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Celebrate Science Indiana

Japan makes Top 10 in Indiana Exports

View Indiana Court History Online

Baby-Boomer Retire

Unmarried and Single Americans Week

September 18-24 marks the annual Unmarried and Single Americans Week  in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 99.6 million people in the U.S. are unmarried, as noted in America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2010.  This group comprises 43.6 percent of all U.S. residents 18 years old and older. According to the most recent Economic Census, there were 393 dating establishments in the United States, which include Internet dating services. These employed nearly 3,125 people and generated $928 million in revenues. The 2006 Pew Internet & American Life Project report on online dating  stated that “15% of American adults—30 million people—say they know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or married someone he or she met online.” The numbers have most likely increased since 2006. How many people in your life are unmarried or single?


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Celebrate Science Indiana

Celebrate Science IndianaEarlier this month, the Indiana Department of Education released a media advisory about the first ever Celebrate Science Indiana (CSI) event, to be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Join the fun (for free!) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the event’s website to read statements supporting education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas from Governor Mitch Daniels and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett. The event offers teachers opportunities for professional development here. If you would like to be an exhibitor or workshop presenter, look here. You also may volunteer your time at the State Fairgrounds that day. To learn about the mission of CSI, read more here. Have fun!

Japan makes Top 10 in Indiana Exports

Do you know of students or other library patrons who wonder what life is like in Japan? Now you can join Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and delegates from around Indiana on a trade mission the week of September 21-28. Lt. Governor Skillman will be making stops in Tokyo, Ohta City, Nagoya, and Tochigi Prefecture to promote Indiana’s economy, trade, and resources. View the itinerary to get a day-by-day account of the activities of Lt. Gov. Skillman and her delegates. In today’s economy, it is important to pay attention to a more global picture. Products from Indiana are exported to a variety of other states and foreign countries. Japan is currently within the top ten countries which receive Indiana exports. To read more, check out Global Positioning: Indiana’s Exports and Foreign Direct Investment, published this month by the Indiana Business Research Center.

View Indiana Court History Online 

Online Court History MuseumAre you intrigued by Indiana’s Court History? Would you like to tour Indiana’s various courthouses? The Indiana State
Court Administration’s Online Court History Museum
through its Courts in the Classroom program is a resource for those who are curious about the history of Indiana’s judicial system. With the click of a mouse, you can see the restoration of the Indiana Supreme Court; take a virtual courthouse tour; view the Indiana Lawyers and Judges Manuscript collection; and research female firsts within the Indiana court systems. These and many other interesting facts and pieces of history are available. Please enjoy learning about the progress, challenges, and changes that have taken place throughout Indiana’s legal history.

Baby-Boomers Retire

The first wave of the famed Baby-boomer generation, those who were born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964, enter full retirement age next year. When World War II ended, American soldiers returned home and started families. This played a part in the beginning of a baby boom which spanned two decades. More than one quarter of the total U.S. population is now part of this generation of Baby -boomers, which is often separated into Older Boomers (1946-1955) and Younger Boomers (1955-1964). In 2000, this generation composed 46 percent of Indiana’s labor force. According to “Aging Baby Boomers in a new Workforce Development System,” a 2001 paper by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, this generation was the most highly educated in U.S. history. Take a look at the 2005 InContext article, “Boomer Retirements in Indiana,” for more information about the impact on Indiana’s workforce.


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