Jane Macnaughton – End Game Scenarios for Smoking in New Zealand

Jane Macnaughton writes: New Zealand’s South Island is a beautiful and unexpected place.  You can find yourself in a tiny village hall listening to a rather good folk duo and sitting right next to a Booker prize winning writer. Andrew Russell, co-convenor of the WRI Smoking Special Interest Group, and I are in New Zealand Read the full article…

From Mexico, with Love

Witnessing human compassion, connection and resilience, fostered in a harsh landscape of brutal inequality, and noting the contribution and impact of research. Mexico City is a world of parallel realities – perceived in the extreme by travelling on one of the main autopistas from grand, tree-lined avenues in the cultural centre, out to the fringes Read the full article…

Notes from Glaveston (Final Post): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Week 9. This will be my final post in this series as my time in Galveston is coming to an end. My work in the anatomy department over the last couple of weeks reminded me however how much my visual practice – the sheer simplicity of drawing – helps me ‘think’ in a clear and Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (Week 8): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Week 8! Week 7 disappeared in a visit from a friend, complete with car, and an amazing (for an artist with a passion for the human form) voyage into the world of the University of Texas Medical Branch Anatomy Department! I stepped away temporarily from the Drawing Women’s Cancer box in order to see parts Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 6), Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Scratch everything I said last week about 70,000 biking incomers to the island this week… word is that there were over 400,000 extra people here over this last weekend! It would not surprise me at all if this were indeed the case as there seemed to be a sea of bikes from the seawall to Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 5), Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Galveston is gearing up for this year’s Lone Star Rally which is a four day ‘bikers’ festival beginning on Thursday this week. Over 70,000 people are expected to roll into this small island and party all weekend. I love on a main thoroughfare right in the heart of the action so I expecting the peace Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 4): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar, University of Texas

Just up from Murdoch’s on the Seawall is a structure that may at first seem strange to the uninitiated eye. It is the only piece that remains of the famous Balinese Room Pier. Four timber struts and a slatted roof are all that is left of the original entrance which was on the Seawall itself. Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (Week 3): Jac Saorsa, Visiting scholar at the University of Texas

The air is cooler now in Galveston, there are clouds in the sky and the seabirds are not so bothered by swimmers and surfers in their territory. We even had rain the other day, hard, even torrential, somebody said we caught the tail end of a tropical storm. Plenty of  people  do still flock to the beaches however, Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (Week 2): Jac Saorsa, Visiting scholar at the University of Texas

Each day I walk either along the shore, or past beautiful Victorian architecture in the nationally acclaimed ‘historic district’, to the office I have been assigned at the Institute of Medical Humanities. (To be fair, I actually have two offices… the unofficial one is somewhere between the downtown coffee house, where I am becoming a Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston: Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Well, I couldn’t help humming that song by Glen Campbell as I took an early morning stroll along the beach on this, my first day in Galveston! As a Visiting Scholar at the UTMB Institute for the Medical Humanities  I will be here for two months working on the Drawing Women’s Cancer project and I Read the full article…