We Need the Grim Good of Animal Research

first_imgCulture & Ethics Medicine We Need the Grim Good of Animal ResearchWesley J. SmithJune 20, 2018, 3:29 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Mancenter_img Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Tagsanimal rightsBBC Newscell lineschondroitinasecomputer programconservativesenzymefunctiongenegene therapyJesse GelsingerKing’s College LondonMarylandmonkeysPETAratsSilver Springspinal cordstrokevirus,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Animal research is under continuous assault by animal-rights activists. Researchers are castigated as torturers and have been subjected to terroristic threat. Occasionally, they have suffered violent attack. Unfortunately, even a few conservatives argue that the animal-research enterprise is akin to torture.So, every once in a while, I feel the need to remind us all why animal research is crucial — vital — to scientific advancement and finding new cures for the worst human afflictions. Here’s an example. Scientists researching gene therapy as a potential future therapy have succeeded in restoring feeling to paralyzed rats. From the BBC News story:The team at King’s College London used gene therapy to repair damage in the spinal cord of rats…The researchers were trying to dissolve components of the scar tissue in the rats’ spinal cord. They needed to give cells in the cord a new set of genetic instructions – a gene – for breaking down the scar.The instructions they gave were for an enzyme called chondroitinase. And they used a virus to deliver them. Finally, a drug was used to activate the instructions. The animals regained use of their front paws after the gene therapy had been switched on for two months.Think about this. These rats were bred for research. They were paralyzed surgically for the experiments. They were undoubtedly euthanized.How awful! No. How potentially beneficial to us!We often hear from the anti-researchers that such experiments aren’t necessary anymore. Computer programs, cell lines, and other alternatives can be used in preliminary investigations before experimenting on human subjects. True, they should be deployed when possible, but sometimes they are inadequate to the task at hand.Such as this experiment. No computer program could determine whether the gene therapy under investigation would actual work in a living organism. Cell lines wouldn’t work because that approach would be unable to test actual restoration of function.And surely, no one would support such tests on human beings at this early stage. After all, they could be lethal — as an early gene-therapy experiment was to Jesse Gelsinger, who was subjected to a safety test despite earlier monkey tests having proved lethal.So the next time animal-rights zealots mischaracterize animal research as gratuitously cruel, remember these rats and the dead monkeys that should have saved Gelsinger from death at age 18.And think about the future humans who could, one day, receive tremendous benefit from these tests if this approach eventually bears fruit — just as a similar monkey experiment in Silver Spring, Maryland, disrupted by animal-rights zealots from PETA, ultimately resulted in a wonderful rehabilitation therapy for paralyzed victims of stroke in use today around the world.Photo: Lab rats, by Jason Snyder from Washington, DC, United States [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.Cross-posted at The Corner. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Executive Director/Publisher (Administrative Executive Officer) – Feminist Press

first_imgPosition Title: Executive Director/Publisher(Administrative Executive Officer) – Feminist PressJob ID: 22277Compensation: Salary commensurate with education andexperienceClosing Date: Open until filled with review ofapplications to begin on April 5, 2021Position Details:The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advancedteaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY),the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoraland master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Centerfosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts andsciences and prepares students for careers in universities and theprivate, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’scommitment to research and scholarship for the public good isexemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, andinitiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC),a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed topromote collaboration among scientists in five areas of globalresearch and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structuralbiology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diversestudents and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands ofundergraduates every year. Through its public programs, theGraduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and culturallife.Founded in 1970, the Feminist Press at the City University of NewYork, is the longest-running non-profit educational feministliterary publisher in the world. In these times of rapid change forpublishing, fund-raising, and feminism, the Feminist Press hasestablished itself as a singular voice in movements for genderequality and social justice. It continues to be an activist press,serving the women’s studies movement by publishing excellent,”lost” literature by women, in part for the collegiate curriculum,and publishing original works by current feminist writers fromaround the world for a diverse general readership. Please visitwww.feministpress.org for more information.Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ExecutiveDirector/Publisher is responsible for the publishing program,budget, staff, and will build partnerships and engage with CUNY andthe wider public. The Executive Director will ensure that thePress’s operating budget is fully supported by a combination ofearned income, in part from the sale of books and rights, and inpart from individual donations, events, and grants. S/he willmanage e-book technology and sales, and leverage social media toincrease sales and to fundraise. The Executive Director will offerstrategies for increasing sales and fundraising.Duties include but are not limited to:- Administers the finances of the Feminist Press in collaborationwith the Board of Directors;- Communicates effectively with varied constituencies of theFeminist Press, important among them are other CUNY groups andinstitutions;- Enhances strategic and intellectual relationships with feministand women’s/gender studies communities and other social justiceorganizations;- Leads and manages the development programs of the Feminist Pressto bring in half of the required budget;- Oversees the daily operations of the Feminist Press, includingthe recruitment and supervision of staff members and interns;- Sustains, develops, and implements the Feminist Press’spublishing program, using electronic and other marketing strategiesto maintain earned income as half of the budget;- Partners with the Board of Directors on governance issues;and- Performs other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ relevant experiencerequired.A preferred candidate should have:- Excellent literary taste and editing, writing, and marketingskills, and experience in book publishing or relevantindustry.- Experience with e-book technology and sales, web-marketing andall forms of social media.- Experience securing foundation and corporate support, funds fromindividual donors and from organizing fundraising events.- Knowledge of feminism, women’s studies, and Feminist Press booksused in classrooms and libraries, and books sold inbookstores.- Ability to work with the Board of Directors to develop annualbudgets, three-year plans and forecasts, as well as oversee theannual audit, manage cash flow, legal compliance, investments, andother balance sheet issues.- Ability to manage and budget for a small team.- Demonstrated success as a creative thinker andspokesperson.- Ability to attract authors and donors to the organization’sprograms.CUNY Title Overview:- As a senior staff member in a Campus or University Executive’soffice, leads unit initiatives, participates in planning andsetting priorities, and drives strategic initiatives to ensuretheir success. – Participates in planning and in setting policies withresponsibility for preparing aspects of strategic and operationalplans.  Participates in developing and executing performancemanagement systems to evaluate progress.- Works with other Campus and University units to oversee complex,high-priority projects, with responsibility foroutcomes. – Represents the Executive in Campus or University-wide activitiesand may act in his/her place when required. – Independently carries out major responsibilities under theExecutive’s purview, such as monitoring and evaluating unitactivities, financial planning and review, serving as chair of keycommittees, and communications with senior Campus or Universitymanagement. – May serve as Chief of Staff of a large Executive Office.- Performs related duties as assigned. How to Apply:Go to http://cuny.jobs/ andsearch for Job ID 22277.Click on “Apply Now” below which will bring you to theregistration screen. If you are a new user, you must register toapply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing IDto apply. Make sure to upload a cover letter, resume, and contactinformation for three (3) professional references (name, title, andorganization). Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format asone file.Equal Employment Opportunity:CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans andwomen to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also includedamong our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will notbe discriminated against on the basis of any legally protectedcategory, including sexual orientation or gender identity.EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. The Graduate Center,CUNYExecutive Director/Publisher(Administrative Executive Officer) – Feminist Presslast_img read more

Citizens body asks HC if yoga, meditation classes are taxable

first_imgMumbai, Jan 16 (PTI) A citizens body has urged the Bombay High Court to decide whether providing yoga and meditation classes was taxable under the law.The Malabar Hill Citizens Forum wanted the court to clarify whether these classes are covered under the health and fitness services category of the Finance Act.A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre heard today an appeal filed by the forum challenging an order passed by the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT).The CESTAT had in its July 2015 order upheld a notice issued by the service tax departments assistant commissioner, demanding a service tax of Rs 5 lakh from the citizens forum for providing services like yoga, meditation and aerobics at the Priyadarshini Park in South Mumbai.The forum, in its appeal in the high court, claimed that services like yoga and meditation are provided by its members in the open park.”These do not fall under the category of health and fitness services and hence, are not taxable. We pay the service tax for other sports activities provided by us at the park and its gymnasium, like tennis and so on,” it said.The court, after hearing brief arguments in the case, told the lawyer appearing for the tax department that the area where the park is situated was earlier a rocky terrain and witnessed nefarious activities.”The citizens forum has developed the land into a parkand now people are using it for walks and meditation and yoga under the open sky,” the bench observed, while posting the petition for further hearing next week. PTI SP GK ZMN RDSadvertisementlast_img read more