PhACT meeting April 15 2pm on "Terrorism and Emergency Response"
- People,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 stateof readiness in the advent of an emergency like a terrorist attack, but does nothave as extensive storage capacity for overages. Mr. Gumbert has pointed out thatTEMS has limited space for an overabundance of supplies, but maintains sufficientstock for an initial response to [for example] a widespread infectious outbreak,and that Needs exceeding the reserves of TEMS would be met on a 24-hour basisthrough our suppliers and vendors.Ralph Gumbert, RN, CEN, EMT-P, is Trenton Emergency Services Director. Mr. Gumbertwill discuss the current state of preparedness of emergency response teams, therealities concerning supply needs for emergencies and how to realistically dealwith these issues.The following meeting, May 20 will be held as a field trip to the Academy of NaturalSciences of Philadelphia at 2pm. One of the curators will give us aspecial presentation on evolution. Admission cost is 10$Along the lines of evolution: There has been an interesting discovery. My 30 year oldcopy of the book, "the Collapse of Evolution" (which I fell for, then) pointed outthat scientists were embarrassed that there simply weren't examples of transitionalspecies. The book mentions no proof of the transition from fish to reptiles and gloatedabout reputed extinct fish to still exist. Since then, there have been many impressiveexamples coming out of the earth to fill in the gaps quite nicely.Just this week has been announced the discovery of Tiktaalik - a creature thatappears 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 lacksnormal gill bone structure.There have been a number of evolutionary instances of land creatures going back to thesea, but not as many examples the other way. One would expect the first creatures tomake the jump to have unchallenged access to a huge new environment - and hence tothen evolve quickly to fill so many new niches.Pictures can be found at:
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/fishfingers/In other news of skeptical interest has been the latest most responsible test of prayerfor medical patients to not have results beyond chance.hoping to see a bunch of you at the April 15th meeting,Eric Krieg