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Why talking about sex is good for your health
By the time you finish watching this video there are about 2 million people who have had sex. Unfortunately, that means that 8,000 new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could have been acquired.

In this funny and frank talk about the challenges we face today with sex, WHO Medical Officer, Dr Teodora Elvira Wi, discusses the urgent need to break down the stigmas surrounding safer sex and STIs.
Talking about sex
In other health news this week:
Protecting our health and our planet

UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year.
You can take action too - reduce your contribution and minimize exposure to air pollution.
Press release
Can we make plague a thing of the past?

WHO's Director-General , Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit where he met with plague survivors, affected families, key officials and health partners
"Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, improving preparedness, surveillance and response capabilities, and implementing the International Health Regulations," said Dr Tedros.
Press release


Title Simulating turbulence in solar wind plasma
Released 15/01/2018 9:00 am
Copyright D. Perrone et al

Maybe you’re reading this caption while drinking a coffee. As you stir your drink with a spoon, vortices are produced in the liquid that decay into smaller eddies until they disappear entirely. This can be described as a cascade of vortices from large to small scales. Furthermore, the motion of the spoon brings the hot liquid into contact with the cooler air and so the heat from the coffee can escape more efficiently into the atmosphere, cooling it down.

A similar effect occurs in space, in the electrically charged atomic particles – solar wind plasma – blown out by our Sun, but with one key difference: in space there is no air. Although the energy injected into the solar wind by the Sun is transferred to smaller scales in turbulent cascades, just like in your coffee, the temperature in the plasma is seen to increase because there is no cool air to stop it.

How exactly the solar wind plasma is heated is a hot topic in space physics, because it is hotter than expected for an expanding gas and almost no collisions are present. Scientists have suggested that the cause of this heating may be hidden in the turbulent character of the solar wind plasma.

Advanced supercomputer simulations are helping to understand these complex motions: the image shown here is from one such simulation. It represents the distribution of the current density in the turbulent solar wind plasma, where localised filaments and vortices have appeared as a consequence of the turbulent energy cascade. The blue and yellow colours show the most intense currents (blue for negative and yellow for positive values).

These coherent structures are not static, but evolve in time and interact with each other. Moreover, between the islands, the current becomes very intense, creating high magnetic stress regions and sometimes a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. That is, when magnetic field lines of opposite direction get close together they can suddenly realign into new configurations, releasing vast amounts of energy that can cause localised heating.

Such events are observed in space, for example by ESA’s Cluster quartet of satellites in Earth orbit, in the solar wind. Cluster also found evidence for turbulent eddies down to a few tens of kilometres as the solar wind interacts with Earth’s magnetic field.

This cascade of energy may contribute to the overall heating of the solar wind, a topic that ESA’s future Solar Orbiter mission will also try to address.

In the meantime, enjoy studying turbulent cascades of vortices in your coffee!

More information: Perrone et al. (2013); Servidio et al. (2015), Valentini et al. (2016) and Perrone et al (2017).
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2018 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit - Program and Agenda

N I H Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit 2018: Path to Treatment and Prevention. March 1-2 2018, Bethesda, MD.

The 2018 NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit will be held March 1-2 at the Natcher Auditorium, NIH campus, in Bethesda, Maryland.
Summit Registration

Participants can attend the NIH AD Summit in person or watch via live videocast.

   Register to attend the Summit in person
   Register to watch the Summit on videocast

View Meeting Agenda

Speakers' Biographies (to be posted soon).

Background: The NIH AD Research Summits are key strategic planning meetings tied to the implementation of the first goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s: to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025. They bring together a multi-stakeholder community including government, industry, academia, private foundations, and patient advocates to formulate an integrated, translational research agenda that will enable the development of effective therapies (disease modifying and palliative) across the disease continuum for the cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

The 2012 and 2015 AD Research Summits delivered recommendations that served as the basis for developing research implementation milestones detailing specific steps and success criteria for the NIH and other stakeholders towards the development of effective treatment and prevention for AD. The milestones span the entire AD research landscape including basic, translational, clinical and health services research and serve as the basis for the development of the NIH Alzheimer's Disease Bypass Budget.

Goal: The 2018 Summit will build on the foundation laid by the NIH AD Research Summits held in 2012 and 2015. It will feature progress towards achieving the AD research implementation milestones and to continue the development of an integrated multidisciplinary research agenda necessary to enable precision medicine for AD. Key to achieving this goal is the identification of: 1) resources/infrastructure and multi-stakeholder partnerships necessary to successfully implement this research agenda and 2) strategies to engage patients, caregivers, and citizens as direct partners in research.

Program Structure: The central programmatic themes of the 2018 Summit are: 1) understanding disease heterogeneity, 2) enhancing research rigor, reproducibility, and translatability and 3) enabling rapid translational learning through open science systems and incentives.

The Program agenda will be organized around seven sessions:

   Novel Mechanistic Insights into the Complex Biology and Heterogeneity of AD
   Enabling Precision Medicine for AD
   Translational Tools and Infrastructure to Enable Predictive Drug Development
   Emerging Therapeutics
   Understanding the Impact of the Environment to Advance Disease Prevention
   Advances in Disease Monitoring, Assessment and Care
   Building an Open Science Research Ecosystem to Accelerate AD Therapy Development

The program will begin with an overview of progress achieved to date, followed by three plenary lectures. Each of the seven sessions will feature up to four brief presentations followed by a moderated discussion that will include 6-9 panelists with diverse expertise. Collectively, the session speakers and panelists will highlight major advances and discuss key issues. The composition of speakers and panelists for each session will include representatives from academia, industry, federal agencies, private foundations and public advocacy groups working on Alzheimer’s and other complex diseases.

Outcome: The general program will be followed by a writing session during which a select group of experts together with NIA/NIH staff and representatives from other U.S. AD funding agencies and NAPA Council members will discuss and help finalize the recommendations put forward by the Summit participants. These recommendations will inform research priorities and serve as the basis for updating and refining the NAPA research milestones for measuring progress towards the goal to prevent or treat AD by 2025.
8:00am – 8:10am

   Opening Remarks
   Francis Collins, Director, NIH

8:10am – 8:30am

   Introduction to the Summit Program
   Eliezer Masliah, Director, Division of Neuroscience, NIA/NIH
   AD/ADRD Research Milestones Progress Report
   Richard Hodes, Director, NIA/NIH

8:30am – 9:30am
Plenary Talks:

   The Role of Public Advocacy in the Global Fight Against Dementia
   Maria Carrillo, Alzheimer's Association
   Biomedical Research in the Era of Precision Medicine: The All of US Initiative
   Joni Rutter, NIH
   Decoding Disease Complexity to Enable Precision Medicine for AD
   Eric Schadt, Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai

9:30am – 11:45am
Novel Mechanistic Insights into the Complex Biology and Heterogeneity of AD

Chairs: Nilufer Ertekin-Taner (Mayo Clinic) and Robert Bell (Pfizer)

   Autophagy: Common Mechanisms in Aging, Cancer and Alzheimer's
   Ana-Maria Cuervo, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
   Novel Insights in the Neuroimmune Etiology of AD
   Joel Dudley, Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai
   Rediscovering Myelin: From Genetics to Molecular Mechanisms
   Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, Mayo Clinic
   Structural Diversity of Pathogenic Proteins: Implications for Therapy Development
   Robert Tycko, NIDDK/NIH


   Marco Colonna, Washington University
   Carol Colton, Duke University
   Elizabeth Bradshaw, Columbia University
   Stuart Lipton, Scripps Research Institute
   Lennart Mucke, Gladstone Institute, UCSF
   Gabriella Chiosis, Sloan Kettering
   Ben Wolozin, Boston University
   Ben Readhead, ASU-Banner Health
   Robert Bell, Pfizer

MODERATED DISCUSSION: 11:15am – 11:45am
11:45am – 12:45pm  LUNCH
12:45pm – 2:45pm
Enabling Precision Medicine for AD

Chairs: David Bennett (Rush University) and Rima Kaddurah-Daouk (Duke University)

   Integrative Metabolomics: From Target Discovery to Disease Sub-Classification
   Matthias Arnold, Institute for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Munich
   Integrative Proteomics for Novel Target and Biomarker Discovery
   Nick Seyfried, Emory University
   Translational Epidemiology of Diverse Cohorts
   Rachel Whitmer, University of California, San Francisco
   AD Genetics in the Era of Precision Medicine: Signals from Global Collaborations
   Cornelia van Dujin, Erasmus University Rotterdam


   Liana Apostolova, Indiana University
   Nicole Schupf, Columbia University
   Mariet Allen, Mayo Clinic
   Nir Barzilai, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
   Catherine Kaczorowski, Jackson Labs
   Chris Gaiteri, Rush University
   Sean Bendall, Stanford University

2:45pm – 4:45pm
Translational Tools and Infrastructure for Predictive Drug Development

Chairs: David Collier (Eli Lilly) and Allan Levey (Emory University)

   MODEL-AD Consortium: Infrastructure for Next-Gen Animal Models Development and Preclinical Efficacy Testing
   Greg Carter, Jackson Labs
   Infrastructure and Recruitment for Next-Generation Clinical Trials
   Laurie Ryan, NIA/NIH
   Deploying QSP Models for Precision Medicine – from Target Validation to Clinical Trial Design
   Cynthia J. Musante, Pfizer


   Gerard Schellenberg, University of Pennsylvania
   Nathan Price, Institute for Systems Biology
   Joel Dudley, Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai
   Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania
   Opher Gileadi, Structural Genomics Consortium, Oxford
   Jacob Hooker, Massachusetts General Hospital
   Valentina Fossati, New York Stem Cell Foundation
   Lorenzo Refolo, NIA/NIH

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Emerging Therapeutics Part I

Chairs: Kalpana Merchant (Chaperone Therapeutics) and Rachelle Doody (Roche)

   Neurotrophic Modulators as a Therapeutic for AD
   Frank Longo, Stanford University
   Neuro-regenerative Therapeutics for AD
   Robbie Brinton, University of Arizona
   PDE4 inhibitors for MCI and AD
   Mark Gurney, Tetra Therapeutics
   Reinvigorating the Industry Pipeline Through Precompetitive Partnerships
   David Collier, Eli Lilly

5:45pm  Adjourn DAY 1
8:00am – 9:30am
Emerging Therapeutics Part II

Chairs: Kalpana Merchant (Chaperone Therapeutics) and Rachelle Doody (Roche)

   Mark Tuszynski, University of California, San Diego
   Linda Van Eldik, University of Kentucky
   Martin Watterson, Neurokine Therapeutics
   Steven Wagner, University of California, San Diego
   Michela Gallagher, AgeneBio
   Rong Xu, Case Western Reserve University
   Marina Sirota, University of California, San Francisco
   Kalpana Merchant, Chaperone Therapeutics

9:30am – 11:45am
Understanding the Impact of the Environment to Advance Disease Prevention

Chairs: Laura Baker (Wake Forest University) and Chirag Patel (Harvard)

   Translating Knowledge about Socioeconomic Risk Factors into Disease Prevention
   Jennifer Manly, Columbia University  
   The Circadian Etiology of AD
   Andrew Lim, University of Toronto
   Measuring the Impact of Chemical Pollutants on the Brain Across the Lifespan
   Kelly Bakulski, University of Michigan
   Multi-Modal Life-Style Interventions: What Non-Pharmacologic Interventions Tell Us About Disease Mechanisms
   Laura Baker, Wake Forest University


   Mariana Figuerio, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute          
   Andy Saykin, Indiana University
   Martha Clare Morris, Rush University
   Aliza Wingo, Emory University
   Noam Beckmann, Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai  
   Gaya Dowling, NIDA/NIH
   Sumitra Muralidhar, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

MODERATED DISCUSSION: 11:15am – 11:45am
12:00pm – 1:00pm  LUNCH
1:00pm – 3:15pm
Advances in Disease Monitoring, Assessment, and Care

Chairs: Rhoda Au (Boston University) and Magali Haas (Cohen Veterans Bioscience)

   eHealth Tools to Quantify Brain Health across the Disease Trajectory
   Rhoda Au, Boston University
   Reinventing Cognitive Testing
   Mylea Charvat, Savonix
   Revolutionizing In-home disease monitoring: the CART Initiative
   Jeff Kaye, Portland VA/Oregon Health & Science University
   New Directions in Research on Care: Report from the AD Care Summit
   Laura Gitlin, Johns Hopkins University


   Daniela Brunner, Early Signal
   Hiroko Dodge, Oregon Health & Science University/University of Michigan
   Larsson Omberg, Sage Bionetworks
   Dorothy Edwards, University of Wisconsin
   Meryl Comer, Geoffrey Beene Foundation
   Stephen Friend

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Building an Open Science Research Ecosystem to Accelerate AD Therapy Development

Chairs: Lara Mangravite (Sage Bionetworks) and Eric Reiman (Banner Health Institute)

   Accelerating Reproducible and Translatable Discovery Research through Open Science
   Lara Mangravite, Sage Bionetworks
   Why We Need Open Drug Discovery for AD
   Aled Edwards, Structural Genomics Consortium, Toronto
   Liberating Clinical Trials Data to Enable Translational Learning
   Eric Reiman, Banner Health


   Magali Haas, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
   Suzana Petanceska, NIA/NIH
   Richard Wilder, Gates Foundation
   Stuart Buck, Arnold Foundation
   Kevin Da Silva, Nature Publishing Group
   Jessica Polka, ASAPbio
   Giorgio Ascoli, George Mason University
   Katja Brose, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
   Scott Hayton, BGC3




WW1 Centennial News for Wednesday January 12, 2017 - Episode #54

Renault FT tanks being operated by the US Army in France.Renault FT tanks being operated by the US Army in France. Light tanks with a crew of only two, these were mass-produced during World War I

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   1917 key events in review |@ 01:30
   Wilson’s 14 points |@ 07:50
   Crisis for the allies - Mike Shuster |@ 11:45
   A Century in the Making - Sabin Howard |@ 16:45
   Speaking WW1 - Tank |@ 25:00
   The Education Program - Dr. Libby O’Connell |@ 26:30
   100 Cities / 100 Memorials Round #2 deadline |@ 32:40
   The Chaplains Corps in WW1 - Dr. John Boyd |@ 33:15
   American Women Physicians in WW1 |@ 39:10
   PAFA at Frist |@ 40:30
   The Buzz - Katherine Akey |@ 41:15


Welcome to World War 1 centennial News episode #54 - It’s about WW1 THEN - what was happening 100 years ago this week  - and it’s about WW1 NOW - news and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.

Today is January 12th, 2018 and our guests this week include:

   Mike Shuster discussing the situation facing Allied forces at the outset of 1918
   Master sculptor Sabin Howard telling us about how, meeting a man named Richard Taylor is transforming his approach to creating the sculpture for the National World War One Memorial in Pershing Park
   Dr. Libby O’Connell speaking with us about the commission’s Education program
   Dr John Boyd with the history of chaplains in the Armed Forces during WWI
   And Katherine Akey, with the Buzz - with some great selections from the centennial of WWI in social media

WW1 Centennial News is brought to you by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. I’m Theo Mayer - the Chief Technologist for the Commission and your host. Welcome to the show.


You know---- Our way-back machine not only travels in time,

but also in space

so as we roll back 100 years, but are also going up to 10 thousand feet to get a high level view of what happened in 1917 and a glance into the future for what to expect for this upcoming year ---  in the war the changed the world!

World War One THEN
100 Year Ago This Week


Looking back across 1917 from way up here,  we can see:

Wilson being sworn in as the President who promises to keep us out of the war,

but events early in the year,

pressure from the allies,

aggressive and presumptuous actions by Germany, builds up by spring to a declaration of war.

We see a massive rush to mobilize for war.

We see our allies struggling with ever more massive and devastating loss of treasure and men - standing on the brink of devastation -

and we see the eastern allie - Russia - go through two revolutions in one year -

the first - which collapses the Tsarist government -

the second - late in the year -- when Lenin and the bolsheviks take over and effectively drop Russia out of the war,

This is to Germany’s great delight, anticipating the freeing up of massive resources -- with which Germany can deal the allies - a knock-out punch - in an upcoming spring.

Let’s zoom down for a bit closer look at 1917

In late January, early February Germany resumes unrestricted submarine warfare - reneging on promises made to Wilson after the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. The US severs diplomatic ties with Germany.

In an attempt to draw the US into the fight, Britain passes along a secret telegram showing an offer by Germany to Mexico promising great rewards including Texas and New Mexico - if Mexico will toss in with Germany - and help take down the US. This does not sit well.

By March with Germany attacking shipping everywhere - the Wilson asks congress to put Navy armaments and sailors aboard US merchant ships. Congress doesn’t go for it - so he issues an executive order to the same effect.

While over in Russia - Revolution #1 -

and Tsar Nicholas II abdicates..

By the end of march, Germany’s blatant aggression against the US gets Wilson’s cabinet to vote unanimously in favor of declaring war.

April is big…

On the 2nd Wilson delivers a war address to congress, and four days later -  on April 6th -- congress votes to go to war.

Over in Europe - French Commander in Chief General Robert Nivelle cranks up a strategic plan that is so flawed and costly in french soldiers lives --- it sets up a French army mutiny ----  NIvelle gets the boot - and the French forces come back online.

In May America cranks up the war machine in a big way!

Wilson appoints George Creel to head the Committee on Public Information.. Creating a historic government propaganda machine.

Congress also passes the selective service act and all men between 18 and 32 have to register. Meanwhile - John J. Pershing is appointed to head of the American Expeditionary Force and goes over to France to assess the situation.

June -

To deal with strong war opposition at home -  congress passes the US Espionage Act - A massive attacks on “freedom of speech” that makes {QUOTE) all false statements intended to interfere with the military forces of the country or to promote the success of its enemies (UNQUOTE)  illegal. In other words - if you speak up against the draft or the war - you are going to prison. And people do.

Same month,

the first US troop arrive in France - but not yet to fight - they are there to prepare the way for our army.

In July Pershing makes a request for an army of a million men - then just a few weeks later --- revises his request upwards to 3 million.

On the fighting front, July, August and september see the first use of Mustard Gas on the battlefield

--- and campaigns in the Belgic regions of Ypres and Passchendaele.

America is busy building and equipping the largest fighting force of its young history. Money is raised, Industries are nationalized, units are mobilized, the population is galvanized by Mr. Creel and his minions.

October marks a disastrous war effort for the italians at the battle of Caporetto

--- and in November -  Revolution #2 - the bolsheviks take over  under Lenin and end the battle on the Eastern Front.

November also sees the expanded use of a new war machine in the battlefield - the Tank!

And at the end of the year - the Brits bring home a little holiday surprise as they finally turn around their struggle with the ottoman empire and defeat the Turks, taking Jerusalem in December.

Wow -

Ok… now we’re gonna  zoom back up and look forward at 1918 from overview.

Germany’s kaiserslacht, is their big offensive - hoping to deal the allies a death blow… it includes five major offensives over the spring and early summer; The allies lose ground - then gain it back with help of Americans who are coming online

Things turn around --- and over the fall, the central powers admit defeat -- one by one so that in November, an armistice is declared…

The fighting stops and now some of WWI’s most fascinating stories emerge - as the aftermath of the war, the negotiations, and America’s war cranked economy try to settle on and into a new world order.
Wilson’s fourteen points

It all actually starts this week. On January 8, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson addresses the U.S. Congress with what would later become known as his "Fourteen Points" the fundamental to America's War Aims.

Inconceivably … up until now, there has been no explicit statement of war aims by any of the nation’s who engaged in this mad destruction.  

At his request, a team, led by Walter Lippmann --- and longtime Wilson advisor Colonel House generate a memorandum called “The War Aims and the Peace Terms it Suggests.” from which Wilson crafts one of his most important and influential speeches of his administration - the Fourteen Points.

The first six enumerate the causes of world war, and urge:

   The elimination of secret treaties in favor of open agreements
   Free navigation of the seas
   Removal of all economic barriers and established equal trade between nations
   The reduction of armaments
   The adjustment of colonial claims and the self-determination of colonized populations in regard to their own sovereignty
   The evacuation of all Russian territory by the German armies

The next seven proceed to rearrange the map of Europe, effectively eradicating the old imperial borders of specific territories and creating independent states. This included:

   the evacuation of Belgium,
   the release of French territory, (particularly Alsace-Lorraine),
   the readjustment of the frontiers of Italy into “clearly recognizable lines of nationality,”
   the autonomy of Austria-Hungary,
   the release of occupied territories in the Balkan states, the establishment of political and economic independence along “historically established lines of allegiance,” as well as access to the sea -  for the Serbs
   Assured sovereignty of Turkey from the Ottoman empire, as well as the right of other nationalities to develop autonomy
   The establishment of an independent Polish state, with access to the sea

And, finally, his fourteenth point -- the creation of a world organization that would provide a system of collective security for all nations - the foundations of the League of Nations.

An auspicious beginning for 1918, establishing  a world changing doctrine in what TRULY IS

the war that changed the world!

[poignant audio hit]

All year, we will be bringing you with us,. on an incredible journey through these amazing times for our national and our global heritage.

There are stories of suffering and heroism, humanity and technology, defeat and triumph, diplomacy ...and diplomatic failures.

Introducing Dr. Edward Lengel

So --- To help us understand all this, starting next week, we will be joined regularly by Dr. Edward Lengel.

Dr. Lengel is an American military historian, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association and sits on the US WWI Centennial Commission’s historical advisory board.

Ed gives historians a good name! He is smart, well spoken, an author, and a devout storyteller. We look forward to his contributions to WW1 Centennial News THEN…

State of the war front end of 1917: http://today-in-wwi.tumblr.com/post/169156769262/state-of-the-war-end-of-1917


Great War Project

Back with us now is Mike Shuster - former NPR correspondent and curator for the Great War Project Blog. Mike - first of all - welcome back - we missed you over the Holidays -  so… your January post CRISIS FOR THE ALLIES is a great setup piece for 1918 - what are they facing as they roll into the new year?

[Mike Shuster]

Mike Shuster from the Great War Project blog. We also put some links in the Podcast notes to the articles we missed from Mike over the Holidays.






The Great War Channel

Over to the Great War Channel on Youtube - They have been producing videos about WW1 since 2014  from a european perspective.

A bunch of new episodes were released over the last weeks, including:

   Transcaucasia in World War One
   The Sopwith Snipe - WW1 Pilot’s Gear
   Machinations in the British High Command
   Inside the Rolls Royce Armoured Car
   German Anti Tank Units
   And more.

To see their videos about WWI Follow the link in the podcast notes or search for “the great war” on youtube.



World War One NOW

It is time to fast forward into the present with  WW1 Centennial News NOW -


this section is not about history, but rather - it explores what is happening now to commemorate the centennial of the War that changed the world!
A century in the making

For 2018 we are introducing a new segment - It’s called: A century in the making - America’s WW1 Memorial in Washington DC.

As our regular listeners know, we are building a   national WWI Memorial at Pershing Park in the capitol. It’s a big project. It’s complicated. It’s hard. It’s been a long time coming.

So over the coming weeks, we are going to be bringing you along on an insider’s journey that explores this grand undertaking and adventure.

The centerpiece of the memorial -  located in this urban park -  just two blocks from the White House -  is planned as a massive bronze bas-relief sculpture that tells the story of both the human and the national experience of the war that changed the world.

Joe Weishaar - our brilliant young visionary, who won the international design competition for this memorial -- brought in an incredibly talented artist and sculptor onto his team - Sabin Howard… a traditionally trained - modern classicist sculptor -

Sabin has taken on the challenge of telling the American WWI story at scale, in bronze, and for posterity.
Sabin Howard - Meeting Richard Taylor

So we are going to kick off this series with an interesting story about how Sabin - the traditionalist - has gotten hooked up with Richard Taylor - a tech visionary who has helped Directors Peter Jackson and James Cameron manifest their visions for Lord of the Rings and Avatar….

Welcome, Sabin!

Sabin, You are a traditionally trained sculptor - a Modern Classicist - you work with the human form - in a very traditional way - but for this project you are combining classic sculpture with some very high tech.

How did that happen, and how are you using cutting edge technology in creating this master work for America?


That was the first installment of “A century in the making - America’s WW1 Memorial in Washington DC”

Next week, Sabin will tell us how he is integrating his traditional sketch and clay sculpture process with 3D imaging, programmable milling and additive manufacturing technologies to literally cut years into months for the test / iterate / and retest process in creating a maquette - a 9 foot manifestation of the sculpture.
Only YOU can build this memorial

“A century in the making” has another part to it that is unique for our weekly podcast. You are more involved in this project than you may realize. Congress - who authorized this memorial - made it the LAW that the National WWI memorial has to be built with individual and corporate funding - no government funding allowed!  

Only you can build this memorial -- So I’m going to be asking you to go to WW1CC.org/memorial --- to help honor the memory of those who shaped the world we enjoy today -- with their honest and genuine commitment to our American ideals --- and their personal sacrifice of effort and blood - Now Wer’e not asking you to jump into a bunker with mud and lice ---- all we are asking you to do is to go to wwicc.org/memorial or just pick up your cell phone - heck- it’s probably in you hand right now! Go to your texting app and text the letters ww1 to the number 91999. You can give any amount - Give once or “subscribe to the project” with a monthly gift ===  because you see - this really IS America’s WWI Memorial. Thank you -





As we enter 2018, many commemorations, both big and small, are coming up to remember and honor the service of America and Americans during WW1. You’ll find many of these in the U.S. National WW1 Centennial Events Register at ww1cc.org/events. There are events all across the US and we are now beginning to add key events from abroad as well.

On any given day you’ll find literally dozens of WWI related events listed - small, local commemorations and large, international ones. The register is America’s official record of commemorations of the centennial of WWI

And you can add your OWN WWI centennial event to the register - with the big red SUBMIT MY EVENT button on the page - even including livestream and social media events.

And finally, we wanted to share with you that the American Battle Monuments Commission has published its upcoming commemorative events in France and Belgium. The link to that calendar is included in the podcast notes.

Link: www.ww1cc.org/events


Speaking WW1

And now for our feature “Speaking World War 1” - Where we explore the words & phrases that are rooted in the war  ---

One of most iconic new weapon technologies of WWI is the tank. “They rode into WWI on Horses and rode out on Tanks” is a popular phrase that describes the times. This is the grand evolution of the Armored car,  and every side in the conflict tried to create an effective machine. but the British beat everyone to the punch with their Landship, premiering the Mark I in September, 1916.

Until then - this was a new secret weapon!

The machines were called "tanks" in a ruse describing the big metal things as "water carriers," supposedly for use on the Mesopotamian Front. So in conversation --  the engineers referred to them as "water tanks" or, simply, "tanks."

Interestingly, the British Landships Committee even decided to change its name for the same secretive reason, renaming itself the Tank Supply Committee.

By the time the machines rolled over the fields of Cambrai in the winter of 1917, not only did the tanks get stuck - but so did the name… no one went for the name land ships - they were simply known then and are still today --- as Tanks -- this week’s word for Speaking WW1.

See the podcast notes to learn more!

link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_tank

Interview with Dr. Libby O’Connell

In our Education section  -- As we tell every week in our closing - bringing the lessons of WWI into the classroom is one of the Commission’s prime goals - and here to tell us more about the Commission’s education program is Commissioner Dr. Libby O’Connell.

Welcome, Libby!


To start, could you tell us a bit about the education initiative at the commission?  What’s happening now and what are the goals for 2018?

Libby - I understand you are now tying the education program to the Memorial program - how does that work?

Thanks so much for being on the show again!

Dr. Libby O’Connell, World War One Centennial Commissioner, historian and author. Learn more about the education program at ww1cc.org/edu or by following the link in the podcast notes.

100 Cities/100 Memorials


Moving on to our 100 Cities / 100 Memorials segment

about the $200,000 matching grant challenge

to rescue and focus on our local WWI memorials.

This coming Monday - January 15, 2018 - the submission period for the second and final round of grant application-- closes.

Then we will start the process of selecting the second 50 Awardees to round out the 100 awardees.

Check the podcast notes for a link to the program or go to ww1cc.org/100memorials.

Link: www.ww1cc.org/100memorials
Remembering Veterans

Chaplains in the War

This week in our Remembering Veterans section -- we’re joined by Dr John "Jay" Boyd,  Historian for the United States Army Chaplain Corps. He is here to tell us more about the history of chaplains in the armed forces and their special role during World War One.

Welcome, Dr. Boyd!

Dr. Boyd, just to start us off -- What IS a chaplain and what is their role in the military?

In WW1- we suddenly had an army - and it was made up of a very diverse group of soldiers -  Was any attention given to the increasing diversity of the troops?

There are many stories about the chaplains of World War 1-- does any one in particular stand out to you? Do you have a favorite?

Thank you so much for joining us.

Dr. John Boyd is the Historian for the United States Army Chaplain Corps. Learn more about chaplains in the military by following the links in the podcast notes.

Link: http://usachcs.tradoc.army.mil/




Articles and Posts

American Women Physicians

Calling all women doctors - This story is for you!! In articles and posts-- from our rapidly growing website at ww1cc.org -this week, this week there is an article about the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) - Now they have created a remarkable new online exhibit, "American Women Physicians in World War I".

When the United States entered the war in 1917, women physicians numbered less than 5% of all doctors. Many were eager for the chance to serve their country. But when the Army Surgeon General sent out a call for physicians to serve in the Medical Corps, the women who applied were rejected. Women physician leaders across the country protested this decision and petitioned the government, but the War Department didn’t budge.

Despite the stance of the Government, women physicians found ways to participate. Some became civilian contract surgeons in the U.S. Army or served with the French Army. Others volunteered with humanitarian relief organizations. Learn about this amazing story and women physician’s contributions and legacy in WWI by reading the article or by visiting the online exhibit using the links in the podcast notes.

Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/3926-new-online-exhibit-explores-american-women-physicians-in-world-war-i.html


WW1 And American Art: Interview

Also in Articles and posts this week, we recently interviewed the staff of the Frist Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the landmark exhibition World War One and American Art, which was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The exhibition has been touring the country for the last year and is on view at the Frist through January 21st. The exhibit includes 140 works in all kinds of media, including the monumentally large John Singer Sargeant piece -- Gassed.

Frist Center curators and directorial staff responded to our questions about the show, about the war, and about impact on the local region. Read the interview by following the link in the podcast notes.

Link: http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/communicate/press-media/wwi-centennial-news/3923-last-chance-to-experience-world-war-i-and-american-art-exhibit-at-the-frist-center-in-nashville.html
The Buzz - WW1 in Social Media Posts

And that brings us to the buzz - the centennial of WW1 this week in social media with Katherine Akey - Katherine, what did you pick to tell us about this week?

[Katherine Akey]

Hi Theo!

Follow up to the Halifax Explosion

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re glad to be back. Before we broke for the holidays in December, we talked a fair amount about the disastrous Halifax explosion of 1917. Recently, we shared an article on our Facebook page with some interesting contemporary news about that very incident. The article outlines the discovery by a Canadian arborist of some odd material lodged in a large pine tree near Halifax -- debris from the explosion 100 years ago. Shards of unidentified flying objects got lodged into the city’s canopy when the explosion occurred and to this day, lumber mills as far as the southern United States still don’t dare touch logs from Halifax, knowing some hidden metal artifact could wreck their machinery. Read more about the history hidden in the trees around Halifax by visiting the article at the link in the podcast notes.


The Poilu Censorship Workaround

Lastly this week, I wanted to share a really amazing article from the Centenaire website, the official national centennial organization in France.

The story comes from the Municipal Archives of Marseille, where one archivist discovered a sneaky and smart strategy to get around the heavy censoring of wartime letters. Jean Bouyala, who went on after the war to become a prominent surgeon, was one of several Poilus who found a way to write secret messages on their letters. It sounds bizarre, but by writing first using their saliva, then having the letter’s recipient brush black ink over the page, the saliva stanzas become legible, a darker black writing in the midst of the ink wash on the page. This way, the Poilu were able to send home messages that would otherwise have been blocked by the censor. A link to the article is in the podcast notes along with photographs of the magic-ink letters. Saliva-- the key to clandestine correspondence!

And that’s it this week for the Buzz!


Thank you all for listening to another episode of WW1 Centennial News.

We want to thank our guests...

   Mike Shuster from the Great War Project Blog
   Sabin Howard, master sculptor and artist
   Dr. Libby O’Connell, World War One Centennial Commissioner, author and Historian
   Dr John Boyd, Historian for the United States Army Chaplain Corps
   And Katherine Akey, the shows line producer and the commision’s social media director…

And I am Theo Mayer - your host.

The US World War One Centennial Commission was created by Congress to honor, commemorate and educate about WW1.

Our programs are to--

inspire a national conversation and awareness about WW1; this podcast is a part of that…. Thank you!

We are bringing the lessons of the 100 years ago into today's classrooms;

We are helping to restore WW1 memorials in communities of all sizes across our country;

and of course we are building America’s National WW1 Memorial in Washington DC.

We want to thank commission’s founding sponsor the Pritzker Military Museum and Library for their support.

The podcast can be found on our website at ww1cc.org/cn  

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you are hearing here today

about the war that changed the world!


We’ll the only thing I can think to say is.. Tanks a lot...


So long!

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