Beth Schapiro, PhD
The Schapiro Group, Inc.

Meating Out Awards

Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the Multimedia Food Feature category for her June 10 story "Designer Meats" and the accompanying video "Butchering 101 with Chris Shepherd," which appeared on Eating Our Words, the Houston Press food blog. The story describes how Houston chefs are curing and preserving their own meats, and the video demonstrates how to break down a pig, step by step.

The James Beard Award winners will be announced in May. No, Shilcutt will not be wearing a meat dress when she attends the awards ceremony in New York.


"Betting Their Lives" [By Craig Malisow, March 9] stated that National Life Settlements raised approximately $20 million from investors. This figure was based on the Texas State Securities Board's complaint against the company's founders. However, a board spokesman now says NLS raised $28 million from investors.

Costumed Confusion

Our cutline information was mostly wrong

Our March 24 cutline that accompanied a page 6 photo of two attendees at the fifth annual Anime Matsuri convention (and drawn from what we thought was an impeccable source) was wrong several times over as reader Alexis Cuestra let us know. Her note:

The caption stated, "Two girls dressed like video game characters Pikachu (left) and Felicia (right) for the fifth annual Anime Matsuri convention in The Woodlands, a celebration of Japanese pop culture."

First off, the girl to the left, is not Pikachu. She's dressed as the character "Lum", from "Urusei Yatsura." The girl to the right is not Felicia. She is indeed from a video game. Her character is "Ouka", she is from the "dot hack//Legend of Twilight."

Lastly, this year's convention was not held at The Woodlands. It was held at Crowne Plaza near Reliant Park.

The Houston Press regrets the errors and vows to brush up on its video game playing, anime watching and geography skills.

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Beth Shapiro dances all around the point made in the article; she takes on none.Great, your company has done this and that. But if you can't defend your empirical research on this case, which I'm guessing is the first one you've been challenged on scientifically, well, your 'research' stands to be called what the piece called it: junk science.If you're going to flaunt a Ph.D., please the intellectual rigor to back it.


A study without peer review (or that won't stand up to a peer review) is worth nothing. As a PhD, Beth Schapiro should already know this - I believe that this clearly falls into the realm of lying for profit.


To Beth Shapiro: Yes, child prostitution is horrible. I am all for stamping it out. But the "science" behind this study truly was junk. Admit you designed a bad study, and redesign it with this flush of research and funding dollars you've secured. If your goal is truly to help the exploited children, you'd own up to past mistakes, learn from them, and start doing better work.

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