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Welcome to the new
Writer's Corner ®
where a community
of writers young and
old meet to discuss
writing and share
their work.

In past years, young
writers met with the
author weekly in an
online workshop
from their home or
classroom to hone
their writing skills
by writing fantasy stories.

For security reasons,
adults and kid writers
always met in
separate groups and
writing spaces. Parents
and teachers supervised

For a decade, I
worked remotely
with teachers as a
residence developing
writing projects that
cut across several
modalities of
expression: writing,
art and music.

This multimedia and
multicultural approach
to writing combined
with the vast resources
of the web allows
teachers to effectively
teach writing across
the curriculum.

In the coming years,
the faster connect
speeds, video capabilities
and enhanced social
media tools will enrich
the learning experiences
for students and open up
new creative possibilities
to teachers who integrate
electronic writing spaces
|into the classroom.



2004, “Master Jeweler, Master Craftsman,” Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH, March 10, pg. A-20.

2003 “The Role of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) since September 11 th. ” Homeland Protection Professional Magazine , September.

2003 "Consumer Goods: Packaging, Plastics, and Synthetic (1930s-1960s)", Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History , Rutledge Kegan-Paul, NJ, Summer.

2001 "Annual Review of Astronomy" Science and Technology Almanac , The Moschovitis Group, New York, NY, Summer. Book chapter describing 2001 advances in astronomy.

1995, "Promises, Promises," Discovery Channel On-Line , Bethesda, MD, December 15-31. Rebroadcast and update of my October 95 story about the impact of the Bosnian war on Bosnian children. The show aired right after the Dayton peace accord was signed and was selected as a “1995 BEST” Discovery Channel On-Line story. See:

1995, “Teaching Inside an Electronic Writing Space,” GNN -- The Global Navigation Network , October-December, on-line story about using the computer and the Internet to teach children writing interactively and collectively. Go to

1995, "The JASON Project: Weaving technology into science education", Upper Valley Magazine , Lebanon, NH, December.

1995, "Opening a Door to the Ocean Floor,” Upper Valley Magazine, Lebanon , NH , November . Story describes advances that have taken place in oceanography and telecommunications at Woods Hole.

1995, "E-mail from the War Zone," Discovery Channel On-Line , Bethesda, MD, October 5-19. On-line story about how relief agencies in Croatia and Bosnia are using the Internet to reunite families split apart by the Bosnian war. On the net, go to:

1995, "Silent Witness," Destination Discovery , Bethesda, Maryland, July. A 700-word article about forensic entomology -- what insects can tell investigators about murder scenes.

1995, "Electronic Entrepreneurs," New Hampshire Editions , Nashua, NH, May.

1995, "The Future of New Hampshire Health Care: An interview with C. Everett Koop," New Hampshire Editions , Nashua, NH, May.

1995, "The Atomic Legacy: Human guinea pigs, waste, quackery and science," Focus Magazin , March, which focused on radiation experiments performed on women, children, the mentally ill, prisoners and minorities internationally without the subjects consent from 1945 through 1975.

1994, "Lernen IM 21. Jahrhundert: Das Klassenzimmer der Zukunft," (Learning in the 21st Century: The Classroom of the Future) Focus Magazin , Munich, Germany, December 2.

1994, "Slip Into the Net with Shareware," Wired Magazine , San Francisco, Ca, October.

1994, "Interactiv Fliegende Klassenzimmer: Tele-Untericht im Regenwald," (The Interactive Classroom: Telecommunications in the Rain forest) Focus Magazin , Munich, Germany, September 12. A story about twenty-first century science education, telecommunications and the science, which links classrooms in North America, the Caribbean and Great Britain.

1994, " GIs als Versuchstiere (GI's As Guinea Pigs)," Focus Magazin , Munich, Germany, July 7. Experimental drugs used by the Army during the Gulf War as a vaccine against chemical agents become highly toxic when mixed with insecticide DEET. Researchers believe that it may be one of the causes of Gulf War Syndrome.

1994, “Stepping Inside a Virtual Operating Room," Upper Valley Magazine , Lebanon, New Hampshire, May/June.

1994, "New Hampshire Schools Face Roadblocks to the Information Highway," Sunday Nashua Telegraph , Nashua, NH, March 6. This story will appear at a half dozen other daily newspapers in New Hampshire through the Granite News Service.

1994, “Radiation Experiments at the Fernald School," Focus Magazin , Munich, Germany, January 31.

1994, "The Virtual Operating Room,” Science Photo Library , London, England, January -- syndicated throughout Europe.

1993, "The Atomic Scrap Yard," Science Photo Library , London, England, December -- Science short about a man who collected artifacts from the Manhattan Project and Cold War period. The story was distributed throughout Europe.

1993, "Schlafen nach Plan (Master Plan for Sleeping)," Focus Magazine , Munich, Germany, October 18 -- Six-page cover story, which explains how American scientists use light treatment to shift the biological clock of shift workers.

1993, "Virtuelle Medizin," Focus Magazine , Munich, Germany, June 21, 1993 -- A six-page feature about virtual reality in medicine in the U.S. and Germany. The story was reprinted in EPOCA in Italy.

1993, "Der Fluster-Auspuff," Focus Magazine , Munich, Germany, May 29, 1993 -- A revised version of my noise cancellation story adapted for a European audience.

1993, "A Magic Bullet," Focus Magazine , Munich, Germany. April -- Story about MRI-guided medical missiles that can destroy cancer cells by delivering a chemotherapeutic drug or the electromagnetic qualities of the delivery system to kill the tumor.

1993, “A Quiet Investment," Technology Review , February/March -- Trends story about national noise policy and noise cancellation technology.

1993, "Promising Technology," New Hampshire Premier , January -- Feature story about role of high cost medical technology in health care costs and reform.

1992, "Discovering Science," New Hampshire Premier , December -- Feature article that compares a mid-level scientist's experiences exploring the deep-sea in the submersible Alvin with a high school science teacher and student's opportunity to participate in an Antarctic expedition.

1992, "Nature's Symphony," New Hampshire Premier , November -- Science column about ecology and the seasonal songs of crickets, katydids and grasshoppers in New Hampshire.

1992, "Touching the Past," New Hampshire Premier , October -- Story about the discovery of one of the oldest prehistoric Indian sites in New Hampshire.

1992, "From Greenland to Greenhouse," New Hampshire Premier , October -- A column about ice-core research in Greenland

1992, "Strategic Bombing and Smart Weapons in the Gulf War," NOVA, WGBH-TV , Boston, Mass., March.

1991, "Empower -- The Flagship of New Hampshire?" Business New Hampshire , September -- Feature about Empower Microsystems', Milford, NH, bid to sell 20,000 computers to China. Story covers the problems of exporting high-end PC technology to China, trade deficits and New Hampshire staking its revival on exports.

1991, "At Haystack, Students Daring to Experiment," Boston Sunday Globe , Learning Section, August 4, 1991, (pages 39, 40), – Twenty-eight gifted 13 to 15 year-old students spend a month studying astronomy at the Haystack Observatory through the NSF Young Scholars Program. It's the only program in the country conducted at an observatory.

1991, "Illinois Congressman Seeks to Rekindle Noise Control," Manchester Union Leader Sunday News , August 4, 1991, (pages 1A and 8A) -- Three articles (including a front-page article) on the dormant 1972 Noise Control Act and attempts to reopen the EPA office of noise abatement control.

1991, "U.S. Army asks two New England defense companies to help future patriot missile operators." Manchester Union Leader Sunday News , May 5, (Sunday Business Section -- pages D1, D15). Profile about the Patriot missile system simulator and Lockheed-Sanders role in its design and manufacture.

Ost, John and Murray Straus

1987, "Capital Intensive Hospital Technology and Illness: An analysis of American state data." Social Science and Medicine , v. 25, No. 1, (pages 75-87).

Ost, John and Phillip Antweiler

1986, "The Social Impact of High Cost Medical Technology: Issues and conflicts surrounding the decision to adopt CAT scanners." In Roth, Julius and Sheryl Ruzek (ed.) Research in the Sociology of Health Care -- Volume 4. California: JAI Press (pages 33-92).

Ost, John and John MacDougall

1981, "Doctors, Death and Dying: Some ideological trends." Presented to the American Sociological Association , Medical Sociology section, Toronto, August 26, 1981.

Ost, John and Murray Straus

1980, "The Medical Affluence Index: A new tool for research in medical sociology." Presented to the Second Conference on the Clinical Applications of the Social Sciences to Health . University of Illinois, Urbana, October 16-17.

Ost, John

1980, "Domination and the Rise of Intermediate Classes: Divergent paths of analyses of domination and class structure in the Marxian and Weberian models." Paper present to the Eastern Sociological Society , Social Theory section, Boston: March 15.

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Corner News Flash

As many of you know, I had undergone open heart surgery and had my aortic heart valve replaced.

Less than three months after the surgery, I returned to work -- albeit part time. At the end of December 2014, it will be nine years since I underwent the surgery. I appreciate the second chance. I am more selective now about my time and how I spend it. I also work harder now to insure that I have used each day as wisely and compassionately as I can.

Shortly after the surgery, we rescued Pepper from a high-kill shelter in Arkansas. Since the day she arrived, Pepper and I have walked between 2 and 3 miles per day each and every day-- no matter how severe the weather in New England. It's great for the heart but even better for reconnecting with your neighbors and community. It is probably safe to say that our neigborhood is now truly Pepper's neighborhood and I am universally known as Pepper's dad (especially by the kids in the neighborhood!)

Having a second chance certainly shapes your perspective on life.

I want to thank Dr. Lawrence Cohn and the fantastic staff at Brigham and Women Hospital Cardiology Unit for all that they have done for me. I strongly urge everyone to consider supporting the ongoing research and care that Brigham and Women Hospital and other cardiac units throughout the country provide to their patients.