News Article | May 9, 2017
June in Yellowstone brings grizzly bears emerging from hibernation with cubs in tow, wolf pups beginning to explore and wrestle outside the den’s confines, and our country’s national mammal the mighty bison tending hungry calves. Moose, elk, pronghorn, foxes and a variety of birds including Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans are also nurturing offspring. To celebrate the fun of viewing spring babies, Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools, known for its ability to spot and share elusive animals in their protected national park habitat, is offering a Wild Discount on its multi-day Spring Wolves & Bears Expedition, June 1 – 3 and June 5 –7, 2017. For a special June-only price of $1,305 per person, the thrilling three-day trip takes visitors on an expert-guided three-day safari through the remarkable wolf and bear habitat known as America’s Serengeti, stopping at such iconic photo-friendly Yellowstone spots as Old Faithful, the colorful Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Trip includes two nights lodging in Cooke City, Montana, for easy park access. Guests travel comfortably in specially customized safari vehicles through the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, bursting with June-blooming native wildflowers including the bright yellow Arrowleaf Balsamroot. Expeditions start and finish in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, viewing nature’s majesty and educating guests on the history and ecology of the area along the way. A sample itinerary of the spring trip can be reviewed here. About Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools: With a mission of inspiring curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education, Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools has a well-earned reputation of leading exceptional safaris and locating wild animals in the wilderness in and around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Jackson Hole, Wyoming's premier and original safari provider, Wildlife Expeditions offers family-friendly educational tours year-round in a stunning natural environment. The wildlife adventure company has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, as a Travel Channel.com bucket-list destination and as one of “10 Amazing Adventures” worldwide by USA Today. For more information or to book a Wildlife Expeditions tour, visit http://www.tetonscience.org.
News Article | May 18, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 18, 2017--company, which specialises in kids' apps,the first game of a series that teaches kids about the world's diverse wildlife and how to protect it.According to low estimates from WWF, "...between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year..." To reverse this trend, we need to do more than protect the ecosystem today, we need to get our kids to fall in love with our planet! Future adults need to care about the environment and be able to handle the problems it faces constructively.That's where "Curious Wings" comes in! Besides donating 5% of its earnings to WWF, it will...- Hold kids' attention, and spark their curiosity about our planet and the environment.- Educate kids about Endangered Species, and help them understand that we must all work together to solve the problem.- Boost their confidence, and build their self-esteem through goal achievement and a great reward system.- Let's not forget about fun! The app will be an exciting and fun learning experience for kids of all ages!It all started last summer as Aris Karavias (founder of ReadnLearn) said: "We first came up with the idea of "Curious Wings" when we saw how our kids reacted when we visited "Arktouros Wildlife Conservation Camp" in Nimfaion, Greece. Visiting the animals, and talking to the staff was really moving. Coming home, we decided to build a game that would not only be fun and educational, but also impassion kids to protect our planet.""Curious Wings" will be packed with over 120 levels of fun with animals. It will feature five evergreen mini games, curated informational videos, and actions kids will need take to protect the ecosystem!- Mini games: A fun endless runner, spelling, memory, colouring, and puzzle.- 5 Different tokens to collect and play mini games, build National Parks, and take actions to protect animals.Our team has over 35 years of experience, creating educational products for kids, and has worked with leading enterprises, like Disney, Nestle, Warner, and others. 5 years ago, we started creating educational apps and, since then, we have launched over 60 educational apps with over 2 million downloads, 2500+ stellar reviews that have been ranked in 100+ Countries. appndesign.com Check out "Curious Wings: Endangered Species" ReadnLearn.com/CuriousWings/ Press Kit: ReadnLearn.com/CuriousWings/Press-Kit/ Contact:Aris Karavias00306951782194Source:
News Article | May 16, 2017
Iwo Jima Monument West could be dedicated in 2018 America’s most famous flag-raising monument, Marines on Iwo Jima (1945), will be re-created for California Marine Corps base; Iwo Jima veterans need US public to support and find more Iwo battle veterans. The famous Iwo Jima flag-raising monument, which serves as the Marine Corps War Memorial, is planned for Camp Pendleton on the coast of California, the first to face the Iwo Jima coordinates in the Pacific Ocean. “We are thrilled that this very important American symbol of courage will be on each coast for all Americans to see and acknowledge the sacrifices made,” says Laura Dietz of Newport Beach, CA, who founded a non-profit to finance the $10 million project. Dietz, an historian, found new insights: “It was a national phenomenon across the USA. Everyone wanted that photo. It is important because it symbolized that the US was winning the war and that our men would soon be coming home.” In the course of the research she met many Iwo Jima veterans, mostly Marines but also Navy and Army. “It was an all-American force of 75,000+ that secured that small island for its airstrips. One story line doesn’t get mentioned enough,” opines Dietz. “The Marine Corps’ bloodiest battle (with casualty rates of up to 80-90%) saved the lives of as many as 26,000 US airmen, who otherwise would have ditched and died in the cold Pacific waters.” That means that some possibly 2 million Americans exist today because of the Marines' unbelievable courage and determination. “There were so many unselfish, unrelenting acts of bravery, courage and heroism that occurred routinely, on a daily basis, as a true and keen sense of duty, that it was taken for granted,” said Sgt. Major “Iron Mike” Mervosh (Pittsburgh), Honorary National Chair of Iwo Jima Monument West. (Video Link: https://youtu.be/iYMNuNo0OmI) The Department of Defense is completing its signoffs to accept the monument as a gift. The Iwo Jima veterans are excited that, with funding, the project will be completed by November 10, 2018, the Marine Corps' birthday. (Arlington’s massive bronze sculpture was dedicated Nov. 10, 1954, by President Eisenhower. President Trump would be invited to do the honors in 2018.) The funding is expected to come from foundations, trusts, etc., over the next 6 months. The funding must be secured before construction can begin to ensure completion on time. The budget, with a 15% contingency figure, is $10.7 million. Dietz declares: “This is a bargain. The land was paid for in 1942 dollars, not today’s ocean view, near the coastline — saving millions in real estate valuations. It will be a tremendous recruiting tool for the USMC.” Oceanside’s Mayor Jim Wood became involved in 2015 as collateral projects will create jobs and city revenue. The design by the brilliant Curt Fentress (Denver), who designed/built the spectacular National Museum of the Marine Corps Quantico base, provides for the monument to be protected from the elements in a glass enclosure. Glass doors will provide for entry and exit. This design will mitigate for hundreds of years the damage that is caused naturally by weather. The monument will be visible to some 14 million drivers on Interstate 5 (which parallels the shoreline for 17 miles through the base) to ships off shore, and military aircraft flying over. The new bronze, sized to replicate the version at Quantico, will be designed/cast by Tom Bollinger, Bollinger Atelier (Tempe, AZ). His uncle was killed on Iwo Jima. Bollinger has cast Ira Hayes, flag raiser from Arizona. When the first flag was raised on 23 February 1945, ships honked their horns, and Marines yelled triumphantly. As veteran Damaso Sutis (Huntington Beach) said to Ms. Dietz, “Once that flag was up, boy, we took that airstrip (Moto #1) after days of fighting. I like that.” Today the Arlington, VA, memorial is being repaired thanks to philanthropy of David Rubenstein’s donation of $5.37 million through the National Parks Foundation. Rubenstein’s father was a USMC gunner on the USS Tennessee, one of 485 ships. Donors will be memorialized, and dedications may be made in honor of a loved one. Major donors will receive a special accommodation at the site. To continue to inspire and educate, other kiosks will include the name of every man who died in the battle — some 7,000 names — battle footage, and engravings that the USMC will select for the granite walls around the monument itself. Note: Most Iwo Jima veterans are not on the internet, but family members are. Please help us find these veterans and their families. Video links for previous interviews, quotes and photos in attached document ADDITIONAL CONTENT / ASSSETS FOLLOW AND AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
News Article | May 17, 2017
"Canada 150 Pacific Rim Celebration" Guests Automatically Entered to Win Return Stay at Iconic West Coast Vancouver Island Property During Storm Watching Season TOFINO, BC--(Marketwired - May 17, 2017) - Wickaninnish Inn today announced a special summer guest accommodation and dining package to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017. Designed to showcase the Inn's oceanfront appeal to travellers from around the world, the "Canada 150 Pacific Rim Celebration" package includes: The Canada 150 Pacific Rim Celebration package ranges from $2,139.95 to $5,139.95 plus taxes depending on chosen room type and is available from June 1st to September 30th, 2017. Guests who book the summer package will also be entered to win a return stay during Storm Watching season. Storm Watching at the Wickaninnish Inn is recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada. www.wickinn.com/winter-storm-watching. The book Pacific Rim Park included in the package was written by Dr. Howard McDiarmid, patriarch of the McDiarmid Family who created, own and operate the Wickaninnish Inn. Dr. McDiarmid was instrumental in creating the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve near Tofino in 1971 when he was the Member of Legislative Assembly representing the area. Parks Canada is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary by offering the "Discovery Pass" that gains free access to all National Parks from coast to coast to coast and includes the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Parks Canada has outlined 150 experiences visitors can enjoy in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ150. "All of us at Wickaninnish Inn are excited to offer a fantastic summer stay-and-dine experience with the bonus return visit giveaway as a unique way to celebrate such an important milestone for Canada," said Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director at the Wickaninnish Inn. "The McDiarmid family is equally excited to know that our guests can also enjoy the natural treasures of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve that our visionary father and grandfather, Howard McDiarmid, helped to protect." In addition to the summer package and Storm Watching giveaway, Wickaninnish Inn will celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with Executive Chef Warren Barr's participation in the "Canada C3" -- an epic 150-day sailing expedition journey connecting Canadians from "coast to coast to coast." Chef Barr, one of only fifteen Chefs invited to participate in the expedition, will join the last part of the journey -- leg 15 -- from Campbell River to Victoria on Vancouver Island. https://canadac3.ca/en/expedition/. About Wickaninnish Inn: The iconic Wickaninnish Inn, perched on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, is a year-round destination exemplifying "rustic elegance on nature's edge." A Relais & Châteaux www.relaischateaux.com member property since 1997, the Inn is owned and managed by the McDiarmid family of Tofino, and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach. Each one of the 75 oceanfront guest rooms and suites is designed to AAA/CAA Five Diamond standards, welcoming guests with a beach or ocean viewscape, gas fireplace, soaker tub, local art, and an individual balcony. The Wickaninnish Inn is home to The Pointe Restaurant, boasting 240-degree Pacific Ocean views and an innovative culinary program, and the award-winning Ancient Cedars Spa, where spa practitioners and estheticians provide a journey into a sense of well-being inspired by the Inn's natural surroundings. Visit www.wickinn.com Top Resort in Canada, Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Readers' Survey, 2014 and 2015
News Article | May 15, 2017
TORONTO, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for Spring, a new children's book is helping young readers fall in love with National Parks, a famous bear, and several other majestic species that call Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks home. Written by author and photographer...
News Article | May 15, 2017
Yankee Candle selected six of the most popular images from Creative Action Network's (CAN) See America Project, which consists of nearly 2,000 pieces of original artwork and photography of national parks and treasured landmarks across the United States. CAN donates 10 percent of its proceeds to the National Parks Conservation Association, the organization devoted to protecting some of America's greatest treasures through advocacy on behalf of the National Parks System. "Over 75 years ago, the Work Projects Administration first commissioned posters to showcase our national parks and events occurring around the country. The Creative Action Network embodies the same vision, enlisting artists from all over the U.S. to capture the stunning features of our national parks and landmarks," said Aaron Perry-Zucker, co-founder and creative director, CAN. "We're elated to be partnering with Yankee Candle and bringing the work of esteemed artists and some of our country's most treasured places to your homes." Below is a full list of artists and fragrances transporting the outdoors to inside the doors of your home or car. Cape Cod National Seashore By Susanne Lamb, Brooklyn, N.Y. Escape to a sunny day along the Cape with warm scents of salt air and beach flower. Great Smoky Mountains National Park By Jon Cain, Charlotte, N.C. Experience clean, fresh air combed through the piney woods of the Great Smokies. Golden Gate National Recreation Area By David Hays, Los Angeles, Calif. Embrace the ocean air blowing through the Golden Gate with cedar and sheer musk. Grand Canyon National Park By Mayanglambam Dinesh Singh, New Delhi, India Relish in cypress and cedar with a touch of patchouli—big and clear-cut as the Canyon itself. Everglades National Park By Megan Kissinger, Lehigh Acres, Fla. Travel to the warm waters of the Everglades among the fresh, flowing scent of tropical leaves and bright citrus. Badlands National Park By Bryan Bromstrup, Terre Haute, Ind. Enjoy a wide-open mix of sage, cedar and patchouli, striking and masculine as the craggy Badlands. The new fragrances are available for purchase now at Yankee Candle's more than 500 retail stores, www.yankeecandle.com, and select specialty retailers, department stores and gift shops while supplies last. To learn more about Yankee Candle and its See America fragrances, visit www.yankeecandle.com, the brand's Instagram (@YankeeCandle) and Pinterest (TheYankeeCandle) pages, or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/TheYankeeCandleCompany or on Twitter (@theyankeecandle). About The Yankee Candle Company The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of premium scented candles. Yankee Candle has over a 40-year history of offering distinctive products and marketing them as affordable luxuries and consumable gifts. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Newell Brands and sells its products through a North American wholesale customer network of approximately 35,000 store locations, a growing base of more than 500 Company owned and operated retail stores, direct mail catalogs, and its Internet website www.yankeecandle.com. Outside of North America, the Company sells its products primarily through its subsidiary, Yankee Candle Company (Europe), Ltd., which has an international wholesale customer network. About Creative Action Network Creative Action Network (CAN) is a global community of artists and advocates making art with purpose. Since 2008, CAN has been working with the nation's premier change making organizations to harness creativity for good. CAN runs crowdsourced campaigns around causes, inviting anyone and everyone to contribute their own original, meaningful designs. Those designs are sold as apparel, decor, and more online and through major retailers, supporting independent artists and great causes with every purchase. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer's®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company's website, www.newellbrands.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/see-america-with-yankee-candle-limited-edition-fragrances-300456810.html
News Article | May 22, 2017
A well-known South African big game hunter was reportedly crushed to death by an elephant on an animal reserve in Zimbabwe, according to reports. Theunis Botha, 51, was on a 10-day hunting expedition at the Good Luck Farm near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park when he and a client stumbled upon a herd of breeding elephants, the Associated Press reported Monday. Read: Are Elephants Endangered? Possible Oldest Pachyderm Murdered By Poachers For Tusk Ivory Nyasha Simukai, a spokesman for Zimbabwe National Parks, told CNN Monday that the “unfortunate incident” occurred after Botha and his party got in the middle of the herd and were attacked by female elephants. An unidentified source told South Africa’s News24 that the hunters had gone for a walk Friday afternoon before coming across the herd of elephants. The incident reportedly escalated after three of the elephants charged the group, Netwerk24 reported Sunday. A fourth elephant then caught them off-guard, charging them from the side. One of the hunters in the group fatally shot her after she lifted Botha into the air with her trunk, at which point she collapsed and fell on him. Read: Elephants Killed For Their Ivory Can Have Justice Thanks To Nuclear Bombs? Botha's body was taken to Hwange Colliery Hospital, where his wife Carike is expected to identify him. According to the Washington Post, his remains will be transported to South Africa where he will be buried. According to multiple sources, Botha's death comes on the heels of his friend and fellow hunter Scott Van Zyl. The 44-year-old tracker and a pack of hunting dogs disappeared in mid-April during a separate hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. BBC reported April 20 that DNA tests on the carcass of a crocodile confirmed that it contained his remains. Botha owned his own big game safari business, which has been in operation since 1983. A description of the business on Botha’s website reads: According to Netwerk24, Botha is survived by a wife and five children.
News Article | July 17, 2017
Geologist Andrew Snelling is hunting for evidence of Noah’s great flood. His pursuit has brought him to the deepest gorge in the United States, Grand Canyon National Park, which he sued in May for rejecting his bid to collect around 50 fist-sized rocks for research purposes. In his suit, Snelling quoted President Donald Trump’s executive order expanding freedom of religion, arguing that it was unconstitutional to forbid him from collecting rocks from the land. The U.S. Park Service has finally relented. In early July, it approved Snelling’s research permit and allowed him to gather these protected cobbles for deep scrutiny. The move is not unprecedented but is highly unusual, given Snelling’s dubious scientific objectives. If all goes his way, the rocks will show telltale signs of having been tossed about during the aftermath of a flood so massive, it was only survivable for species that hitched a ride on Noah’s nearly 500-foot long ship. For most people, taking anything from a national park is prohibited. “Take pictures, leave footprints,” is the famous ranger adage. Even swiping a flower will earn the pilferer a $100 ticket (which can end up costing as much as $5,000). The only way around this rule is to obtain a research permit, which allows researchers to remove artifacts or natural resources from a national park. Getting one isn’t — or shouldn’t — be easy: Usually, people must prove that their research will benefit science or improve the stewardship of the park. Interested applicants, like Snelling, must be prepared to answer questions like these: Will the proposed activity result in degradation of the purposes, resources, and values of the park? Could the proposed research be performed outside the park? What are the potential benefits of the research to science? Has the proposed research been peer-reviewed for scientific integrity by recognized experts? Snelling apparently answered these questions well enough to justify research into a “catastrophic erosion” event that formed the Grand Canyon in what he presumes to be a violently swift event. National Parks regularly approve research permits, for both its own scientists and outside researchers. The Grand Canyon approves around 80 such projects a year. At Point Reyes National Seashore, scientists clip GPS tags to elephant seals, and in Alaska they shoot bears with harmless darts, in hopes of gathering DNA for genetic studies. The uniqueness of Snelling’s research, of course, is that it conflicts with the natural history and earth science taught by park rangers and independently verified by outside geologists, which suggest that, some five million years ago, the dominant Colorado River began carving through thousands of feet of layered sediments. This process continues its course today, as the same river continues to snake through the canyon. Snelling’s views of a young Earth, created less than 10,000 years ago by divine forces, is far different from the conceptions of natural history held by most geologists, who have found no evidence that today’s natural features can be explained by any sort of globe-encompassing super-event, like a flood. Indeed, there are geologic curiosities around the world that young-earth creationist geologists argue were placed there during a great flood — specifically, massive, out-of-place rocks. But today’s receding glaciers reveal that these rocks, called glacial erratics, were pushed there by the indomitable forces of local glaciers, not a great flood. In the end, the Park Service’s decision to approve Snelling’s research permit may not have been based upon any reasonable scientific merit, but the simple desire to move on. It’s been a three-year bureaucratic tussle, and the 50 rocks — which park scientists still contend could be easily found outside the park — will ultimately be returned to their park home. Getting these geologic features outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park was no easy task for Snelling, but he did it legally. So, for all the scientific disagreement that may arise, he didn’t violate national park laws in his attempt to prove the word of God. A 1.1-trillion-ton iceberg has broken off Antarctica, and scientists say it's one of the largest ever recorded Scientists have identified potential physical signs of PTSD in the brain
News Article | February 20, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. - Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds. "Our research suggests that more than 25,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park may have been killed for their ivory between 2004 and 2014," said John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. "With nearly half of Central Africa's estimated 100,000 forest elephants thought to live in Gabon, the loss of 25,000 elephants from this key sanctuary is a considerable setback for the preservation of the species," he said. While some of the poaching originated from within Gabon, findings from the new study indicate that cross-border poaching by hunters from neighboring nations -- chiefly Cameroon to the north -- largely drove the precipitous decline. Poulsen and his colleagues published their peer-reviewed findings Feb. 20 in the journal Current Biology. They estimated the extent of the population losses by comparing data from two large-scale surveys of elephant dung in Minkébé National Park from 2004 and 2014, using two different analytic methods to account for periods of heavy rainfall that might speed the dung's decay and skew the surveys' accuracy. "Based on changes in the abundance and geographic distribution of the dung, we identified two fronts of poaching pressure," Poulsen said. "Elephant numbers in the south of the park, which is 58 kilometers from the nearest major Gabonese road, have been somewhat reduced," he said. "By comparison, the central and northern parts of the park -- which, at one point, are just 6.1 kilometers from Cameroon's national road -- have been emptied." The proximity of this road makes it relatively easy for Cameroonese poachers to access the park and transport their illegal haul back to their nation's largest city, Douala, a major hub of the international ivory trade. Since 2011, the Gabonese government has taken major steps to curb poaching in Minkébé, Poulsen noted. Among other things, they have elevated forest elephants' conservation status to "fully protected," created a National Park Police force, doubled the national park agency's budget, and become the first African nation to burn all confiscated ivory. These efforts are laudable and may be reducing poaching from within Gabon, Poulsen said, but the new research suggests they have done little to slow the illegal cross-border traffic. "The clock is ticking," he said. "To save Central Africa's forest elephants, we need to create new multinational protected areas and coordinate international law enforcement to ensure the prosecution of foreign nationals who commit or encourage wildlife crimes in other countries," he said. "Studies showing sharp declines in forest elephant populations are nothing new," he said, "but a 78 to 81 percent loss in a single decade from one of the largest, most remote protected areas in Central Africa is a startling warning that no place is safe from poaching." Researchers from the National Parks Agency of Gabon, the University of South Florida, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, the World Wildlife Fund Central Africa Regional Program Office, Gabon's Institute for Tropical Ecology Research, and the University of Stirling conducted the study with Poulsen. Duke-affiliated co-authors were Connie Clark, Amelia Meier, Cooper Rosin, Sarah Moore, Sally Koerner and Vincent Medjibe. The 2004 and 2014 surveys used in the new study were funded by four agencies: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora's Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants program.
News Article | February 15, 2017
CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The first top ten chart of 2017 from The Great Courses Plus shows Americans seeking insight from history as well as studying ways they can self-improve—including courses spanning cognitive therapy and tai chi. The subscription-based streaming service from the premier lifelong learning provider offers over 4,000 hours of lectures. Fully half of this month’s top ten are devoted to learning from the past with lectures exploring Earth’s amazing 4.54 billion-year history; Europe on the cusp of the Black Death; Jesus’ role in shaping Western civilization; a look at Native American culture; and finally, a ‘Big History’ approach to two of the world’s oldest cities. Subscribers also made use of courses on self-improvement. “Cognitive Behavioral Foundations,” the third most-watched lecture of 2016, moves to the top of the list in January. It’s joined by a similarly themed “Take Control of Your Automatic Brain” with strategies on how to overcome fear, anger, depression and whatever else holds you back. New to the chart this month is a tai chi primer from David-Dorian Ross, a U.S. gold medalist in competitive tai chi who is collaborating with Harvard Medical School to study the benefits of martial arts in the workplace. The popular lecture on how to draw, as well as an appreciation of our National Parks system round out the top ten. “The January top courses reflect our users’ desire to better understand the world around them by revisiting key periods in world history,” said Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer at The Great Courses. “Not surprisingly, many Plus users are also pursuing New Year’s resolutions to channel emotions and energy in positive directions in order to impact their overall happiness.” Here are January’s top ten lectures from The Great Courses Plus: Contact The Great Courses with questions or visit us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or YouTube. #LifelongLearning #WhatAmericaIsLearning #cognitivetherapy #Yellowstone #TaiChi #history #BlackDeath #NativeAmerica About The Great Courses Plus The Great Courses Plus is a video streaming subscription service offering members unlimited access to more than 8,000 lectures online via connected television and mobile devices for a periodic fee. New members can sample the service without risk for a one-month free trial. Learn more at www.thegreatcoursesplus.com. The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (in convenient online, digital, video on demand and disc formats), these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library spans more than 600 series with more than 14,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business and professional advancement. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at www.thegreatcourses.com.