Cheers to hESCs@CHOC

It’s been many, many years since I’ve sipped a cocktail like the one above, but this was the celebratory drink ordered for us by I don’t know whom on the last night of the NIH hESC training course…. Read More

Winding Down

I’m on day 10 or so of conference lectures. Today it’s Stem Cell Culture Secrets and Patent Issues (which combine into quite the quagmire in the hESC field). Yesterday I only attended one talk, that of Gary Robbins,… Read More

Friday Fun with Religion, Science and the Press

Friday, March 7, 2008 ACT I: 12:00 pm, directly after a Psychiatry & Spirituality Forum lecture to psychiatric residents at UC Irvine (Paraphrasing) Senior Staff Doctor: “Hello” Christine: “Hi, I’m Christine. I’m a journalist. I’m doing a story… Read More

NPC Wrap UP

  The National Pastors Convention ended at noon yesterday. I’ve been to many conferences over the years, and I must say this was one of the most enjoyable. Beeson Divinity school professor/author/painter Calvin Miller touched on why this… Read More

Spirituality and Suicide Prevention

On Tuesday, I attended a lecture at UC Irvine Medical Center called “Spirituality and Suicide Prevention.” The speaker was a psychiatrist named Aaron Kheriaty. Dr. Kheriaty is the director of UC Irvine’s unique Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum. As… Read More

Public Diplomacy

This week the United States announced new sanctions against Iran. Coincidentally, I attended a lecture at the USC Anneberg School for Communication on Tuesday about Public Diplomacy and, specifically, nuclear proliferation re. Iran. The speaker was James Kelman, senior public diplomacy… Read More

A Delicate Hospitality

How Hispanic Churches in Southern California negotiate the dilemmas of ministry with undocumented immigrants.  When he was 19, an associate pastor of one Southern California church came to the United States illegally from El Salvador. Although he has been… Read More