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Recent Ecoport research articles based on my work

*Answers of your queries related to Indian medicinal and aromatic crops.

*Convert your food into medicine by serving it in Pattal of Indian state Chhattisgarh.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 11. New information on uses of medicinal soils.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 12. New information on Dataun and potherbs.

*New information about traditional medicinal knowledge and practices gathered during shooting of my first documentary film on Chhattisgarh herbs.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 13. New information on herbs used in treatment of Leucoderma.

For these and other articles visit at
http://ecoport.org/ep?SearchType=earticleList&Author=oudhia

Etienne Klein, Mécanique quantique

Pour rebondir sur ce que disait Amandine, Etienne Klein donne des cours de Mécanique Quantique grand public à la villette les 14, 21 et 28 janvier à 11h.

!! Vous pourrez le rencontrer après le premier cours !!

J'aimerais bien savoir qui vient histoire de savoir combien on sera à manger (probablement) avec lui. Pour ceux qui avez emprunté des bouquins de lui (il y en a plusieurs!) lisez les avant, comme ça vous pourrez en discuter directement avec lui ;)
C'est ouvert à tous, donc invitez qui vous voulez (et prévenez moi, que j'aie une idée du nombre de personnes qui viendront !).
Pour ceux qui ne pourront pas venir, je rappelle que les conférences seront filmées, et que si la première rencontre se passe bien, il sera d'accord pour en refaire une un autre jour, afin de rencontrer ceux qui ont cours le samedi matin...

Pour le "stage" de Mécanique quantique, je rappelle qu'il se dérouleraient pendant une semaine à l'ens la deuxième semaine de vacances de février pour la partie rencontres, conférences et débats. Vous visiterez des labos et ferez des petites manips vous même pendant les vacances de Paques. A la fin, on vous demandera de faire un petit compte rendu (écrit, ou présenter un poster pendant le festival) de ce que vous aurez appris (vous pourrez le faire à plusieurs).
Vous pouvez aussi inviter d'autres gens extérieurs à la science ac mais je vais limiter le nombre de personnes à 20 et j'aimerais donc avoir une idée des gens qui veulent participer.

Voili voilou, d'ici à ce qu'on se revoie, bonnes fêtes !
Jeanne

Indication pour la visite du laboratoire de François, 18/12/06

Bonjour a tous,

j'espere que vous allez bien à l'approche de cette fin d'année, le pere noel ne va pas tarder à nous gater, et voici un petit avant gout. Pour les personnes concernées je tiens a repréciser l'horaire, la date et le lieu de la visite:

Facultée de medecine,
156 rue Vaugirard, métro Pasteur
au 2ème étage bloc U571

Ce serait le lundi 18 Décembre, il serait bien de se rejoindre a 19h a l'arret en question (Pasteur)

je vous donne l'adresse de François, taddei@necker.fr
ceux qui viennent n'hésiter à poster un com pour signaler que vous venez, histoire que je sache qui prévenir pour qu'on soit synchro.

Allez a très bientôt,

baptiste

Knowledge interchange-NRF

Dear all,
I have recieved many queries regarding the funding offered by the NRF for collaborative funding. Firstly this funding is only available for work to be done in South Africa, a knowledge exchange if you will, or for a South African to do work within Africa.
Secondly for further details please refer to the NRF website (www.nrf.ac.za) and search for information pertaining to this fund.
Third I am not the co-ordinator of the fund, I was only informed about it, please refer to the NRF in Pretoria, South Africa for further information.
Good luck to you all with your application,
Henry

PRIZE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES FOR PAKISTANI SCIENTISTS

DR. M. N. AZAM PRIZE IN COMPUTER SCIENCES (SOFTWARE) FOR PAKISTANI SCIENTISTS

The Academy invites nominations in January/February each year from its Fellows, Vice Chancellors of the Universities and Heads of the R&D Organizations. Only one name is to be proposed.

The Prize carries Rs. 15,000/- Cash and a Certificate. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences has instituted Dr. M. N. Azam Prize in Computer Sciences (Software).

Procedure:
Four copies of detailed biodata, list of publications, research projects, and list of software with details in terms of application is to be supplied. A summary/citation highlighting the achievements of the nominee is needed.

The nominations complete, in all respects, received within due dates are processed. The documents of the candidates are sent to an expert for assessment in order of merit. On the basis of the recommendations of the experts, the Council of the Academy selects candidate for the prize. The prize is awarded to the winner in the investiture ceremony in the General Body meeting in November/December.

Research Articles of This week (Based on my work in Indian state Chhattisgarh)

Thanks Ways members for your emails and comments. Here is list of my latest research articles.

*Why Bt rice is not suitable for Biodiversity rich Chhattisgarh?

*Are Capuchin monkeys (Cebus sp.) in danger due to illegal trade in Indian state Chhattisgarh?

*Don't declare traditional beliefs and practices as Blind faith; try to establish the science of it, if you can.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 9. Some interesting information on Safed Gunja (White seeded Abrus precatorius).

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 10. Comments of natives and Traditional Healers regarding herbs mentioned in Garud Puran.

*Reference literatures are still having very less information about Natural wealth.

*Its right time to reap national and international queries related to minor forest produces of Indian state Chhattisgarh.

On World AIDS day, December 01, 2006

In AIDS research around the world there is need to give chance to Traditional Healers practicing Traditional medicinal knowledge about herbs and insects. In India, these Healing practices are providing great relief to AIDS patients. I have tried to document this traditional knowledge.

*Real health experts of Chhattisgarh “Traditional Healers”: Waiting for recognition and honor from civil society.

*Traditional Medicinal Knowledge about Herbs used as Supplement in Main Treatment of AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) in Chhattisgarh, India. 1-280. (Compilation of Extended summaries with New comments)

*Traditional Medicinal Knowledge about Herbs used as Supplement in Main Treatment of AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) in Chhattisgarh, India. 281-345. (Compilation of Extended Summaries)

*Working with the real health experts: the traditional healers of Chhattisgarh.

For more research articles on this aspect please visit at

Scientists vs. Engineers

Lately, I've been thinking more and more about the dichotomy between scientists and engineers. While similar in many ways, scientists and engineers have proven to be very different in terms of adaptability, use of resources, and application of theories. While these and other differences are essential to both groups, I can't help but feel that both scientists and engineers would stand to gain much from opening up dialogue with each other a bit more.

I myself studied civil engineering here in Montreal, though I later abandoned that career choice because, well it was a career choice, not a personal choice. In other words, it seemed like a good idea because I could get a decent job afterwards, with a decent starting salary. That's the reason so many of us do what we do in this capital-driven economic system we've built(indeed, we're programmed to think this way from a very young age), but in the end, it seemed like an awfully shallow reason to become an engineer, scientist or anything, really.

How many scientists here became scientists because they *really* love science? How many of us really grew up loving science itself, and knew from an early age that this is really what we wanted to do, regardless of the career path / job opportunities?

And how many of us followed a scientific career path because it would provide us with a comfortable living, a good salary, and a secure future? Or for some other superficial reason, such as going into a "well-respected" field, or making our parents proud?

One of the most important differences between a pure science versus an engineering degree is that there is a career path from an undergraduate degree in engineering. Engineering graduates are qualified to pursue their professional license. Not so in science, where one typically requires graduate work to be employable in that field.

Science primarily involves using experimentation to uncover new things about the physical world, while engineering is about applying that scientific knowledge to create useful products and services for society. While science is firmly rooted in research, engineering relies on both research and design. Both disciplines require a strong knowledge of scientific theory, math and computing.1

While both engineers and scientists know how to "tinker" with things, it seems to me that engineers like to tinker with everything around them that they don't yet fully understand, while scientists prefer to restrict their exploration to topics that fall within their own scientific grasp. A good example of this is the Internet - most engineers I know are much more web-savvy than most scientists I know. They both had the same starting point, but it's the engineer who was quicker at asking questions, figuring things out, not only trying to understand the "how" of the way things like blogging, wikis, distributed social networks, etc. work, but also figuring out the "why". These engineers seem to understand the importance of sharing and the value of open information, where the general attitude I've gotten back with my years of working with the global scientific community has been one of "This is my research, this is my information, etc.

Also - and this might have something to do with the aforementioned understanding of social networks - engineers accept the fact that they are just a very small part of a much larger system. When I think of engineers, the visual that appears in my head is one of mechanical engineers working in teams, of computer engineers spread across the world working on an open-source project, or of civil or mining engineers together on a surveying mission. When I imagine scientists, I see a lone elder man with a white beard surrounded by flasks, or - at best - a sterile lab with people in lab coats, completely quiet, each staring down their own microscope.

These are, of course, hilariously inaccurate caricatures. But it's undeniable that science has been - and still is - a much more rigid and impenetrable topic, while engineers have been quick to assimilate with the technology that's around them. Scientists seem to accept to use this technology - without trying to understand it - only if it serves in their field of research.

Scientists want to understand the theories behind something and they're willing to use tools when necessary to get to the core of why/how. Engineers want to build things and they're willing to use theory when it will help the construction.

[...]

The scientist vs. engineer relation is simple, without one, the other could not exist. No scientist can get a thing done, without a half-way descent machinist, (whether it be programming, or actually maching of instruments) Engineers on the other hand, must use every bit of applicable theory, whether it be from pure nature, or academic elitists, to produce something of value. Fuller's edict was "If it works, then it is beautiful." I believe functionality is the key to beauty as well, as functionality is a trait that is quantitative, as well as qualitative. That is where raw science and engineering form a unity, in pure functionality. It is their most common bond, and strongest.2

As for me, well after I left engineering I registered as an independent student, which is a status I retain to this day. I take courses that interest me because I want to learn more about them, things like psychology, languages, history, philosophy, and some science and engineering classes. I sit in on classes sometimes even when I'm not enrolled in them. With the absence of the usual pressure about grades and studying, I retain so much more from every course than I used to when I was "a student".

There are probably enough credits for a degree (or two) in there somewhere, but I'm not interested in even pursuing that right now. I find that the most fascinating thinking often occurs in the cracks between topics (a great example of this is the remarkable symbiosis we see in interdisciplinary science), not at their summits, so I try to build (myself, my work and my "research") horizontally, not vertically. Finding out how to apply existing ideas to areas where innovation is needed is more valuable to me than constantly trying to push the boundaries and discover "the next big thing" in a selected topic.

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play. -- Warren Beatty

Does that make me an engineer or a scientist? Probably neither.

Or maybe a "mad scientist"...

  1. 1. From Queens University
  2. 2. From Zephoria.org

Visite du labo de françois

Bonjour à tous

Je tiens a informer que Francois veut bien nous présenter son projet et son labo pour une après midi, il m'a proposé deux dates, donc j'aimerais (si cela vous intéressent) que vous me dite à quelle date c'est possible entre :
- Samedi 09 Decembre à 14h (puis après on rejoint le groupe entier a ENS a 16h comme prévu)

-Mercredi 20 Decembre ,après midi (heure a préciser)

Donc hésitez pas a poster votre réponse en comentaire, pour la place cela en devrait pas etre un probleme ;)

(perso je peut pas Mercredi j'ai cour toute la journée)

Le choix de la donc sera choisit en fonction du nombre ^^
D'autre part, François a la possibilée (normalement) de prendre 3 ou 4 d'entre nous pour un mini-stage durant la premiere semaine de Janvier (au moins le 3,4,5) si vous etes intéréssé il faut le poster en com' aussi! (ps: jespere qu'il restera une place pour moi qui suis très intéréssé ;).

Jespère que cette proposition de François va rentrer un vif succès car ses projets (de Bio , héhé) on l'air Excellent!

A très bientôt,

baptiste

Euro-Mediterranean University Forum call for papers

the Anna Lindh Foundation has launched a
Call for papers to select participants in the next Euro-Mediterranean University Forum.

For more information you are kindly invited to consult the ALF website at the following address: http://www.euromedalex.org/En/paper.htm

Please note that the deadline for the submission of the abstracts of the papers is 31 December 2006.

La Fondation Anna Lindh a lancé un Appel à
Contributions pour sélectionner des participants pour le prochain Forum universitaire euro-méditerranéen.

Pour toutes information supplémentaire, veuillez consulter le site web de la
Fondation à l'adresse suivante
et http://www.euromedalex.org/fr/paper.htm

La date limite pour la présentation des résumés des contributions est le 31 décembre
2006.

International Environmental Law and Policy Database

the website is maintained by the American University Washington College of Law.

http://www.wcl.american.edu/environment/iel/index.cfm

"This site is particularly well suited to the study of international environmental law and policy, providing a rich resource of materials and contacts that would not otherwise be accessible. The Internet's global reach and depth of data make it ideal for research and communication throughout the globe. "

"The Home page contains links to the book's 21 chapters and annexes. Each chapter contains relevant links to sites containing treaties, treaty offices, documents, NGOs, government agencies, and cool sites found while surfing."

"The Institutional Players page contains links to the major UN system institutions, specialized UN agencies and programs, inter-governmental organizations, international financial institutions, and international dispute resolution fora."

If you come across a dead link, please contact WCL:
webmaster (at) wcl.american.edu

The Asia-Link Programme

The Asia-Link Programme is an initiative by the European Commission to promote regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in EU Member States and eligible countries in Asia. The programme aims to promote the creation of new partnerships and new sustainable links between European and Asian higher education institutions, and to reinforce existing partnerships.

The objective of the Asia-Link Programme is to promote regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in Europe, South and South East Asia and China.

The Programme is funded by the EU budget, under the budget line for “Political, economic and cultural cooperation with Asian developing countries”.

Eligible countries are the 25 Member States of the European Union and developing countries in Asia:

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonésia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongólia, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan,Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam

Programme activities

1. Partnership Projects

Partnership projects can undertake activities in one or more of the following three areas:
i. Human Resource Development
These activities aim to upgrade the skills of university teaching staff, in particular young faculty and future teachers (i.e. postgraduate students), and administrators.

ii. Curriculum Development
Activities aim to develop curricula, by producing new/improved courses, modules or teaching/training materials. Each project, which should be innovative, covers activities relating to the preparation of curricula and course material, their dissemination and the training of professors/tutors to teach them.

iii. Institutions & Systems Development
Grants are awarded for co-operative projects that aim to enhance the overall management of institutions of higher education through the sharing of experience between Asian and European institutions (or groups/associations of institutions).

2. Capacity-Building Actions
3. Programme support activities

i. Studies
Three studies are being carried out in early 2006, intended to provide a wider knowledge base to the higher education sector in Europe and Asia, in
order to enhance cooperation and mutual understanding.
The three topics are:
- Patterns of HE cooperation and practical issues affecting EU-Asia university
partnerships
- Partnerships/relationships between universities and business/industry in
Europe and Asia
- University cooperation for sustainable development in Europe and Asia.

ii. European Higher Education Fairs
A first European Higher Education Fair was organised in November 2004 in Bangkok. This provided a forum for European higher education institutions and associations to promote the European HE sector to Thai students and
academics, and to exchange best practice on Asia-Link. Seven further Fairs are scheduled over 2006-2008 in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

iii. Networking; Stakeholders’ Meetings
A first Asia-Link Project Networking Meeting brought some 50 project representatives to Kuala Lumpur in September 2005. It is planned to carry
out further networking activities and meetings in 2006. The September meeting was held back-toback with the Asia-Link Stakeholders’ Meeting.
This was the third annual meeting of representatives from the HE sector, who provide advice and feedback on the Programme’s activities and priorities.

iv. Information and Communication
The programme website, updated on a regular basis, provides a range of information, news and statistics on Calls for Proposals and funded
projects. It also houses a partner search database, allowing interested higher education institutions to post their areas of interest. Flyers and brochures on the programme are also produced. Information sessions for potential applicants are organised in Europe and in Asia.

For more information on Asia-Link, and the projects it funds:Website:http://ec.europa.eu/

Recent Research Articles based on my work in Indian state Chhattisgarh

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 5. Some important observations in Gariaband and Mainpur regions.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 6. Interactions with the Herb Vendors of Gariaband and Mainpur regions.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 7. Interactions with the Fishermen of Gariaband and Mainpur regions.

*Results of Ethnobotanical surveys conducted from January to August 2006 in Indian state Chhattisgarh. 8. Interesting information on folk zootherapy collected from Gariaband and Mainpur regions.

*Traditional Medicinal Knowledge about herbs used in treatment of Ulcerative Colitis in Indian State Chhattisgarh.

*Farmer's ways of managing insects and monkeys in Durg region of Indian state Chhattisgarh.

*Bt rice in Chhattisgarh: A new curse for the Biodiversity.

conférences de physique des particules

Coucou

J'errais sur le web et je suis tombée sur ça : http://www.in2p3.fr/physique_pour_tous/aulycee/nepal/index.htm
en gros ça a l'air d'être des chercheurs qui se proposent pour venir faire des confs dans les lycées.
Thèmes abordés: Le destin des étoiles, comment la masse vient aux particules, le neutrino, l'antimatière etc etc...
Si ça vous intéresse, n'hésitez pas à les appeler!
Jeanne

Reinventing African Economies: Technological Innovation and the Sustainability Transition

The conference paper "Reinventing African Economies: Technological Innovation and the Sustainability Transition"
by Calestous Juma deals with the role of higher education for sustainable development and economic learning.
Focused on Africa, it also present case study outside of the continent.
Costa Rica's EARTH university is a must read!

the report can be downloaded at:
http://www.wallacechair.iastate.edu/endeavors/pesekcolloquium/Calestous-...