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|August 8, 2014 02:56 PM EDT||
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- Exploring the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Keeping Everyone Happy During Family Vacations
- PTSD Is Part of the Cost of War
- Walking in Water Proven to Ease Arthritis Pain
- 'Docs v. Glocks' Law Faces Further Challenges
- Yahoo! CEO Shows Importance of Corporate Sleep Management Programs
- News Editor – Incisive Media (CA)
- Project Finance Senior Reporter – Law360 (NY)
- Tech Startups Writer – BostInno (MA)
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- So You Want to Be An Investigative Journalist
- Adding Humor to Your Writing
- Grammar Hammer: Everyday vs. Every Day
Exploring the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Adjunct Professor, Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences
University of Baltimore
"Marvel's films and TV shows not only provide action-packed entertainment but also profound statements about the nature of heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power, our willingness to trade freedom for security, and much more. Every issue facing our world is encapsulated in deceptively simple morality tales. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expertly constructed to slowly bring a mainstream moviegoing public into a wild world of superheroes and science fiction by starting with an emotional core represented by Iron Man -- someone who comments on the insanity around him and grounds the entire series. Without the relatability of Iron Man, we probably couldn't accept the utter strangeness of the characters in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'"
Blumberg is teaching a course at UB that will explore the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a cohesive palette of interconnected films and TV shows, plus related media and comic book sources, that tie together in unprecedented commercial and artistic ways.
Blumberg is co-author of "Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For," a contributor to "Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen," and several other words. He has more than 20 years' experience in the comics industry as editor of "The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide," contributor to numerous magazines on comics history and media, lecturer and professor of comic book literature and superhero mythology. He is based in Baltimore.
Media Contact: Chris Hart, [email protected]
Keeping Everyone Happy During Family Vacations
"With so many theme parks in the U.S., how do you know which one is right for you and your family? Certain them parks and attractions are best for kids at different ages. Children under six years old the Magic Kingdom is great because of their classic Disney rides such as Dumbo The Flying Elephant, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, It's a Small World, etc. LEGOLAND California is a 128-acre theme park designed for ages two to 12, with mini-lands made from millions of LEGO bricks, water play attractions, and lots more. For older kids there are plenty of theme parks to pick from such as Knott's Berry Farm and Universal's Islands of Adventure which both have impressive roller-coaster rides and more."
Ford, a travel expert, is available to discuss money-saving tips for travel planning, family vacation ideas, budget travel and travel trends. He has been in the travel industry for 18 years, and has advice to share for travelers to practice before hitting the road or booking flights. He can provide a number of insider tips to help families make the most of their precious vacations. When launching his company, he utilized his travel and tour operator experience to build partner relationships and his expertise in the customer-first service mentality and technology backbone. Undercover Tourist has sold millions of tickets to top Orlando attractions since 2000, and just launched in the Southern California market in late June. Undercover Tourist helps families save time and money on their vacations with discount attraction tickets, vacation planning tools, and Wait Time Apps.
Media Contact: Leslie Silver, [email protected]
PTSD Is Part of the Cost of War
Professor of English
"We don't want to accept that a real cost of war is taking care of the veterans when they come home. We're at the cusp of seeing a huge mental-health crisis in returning veterans. As early as WWI, Dr. Thomas Salmon's idea was that we should anticipate these things and fund them and think about them as a normal part of the cost of war."
Moffat is an award-winning biographer and social historian. Her first book, "A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster," was named a Top 10 Book of 2010 by Janet Maslin in The New York Times and received the Biographer's Club Prize for Best First Biography. Her forthcoming book focuses on extraordinary Americans whose work during WWI has remained in the shadows, including Dr. Thomas Salmon, the WWI chief psychiatrist who was the first to diagnose "shell shock" as a real medical condition and to identify what is now called PTSD. Through her research, Moffat says U.S. failure to embrace and extend Salmon's work doomed future generations of American soldiers to needless suffering. She will be presenting on this topic at West Point's WWI Conference in September.
Media Contact: Christine Baksi, [email protected]
Walking in Water Proven to Ease Arthritis Pain
Utah State University
"Having osteoarthritis patients walk against a systematically high and low resistance in water results in significant reduction in pain, improved mobility, balance and function. This same kind of high-intensity interval training on land would be unfathomable because of the load-elicited pain."
Dr. Bressel recently led a study, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, that incorporated high-intensity, interval aquatic training and demonstrated that even better outcomes can be attained. No other land-based training has been able to successfully implement high-intensity aerobic workouts for patients with osteoarthritis, likely because the aquatic environment created a reduced fear of falling, lowered joint loads, and provided three-dimensional support to help maintain balance.
Dr. Bressel has been published in more than 50 peer-review research articles, and more than 90 research presentations that include state, national, and international venues. He has been featured in Health & Medicine Week, Men's Health, "Good Morning America," Fitness, Self and many more.
ProfNet Profile: http://profnetconnect.com/eadricbressel
Media Contact: Laurie Batter, [email protected]
'Docs v. Glocks' Law Faces Further Challenges
David M. Walsh IV
Health Care Appellate Lawyer
Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C. in Dallas
"Recently, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to overturn a federal judge's ruling that Florida's 'Docs v. Glocks' law that stops doctors from asking patients about gun ownership impinged upon health care providers' rights to free speech and likely will face further court scrutiny. Proponents of the law say it preserves patient privacy and curbs abuse of physician-patient confidentiality. When screening patients, many physicians ask about gun ownership, smoking, eating habits, and other variables. Lawyers representing doctors argue that banning such questions infringes upon doctors' First Amendment rights by threatening them with heavy fines and the loss of their medical licenses if they ask those questions. This case poses interesting constitutional questions and physicians' attorneys have promised to appeal it further."
News Contact: Dave Moore, [email protected]
Yahoo! CEO Shows Importance of Corporate Sleep Management Programs
Dr. Dave Sharar
Chestnut Global Health
The sleep habits of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer were lampooned over Twitter when she missed a meeting with ad execs because she overslept. The episode actually shows how lack of sleep -- quantity and quantity -- affects all levels of today's workforce, as it's estimated that 35-40% of Americans have sleeping problems. Says Sharar: "The growing number of apps for detecting sleep patterns and fatigue demonstrates the increased yearning for better quality sleep, particularly among people dealing with increased workloads, stress levels and time-shifting, all of which undermine quality, restful sleep. People are not typically good judges of their own fatigue and impairment, they get used to the problems associated with fatigue and come to believe their lethargy, lack of focus, even 'micro sleeps' are normal."
Dr. Sharar can discuss what companies can do to help employees assess their sleep and improve both its length and quality, improving their alertness, productivity and preventing work-site accidents. Based in Bloomington, Ill., he has published over 70 articles in a number of academic and trade publications.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/chestnutglobal/
Media Contact: Charles Epstein, [email protected]
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OTHER NEWS & RESOURCES:
Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at [email protected]
- SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST. If you're a reporter, it doesn't matter what beat you are working -- you could be covering the local PTA and school board meeting, the municipal sewage/water authority, cops and robbers or the sports desk -- there is always an opportunity to be an investigative journalist. Writer Heidi Russell shares her tips for reporters: prn.to/1klaaJb
- ADDING HUMOR TO YOUR WRITING. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, we hosted a Twitter Q&A with Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski on how to inject humor into your writing. If you missed the chat, you can read a recap of it here: http://prn.to/1qWGboZ
- GRAMMAR HAMMER: EVERYDAY VS. EVERY DAY: In her latest Grammar Hammer column, Cathy Spicer explains the difference between "everyday" and "every day": prn.to/1o6MZ4V
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Sep. 30, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,567
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Sep. 28, 2014 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,557
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Sep. 27, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,934
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Sep. 26, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,518
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Sep. 26, 2014 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,332
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Sep. 26, 2014 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,709
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