This Week's Facts:
America FactFinder Webinar Now Available Online
In March, the Indiana State Library hosted an “America is Changing: Accessing 2010 Census data” workshop on behalf of the Indiana State Data Center and the U.S. Census Bureau. The workshop is now available online as a webinar on the Data Center’s Workshops & Events webpage. The Census Bureau is currently rolling out training on the newest version of their information portal, America FactFinder. In the webinar, Steve Laue, of the Chicago Regional Census Office, gives a quick overview of the meaning of the U.S. Census, presents examples of how the data is used, and provides a preview of how to access 2010 Census data with the American FactFinder tool. On the State Data Center Workshops & Events page, under the blue bar labeled “webinar,” you’ll find America is Changing: Accessing 2010 Census Data (Session II). The second half of the webinar introduces the new version of FactFinder. Keep your eyes open for further trainings available through the Data Center and the Census Bureau.
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Today is Arbor Day, “a day to put down roots,” according to the Division of Forestry’s – Indiana Arbor Day website. Check there for the history of national and Indiana Arbor Day, online and video instructions on how to plant a tree, and a link to Smokey the Bear’s website. According to Answers.USA.gov, other countries celebrate Arbor Day as well. There are the "New Year's Days of Trees" in Israel, "The Tree-loving Week" in Korea, and "The National Festival of Tree Planting" in India. The Arbor Day Foundation supports and organizes Arbor Day celebrations nationwide. Educational resources on their website include an interactive history book, information on ongoing planting and tree education programs throughout the year, tree care and identification guides, and the Tree Wizard, which shows you which trees to plant in the area where you live.
Although April is coming to a close, it is important to remember that it is National Donate Life Month. The purpose of National Donate Life Month is to encourage people to become organ donors. There are many organs in the human body that have the potential to be donated: lungs, the heart, the pancreas, skin and corneas, to name a few. Most of these donations can only occur after the donor has died. However, some organs and tissues can be donated by a living person. Anyone can be an organ donor, but those under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian. It is important to tell your family if you plan on being an organ donor. You can also sign a donor card or indicate it on your driver’s license. Organdonor.gov from the Department of Health & Human Services is a great source of information about organ donation and transplantation. The website includes resources for those who are considering becoming a donor and for those who need or may need an organ transplant. You can even find information about how donors and recipients are matched up and how the actual process of donation works. The website also includes links to state donor registries, including Indiana.
Now that we’re on the last note of the month, don’t forget that April is Jazz Appreciation Month. David Baker, born and raised in Indiana, is the conductor and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, as well as Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Smithsonian Museum of American History celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) every year with events throughout April. The museum has a list of online activities that involve classes and games with themes of different Jazz performers such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. The National Park Service created a brief history of Jazz music with a complete bibliography for an assessment of the not yet built New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in 1993. The NPS website now provides an online view of the park and history and culture of New Orleans Jazz. Children can become Jazz Junior Rangers using the Kids part of the website. Find more Jazz teaching and learning resources on the Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website. There are also many Jazz resources available from the Library of Congress and the American Memory collections online.
The first Monday in May has been designated as Melanoma Monday by the American Academy of Dermatology. This was done in order to educate the public on the dangers of melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. According to Medline Plus, the first sign of melanoma is often a change in a mole, although melanoma can first occur in any part of the body with pigment. They recommend watching for “ABCD”: Asymmetry, Border, Color and Diameter. Melanoma can be cured; however, it differs from most other types of skin cancer in that it has the ability to metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body. You can find more information from the National Cancer Institute from the National Institutes of Health. The American Academy of Dermatology has some good sources for prevention, including how to perform a skin self-examination. Of course, the best way to prevent skin cancer is to cover up and wear sunscreen! You also may want to visit a dermatologist if you are at risk. Those who are unable to see a dermatologist can visit a free skin cancer screening center. Go here to find one in your area.
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