Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Audubon Community Nature Center Image.CARROLL – The Audubon Community Nature Center is kicking off a new program this week to give parents a break from the kiddos and youngers time outdoors.Officials say the Nature Play Care is a nature-based supplement to indoor day care or virtual schooling that promotes the playing and exploring that provide the foundations for successful learning.At Audubon’s Nature Play Care, four to six-year-olds can spend Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday mornings, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., playing outdoors, engaging with nature, and learning about the natural world.Dates still open this month are Wednesday through Friday, December 16, 17, and 18, and Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31. In all but the most inclement weather, the children play outdoors, explore the trails, and engage with nature. Experienced nature educators provide a host of supplies and activities that are the building blocks for engineering, science, art, physics, and math skills.Children participate in a mix of self-chosen and guided activities, both group and solitary. Their pursuits develop a number of early childhood skills such as full-body movement, fine motor skills, balance, core muscle development, risk assessment, and socialization. Guided mini-lessons help students get ready for classroom settings, learn routines, and develop school-readiness skills.The group says normal health benefits of playing outdoors are undisputed and even more important now as everyone struggles to adapt to the restrictions and consequences of COVID-19.Audubon requests that children have face coverings with them. Additionally, children must be completely potty trained and parents are asked to send a snack and water bottles with their child.The fee is $28, and Nature Center members receive a 10 percent discount.To register, call the Nature Center at (716) 569-2345 or go to AudubonCNC.org and click on “Register for a Program.”
A new study presented Tuesday has found that men are depicted in a more positive light than women in television and film. The study, which examined almost 12,000 characters across family films, primetime programs and children’s television shows, also suggests that women are almost completely absent in depictions of the highest level occupations in family-oriented media.The study, funded by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, was conducted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The study was authored by Associate Professor of Communication Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, Ashley Prescott and Katherine Pieper. In addition, several undergraduate students contributed to the study as part of a communication class on research.According to the study, were that women appear less frequently than men in media, more likely to be found in G-rated films, often sexualized and shown working less often than men.The study also found that men are about 4.5 times more likely than women to be portrayed as working in careers related to science, technology, engineering and math.Though women are becoming increasingly represented in high-level positions and occupations, this progress has yet to be represented in TV shows or in movies.“Women [in media] are underrepresented in the sciences, they’re underrepresented in politics, they’re underrepresented in business and that’s just not the case anymore,” Pieper said.Smith said this is especially true for media concerning politics.“There were only three women out of 5,839 characters — three women that were coded as political leaders,” Smith said. “One was a German chancellor and two were representatives from Congress … there were no Condoleeza Rices, no Hillary Clintons, no Nancy Pelosis in 129 films.”The researchers believe the problems illuminated by the study could be particularly problematic for kids. Though Choueiti stresses more research must be done to determine the effects of the study’s findings, he said the depictions that were researched could affect children’s views.“One could extrapolate that there’s potential when seeing repeated exposure to stereotypic portrayals that might have an effect on learning,” Choueiti said.USC, with its large cinema school, could leave an effect on the future of television and movies. Smith encourages current cinema students to change the current path the media is taking.“My suggestion to the folks in cinema would be that they are creating worlds and that they are using their creative imaginations to really explore anything that’s possible,” Smith said. “So it doesn’t have to look like the world they know, it could actually be a very diverse world, a very gender-balanced world.”Kiersten Stanley, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television, does not believe these stereotypes have affected her writing.“A lot of my female characters tend to be stronger and it’s not so much a reaction to the trend in Hollywood … it’s just that I tend to, in general, view females as strong and independent,” Stanley said.Annie Jankowski, a junior majoring in theater, also believes the future looks bright for the portrayal of women in the media.“My type is usually the stronger female lead … so it’s kind of scary that there aren’t many of those roles, but looking towards what people [and movies] like Amy Poehler or Bridesmaids are doing in creating funny female leads,” Jankowski said. “I think it’s hopefully going to get a lot better.”The findings from Smith’s research were presented at a symposium for the Geena Davis Institute on Nov. 13.
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-20, 3-12 Big Ten) capped off their home campaign Wednesday evening by beating Illinois (8-20, 3-12 Big Ten) in a game that came down to the wire, ending in a score of 59-55.This win had to have left the Badgers in high spirits. It was not only the first time this season that they had won back-to-back games, but also put them in a tie with Illinois for the 12th spot in the conference. This gives them a shot at better positioning for the Big Ten tournament should they win their final game.Women’s basketball: Badgers have chance at victory in final home game of season against IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (7-20, 2-12 Big Ten) will face off against Illinois (8-19, 3-11 Big Ten) Read…Rather uncharacteristically for the Fighting Illini, free throw shooting was not up to par. Although they converted on two thirds of their second half attempts, their poor first half showing from the line (33.3 percent) set them back, ultimately yielding the upper hand to the Badgers.In a game that was tied on five different occasions, bench points propelled Wisconsin ahead. The battle for points in the paint, second chance points and points off turnovers was evenhanded, but when it came to getting production out of their reserves, the Badgers bested the Illini by 19 points.As usual, junior guard Cayla McMorris led Wisconsin in scoring with 14 points on 3-9 shooting from the field with all of her made field goals coming from beyond the arc. Joining McMorris at the top of the box score was freshman forward Courtney Fredrickson.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Happ, Hayes tear the Terps 71-60 behind huge second-half performanceAfter dropping two in a row for the first time all season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team rebounded Read…Fredrickson forced her way to the line for a season high in attempts (6) and makes (5). The freshman also carried the brunt of the load on the boards for her team collecting nine rebounds, just missing out on a double-double.After three conference wins against teams that have hung around the bottom of the standings, the Badgers face their last test of the regular season Sunday on the road against ninth-place Iowa.One more win wouldn’t completely change the outlook for Wisconsin heading into the Big Ten tournament, but seeing the long-awaited results accrue from the work they’ve put in brings with it confidence.The large disparity that exists between the conference’s top dogs and unranked teams is still obviously an obstacle, but a three game winning streak might just make the Badgers a little less appealing to face in the tournament come next week.