ASKXXI: Arts+Science Knowledge - Building and Sharing in the XXI Century

In 2004, under serendipitous circumstances after my first year of graduate school in UW’s Biology Department, I found myself at Friday Harbor Labs taking the Comparative Embryology course taught by Richard Strathmann and George von Dassow.

Having moved to Seattle from Chile the previous year, I’d roughly navigated the first year of grad school exploring my role in scientific research and my overall interests and passions in scientific illustration, pedagogy and visual arts. I found in the Comparative Embryology course a uniquely fruitful playground, led by inspiring and knowledgeable mentors with whom I could explore the beautiful diversity of life’s earliest stages. In a pedagogical world driven by graded tests, exams and reports, I had the rare opportunity to reflect, at the same time both deeply and playfully, on the ecology and evolution of embryos’ development. The only stated expectation of the course was to “look very closely,” ask questions, and remain open to gaining new understanding while in close proximity to the tools and community to support that process.

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March 2018 Skygazing from the Robert Ferguson Observatory

Mars, Jupiter and Saturn decorate the morning sky, and Venus is joined by Mercury in the evening sky. This is the best evening apparition of Mercury in 2018. And we have another chance this month to view the Zodiacal Light in the west. Jupiter is becoming very dominant and well worth observing in the a.m. hours as it approaches opposition.

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Horoscopes by Triana February 27-March 3, 2018: Pisces Planets Now Trine Jupiter in Scorpio, Grand Trine in Fire on Wednesday, Full Moon in Virgo on Friday

Well, then! Now that last week’s messiness is over with and the Olympics are over (I miss them too), we get on to different frequencies this week; the planets that squared up with Mars last week are now in a lovely trine to Jupiter. This brings clarity and truth to formerly muddy situations and hopefully settles arguments that were emotionally charged but lacking any tangible facts. Next week will bring a completely different landscape, but this week we still have some sorting to do as we begin the month of March and move closer to the Vernal Equinox.

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Horoscopes by Triana March 5 - 11, 2018 Mercury and Venus Move to Aries, Mars to Trine Uranus on Sunday

Now the pace picks up as the element of water gives way to that of fire; Venus, Mercury, Mars and Uranus all occupy fire signs now and this sets the tone for decisive action as well as some surprises that come out of nowhere. Where water tends to be reflective, mysterious and somewhat vague, fire is right there, bright and visible from a distance. As we approach the vernal equinox and the true spring, we’re called upon to dry out the damp corners of our minds and hearts and get ready to roll. This shift in energy is also reflected on the world stage due to the Mars/Uranus buildup; Mars in Sagittarius insists on camaraderie while mighty Uranus is ready to throw bolts of lightning to quicken any action taken and throw some chaos into the mix. The upside of this is creative thinking, the downside is careless words and actions that prompt angry reactions.

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Horoscopes by Triana March 12-18, 2018 - Mars Enters Capricorn on Saturday, New Moon in Pisces on Thursday

When Mars changes signs, we feel it. This week may have a rather unstable feeling to it due to Mars moving from Sagittarius to Capricorn on Saturday; we will feel the effects beginning midweek. Mars doesn’t like being in Capricorn because he is so impulsive and action oriented and Capricorn is the most practical sign there is, so don’t be surprised to feel like your tank is only half full or even hovering just above empty until the energy shifts next week.

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Filling the PHD board vacancies 2.0

EDITORIAL: One can hope that out of  respect for the voters and taxpayers in the San Juan County #1 Hospital District, the actions taken February 8, 2018 by two of the statutorily five-member board would be voided. And a fresh, open discussion and unanimous action by the three board members - Dr. J. Michael Edwards, Dr. Mark Schwinge and Anna Lisa Lindstrum - would take place to appoint two people to fill the vacant positions on the board. 

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Voters not represented on SJI PHD commission, AG opinion needed

EDITORIAL: San Juan Island citizens were subjected to a grueling and ugly election process for three seats on the Hospital District Commission in 2015. Heated debate over providing funding for Planned Parenthood was one of the flash points.  Three candidates - Barbara Sharp, Monica Harrington,  and Bill Williams - were swept into office with 62 percent, 58 percent and 60 percent of the vote respectively. 

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A whole lot of planning going on

Depending on how voters respond, in the near future there could be a new hospital district on Orcas Island, a new or expanded library on San Juan Island, a new convalescent center in Friday Harbor, a merged SJI EMS and SJI&R Fire Department on San Juan Island, a county-wide Real Estate Excise tax for affordable housing and a new civic campus for county government offices in Friday Harbor. 

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Horoscopes by Triana February 19 - 26, 2018: Five Planets in Pisces Squaring Mars in Sagittarius: Danger, Will Robinson!

This is going to be a slippery slope kind of week. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Chiron are all in Pisces (this is called a stellium) and every single one is at a hard angle to aggressive Mars in Sagittarius. What this spells out, in general, comes down to two things: Clash of protocol and water problems.

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