the blood drive a smooth and positive experience for donors.
“Every day, the Red Cross needs about 800 donations to meet the needs of about 100 regional hospitals in the Carolinas region,” said Krystal Overmyer, Red Cross spokesperson. “The fact that UNC donors gave well over that amount yesterday is proof of the generous spirit of UNC community and its commitment to making a difference. The pints donated are especially appreciated during this challenging summer period, a time when we often struggle to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. We are extremely grateful for the entire UNC community for supporting our mission of helping save lives.”
2016 Carolina Blood Drive committee chair
On behalf of
Carolina Blood Drive committee and UNC Employee Forum
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