Public Administration

The Role of the USDA

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Policy disconnect can occur at all levels of implementation. One of the largest policy disconnects has occurred within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA mission, “We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management (USDA, 2009).” The USDA accomplishes its mission through 21 different agencies and services that operate under its authority. The mechanics of the organization makes the USDA an unusual department. …


Environmental Science Terms and Definitions

Understanding Environmentalism

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Environmental science often seems daunting but this is due to the jargon and language that has grown around this field. To understand environmental science more effectively, one needs to have a working knowledge of the various concepts often discussed. The following overview of terms will help one gain a better understanding of this important field.

Scientific method

The scientific method refers to a body of techniques designed to investigate unknown ideas, create knowledge, and integrate preexisting knowledge. To be considered scientific in methodology an inquiry…


Environment

An Overview of the Issues & Solutions

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Climate change is a complex comparison of many different geological, atmospheric, and ecological sources. Often the viewpoint of climate change is distilled into an oversimplification of global warming. Global warming is mostly understood in lay terms as the warming of the earth due to the overproduction of greenhouse gasses. In reality, climate change is, “a measure of changes in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over periods of decades or longer, regardless of cause.”

There are three main views pertaining…


Corporate Sustainability

The Argument for a Sustainability Strategy

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Fossil fuels and other limited resources have spawned many ideologies concerning sustainable practices. Often these practices are aimed at reducing the use fossil fuels through measures such as recycling and energy reduction. These various practices for reducing energy waste and preserving the environment have come to be known as sustainability initiatives. Sustainability is a growing practice of adopting ‘green’ or environmentally friendly practices that serve all dimensions of the environment such as social, cultural, and economics. …


Book Discussion

“Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus” by Mary Shelley

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

By Theodore Von Holst (1810–1844) — Tate Britain. Frontispiece of the 1831 edition. Private collection, Bath., Public Domain

In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein reanimates a creature from dead flesh into life. Throughout the novel Mary Shelley, a writer from the romantic era, poses questions to the reader regarding the relationship between man and nature. For writers of the romantic era, nature, or God, is an unknowable and unconquerable force that man will never fully be able to understand or comprehend. …


Biotic Components

Environmental Lessons

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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The Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve is a 900-acre natural preserve. Located in Southern Pine NC, the park was created in 1963 when the original owners of the land died and donated the land to the State of NC. The original owners bought the land for the intention of stopping the deforestation which threatened the long leaf pines which grow in this area.

There are more than 1,000 species of plant life in the preserve including: turkey and blackjack oaks, wiregrass, longleaf pines, dogwood…


Economics

Aggregate Demand & Supply

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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The Great Recession occurred between 2007 and 2009, which began before 2007 due to long standing economic policies and decision making, but most notably, the recession’s beginning struck in 2006 when home values crashed by 30%. This massive shift in value began a spiral of in value of mortgage-backed securities impacting homeowners and institutions. From an economic standpoint, the Great Recession is characterized by a drop in aggregate demand which translated into a decline in GDP, which increased unemployment. …


Issues in Psychological Testing

Two Ethical Issues Associated with Psychological Testing and Their Impacts

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Two of the largest ethical issues in psychological testing are informed consent and confidentiality. Informed consent involves a variety of considerations which allow for ethical decision making and practices when administering psychological tests. Informed consent is rooted in the ideas of autonomy and self-determination. It is assumed that patients must be able to make informed decisions concerning their participation in tests. This is especially true in situations where the participant may be mentally impaired of to young to understand the testing (Pope, Sonne…


Culture vs Public Health

Debating Porn

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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In recent years, Pornography has become a target of censorship beyond just its obvious offensiveness to many people. Instead, pornography has come under fire by critics for being a public health issue. As more and more research is performed, experts are beginning to believe that watching pornography may have adverse affects on brain chemistry, having the negative impacts similar to addictive drugs.


Hope’s Amazing Inspirational Lines

Work, Hope, Optimism: Reaching Excellence

Vincent Triola, the author of Memories of Emily and Move, writes or co-writes Coast to Coast articles.

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Some days I wake and struggle to rise from bed. All focus seems to misdirect into the dread of the day rather than its promise. That is the moment when I stop and give myself a minute before forcing myself from the bed. A quick period of quiet wait allows me to wake from the ill-conceived perception of the day that has yet begun. …

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