Getting to know Surgeon-Writer Atul Gawande

 

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Atul Gawande
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Peter Kuperman was a Benjamin Franklin scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he pursued finance and computer science. During his free time, Peter Kuperman enjoys reading several nonfiction authors, but no one has moved him as much as Atul Gawande.

Atul Gawande is equal parts surgeon and writer. By day, he is a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard University. By night, he is a public health journalist who has been writing for The New Yorker since 1998.

Gawande’s work as a doctor extends beyond surgery. He is the executive director of health systems innovation center Ariadne Labs. He is also the chairman of the nonprofit organization Lifebox which works to make surgery safer worldwide.

As a writer, Gawande has won writing awards, including the prestigious Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He currently has three best-selling books to his credit: Complications, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is currently out in the market.

Tips for Healthy Cooking, Part 2, by Peter Kuperman

In this article, I discuss healthy substitutions designed to reduce fat while keeping your favorite foods as tasty as ever, as well as other healthful cooking tips and suggestions.

4. Use Low-fat Ingredients in Meals

Preserving taste is important, as most people crave foods for their flavor instead of their nutrition. With a few careful substitutions, you can serve up the best of both worlds. Examine your favorite meals and pick out ingredients that could be changed into low-fat items without impacting flavor. For example, use egg whites instead of whole eggs to lower cholesterol and maintain approximately the same taste.

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5. Serve Fruit-based Desserts

To further reduce fat and sugar, you might consider serving fruit-based desserts instead of the three Cs: cookies, cakes, and candies. Sure, you could serve a bowl of assorted fruits and pass it off as dessert, but remember, you do not need to sacrifice your favorite tastes to eat healthier. If you must eat cake, try adding a fruit sauce instead of whipped cream. For cold treats, pass on ice cream and opt for frozen yogurt.

need not resign yourself to extra pounds in exchange for consuming a favorite sweet. Cut the amount of shortening you use in half by substituting yogurt, applesauce, mashed bananas, or pureed prunes. In the end, your favorite dessert will turn out just as moist but with half the fat.

6. Use Low-fat Ingredients in Desserts

Our favorite treats tend to be as sinfully unhealthy as they are scrumptious, yet you

Tips for Healthy Cooking, Part 1, by Peter Kuperman

Multiple-Sport Olympic Events, By Peter Kuperman

In the world of sports, multidisciplinary events such as the decathlon and triathlon have long stood as some of the most challenging tests of athleticism and endurance. Indeed, the winner of the Olympic decathlon event earns the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete,” a tradition established in 1912 to honor the accomplishments of the legendary Jim Thorpe. Since then, multidisciplinary events have skyrocketed in popularity, recruiting legions of devoted participants and spawning a large number of spinoff events. The following provides a quick look at some of the most popular multi-sport events and their places in the modern sports landscape.

Decathlon: By far the most widely recognized multidisciplinary sport in the Olympics, the decathlon consists of 10 events: the 100 meters, 400 meters, 1500 meters, 110 meters hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw. The decathlon takes place over two days, each of which features two track events and three field events. A lesser-known variant of the decathlon is the icosathlon, which includes 20 events instead of 10.

Triathlon: In recent years, no multidisciplinary sport has captured the competitive spirit of people across the world more than the triathlon. More an endurance test than an assessment of overall athletic ability, the triathlon features a swimming leg, a cycling leg, and a running leg. One of the most recognized triathlon distances is the Ironman Triathlon, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle leg and a full marathon of 26.2 miles. Popular triathlon events include the annual Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco, and the Enduroman Arch to Arc, a grueling 289-mile course that stretches from the Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Chessboxing: One of the more recent additions to the multidisciplinary sport catalogue, chessboxing requires participants to engage in a boxing match and a chess match in alternating rounds. To win the contest, a competitor must achieve a knockout, a checkmate, a favorable judges’ decision, or cause their opponent to exceed his 12 minutes of chess time. In addition to possessing a high level of boxing ability, chessboxer must also qualify as Class A or better in chess. Tihomir Atanassov Dovramadjiev, the reigning European champion, has an Elo rating of over 2300, placing him just below the rank of International Master.

About the Author

Peter Kuperman is a dedicated multi-sport competitor and former track and field athlete with the Nike Farm Team. During his time with the Nike Farm Team, Kuperman excelled in long distance running and became an accomplished marathoner.

Outreach Coordinator Peter Kuperman on the Khan Academy

By Peter Kuperman

The brainchild of educator Salman Khan, the Khan Academy offers more than 2,400 instruction videos online. The antithesis of scripted, monotone lectures, the presentations breathe life into math, physics, chemistry, and other subjects. Salman Khan recorded each video, determined to share his love of learning and bring intuitive concepts into the education process. Envisioning a world-class virtual school that is free to everyone, he hopes the Khan Academy will become self-sustaining within a few years.

Students who visit the Khan Academy website at http://www.khanacademy.org can access the video library, assessments, and practice exercises, customizing the learning process at their own pace. Each custom profile provides points and badges, enabling students to monitor their progress. Learners can also find help on the site when needed. Because teachers, coaches, and parents can see what the students accomplish in real-time, they are better equipped to provide targeted interventions.

The instructional videos on the Khan Academy website average approximately 10 minutes in length. Conversational in nature, even for math and science instruction, they make learning fun without sacrificing rigor. Salman Khan is fascinated by the world around him and ties concepts to the big picture. Unlike dry textbook material that is memorized and quickly forgotten, the information at the Khan Academy is relatable and memorable, and thus more easily retained. General topics include arithmetic, algebra, calculus, history, SAT preparation, and even cosmology and astrology. Individual topics, such as developmental math, may have hundreds of sub-topics.

A passionate teacher such as Salman Khan produces passionate students. In our 21st century cyber-driven, global economy, quality education is just a click away. Do you want to know how to use the quadratic formula? Would you like to raise money for a startup? Are you interested in the French Revolution? Find out about those subjects and thousands more at the Khan Academy.

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Peter Kuperman on the Duties of a Registered Investment Adviser

Prior to launching my latest career as founder and a managing member of an investing strategy research firm, I spent seven years operating as an independent Registered Investment Adviser, or RIA. In the following primer, I describe what exactly an RIA is and what the job entails.

An RIA provides advice on securities trading, such as stocks and mutual funds. However, RIAs also maintain registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or an individual state’s securities agency and as such are regulated by the entity. The agency depends on the amount of investments RIAs manage: those with more than $25 million must register with the SEC; those with less register with the state.

RIAs work on the buying side of the investment market, particularly for institutional clients and individuals with high net worth (more than $1 million). RIAs typically earn a percentage of their client’s assets, with most receiving somewhere in the range of 1 percent. Their duties to these clients largely encompass putting together portfolios made up of bonds, mutual funds, individual stocks, or other investment vehicles. RIAs may also map out an asset’s life because the client plans to drawdown an account.

Many different financial professionals work with RIAs, among them research analysts, portfolio managers, client service representatives, and traders. Occasionally they hire certified public accountants, lawyers, and others in financial business to provide clients with greater resources. Furthermore, while RIA firms or individuals handle order creation themselves, they work with brokerage agencies that actually execute the trades.

About the Author: In the last 15 years, Peter Kuperman has worked as a Database Analyst for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and as a Financial Analyst for head fund researcher Bounty Service Group.

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