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Science Girl Eats Again

This is the dress I made for Science of Eats 2014. I’ve been super busy lately, but I still wanted to do a new Science Girl outfit, so I made up this dress pattern in about 10 seconds. And by made it up, I mean I decided to attach a simple circle skirt to the waist of these deer-and-doe tshirts. I chose mushrooms because it was part of the theme of this year’s event to seed your own mushroom log.

This dress is made of Spoonflower’s new Modern Jersey. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this fabric, and the more I sew with it the more I love it. The fabric is designed by Nadja Petremande

Also a cool trick for all those lazy seamstresses out there like me: If you have a serger that can do a rolled hem (and most can!) you can get that curly hem effect by simply stretching the fabric out as far as you can while sewing a rolled hem. Just choose a thread color that compliments or contrasts your fabric, and you get a fantastic effect with almost no effort.

One down or take down?

To my CML friends and anyone else following the saga of ‪#‎takedownonedown that’s been playing out:

Like many others, I too spoke to Dr. Druker last night regarding the onedown.org campaign. I appreciate his efforts to call each individual who complained on social media, and I understand the reasoning behind OHSU running a provocative, attention grabbing campaign. They’re trying to raise a lot of money, and this got a lot of attention.

While I’m grateful for the removal of what I considered the most egregious part of the campaign from the internet and marketing efforts, I’m disappointed in the choice to use what is undoubtedly the largest advancement in the history of cancer treatment in a manner I felt, and still do feel, is misleading at the expense of a vulnerable population. Perhaps CML is manageable for many people, but it isn’t for our family and it isn’t for our friends still dying of the disease.

To me, more than anything else this situation reiterated the need for the CML community to find a unified voice and a way to speak as one. I’ve done advocacy work for CML patient community in many forms, and it’s often hard to get people involved and interested and keep their attention long enough to promote change.

More than anything, I hope this experience opens a dialogue that encourages people to contact The National CML Society and get involved. Our best hope at making CML patient’s lives better comes from banding together and turning‪ #‎onedown into ‪#‎onevoice for the benefit of everyone.

Pre Budget Views of Mr. Sanjay Kaul, MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Ltd (NCML) NewsPr

Pre Budget Views of Mr. Sanjay Kaul, MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Ltd (NCML)

India

Key Budget Expectations in the Agri & Food Sectors: Focus on Market Reform

Sanjay Kaul

With food inflation having come down in recent months it is hoped that focus will move more substantive action on addressing critical agricultural policy reforms.

The Shanta Kumar Committee has made several far reaching recommendations for reforms in the food grains management system. These include the creation of a more competitive framework that can provide an equal playing field for the private sector to operate. The private sector is today virtually crowded out on account of the all pervasive presence of the FCI and its agencies in the foodgrains market. The Finance Minster should immediately announce the Government’s intent to accept the thrust of the recommendations relating to opening of the grain market, engagement of the private sector to provide efficiency into the system, reform measures for the PDS including piloting of the direct cash transfers in lieu of grain, and procurement reforms.

Another key Manifesto promise is the creation of a common agricultural market. Previous initiatives in reforming the APMC Acts have not provided any relief to either producers or consumers. The development of a pan India Market needs two enablers – first, a swift introduction of a uniform tax regime through the introduction of the GST and, second, a common electronic depository through which agricultural commodities can be traded across the country.

Agriculture continues to be a State subject which makes it difficult to roll out reforms at a pan India level. However, the Finance Minister can announce several measures that can create an enabling environment for States to roll out necessary reforms in the agricultural infrastructure and marketing framework of the country. For giving a boost to agricultural markets, these measures should include recognition and incentives for setting up modern private agricultural agri market hubs (Mandis). In the area of infrastructure the recommended measures are reintroduction of the capital subsidy scheme for warehouse infrastructure under the Grameen Bhandaran Yojana (the scheme has remained suspended in 2014), measures to give a fillip to warehouse receipt finance, and, concrete measures for the creation of a liquid negotiable warehouse receipt market.

Pre Budget Views of Mr. Sanjay Kaul, MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Ltd (NCML)

India

Key Budget Expectations in the Agri & Food Sectors: Focus on Market Reform

Sanjay Kaul

With food inflation having come down in recent months it is hoped that focus will move more substantive action on addressing critical agricultural policy reforms.

The Shanta Kumar Committee has made several far reaching recommendations for reforms in the food grains management system. These include the creation of a more competitive framework that can provide an equal playing field for the private sector to operate. The private sector is today virtually crowded out on account of the all pervasive presence of the FCI and its agencies in the foodgrains market. The Finance Minster should immediately announce the Government’s intent to accept the thrust of the recommendations relating to opening of the grain market, engagement of the private sector to provide efficiency into the system, reform measures for the PDS including piloting of the direct cash transfers in lieu of grain, and procurement reforms.

Another key Manifesto promise is the creation of a common agricultural market. Previous initiatives in reforming the APMC Acts have not provided any relief to either producers or consumers. The development of a pan India Market needs two enablers – first, a swift introduction of a uniform tax regime through the introduction of the GST and, second, a common electronic depository through which agricultural commodities can be traded across the country.

Agriculture continues to be a State subject which makes it difficult to roll out reforms at a pan India level. However, the Finance Minister can announce several measures that can create an enabling environment for States to roll out necessary reforms in the agricultural infrastructure and marketing framework of the country. For giving a boost to agricultural markets, these measures should include recognition and incentives for setting up modern private agricultural agri market hubs (Mandis). In the area of infrastructure the recommended measures are reintroduction of the capital subsidy scheme for warehouse infrastructure under the Grameen Bhandaran Yojana (the scheme has remained suspended in 2014), measures to give a fillip to warehouse receipt finance, and, concrete measures for the creation of a liquid negotiable warehouse receipt market.

Pre Budget Views of Mr. Sanjay Kaul, MD & CEO, National Collateral Management Services Ltd (NCML) was originally published on NewsPr

Science Girl Drinks Beer

There is a local science museum that holds adult events where you can drink beer and eat food and learn about science! They’re pretty fantastic. My roommate works there, actually, so from the earliest events I’ve had fun creating themed garments to wear to each event. 

This was for the yearly favorite of Science of Beer (last october). The fabric is decorated with beautifully sketched hops, an important ingredient in brewing beer. It is designed by Phillip Markel, and you can find it here.

The dress pattern is excessively simple, as are my preferences. You can basically lie down on the fabric and trace yourself, then add a seam at the sides and on the shoulders. The fabric is spoonflower’s organic cotton knit.

If you’d like to see the other dresses in the Science Girl collection, check them out here.

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Science of Beer is coming up, hopefully I can get this made by thursday for Science Girl, it’s been awhile since she’s made a real appearance. I loved the interesting gradient effect on their poster and wanted to emulate it. I’m also trying out a 3D modeler that allows me to see a dress concept without going to the expense and bother of actually sewing it. Its fun to play with! 

Pattern is Burda 122- Cap sleeve Godet Dress

Hops and wheat designs by Phillip Markel on spoonflower. 

The middle yellow has the chemical makeup of ethanol (like the second panel in the poster) and was “designed” by me for the purpose, as well as the pale gray with museum butterfly logo. 

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Here she is…. Science Girl: Glow! This was my last minute outfit for the GLOW event at the Museum of Life and Science. Its made out of two XL tshirts (one black, one neon yellow) some neon thread accents, and some glow in the dark pink puff paint. For about 2hrs work I think it turned out quite wonderful. Its even got some jelly fish painted on the hem, since they were the feature on the Glow poster.

GLOW was featured on WRAL’s website. I appear in one picture, next to the people with the incredibly awesome hats, by Huzzah Tuesday, who happens to be one of my oldest and dearest friends. 

Science Girl!

Since I’ve been posting super wordy long posts lately, here’s a crappy low-quality picture of the Science Girl costume! While it may be one of the coolest, its not the neatest thing I’ve sewn in awhile. (See what I did there? Puntastic!) But I sewed it in about 4 hrs straight, and it only had to survive the one night of Heroes and Villains After Dark. And it was a fantastically fun night.

Sadly, I don’t have a good picture of me actually wearing it. I seriously need to get better about that. Oh well.

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Right, yes, so I’ve been really really busy. Really really really really busy I mean. But here, finally, is Science Girl at the NC Museums of Life and Science’s After Hours Event: Science of Eats! Yay!

The fabric was designed by my friend and coworker Janet, but she doesn’t have anywhere for me to link to it, so I’ll have to add that later. (she also took the photos of me, and my hair.) 

I did the embroidery myself, to add just that little touch to make the dress more like the poster for the event (see previous post for picture). 

Oh, and what’s that in my hair? Its a stick of asparagus, and some basil leaves. Because I NEVER pick a theme and only take it halfway. (And a carnation, but its February, there are no good red fruits or vegetables you can find in a grocery story at 6pm with only 5 minutes to figure out how you’re going to stick it in your hair. And I think maybe carnations are edible anyways.)

What is this? Oh, its just the poster for the awesome event at a local museum. SCIENCE FICTION with actual SCIENCE. Oh yes, its real. 

If you’re local to Durham, NC, you should check out the NC Museum of Life and Science’s After Hours events

They have cool stuff like “Science of Beer” and “Science of Wine” and other adult topics. Heroes and Villains is all about the science behind movie special effects, board games, comic books, and cool geeky stuff. I have named the super hero on the poster Science Girl. And yes, I am going to make that outfit and wear it to the event. ‘cause I am just that awesome.

EDITED:  Oops, actually that’s not an original super hero, evidentially its Mary Marvel. Clearly I’m not exactly up on old-school comics. Oh well…. I still might make something to wear to the museum event, haha.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank Enters into Strategic Alliance with NCML NewsPr

Lakshmi Vilas Bank Enters into Strategic Alliance with NCML

Partnership allows bank to offer financial flexibility to farmers