Celebrate Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo: Computer Recycling

Tomorrow, folks will be at the Phoenix Zoo to accept computers and outdated, unused electronics for recycling. It is related to my dissertation, so I’m going to be there checking out the event! Donations will benefit Arizona schools and non-profit groups. It also benefits the environment by keeping the toxic materials in these items out of landfills.

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I Don’t Like This

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, California is attempting to pass a law that would “protect” animal researchers by allowing facilities to withhold information if universities believe that the information would harm the researchers. In addition, the law would allow organizations to sue PROTESTERS for harassment for standing up for the rights of the animals as well as provide new criminal penalties for protesters.

I’d rather see a law protecting the ANIMALS!!!!!!!

Toxic Pets

They aren’t toxic to us. We are toxic to them according to a study by Richard Wiles of the Environmental Working Group. Mercury, stain-fighting chemicals, and flame retardant chemicals are found in dogs and cats at an alarming rate. Makes sense, right–our dogs and cats lounge on the floor much more than we do. The EWG published a list of steps to reduce the dangerous chemicals in pets. I care about this because I believe animals have a right to a healthy environment, but if you are more Machiavellian than that, you should care about this issue because the amount of chemicals in pets is a likely signal of the myriad dangerous pets in our own selfish tissue. (For more on that, see Exposed by Mark Schapiro out of the Center for Investigative Reporting. If you have kids, you should definitely check out the CIR site.)

Larry Glickman, of Purdue University, studied thyroid problems in cats and found it is likely linked to high consumption of canned cat food–a chemical that lines the cans is a prime suspect. (Ethical issues prevent a study that proves causality, but the correlation is strong.)

NPR.org Story

Gold Star

In class tonight, student teams presented, and their peers were required to complete evaluation forms. I often get random notes, doodles, or drawings on these types of forms, but one from this evening was so cute, I had to capture it for my blog. (This may be a violation of student privacy and teacherly ethics, but it’s also what he gets for drawing on the evaluation form! ; ) )

Perhaps I should not encourage this type of behavior, but it reminds me of my college Anthropology class Oral Narrative (which happened to be the only class Allen and I ever took together). Three things were memorable about that class: 1) my professor told me he copied parts of my final paper he thought it was so insightful, 2) another student, a total tool, said at least once a class period, “As a musician, I….”, and 3) a student knitted throughout class rather than take notes. Such behavior was a bit strange, but our professor embraced it and praised her knitting-in-class as the example we should all follow–not taking notes, he claimed, we could really experience the discussion and be a part of it, rather than observing it and capturing it in some artificial way.

I’ll leave it up to you.