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Appendix 1: Caveats and Alternative Views of Rocky Flats’ Success

Cameron, Kim Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



Caveats and Alternative Views of Rocky Flats’ Success

OUR EMPHASIS ON the achievements at Rocky Flats and the key enablers of successful outcomes may give rise to legitimate concerns that we have ignored contrary data or unfairly biased this account toward the positive. Any story that sounds too good to be true raises questions about whether alternative explanations can account for, or temper, the purported success, or call into question whether success has really been achieved at all. At least two questions should be considered: First, what level of consensus exists that success has been achieved? In other words, the question might be asked: “Success according to whom?” Second, given that what constitutes success in any circumstance is contextdependent, what were the standards upon which success was judged? In other words, the relevant question is: “Success compared to what?”

We want to be clear that, as would be expected, there are stakeholders who consider the cleanup and closure process of Rocky Flats less than spectacular. Disagreement about the implications of nuclear proliferation, national security, public health, community safety, and federal policy related to Rocky Flats are all likely to color definitions of success and result in a range of views about outcomes.

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17. Insights into Plant Epigenome Dynamics

P Nath CAB International PDF


Insights into Plant Epigenome Dynamics

James Giovannoni*

US Department of Agriculture and Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant

Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

17.1 Introduction

Genetic information is housed and passed to subsequent generations via the DNA code. The epigenome provides additional information, context and regulatory constraint in addition to both transient and long-term genetic memory. The epigenome consists of information carried in the nature of chromatin packaging and organization, histone modifications (e.g. acetylation, methylation) and DNA (specifically cytosine) methylation. Specific genes involved in DNA or protein methylation, acetylation, small RNA (sRNA) processing and sRNA transcription contribute to epigenome architecture, and their mutations have provided opportunities to develop insights into the intricacies of the epigenome. Advanced sequencing and informatics capabilities permit genomescale analyses at modest cost, resulting in a wealth of data on epigenomes, and their variation and dynamics in response to development and external stimuli.

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General anxiety disorder

Young, Courtenay Karnac Books ePub

So far we have been discussing fairly mild levels of anxiety and what can be done with them. However, some people suffer from what is called general anxiety disorder (GAD). They are affected by levels of unrealistic or excessive anxiety, and seem to worry about nearly everything; essentially, they worry all the time. For example, they may have consistent worries about financial matters, even though their bank balance is perfectly healthy and there is no sign of any major debts, or they worry about their health, even though they have had a recent check-up and nothing wrong was found. Their level of anxiety is much higher and much more persistent than most people. This might have lasted for a long time, but maybe recently it got worse. The reason this description is included here is so that people who do not have GAD can eliminate themselves. However, if you do have GAD, you will be able to do quite a lot with the basic self-help techniques that are listed for anxiety.

There is more of a psychological basis to GAD, and, while the symptoms of GAD seem to have no particular cause, they are certainly more intense than reasonable. The symptoms include chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry, restlessness, tension, and irritability, problems in concentration, difficulties in going to sleep, or remaining asleep. In addition to the psychological symptoms, people with GAD often experience some physical symptoms. These can include fatigue, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, twitching, irritability, hot flushes, trembling, headaches, dizzy spells, twitching, muscle tension, aches and pains, stomach upsets, and sweating. Patients with GAD often feel anxious, shaky, easily upset, and often report that they feel on edge. They are sometimes even unaware of the levels of tension and anxiety that they experience; they seem to be able to blank it out, as it is (or has been) such a part of their everyday existence.

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32. Head Off Headaches, Joint Pain, Heart Disease, and Cancer

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub
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CHAPTER 2 Relationships That Don’t Work at Work

Showkeir, James D. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Most organizations operate with a cultural dynamic that is as familiar as it is difficult and unproductive. Familiar because we have all experienced it in some way or another within the context of our families. Difficult because in today’s demanding business environment, an entrenched parent–child culture in the workplace won’t lead to the best results.

Reams have been written about parent–child cultures in the context of organizations and the workplace. For those interested in learning more, we encourage an exploration of the writings of Eric Berne and Thomas Anthony Harris. For our purpose here, the idea isn’t so much that management represents parents and employees are the children. Rather, we are talking about the conversational roles used routinely in the workplace that establish and reinforce parent–child cultures. If organizations don’t find a way to shift to an adult–adult culture, they will be ill equipped to survive in the highly technical, global, diverse, and changing-at-the-speed-of-light marketplace.

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