Blueline Media Productions again partnered with the South Central Community Action Program, to provide a free day of holiday portraits for low-income families in Bloomington on Sunday.
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This week on Interchange host Doug Storm speaks with Sara Pryor, Provost Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University and editor of two books on Climate Change the most recent being Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability and Adaptation. This is a return visit to Interchange for Sara having joined host Colin Allen back in 2010. Pryor gives us a kind of update on the state of the art in Climate Science as well as offering insight into the ways we’re likely to experience climate change and what we might do about it. That is, the ways that our actions have affected and are affecting the next 100 years and beyond.
We try to put flesh on the epigraph that opens the new book: a quote from John Holdren, the US Presidential Science Advisor for 2010 that reads: “What we need is enough mitigation to avoid unmanageable climate change and enough adaptation to manage unavoidable climate change.”
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On Tuesday, October First The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce presented an educational forum. The forum was open to the public and featured audience discussions. Speakers included Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s State Superintendent and Jeb Conrad, President of The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. This event was recorded on Location at Deer Park Manor by Community Access Television Services for Standing Room Only, on WFHB.
The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association, in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, has announced four recipients of its Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program. The four projects selected for the grant are Bloomington Symphony Orchestra’s A Lifetime of Music, Cardinal Stage Company, the Farmer House Museum, and Bloomington resident Cassaundra Huskey. Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts in Bloomington, says all of these programs have demonstrated public benefit, directly or indirectly. She says Huskey’s mural beautification project, at the building next to the Playwrights Project, is a great example of community collaboration.
The program is designed to facilitate arts projects that benefit residents of the urban enterprise zone, a geographic area that covers some of downtown Bloomington, as well as areas to the north and west.
This year, recipients of the Urban Enterprise Zone Arts Grant Program will receive up to four thousand dollars.
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Tonight, as an activist who speaks out against anti-gay violence, Shepard comes to Indiana University to talk about her experience and her goal to make schools and communities safer for everyone. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Shepard for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
This week on Interchange, host Joe Crawford discusses domestic violence with Toby Strout, the executive director of Middle Way House. Strout talks about the interpersonal and structural causes of domestic violence and how it intersects with other societal issues. She also outlines the services offered by Middle Way House and how victims can seek help from the organization.
With the inaugural issue of Network Science, a new journal published by Cambridge University Press, coordinating editor Stanley Wasserman brings together scholars from fields across the academic spectrum whose interests converge upon the quickly evolving field of network science. Wasserman has a Ph.D from Harvard University nd the idea for the journal was launched about four years ago, said Stanley Wasserman, Rudy Professor in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Statistics at IU.
“Networks, we have realized are everywhere. From Facebook to traffic, and there are unifying theories that everyone in network science uses,” Wasserman says.
According to Wasserman, in the 21st century, with the recognition globalization of the world along with the growth of the Internet and social media, network methods seem an increasingly fitting and appropriate way to examine many aspects of the social and physical world, and the individuals, organizations and cellular processes within it.
“Networks are individual units that are linked by relational ties. It is very inter-disciplinary, including physics and sociology and psychology and many others,” Wasserman says.
Topics, such as friendship network and social status, network dependencies in international trade, are covered in the first issue of Network Science.
The journal can be viewed online on the website of Cambridge Journal Online.
Indiana now has a one-stop site for information on prescription drug abuse.
The misuse of prescribed medications has reached epidemic proportions, according to the state Department of Health.
With more Hoosiers looking for information about signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse or hoping to find out where they or their loved ones can go for help, Attorney General Greg Zoeller this week announced the kickoff of the state’s new Bitter Pill website.
The National Institutes of Health says more people in the United States misuse prescription drugs than indulge in cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined.
Joan Duwve, chief medical officer of the Indiana Department of Health says at least one in five Hoosier teens have abused prescription medications.
Many teens feel using prescription meds recreationally is safer than buying drugs off the street. Duwve says this simply isn’t true. Some 718 people died from prescription drug abuse and misuse in Indiana in 2011, the last year for which statistics are available.
“What is perceived as a ‘safe’ high too often turns out to be deadly,” Duwve says.
The Bitter Pill website offers information on five key features of prescription drug abuse: knowing the dangers, recognizing the signs and symptoms, proper prescription disposal, treatment resources, and reporting illegal use of the drugs
The Indiana Attorney General since January, 2012, has prosecuted at least 15 doctors who’ve prescribed addictive painkillers outside of medically appropriate usage.
The web address for the new website online at www.bitterpill.in.gov.