Friday, February 5, 2016

Lesson Plans Available for EPIC MEASURES

Journalist Jeremy N. Smith's Epic Measures is the true story of a 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. The book offers an intimate look at doctor and economist Christopher Murray, who began the Global Burden of Disease studies, and whose unwavering determination to improve global health standards has already changed the way the world addresses issues of health and wellness, sets policy, and distributes funding.
“An inspiring story of how a simple idea, conceived logically and pursued with grit, can greatly improve the human condition.”—Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Professors at universities—including Harvard, Oxford, Dartmouth, University of Michigan—have already adopted Epic Measures and taken advantage of the free data provided by the IHME to teach their students the vital connection between health statistics and effective public health policy.
To view lesson plans for Epic Measures, please click here.
To access IHME’s data, please click here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tappan Wilder Continues His Uncle's Legacy

Tappan Wilder, nephew of famed American author Thornton Wilder, joined residents of Wallowa County for their 10th Fishtrap Big Read Kickoff.  The Big Read features two of Wilder's works: the play Our Town and the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey.  Tappan Wilder gave a comprehensive presentation of his uncle's life to better help the attendees understand the context in which his uncle wrote.  He also answered questions from the audience and even had staff members perform a three minute Thornton Wilder play.

As executor of Thronton Wilder's literary estate, Tappan Wilder enjoys going out and interacting directly with people who are reading his uncle's works.  "I always remember that my uncle was writing to reach people," he told Wallowa County Chieftan, the local newspaper.  "How can I run the estate of a writer without going out to see who is reading or producing him?"

You can view the full article here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In Memoriam: Chris Kyle

On this day in 2013, Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling memoir American Sniper, was killed.  Kyle was shot by a former Marine whom Kyle had taken out to a shooting range to help the Marine work through his PTSD.

Credited with over 160 kills, Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in American military history.  His training and time as a US Navy SEAL, consisting of four tours overseas, were the foundation of American Sniper, which was later made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper.  He served in the Navy from 1999-2009, then spent the next four years living in Texas with his wife, Taya, and their two children.