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Austin Peay State University Folk Art Collection gets donation from Karen Parr-Moody

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – While visiting Austin, Texas, in 2013, Karen Parr-Moody came across a painting by the renowned folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth. The dusty image was of a girl in a swimsuit, and it evoked strong childhood memories for Parr-Moody.

“I really identified with going to my grandfather’s fishing camp every weekend on the Tennessee River,” she said. “It’s rustic and beautiful down there. The ‘Bikini Girl’ just reminded me of growing up and being a little girl.”

Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

Karen Parr-Moody and her daughter, Stella, donate Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s “Bikini Girl” to Austin Peay State University. (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

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Austin Peay State University’s new Spanish Class tackles Vampires and Zombies

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The last few years have been rough for Spain. The unemployment rate is close to 30 percent, which has led to daily protests and civil unrest in that European nation. For some scholars, this turmoil helps explain the sudden popularity of vampire and zombie literature in that country.

“Spain is in shambles,” Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo, Austin Peay State University associate professor of Spanish, said. “From 2008, the world crisis has hit them hard. When you read a novel from Spain about a zombie apocalypse, it makes you feel like this is happening. You feel the same destruction of society in every aspect.”

APSU associate professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

APSU associate professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover continues to explore Mars after a Decade

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Eighth graders didn’t have Facebook or Twitter to share news back then, in January 2004. Bekah Sosland, 14 at the time, learned about a NASA rover landing on Mars when the bouncing-ball video on the next morning’s Channel One news in her Fredericksburg, Texas, classroom caught her eye.

“I wasn’t particularly interested in space at the time,” she recalled last week inside the spacecraft operations facility where she now works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. “I remember I was talking with friends, and out of the corner of my eye I noticed this thing bouncing and rolling on a red surface. I watched as it stopped and opened up, and it had this rover inside.”

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity observed this outcrop on the "Murray Ridge" portion of the rim of Endeavour Crater as the rover approached the 10th anniversary of its landing on Mars.

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity observed this outcrop on the “Murray Ridge” portion of the rim of Endeavour Crater as the rover approached the 10th anniversary of its landing on Mars.

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APSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with “Migration is Beautiful” series

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Visual artist Favianna Rodriguez will visit Austin Peay State University this October and provide a presentation and poster design workshop as part of programming for Hispanic Heritage Month.

In preparation for her visit, students created several eye-catching posters that incorporated Rodriguez’s artwork. Students in APSU associate professor of art Mark DeYoung’s class, Design Center, created 19 posters.

Favianna Butterfly Wings

Favianna Butterfly Wings

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Top Haunted Houses in America unite to Scare Away Bullies

 

Imagine Better, Inc. announces the National Launch of the “Don’t Be A Monster” anti-bullying program

“Don’t Be A Monster” anti-bullying programImagine Better, Inc. has kicked off an anti-bullying campaign titled “Don’t Be a Monster,” to educate middle school and high school students on the dangers of bullying. “Don’t Be A Monster” has partnered with major haunted houses, across the country, leveraging exposure they receive during October, which is recognized National Anti-Bullying Month, to raise awareness about the campaign.

“Don’t Be a Monster” began with a pilot program in San Antonio during the 2012 Halloween season, with the 13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio as its founding member.

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NASA answers the question, “If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?”

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Most of what scientists know of Jupiter’s moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Even in these fleeting, paparazzi-like encounters, scientists have seen a fractured, ice-covered world with tantalizing signs of a liquid water ocean under its surface. Such an environment could potentially be a hospitable home for microbial life.

This artist's concept shows a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa's potentially rough, icy surface, tinged with reddish areas that scientists hope to learn more about, can be seen in the foreground. The giant planet Jupiter looms over the horizon. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept shows a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Europa’s potentially rough, icy surface, tinged with reddish areas that scientists hope to learn more about, can be seen in the foreground. The giant planet Jupiter looms over the horizon. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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NASA study reveals results of Black Hole Observations

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light.

“Our work traces the complex motions, particle interactions and turbulent magnetic fields in billion-degree gas on the threshold of a black hole, one of the most extreme physical environments in the universe,” said lead researcher Jeremy Schnittman, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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Fort Campbell Lifeliner Medics value Training

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - Lifeliners

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Medics and other first responders with Task Force Lifeliner put their skills to test during a training exercise focused on a mass-casualty situation June 7th at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Mass-casualty exercises (MASCAL) assist medics in preparing themselves to make critical decisions under extreme circumstances. The ability to know what tools are needed at the right time and place if a catastrophic incident occurs is invaluable.

Soldiers with Task Force Lifeliner treat a mock-injured soldier during their training exercise June 7, 2013, at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The training known as MASCAL (mass-casualty) prepares the medics and soldiers with combat lifesaver qualifications for situations in which the number of casualties exceeds the aid station capabilities to provide medical care. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Soldiers with Task Force Lifeliner treat a mock-injured soldier during their training exercise June 7, 2013, at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The training known as MASCAL (mass-casualty) prepares the medics and soldiers with combat lifesaver qualifications for situations in which the number of casualties exceeds the aid station capabilities to provide medical care. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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NASA Scientists say Hidden Wildfires Taking Big Toll on Amazon Rainforest

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Using an innovative satellite technique, NASA scientists have determined that a previously unmapped type of wildfire in the Amazon rainforest is responsible for destroying several times more forest than has been lost through deforestation in recent years.

In the southern Amazon rainforest, fires below the forest treetops, or “understory fires,” have been hidden from view from NASA satellites that detect actively burning fires. The new method has now led to the first regional estimate of understory fire damages across the southern Amazon.

Understory fires doing long term damage to the Amazon Forest. (Credit: Doug Morton)

Understory fires doing long term damage to the Amazon Forest. (Credit: Doug Morton)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft data suggests Giant Asteroid Vesta has a core, mantle stucture like a Planet or Large Moon

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington, D.C. – Enormous troughs that reach across the asteroid Vesta may actually be stretch marks that hint of a complexity beyond most asteroids. Scientists have been trying to determine the origin of these unusual troughs since their discovery just last year.

Now, a new analysis supports the notion that the troughs are faults that formed when a fellow asteroid smacked into Vesta’s south pole. The research reinforces the claim that Vesta has a layered interior, a quality normally reserved for larger bodies, such as planets and large moons.

This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, as part of a rotation characterization sequence on July 24, 2011, at a distance of 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers). A rotation characterization sequence helps the scientists and engineers by giving an initial overview of the character of the surface as Vesta rotated underneath the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, as part of a rotation characterization sequence on July 24, 2011, at a distance of 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers). A rotation characterization sequence helps the scientists and engineers by giving an initial overview of the character of the surface as Vesta rotated underneath the spacecraft. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

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