Lead pollution from Native Americans attributed to crushing galena for glitter paint, adornments
Native American use of galena at Kincaid Mounds, a settlement occupied during the Mississippian period, resulted in more than 1.5 metric tons of lead pollution deposited into a small lake near the Ohio River. New data from IUPUI researchers found the lead did not originate from this southern Illinois settlement, but instead was brought to the site from other Midwest sources.
Published Oct. 15 in Geology, the study represents the ongoing interdisciplinary research between first author Broxton Bird, an associate professor of geology in the School of Science, and Jeremy Wilson, associate professor of anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts. The researchers extracted sediment cores from Avery Lake to look at Native American impacts on the landscape and detect signals on how they used the land and its resources.
Justice-involved youth at risk of substance use disorders focus of $4.8 million NIH grant
Aalsma and his team have been working with caseworkers and probation departments in Indiana to implement screening for drug use at the time a youth enters the juvenile justice system – a time when they are most motivated to make a change, according to researchers. Teens who test positive are engaged in evidence-based interventions, and parents and caretakers of the teens are provided with additional resources.
Survey: Skilled, unskilled workers needed as Indiana companies move to automate
The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey, released Oct. 16 and titled “Labor Shortages Hit Home,” finds companies across the state are reporting a serious shortage of skilled and unskilled laborers as they move rapidly toward smart manufacturing, known as “Industry 4.0.”
Companies indicate they are substituting capital investments in technology for labor to partially satisfy the demand for skilled workers and to remain competitive. Even with this investment, 48 percent of employers say the number of jobs continues to increase at their organizations, and nearly two-thirds expect the number of skilled jobs to increase as a result of implementing new technologies and automation.
Respondents say current shortage areas include skilled production, such as machinists, craft workers and operators; unskilled production; and supporting roles, such as engineers and planners.
It will be open until Nov. 8. Also, voting is now open to select the next dining option to replace Burger 305. Options are breakfast foods, tacos, specialty baked potatoes and a variety of grilled cheese. Voting ends Nov. 1.
Attend a conference on community-engaged research
The IUPUI Community Engaged Research Group invites students, faculty, staff and community partners from across the state to Indiana University’s first systemwide Community Engaged Research One-Day Conference.
The event is both an introduction and celebration of community-engaged research along with a call to action featuring multiple speakers and panels.