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PlexusCalls – Principles-Focused Evaluation

Principles-Focused Evaluation Guests: Michael Quinn Patton, Sharon Benjamin and Maurya West Meiers This PlexusCall was held on Friday November 3, 2017 View video recording of the event on YouTube. Michael Quinn Patton's most recent books are Principles-Focused Evaluation (Guilford, 2017), and Evaluation Facilitation (Sage, 2018). He is a multi-disciplinary and internationally known scholar who has written [...]

Leadership and ‘Self Directed Neuroplasticity’

 Understanding the workings of our own brains and practicing habits of thought that neuroscientists call self directed neuroplasticity can improve decision-making and over time contribute to greater capacity for leadership. "The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership"  an article in Strategy + Business, describes research showing dynamic interactions between activity in the mind [...]

Athletes, Scholars, Gut Microbes Have Their Own Circadian Rhythms

  Circadian Timing: Vital to Us and the Microbes Living in Us Circadian rhythms are the 24-hour cycles of physiological processes that take place in all living things, including fungi, cyanobacteria, plants, insects, animals and humans. These rhythms are important in the sleeping and eating patterns of all creatures, and [...]

What Do We Learn From Catastrophes?  

The social, physical and economic anguish that Hurricane Harvey visited upon flood-devastated Houston is reminding officials and residents in cities across the country of the need to plan for unexpected catastrophes. People rarely think ahead about the possible 500-year flood or likelihood of the tsunami or earthquake that kills thousands of people [...]

Teacher Plays Saxophone as His Brain Tumor is Removed

For Love of Science, Music,and Medicine When a young music teacher stayed awake and played the saxophone during surgery to remove his brain tumor, it was part of an extraordinary six-month collaboration. The teacher wanted to be reassured he wouldn't lose his musical ability. The medical team wanted to know [...]

Networks of the Brain

An illustration of two important features of hierarchical brain networks: modules and hubs. Adapted from Zamora-López et al. (2010). Updating the Map In 2009, the Human Connectome Project (HCP) was launched to  to build a "network map" (connectome) for the healthy human brain. The purpose of the connectome is to [...]