Saturday, July 31, 2010
Michelle Obama, "Let's Move" -- More
5:37 am edt
New Haven’s Health Matters/Health Equity Alliance, and the regional NAACP effort to counter obesity, suggest how Michelle Obama’s "Let's Move" campaign is both reflecting and helping to catalyze increased consciousness about nutrition, fitness, and health.
Much, much more work remains to implement this vision. Still, it represents an encouraging trend.
This blog’s February 17 entry discussed the First Lady’s work, as well as related Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute curriculum units and other local
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is another resource.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Americans with Disabilities Act, Law-Related Curriculum Units
8:35 am edt
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mapping and Displaying Information
6:32 am edt
to this NPR story, a geography camp was held in connection with a conference of digital mapping experts in San Diego. “The
cartographers, geographers, social scientists and city planners in attendance create and use sophisticated digital mapping
technologies for all manner of things: to respond to emergencies, to improve mass transit services, to chart rates of disease
in communities. But this camp was for their children.”
. . .
In 2008, William B. Stewart, Associate Professor of Anatomy (Surgery) at the School
of Medicine, led a Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute seminar on "Depicting and Analyzing Data: Enriching Science and Math Curricula through Graphical Displays
and Mapping." The year before, Mary E. Miller, then Vincent J. Scully Professor of the History
of Art – and now Sterling Professor of the History of Art and Dean of Yale
College – led a seminar on "Maps and Mapmaking."
. . .
professor Edward Tufte is renowned for his work on the display of information.
Jonathan Corum is a New York-based information designer.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Domestic Violence Laws, Safety Planning, and Public-Private Partnership
8:37 am edt
Erika Tindill, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has an opinion piece in the Hartford Courant as it concludes a year-long project on the problem, including this blog and an editorial today.
couple of weeks ago, the New Haven Independent reported on New Haven-area implications of new laws on domestic violence in Connecticut, which include more funding for shelters and judicial and offender-monitoring
progress, as well as efforts to counter teen dating violence in particular.
Posts to this blog on May 14, May 1, and many earlier occasions discussed
related matters, including the "Stay at Home" Fundraiser of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven.
An April 22 opinion article argued, “No one should have to stay with an abusive partner or keep kids in a hazardous home because
of a shortage of shelter space and staff. Much of the state’s safety, advocacy, counseling and preventive public awareness
efforts come via underfunded regional nonprofit service centers. Public money and philanthropy must maintain a partnership
to keep pace.”
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Partnership for Public Service and Thora Institute
8:26 am edt
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
PIRG in Connecticut and Nationwide
5:59 am edt
a ConnPIRG canvasser came to my door. It was not hard for her to persuade me to renew my membership.
As an April 12, 2009 post to this blog described, having canvassed for ConnPIRG several summers myself, I have an affinity for this consumer and environmental organization
that engages college students and citizens in our state, as in other states with PIRGs.
Recently the Nightly Business Report on PBS featured news on credit cards; one source was Ed Mierzwinski, who was executive director of ConnPIRG the first three summers I was a canvasser. He has now been at
U.S. PIRG for more than two decades. His blog is an excellent source on consumer issues.
According to this 2007 New York Times article, Barack Obama – reflecting on his early work with New York PIRG – told Ed Mierzwinski’s longtime colleague
Gene Karpinski “I used to be a PIRG guy. You guys trained me well.”
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Legislation, National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching
8:00 am edt
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Declaration of Independence, Roger Sherman
1:06 am edt
As we mark 234 years since approval of the final draft of
the Declaration of Independence, let’s remember Roger Sherman (1721-1793), the only man to sign the Declaration, the
Constitution, the Articles of Association and the Articles of Confederation. He was -- with John Adams,
Franklin, Jefferson, and Robert Livingston -- a member of the Committee of Five that helped review the drafting of the Declaration
most closely associated with Jefferson. Sherman also served as mayor of New Haven, among other roles.