We still need a volunteer to at least
help out with our newsletter.
Our coming meeting April 15 is in room
W2-48 at 2:00 PM directions at:
Mr. Ralph Gumbert will give a talk on Terrorism and Emergency Response
Trenton Emergency Medical Service, based in
Trenton, New Jersey, maintains a state
of readiness in the advent of an emergency like a terrorist attack, but
have as extensive storage capacity for overages. Mr. Gumbert has pointed
TEMS has limited space for an overabundance of supplies, but maintains
stock for an initial response to [for example] a widespread infectious
and that Needs exceeding the reserves of TEMS would be met on a 24-hour
through our suppliers and vendors.
Ralph Gumbert, RN, CEN, EMT-P, is Trenton Emergency Services Director. Mr.
will discuss the current state of preparedness of emergency response teams,
realities concerning supply needs for emergencies and how to realistically
with these issues.
The following meeting, May 20 will be held as a field trip to
the Academy of Natural
Sciences of Philadelphia at 2pm. One of the curators will give
special presentation on evolution. Admission cost is 10$
Along the lines of evolution: There has been an
interesting discovery. My 30 year old
copy of the book, "the Collapse of Evolution" (which I fell for, then)
that scientists were embarrassed that there simply weren't examples of
species. The book mentions no proof of the transition from fish
to reptiles and gloated
about reputed extinct fish to still exist. Since then, there have
been many impressive
examples coming out of the earth to fill in the gaps quite
Just this week has been announced the discovery of Tiktaalik -
a creature that
appears half way between fish and reptile. It has scales, fins and
other fish morphology,
but has a neck, fins that appear to have the bone structure of land animals
and it lacks
normal gill bone structure.
There have been a number of evolutionary instances of land
creatures going back to the
sea, but not as many examples the other way. One would expect
the first creatures to
make the jump to have unchallenged access to a huge new environment - and
then evolve quickly to fill so many new niches.
In other news of skeptical interest has been the latest most responsible
test of prayer
for medical patients to not have results beyond chance.
hoping to see a bunch of you at the April 15th meeting,