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New Professor Helps Iowa Towns Build Community, Identity and Economy Through Art

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Jennifer Drinkwater is on a mission to help Iowa communities apply art in ways that improve the fabric of their towns. She's the new assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist at Iowa State University. Her outreach-oriented position is one of only a handful nationwide.

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Amy Kass, Inspirational Teacher Who Treasured a Humanistic Education, 1940 – 2015

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Amy Apfel Kass, AB'62, senior lecturer emeritus in humanities, died on Aug. 19 at her home in Washington, D.C., after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer and a short battle with leukemia. She was 74.

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Flood Damage After Katrina Could Have Been Prevented, S&T Expert Says

A decade after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, experts say the flooding that caused over 1,800 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage could have been prevented had the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retained an external review board to double-check its flood-wall designs.

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UD's Horn Program Stirs Entrepreneurship in Kenya

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Staff from the University of Delaware's Horn Program in Entrepreneurship visited Kenya, where young innovators shared projects in energy, marketing, security and agriculture.

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The Ceremonial Sounds that Accompanied Our Ancestors’ Funerals, 15,000 Years Ago

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The Natufian culture, which flourished 15,000 years ago, is well known for its complex burial customs. A new study by Dr. Danny Rosenberg and Prof. Dani Nadel of the University of Haifa has discovered that these ceremonies included the use of giant boulder mortars whose pounding sound informed the community that a ceremony was being held

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At 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Tested His “I Have a Dream” Speech On a High School Audience

While MLK’s first “Dream” speech was played publicly for the first time Tuesday, it’s a speech King had been practicing since he was a teenager. A Wake Forest professor and his student identified striking parallels between the “Dream” speech and an address King delivered as a high school student.

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New Book Focuses on Sustainability Communication in Organizations

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A new book provides a road map for organizations and corporations to improve their environmental sustainability programs through better communication.

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Happy 169th Birthday!

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The Smithsonian turns 169 today, and to celebrate, we're sharing a photo from our younger days. This photo was taken in 1850 during the Smithsonian Castle’s construction; it is the earliest-known image of the building.

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Iowa State Students, Incarcerated Women Transform Barren Prison Yard Into Beautiful, Bountiful Landscape

An ongoing partnership to create therapeutic outdoor spaces and healthy food at a new prison also provides hands-on learning to landscape architecture students and incarcerated women.

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Has the “Baron de Rothschild’s Ship,” Lost over 100 Years Ago, Been Found?

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Dr. Deborah Cvikel and Mr. Micky Holtzman from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa suggest that the shipwreck discovered in 1976 off the coast at Dor (Tantura) lagoon may be identified as the missing Baron’s Ship. “The ship we found is structurally consistent with the specifications of the Baron’s ships, carried a similar cargo, and sailed and sank during the right period,” the scholars conclude.