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University of Washington School of Drama

The School of Drama is an undergraduate and graduate theatre school in the Arts Division of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1940, the School of Drama offers a Bachelor's degree and MFA degrees in directing and acting. A Ph. D. in history theory and criticism is offered. The MFA programs have outstanding reputations as top programs in the country; each year, the MFA programs admit six actors, up to six design students, three for the Ph. D. program and, every other year, two students are chosen in directing. The School of Drama presents a full subscription season of six productions every academic year, which feature MFA students from all disciplines, includes undergraduates; the Undergraduate Theater Society founded by undergraduate James Newman in 1992, self-produces a season of its own. Every year, the School presents members of its graduating MFA acting students in professional showcases in Seattle, New York City and Los Angeles.

The University of Washington School of Drama traces its origins to 1919 when Glenn Hughes, a recent graduate of Stanford University, joined the faculty of the Department of Dramatic Art, a part of the English Department. Though he came to the University of Washington as a poetry fellow, Hughes soon became determined to create a first-rate drama school. From 1930 to 1961 Hughes led the Department, which became the School of Drama in 1941, he wrote more than 60 plays. Under Hughes’ leadership, the drama program became a center of Seattle’s theatrical life and a respected part of its cultural milieu. In 1961, Hughes was succeeded by Gregory A. Falls. Falls created the Professional Actor Training Program, a prestigious BFA program that placed the School among the nation’s top professional acting conservatories and initiated the Ph. D. program in theatre history and criticism. It was during this time. Graduates and former faculty stayed in the city, founding their own theatres and forming the genesis of what is today one of the country’s most active and diverse theatre communities.

The School’s role in establishing Seattle’s vibrant theatre life was seminal. Founders and artistic directors of many of Seattle’s leading theatres were first students or faculty at the School of Drama. Falls founded ACT Theatre. Duncan Ross became artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre for over a decade. Alumus M. Burke Walker founded The Empty Space Theatre, which remained in the artistic forefront for over 35 years and former faculty member Arne Zaslove was artistic director for nearly twenty years at the Bathhouse Theatre. Alum Jenny McLauchlan Carlson was co-founder of Seattle Children’s Theatre, one of the nation's leading theatres for youth, alumnae Linda Hartzell spent 32 seasons as its artistic director; the late Ruben Sierra and former faculty member, created one of the country’s first ethnic theatre companies, The Group Theatre, led by Tim Bond, a directing graduate of the UW who served as associate artistic director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 11 years and producing artistic director for Syracuse Stage and, now a faculty member at the UW School of Drama and Head of the Professional Actor Training Program.

The enormously successful Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded by alum Angus L. Bowmer. More the Washington Ensemble Theatre was founded in 2004 by nine alums representing every one of the school’s programs. Two years Washington Ensemble Theatre was awarded “Best of the Fringe” by Seattle’s alternative newspaper, The Stranger. Other companies founded by recent alums include the highly-regarded The Horse in Motion and Azeotrope theatre companies; the Bachelor of Arts in Drama provides a general knowledge of the art of theatre and a foundation for further study or training. The major consists of a program of required courses which introduce students to the core of the art and a selection of elective courses. Majors can elect to specialize in theatre performance or theatre design. Actor/director L. Zane Jones and Associate Professor/author Scott Magelssen are co-heads of undergraduate studies. Graduate Education at the School of Drama consists of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theatre history and criticism and the professional Master of Fine Arts degrees in Acting and Design.

Time after time, these degree programs are nationally recognized as top in their field. Graduate students are taught and advised by an energetic faculty, all of whom work in the professional arena; the Ph. D. program provides comprehensive training in theatre scholarship with a dual emphasis on theatre history and dramatic criticism. The three-year plan of study addresses a full range of Western and Non-Western literature and practice. Through their work with Drama 101 and 201, Ph. D. candidates gain valuable teaching experience while playing an essential role in the education of majors from every degree program offered by the University. Professor Odai Johnson is the head of the PhD program; the Directing Program is a three-year interdisciplinary program designed to equip its students to lead and innovate at the highest levels. The course of study provides students with a wide range of practical training, production experience, intellectual development. Two candidates are admitted to the program every other year.

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Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis known as atopic eczema, is a type of inflammation of the skin. It results in itchy, red and cracked skin. Clear fluid may come from the affected areas, which thickens over time. While the condition may occur at any age, it starts in childhood with changing severity over the years. In children under one year of age much of the body may be affected; as children get older, the back of the knees and front of the elbows are the most common areas affected. In adults the hands and feet are the most affected areas. Scratching worsens symptoms and affected people have an increased risk of skin infections. Many people with atopic dermatitis develop hay asthma; the cause is unknown but believed to involve genetics, immune system dysfunction, environmental exposures, difficulties with the permeability of the skin. If one identical twin is affected, there is an 85% chance the other has the condition; those who live in cities and dry climates are more affected. Exposure to certain chemicals or frequent hand washing makes symptoms worse.

While emotional stress may make the symptoms worse, it is not a cause. The disorder is not contagious; the diagnosis is based on the signs and symptoms. Other diseases that must be excluded before making a diagnosis include contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Treatment involves avoiding things that make the condition worse, daily bathing with application of a moisturising cream afterwards, applying steroid creams when flares occur, medications to help with itchiness. Things that make it worse include wool clothing, perfumes, chlorine and cigarette smoke. Phototherapy may be useful in some people. Steroid pills or creams based on calcineurin inhibitors may be used if other measures are not effective. Antibiotics may be needed. Dietary changes are only needed. Atopic dermatitis affects about 20% of people at some point in their lives, it is more common in younger children. Males and females are affected. Many people outgrow the condition. Atopic dermatitis is sometimes called eczema, a term that refers to a larger group of skin conditions.

Other names include "infantile eczema", "flexural eczema", "prurigo Besnier", "allergic eczema", "neurodermatitis". People with AD have dry and scaly skin that spans the entire body, except the diaper area, intensely itchy red, raised lesions to form in the bends of the arms or legs and neck. AD affects the eyelids where signs such as Dennie-Morgan infraorbital fold, infra-auricular fissure, periorbital pigmentation can be seen. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the neck gives the classic'dirty neck' appearance. Lichenification and erosion or crusting on the trunk may indicate secondary infection. Flexural distribution with ill-defined edges with or without hyperlinearity on the wrist, finger knuckles, ankle and hand are commonly seen; the cause of AD is not known, although there is some evidence of genetic and immunologic factors. Many people with AD have a family history of atopy. Atopy is an immediate-onset allergic reaction that manifests as asthma, food allergies, AD or hay fever. About 30% of people with atopic dermatitis have mutations in the gene for the production of filaggrin, which increase the risk for early onset of atopic dermatitis and developing asthma.

According to the hygiene hypothesis, early childhood exposure to certain microorganisms protects against allergic diseases by contributing to the development of the immune system. This exposure is limited in a modern "sanitary" environment, the incorrectly-developed immune system is prone to develop allergies to harmless substances. There is some support for this hypothesis with respect to AD; those exposed to dogs. There is support from epidemiological studies for a protective role for helminths against AD. Children with poor hygiene are at a lower risk for developing AD, as are children who drink unpasteurised milk. In a small percentage of cases, atopic dermatitis is caused by sensitization to foods. Exposure to allergens, either from food or the environment, can exacerbate existing atopic dermatitis. Exposure to dust mites, for example, is believed to contribute to one's risk of developing AD. A diet high in fruits seems to have a protective effect against AD, whereas the opposite seems true for fast foods.

Atopic dermatitis sometimes appears associated with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the improvement with a gluten-free diet indicates that gluten is a causative agent in these cases. Colonization of the skin by the bacterium S. aureus is prevalent in those with atopic dermatitis. Studies have found that abnormalities in the skin barrier of persons with AD are exploited by S. aureus to trigger cytokine expression, thus aggravating the condition. Atopic dermatitis in children may be linked to the level of calcium carbonate or "hardness" of household water, when used to drink. So far these findings have been supported in children from the United Kingdom and Japan; the pathophysiology may involve a mixture of type type IV-like hypersensitivity reactions. Atopic dermatitis is diagnosed clinically, meaning it is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms alone, without special testing. Several different forms of criteria developed for research have been validated to aid in diagnosis. Of these, the UK Diagnostic Criteria, based on the work of Hanifin and Rajka, has been the most wid

Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb is a British author and executive coach. Her book, How to Have a Good Day, argued that insights from behavioral economics and neuroscience can be used to improve working life, she is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, has written on behavioral change topics for Fast Company, WIRED, Business Insider and the World Economic Forum. Her work has been featured in the media, including in the Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME, Inc. Forbes, Business Insider, The Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio and ABC Radio National. Caroline Webb graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1992 with a first class bachelor's degree in Economics, she received her MPhil from the University of Oxford in Economics in 1997. From 1987 to 1989, she attended one of the United World Colleges. From 1992 to 1993, Webb was a research fellow at the Levy Economics Institute. From 1993 to 2000, Webb was an economist at the Bank of England, where her work covered a range of international and domestic public policy issues, including the UK government's support to reforms in central and eastern Europe, forecasting of the US economy.

From 1998 to 2000, she was one of the authors of the Bank of England Inflation Report. In 2000, Webb joined McKinsey & Company, where she was made a Partner in 2008, her work centered including executive coaching. In 2012, Webb founded Sevenshift, a coaching and consulting firm specialising in increasing workplace performance and wellbeing through application of insights from behavioral science, she remains an external Senior Adviser to McKinsey. In 2017, Webb became a member of The Silicon Guild, a group of thought leaders and best-selling authors who write about the ideas and trends shaping business and society. In 2017, she joined the Advisory Board of Ethical Systems, a non-profit organisation dedicated to practical applications of research on the value of ethics in business. On February 2, 2016, Crown Business published How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life in North America. In the book, Webb explains how to apply findings from the behavioral sciences to daily tasks and routines, to help readers more navigate typical challenges of the modern workplace.

How to Have a Good Day has been published in over 60 countries, in a number of English language editions and in several translations, including Brazilian Portuguese, Complex/Traditional Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. It has appeared on a number of “best of” book lists, including those in Forbes and Inc. How to Have a Good Day was nominated for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year; the second UK & Commonwealth edition of the book was published in 2017 by Pan Macmillan under the title How to Have a Good Day: The Essential Toolkit for a Productive Day at Work and Beyond. The first UK & Commonwealth edition was published in 2016 with the title How to Have a Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working Life. Webb lives in New York with her husband

Yahoo! Australia

Yahoo! Australia is the Australian subsidiary of global internet company Yahoo! A 50/50 joint venture between Yahoo! and Seven West Media, it has been a 100% subsidiary of Verizon Media since March 2018. Yahoo! is a web portal, providing email, online news and lifestyle content, as well as weather and retail comparison services. Yahoo!'s services came to Australia in 1997 with Yahoo! Australia launching on 1 September that year. Seven Media Group founded i7 in September 2000 as their online service. In October 2001, Seven partnered with internet service provider AOL and established a joint venture called AOL7 in an attempt to boost the i7 platform. However, the partnership was unsuccessful with AOL reporting its biggest quarterly loss in U. S. history in April 2002, Seven and AOL selling the venture to Primus Telecommunications in February 2004. I7 was replaced by, soon afterwards. Yahoo7 was founded in January 2006 as a cross-media entity which would expand the content distribution networks of both internet-centric Yahoo and broadcast corporation Seven Media Group.

Yahoo7's logo incorporates Yahoo! branding with Seven West Media's red "7". Yahoo7 replaced Yahoo!'s Australian and New Zealand websites, in operation since September 1997, taking on the majority of Seven's online operations in the process. Ryan Stokes, current chairman of Seven's Pacific Magazines division, said in a media release that the Yahoo7 entity would provide a "leading platform to engage the online audiences with the best global products and locally relevant media content for their connected lives". In December 2006, Yahoo7 expanded its presence in New Zealand by partnering with Telecom New Zealand to establish Yahoo! Xtra; the venture was rebranded as Yahoo! New Zealand in April 2011 after Telecom sold its 49% share back to Yahoo7. In recent years, Yahoo7 has made a series of high-profile online acquisitions to supplement its core search and marketing businesses; the company purchased Australian sports tipping site OzTips in mid-2010 and acquired Australian group buying site Spreets for $40m in early 2011.

Spreets saw its membership increase by 140 per cent to 1.18m since the acquisition. In March 2018, Seven West Media sold its 50% stake in Yahoo7 to Oath; this is despite earlier reports. By this time, Seven was in the process of uncoupling its services from Yahoo7, through the establishment of 7plus replacing Plus 7 and their travel website: 7Travel; the sale is set to go through by August this year. Yahoo! Derives its content from a variety of news and online media sites, as well as third-party content; the company runs a number of online sections which collate and augment content from various media outlets. Yahoo! publishes an increasing volume of online-only content lifestyle journalism and rich media published through the lifestyle section. In January 2010, Yahoo! launched Plus7, an online catch-up portal for viewers to stream select TV shows with locked commercials and Seven News updates for a limited period of time after airing. The free service allowed users to watch a range of video content on demand, full length episodes from Channel Seven, 7mate and other content partners.

Yahoo! hosts a localised version of its Yahoo! Communication and search as well as other vertical search services such as Yahoo Answers. From its creation in 2006 until late 2014, Yahoo7 used a logo identical to the common red logo of the time, with the addition of the Seven Network logo and an identical red colouring; this logo was replaced with the updated Yahoo! Logo included the Seven Network logo. Yahoo

Christmas Gift (album)

Christmas Gift is Kokia's eighth studio album, released in October/November 2008. It is her first full-length Christmas album, though she had released a special Christmas EP for fans, A Piece of Christmas, in November 2006, it is the final of four albums released in 2008 to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a singer. One song from the album, "Kokoro no Rōsoku," features on Kokia's 2009 greatest hits collection Coquillage: The Best Collection II. Kokia began recording the album in May 2008. In September, the album was still being recorded, with Kokia working with producer Kiyohide Ura for several tracks; the album was confirmed in Kokia's blog on September the 1st, though recording was still continuing at this point. Kokia travelled to New York City for a week to record for her "Remember the Kiss Music Gift" project in early September; these sessions were for Kokia's special Music Gift EP. One of the songs from these sessions, "Remember the Kiss," was released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition.

It was recorded on the organ with a church choir at the Institutional Church of God Church in Brooklyn. Of the songs included in the album, 12 are covers and three are original Kokia songs. Of the covers, five are religious Christmas carols: "Amazing Grace," "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "The Little Drummer Boy," "The First Noël" and "We Three Kings of Orient Are". Four of the songs are secular Christmas songs: "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Three of these four secular songs are a part of the Christmas medley. Two songs are covers of songs not directly related to Christmas by popular Western musicians; the first is Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and the second is Queen's Japanese song, "Teo Torriatte." "Ave Maria" is a re-recording of the Vladimir Fyodorovich Vavilov classical piece of music found on Kokia's The Voice album. In the Christmas Gift version it is sung with different lyrics. Much like Kokia's first album released on Wasabi Records, Aigakikoeru: Listen for the Love, it was released in France prior to the Japanese release.

The French edition was released on October three weeks before the Japanese release. Christmas Gift was simultaneously released in France as a part of a 3CD set called Kokia Collection; the album featured 2006's Aigakikoeru: Listen for the Love 2008's and The Voice, featured a cover similar to the Christmas Gift photoshoot cover. The album reached # 56 on the Japanese Oricon albums charts. CDJournal called the album a "Christmas song selection you can enjoy with your family." The French and Japanese versions were released with different track orders. The Japanese version had a bonus track, "Remember the Kiss."