Daily Briefing - Monday, August 9, 2010

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Daryl Felder has centered his interests encompass evolution, phylogenetics, molecular genetics, diversity, ecology, physioecology, development, systematics, and functional morphology of marine decapod crustaceans (crabs, shrimp and lobsters). Also conducting long-term studies of endemism among Gulf decapods, particularly those assemblages on deep hard banks throughout the Gulf, and more recently those on hydrocarbon seeps. A major project concerns compilation of a color illustrated monograph on the crabs and lobsters of the Gulf of Mexico. Some of this work is conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington. He has long maintained collaborative research projects in the Indian River Lagoon. Other recent or currently active studies involve field work in Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Venezuela. Most funding for his program has come from the US Dept. of Energy, the US Geological Survey, Sea Grant, and the National Science Foundation.

Gerald Nunziato has served in various capacities as a Special Agent of the United States Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from July 1970 to January 1999. From 1990 to 1991, he was the Firearms Interdiction Program Manager responsible for the ATF Firearms Stolen from Interstate Commerce Program , and later was assigned as Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s National Tracing Center until 1999. During his tenure as Special Agent in Charge at the National Tracing Center, Mr. Nunziato’s work revolutionized the firearms tracing capability as a law enforcement tool. Mr. Nunziato was then and is now nationally known for his ability to interpret crime-gun trace data to assist law enforcement investigations. Created the first computer program that analyzed crime-gun information to identify sources of illegal firearms traffickers. Nunziato also developed and taught a course in the use of firearms tracing to impact on illegal firearms trafficking to law enforcement officers national and worldwide.

Anthony Weller is the author of three novels (most recently, “The Siege of Salt Cove”) and a memoir of India and Pakistan. He is also well-known as a jazz and classical guitarist and composer. His father, George Weller, was a legendary Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent who ignored the news blackout that General MacArthur had imposed after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed and sneaked into Nagasaki four weeks after the blast ahead of the US Army and Navy.

George Weller wrote FIRST INTO NAGASAKI: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War  in six weeks.

His son Anthony Weller edited the book.

Every dispatch that George Weller sent to Tokyo was destroyed by MacArthur’s censors. Although George Weller tried to get medical assistance to the area  no doctors arrived for weeks. He also reported on several Allied POW camps nearby who were affected by the blasts.

Check out his website for more information: http://www.anthonyweller.com/home.html