Issue 12.44 | Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
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LILBURN, Ga., Sept. 18, 2012 -- Dr. David Ashley, a resident of Lilburn for more than 30 years, has been recognized by the U.S. Public Health Service by being promoted to Rear Admiral, Lower Half-which also carries the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. Effective August 17, the announcement included promotion of 19 officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service to Rear Admiral, bringing to 30 the number of Assistant Surgeon Generals in the Public Health Service.
Dr. Ashley is the director, Office of Science at the Center for Tobacco Products with the Food and Drug Administration in Atlanta. He has held this position for two years and, with this promotion, will continue to serve in this position. Prior to working for the FDA, Rear Admiral Ashley worked for over 27 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the National Center for Environmental Health.
He has previously been recognized for his work with tobacco regulation and the importance of this work to the health of the country. The laws giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco were passed in May, 2009. Dr. Ashley became the director in the Office of Science in the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in June, 2010.
The Office of Science at CTP is responsible for identifying, developing, and enhancing the science related to tobacco products, their use, and resulting morbidity and mortality so that regulatory decisions will have the greatest impact on improving public health.
To accomplish this goal they provide the scientific support for regulations and guidance, review tobacco product applications, evaluate the knowledge basis for regulatory decisions, and carry out research to fill the gaps in scientific knowledge related to tobacco product regulation.
Dr. Ashley was born in Macon, Georgia, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Emory University in 1982. Before taking on his current position at FDA, Dr. Ashley worked at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention starting in 1983. At CDC, Dr. Ashley directed a branch of 87 scientists with a diverse public health mission including biomarkers of heavy metals, of volatile organic compounds, and of tobacco use. Additional research included analysis of chemical constituents of tobacco products.
performed extensive research related to the impact of cigarette design
and contents on the emissions from tobacco products, how people use the
product and resulting biomarkers of exposure. He has published over 140
peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to biophysics, environmental
chemicals, biomarkers of exposure and the constituents of tobacco and
tobacco smoke. He was a contributing author for the recent Surgeon General's
Report entitled How Tobacco Causes Disease-
serves on the World Health Organization (WHO) Study Group for Tobacco
Product Regulation and was the Chair of the WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network
from 2006 until 2010.
SEPT. 18, 2012 -- A recent trip to Europe caused me to do some different thinking, including understanding a new appreciation of how lucky we are to be living in the United States of America.
Over the years, we've been privileged to live overseas for 3.5 years, and to visit many countries in Europe, Asia and South and Central America. Yet this time we came back with a new understanding of life in America.
Granted, we enjoy many benefits from living in the USA; many freedoms other nationalities don't enjoy. But let's think in a new way. Perhaps this doesn't apply to you. But do you realize how very quiet it is for many of us living in Gwinnett?
On any afternoon or night, sitting on a bench in our front yard, there is an eerie quiet and calmness of life in suburbia, in this particular case, in Norcross. Granted, through the trees I can barely hear the very quiet murmur of cars on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, perhaps a half mile or more away. From time to time, perhaps every 30 minutes, an airplane might take off or land at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, relatively quietly whining over our house.
But all in all, for the most part, it's quiet even when in the yard. Then, when going to sleep inside the house, you barely hear anything at all. Sometimes, if we listen closely, we can hear it raining, or hear the wind blowing if a storm is brewing, or hear the satisfying sound of a distant train. But mostly, and nearly all the time, it's quiet.
Now add in another element: many more Americans are living in cities than every before. And more and more people are in apartments or condos. Yet at least in some cities, in suburbia, and in the rural areas, many Americans live in individual homes. Some live in mega mansions, of course, but for the most part, the homes are modest two-or-three bedroom houses on individual lots.
Is this unusual? Yessiree, particularly compared to where most of the people of developed nations live, in cities, where the highest density and most people live close to one another in flats, apartments and condos. In our most populated areas, no matter what the continent (including the USA), a higher and higher percent live in the cities, and not in single family housing, we suggest.
Do you realize and appreciate the benefits we have in the United States by living as most people do in Gwinnett in quiet areas, and in individual homes?
There's a certain calmness and contentment in living this way. There is privacy, and even some isolation from everyday life in such situations. Of course, there is often also grass to cut, garbage to wheel to the curb, and leaky pipes to fix, and taxes to pay ..in our method of living. But isn't it wonderful? Not enough of us really appreciate it.
All this came to our mind when hearing heavy street traffic at night in Madrid recently. There were also loud voices of people walking down a street at all hours of the night. And there was the understanding that many Spaniards, and people of other nations, who routinely live in areas sometimes not larger than our garages. One told me: "That's why we go out to eat so much, and enjoy our parks so thoroughly." Makes sense.
Granted, our lives in the USA have problems. But most of us never recognize how lucky we are to be living in Gwinnett County (or Salt Lake City or other great places) in the calm and quiet of our individual homes.
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Editor, the Forum:
In reading your GwinnettForum.com posting last week about Continuing Objectives for Gwinnett County, may I be so bold as to recommend an addition to your list -- the creation of graduate medical education residencies in Gwinnett County. Great strides are being made in collaboration with multiple partners. Keeping this significant issue at the forefront of our community's broad agenda will prove most beneficial to efforts ensuring that Georgia's medical school graduates from all of our medical colleges remain here in our community/ state to practice.
Is your child "vision ready" for the school year?
Editor, the Forum:
Is your child "Vision Ready" for school?
Since about 80 percent of learning in a child's first 12 years is through vision, it is important to ensure that school-age children can see properly. Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend annual vision screenings for children ages three through six, with follow-ups throughout the school years. We encourage parents to take their child to an eye doctor for an eye exam by age four or before he enters school.
Five percent of preschool children have significant visual impairment. Many of these children will develop amblyopia or "lazy eye" blindness if their conditions are not diagnosed and treated early.
Childhood vision issues are not always apparent because children learn to compensate for their vision loss as they develop. If a child rubs her eyes often, loses or covers one eye to see, squints more than usual, or turns her head to the side to watch TV, she may have a vision issue. Visit www.pbga.org to learn more.
Charter school question removes local school board authority
Editor, the Forum:
In the next election, Georgians will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment concerning Charter Schools. Charter Schools can be a good thing as children trapped in failing public schools can benefit from them. However, a constitutional amendment is not needed to establish Charter Schools since a mechanism for establishing them already exists. Many Charter Schools are already operating.
Several aspects of this constitutional amendment run counter to many peoples' core beliefs about government, including the following:
For these reasons, this constitutional amendment should be defeated and that legislators and the governor who have aggressively promoted this amendment should be carefully evaluated in terms of their core beliefs about the appropriate function of government and their commitment to the support of public education before they are re-elected to office.
Launched in Duluth at the Hudgens Center recently was the second campaign entitled, "Atlanta Art Lives Here," a marketing collaboration to raise awareness of the region's robust arts and culture offerings, and its important role in the local economy and community. Some 25 Metro Atlanta arts organizations are participating.
of billboards and advertisements in the campaign feature a photo by Richard
Calmes featuring Suwanee Performing Arts dancer, North Gwinnett High graduate
and Georgia Tech freshman Christina Leamon performing at Barefoot in the
Park Festival in Duluth.
Norcross schedules Clean-Up and Recycling Day for Sept. 29
29 is the date for the fall "Neighborhood Clean-Up and Recycling
Day" in Norcross, one of the city's two annual Clean-up and Recycling
Events. It is also part of its "CAN" Do for Hunger food drive
effort. Environmentally-minded people from all over metro Atlanta regularly
attend this event and have compiled as much as 10,561 pounds of shredded
paper (equal to saving 90 trees), around 9,000 pounds of recyclable electronics
and almost 13 tons of trash and debris in a single event.
in the event are asked to bring canned or non-perishable goods to support
the 2012 "CAN" Do for Hunger Campaign.
Evermore Community Improvement District (CID) last week released 10 "good news" items happening along the U.S. Highway 78 corridor in Gwinnett County. Director Jim Brooks says that these items include:
SurgiTech students win merit award from national group
Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) has received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving a 100 percent graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the most recent examination cycle.
T.C. Parker, Surgical Technology program director, Gwinnett Tech, says: "We are so proud of our students and graduates, as well as the instructors who contributed to their success, and prouder still to have so many Gwinnett Tech CSTs at work in our area hospitals and facilities providing exceptional care to their patients."
Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology students consistently score above the national average on the CST examination, with the college's pass rate among first-time exam takers consistently at 90 percent or higher. For the three-year period from 2009 - 2012, Gwinnett Tech's pass rate for all surgical technology students taking the CST examination was 92 percent, according to the NBSTSA.
Gwinnett Tech has long offered a diploma in Surgical Technology, which takes about a year to complete. The college was just approved to now offer an associate degree in Surgical Technology, a two-year program.
Jace Brooks takes office as newest county commissioner
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has a new member, as Jace Brooks, pictured on the left, was sworn in as District 1 commissioner on Monday by Probate Court Judge Jim Clarke, pictured on the right. Brooks will attend his first commission meeting Tuesday.
Brooks was the only candidate to qualify for the special election in November to fill the rest of Shirley Lasseter's term and he has no opposition in the general election to begin a full four-year term in January. Brooks and his wife, Kirste, have twin 11 year olds. His wife is a math teacher in Gwinnett County Public Schools.
The Morris Museum of Art opened in 1992 as the first museum in the country dedicated to documenting the art and artists of the South. Located on the riverfront in downtown Augusta, the museum seeks to preserve and enhance a regional cultural legacy by showcasing the history of painting in the South through a broad-based survey collection of paintings and drawings. In 2007 the museum received a Governor's Award in the Humanities.
From the main entrance in the Augusta Riverfront Center, visitors enter a lobby of classic design, passing through intimate galleries dedicated to various themes, time periods, and art movements-from antebellum portraiture to Civil War (1861-65) scenes, from abundant southern still lifes to atmospheric southern landscapes. Other galleries are devoted to the African American image in southern art, impressionism in the South, the modernist influence on twentieth-century southern artists, and contemporary southern art.
The Morris Museum of Art was founded by William S. Morris III, chairman and chief executive officer of the Augusta-based Morris Communications Corporation, in memory of his parents. Chartered in 1985 as a nonprofit foundation, the museum found its mission and focus in 1989 with the purchase of a collection of southern art from Robert P. Coggins of Marietta. Works from this private collection had toured museums throughout the Southeast in 1984-87 as an exhibit entitled Art and Artists of the South. This acquisition, and additional works acquired from Coggins's estate after his death, formed the foundation on which the Morris Museum's extensive collection has been built. With the opening of the Morris Museum of Art, painting in the South is enjoying new emphasis and long-overdue recognition.
The museum's collection of works by artists who were born in the South or whose works reflect a discernible southern influence includes some 2,500 objects, primarily paintings and works on paper.
The collection ranges from the delicate watercolors of such early artist-naturalists as John Abbot, who lived in Burke County in the 1700s, to nineteenth-century landscapes by Henry Ossawa Tanner and Joseph Rusling Meeker, to a monumental commissioned work by Robert Rauschenberg that features images of Augusta. Jasper Johns, who was born in Augusta, is represented in the collection. Georgia native Benny Andrews and his father, George Andrews, a self-taught artist who became known as the "Dot Man" in Madison, are also represented. Among the other Georgia artists in the collection are Nell Choate Jones, Lamar Dodd, Augusta Oelschig, Alexander John Drysdale, Hattie Saussy, Art Rosenbaum, Don Cooper, William Posey Silva, Nellie Mae Rowe, and the Murphy family of Savannah.
also has extensive holdings of works by Elliott Daingerfield, a major
nineteenth-century symbolist painter who lived in New York and in Blowing
Rock, North Carolina; Will Henry Stevens, an early modernist who was born
in Indiana and worked in both North Carolina and Louisiana; and Alfred
Hutty, a Woodstock, New York, artist who moved to Charleston, South Carolina,
and spearheaded an early-twentieth-century artistic renaissance.
(To be continued)
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Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:
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(NEW) Probe College Fair: 6 p.m., Sept. 19, Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Hosted by Gwinnett Technical College, this fair gives high school students and parents a chance to explore a wide range of college options. There is no charge. Probe is a nine week fall tour of 58 college fairs held at various venues across Georgia.
General Membership Meeting of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce: 11:30 a.m., Sept. 19, The 1818 Club in Duluth. Speaker will be J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett School Superintendent. Details: 770 232-3000, or www.gwinnettchamber.org.
(NEW) Power Lunch of Buford Business Alliance: Noon, Sept. 20, Mirko Pasta, 3265 Sardis Church Road in Buford. A speaker from the University of Georgia Small Business Center will talk on "free services to small businesses." Details.
(NEW) Third Thursday Arts Party: 6 p.m., Sept. 20, Kudzu Arts Center, 116 Carlyle Street, Norcross. The 12x12 Xtravaganza will be the highlight, more than 70 art pieces of 12x12 inches available at silent auction with bids starting at $60. Normal gallery hours are from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
Joint Replacement Clinic: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 21, 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. This free healthcare breakfast is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center to tell of the latest advancement in joint replacement. Speakers will be Drs. Mary Jo Albert and Gary Levengood, talking about hip and knee replacement.
(NEW) Stuart Woods luncheon: Doors open 11 a.m. for noon lunch, Sept. 26, Garden Plaza, 230 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville. Woods will discuss his autobiographical, Blue Water, Green Skipper. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Gwinnett County Public Library.
Harvest Ball benefitting Norcross Cluster schools: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Northeast Atlanta Hilton, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Tickets are $50 per person. Black tie optional. Food, surprise activities, dancing and silent auction. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genealogical workshop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lawrenceville at 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway. Sponsored by the church, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Day Chapter, and Sons of the American Revolution, Atlanta Chapter. Learn how to use census records, courthouse records and other sources, many on the Internet, to start to research and document your family history.
Children's author to appear: Gwinnett Kid's Read, Too! features children's author Carmen Deedy. She will appears on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Library Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway. She will greet fans and promote her newest book Return of the Library Dragon. Illustrator Michael White will also make an appearance.
Sign-Up Time for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.
Third Annual Gala of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet: Sept. 29, Northwood Country Club. Now in its 16th season, the goal of the night is to raise $25,000 toward providing high quality, affordable arts programming, with live orchestra for all performances, and unsurpassed performing opportunities for aspiring dancers. More.
(NEW) Ninth Annual Suwanee Music Festival: Oct. 6, Town Center Park, sponsored by Amigos for Christ. Music begins at 10 a.m. and continues through beginning of The Lovin' Spoonful presentation at 7:30 p.m. Events for all ages at $10 per person. Details.
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