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Eckerd College is a private four-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida, in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Wikipedia.

Seifert M.D.,Indiana University | Seifert M.D.,Eckerd College
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2010

I present a topological defect solution that arises in a theory where Lorentz symmetry is spontaneously broken by a rank-two antisymmetric tensor field, and I discuss its observational signatures. © 2010 The American Physical Society.

Ormsby A.,Eckerd College
Conservation and Society | Year: 2013

The sacred groves of India represent a long-held tradition of community management of forests for cultural reasons. This study used social science research methods in the states of Meghalaya and Karnataka to determine local attitudes toward the sacred groves, elements of sacred grove management including restrictions on resource use, as well as ceremonies associated with sacred groves. Over a seven-month period, 156 interviews were conducted in 17 communities. Residents identified existing taboos on use of natural resources in the sacred groves, consequences of breaking the taboos, and the frequency and types of rituals associated with the sacred groves. Results show that numerous factors contribute to pressures on sacred groves, including cultural change and natural resource demands. In Meghalaya, the frequency of rituals conducted in association with the sacred groves is declining. In both Meghalaya and Karnataka, there is economic pressure to extract resources from sacred groves or to reduce the sacred grove size, particularly for coffee production in Kodagu in Karnataka. Support for traditional ceremonies, existing local community resource management, and comprehensive education programs associated with the sacred groves is recommended. Copyright: © 2013. Ormsby.

Speier A.R.,Eckerd College
Anthropology and Medicine | Year: 2011

This paper is about the changing shape of health tourism in a Czech spa town. The research focuses on balneotherapy as a traditional Czech healing technique, which involves complex drinking and bathing therapies, as it is increasingly being incorporated into the development of a Czech health tourism industry. Today, the health tourism industry in Mariánské Lázně is attempting to 'harmoniously' combine three elements - balneology, travel and business activities. One detects subtle shifts and consequent incongruities as doctors struggle for control over the medical portion of spa hotels. At the same time, marketing groups are creating new packages for a general clientele, and the implementation of these new packages de-medicalizes balneotherapy. Related to the issue of the doctor's authority in the spa, the changes occurring with the privatization of tourism entails the entrance of 'tourists' to Mariánské Lázně who are not necessarily seeking spa treatment but who are still staying at spa hotels. There is a general consensus among spa doctors and employees that balneotherapy has become commodified. Thus, while balneotherapy remains a traditional form of therapy, the commercial context in which it exists has created a new form of health tourism. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Sneed J.M.,Eckerd College
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society | Year: 2014

Microbial biofilms induce larval settlement for some invertebrates, including corals; however, the chemical cues involved have rarely been identified. Here, we demonstrate the role of microbial biofilms in inducing larval settlement with the Caribbean coral Porites astreoides and report the first instance of a chemical cue isolated from a marine biofilm bacterium that induces complete settlement (attachment and metamorphosis) of Caribbean coral larvae. Larvae settled in response to natural biofilms, and the response was eliminated when biofilms were treated with antibiotics. A similar settlement response was elicited by monospecific biofilms of a single bacterial strain, Pseudoalteromonas sp. PS5, isolated from the surface biofilm of a crustose coralline alga. The activity of Pseudoalteromonas sp. PS5 was attributed to the production of a single compound, tetrabromopyrrole (TBP), which has been shown previously to induce metamorphosis without attachment in Pacific acroporid corals. In addition to inducing settlement of brooded larvae (P. astreoides), TBP also induced larval settlement for two broadcast-spawning species, Orbicella (formerly Montastraea) franksi and Acropora palmata, indicating that this compound may have widespread importance among Caribbean coral species. © 2014 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

Foltz B.,Eckerd College
Christian Bioethics | Year: 2015

While Pope Francis' popularity grows with the media, disenfranchised Roman Catholics, and groups usually unfriendly toward Catholicism, he arouses concern among Christian traditionalists. Much unease comes from mixed messages utilizing a kind of duplicity different from heretical double-truth teachings of the Latin Middle Ages. This use of alternate truths for different audiences reverses the medieval employment, offering the public not the literal, traditional sense (which the Latin Averroists saw as suited for mass consumption) but symbolic or figurative versions once reserved for the sophisticated and erudite, while insisting that more robustly faithful elites still embrace the stricter teachings of the Church. Moreover, this "reversed" double truth can itself be doubled yet again, if the higher elites privately believe the same, weaker, less robust truths disseminated to the masses, although holding them in a more rationalized, sophisticated form. Modernized double truth is not new, but previously the papacy enforced a singularity for Church teaching. With Pope Francis, however, the doubling of truth appears at the peak of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. This has profound consequences for bioethics, (1) constituting a third version of Catholic moral teaching, following both the Tridentine manualist version, and the rationalist, Vatican II modernist rendition, to form a post-modern approach to moral truth, (2) subverting traditional Catholic bioethicists, while calling into question the Roman Catholic Church as a reliable ally against militant secularism in current bioethics. Ancient Christianity as exemplified in the Orthodox Church offers a better model for bioethics, due to its basis in asceticism, worship, and a noetic approach to truth that is not dependent on the vicissitudes of discursive rationality or a chief primate to arbitrate them. © The Author 2015.

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