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Vol 57 No. 12 : June 15, 2005
Vol 57 No. 12 | June 15, 2005

Laurels

Terre Allen, Communication Studies, is a co-author of “Live Organ Donation: Social Context, Clinical Encounter and the Psychology of Communication” in the February issue of Psychosomatics, a publication of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Working with the Department of Psychiatry and the liver transplant services of Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Tokyo Medical Center, Allen notes in her article that, while organ transplantation is increasingly available to the thousands of patients who suffer from end-organ failure, there has been an attendant increase in demand for living donor participation. This, combined with a bioethical focus on autonomy, increases the burden of decision on donor candidates. Allen reviewed the history of living donor participation in organ transplantation and explored the psychological dynamics of the clinical encounter between donors and transplant surgeon.

Clifton Snider, English, has a poem, "Rio Grande Gorge Bridge," posted at http://poetz.com/, May.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented “Food Marketing and Obesity in Developing Nations: Analysis, Ethics, and Public Policy” at the 9th International Conference on Marketing and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, June 8-11.

Book Review

The Apple's BruiseThe Apple's Bruise

Lisa Glatt, English

Published in 2005 by Simon and Schuster, The Apple's Bruise is the successor to Glatt's successful first novel, A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, which was short-listed for this year's Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. The Apple's Bruise is a collection of short stories that catches the incongruous detail that derails her characters' tidy sense of themselves. The collection derives its title from a moment in a short story titled "Dirty Hannah Gets Hit by a Car" where the eponymous Hannah remembers biting into an apple at the bruise after a bully humiliates her."She pretends there's nothing wrong with the apple and bites into it anyway," said Glatt. Another story, "Grip", details the panic of an abandoned child who keeps such a grip on a freeway fence that paramedics must cut it away around her. Her short story "The Body Shop" will appear in June's issue of Francis Coppola's literary magazine, Zoetrope. Glatt will read from The Apple's Bruise on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. in the Long Beach Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Pacific Coast Highway and again on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Long Beach Museum of Art. The Long Beach resident is married to poet and visual artist David Hernandez has been a member of the faculty since 2000.

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