January 2020

JANUARY 2020 😁🎉

JANUARY 2020 😁🎉

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1/1 – SMART the New Year right

Congratulations to our New Years Eve 2019 sustainable lifestyle winners🎖of a brand new Smart car, and a brand new Chevy Spark to Winifred Oswego of Michigan and Harold Merriweather of Ohio. 10 Solar panels to Shameka Monroe of New York. A 20pc Herbal Garden to Salazare Wilson of Alaska.Win a SMART CarWin a Chevy Spark

-“The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future, but the future of those who will come after us,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.  The future of learning and success is fetal

“As the calendar flips each January, we are reminded of all the possibility and potential of each child embarking on her or his life’s journey—if they are just given that chance.” 

However, UNICEF reported that in 2018, 2.5 million newborns died before reaching one month old, around a third of them on the first day of life. 

Most of these deaths were from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery and infections like sepsis. 

Additionally, more than 2.5 million babies are born dead each year.  

-Happy New Year to 330,222,422 People in the United States

As the nation rings in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau projects the U.S. population will be 330,222,422 on Jan. 1, 2020.

The nation starts the new decade with an increase of 1,991,085 people, or 0.61%, from New Year’s Day 2019. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 21,476,884 or 6.96%.

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BIOGRAPHY: Satyendra Nath Bose

Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

(born January 1, 1894, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India—died February 4, 1974, Calcutta), Indian Mathematician and physicist noted for his collaboration with Albert Einstein in developing a theory regarding the gaslike qualities of electromagnetic radiation (seeBose-Einstein statistics).Movies Debuting this month

-January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. -HHSOMH

The Knowledge Center online catalog provides resources for both consumers and health professionals related to glaucoma and vision health. To read some of these materials, search the online library catalog.



Secretary-General calls for global participation in UN75 dialogues for better future for all

UNFPAYouth from the Senegalese group Afriyan take a stand for teenage empowerment, following their meeting with UNFPA Regional Director, Mabingué Ngom Mabingué Ngom.


The 100 Women Building America’s Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses

The entrepreneurs on Inc.’s second annual Female Founders 100 list have transformed every major industry in America. Meet the boundless dreamers making the biggest difference in 2019

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Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Through March 29, 2020 | The Getty Center

Although Käthe Kollwitz studied painting, the artist was never formally trained in printmaking. Instead, Kollwitz learned from others and her own trial and error, producing 275 etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts in her lifetime. She became the first woman elected as a full member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, but was ultimately forced to resign following the Nazi Party’s seizure of power. This woodcut self-portrait is currently on view in the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics.

Gallery tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Learn more about Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics.

BIOGRAPHY: Isaac Asimov


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Isaac Asimov, (born January 2, 1920, Petrovichi, Russia—died April 6, 1992, New York, New York, U.S.), American author and biochemist, a highly successful and prolific writer of science fiction and of science books for the layperson. He wrote or edited about 500 volumes, of which the most famous are those in the Foundation and robot series. Asimov was brought to the United States at age three. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Columbia University in 1939. 

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UN chief calls for de-escalation across Gulf region after killing of top Iranian General in US airstrike 

This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint – 

UN chief Guterres

The Weekend Crossword: Friday, January 3, 2020

By Elizabeth C. Gorski



Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

J.R.R. Tolkien, in full John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, (born January 3, 1892, Bloemfontein, South Africa—died September 2, 1973, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England), English writer and scholar who achieved fame with his children’s book The Hobbit (1937) and his richly inventive epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings (1954–55). At age four Tolkien, with his mother and younger brother, settled near Birmingham, England, after his father, a bank manager, died in South Africa. In 1900 his mother converted to Roman Catholicism, a faith her elder son also practiced devoutly.


Students will be able to build a degree that best suits their interests, through the selection of 4 elective specialisations (out of a choice of 8), allowing students to focus their efforts on those areas of study of most importance to them and their future careers. For 2020, these specialisations include: Global health innovations, Infectious disease modelling, Quality improvement in healthcar, Advanced statistics, Participatory methods in public health, Social epidemiology for public health, Digital Health and Health Data Sciences.

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BIOGRAPHY: Sir Isaac Newton


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Sir Isaac Newton, (born December 25, 1642 [January 4, 1643, New Style], Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England—died March 20 [March 31], 1727, London), English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century. In optics, his discovery of the composition of white light integrated the phenomena of colours into the science of light and laid the foundation for modern physical optics. In mechanics, his three laws of motion, the basic principles of modern physics, resulted in the formulation of the law of universal gravitation.

This multidisciplinary degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in public health, including in biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, leadership roles in the health management field, or public health policy professions. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your path and dive deeper into focus areas that interest you.

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The Michigan MPH program recently launched a free to audit, six-week online course to help health professionals at all career levels learn how to effectively communicate with patients, policymakers, and the broader public. Try out an open course to see if the Michigan MPH is right for you. Learn more about how to try a course


BIOGRAPHY: Alvin Ailey, Jr.


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

(born Jan. 5, 1931, Rogers, Texas, U.S.—died Dec. 1, 1989, New York, N.Y.), American dancer, choreographer, and director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Course: Drawing from the Masters: The Art of Darkness

Sundays, January 5 and 19, 3:30–5:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

Discover the expressive power of light and shadow to create dramatic and evocative drawings with artist Kaitlynn Redell.

Learn more about this free program:

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-Excellence and Innovation in Water Infrastructure

EPA’s PISCES  and AQUARIUS programs respectively recognize 30 clean water projects and 25 drinking water infrastructure projects that showcase water quality improvements and public health protections.See the full lists of 2019 PISCES-recognized projects  and AQUARIUS-recognized projects.

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BIOGRAPHY: Carl Sandburg


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

(born Jan. 6, 1878, Galesburg, Ill., U.S.—died July 22, 1967, Flat Rock, N.C.), American poet, historian, novelist, and folklorist.

Stop escalation, urges UN chief, as geopolitical tensions reach ‘highest level this century’

UN Photo/Mark GartenThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the media at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

1/7 – What Is A Webinar?

New CCNA exam goes live on February 24, 2020  

  • To earn CCNA certification, you pass one exam that covers a broad range of funda Imentals for IT careers, based on the latest networking technologies, software development skills, and job roles.
  • CCNA Certification Starting Salary: Average starting salaries for Cisco – Certified Network Associates (CCNA) and related Cisco certification holders: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching | $75,000. … CCNP: Cisco Certified Network Professional, Routing & Switching | $92,000.

The CCNA R&S validates the knowledge and skills an entry-level networking professional would learn in their first couple of years on the job.

CCNA Routing and Switching

  • Network Administrator.
  • Network Analyst.
  • Systems Administrator.
  • Employers prefer certified professionals in the field of security to assure information security throughout the network. According to PayScale, the average salary for CCNA Security certification holders is upwards to $113,790 per year.

The new CCNA exam

covers networking and security fundamentals, as well as automation and programmability. And yes, you only have to take one exam, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (200-301 CCNA), to earn the new CCNA!

-Census Bureau Ramps Up Hiring Efforts for 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.

The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.

BIOGRAPHY: Zora Neale Hurston


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

(born January 7, 1891, Notasulga, Alabama, U.S.—died January 28, 1960, Fort Pierce, Florida), American folklorist and writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance who celebrated the African American cultureof the rural South.

Identity Services Engine (ISE) Webinars

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Diagnosing Resilience: A Multi-systemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments

Dr. Michael Ungar will present “Diagnosing Resilience: A Multi-systemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments,” as part of the National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. Using examples from his research and clinical practice, Dr. Ungar will explore patterns of resilience in children and adolescents affected by social marginalization, migration, violence, and mental disorder. This event is open without prior registration to all NIH staff and the public.
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Musk’s Moonshot Pay Package Doesn’t Seem That Crazy Anymore

Musk pulls off some dance moves during a ceremony at a new multibillion-dollar plant near Shanghai — its first outside the U.S.

Iran-US attack in Iraq: Guterres pledges ‘active engagement’ in further de-escalation efforts

UN Photo/Mark GartenThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls for a de-escalation of geopolitical tensions at a press conference at UN Headquarters on 6 January, 2020.    

On 8 January 2020 Peace and Security

In the wake of an Iranian ballistic missile attack on air bases which house US forces in Iraq, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday that he would “continue his active engagement” to de-escalate tensions and avert full-scale war.#HappyBirthdayDavidBowie

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BIOGRAPHY: Elvis Presley


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

in full Elvis Aaron Presley or Elvis Aron Presley (born January 8, 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.—died August 16, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee), American popular singer widely known as the “King of Rock and Roll” and one of rock music’s dominant performers from the mid-1950s until his death. Presley grew up dirt-poor in Tupelo, moved to Memphis as a teenager, and, with his family, was off welfare only a few weeks when producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records, a local blues label, responded to his audition tape with a phone call. 

First Enumeration Is Coming Soon! While most homes in the country will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census beginning in mid-March, the census count will actually begin months earlier in Alaska’s Toksook Bay, a rural village on the Bering Sea that can only be reached by dog sled, snow machine, or bush plane when the ground is still frozen.Remote Alaska’s vast, sparsely settled areas traditionally are counted in January of the decennial census year. Local census takers must get a head start while the frozen ground allows easier access to the remote areas with unique accessibility challenges. In addition, many residents leave following the spring thaw to fish and hunt or for other warm-weather jobs, making it difficult to get an accurate count in the days leading up to Census Day.Click the link below to learn more about the upcoming 2020 Census! Learn MoreWhy Toksook Bay?
The area is a part of the remote Alaska operation. The village is directly accessible from Bethel, a hub cityApproximately one-third of the Alaska Native villages are located in the Bethel area, and therefore is a good representation of a common Alaska Native village environment. The majority of the village is Alaskan native Learn More

Making a Difference

Researchers are developing compounds to kill cancer. Image by L. Brian Stauffer.
Researchers including, from left, graduate student Valeria Sanabria Guillen, research scientist Sung Hoon Kim, researcher Kathy Carlson, chemistry professor John Katzenellenbogen, research specialist Yvonne Ziegler, and molecular and integrative physiology professor Benita Katzenellenbogen developed new drug agents to inhibit a pathway that contributes to cancer. The compounds killed cancer cells and reduced the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice. 
Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

New Compounds Block Master Regulator of Cancer Growth, Metastasis


Raising The Minimum Wage By $1 May Prevent Thousands Of Suicides, Study Shows


Collaboration Webinars

In a world grappling with climate change and constant political and social disruption, people are more aware than ever of how their purchases affect others and Earth’s resources. People are demanding products and services that are not only meaningful to them, but also socially and environmentally responsible. What does all this mean for businesses and people? In short, a complete realignment of the fundamentals.
This is not a bad thing. In fact, we see this shift as a tremendous opportunity to reinvent business models, services and products to fit new definitions of value.

Throwback Thursday

BIOGRAPHY: Catherine, duchess of Cambridge


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, original name in full Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, byname Kate, (born January 9, 1982, ReadingBerkshire, England), consort (2011– ) of Prince William, duke of Cambridge and second in line to the British throne.Catherine was the eldest of three children of Michael and Carole Middleton; her siblings were Philippa (Pippa) and James. Her parents met while working as flight attendants at British Airways, and in 1987 they founded a mail-order business selling supplies for children’s parties. The success of that venture, along with a family inheritance, allowed them to send Catherine to a prep school and then to the prestigious Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England. At Marlborough, Catherine (then called Kate) was known as a serious levelheaded student, excelling in both athletics—she captained the school field hockey team—and academics.Throwback Thursday
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Secretary-General upholds value of UN Charter for a world in turmoil

UN Photo/Amanda VoisardSenior UN officials hold copies of the UN Charter at UNHQ in New York.    9 January 2020 Peace and Security

Amid an era of rising geopolitical tensions and declining trust between nations, the United Nations Secretary-General has encouraged countries to “come home” to a defining document of the international community: the UN Charter

Backround: The 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict


U.S. News Reveals the 2020 Best Jobs

Software developer takes No. 1 for third year, while health care and business jobs continue to dominate the list.

The Weekend Crossword: Friday, January 10, 2020

By Natan Last

BIOGRAPHY: Donald Ervin Knuth


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Donald Ervin Knuth, (born Jan. 10, 1938, Milwaukee, Wis., U.S.), American mathematician and computer scientist. Knuth earned a doctorate in mathematics in 1963 from the California Institute of Technology. A pioneer in computer science, he took time out during the 1970s from writing his highly acclaimed multivolume The Art of Computer Programming in order to develop TeX, a document-preparation system. Because of its precise control of special characters and mathematical formulas, TeX and its variants soon became standard for submitting typeset-ready scientific and mathematical research papers for publication. Knuth has received many awards and honours, including the Kyoto Prize (1996), the A.M. Turing Award (1974), and the National Medal of Science (1979).

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Flashback Friday


We’re Ignoring the Only Industry We Can’t Do Without

Agritech faces the challenge of feeding 8.1 billion people, but does anyone notice?

By Kim Walsh


Jimmy Kimmel Live

Elon Musk reveals how SpaceX Starlink customers will get online


3 Big Trends at CES This Year Small-Business Owners Should Pay Close Attention To

From improving sleep to addressing diversity, this year’s conference is helping the little guy.

By Elizabeth Gore, President and chairwoman, HelloAlice.com



Aaron Swartz, American computer programmer and Internet activist (born Nov. 8, 1986, Chicago, Ill.—died Jan. 11, 2013, New York, N.Y.), was regarded by many as a programming wizard who led a crusade to make information on the Internet freely available to all. At the age of 14, Swartz helped develop the RSS format, an automated system for delivering information from frequently updated sources. He contributed to the Creative Commons copyright system and to the Semantic Web. He later founded a company, Infogami, that in 2005 merged with and formed the basic architecture for the social-sharing site Reddit. In 2008 Swartz wrote a program to download federal judicial documents from the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database in order to make them freely available and circumvent the fee that PACER required. In 2011 he undertook to make the academic journals accessible for a fee from JSTOR freely available; at the time of his death, by suicide, Swartz was under federal indictment for illegally accessing and distributing that material.


BROOKLYN (NY) YOUTH CHORUS Cross-Choral Training Vocal Pedagogy Workshop
Reinvigorate your teaching and take your singers to the next level. Join the Cross-Choral Training learning community for a special one-day workshop on applied vocal pedagogy in choral/group settings.

Register now and become part of our Cross-Choral Training learning community today.

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BIOGRAPHY: Mary J. Blige


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Mary J. Blige , in full Mary Jane Blige, (born January 11, 1971, Bronx, New York, U.S.), American singer-songwriter and actress who has been called the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Blige’s childhood was divided between SavannahGeorgia, and a housing project in YonkersNew York. Her early musical influences included singing in a Pentecostal church and listening to her mother’s collection of soul records. When a recording of the 17-year-old Blige singing Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” (made in a karaoke booth in a local shopping mall) came to the attention of Uptown Records in 1988, the rhythm-and-blues label put Blige, who had dropped out of high school, under contract. She sang backup for various artists until the 1992 release of her first solo album, What’s the 411?, produced primarily by rapper Sean “Puffy” Combs (Diddy). 

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Artist at Work: Fashion and Impressionism

Saturday, January 11, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Modern life, fashion, and art intersected in the works of the French Impressionists, rendering a new and influential Parisian aesthetic. Join costume historian Maxwell Barr and discover how corsets, bustles, and bonnets shaped 19th-century silhouettes, attitudes, and tastes as he outfits a live model in a series of period costumes, including a remarkable recreation of the dress featured in Édouard Manet’s painting Jeanne (Spring) from the Getty collection. Complements the exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty.

Learn more about this free, drop-in program »

Saturday Nights at Getty: ITSOFOMO

Saturday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Center

ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion) is a multimedia performance created in 1989 by David Wojnarowicz in collaboration with composer and musician Ben Neill. Integrating music, text, and video in a multi-dimensional format, the work embodies the act of acceleration and its sensory manifestations. It is through this frame that Wojnarowicz addressed the accelerating AIDS crisis and the politics of AIDS in the United States at that time.

Learn more about this free event and get tickets »

Save the Date: #WearBlueDay

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed each year on January 11. To mark this important day, we invite you to participate in #WearBlueDay, Blue Campaign’s largest initiative to raise awareness of human trafficking. You can participate in #WearBlueDay by posting photos on social media of yourself, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue on January 11. Be sure to include the hashtag #WearBlueDay on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts. Learn more about how you can support #WearBlueDay here.

Key Tag Cards Now in 19 Languages

Blue Campaign’s website offers several free human trafficking awareness resources, including key tag cards. These cards are now available in 19 languages, including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, and more. The key tag cards are designed to be discretely carried for quick access to human trafficking indicators and reporting options. Download and view the cards here or place an order here.

1/12 – Non-denominational

BIOGRAPHY: John Hancock


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

John Hancock, (born January 12, 1737, Braintree (now in Quincy), Massachusetts—died October 8, 1793, Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.), American statesman who was a leading figure during the Revolutionary War and the first signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. After graduating from Harvard (1754), Hancock entered a mercantile house in Boston owned by his uncle Thomas Hancock, who later left him a large fortune. In 1765 he became a selectman of Boston and from 1769 to 1774 was a member of the Massachusetts General Court. He was chairman of the Boston town committee formed immediately after the Boston Massacre in 1770 to demand the removal of British troops from the city.

Sunday at The Met—Artist Julie Mehretu on Printmaking
Sunday, January 12, 2–3 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Artist Julie Mehretu reflects on her artistic practice and printmaking techniques with Nadine Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Renaissance of Etching.

Free with Museum admission

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Trade and Empire: African Art’s Golden Age

Sunday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

During the Middle Ages, West Africa was home to rich and dynamic cultures that created objects whose power and beauty continue to resonate today. Most spectacular were those made of gold. In this talk, Gus Casely-Hayford, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, traces the history of gold and the growth of West Africa’s empires. By exploring this network, which includes the powerful emperor of Mali, Mansa Musa, he reveals the impact these former kingdoms continue to have on contemporary values and cultural expression.

Learn more about this free talk and get tickets »

All the Ways Facebook Tracks You—and How to Limit It

If you have a Facebook account—and even if you don’t—the company is going to collect data about you. But you can at least control how it gets used.

1/13 – Good Morning!

Global Goals top General Assembly President’s priority list

United NationsUN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande meets cadets participating in a military and peacekeeping training programme at Khawla bint Al Azwar Military Academy for Women in Abu Dhabi.    13 January 2020 SDGs

The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.

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Pharmaceutical Executives Face Prison Time In Case Linked To Opioid Crisis

This landmark case was the first successful prosecution of high-ranking pharmaceutical executives linked to the opioid crisis, including onetime billionaire John Kapoor.

…After a 10-week trial and 15 days of jury deliberations, Kapoor and his four co-defendants were found guilty of racketeering conspiracy…

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BIOGRAPHY: Harold Shipman


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

(born January 13, 1946, Nottingham, England—died January 14, 2004, Wakefield), British doctor and serial killer who murdered at least 215 of his patients. His crimes raised troubling questions about the powers and responsibilities of the medical community in Britain and about the adequacy of procedures for certifying sudden death. Shipman was born into a working-class family in Manchester. A bright child, he became interested in medicine as he watched his mother receive morphine injections to ease the pain she suffered while dying of lung cancer.

Jason Reynolds named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Author Jason Reynolds has been named the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an award given by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. (James J. Reddington) By Christina BarronJanuary 13 at 8:30 AM

Jason Reynolds wants kids to love his stories, but he wants them to love their own stories more. The award-winning author, whom the Library of Congress announced Monday will be the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, plans to use his two-year appointment to listen as kids and teens — especially those in small towns — share those stories.

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Color Your Wings Design Competition

January 13 – February 28

Crayola Experience and the Philadelphia Wings National Lacrosse League have teamed up to create the Color Your Wings design competition.

Calling all children ages 3-12 years old, you’re invited to create a dasher board design inspired by themes of color, creativity, and teamwork.

Pick up your entry form at Colossal Caddy on the 2nd Floor.
All design must be submitted HERE.

The winner of the design contest will receive:
1. (4) Gold Fusion Annual Passes to Crayola Experience for the winner and their family.
2. Tickets for all the students in their school to go to a Philly Wings game.
3. Tickets for all the students in their school to come to Crayola Experience Easton.
4. Limited edition Color Your Wings 4 – pack crayon box for all the students in their school.

The top four designs will be displayed at the Wells Fargo Center during Philly Wings’ March 7th Crayola Experience Kids Day Game.
Enjoy other FUN Color Your Wings crafts & coloring at Be a Star, Colossal Cady and Model Magic, all located on the second floor of Crayola Experience Easton!

Shaggy Says He Passed on Working with Rihanna Because He Had to ‘Audition to Be on the Record’

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School Seedling Program Now Accepting Applications

Are you an educator looking for exciting and hands-on ways to engage young people? DEC is here to help! Receive free trees or shrubs for your school or educational organization and inspire students by participating in DEC’s School Seedling program. Eligible organizations include all schools located within New York State (public, private, vocational, or college) as well as any youth education-based organization.

Applying for the School Seedling program is easy! Simply fill out and submit the School Seedling Brochure and Order Form between January 2nd and March 31st. Each school or school-sponsored organization may apply once per year. The application can be found on our website.




Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

James Todd Smith, (born January 14, 1968, Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, U.S.), American rapper and actor, a leading exponent of mid-1980s new-school rap and one of the few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than a decade. Taking the  stage name LL Cool J (“Ladies Love Cool James”) at age 16, Smith signed with fledgling rap label Def Jam in 1984. Distinguished by hard, fast, sinuous rhymes and artfully arrogant phrasing, his first single, “I Need a Beat”…Kennedy Center Honors 2017 – LL Cool J

Email Security Appliance Webinars

Exporting Mechanics Webinars Series II 

The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has partnered with The NCBFAA Educational Institute (NCBFAA), to present an exporting mechanics webinar series focused on more leading and progressive topics.  The series will provide U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with more advanced information that they need to help them increase exports abroad, while increasing employment and jobs in the United States.  

 Commodity Jurisdiction 

Date:  January 14, 2020

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Cost:  $25 per participant

Learn what “Commodity Jurisdiction” is and how it affects exporters.

For more information, go to NCBFAA

CBS interviews Tiffany Haddish, The Last Black Unicorn

BIOGRAPHY: Mishima Yukio


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Hiraoka Kimitak(born January 14, 1925, Tokyo, Japan—died November 25, 1970, Tokyo), prolific writer who is regarded by many critics as the most important Japanese novelist of the 20th century. The son of a high civil servant and attended the aristocratic Peers School in Tokyo. During World War II, having failed to qualify physically for military service, he worked in a Tokyo factory, and after the war he studied law at the University of Tokyo. In 1948–49 he worked in the banking division of the Japanese Ministry of Finance. His first novelKamen no kokuhaku (1949; Confessions of a Mask), is a partly autobiographical work that describes with exceptional stylistic brilliance a homosexual who must mask his sexual preferences from the society around him.

✔ Webinar: Cyber Essentials

Cyber attackers are becoming more indiscriminate in their choice of targets. They are finding a wider range of victims – including many smaller organizations that are less prepared than large companies to protect their own networks.

In response, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released Cyber Essentials in late 2019 to help leaders of smaller businesses and government agencies develop an actionable understanding of where to start implementing organizational cybersecurity practices.

Join next week’s webinar, Cyber Essentials for the New Yearto learn more about Cyber Essentials:

  • Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Registration: Register here

This webinar is hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a trusted partner in CISA’s whole-of-community approach to the Nation’s cybersecurity. For more resources and upcoming events from NCSA, visit https://staysafeonline.org/.

VOGUE: Why Is Alcohol Becoming More Deadly for Women?


UN moves to tackle ‘hidden abuse’ and violence against Europe’s children

Each year, at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological violence, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Tuesday.


BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in AtlantaGeorgia, King is best known foradvancing civilrights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

VOCABULARY: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech (1963)

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King stood before an estimated quarter of a million people who had gathered to demonstrate for passage of the Civil Rights Act.

On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

Making a Difference

University of Illinois scientists, from left, Anna E. Arthur and Sylvia L. Crowder. Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer.

University of Illinois scientists, from left, Anna E. Arthur and Sylvia L. Crowder. Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer.

Healthy Diet May Avert Nutritional Problems in Head, Neck Cancer Patients

At least 90% of head and neck cancer patients develop symptoms that affect their ability or desire to eat, because of either the tumor itself or the surgery or radiation used to treat it. These problems, called nutrition impact symptoms, have wide-ranging negative effects on patients’ physical and mental health and quality of life.

However, patients who eat foods high in antioxidants and other micronutrients prior to diagnosis may reduce their risks of developing chronic nutrition impact symptoms up to one year after being diagnosed with head or neck cancer, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of Illinois. NIFA supported this research. Read the full University of Illinois article.

How to Finally Outsmart Your Mental Blocks and Achieve Your Greatest Goals

A mental block doesn’t have to be immovable–with the right tricks, you can overcome anything in your path, even if it’s your own mind.

By Peter Economy The Leadership Guy

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Artificial Neural Network

“…The original goal of the ANN approach was to solve problems in the same way that a human brain would. However, over time, attention moved to performing specific tasks, leading to deviations from biology. ANNs have been used on a variety of tasks, including computer visionspeech recognitionmachine translationsocial network filtering, playing board and video gamesmedical diagnosis and even in activities that have traditionally been considered as reserved to humans, like painting…”

Impeachment is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official. Impeachment does not in itself remove the official definitively from office; it is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is essentially the statement of charges against the official. Whereas in some countries the individual is provisionally removed, in others they can remain in office during the trial. Once impeached, an individual must then face the possibility of conviction on the charges by a legislative vote, which is separate from the impeachment, but flows from it, and a judgment which convicts the official on the articles of impeachment entails the official’s definitive removal from office.

Because impeachment and conviction of officials involve an overturning of the normal constitutional procedures by which individuals achieve high office (election, ratification, or appointment) and because it generally requires a supermajority, they are usually reserved for those deemed to have committed serious abuses of their office. In the United States, for example, impeachment at the federal level is limited to those who may have committed “Treason, Bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanor“.

Impeachment exists under constitutional law in many countries around the world, including Brazil, France, India, Ireland, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.



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Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’

16 January 2020 Global

The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).

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BIOGRAPHY: Lin-Manuel Miranda


Lin-Manuel Miranda, (born January 16, 1980, New York, New York, U.S.), American actor, composer, lyricist, and writer who created and starred in stage productions that blended modern musical forms with classic musical theatre. Perhaps his best-known work was Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was born to parents of Puerto Rican origin and grew up in a Hispanic neighbourhood in northern Manhattan. His father was a political consultant to several New York City mayors, and his mother was a psychologist. His childhood home was filled with the sounds of salsa and show tunes. Miranda saw his first Broadway musical, Les Misérables, at the age of seven, and it made a lasting impression on him. His tastes also ran to hip-hop and R&B, and he became a proficient rapper. In high school he won the lead role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and became a fixture in the school’s drama program. During that time he met Stephen Sondheim, who later became a mentor to Miranda, along with fellow musical-theatre legend John Kander. Miranda studied theatre at Wesleyan University, where he continued to perform in musicals and to write his own songs and shows. It was there that he penned the first draft of the musical In the Heights, which was set in Washington Heights, a northern Manhattan neighbourhood similar to that of his own childhood

US Census Bureau

Trade Trends, Policy Actions and Resources for Metals and Critical MineralsThis webinar with the Census Bureau and International Trade Administration (ITA) will provide valuable information on the Metals and Critical Minerals Industry, including related industry groups within energy storage/battery, technology and manufacturing bases with supply-chains impacted by critical minerals.Join Us
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About This WebinarCensus will discuss its resources, Schedule B Search Engine and the Global Market Finder. ITA will discuss its activities and resources within minerals and metals industries and give an overview of the recently published Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals (Executive Order 13817) and a discussion on enhancing international trade and cooperation related to critical minerals.

CLIMATE CHANGE: Change, BlackRock Will Start Moving Away from Fossil Fuels

By Bill McKibbe

In response to mounting public pressure, Larry Fink, the C.E.O. of BlackRock, announced, in a letter to investors, that the firm will make some modest policy changes related to climate change.Photograph by Damon Winter / NYT / Redux

If you felt the earth tremble a little bit in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, it was likely caused by the sheer heft of vast amounts of money starting to shift. “Seismic” is the only word to describe the recent decision of the asset-management firm BlackRock to acknowledge the urgency of the climate crisis and begin (emphasis on begin) to start redirecting its investments.


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Applications Available for Sustain Our Great Lakes FundingThe Request for Proposals is now available for the 2020 Sustain Our Great Lakes funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will award grant funding in the following categories: Restore and Enhance Stream and Riparian Habitat Restore and Enhance Coastal Wetland Habitat Expand Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Great Lakes Communities Maintain and Enhance Benefits of Habitat Restoration through Invasive Species Control Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and state, tribal and local governments. Pre-proposals are due February 11, 2020.

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The Weekend Crossword: Friday, January 17, 2020

By Erik Agard

DEC to Feature New Angler Outreach Programs at 2020 Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 17 – 19
Biologists to Host Open House and Present Updates on Status of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario Fisheries The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites the public to check out its Bureau of Fisheries’ expanded angler outreach programs at the upcoming Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Jan. 17 to 19, at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center.

BIOGRAPHY: Benjamin Franklin


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Benjamin Franklin, also called Ben Franklin, pseudonym Richard Saunders, (born January 17, 1706, Boston, Massachusetts —died April 17, 1790, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat. One of the foremost of the Founding Fathers, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was one of its signers, represented the United States in France during the American Revolution, and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He made important contributions to science, especially in the understanding of electricity, and is remembered for the wit, wisdom, and elegance of his writing.

Improved Search Tools for WaterSense Products

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program has announced that new and improved online search tools are available on their website to find WaterSense labeled products, certified professionals, product rebates, or program partners in your area. There are thousands of WaterSense labeled product models on the market that help homes and businesses save water and money. As a WaterSense partner, DEC encourages you to check out the new tools to find ways to save water.


11: The number of presidents of private colleges who made more than $2 million in 2017, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s latest executive compensation data, which covers more than 600 private and nearly 250 public institutions. Such hefty salary figures often include bonuses and deferred compensation packages that incentivize presidents to remain in their roles. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Rihanna Splits With Billionaire Boyfriend, Fans Hope It’s A Sign Of The New Album🔊🎶!


UN NEWS: Urgent need for ‘immediate’ solutions to combat drug-resistant infections, warns WHO  

CDC/Alissa Eckert, James ArcherA medical illustration depicts the drug-resistant, Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. Health

Drug-resistant infections are on the rise as private investment in new antibiotic development declines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Two new WHO reports reveal that while some 50 new antibiotics and 10 biologics are under development, only 32 of the total target WHO-priority pathogens and the majority have very limited benefits when compared to existing antibiotics.

“Never has the threat of antimicrobial resistance been more immediate and the need for solutions more urgent”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The reports also found that antibiotics research and development is primarily driven by small or medium-sized enterprises, as large pharmaceutical companies continue to exit the field.

“Numerous initiatives are underway to reduce resistance, but we also need countries and the pharmaceutical industry to step up and contribute with sustainable funding and innovative new medicines.”Beginning this regimen is best on a Saturday, if it’s your day off. You’re welcome.

Vanessa Hudgens Wore the Fluffiest Outfit to Promote “Bad Boys for Life”

It’s her first public appearance since her reported split from Austin Butler.


Saturday, January 18, 2020 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thompson’s Lake Ice Fishing Clinic
(Pending sufficient ice cover)
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center on Thompson’s Lake, Voorheesville, NY.



Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

A.A. Milne, in full Alan Alexander Milne, (born January 18, 1882, London, England—died January 31, 1956, Hartfield, Sussex), English humorist, the originator of the immensely popular stories of Christopher Robin and his toy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.
NOTABLE WORKS: “Winnie-the-Pooh” “The House at Pooh Corner”.

Milne’s father ran a private school, where one of the boy’s teachers was a young H.G. Wells. Milne went on to attend Westminster School, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, the latter on a mathematics scholarship. While at Cambridge, he edited and wrote for Granta magazine (then called The Granta, for Cambridge’s other river). He took a degree in mathematics in 1903 and thereafter moved to London to make a living as a freelance writer. In 1906 he joined the staff of Punch (where he worked until 1914), writing humorous verse and whimsical essays. He was married in 1913, and in 1915, though a pacifist, he joined the service during World War I as a signalling officer. He served briefly in France, but he became ill and was sent home. He was discharged in 1919.


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Sounds of L.A.: 3MA

Saturday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 19, 4:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Formed in 2006, 3MA features Ballaké Sissoko and Driss El Maloumi on the lute-like instruments kora and oud, and Rajery on valiha, an instrument described as part-zither, part-lute. The three, hailing from Mali, Morocco, and Madagascar, create new compositions inspired by their respective traditions and deep friendship. The band’s shared musical language brims with energy, harmony, and poetry.

Learn more about this free event and get tickets »


Harry and Meghan’s Declaration of Independence

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth said she recognized the challenges the couple “have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

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Harry and Meghan’s Declaration of Independence

BIOGRAPHY: Patricia Highsmith


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

(born January 19, 1921, Fort WorthTexas, U.S.—died February 4, 1995, Locarno, Switzerland), American novelist and short-story writer who is best known for psychological thrillers, in which she delved into the nature of guilt, innocence, good, and evil. Highsmith, who took her stepfather’s name, graduated from Barnard CollegeNew York City, in 1942 and traveled to Europe in 1949, eventually settling there. In 1950 she published Strangers on a Train, an intriguing story of two men, one ostensibly good and the other ostensibly evil, whose lives become inextricably entangled. The following year the novel was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock, using a screenplay by Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) is the first of several books featuring the adventures of a likable murderer, Tom Ripley, who takes on the identities of his victims. The novel won several awards for mystery writingRead More…

Adam B. Hill, MD: Improving Public Mental Health Care

By Kevin Kunzmann

The story Adam B. Hill, MD, shared in his memoir Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician’s Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recorvery came to a natural end. But the author’s journey to recovery and mental wellness continue.

In the final segment of a discussion with HCPLive® on mental illnessaddiction, and stigmas surrounding physician burnout, Hill, a pediatric oncologist, discusses the most common misconceptions surrounding caregivers in need of care, what mental health education needs to become, and hopes for his own future of recovery.New host, new season begins 1/20

Christian school expels teen after she posed with rainbow birthday cake, mother says

By Michael Brice-Saddler 

Kayla Kenney's mother says the teen was expelled from Whitefield Academy, a private Christian school in Louisville, over a photo of a rainbow birthday cake. (Kimberly Alford)
Kayla Kenney’s mother says the teen was expelled from Whitefield Academy, a private Christian school in Louisville, over a photo of a rainbow birthday cake. (Kimberly Alford)

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MLK DAY Celebrations 🌍

Get involved, be involved, and stay involved with the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebrations that are keeping in step both with Dr. King’s philosophies and teachings, and the global Sustainable Development Goals.


BIOGRAPHY: Nucky Johnson


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica.

(born January 20, 1883, Smithville, New Jersey, U.S.—died December 9, 1968, Northfield, New Jersey), American politician who controlled both government and organized crime in Atlantic CityNew Jersey, from 1913 to 1941.

…He justified the city’s vice industry by pointing to the demand for it: “We have whiskey, wine, women, song, and slot machines. I won’t deny it, and I won’t apologize for it. If the majority of the people didn’t want them, they wouldn’t be profitable, and they wouldn’t exist. The fact that they do exist proves to me that the people want them.”…Read More



Born on this day Biographies by Encyclopedia Britannica.


(born January 21, 1953, Seattle, Washington, U.S.—died October 15, 2018, Seattle), American investor and philanthropist best known as the cofounder of Microsoft Corporation, a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications. He was raised in Seattle, where his father was employed as associate director of the University of WashingtonLibraries. He attended Lakeside School—an exclusive suburban private preparatory school—where he became friends with fellow student Bill Gates, with whom he shared a common interest in computers, and together they began honing their computer-programming skills.

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-In Focus: Platinum Photographs

January 21–May 31 | The Getty Center

Revered for its velvety matte surface and neutral palette, the platinum process, introduced in 1873, helped establish photography as a fine art. The process was championed by prominent photographers until platinum was embargoed during World War I, but it attracted renewed interest during the mid-20th century from a relatively small but dedicated community of practitioners. This exhibition draws from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection to showcase some of the most striking prints made with platinum and the closely related palladium processes.

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NEW SCIENTIST: I’m testing an experimental drug to see if it halts Alzheimer’s

Steve Dominy led a landmark study that linked gum disease bacteria to Alzheimer’s disease. He tells New Scientist why we should stop treating medicine and dentistry separately

–WEBINAR: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Webinar: Developing the Road Map to Improve Data on the Health of People with IDD

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:00-5:00 pm ET


While data on the health of people with disabilities have improved, specific data on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is still lacking. Challenges in identifying the population with IDD in national data means that available data does not adequately describe the prevalence and health needs of people with IDD.

In 2002, the Surgeon General’s report called for improved health data for people with IDD. In 2009, the challenge was accepted by agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which aimed to develop a “road map,” a plan for improving national health data.

Hosted by AAIDD’s Research Interest Network, this webinar will provide an update on the status of improved data on health of people with IDD and ask for input on the next road map.

Participants may wish to review these background documents in advance:

Questions? Contact Lindsey Polansky at AAIDD.

High School: Beyond Graduation

We often see stories of students trying to graduate high school. But what happens after they move on from high school? BEYOND GRADUATION explores the possible paths for young people through short films produced by five up-and-coming Latinx filmmakers.


Roe v. Wade 

ruling On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most momentous decisions, ruling in Roe v. Wade that a Texas statute criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy.

The UN Human Rights Committee

has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats. 

The historic ruling marks the first decision by a UN human rights treaty body based on a complaint filed by an individual seeking protection from the effects of climate change. 

America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers

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Census Statistics Used to Plan Healthy Food Programs for Low-Income Households

We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. Yet many low-income neighborhoods have limited access to fresh produce.

That’s why programs such as the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the National School Lunch Program are vital to the health of communities.

Knowing how many children are in an area helps federal, state and local officials evaluate funding for nutrition programs.

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The 2020 Census will help officials plan for SNAP and other federal nutrition programs for the next 10 years. SNAP receives approximately $71 billion a year in federal funds, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau.  

Read more to learn about how:

  • The 2020 Census impacts federal nutrition programs
  • Young children should be counted
  • The Census Bureau is working to educate the public

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Peace and Security

The start of the New Year finds the world facing four looming threats to human progress: surging geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust and the downsides of technology, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. 

In a wide-ranging speech to the General Assembly, the UN chief outlined strategies to address what he called the “four horsemen in our midst”, and he urged countries to take advantage of the UN’s 75th anniversary year to secure a peaceful future for all people. 

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George’s 2020 Davos speech

will be broadcast live on Bloomberg on Thursday, January 23rd at approximately 8:30 PM CET/2:30 PM EST/11:30 AM PST. Watch HERE.

BIOGRAPHY: Chita Rivera


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Chita Rivera, original name Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero, (born January 23, 1933, Washington, D.C., U.S.), American dancer, singer, and actress who was best known for her energetic performances in such Broadway musicals as West Side StoryChicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Her first performances were in shows her brother organized for production in the basement of their home. She took voice, piano, and ballet classes, and dance became her favourite activity.

Here are the 10 cities where gentrification has been most intense, according to the study:

  • New York, NY — 24 percent.
  • Albuquerque, NM — 23 percent.
  • Atlanta, GA — 22 percent.
  • Baltimore, MD — 22 percent.
  • Portland, OR — 20 percent.
  • Pittsburgh, PA — 20 percent.
  • Seattle, WA — 20 percent.
  • Philadelphia, PA — 17 percent.

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Making a Difference

Researcher Abdelrahim Hassan examining the composite film. Image courtesy of Penn State University.

A Composite Antimicrobial Film Could Take a Bite Out of Foodborne Illnesses

A novel composite film — created by the bonding of an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods such as meat and fish — could help to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.


Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

ICJ-CIJ/Wendy van Bree Judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague consider the case against Myanmar.

Human Rights

Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on Thursday. 

The International  Court of Justice  (ICJalso ordered authorities to prevent the destruction of evidence related to genocide allegations. 

International Day of Education, 24 January 2020


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Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

The 2020 celebration will position education and the learning it enables as humanity’s greatest renewable resource and reaffirm the role of education as a fundamental right and a public good. It will celebrate the many ways learning can empower people, preserve the planet, build shared prosperity and foster peace

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Liberal Arts Education

the quadrivium (plural: quadrivia) is the four subjects, or arts (namely arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy), taught after teaching the trivium. The word is Latin, meaning four ways, and its use for the four subjects has been attributed to Boethius or Cassiodorus in the 6th century. Together, the trivium and the quadrivium comprised the seven liberal arts (based on thinking skills), as distinguished from the practical arts (such as medicine and architecture)

For most medieval scholars, who believed that God created the universe according to geometric and harmonic principlesscience – particularly geometry and astronomy – was linked directly to the divine. To seek these principles, therefore, would be to seek God.

The quadrivium consisted of arithmeticgeometrymusic, and astronomy. These followed the preparatory work of the trivium, consisting of grammarlogic, and rhetoric. In turn, the quadrivium was considered the foundation for the study of philosophy (sometimes called the “liberal art par excellence“) and theology. The quadrivium was the upper division of the medieval education in the liberal arts, which comprised arithmetic (number), geometry (number in space), music (number in time), and astronomy (number in space and time). Educationally, the trivium and the quadrivium imparted to the student the seven liberal arts (essential thinking skills) of classical antiquity.

-Cowboy Elektra Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa

Encounter a dusty crossroads where California history and Greek tragedy collide. Set in a saloon in 1869, Elektra’s investigation of her father’s death leads to a tragic revenge plot against her mother. This modern feminist tale features original songs, a mostly female ensemble, vintage puppetry, and multimedia. The Rogue Artists Ensemble debuts a visual, emotional collage that asks: how much can we truly control our fate? By award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, directed by Sean Cawelti, with songs by Z. Lupetin. Tickets $7.

Learn more and get tickets »

BIOGRAPHY: Maria Tallchief


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Maria Tallchief, original name Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief, (born January 24, 1925, Fairfax, Oklahoma, U.S.—died April 11, 2013, Chicago, Illinois), ballet dancer whose exquisite technique was enhanced by her energy, speed, and grace. Considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the United States, she was also the muse of choreographer George Balanchine.
Born in a town on an Osage Indianreservation in Oklahoma, Maria Tallchief and her sister, Marjorie, were of Osage and Scotch-Irish descent.

The Weekend Crossword

Education Is Crucial to Tackle the Climate Credit: Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

UN Climate Change News

24 January 2020– Today, the International Day of Education, is an opportunity to reflect on the central and critical role of education in the international response to climate change.

Important work on climate education is taken forward under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the banner of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).

ACE has six pillars – education, training, public participation, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation –


-Davos 2020: Here’s what you need to know about the global economy

This is what the world’s youngest prime minister said 

Closing Remarks: The Road Ahead Speakers: Børge Brende

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Chinese New Year 2020: Dates & Calendar

Chinese New Year Date 2019

When is Chinese New Year 2020? – January 25

The Chinese New Year of 2020 falls on January 25th (Saturday), and the festival will last to February 8th, about 15 days in total. 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac.

As an official public holiday, Chinese people can get seven days’ absence from work, from January 24th to 30th.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tomhannock Reservoir Ice Fishing Clinic
(Pending sufficient ice cover)
DEC Angler Parking Lot (Tomhannock Reservoir), Pittstown, NY.

BIOGRAPHY: Alicia Keys


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Alicia Keys, original name Alicia Augello Cook, (born January 25, 1981, New York, New York, U.S.), American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress, who achieved enormous success in the early 2000s with her blend of R&B and soul music. began performing at age four and playing piano at age seven, concentrating on classical music and jazz. At age 14 she began composing, and two years later she graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. Keys’s compositions showed modern influences but were rooted in the sounds of earlier soul artists, including Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. After attracting the attention of record mogul Clive Davis, she signed to his Arista Records in 1998, and, when Davis formed J Records in 2000, she was one of the first artists to sign with the new label. In 2001 Keys released Songs in A Minor, a hugely successful debut album that featured a number one hit with “Fallin’” and that went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide. She won five Grammy Awards in 2002, including those for song of the year and best new artist.GRAMMYS

Rebuilding peace in divided education systems

Key to promoting peacebuilding among a post-conflict generation is understanding how children’s awareness, attitudes, and behaviours toward conflict-related groups are framed by the lasting legacy of violence. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grafton Lakes State Park, NY.
35th Annual Winter Festival 
Join Five Rivers staff for Grafton Lakes State Park’s 35th Annual Winter Fest

Gerten, D., V. Heck, J. Jägermeyr, B.L. Bodirsky, I. Fetzer, M. Jalava, M. Kummu, W. Lucht, J. Rockström, S. Schaphoff, and H.J. Schellnhuber, 2020: Feeding ten billion people is possible within four terrestrial planetary boundaries. Nature Sustain., early on-line, doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0465-1.

Osipov, S., G. Stenchikov, K. Tsigaridis, A.N. LeGrande, and S.E. Bauer, 2020: The role of the SO2 radiative effect in sustaining the volcanic winter and soothing the Toba impact on climate. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., early on-line, doi:10.1029/2019JD031726.

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

Culture and Education

Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education.       

“The education sector is wrestling with mammoth challenges worldwide”, said Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, in his message for the day.
António Guterres@antonioguterres
As a former teacher, I know the life-changing power of education. Universal access to quality and, now, life-long education is a right, and a necessity. #EducationDay


BIOGRAPHY: Ellen DeGeneres


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Ellen DeGeneres, in full Ellen Lee DeGeneres, (born January 26, 1958, Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.), American comedian and television host known for her quirky observational humour.
Her style was compared to those of Mary Tyler Mooreand Lucille Ball

DeGeneres’s act also caught the attention of Showtime, and the cable network named her Funniest Person of the Year in 1982. Her career hit a high note in 1986 after she was invited to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Following her humorous rendition of “Phone Call to God,” Carson motioned DeGeneres to sit and chat—the first time a female comedian had been given that honour.

AWARDS AND HONORS: Presidential Medal Of Freedom (2016).

Sunday at The Met—Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe
Sunday, January 26, 2–3:30 pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Join Met curators, artists, and scholars as they reflect on the origins, significance, and lasting legacy of the scientific and courtly collections of early modern Europe.

Free with Museum admission

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My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat



A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, MY FRIEND FELA is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, African-Cuban Carlos Moore. The accompanying live-action animated short, BIRTH OF AFROBEAT, tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

Chagall Window: Celebrating the cause of peace through light and colour

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BIOGRAPHY: Angela Davis


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Angela Davis, in full Angela Yvonne Davis, (born Jan. 26, 1944, Birmingham, Ala., U.S.), militant American black activist who gained an international reputation during her imprisonment and trial on conspiracy charges in 1970–72.

The daughter of Alabama school teachers, Davis studied at home and abroad (1961–67) before becoming a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego, under the Marxist professor Herbert Marcuse. Because of her political opinions and despite an excellent record as an instructor at the university’s Los Angeles campus, the California Board of Regents in 1970 refused to renew her appointment as lecturer in philosophy.


Coping with Traumatic Events


A traumatic event is a shocking, scary, or dangerous experience that can affect someone emotionally and physically. Experiences like natural disasters (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods), acts of violence (such as assault, abuse, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings), as well as car crashes and other accidents can all be traumatic.

Ways to Cope

Healthy ways of coping in this time period include:

  • Avoiding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Spending time with loved ones and trusted friends who are supportive; and
  • Trying to maintain normal routines for meals, exercise, and sleep.

In general, staying active is a good way to cope with stressful feelings.

BIOGRAPHY: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Born on this day Biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

(born January 27, 1756, Salzburg, archbishopric of Salzburg [Austria]—died December 5, 1791, Vienna), Austrian composer, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven he brought to its height the achievement of the Viennese Classical school.

Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. His taste, his command of form, and his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers; yet, it may also be said that his music was written to accommodate the specific tastes of particular audiences.

Alcohol Research: Current Reviews (ISSN: 2168–3492) is a peer-reviewed journal produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Issue 40 Number 1

From the Editors Laura E. Kwako, Jenica Patterson, Ihsan M. Salloum, and Ryan S. Trim
Alcohol Use Disorder and Depressive Disorders Kathryn McHugh and Roger D. Weiss
Suicidal Behavior: Links Between Alcohol Use Disorder and Acute Use of Alcohol Kenneth R. Conner and Courtney L. Bagge
Co-Occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Anxiety: Bridging the Psychiatric, Psychological, and Neurobiological Perspectives Justin J. Anker and Matt G. Kushner
Biobehavioral Interactions Between Stress and Alcohol  Marcus M. Weera and Nicholas W. Gilpin
Alcohol Use Disorder and Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders Ashley C. Helle, Ashley L. Watts, Timothy J. Trull, and Kenneth J. Sher
Alcohol Use Disorder and Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders Luke Archibald, Mary Brunette, Diana Wallin, and Alan I. Green
Integrating Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions  Amy M. Yule and John F. Kelly

Vietnam War ended

The Paris accord ending the Vietnam War, America’s longest war to that time, was signed this day in 1973, providing for an exchange of prisoners and for the unilateral withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Vietnam.

Haute couture: a “Love Letter” from Clare Waight Keller to Givenchy


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Givenchy presented its haute couture collection for Spring/Summer 2020 with majestic creations by Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director of the Maison.

Spotlight on Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 collections from LVMH Maisons


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Fendi kicked off the Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 collections from LVMH fashion Maisons in Milan, followed by Paris Fashion Week shows by Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Berluti, Dior and Loewe. Spotlight on creative effervescence.



The head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is in China to discuss the novel coronavirus outbreak with senior Government officials. 

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and colleagues arrived in Beijing on Monday, in efforts to understand the latest developments and strengthen partnership, particularly for response against the respiratory disease. 

In a message posted on Twitter, he said the UN agency also is working with countries everywhere to activate their response systems. 


Today is Data Privacy Day, the international annual day of action and awareness for the need to protect our personal data.

The College Board and ACT sell personal student data at a profit. Yet twenty one states prohibit this practice by school vendors, operators or service providers, under any conditions; see list below. And almost every district or state contracts with one of these organizations to administer the PSAT, SAT, AP or ACT exams to students in school.

The College Board sells student data for 47 cents per student to colleges and other organizations, including some for-profit companies, but has refused to make the list public. They offer student test scores within a range, and other personal information deceptively gathered from vulnerable students via surveys administered before their exams.

As the Wall Street Journal explained, one reason colleges buy the data is to lower their acceptance rates and boost their selectivity, by luring far more students to apply than they have any intention of accepting. Most outrageously, the College Board falsely claims they don’t sell student data on their privacy policy, instead saying they “license” the data, a difference without a distinction.

Please help stop this. Please contact your state Attorneys General today, and ask them to investigate these illegal practices, which violate state student privacy laws and the laws that most every state has that bar deceptive practices.

Action Network, a free online toolset anyone can use to organize. Click here to sign up and get started building an email list and creating online actions today.

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Divine Conflict: The Heroic Tale of Rama, Sita, and the Demon Ravana in Indian Painting
Tuesday, January 28, 11 am
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Join Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Department of Asian Art, and trace the epic story of the Ramayana through sumptuous paintings produced in the 17th to 19th centuries for courts in Northern India and the Punjab. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sita and Rama: The Ramayana in Indian Painting.

Tickets start at $30 (includes Museum admission).

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José Martí, in full José Julián Martí y Pérez, (born January 28, 1853, Havana, Cuba—died May 19, 1895, Dos Ríos), poet and essayist, patriot and martyr, who became the symbol of Cuba’s struggle for independence from Spain. His dedication to the goal of Cuban freedom made his name a synonym for liberty throughout Latin America. As a patriot, Martí organized and unified the movement for Cuban independence and died on the battlefield fighting for it. As a writer, he was distinguished for his personal prose and deceptively simple, sincere verse on themes of a free and united America.
NOTABLE WORKS: “Versos libres” .

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Gov. Cuomo at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Iconic Intelligence—How Kollwitz Made Pictures Talk

Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center

Käthe Kollwitz was a political artist, at least in the sense that she wanted to have an impact on viewers. But how do her images deliver messages without words? Annette Seeler, an independent scholar and former curator of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum Berlin, examines the unique strategy of pictorial communication that Kollwitz developed over seven years while producing her series Peasants’ War (1901–1908).

Learn more about this free talk and get tickets »

New UN finance panel to push Global Goals forward

WFP/Simon Pierre DioufA woman in Mali takes care of a community garden which is part of the World Food Programme’s capacity building project. SDGs

The President of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday encouraged Member States to support a new panel that has been set up to help make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, by 2030.  

On Tuesday, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and Mona Juul, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, introduced a joint initiative to establish a high-level panel on financial accountability, transparency and integrity, called FACTI.


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The Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory, led by Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, will be used to grow leafy greens for a new USDA funded project. Image courtesy of MSU.

MSU Leads Study to Explore Viability of Growing Leafy Greens Indoors

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BIOGRAPHY: William McKinley


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William McKinley, (born January 29, 1843, Niles, Ohio, U.S.—died September 14, 1901, Buffalo, New York), 25th president of the United States (1897–1901). Under McKinley’s leadership, the United States went to war against Spain in 1898 and thereby acquired a global empire, which included Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. (For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America.) McKinley was the son of William McKinley, a manager of a charcoal furnace and a small-scale iron founder, and Nancy Allison. Eighteen years old at the start of the Civil War, McKinley (CONTINUE READING)…


From Géricault to Rockburne: Selections from the Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Gift
January 29–March 29, 2020
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BIOGRAPHY: Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.), American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur whose syndicated daily talk show was among the most popular of the genre. Winfrey moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age six to live with her mother. In her early teens she was sent to Nashville to live with her father, who proved to be a positive influence in her life. At age 19 Winfrey became a news anchor for the local CBS television station.

Following her graduation from Tennessee State University in 1976, she was made a reporter and coanchor forthe ABC news affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland. She found herself constrained by the objectivity required of news reporting, and in 1977 she became cohost of the Baltimore morning show People Are Talking. (CONTINUE READING)

Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

UN Photo/Mark GartenSecretary-General António Guterres (centre left) takes part in a UN75 Dialogue with youth on the theme ‘Youth in the Driving Seat’.

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Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized and everyone’s voice is heard.

Addressing Disparities: Advancing Mental Health Care for All Americans

By Joshua Gordon on January 29, 2020

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As I sit down to write this message, I’m thinking of two former patients. One of them, a Hispanic man, I met in the emergency room at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital when I was a resident in the early 2000s. Floridly psychotic, disheveled, and homeless, he was shouting at the emergency room nurse when I first saw him, demanding medications that he said were stolen from a locker in the homeless shelter across the street. The second patient, a White woman, was referred to my private practice in Midtown Manhattan a few years later. Composed and controlled, she asked compelling questions about her illness and its management, bringing with her dozens of pages of medical records. Both patients were young adults. Both had severe bipolar disorder. Both had survived a suicide attempt. Their medication lists were the same. Their lives were not.

Differences in health outcomes like these can reflect a number of underlying factors, including biological factors or environmental exposures; social, economic, and cultural contexts; and access to quality health care. When these differences adversely affect disadvantaged populations, they are known as health disparities.

Disparities in mental health are significant and easily documented. Deaths by suicide, for example, are much more common in American Indians and Alaska Nativescompared to the general population. The rate of deaths by suicide is also higher in rural areas. Another example: Black and Hispanic children may be diagnosed with autism at a later age compared to White children. That is an important factor because the earlier the diagnosis, the earlier treatment can start, and the earlier treatment starts, the better these children will do. These and other mental health disparities further disadvantage members of minority groups and increase the burden of mental illnesses on individuals, families, and communities.

Accordingly, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports a research agenda aimed at understanding and reducing mental health disparities. One early success comes from research led by Emily Haroz, Ph.D., a promising early-career investigator at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using an approach that has worked for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a group of health management organizations (HMOs), Haroz and colleagues built an algorithm that uses electronic health record data to identify individuals in the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona who are at increased risk of suicide. Such a predictor could be used by health professionals to refer these individuals to appropriate mental health care. Meanwhile, NIMH continues to support three hubs for collaborative research focused on suicide prevention in Native American communities. These hubs are busy establishing common protocols for novel interventions and testing the efficacy of these interventions. This research holds the promise of making a real difference in the near term, helping health professionals and community leaders understand how to reduce deaths by suicide in their communities.

Similar efforts are underway in other communities to help families with children who may have autism. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric, Early Detection, Engagement and Services Network (ASD PEDS) is an NIMH-funded network of investigators studying a diverse array of strategies and interventions aimed at identifying and treating children with autism as early as possible. This collaborative group is committed to eliminating disparities by reducing the age at which children from underserved populations are diagnosed and has several projects that are nearing completion. For example, Alice Carter, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is finishing a study designed to test whether a system-level intervention can reduce these disparities. The intervention involves outreach to primary care pediatricians, a comprehensive multi-stage screening process, and motivational interviewing with parents and other caregivers. Wendy Stone, Ph.D., at the University of Washington, is testing a complementary intervention that aims to reduce disparities by improving screening and referral procedures in primary care pediatric practices. Stone and colleagues will examine the acceptability and efficacy of the intervention in four diverse communities.

While we at NIMH are justifiably proud of these and other investments in research on mental health disparities, I can’t help but ask whether similar projects would remedy the disparate situations faced by my former patients. Would early intervention have saved my first patient from homelessness? Are there treatment approaches for bipolar disorder that work better for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds? How can we promote better access to and engagement in community-based mental health care? These are the sorts of questions we need to answer to ensure that improved mental health care meets the needs of all Americans.

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Grab your headphones now and start listening 🎧On January 30th, we’re launching ‘The Development Podcast,’ a new audio series that will examine data, research and solutions for global development challenges.



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Peter Agre, (born January 30, 1949, NorthfieldMinnesota, U.S.), American doctor, corecipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2003 for his discovery of water channels in cell membranes. He shared the award with Roderick MacKinnon, also of the United States. In 1974 Agre earned an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1981, following postgraduate training and a fellowship, he returned to Johns Hopkins, where in 1993 he advanced to professor of biological chemistry. In 2008 he became director of the school’s Malaria Research Institute. Agre also served as vice-chancellor for science and technology at Duke University Medical Center (2005–08). CONTINUE READING…

Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
January 30–May 10, 2020
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National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Partner Alert
FY19 NCBDDD Annual Report ReleasedNCBDDD this week released its Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report, highlighting examples of the Center’s innovations in using Data for Action. These include:mother-infant linked surveillance to monitor emerging threats to moms and babies;the Autism Data Visualization Tool to show the most comprehensible picture of autism spectrum disorder among children;the Community Counts Data Visualization Tool, used to gather and show information about health issues that affect people with bleeding disorders; andthe Disability and Health Data System, a tool that provides vital information on the health of adults with disabilities.In addition, the report contains Fiscal Year 2019 funding information to organizations at the state and territorial level.

The release of the report also kicks off NCBDDD’s 20th Year Celebration and includes a listing of the Top 20 NCBDDD Peer-Reviewed Publications During the Last 20 Years
Please share the NCBDDD Annual Report with your colleagues and networks. Here is a suggested social media post:
@CDC_NCBDDD is pleased to share it’s 2019 Annual Report. Read about NCBDDD’s Data for Action innovations and see how they’ve been working to improve the health and well-being of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. (#NCBDDDturns20, http://bit.ly/38KTGnS)Follow us on Twitter at @CDC_NCBDDD.


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Global trends of GDP and air pollution

Are decreases in air quality a necessary evil in order to achieve economic success? Data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database shows that while global GDP per capita increased by half between 1990 and 2016, global trends for air pollution (as measured by levels of PM2.5, or particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter) followed a similar upward trajectory. Read More.

Service-Learning Coffee Hour: Working with Advocates for Community Engagement

Friday, January 31, 2020 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wells Library E243

Join us, several Advocates for Community Engagement (ACEs), and fellow instructors to discuss how ACEs can support service as part of a course. Hear ACEs’ experiences working with students in their agencies, supporting their learning, and contributing educational content to your class.

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BIOGRAPHY: Jackie Robinson


Born on this day biographies from Encyclopedia Britannica

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, (born January 31, 1919, Cairo, Georgia, U.S.—died October 24, 1972, Stamford, Connecticut), the first black baseball player to play in the American major leagues during the 20th century. On April 15, 1947, Robinson broke the decades-old “colour line” of Major League Baseball when he appeared on the field for the National LeagueBrooklyn Dodgers.

He played as an infielder and outfielder for the Dodgers from 1947 through 1956. Reared in PasadenaCalifornia, Robinson became an outstanding all-around athlete at Pasadena Junior College and the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles(UCLA). Dodgers now owned by Earvin MAGIC Johnson

He excelled in football, basketball, and track as well as baseball. Robinson withdrew from UCLA in his third year to help his mother care for the family. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Armyand attended officer candidate school; he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943.

Robinson faced court-martial in 1944 for refusing to follow an order that he sit at the back of a military bus. The charges against Robinson were dismissed, and he received an honourable discharge from the military. The incident, however, presaged Robinson’s future activism and commitment to civil rights. Upon leaving the army, he played professional football in Hawaii and baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, where he drew the attention of the president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.

Peer Review of Student Assignments Across the Disciplines

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Wells Library E243

Many instructors avoid using peer review because they aren’t sure how peer review might fit into their courses, aren’t sure how to grade student feedback, and they worry about the time it takes to do peer review. Yet the benefit to students is clear – peer review allows students to practice giving and receiving formal, structured feedback…

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POP UP – Health & Hygiene Screening



Think of this brand new training as a primer on seeds to prepare you for my upcoming course which will teach all the details on seed starting.

Earn 2 points for the Global Citizens

Credential by volunteering or interning with a global organization or office under the intercultural activity-leadership category. We have partnered with HAIS in HISD to create a new global mentorship program. We are looking for GCC students who would be willing to mentor high school students for a total of 20 hours this semester (around 3 hours per week for about 6 weeks (February – April). Upon completion, you would earn a certificate from HISD and would be eligible to earn 2 points towards the GCC! If you are interested, please complete a mentor application by  January 31st:  https://forms.gle/2SAsCzhjjuqF8U9s8

The Weekend Crossword: Friday, January 31, 2020

By Patrick Berry


In cities and communities across the world, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are getting the chance to literally play an important role in redesigning their public spaces, thanks to an innovative collaboration between the UN, and the company behind the popular computer game Minecraft.

“We need shade against strong sun and wind”, says Nsyamuhaki Joseph. “And places to enjoy arts and culture”. Mr. Joseph, a resident in the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement in Kenya, was speaking during workshops held for residents of the site, which was set up in 2015 to cope with an influx of refugees from Sudan and other regional countries, into northern Kenya.

UN-HABITAT | Children at Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement in Kenya enjoy public spaces, improved following Block by Block workshops.

The workshop, held at the end of 2017, was part of a project to bring the refugees and locals closer together, by involving them in the process of creating public spaces, including a playground and a park, that would benefit both communities, using Minecraft.


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