07 December 2007

Remember Pearl Harbor

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, German Chocolate Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), and New York Cheesecake.

UT Dallas Day! All students, teachers, and staff can get a free small today by showing their UT Dallas ID. (You can get one even if you are graduating tomorrow.)

I haven't talked much about it, but the shipping deadline is coming up quickly. In order to guaranty your shipment for UPS ground, we need to have your order placed by the 14th of December. We have a day or two buffer, but it is strongly recommended that you order as early as possible. We are happy to hold orders until closer to Christmas. Just leave a comment on your order to let us know.

We've gotten in our shipment of Judy's. We are restocked on all of the brittle and also have a new mixed nut brittle just in time for the holidays.


Today's Charities:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

For The Michael J. Fox Foundation, there is one clear measure of success: delivering patients better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson's disease. We've developed a targeted approach to research funding that helps us identify and prioritize the patient-relevant science that will allow us to reach our goal.

STEP ONE: Charting the Course-MJFF's Global View
We tap leading specialists from around the globe to help us maintain a comprehensive view of the field and determine the research areas that hold the most promise for improving diagnosis and treatment of PD. In 2006 we convened over 350 top researchers from academic and industry labs all over the world for meetings to set strategy and future direction. Our meetings lead directly to funding initiatives, new collaborations and other action steps that will move the field forward faster.

STEP TWO: Homing In On Translatable Science-MJFF's Research Selection
The Foundation's scientific staff and expert advisors review proposals from researchers around the world. What are they looking for? The ideas that are most readily translatable into new treatments, the teams that can execute those ideas, thoughtful and realistic work plans, and outcomes that can take us closer to our goal: delivering better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for PD.

STEP THREE: Speed and Accountability-MJFF's Research Process
As soon as we identify the research proposals best aligned with our patient-relevant goals, we eliminate red tape to get funding to scientists as quickly as possible. We fund projects fast - in most cases, within two months.

But the Foundation's involvement doesn't stop there. Our scientific staff and advisors stay closely involved as research teams carry out their projects. We establish milestones and evaluate outcomes and progress, troubleshoot problems if they arise, and work with the team to set future directions. We believe our interactive approach is the best way to ensure accountability.

STEP FOUR: Moving Forward-How MJFF Capitalizes On Results
When we learn of promising findings (whether or not they resulted from research we funded), we work quickly to identify and partner with researchers equipped to further develop those discoveries in pursuit of the ultimate goal: improved treatments for Parkinson's patients.

Science is risky by nature, and not all of our research leads to positive outcomes. But even negative outcomes are useful for informing our next steps. Everything we learn helps us prioritize the next promising areas of focus, and the process starts again-one step closer to our goal.

Since we began in 2000, the Foundation has funded $98 million in Parkinson's research, either directly or through partnerships. And every one of those dollars has helped us learn more about the disease, develop better treatments for patients and, ultimately, get us closer to ending Parkinson's. (Text taken from MJFF website.)

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. (Text taken from HFHI.)

We would like to send a thank you out to the men and women of the military. Pearl Harbor day should remind us all of the bravery that they exemplify daily. We appreciate your service to our country.

1 comment:

sealegs said...

We all have our daily biases, though I'm not sure how they relate to Pearl Harbor Day.