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IU Professor Contributes To New ‘Network Science’ Journal


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.

New “Bitter Pill” Government Website Aims To Educate Hoosiers On Prescription Drug Abuse


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.


Daily Local News – August 23, 2013


Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced today that he has created a new educational agency, named the Center for Education and Career Innovation; Bloomington city officials repeatedly referred to what they called a new normal during a week of budget hearings that began Monday; Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide coalition of Indiana businesses and groups announced yesterday their campaign to defeat amendment HJ6R, which could permanently alter the Indiana Constitution’s definition of marriage; This year’s Hoosier to Hoosier Sale takes place tomorrow at The Warehouse at 1525 S. Rogers St. in Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and promises to be the biggest H2H sale yet.

A Visit from Senator Donnelly
Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly was in Bloomington this morning to address the Chamber of Commerce and talk about job creation. Afterwards, he met with journalists including WFHB correspondent David Murphy  for a brief media opportunity. His comments here, in today’s WFHB feature report.

Anchors: Helen Harrell, Roscoe Medlock
Today’s headlines were written by Ashley Hanna and Alycin Bektesh
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services
Our feature was produced by Alycin Bektesh, along wiht correspondent David Murphy
Volunteer Connection was produced by Ashley Hanna,in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our Engineer is Alycin Bektesh
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh

MCPL offers free parking cheat sheet


The Monroe County Public Library is advising patrons on how best to save money on parking now that most spots near the Library are metered. At a meeting August 21st of the Library’s Board of Trustees, Executive Director Sara Laughlin held up a brochure the Library designed to help patrons deal with what she called a complicated picture. Tickets for not paying the meters can be as high as $100. Laughlin said she is advising those who might be downtown for an unpredictable amount of time to use parking garages, where payment occurs when drivers leave the garage. She said the Library also has a guide to where free parking can be found. The parking finder is available here.

Daily Local News – August 22, 2013


On August 20th an engineer for Monroe County called out the builders of the new Interstate 69 for using faulty strategies to prevent erosion; The Monroe County Public Library is advising patrons on how best to save money on parking now that most spots near the Library are metered; The ACLU has filed a class-action suit against the City of Indianapolis on behalf of four Marion county residents who were ticketed for panhandling; The United States and South Africa, two nations on opposite sides of the world, had much in common in the 1950s; With summer coming to an end it’s time to clean up Lake Monroe. The folks at Hoosier National Forest are offering an afternoon on the lake and an evening cookout for volunteers who want to help pick up shoreline debris left by this summer’s visitors to the lake.

ACLU takes on SEA371
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit in federal court this morning challenging Indiana’s newest law regulating abortion clinics. Senate Enrolled Act 371, passed earlier this year, calls for facilities that prescribe and dispense abortion-inducing medications to have many of the same emergency and urgent care resources as hospitals. The bill affects only one facility in the state, Planned Parenthood’s Lafayette clinic, which has been in operation for 40 years, providing a variety of health care services for women. The portion of the bill covering non-surgical abortions goes into effect on January first. Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, says the expense of retrofitting the facility to comply with the law would be prohibitive. The law also specifies numerous “informed consent” statements clinic workers must make to women seeking the abortion pill. The women must also be shown sonogram images of the fetus in their wombs and must be advised the availability of adoption alternatives in the state. Correspondent Michael Glab spoke with Cockrum this afternoon in a WFHB Feature Exclusive.

Our weekly public opinion feature Voices in the Street hits the streets to ask what YOU think about local events and issues.

Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Lauren Glapa
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television Services
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley
Our engineer is Sarah Hettrick
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh

Daily Local News – August 15th 2013


Hundreds of new parking meters were activated Monday in Bloomington’s central business district and so far downtown business owners and their customers seem to be taking the change in stride; Tonight at the Bluebird Bar, nine Bloomington residents will share ideas that inspire them for the year’s first Ignite Btown event; Starting tomorrow, the Indiana State Police will be cracking down on impaired drivers statewide; Researchers from the Indiana State Department of Health have found West Nile virus present in mosquitos in Monroe and Morgan Counties
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States report abuse among the elderly increasing

State agencies around the country say they are seeing an increase in reports of abuse of elderly people. That’s according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. And the reports don’t tell the whole story. The Center estimates that as few as 1 in 25 cases of elder abuse are reported to the authorities. This morning Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with the director of the state agency responsible for investigating elder abuse in Indiana for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Congressman Todd Young Gives Climate Change Protesters Their 15 Minutes


Yesterday, citizens of Monroe County planned to hold a protest at representative Todd Young’s Office regarding their concerns about his position on climate change. What was intended as a protest turned into a fifteen-minute meeting in the congressman’s office. WFHB’s Kat Carlton has the story for today’s WFHB feature.

The Custom House – Hannibal Lecter to the Dark Tower Came: The Poetry of Robert Browning (Extended Conversation w/Ivan Kreilkamp)


On this episode of The Custom House we examine the many moods and personae of poet Robert Browning, the Victorian master of “selves,” whose work not only inspired Modernist poets like T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound but also gave us Stephen King’s Gunslinger, Eminem’s “Stan” and the psycho-epicure Hannibal Lecter.

In this episode of The Custom House we speak with Ivan Kreilkamp, associate professor of English at Indiana University, about the poetry of Robert Browning. Browning’s Duke, in what is probably his most famous poem “My Last Duchess,” reaches into our own moment to find analogues in Hannibal Lecter and Eminem’s “Stan.” We’ll explore many of his other poetic personae as well as explore the nightmare quest landscape traveled by his “Childre Roland” in search of the Dark Tower–that defining poetic triumph. This extended cut includes discussions and readings of several more poems all from Browning’s most acclaimed single volume Men and Women published the same year as Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 1855. These include “Andreal del Sarto,” “Fra Lippo Lippi,” “Karshish,” and “Cleon.”

Indiana Children are Growing Up Healthier

Indiana children are growing up healthier but the state continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty according to new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book.  Indiana ranks 21st in child health, up 13 spots from last year. Indiana Youth Institute helped prepare the data.

“We see fewer babies being born at low birth rate, or babies being born at healthy birth rate,” said President & CEO for Indiana Youth Institute Bill Stanczykiewicz.

“We also see fewer deaths amongst children and teenagers especially teens when they are driving. And then lastly, we see fewer teenagers abusing drugs and alcohol, and when you take those together it explains the improvement in health indicators for Indiana.”

But when it comes to children in poverty, the state still lags behind. Child poverty in Indiana has increased since 2000. Nearly 1/4th of Indiana’s children age 18 and under are now living in poverty. Stanczykiewicz explains that’s mainly due to the state’s manufacturing jobs requiring more education than before. There are other factors that influence this, like an increase of children living in single parent homes who have a five to six times larger risk to be living in poverty.

“We have short term approaches we can take certainly helping people in need through charitable giving,” said Stanczykiewicz.

“Philanthropic efforts helping them enroll in social safety net, public safety net programs, and long term this report points out to the strong need of education, that we need more Indiana kids with more education at the high school so they can get today’s jobs and be able to support themselves in the 21st century economy.”

Indiana’s overall rank for 2013 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. improved to 30th from 31st in 2012. In addition to the health and economic well-being rankings, the Kids Count Data Book ranks the state 34th in education and 30th in family and community.

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