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APSU sociology/journalism student Sarah Eskildson to help combat human trafficking with summer internship

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – An earthquake ravaged parts of Nepal on April 25th, 2015 destroying homes and businesses and killing nearly 9,000 people. In the months following the devastation, several mysterious individuals appeared in the ruble, offering survivors the opportunity to pursue a better life through education or jobs overseas.

Thousands of women and girls, having no alternative, accepted these seemingly generous offers.

APSU Student Sara Eskildson. (Hunter Abrams, APSU)

APSU Student Sara Eskildson. (Hunter Abrams, APSU)

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NASA uses Satellite data to create Damage Maps of Nepal’s Earthquake

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Nepal’s magnitude 7.8 Gorkha earthquake caused significant damage and loss of life in 2015. In natural disasters like this, it is critical to locate areas that are in the most need of assistance as fast as possible.

Quickly assessing and communicating where the hardest-hit areas are and prioritizing which regions or communities have the greatest need for first-response teams is difficult when a disaster unevenly devastates various parts of a large area. It helps to get a bigger-picture view of where the damage is located from a high vantage point: low-Earth orbit.

This image shows street-level photos in the Bhaktapur area of Nepal overlaid on a damage proxy map derived from data from COSMO-SkyMed satellites. The color gradation -- yellow to orange to red -- represents increasingly more significant change on the ground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Google/DigitalGlobe/CNES/Astrium/Amy MacDonald/Thornton Tomasetti)

This image shows street-level photos in the Bhaktapur area of Nepal overlaid on a damage proxy map derived from data from COSMO-SkyMed satellites. The color gradation — yellow to orange to red — represents increasingly more significant change on the ground. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Google/DigitalGlobe/CNES/Astrium/Amy MacDonald/Thornton Tomasetti)

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NASA data used to help relief efforts in Nepal after Gorkha Earthquake

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25th, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha earthquake, to assist in relief and humanitarian operations.

Organizations using these NASA data products and analyses include the U.S. Geological Survey, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, World Bank, American Red Cross, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

NASA data and expertise are providing valuable information for the ongoing response to the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. The quake has caused significant regional damage and a humanitarian crisis. (NASA/JPL/Ionosphere Natural Hazards Team)

NASA data and expertise are providing valuable information for the ongoing response to the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. The quake has caused significant regional damage and a humanitarian crisis. (NASA/JPL/Ionosphere Natural Hazards Team)

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Nashville Zoo now has Red Panda Cub on Exhibit

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo’s red panda cub Phayara has made her debut. The four month old cub, named by a public vote, can be seen on exhibit in the Zoo’s Bamboo Trail.

“Since her birth on July 3rd, Phayara has been in her den growing into a healthy red panda cub and learning the skills she will need to navigate her exhibit,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “After several months of exploring her nest box area, we introduced her to the exhibit and she’s doing exceptionally well; running around, climbing trees and chasing mom around.”

Red Panda Cub and Mother. (Nashville Zoo)

Red Panda Cub and Mother. (Nashville Zoo)

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Nashville Zoo Announces First Red Panda Birth

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a red panda on July 3rd. The female cub is doing well and bonding with her mother in their off exhibit den.

“This is the first birth of a red panda at Nashville Zoo, so it is certainly cause for celebration,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor. “Though the cub can’t be seen on exhibit right now, we hope she will make her debut this fall and bring attention to the fight to save this species.”

Known for their cinnamon colored fur and bushy ringed tail, the red panda is native to the mountains of Central China, Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma).

Red Panda Cub at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

Red Panda Cub at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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