Cottage topic: the human microbiome — our countless microbes

miki sos smallProfessor Daniel Haeusser will present a talk this Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. (+ optional potluck) at Riverside-Salem UCC/DC Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

His presentation is called “You Are Not Just You: The Human Microbiome.” Historically microbes have been associated in the popular mind with disease, but we increasingly are discovering that the majority of microbes are not only harmless, but also transformative and essential to all life, including humans. We typically think of Creation in terms of plants and animals, but microbes are far more wondrously varied and powerful than ever appreciated.

Daniel Haeusser is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Canisius College, where he teaches microbiology and leads student research projects with bacteria and bacteriophage. He is an associate blogger with the American Society for Microbiology’s popular Small Things Considered. He reviews books for various online venues.

Prof. Haeusser is a member of Church of the Nativity UCC where he sings in the choir.

All are welcome.

Looking at data and its vulnerabilities, especially for seniors

miki sos smallOn Sunday, May 27 (Memorial Day weekend), we will watch a TED walk on data manipulation and review of BBB’s “Protecting Seniors from Scams”.

We will have a memorial to Alice Hague.

Program at 4 p.m. with potluck following at 6 p.m. at Riverside-Salem Environmental Chapel/Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.


*What the Health — Sunday, April 8

miki soos logoFilmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want people to know about it

Join us this Sunday, April 8th, to watch and discuss this film, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) at Riverside-Salem Environmental Chapel/Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

Sunday, 18March18 at the Environmental Cottage: Author Brian Castner

miki soos logoIn 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie’s route by canoe in a grueling journey — and discovered the Passage he could not find.

Disappointment River, Castner’s latest book, has just been released.

Castner is a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer who received a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War. He is the author of two books, The Long Walk (2012) and All the Ways We Kill and Die (2016), and the co-editor of the anthology The Road Ahead (2017). His journalism and essays have appeared in Esquire, Wired, Vice, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and other publications.

Brian has just become the new military ordnance and weapons expert for Amnesty International.

Note from Brian re Sunday’s talk: I’ll be sure to highlight more environmental and human rights themes. I spent some time among the indigenous First Nations, and have some good stories there, and I wrote a whole series of climate changes dispatches for VICE:

Program for Feb. 25: Using utopian and dystopian ideas

miki soos logoKevin Hinkley and Dr. Melanie Mayberry taught a course last semester at Niagara University that explored alternative social arrangements. Using utopian and dystopian literature and films, they encouraged students to think about the possibility of cooperative associations that emphasize mutual aid, autonomy, and the absence of structures that facilitate domination and exploitation. The capstone of the course was a simulation exercise in which students collectively designed a community based on the ideas they value. Students from the course continue to talk about actualizing that community—maybe on Grand Island!—and putting their ideas into action. Kevin and Melanie will share the lessons from their course and the surprising results of their simulation with the students.

Kevin is a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently serves as Niagara University’s General Counsel, in addition to teaching in the Department of Political Science. Melanie Mayberry is a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University at Buffalo’s Physical Anthropology program, and was instrumental in the effort to respectfully reinter at Assumption Cemetery the human remains from 372 gravesites at the former Erie County Poorhouse cemetery. She teaches anthropology, archaeology, and related courses at a number of local colleges and universities.

We meet from 4 to 6 p.m. (+ potluck) at the Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. ALL WELCOME!

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