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Neonatal Circumcision Debate

In Faculty, Research on January 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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By Lauren Sardi, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Male circumcision (MC) is perhaps the most commonly performed medical procedure in the United States. Although rates of MC are declining, it is estimated that approximately one million infant boys are circumcised each year. Other than Israel, who circumcises their boys on the eighth day of their life for religious purposes, the United States has the highest rate of MC for non-religious purposes. (Please note that I do not study the religious reasons or implications of MC and view that as an entirely distinct and separate topic.) Considering the extremely high rates of non-religious MC in the United States, I decided to investigate the ways in which MC is practiced and maintained in hospital settings despite the fact medical professionals label it as a cosmetic procedure only.

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Sandlot Stats and Dale Long

In Faculty, Research on January 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

In the fall of 2012, I was scheduled to teach three courses which included 2 sections of biostatistics and 1 of Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball. You probably think the idea for my next baseball posting came from my baseball and statistics course. If you guessed that you would be wrong. The idea actually originated in my biostatistics course. Here is what happened. I am reading the list of students and a name on that list rang a bell. The name was Dale Long. I remember watching Dale Long play back in the late 50s and early 60s. Of course this Dale Long could not be the Dale Long I watched.  So I asked the student if he related to the Dale Long I remembered? He responded that Dale Long was his grandfather. Dale Long’s name appears in my book, Sandlot Stats. His connection to my book will be discussed later. Yesterday, Dale Long presented me with two huge scrapbooks describing his grandfather’s achievements in baseball. The information that follows comes from my discussions with Dale Long’s grandson and the information in these scrapbooks.

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Visitor Speaks About Holocaust

In Students, Teaching on January 24, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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By Tad Martin, Adjunct Professor of English

On December 3, 2012, Renée Glassner came to Quinnipiac University to address the students enrolled in EN101 section 84. The students had finished reading Susan Griffin’s essay entitled “Our Secret” on the subject of Heinrich Himmler, the holocaust, and the capacity of humans to practice cruelty and not feel guilt. Mrs. Glassner survived the Holocaust as a young girl and is one of the dwindling number of people who can give a firsthand account of the experience. She comes from a small town in eastern Poland called Losice (pronounced Lo-sheet-zuh) which had a population of 6000 Jewish inhabitants before World War II. Of those 6000, sixteen survived. Five of the sixteen were Mrs. Glassner’s immediate family. One of the themes stressed by the speaker was that she encountered good people and bad people. She said that without the bad people, such mass killing would not have occurred, but without the good people, she would never have survived to come to America, meet the love of her life (Dr. Martin Glassner), and have three beautiful daughters.

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