In the western U.S., please contact us and send a photo if you have observed the western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) or Franklin’s bumble bee (Bombus franklini). In the eastern U.S. please contact us and send a photo if you have observed the rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), the yellowbanded bumblebee (Bombus terricola), or the American bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) so that we can piece together the current distribution of these bees. If you do research on bumble bees, have incidental bumble bees in your collection, or have student insect collections from the past few years, it would help us to know if you have or have not seen these bees. It is as important for us to document where these bees were formerly common, but not recently collected, as it is to document where they were collected. Click on the name of each bee above to see the former ranges of each of these bees. See our identification page for more information about identifying bumble bees.
The Wellcome Trust…is one of the UK’s largest funders of biomedical research. Intriguingly, alongside their core work of supporting scientific research in areas ranging from genetics to neuroscience and global health, the Trust also maintains a substantial outreach programme. This entails not only the fostering of dialogue between medicine and art (see the art and neuroscience series with the Barbican, for instance), but also the management of the Wellcome Collection, which features consistently excellent exhibitions for the ‘inexorably curious’.
The Collection’s exhibitions usually try to place cutting edge science in a historical and cultural context and the current installation is no exception. Death: A Self Portrait displays the collection of Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer from Chicago, who amassed an astonishing collection of objects, prints and photographs relating to death.
death: a self portrait at the wellcome collection
(Reuters) — A Chicago judge agreed on Friday to allow authorities investigating a possible murder to exhume the body of a man who died of cyanide poisoning shortly after winning $1 million in the Illinois Lottery.
Cook County Judge Susan Coleman agreed there was “reasonable and sufficient” reason to allow the Cook County medical examiner to obtain more forensic samples from the body of Urooj Kahn, 46, who died on July 20.
No date has been set for the exhumation, but the medical examiner’s goal is to conduct the autopsy by the end of next week, according to Mary Paleologos, a spokeswoman for the county.
Khan died without a will and his estate was mired in a legal battle in the probate division of Cook County Circuit Court.
People at the courthouse, who said they were related to Khan, wanted to know the truth about his death and were pleased the exhumation would be performed.
“We are 100 percent confident he did not die of a natural cause,” said a man who identified himself as Khan’s brother, but did not give his name. “And something has happened to him … The truth will come out and everyone will know.”
Khan’s wife, Shabana Ansari, has told reporters the family all shared lamb curry she made that night, according to media reports. Relatives at the courthouse on Friday said Ansari was a vegetarian.
With respect to (2), the propensity of psychiatric drugs to cause violence, attached is the Statement on the Connection Between Psychotropic Drugs and Mass Murder recently issued by the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP), demonstrating the clear link between psychiatric drugs and violence. As the ISEPP Statement points out:
• Christopher Pittman was on antidepressants when he killed his grandparents.
• Eric Harris, one of the gunmen in the Columbine school shooting, was taking Luvox and Dylan Klebold, his partner, had taken Zoloft and Paxil.
• Doug Williams, who killed five and wounded nine of his fellow Lockheed Martin employees, was on Zoloft and Celexa.
• Michael McDermott was on three antidepressants when he fired off 37 rounds and killed seven of his fellow employees in the Massachusetts Wakefield massacre.
• Kip Kinkel was on Prozac when he killed his parents and then killed 2 children and wounded 25 at a nearby school.
• In fourteen recent school shoots, the acts were committed by persons taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs, resulting in over 100 wounded and 58 killed.
• In other school shootings, information about the shooter’s prescription drug use and other medical history were kept from public records.
This last point is very important — the involvement of psychiatric drugs in many mass shootings is being withheld from the public. There have been reports that Adam Lanza was on psychiatric drugs, but that has not been confirmed to my knowledge. It is essential that the involvement of psychiatric drugs in these tragedies be investigated and reported to the public.
What is clear, is that the involvement of the mental health system and mental health professionals does not prevent these horrors and being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a reliable predictor of violence.
Given that mental health services appear to have overestimated the strength of the evidence base for antipsychotic medication, while underestimating the seriousness of the adverse effects, it seems sensible to re-evaluate the risk – benefit ratio of such drugs. This risk – benefit profile may be a factor in the high rates of non-adherence and discontinuation of medication found in patients with psychosis; thus, some decisions to refuse or discontinue antipsychotic medication may represent a rational informed choice rather than an irrational decision due to lack of insight or symptoms such as suspiciousness.