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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, July-August 2014

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), July-August, 2014, volume 10, issue 7...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

futures thinking ... looking ahead

Globalization is multidimensional, encompassing many area of human activity, including business, economics, politics, and personal life. The Globalization Research Center of the University of Hawaii-Manoa focuses on global public health and human security. The Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development of the Earth Institute of Columbia University focuses on sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.

applied foresight ... using the perspective

Triclosan, an antibacterial compound found in many consumer products, was recently banned from consumer personal care products in Minnesota (effective January 1, 2017) due to growing concerns about its safety, efficacy, role in antibiotic resistance, and adverse affects in the environment. While triclosan is an effective antibacterial agent, most studies indicate that it does not lead to fewer infections. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule which will require product manufactures to prove its efficacy. Additional studies indicate that triclosan is an endocrine disrupter. Triclosan is found in the urine of many people, including children, but not at levels thought to cause harm. Other studies indicate it leads to increased antibiotic resistance. Ultimately, triclosan finds its way to the aquatic environment from sewage treatment plant effluent or direct application as a pesticide. It was first registered as a pesticide in 1969. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some data reviews and issued a report on triclosan in 2008, but EPA is currently conducting another review. These sites of the Center for Disease Control, Mayo Clinic,  and Beyond Pesticides offer additional information

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

The Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series returns on September 17 (Wednesday at 1 PM) with a presentation on social justice. -- More details will be in the September issue.

Interested in a course on the future for college credit?

Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC /PSY 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement, and it is offered in either online or face-to-face formats. Registration is now open for the Fall Term of 2014.

Registration is open for the WorldFuture 2014 Conference, "What If". The conference will be in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 11 - 13, 2014.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.