November 7th, 2007

cat's eye

Recently received your PhD? Join the Defining Wisdom project!

How do you define Wisdom?

This is the topic of a new $2 million research program sponsored by the Arete Initiative at the University of Chicago called Defining Wisdom. They are offering up to 20 research grants to scholars who have received their Ph.D.s within the last ten years ('cause those are all the smart people, dontcha know), for scholarly and scientific approaches to empirically defining wisdom.

Letters of intent to apply must be received by November 19. Go to the website or write to for more information.

(I'm not applying, no. I don't have a Ph.D. But I thought some of my readers might qualify or know people who do. Anyway, it's interesting. So pass the word.)
Brian and Anne

Doom! Yay!

(paraphrasing skennedy)

So in case you haven't noticed, Susan Orr has been appointed as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). She will oversee Title X, the nation's family planning program, and is openly anti-contraception, anti-choice, and a firm believer in abstinence-only sex education.


Among other things, Orr objected to a Washington, D.C., city council bill requiring health insurers to pay for contraceptives. By not including a “conscience clause” allowing employers to withhold contraceptive coverage, Orr said the council would force employers "to make a choice between serving God and serving the D.C. government."


I'd like to agree with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who released a statement saying, “This appointment is absurd.” But it isn't just absurd, it's an attack on the health, education, and general welfare of the men and women (and boys and girls) in this country.

The Planned Parenthood Street Team is meeting this Thursday (11/08) at 6:30pm in Espresso
Royale Cafe on Main Street in Ann Arbor to discuss what we can do about this in our community.

If you would like to participate in this meeting, or learn more about the Street Team, please contact Maura at or 734-929-0036. If you're not local, go ahead and Join the action network to stay informed and take action!