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AREC-produced report assesses community priorities in Floyd, Clark counties5th August 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has released its latest assessment of priorities for Clark and Floyd Counties. The assessment, Priorities for Progress: Assets and Aspirations in Southern Indiana 2021, was prepared for the Foundation by the IU Southeast Applied Research and Education Center (AREC). Dr. Melissa Fry, AREC director, …

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AREC presents Forward Together revitalization recommendations for Scott County9th November 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–IU Southeast’s Applied Research Education Center (AREC) has presented “Forward Together,” a report that establishes baseline data to guide future community and economic development efforts in Scott County, Indiana. The report, commissioned by the Scott County Community Foundation and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc., draws upon exhaustive surveys of …

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Melissa Fry co-authors article on coronavirus’ impact on most vulnerable27th May 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Melissa Fry, IU Southeast associate professor of sociology and director of the Applied Research Education Center (AREC), has co-authored an article detailing how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable individuals: those with substance use disorders. The article, in the online issue of …

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IU Southeast PR students partner with EMPOWER youth coalition to prevent drug use in Scott County14th January 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Scott County, Indiana, has one of the highest per capita rates of opioid addiction in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rank it as the 32nd most vulnerable county in America–out of a total of 3,142–placing it in the top one percent. For one group of committed …

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Vikings and cinnamon buns: Swedish guests bring culture and connection to IU Southeast3rd December 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—IU Southeast recently played host to two visitors from Jönköping University (JU) in Sweden. Dr. Linda Johansson, director of the Institute for Gerontology and Ms. Susanne Johannesson, director for international exchanges, shared insights about healthcare—and cinnamon buns—in Sweden. The two were guests of Dr. Deborah Finkel, professor of psychology and …

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AREC Director Melissa Fry honored for substance abuse work with local nonprofit Our Place3rd May 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Dr. Melissa Fry, director of the IU Southeast Applied Research and Education Center (AREC), has received the Jamey Aebersold Spirit of the Red Ribbon Award from Our Place Drug and Alcohol Education Services, Inc., honoring her contribution toward the prevention of substance abuse in the New Albany community. The awards …

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