Archive for December, 2009

31
Dec
09

Wishing You Joy, Peace and Happiness

Wishing You Joy, Peace and Happiness

 

Wishing you …

the joy

the peace

the happiness

… of this Holiday Season.

Happy New Year To All!

 

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30
Dec
09

Earl Louis Lambeau

Earl Louis Lambeau

Earl Louis Lambeau was born on April 9, 1898, at Green Bay, Wisconsin and died on June 1, 1965 at Sturgeon Bay.  Curly Lambeau is a football coach who had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of the U.S. professional sports to survive in a small city.

After playing briefly for the University of Notre Dame, Lambeau collaborated with George Calhoun, a Green Bay newspaperman, in organizing a professional football team, which was called the Packers because it received a subsidy from a local meat packing firm.  In 1921 the packers entered the American Professional Football Association, founded on September 17, 1920, and renamed the National League (NFL) on June 24, 1922, Lambeau led the team to six NFL championships (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944).  In addition to coaching and servicing as general manager, he played halfback (1919-29) and was noted as a forward passer.

A controversial personage sometimes known as the “Bellicose Belgian”, Lambeau was dismissed after the 1949 season in a dispute with the Packers’ business management.  Subsequently he coached the Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and the Washington Redskins (1952-54).  In 1963 he was elected a charter member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio.

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27
Dec
09

Alphonse de Lamartine ~ Poet and Stateman

Louis XVIII’s Bodyguard

He was born on October 21, 1790 at Macon France and died on February 28, 1869 at Paris.  He was a poet and statesman whose lyrics in Meditations poetiques (1820) established him as one of the key figures in the Romantic movement in French literature.

After his education with the Jesuits at Belley, Lamartine wrote verse and travelled, served for several months in Louis XVIII’s bodyguard, and emigrated to Switzerland.  In 1820 he was appointed secretary to the embassy at Naples and married an Englishwoman, Maria Ann Birch.  In the same year he published his first book of poems, Meditation poetiques, which because of its new romantic tone and sincerity of feeling, was immensely successful.  Nouvelles meditations poetiques, Mort de Socrate (1823), and Le Dernier Chant du pelerianage d’ Harold (1825) increased his reputation.  Lamartine was elected to the French Academy in 1829.  In the following year he abandoned a diplomatic career, devoting his time to travel and to the composition of a long metaphysical poem, of which Jocelyn (1836) and La Chute d’ un ange (1838) form part.  During the next decade, he became increasingly active in politics as a spokesman for the working class.  He published historical and political works.  After the revolution of 1848, he was, briefly, the effective head of the provisional government.  He afterward devoted his life to writing.

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25
Dec
09

Christmas Wishes to All of You

An especially warm wish to all

for the Holiday Season

and the best of everything

in the New Year

 

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23
Dec
09

Think Tank’s Prime Mover

Dr. Romel D. Gomez

For a Filipino to be recognized as a prominent teacher in the proverbial land of milk and honey is something Dr. Romel D. Gomez was cited as an influential educator in the 2001.  Celebrating Teachers Program of the University of Maryland’s Center for Teaching Excellence in the United States.

Dr. Gomez, who has already migrated to the US, has definitely not forgotten his native land.  He is a prime mover for the Philippine-American Academy of Scientists and Engineers (PAASE), a group that is comprised of world-class experts in the diverse areas of physics, biology, mathematics, economics, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, and engineering.

As a professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Dr. Gomez can offer his expertise to the Philippines through the programs mapped out by PAASE and by finding opportunities for aspiring scientists to conduct research in the US.

Currently, Dr. Gomez’s research is centered on the exploration of magnetism at the molecular level and the development of innovative magnetic imaging techniques.  He has written more than 40 papers, a book chapter, and holds two US patients.

Dr. Gomez obtained his Ph.D (Condensed Matter Physics and Surface Science) from the University of Maryland in 1990, his Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in 1984, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines.

Sources

University of Maryland Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  http://www.enee.umd.edu/~rdgomez

Lee-Chua.  Queena.RP-US Science Meet.  http://www.inq7.net/inf/2003/jun/21/text/inf_23-1-p.htm

21
Dec
09

Lucius Lamar Q(uintus) C(incinnatus) ~ Lawyer

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1888-93)

He was born on September 17, 1825, Putnam Country, Georgia and Died January 23, 1893, Macon.  Lawyer, U.S. secretary of the interior (1885-88), and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1888-93), was also a U.S. representative (1857-60, 1873-77) and senator (1877-85) from Mississippi.  He drafted the Mississippi ordinance of secession from the Union (1861), fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War, and was appointed Confederate envoy to Russia (1862).  After the war, however, his moderating influence during Reconstruction won him the sobriquet “the Great Pacificator.”  As secretary of the interior he insisted that the Interstate Commerce Commission (created 1887) be subject to the presidency rather than to his own office.

Perhaps Lamar’s most important Supreme Court opinion, a dissent in In re Neagle, 135 U.S. 1 (1890), was an effort to limit the powers of the federal executive branch to those specified in the Constitution and in statutes enacted by Congress.  In his view, the authority of the states could not be overridden by federal executive powers inferred from general theories of government.

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16
Dec
09

Jean-Baptiste de Monet, chevalier de Lamarck ~ Pioneer Biologist

Originator of the Modern Conception of the Museum Collection

He was born on August 1, 1744,  Picardy, France and died on December 18, 1829, Paris.  Pioneer biologist, best known for his idea that acquired traits are heritable.  Lamarck’s explanation of evolutionary change was controverted by Darwin.  His speculations, however, are often wrested out of context, altering his original intent.

Abstract of text biography.  After a short time studying for the priesthood, Lamarck entered the army, during which time he became interested in medicine and botany.  He was an originator of the modern conception of the museum collection.

Lamarck’s notable works include Systeme des animaux sans vertebres, ou table general des classes (1801), a classification of invertebrates,  Philosophie Zoologique (1809), and a natural history of invertebrates (1815-22).  

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14
Dec
09

Dr. Eriberta Nepomuceno Navera

Dr. Eriberta Nepomuceno Navera

Dr. Eriberta Nepomuceno Navera is a native of As, Albay.  At an early age, the girl who loved collecting butterflies, concocting solutions and putting all sorts of things together was already determined to become a scientist and inventor.  Dr. Navera took up Biochemistry at the Univeristy of Sto. Tomas.  Then, in 1987, she was accepted as a Monbusho scholar at the University of Tokyo Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology.  She was the first Filipino and the first non-Japanese ever to be accepted in the said university.  Dr. Navera graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Engineering, specializing in biosensors and bioelectronics.

One of Dr. Navera’s most popular contributions to science was her invention and development of the Hydro Early Warning Device, which won the 1993 National Science Award.  Her pioneering work on the Acetyl Choline Sensor was likewise lauded worldwide.

Dr. Navera was not only confined inside the laboratory.  After her studies abroad, she went back to her hometown and taught Biochemistry at the Bicol University.  Later on, she was appointed as Assistant Director of the University’s Research Center and Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

In 1999, she was appointed as the Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. V (DOST V).  As Regional Director, Dr. Navera’s thrust was the use of science and technology to improve the region’s living conditions.  She worked to strengthen the region’s exportable resources and products according to global standards, through the use of science and technology. – Allen A. Liberato

12
Dec
09

Archibald Lampman ~ Canadian Poet

Socialist and a Critic of Party Politics

Archibald Lampman was born on November17, 1861, at Morpeth, Ont.—and died on February 10, 1899, Ottawa, important Canadian poet of the Confederation group, whose most characteristic works scenes and incidents of the outdoors.

Educated at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, he lived in Ottawa, employed in the post office department of the Canadian civil service, from 1883 until his death.  He collaborated with two other Ottawa poets in the writing of a weekly column, “At the Mermaid Inn,” in the Toronto Globe (1892-93).            .

Lampman was repelled by the mechanization of urban life and escaped to the countryside whenever possible.  Influenced by the craftsmanship and perfection of form of classical poetry and by the lyrical verse of such English Romantic poets as Wordsworth, Shelley, Tennyson, and Keats, he wrote nature poems celebrating the beauties of Ottawa and its environs and the Gatineau countryside of Quebec.

Among his fine nature poems are “Morning on the Lievre,” “Heat,” and “In November.”  Of the many sonnets that Lampman wrote, a number are admirable—e.g., “Winter Evening,” “A January Morning,” “Evening,” “Solitude,” and “The Frog.”  Although Lampman was a Socialist and a critic of party politics and organized religion, only a few short poems reflect his radical ideas on politics and economics.

During his lifetime Lampman published two volumes of verse,  Among the Millet and Other Poems (1888) and Lyrics of Earth (1893). After his death, his friend and literary executor, Duncan Campbell Scott, edited The Poems of Archibald Lampman (1900) and Lyrics of EarthPoems and Ballads (1925).  Several uncollected poems were published in 1943.

 

10
Dec
09

Francois de La Mothe Le Vayer ~ Writer

An Avocat at the Parlement of Paris

He was born on 1588, Paris and died 1672.  He is an independent thinker and writer who developed a philosophy of skepticism more radical than that of Michel Montaigne but less absolute than that of Pierre Bayle.  He became an avocat at the Parlement of Paris, taking over his father’s seat, but soon resigned when the attraction of belles letters became stronger.  His work La Contrariete d’ humeur entre la nation francaise et l’espagnole (1636; “Conflicts of Interest Between the French and Spanish Nations”) and Considerations sur l’ eloquence francaise (1638) earned him admission to the Academie Francaise in 1639.  He was admired by the powerful Cardinal de Richelieu and was tutor to several noble youths, including from 1652 to 1657 Louis XIV, for whom he wrote a complete series of texts.  The King rewarded him by appointing him historiographer of France and councilor of state.

His many philosophical works include De la vertu des paien (1642); “On the Goodness of the Pagans”); a treatise entitled Du peu de certitude qu’il y a dans l’ histoire (1668; “On the Lack of Certitude in History”), which marked a beginning of historical criticism in France;  and five skeptical Dialogues, published  posthumously under the pseudonym Orosius Tubero, which are concerned, respectively, with diversity in opinions, variety in customs of life and sex roles, the value of solitude, the virtue of the fools of this time, and differences in religion.




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