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Text description provided by the architects. Dayuan, the founder of the school, was once one of the best middle school linguistics teachers, later he became a businessman due to peculiar encounters. However, there is always a dream about education in his heart. For the olive tree in his dreams, he finally set off after many years of school in hangzhou

After several discussions and inevitable collisions of ideas, the architects determined the overall layout:
The buildings and the sports areas take one half of the site each. Although the east-west oriented track and the dormitories are not common, the overall structure is compact, well responding to the high-speed train line, the highway entrance on the south and the main urban boulevard on the west.
All the art and experience spaces are located on the ground floor; Public spaces such as roof gardens, vegetable gardens, science museum are on the top floor; Classrooms and offices are located on the floors in-between.

The ideal school buildings in Dayuan’s mind should have conversations between western and eastern cultures, and inherit the spirit from both the old times and new days. Below are the architects’ considerations and responses:

Courtyard is a basic spatial element that is common in all kinds of cultures in ancient and modern China and abroad.
Pitched roof is a basic form in the culture at all times and in all over the world.Chinese tradition is to enter the building from the eave side; whereas the western world from the gable wall.

Arch is an important element of Western classical architecture; to place buildings along the south-north axis and form a layered courtyard is a common method for classical Chinese architecture.The red brick façade is a common practice in Western architecture; whilethe white wall is widely used in classical architecture in the Jiangnan area.

The primary school has two layers of courtyards with the theme of nature; three olive trees from the Mediterranean are planted in the high school courtyard with red brick walls on four sides; white walls with light wooden colored railing and roof structure are used in middle school courtyard; there is a pool of water in between middle school and high school, with eight types of aquatic plants native to Jiangnan. Olive tree represents Global vision, “Shuibaxian” (eight types of aquatic plants) reflects Chinese feeing and native sentiment.

There is a river in the east of the site, so a bridge that meets the functions is needed. The international school curriculum attends to both Chinese and Western cultures. A symbolic meaning of ‘connection’ is applied to a functional bridge located on the east side entrance. The complex shape of the continuous integration of the slab of the entrance arch bridge and roof allows the digital design and fabrication to take their advantages.

The perforated pattern of the red brick wall in east façade and the color composition pattern of the west façade of the dormitory source from the same part of the famous Chinese painting, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains. Byintegrating digital technology, there is no difficulty to abstract the artistic masterpiece into architectural decorative elements.

The core value of this design is to involve the process and method of architectural design in the basic education process, so as to let the kids who study in the school have the opportunity to learn and experience the different form transition, by combining art and technology.
One of the things I appreciate about you guys is that you set me straight when I have crazy ideas. Yes, maybe in retrospect moving to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal wasn’t the brightest idea ever, though that’s why I run these ideas past you guys before “executing.”living in tianjin

I have another idea, but this time I’m fairly certain it’s genius, though I’ll run it past you guys anyway. I’ve decided to move to Tianjin, China. I know what you’re thinking: what a brilliant idea, go for it! Why Tianjin, you ask?

Well, the St. Regis Tianjin just opened a few months ago, and the rates are rather good, about ~$140USD/night.My plan is to move there and live on the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts rate, which includes complimentary daily breakfast, guaranteed 4PM check-out, a room upgrade, and a $100 food and beverage credit per stay. Add that to my Starwood Platinum benefits, and I’ll be living the high life for pennies on the dollar.

The only downside is that the food and beverage credit is per stay as opposed to per night, so I guess I’ll have to stay at the Westin every other night. Or maybe I need to move there with a friend and we need to have alternating reservations every other night.
The International School of Tianjin (IST ) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, and the only international school in Tianjin authorized to teach all three IB Programs (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma). IST provides an education of distinction to young global citizens while serving the needs of our communities. The schools comprehensive and coherent written curriculum is based upon the highest academic standards. As a school we use the mission of the IB and the philosophy of IST to guide our deliberations and actions, and to ensure that our children develop the attitudes and dispositions of true internationalists prepared for the challenges and wonders of life beyond our school in Tianjin
An extensive extracurricular activities program is available to students, including the ACAMIS and ISAC inter-school sports leagues, Model United Nations (MUN), Global Issues Network (GIN), Choir and Orchestra, Roots and Shoots, and Student Council.
School Facilities World class, purpose-built school campus, situated on 7.2 hectares of park-like grounds. Including a natural grass football pitch surrounded by 400m running track. An indoor (double-sized) gymnasium with floor-to-ceiling climbing wall. 95 classrooms (equipped with computers, digital projectors and whiteboards), 5 science laboratories, 4 main computer laboratories. Library with extensive collection including a large selection of foreign language books in the following languages: Chinese, Korean, French, German, Danish, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, Dutch, and Italian.) Dedicated early childhood center with indoor and outdoor play areas. A primary school building and a separate new secondary school building, including a 520-seat theater, black box and extensive music and art suites and design and technology classrooms.
On May 9, the awards ceremony for the 2019 Tianjin Recycling Educational Challenge (TReC) was held at the Himalaya Tianta. This was the TreC program’s 4th year, continuing on its tradition as an educational initiative developed by TJenvironcom and organized by the Tianjin Chapter of AmCham China, where Tianjin's premier international schools participate in a week of recycling and environmental activities. Activities include a recyclables collection drive, as well as an art competition where artwork is composed from recycled materials.Tianjin international school

This year saw participation from Tianjin International School, Wellington Tianjin, Tianjin Yinghua International School (Wuqing and Dongli Campuses), and TEDA International School. Caterpillar Tianjin Ltd., with Anisa Cosmetics sponsoring materials for use in the creation of artwork. Prize sponsors included Ocean Park and the Cambridge Mask Company. Himalaya Tianta Apartments was the venue and awards sponsor

Approx. 1300 kgs of recyclable materials were collected during the week, a year-on-year gain of 69%, and almost 50 works of art were created from materials donated by CAT and Anisa.

Additionally, during his visit to Tianjin on May 7, US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad viewed some of the artwork, and heard from some of the participating students about their thoughts on the environment and the TreC project.

Representatives from the US Embassy Environmental Section, local artists, and representatives from NGOs including Conservation International and the APEC Green Supply Chain Center served as judges in the art segment. The awards ceremony was hosted by TJenvironcom founder Alex Scilla.The TReC-TECC Total [TTT], a tally of the results to date between TReC and it’s sister program TECC (The Tianjin Environmental CSR Challenge) is now ranking in at a recovery total of 3077 kgs of secondary resources, reduced energy usage of over of 30000 kwh, and water savings of over 200 tons.
A school that was reprimanded last year for serving students expired food has wound up in the spotlight again after using supplementary material for eighth-graders that contained a sexual joke.Shanghai school

The education authority of Pudong New Area in Shanghai has ordered severe punishment for those responsible for the teaching materials used by SMIC Private School (Shanghai), and called for an overhaul of supplementary textbooks at primary and middle schools in the region.

The education bureau told the school to immediately stop using the materials, the authority said in a circular on Thursday (Jan 24). It also accused the school of chaotic management and misdeeds in the selection of supplementary materials.The reprimand was for including material in a book for youngsters that referred to female anatomy and strongly alluded to an oral sex act. It was published by Shanghai Oriental Laser Education Culture.

Parents of the eighth-graders discovered the off-colour joke, titled "Mommy's Washcloth", in a book assigned as homework for the winter vacation.Children had been asked to read the joke and leave their comments.

The school, founded in 2001 by Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corp, has more than 2,900 students from 25 countries and regions. It admitted its fault in selecting the material on Thursday.The school will be severely punished for the sexually oriented joke, according to the education authority.

Mr Xiong Bingqi, deputy dean of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said on Thursday that both the publisher and the school were at fault."That the material was able to enter the school's procurement system shows chaotic management. Private schools need to strengthen internal management to prevent such mistakes," Mr Xiong said.

He also suggested that the faculty and parents' association should be involved in the selection of supplementary learning materials at private schools. On one hand, such a move would reflect the autonomy of the school, while on the other hand it would improve the overall quality of the books the school uses, he said.On Thursday, the school strongly condemned the company and said it had punished the vice-principal and another teacher.

Last October, the school was caught up in a food safety scandal after parents found expired goods, mouldy produce and unhygienic conditions during a surprise inspection of its kitchen. That incident led to a call for stronger inspections of school canteens.

Lycored, an international wellness company at the forefront of ingredient and nutrition supplements, has launched its Lycopedia, an interactive educational hub that tells the narrative journey of lycopene and its effect on the body during different stages of life. By creating the Lycopedia, Lycored hopes it will act as a resource that showcases the health benefits of lycopene, the red-hued tomato-derived carotenoid used in food and beverage and oral supplementation.Lycopene powder
From early life, younger adult, midlife adult and older adult, the Lycopedia guides visitors through an interactive journey on lycopene, expanding on the various benefits this carotenoid provides to the body during each phase of life. Health concerns covered throughout the timeline include preeclampsia, lung health, skin health, fertility, cardiovascular health, vision health, osteoporosis and prostate health.

"We have focused a large part of more than 50 clinical studies on exploring Lycopene's different beneficial roles in our wellness at every stage of life, which resulted in us taking our Lycored Nutrient Complex range for specific indications mainstream, yet we are only scratching the surface on what our hero carotenoid is capable of for our wellbeing," said Rony Patishi-Chillim, president and CEO at Lycored. "With further research we have been able to unearth a multitude of health benefits and, as a result, we want to also make consumers and our industry aware of the significance of lycopene; not just for wellness benefits, but as a lifelong ally."

The launch of the Lycopedia showcases both the depth of research and undeniable commitment Lycored has to the wellbeing and education of creating wellness from within. Through the belief that nature holds a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be unearthed, Lycored plans to continue to introduce education tools to their community including a link to its Lycopedia on their un-branded consumer facing website, and via wide ranging partnerships including its brand ambassador network.
Men who want to reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer by altering their diet should eat tomatoes or tomato products rather than rely on lycopene supplements, suggest researchers from Ohio State University, Columbus. 502-65-8

Consumption of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red colour, has been associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer in epidemiological studies. However, the new study, conducted in rats, indicates that other components found in tomatoes may also be associated.

The researchers assigned 194 male rats with prostate cancer to diets containing whole tomato powder or pure lycopene, or to a control diet. After four weeks, the rats were further divided into two groups, one with unlimited access and one with restricted access to food.

The researchers found that rats fed a diet that included whole tomato products survived longer than rats in the other groups (their risk of prostate cancer death was 26 per cent lower). Animals in the tomato-fed, energy-restricted group fared even better, showing a 32 per cent drop in risk. No benefit from lycopene alone was seen in either the energy-restricted or unrestricted groups.

“Our observations support the concept that tomato products contain components in addition to lycopene that may inhibit prostate carcinogenesis,” the researchers say. They add that many men are consuming lycopene-containing supplements in the hope that they may prevent prostate cancer or enhance the treatment of their prostate cancer. “We suggest that a focus on interventions with whole tomato products and energy balance should be a priority while clinical studies simultaneously investigate the risks and benefits of lycopene supplementation.”

The study, which lasted 14 months, is published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2003;95:1578).

The authors of an accompanying editorial (ibid, p1563), Dr Peter Gann, Northwestern University, Chicago, and Dr Frederick Khachik, University of Maryland, point out that plant compounds evolved as sets of interacting compounds. This complexity limits the usefulness of seeking to identify single protective compounds.
Antioxidant Ability and Stability Studies of 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

3-O-Ethyl-L-Ascorbic Acid, or Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is a molecule produced by modifying Ascorbic Acid, commonly known as Vitamin C. This modification is done to increase the molecule’s stability and enhance its transport through skin, as pure Vitamin C is easily degraded. In the body, the modifying group is removed and Vitamin C is restored in its natural form. Thus, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid retains the benefits of Vitamin C, such as antioxidant activity. Furthermore, it is even more potent in reducing skin darkening after UV exposure. It even has some additional effects, not observed in pure Ascorbic Acid, such as promoting nerve cell growth or reducing chemotherapy damage. Finally, the slower release also ensures that no toxic effects are observed when using this Vitamin C derivative.3-O-Ethyl-L-Ascorbic Acid

3- O -ethyl ascorbic acid may be a good whitening ingredient in cosmetics. However, before it can be successfully used in cosmetics, its biofunctionality and stability need to be comprehensively investigated. The reduction and 2,2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radical scavenging ability of this compound were analyzed to assess its antioxidant potential. In addition, the tyrosinase inhibitory ability was analyzed to show the whitening capacity of 3- O -ethyl ascorbic acid. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to determine the optimal conditions for the ascorbic acid derivative in cosmetics. Based on the DPPH radical scavenging ability results, the half-inhibitory concentration (IC 50 ) value of 3- O -ethyl ascorbic acid was 0.032 g/L. It also showed a good reducing ability at 1.5 g/L concentration. Based on the tyrosinase inhibition analysis, the IC 50 value was 7.5 g/L. The opti
Beneficial effects of chrysin on the reproductive system of adult male rats

Chrysin treated male albino rats had significantly higher sperm count, fertility rate and litter size when they were permitted to mate with proven proestrous female rats[26]. These promoting effects of Chrysin was confirmed by Ciftci et al.[27]report in which testis antioxidant enzyme levels such as SOD, CAT and GSH-Px along with GSH were significantly improved following Chrysin administration. Higher sperm count and motility along with lower abnormality percentage were also recorded in their study. ...
... Higher sperm count and motility along with lower abnormality percentage were also recorded in their study. Beside antioxidant effect, both in vivo and in vitro studies have confirmed Chrysin potential for enhancing testosterone level and subsequently male sex drive[23,27]. According to the broad range of pharmacological activities of Chrysin and considering the fact that information on feeding this flavonoid to birds is lacking in literature. ...
... In the light of obtained results, Chrysin successfully improved total and forward motility, plasma membrane functionality and integrity, semen concentration and MDA level, sperm fatty acid composition, blood testosterone as well as fertility and hatchability rates. These results were in concert with previous studies in which oral administration of Chrysin to male rats significantly enhanced sperm total motility and count, blood testosterone level[27]as well as fertility and litter size in their partners. An appropriate level of dietary n-6/n-3 fatty acid ratio along with reduced MDA level (by feeding an antioxidant) resulted in increase of sperm forward motility in boar.
Chrysin (on the left) and harman (right) are organic compounds with distinctly different structures, but both are found in the passionflower species Passiflora caerulea and P. incarnata.Sesamol powder

Chrysin, also called 5,7-dihydroxyflavone, was first isolated from the wood of pine trees (Pinus spp.) in 1949 by Gösta Linstedt at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm). Harman (or harmane), a pyridoindole derivative, was discovered much earlier (1861) in the bark of P. incarnata and other trees by German researcher R. Rieth.

What do chrysin and harman have in common besides occurrence in trees, specifically P. incarnata? More than 500 passionflower species have been used as traditional folk remedies for anxiety and other medical conditions almost everywhere that they grow on Earth. For at least 20 years, drug researchers have sought to elucidate mechanisms by which passionflower biochemicals provide relief.

In a key 2001 study, P. incarnata extract was compared with oxazepam, an early benzodiazepine anxiolytic drug, for efficacy against generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Shaheen Akhondzadeh and colleagues at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Medicinal Plants (both in Tehran, Iran) treated 36 patients diagnosed with GAD with P. incarnata extract, oxazepam, or placebo in a 4-week trial.

The extract and the drug gave equally positive results. Oxazepam acted more rapidly, but it also impaired the subjects’ job performance whereas the extract did not. In the time since this report was issued, however, there is no record of US Food and Drug Administration filings for chrysin, harman, or passionflower extracts.

This discussion of anxiety remedies reminds us that today is the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week.
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