Book Explains How Love Is 'Stranded on the Shores of Time' Oct 23, 2014 04:10AM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

"Interpersonal relationships are changing and people need to know why this is happening," says Dr. Lena K. Ericksen. In "Stranded on the Shores of Time" (published by Xlibris), she taps into her expertise as a doctor of developmental psychology to address the contrasts and the conflicts between humanity's ancient evolved behavioral characteristics and the new behaviors that came with the rise of civilization.

"Why has love and being in love largely disappeared from contemporary life?" asks Dr. Ericksen. Her book examines the root causes of this change from pre-history (before ~10,000 BCE), to the historic period (~10,000 BCE – present) and continues with a forecast of how things are likely to develop far into the future. Far from a dry academic treatise, "Stranded on the Shores of Time" relates her points through a series of short stories meant to be understood by average individuals struggling to make sense of their relationships.

"People want to understand why loneliness and infidelity is so common today," says Dr. Ericksen. She has noted how the modern world is changing everything that makes us human and her book endeavors to answer why. It is a book for people who are feeling lost in today's world, a guide and a bulwark against the aura of frightening immensity or trite superficiality that modern civilization has made of human relations.

"Stranded on the Shores of Time"
By Lena K. Ericksen
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781499080957
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781499080964
E-Book | 306 pages | ISBN 9781499080971
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Lena K. Ericksen was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She earned her PhD in developmental psychology at the University of California, Davis.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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Kidney Cancer Association Works Globally to Eradicate Disease Oct 23, 2014 04:06AM

Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

"We're pleased to have invested more than $5 million dollars in research-related activities over the past several years," says Bill Bro, CEO of the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA).

"Just this morning I was directing a family member living in Sweden to treatment resources for her father who lives in Russia. Then, I received an email from someone in the UAE thanking us for helping to find an expert in Singapore. Although our roots are in the USA, we're helping to save lives around the world," he added.

KCA collaborates with others in funding research projects aimed at attracting the best and brightest young minds to the field. Recently, working with the Conquer Cancer Foundation, KCA provided funds for a research award to Kathleen M. Mahoney, MD, PhD, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, for her project "PD‐L1 and a secretory variant in Renal Cell Carcinoma," mentored by Gordon Freeman, PhD.

Layperson Summary

Tumor expression of PD‐L1 turns off the immune response and lets tumors evade immune attack. Targeting PD‐1 and its ligand PD‐L1 has significantly less toxicity than prior immune therapies, has shown outstanding clinical benefit in Phase I/II clinical trials, and are now in Phase III trials. These include patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Combining blockade of multiple immune checkpoint pathways produces better responses in melanoma. Yet combination therapies also bring higher rates of immune mediated side effects. Therefore it is critical to determine what biomarkers are useful for predicting who will respond to PD‐1 blockade alone and who will require combination therapy. Clinical trials suggested that the PD‐L1 on tumor cells may predict an increased likelihood to respond to PD‐1 therapy. Easy to assay and access biomarkers, such as a biomarker assayable in blood, are particularly needed in this field. PD‐L1 expression on tumors including RCC has been correlated with tumor aggressiveness and poor prognosis. Blood levels of PD‐L1 have been correlated with larger primary tumors and greater necrosis in RCC, but not to advanced disease. The regulation of soluble PD‐L1 has not been determined. While it is reportedly cleaved off the surface, we have found a secreted PD‐L1 (secPD‐L1) splice variant in RCC cells. We hypothesize that secPD‐L1 secreted by RCC tumor cells will be more easily assayed in blood than PD‐L1, and therefore is a better biomarker than biopsy for tumor PD‐L1. We also propose that a subset of tumors solely express this secreted variant, which may explain why some tumors without PD‐L1 surface expression respond to PD‐1 therapies. Our goal is to determine whether secPD‐L1, is a biomarker for PD‐L1 positive RCC. We have evidence that this secPD‐L1 splice variant is a more potent immunosuppressant than the cleaved form of PD‐L1, and may be systemically active. In addition to a better understanding the tumor biology of PD‐L1 and possibly a novel mechanism of systemic immunosuppression by a tumor, this study optimally will develop a biomarker which will help direct treatment decisions for patients with RCC and can be validated in a prospective trial.

"Following completion of her project, Dr. Mahoney will report results to an international group of kidney cancer experts at one of our medical symposia," Bro says.

KCA was founded in 1990 by a small group of patients, including Eugene P. Schonfeld, Ph.D., and medical doctors in Chicago, Illinois. It is a nonprofit charity incorporated in the State of Illinois. It has also been designated as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code. Donations to the Association are tax deductible.

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Greenwood Marks National Bioenergy Day with Technology Demonstration & Fair Oct 23, 2014 04:04AM

REDMOND, WA (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

In honor of National Bioenergy Day, Greenwood Clean Energy opened the doors of its Development and Innovation Center this week to local residents and lawmakers inviting them to come and learn more about an industry that provides significant environmental, energy, economic and social benefits. Each Greenwood wood boiler:

   •  Delivers industry-leading low emission performance,
   •  Produces domestic energy from local low-value timber,
   •  Saves homeowners 80% on their annual home heating bills, and
   •  Stimulates the local economy through jobs, savings, and renewable resource utilization.

Greenwood's events in Redmond, WA and Burdett, NY were two of the marquee events from across the US and Canada held to raise awareness about the positive impact of bioenergy.

Bioenergy refers to energy – often space heat or electricity – that is produced from wood and other organic materials. In 2013, approximately 23% of all renewable energy consumed was from wood (EIA, 2013) – more than wind and solar combined and second only to hydroelectric energy.

"Bioenergy helps keep forests, the forest products industry, and most importantly, our forest communities healthy and strong," said Michael Kuehner, President/CEO of Greenwood Clean Energy. "Our installers are local residents and our appliances generate clean energy from native materials that would otherwise be discarded. We wanted to give people an opportunity to see what we do firsthand and learn more about this form of renewable energy."

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has continued to support bioenergy's role in protecting the health of forests on federal lands, saying, "Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration's energy strategy. The Forest Service works with its partners to support the development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs."

As the first and only residential log wood boiler that meets the strict Washington State emission standards, the Frontier CX is in a new class of smart appliances that represent the future of the wood-fired central heating industry. Homeowners now have a cost effective option to heat their home and hot water using a local, renewable resource.

Based in Redmond, Washington, Greenwood Clean Energy manufactures next generation wood boilers and wood furnaces for residential and light commercial heating applications. Greenwood's high-efficiency appliances are used for space and water heating. Greenwood appliances are available through installers throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK. For more information visit: or (888) 788-3090.

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Udemy and have Recently Launched Four New Courses with Live-Online, Instructor Led Workshops Oct 23, 2014 04:04AM

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014 and Udemy are proud to announce they have recently partnered to offer 3D design & animation courses with the first live online instructor led workshops in the Udemy Platform! To celebrate the launch of this unique offering, Udemy and 3DTraining are giving students the opportunity to register for Autodesk's 3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor programs for only $19 for a limited time. This training, a $199 value, includes two hours of self-paced video instruction and a four hour live online class with an actual instructor.

Through the and Udemy partnership, students will be able to experience the best of online learning. Students will register for a course through the Udemy Platform, watch the specially prepared, interactive videos and complete a 3D project. Students will then sign up to attend a four hour live online, instructor led class where they will receive feedback on their project, get questions answered, and be taught how to produce high quality 3D work with industry insider tips and tricks. This will help anyone who is interested in finding out if they enjoy working with 3D software and if this is a viable career choice for them.

During this course, students will get a chance to try out the 3d software (Autodesk is providing a free 30 day trial of 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, and Inventor), get to experience live online learning, and find out more about the booming career opportunities within the 3D field. For anyone who has ever wondered where the jobs are in the 3D field and if they could learn the necessary skills to become a 3D professional, this is the perfect chance to explore these possibilities and talk with industry experts.

"Right now there is a huge demand for 3D professionals in movie studios, video game companies, medical illustrations, advertising, architecture, construction, real estate, legal re-enactments, product testing, and government simulations. There's also an infinite number of entrepreneurial possibilities through owning your own animation company and 3D printing." says Ben Katt of "All of these areas are expected to increase exponentially in the coming years." has over 15 years of experience training people in Autodesk software. They have developed a proven training methodology that teaches 3D software in a simulated production environment. Students learn the software skills from watching interactive proprietary videos, practicing on projects, and meeting with their supervisors in a live online production session that simulates a real world working environment. Students are able to talk directly with the instructor and show their projects through special screen sharing technology.

Udemy is at the forefront of providing educational opportunities and courses to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Udemy students are able to find free or reasonably priced courses online in a wide range of subjects. Bringing a diverse array of courses to anyone around the world is part of the exciting new world of learning. Udemy and are also committed to making 3D animation and design courses affordable and available to almost anyone in the world.

"Udemy is dedicated to connecting people with the skills they need to achieve goals and excel in their career path," says Frank Visciano, Director of Content at Udemy. "Through this exciting partnership with we are able to make high quality education in the booming field of 3D animation and design accessible to interested students all over the world."

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about's 3D Animation and Design workshops, click here to sign up for the software of your choice, and use coupon code LEARN3D19 to redeem your $19 workshop.

About Udemy

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, change professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new. With an ever-growing offering of 20,000+ courses, students can transform their lives by learning any subject they choose--at their own pace, on their own time, on any device. For companies, Udemy offers instant access to a comprehensive course library and easy-to-use course-creation platform. Founded in 2010, privately owned Udemy is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, Learn Capital, and 500 Startups, among others. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco.
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About is the leading provider of short-term production-based training programs in Autodesk Software. Popular trade magazines have recognized 3DTi as "One of the top schools, where students can put their careers on the fast track." was one of the first companies to offer simulated on-the-job training in a live online production environment and is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC). For more information, visit

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Marijuana Freelance Network Announced by Ganjapreneur Oct 23, 2014 04:04AM

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Ganjapreneur -- an online business resource that launched over the summer -- has announced the launch of a "Freelancer Network" on its website. An official launch date for the project has not been set, but Ganjapreneur has outlined several of the features.

This network will be made publicly available and will be free to use. Freelancers who join the network will be able to create a listing using their real name or a pseudonym, describe their specialty and location, upload a biography and/or personal statement, and provide a contact email address. The listings will be organized in a directory and categorized by service type. Businesses will then be able to use the directory when searching for freelancers for projects that require specific skill sets, and creative agencies who want to take on cannabis industry jobs will be able to recruit people who are interested in cannabis-related work.

The Ganjapreneur Freelancer Network will include categories such as web developers, graphic designers, copywriters, SEO experts, social media marketers, videographers, animators, and programmers. Unlike many other freelancer networks, Ganjapreneur will not take a percentage off the top of projects organized through its network, and it will not require freelancers to manage all communications with their clients through its website.

As such, the site will likely not provide the same mediation and escrow services that popular freelancing websites do, but a rep from the company thinks that these features may be precisely what is keeping the cannabis industry out of traditional platforms. "Freelancers may have day jobs at companies where the subject of cannabis is not acceptable, so they probably wouldn't want their real name attached to anything that could show up in search engines, and cannabis businesses may not be allowed on public-facing websites where the platform holds funds in escrow. By removing ourselves from the equation except as the source to browse and contact freelancers, we give both sides a lot more privacy and flexibility, which is exactly what the industry needs."

The landing page for the Freelancer Network currently has an email signup form to Ganjapreneur's newsletter so interested parties may receive notifications when the project goes live. The announcement follows on the heels of several other recent announcements from Ganjapreneur, including an upgrade to their marijuana industry job feed, the launch of their app for Android devices, and an ongoing series of interviews with cannabis industry pioneers.

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