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Stephen Collins

Stephen Weaver Collins is an American actor and writer. He is known for playing Eric Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2007. Since Collins has played the roles of Dayton King on the ABC TV series No Ordinary Family and Gene Porter in the television series Revolution, father of Elizabeth Mitchell's character, Rachel Matheson. Before 7th Heaven, Collins was known for his role as Commander Willard Decker in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In 2014, Collins admitted to sexually abusing three underage girls between 1973 and 1994. Stephen Collins was born on October 1, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, to mother Madeleine and father Cyrus Stickney Collins, an airline executive. Collins was raised with his two older brothers in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating cum laude. While at Amherst, he played rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands. Collins is known for his role as Eric Camden in the television drama series 7th Heaven during the series' run from 1996 to 2007 and for his role as Captain Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

His other notable television credits include Jake Cutter in the cult series Tales of the Gold Monkey and his role in Tattingers, as well as guest appearances in The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Charlie's Angels, numerous miniseries and made-for-television movies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work opposite Ann-Margret in the miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and he played John F. Kennedy in the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries, he played the lead role opposite Lauren Hutton in the made-for-TV movie The Rhinemann Exchange, based on Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel. Collins has co-starred with Diane Keaton in both The First Wives Club, he has co-starred with Meredith Baxter in three films, All the President's Men, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter, both of which were made-for-television movies broadcast on CBS in 1992. In the 2010–11 television season, Collins starred in the short-lived ABC series No Ordinary Family.

On ABC's Brothers & Sisters, he played a potential love interest for Ron Rifkin's character Saul Holden. Collins appeared in season eight of The Office playing Andy Bernard's father in the episode, "Garden Party". In 2013, Collins began appearing in the NBC series Revolution as Dr. Gene Porter, the leader of the town of Willoughby and father of Rachel Matheson. and in two episodes of'Falling Skies' in season three. Collins' recent guest spots include The Fosters and Devious Maids. Collins was married to Marjorie Weinman from 1970 to 1978. In 1985, he married actress Faye Grant, who he had met on the set of Tales of the Gold Monkey in 1982. Together they have a daughter, born in 1989, they separated in 2012, after 30 years of marriage, a final divorce decree was issued in January 2015. Collins is an Episcopalian and a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and has taken part in the advanced TM Yogic Flying technique since 1980; until October 2014, he was a national co-director of the Committee for Stress-Free Schools, which advocates practicing TM in schools and funds TM research.

In October 2014, the New York City Police Department began investigating Collins after an audio tape leaked to the media revealed a male voice—purported to be that of Collins—admitting to past sexual abuse of a minor. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson stated that Collins had been investigated by the department in 2012 after receiving a claim from 40 years earlier regarding sexual abuse; the LAPD further stated that its investigation did not allow it to "substantiate the allegation" against Collins. In a December 2014 interview with People magazine, Collins admitted he committed "inappropriate sexual conduct with three female minors" in 1973, 1982, 1994. A profile by The Washington Post reported, he has stated that his inappropriate conduct was motivated by youth, not pedophilia. To explain his motivation, he spoke about an older woman who exposed herself to him when he was between the ages of 10 and 15. Collins, Stephen. Eye Contact. Bantam. ISBN 978-0553095852. Collins, Stephen. Double Exposure: A Novel.

William Morrow. ISBN 978-0688158934. Official website Stephen Collins cast bio on The CW Stephen Collins on IMDb Stephen Collins at the TCM Movie Database Stephen Collins at AllMovie

Integrative learning

Integrative learning is a learning theory describing a movement toward integrated lessons helping students make connections across curricula. This higher education concept is distinct from the elementary and high school "integrated curriculum" movement. Integrative Learning comes in many varieties: connecting skills and knowledge from multiple sources and experiences. Integrated studies involve bringing together traditionally separate subjects so that students can grasp a more authentic understanding. Veronica Boix Mansilla, cofounder of the Interdisciplinary Studies Project at Project Zero, explains "when can bring together concepts, methods, or languages from two or more disciplines or established areas of expertise in order to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question" they are demonstrating interdisciplinary understanding. For over a decade, Project Zero researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have been studying interdisciplinary work across a range of settings.

They have found interdisciplinary understanding to be crucial for modern-thinking students. Developing a cognitive and social model of interdisciplinary learning is still a challenge. Edutopia highlighted Central York High School as a "School That Works" because of its successful integrated studies approach. For example, an AP government teacher and art teacher collaborated to create a joint project that asked students to create a sculpture based on the principles presented by the AP government class. AP government teacher Dayna Laur states that, "Integrated studies projects create a connectedness between disciplines that otherwise might seem unrelated to many students. Deliberately searching for ways in which you can mingle standards and content is imperative if you want to create authentic experiences because, in the world outside of the classroom, content is not stand-alone." In many American medical schools, an integrated curriculum refers to a non-compartmentalized approach to basic science learning.

As opposed to traditional medical curriculum, which separate subjects such as embryology, physiology and anatomy, integrated curricula alternate lectures on these subjects over the course of the first two years. The course of study is instead organized around organ systems. Another major component of the integrated medical curriculum is problem-based learning. Interdisciplinary curricula has been shown by several studies to support students’ engagement and learning. Integrating science with reading comprehension and writing lessons has been shown to improve students’ understanding in both science and English language arts. Augsburg, T. & de Barros, J. A.. Integrating different modes of inquiry for pre-service teachers. In Proceedings of the first interdisciplinary CHESS Interactions Conference. Awbrey, S. M, Dana, D. Miller, V. W. Robinson, P. Ryan, M. M. and Scott, D. K.. Integrative Learning and Action: A Call to Wholeness. New York: Peter Lang Publ. Brinkman, G. W. & van der Geest, T. M.. Assessment of Communication Competencies in Engineering Design Projects.

Technical Communication Quarterly, 12, 67-81. Czechowski, J. "An Integrated Approach to Liberal Learning", Peer Review, 5, 4-7. Grace, D. J. & Picard, A.. An Experimental Approach to Literacy Methods Courses. Action in Teacher Education, 23, 29-36. Graff, G.. Colleges are Depriving Students of a Connected View of Scholarship; the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. 48. Hecke, G. R. V. Karukstis, K. K. Haskell, R. C. McFadden, C. S. & Wettack, F. S.. An Integration of Chemistry and Physics: The Interdisciplinary Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education, 79, 837-844. Huber, M. T. & Hutchings, P.. Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain; the Academy in Transition. Washington, DC.: Association of American Colleges and Universities Huber, M. T. Hutchings, P. & Gale, R.. Integrative Learning for Liberal Education. PeerReview, Summer / Fall. Jacobs, S. K. Rosenfeld, P. & Haber, J.. Information Literacy as the Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice in Graduate Nursing Education: A Curriculum-Integrated Approach. Journal of Professional Nursing, 19, 320-328.

Jennings, T. E.. Restructuring for integrative education: multiple perspectives, multiple contexts. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey. Jory, B... Campbell Monograph Series on Education and Human Sciences. Jonas, Harry S. Sylia I. Etzel and Barbara Barzansky. Undergraduate Medical Education. JAMA, Aug. 25 1989. 262: 1018-1019. Kain, D. L.. Cabbages--And Kings: Research Directions in Integrated /Interdisciplinary Curriculum. Journal of Educational Thought/Revue de la Pensée Éducative, 27, 312-331. Kirtland, J. & Hoh, P. S.. Integrating Mathematics and Composition Instruction. Primus, 12. Klein, J. T.. Crossing boundaries: knowledge and interdisciplinarities: University Press of Virginia. Klein, J. T.. Mapping interdisciplinary studies. Washington, DC.: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Klein, J. T.. Humanities and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy: State University of New York Press. Kline, Peter; the Everyday Genius Development of Integrative Learning Lorents, A. Morgan, J. & Tallman, G..

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Swing yarder

A swing yarder is a mobile piece of heavy duty forestry equipment used for pulling logs from the woods to a logging road with cables. The swing yarder is known as a grapple yarder. In any logging operation, it is necessary to transport the harvested tree from the stump to a landing for transport to market. If the ground is flat it may be possible to transport the tree or logs cut from the tree on a wheeled or tracked machine; however if the ground is too steep for the operation of such machinery, it is common practice to rig some sort of a cable system for moving the wood. The swing yarder is one of several varieties of machines; the swing yarder has several drums to pull in the cables. The cables run up an angled boom and to the far side of a setting. By using two cables set up like a clothes line, the rigging can be pulled out and logs can be pulled across a logging setting where the trees have been felled; this machine is most suitable for steep ground where it is difficult to access the logs with other machinery.

Swing yarders can be used in flatter areas with lighter loads. While there are various rigging options, the most common one uses a grapple that can be lowered onto a logs and closed via the cable system. Using a grapple avoids the need for people in the setting to attach chokers to the log. Choker setting as a profession is a dangerous occupation; the main difference between a swing yarder and a tower yarder is that the upperworks is mounted on a large slewing bearing. This bearing permits the boom and cable system to be'swung' across a setting without relocating the machine. An experienced operator uses cable tension to swing the grapple to the desired location. In practice, the main benefit of a swinging machine is that once the logs are yarded up to the machine, they can be swung to the side and landed; this allows the machine to be positioned in a small area such as on a road, to land the logs on the road behind the machine. By contrast a tower has no options on where to set the logs---so the tower has to be positioned back from the break of the hill so as to leave a landing area on the downhill side of the machine, the logs can only be pulled up to near the tower and lowered to the ground making it necessary for a shovel to be present to remove the logs once landed.

Implicitly a swing machine does not need to be as tall as a tower machine in steep ground because the swing machine can be set right up to the'edge' of the steep ground while the tower must be set back from the'edge' to allow landing space. Washington TL-6 Swing yarder


Gachantivá is a town and municipality in the Ricaurte Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá. Gachantivá is located at altitudes ranging from 2,000 metres to 3,300 metres on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense and borders Villa de Leyva in the south, Santa Sofía in the west, Arcabuco in the east and Moniquirá in the north; the name Gachantivá comes from Chibcha and means "chief of the Gacha". The area of Gachantivá before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organised in their loose Muisca Confederation; the cacique of Gachantivá was loyal to the zaque of Hunza. Modern Gachantivá was founded in 1715 by Juan José Neira. Main economical activities of Gachantivá are livestock farming. Among the agricultural products cultivated are maize, yuca, blackberries and peas

Valencia letourneuxi

Valencia letourneuxi, the Corfu toothcarp, is a species of fish in the family Valenciidae. It is found in Greece, its natural habitats are rivers, freshwater marshes, freshwater spring, coastal saline lagoons. It is threatened by habitat loss; the specific name of this fish honours the collector of the type, the botanist Aristide-Horace Letourneux. The species was described as Fundulus letourneuxi in 1880 by Achille Valenciennes with a type locality of Cressida, Corfu, it formerly occurred on the island of Lefkas but is now considered to be extirpated from both there and Corfu. Media related to Valencia letourneuxi at Wikimedia Commons

Convoy Busters

Convoy Busters is a 1978 poliziotteschi film directed by Stelvio Massi and starring Maurizio Merli. Maurizio Merli: Inspector Francesco Olmi Olga Karlatos: Anna Massimo Serato: Degan Sr. Mario Feliciani: Quaestor Mimmo Palmara: Corchi Marco Gelardini: Degan Jr. Attilio Duse: Brigadier Ballarin Nello Pazzafini:criminal Convoy Busters was filmed on location in Rome and Civitanova Marche. Convoy Busters was distributed theatrically in Italy by P. A. C. - Produzioni Atlas Consorziate on 23 December 1978. It grossed a total of 989,390,960 Italian lira on its domestic release. Italian film historian and critic Roberto Curti stated that this gross was no par with Maurizio Merli's previous films noting that his star power was beginning to fade at this point; the film released by NoShame on DVD in the United States. Curti stated that the film was "unusually well-received by critics", including Vittorio Spiga who praised the film as Massi's best work, referring to Massi as managing "to renew the genre somehow: by borrowing the style of the Italian Western, its violence and characters, while taking the spectacular angle and the fast pacing from American cinema."

Tom Milne of the Monthly Film Bulletin stated that "Although Stelvio Massi places numbing reliance on the zoom lens, it is competently enough done, with a sound performance by Maurizio Merli in the Eastwood role." Milne commented on the dubbing, declaring it "horribly dubbed and stultifyingly tedious."In a retrospective review, Curti declared the film to be "perhaps Stelvio Massi's best effort, one of the better late Italian poliziotteschi" Convoy Busters on IMDb