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February 26, 2021

 

 
 
Mars 
 

Video from NASA/JPL-Caltech released February 22, 2021 shows the view from the Perseverance rover as it touched down in Mars’ Jezero Crater. The rover’s cameras delivered a rover’s-eye view of the landing process. Perseverance’s suite of technology has provided detailed video and photo records of landing on a neighboring planet, the first time we’ve watched ourselves land on another world. The rover was equipped with an upward-pointing camera mounted on the back shell of the spacecraft (this capsule protecting the rover is called the aeroshell). The upward camera caught a look at the parachute opening that helped the rover land softly despite Mars’ thin air. Beneath the rover is a downward-pointing camera on the descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helped fly the rover to its landing site), which filmed its first touch-contact with the ground on Mars. 

 

 
 
 Library
 

Since 2008, the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program has provided millions of dollars in incentives to help businesses, nonprofits and public organizations reduce their annual energy costs and save on their yearly energy bills. At the Utica Public Library, built in the 1970s, patrons complained about low lighting, and staff had eye strain. Through the Energy Efficiency Program, the utility provided approximately $8,500, which covered more than 90 percent of the library’s cost to upgrade to 62 LED T12 fixtures. The library paid just under $500 for upgrades worth nearly $9,000, which improves their lighting and saves more than $1,900 a year on their energy bill. For more information, contact Carol Kulek at CKulek@Ameren.com.

 

 
 
AARP 
 

The application period is open for the 5th annual AARP Community Challenge "quick-action" grant program. Funding is available for local governments and nonprofits that are eager and ready to work on a community-improving project that can be started and completed before year's end. The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more. Applications are due April 14, 2021; applicants will be notified of their status by June.

 

 
 
 LGE Webinar Series
 

This week, Dr. Durriyyah Kemp described using SEL (social and emotional learning) frameworks to focus on equity in education in Leading with Equity, part 1 of Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education webinar series. On March 17 at noon CT, Dr. Jennifer Nelson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will present Equitable Employee Management, which will discuss how workplace conditions and managerial practices shape employees’ access to resources. Based on fieldwork done in five public high schools, her case study results show how demographic composition of employees, manager practices around employee hiring and placement within the organization, and the extent to which managers informally socialize or monitor employees, affect coworker social support and social ties. With this research, Nelson will discuss issues that managers of public sector organizations, such as schools, may at first see as secondary, but should consider as primary, in their strategy for creating effective and equitable organizations.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

March 17 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Education Policy Series (Part 2): Equitable Employee Management Practices

 
 
 
 
 

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