Cooper Hewitt Design Museum Embraces Technology

The Hewitt sisters, Amy, Eleanor, and Sarah founded Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 1897. Housed in the Andrew Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the museum displays historic and contemporary design.

The museum, which contains over 210,000 design objects and a design library with over 80,000 volumes and over 50,000 photographs, has been receiving a lot of attention on social media as of late and especially popular on Saturday from the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. when visitors can pay with a donation of any amount to enter the museum. This is great for students or any one on a budget.

They are using this new piece of technology called, “The Pen” which as the name suggests, was a pen that has a flat end with a plus sign, which you can align and press on interactive tables and it saves what you are looking at. You can retrieve the collections you viewed by entering a code that was written on your ticket on the museum website. “The Pen” also has a pointed side, which you can use to write on the interactive tables and save.

Gone are the days of taking a picture of a portrait and then taking another picture of the plaque next to it, so you can remember what you were looking at. They are embracing technology in a fun and intelligent way.

Why Arthritis is More Common in Women than Men

A new study conducted by the New York Times shows that women are more likely to suffer from arthritis than men are. It’s proven that one in four women receive the diagnosis, whereas only one out of five men in comparison.

“There are more female-predominant forms of arthritis than there are male-predominant forms” Dr. Kelly Weselman, a rheumatologist said, “If you add it up, more women are going to be affected.”

  Osteoarthritis is the most commonly found arthritis in women at predominately larger rates than men. Out of 27 million cases in America, 60 percent are women, and they are at a higher risk over the age of 55.

The joints affected by osteoarthritis also varies in men and women. More women are affected in their hands and knees, whereas men have more hip pain. According to studies, with each birth a woman experiences, their chances of needing a knee replaces increases by 8 percent.

According to Kathryn Sandberg, director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging, and Disease, women have stronger and more resilient immune systems than men, which luckily fights off diseases better. “You’re more resistant to infections, but you’re also more at risk for having the immune system go a little nuts and attack your own self,” she explains.

Even with the staggering numbers, studies show that doctors are more likely to recommend knee or hip replacement to men than they are to women. A study which was conducted in Toronto concluded that men get recommended for knee replacement surgery twice as much than women.

Sodium Warnings Coming to NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sodium warning bill has passed! Starting on March 1, 2016, New York City chain restaurants will have to provide sodium warnings for dishes that contain over 2,300 milligrams of salt in it, which is the maximum daily amount according to FDA regulations.

“When you see this warning label, you know that that item has more than the total amount of sodium that you should consume in a single day”, city Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said at an Applebee’s in Times Square. Forty of the Applebee’s New York City locations announced they had already added the labels .30-salt-warning-nyc-w190-h190-2x

The law was unanimously passed by the New York City Board of Health last year, but was challenged by the National Restaurant Association in NY Supreme Court, and was passed yet again.

The new rule requires a small salt shaker enclosed in a black triangle to be placed above or near a menu item which exceeds the maximum daily sodium limit. The city estimates that 10 percent of menu items will need this warning symbol.

“If your meal has so much sodium that it merits a salt shaker on the menu, then — for the sake of your health — order something else,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Too many New Yorkers are at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke due to high sodium intake, and this salt shaker will help New Yorkers make better decisions about their diet — ultimately leading to a healthier and quite possibly a longer life.”

This new law might make someone think twice about ordering that breakfast burrito with 2,000 plus milligrams of salt in it, and opt out for a healthier version. It’s a step closer in making New York City healthier for everyone.

The National Restaurant Association plans to appeal to court’s ruling.

38 New Bilingual Programs to be Introduced in NYC Schools

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New York City schools are expanding 38 bilingual programs in many different languages for the 2016-17 school year, the Board of Education announced last week.

The expansion includes 29 Dual Language and nine Transitional Bilingual Educational programs that will be implemented across 36 schools in New York City.

Hoping to serve over 1,200 students in the City, the goal of the programs are to educate ELLs (English Language Learners) and English-proficient students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. By achieving this, those who speak a common home language will receive instruction in their native tongue with intensive support in English. After time, the students will receive more instruction in English than their first language.

“As a former English Language Learner, I know that a strong education makes all the difference, and these new bilingual programs will give students the foundation to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Speaking multiple languages is a tremendous asset for students, families, schools and our entire City, and it is my goal to further expand these programs. Through their participation in these programs, students will learn new cultures and parents will be welcomed into classrooms in different ways.”

The programs will be separated into 27 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and four high schools across the five boroughs. The languages in these programs will include Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Polish, and Spanish.

Affordable Art Fair Arrives In New York

A fair dedicated to affordable, gallery-grade, art pieces opened this weekend in New York City. The Affordable Art fair spans various large cities throughout the world such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, and connects over 500 artists from around the globe to interested patrons looking to spend less than they normally would in a gallery setting.

According to the fair’s website, the pieces on display range from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced at less than $5,000. Although these numbers may still seem high, compared to most gallery settings in New York City, where sticker prices may be quire unreasonable, these price points are the opposite.

The fair featured pieces from over 70 galleries across the globe all under one roof. The next fair will hit the city on September 9th.

Poor College Students Lives Matter

Access to college for low-income students has become easier since the passing of the 1965 Higher Education Act, but graduation rates for those receiving financial aid show a disparity amongst their wealthier peers.

Annie Waldman of Propublica writes,”An estimated 51 percent of Pell recipients – students whose families typically make less than $30,000 year- graduate from college, compared to 65 percent of non-Pell recipients.” The inequality is causing attention.

Last year, Propublica in conjunction with government data, featured a new tool to determine the debt students face by institution and found that while some colleges offer financial support, many don’t guide students onto a successful career path afterwards. Some don’t admit students based on their financial merits alone.

During last years State of the Union Address, President Obama urged Pell Grant inflation, in order to alleviate stress for recipients in financial need. Between the years of 2008 and 2014, Pell Grants have on average reduced the cost of education by $3,700 dollars.

The United States Department of Education is urging postsecondary institutions to improve the relationships they have with low income students, who more often than not tend to be minorities.