Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
August 21, 2017 
1 - 4 PM

All members of the public are invited to view the solar eclipse with expert guidance 
from The Ohio State University at Newark faculty member Dr. Michael Stamatikos, 
assistant professor in the Department of PhysicsDepartment of Astronomy 

This event is free and open to the public. 

LeFevre Courtyard
Newark, Ohio 43055

In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.

Due to the path of the solar eclipse, Ohio and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse.
 To safely view the eclipse, The Works will be selling solar eclipse glasses during the event
for $1 each. The Works Museum will be closed during the event.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mayan 'Nesting Doll Pyramid ' Discovered in Mexico

3D Imaging of the discovery within the famous Kukulkan pyramid at Chichen Itza. Image Courtesy of the British Broadcast Channel.
3D Imaging of the discovery within the famous Kukulkan pyramid at Chichen Itza.
Image Courtesy of the British Broadcast Channel.

November 17, 2016.     
The pyramid of Kukulkan is an ancient religious structure built by the Mayans whose culture boomed around the classical period from 250 to 900 AD. The structure seems to be built up in even intervals, BBC  gives a good description on how the pyramids were constructed “A 10-metre-tall pyramid was found within another 20-meter structure, which itself is enveloped by the 30-meter exterior” (Agence France-Presse,1). The pyramid was recently found to have been constructed atop two more structures which predate it. The three structures were built in a manner resembling how Russian nesting dolls are made. As to the reason for this construction style, BBC states “Structures were built on top of each other for various reasons, including deterioration or the arrival of new leadership” (Agence France-Presse,1).

     The discovery of these structures has a huge implication on what we know about Mayan culture. This structure was not only an important religious to the Maya but also built atop a sacred sinkhole lake. These successive structures would have been of great importance to the Maya, So if it had been built in three stages that would mean a great change in the Mayan people had to have occurred during those times.

        To read the full article, click here

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment website & Go Government

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    • You must apply within two years of getting your degree or certificate (veterans have up to six years to apply due to their military service obligation)."
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
    • "for recent graduates with an advanced degree—either a professional or graduate degree such as a master’s, Ph.D. or J.D. You may be eligible if you:
      • Have completed an advanced degree from a qualifying educational institution or program within the past two years.
      • Are a current graduate student and will complete all of your degree requirements (including dissertations) by the PMF application deadline."

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Federal agencies use USAJOBS to facilitate their hiring processes and match qualified applicants to job openings. Therefore, USAJOBS serves as the central location to find job openings within hundreds of federal agencies and organizations.

The U.S. Federal Government relies on more than two million Americans and foreign nationals to work in the civil service. Citizens like you help the government fulfill its essential duties in service to the American people. USAJOBS is here to help you find ways to serve."

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Octagon Open House on July 31, 2017

Octagon State Memorial Earthworks and its blooming Spring Beauties.  Image Courtesy of the Newark Earthworks Center's Megan Cromwell.
Octagon State Memorial Earthworks and its Spring Beauties.
 Image Courtesy of the Newark Earthworks Center's Megan Cromwell.

The grounds of the Octagon State Memorial
will be open to the public on July 31, 2017
for general strolling and viewing 
from sunrise to sunset.
Octagon State Memorial
Newark, OH 43055

Take your tour with you through:

The Ancient Ohio Trail.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

European Diseases Left a Genetic Mark on Native Americans

Photo courtesy of Library and Archives of Canada
November 15, 2016.
Michael Price, of Science Magazine, reports on the genetic effects on the American Indian Nation Tsimshiam in British Columbia  by the unfortunate variety of diseases and infections which diminished the local population upon contact with Europeans. The small amount of people who survived were able to pass down their immunity to their descendants. In the present time, studies show around 175 years ago, “infectious diseases brought by Europeans… have molded the immune systems of today’s indigenous Americans, down to the genetic level.”

"Using a technique known as whole exome sequencing, researchers—including Tsimshian scientists Barbara Petzelt and Joycelynn Mitchell—sifted through the DNA for genes related to immune response. They then sequenced DNA samples from 25 Tsimshian living near Prince Rupert today. Comparing the two sets of genes, the team discovered several immune-related gene variants that were rare among the living."

To read more, click here.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Native Knowledge 360°

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"provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. Most Americans have only been exposed to part of the story, as told from a single perspective through the lenses of popular media and textbooks. NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples—their cultures, their roles in United States and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature. NK360° offers a view that includes not only the past but also the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today."
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"aligned with the work of many Native Nations, states, and organizations that share a common goal of improving teaching and learning about American Indians. By supporting collective efforts and engaging in creative collaborations with like-minded organizations, the NMAI seeks to elevate the national dialogue and accelerate change on this important educational issue..."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Scientists discover origins of ancient Hopewell culture's meteorite jewelry

May 2, 2017.
Léa Surugue, of the International Business Times, has written an engaging article about Dr. Tim McCoy's latest research into the origins of metoritic iron used during the Hopewell Cultural time period. Previously, it was unknown where the original meteorite might have fallen which made conclusions about the dispersion of the iron difficult.

 Dr. McCoy, a citizen of the Miami Nation and curator of meteorites at the Smithsonian Institution, strongly believes that "Meteorites are exceptionally rare objects. While it might make sense for an individual to travel to the site of large copper deposits and bring back material, it is difficult to reconcile that kind of model with something like a meteorite. By establishing a link between Anoka, Minnesota and Havana, Illinois – two places within reach of known Hopewell centres and connected by major river systems – the trade model seems much more plausible"

To read the full articleclick here.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

American Indians in Children's Literature

American Indians in Children's Literature Blog by Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Owingeh).

"Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society" 
-Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Owingeh), 

"As a relatively new assistant professor [in 2006] at a "Research I" university (the height of the "publish or perish" institution), I knew it was important that I publish my research in academic journals and books, but as a Native parent and former schoolteacher, I knew that those academic journals are not easily accessible or available to people who work with children on a daily basis...
I was raised at Nambe Owingeh (a federally recognized tribe) and I am tribally enrolled there. At community gatherings, our elders never fail to tell us that what we do with our lives must be for the well-being of our community. In American Indian Studies, leading scholars tell us the same thing. How, they ask us, will the work we do in the academy help people? The guidance I received from tribal elders and Native scholars frames and supports my commitment to publishing American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL).

Through AICL, I share a lot of information that I think will help readers learn about and understand the 500+ federally recognized Native Nations in the United States. Most people know about the federal government and the state governments, but very few know about tribal governments. Very few people know that American Indians in the United States have a status that marks us as distinct from minority or underrepresented populations (such as African Americans)." 
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