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Daily Local News – October 7, 2014

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Workers at Bloomingfoods are holding a rally today in support of efforts to unionize; A recent report from the I.U. School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) addresses local government benchmarks like spending, revenue, property tax base and levies, local option income tax rates and debt; There will be a public educational forum at Indiana University, Bloomington on Monday, October 13 to raise awareness on campus and in the Bloomington community about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa; Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats has introduced a new bill to address possible dangers of “home-grown terrorism” by suspending the Visa Waiver Program for countries that don’t comply with information-sharing practices.

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A special joint session will be held between the brown county commissioners and the Brown County council on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00pm to address concerns of county residents regarding county finances. WFHB news Director Alycin Bektesh spoke today with a member of the “Concerned Citizens” group Even Werling and brings us this community report.

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IU Professor Dr. Jonathan Raff Honored with Faculty Early Career Development Award By The National Science Foundation

Jonathan Raff, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s five-year Faculty Early Career Development Award.  He has been awarded $649,000 which will be used to support research and teaching.  Dr. Raff’s research involves the chemistry of air pollution and how it impacts climate.  He is also interested in science education and will use part of the award to develop learning modules based on ozone monitors installed at Indiana high schools.

Dr. Raff joined the faculty of SPEA in 2010.

Indiana’s membership nonprofits hard hit through recessions

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In the latest report in a series of nonprofit examinations authored by Indiana University professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Kirsten Grønbjerg, findings show that membership-based nonprofits are especially hard hit by economic recessions.

Indiana Nonprofit Membership and Related Employment, 1995-2011

Dean of IU’s SPEA Testified In Support of EPA ‘Secret Science’ Bill

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John D. Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and former senior official in President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, testified on Tuesday in support of a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, from using what backers of the legislation call ‘secret science.’

The bill, introduced by U.S. House Republicans, would prohibit the EPA from proposing new regulations based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.

“Most of the EPA-related studies that may not satisfy the reproducibility standard are in the air quality area,” Graham said, “The environmental epidemiology field does not yet have a strong position in favor of public access to data, which is necessary for reproducibility. The transparency standard is more widely accepted.”

The measure is sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert, a Republican from Arizona. In discussing the bill’s future, Graham said, “There is a mid-March meeting at the National Academy of Sciences where the reproducibility issue will be discussed in more detail by multiple stakeholders. Once that meeting occurs, it will become apparent whether the scientific community will support or oppose the bill.”

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