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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





May 2014




News Reports and Resources


U.S. Schools and High-Risk Chemicals
Center for Effective Government | READ STORY

This interactive map tool, developed by the Center for Effective Government, identifies U.S. schools within none mile of a high-risk chemical facility. The Center has also provided a press release, offering succinct analysis of the data. Roughly 4.6 million U.S. children, at approximately 10,000 schools, live in close proximity to a dangerous chemical plant.

Tax Time
National Priorities Project | READ STORY

The nonprofit National Priorities Project, recently nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, has done the hard work of making taxes and the federal budget easily understood. Today their tool of choice for conveying this information is through interactive and visualized data. The graphic shows very clearly the breakdown of where every single tax dollar goes.

Wives Better Educated than Husbands
Pew Research | READ STORY

This report, presented by the Pew Research Center, shows that for the first time in the history of Pew's research, there are more marriages in the U.S. between better-educated women and less-educated men than there are between better-educated men and less-educated women. Pew connects this development to the fact that women have recently eclipsed men in higher education more generally, and also to a general decline in marriages between spouses having only a high school degree or less education.

The Culture of Incarceration

Prisons have become the country's holding tanks for people with severe mental illnesses. That may not be news, but a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center puts some bleak numbers on this issue. In the 1970s, as state hospitals across the country began shutting down, about 5 percent of prisoners had serious mental illness. By the 1990s, it was 15 percent. The Treatment Advocacy Center report says now that number is 20 percent. In fact, 10 times as many people are in prisons -- over 350,000 -- as are in state hospitals -- about 35,000.

Clouds and Global Temperatures
Phys.org | READ STORY

Global average temperatures will rise at least four degrees Celsius by 2100 and potentially more than eight degrees Celsius by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates.

Increasing Burden of Climate Change
Los Angeles Times | READ STORY

Two studies, both reported on by the Los Angeles Times, point to increasingly tangible effects of climate change. First, the study linked above, published in the journal Science, discusses recent warming trends in the Pacific Ocean: the Ocean is heating faster now than it has in 10,000 years. Second, this article reports on another study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which shows that Rocky Mountain wildflower seasons have been extended by 35 days in virtue of recent changes to the global climate.



President's Corner
Congratulations to Janelle Booth, the recipient of the 2014 NACDEP Western Region Award for Excellence in Community Development-Individual for her work with the ag and natural resource leadership program REAL Montana as well as MACDEP members Rae Lynn Hays, Jennifer Anderson, Dave Bertelsen, Dan Clark, Jesse Fulbright, and Tara Mastel for the Excellence in Community-Team for their work in community foundation education with the USDA-funded Rural Community Development Initiative.

As a reminder, the 10th NACDEP Conference June 22-25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan registration costs increase after May 16.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Connecting Campuses with Communities: Service Learning Institute and Research Academy

May 12-16, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
Sponsor: Indiana Campus Compact & IUPUI Center for Service and Learning

International Association for Community Development

June 9-11, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Leadership for a Better World Global Summit

June 9-11, 2014
Madison, WI
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership

Community Development Society Conference

July 20-23, 2014
Dubuque, IA
Sponsor: University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Iowa State University Extension

Grants and Awards

Promising Innovations: Promoting Collaboration Across the Ages

Deadline: May 15, 2014
Funder: Kendal Charitable Funds

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01) Grant

Deadline: June 5, 2014
Funder: National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Rural Health and Safety Education

Deadline: June 6, 2014
Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) USDA

Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe

Deadline: July 10, 2014
Funder: National Institute of Justice

National/International News

Wyoming Town Evacuated Due to Gas Explosion

Star Tribune; April 24

Drought Now Affecting 100% of California

LA Times; April 24

Conservancy to Team with NPS on Yosemite Project

NY Times; April 24

More Illegal Radioactive Waste Found in North Dakota

Billings Gazette; April 24

U.S. Follows Canada in Push for Oil Shipping Regulation

NY Times; April 24

Montana News

Groundwater Polluted on Fort Peck Reservation

Billings Gazette; April 25

Small Earthquake Felt in Lincoln and Marysville

Helena IR; April 24

Montana FWP Proposes Scaled-Back Bison Plan

Billings Gazette; April 23

MSU Among 10 Recipients of Climate-Change Grant

Great Falls Tribune; April 22

Bullock Floats $45M Bakken Aid Proposal

Billings Gazette; April 17







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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