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FAL 2016

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4 6 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES History students help tourists 'Discover Indiana' Neighboring Indiana celebrates its statehood bicentennial this year. But tourists and residents are gaining some of their history lessons from south of the Ohio River, thanks to UofL students applying a high-tech approach to modernize the experience. Twenty undergraduate and graduate students in Dan Vivian's "Introduction to Public History" class contributed four themes about New Albany and southern Indiana's history for the existing Discover Indiana app used primarily for walking tours in the Hoosier state. "People in the community supported the students' work and suggested sites," Vivian said. "We were pressing the students to look critically at the original record and to not just tell the same, well-known stories, but connect them to regional signifi cance." Learning to curate tours and provide additional context to New Albany's four themes — A River City, African American History, Religious Life, and Commerce and Industry — enhanced both the results and the students' training. And conveying their fi ndings in a concise, yet detailed way adds to their professional skills. "It is a good public history opportunity because our world is becoming increasingly more digital…If we want to get our work out to nonhistorians, we've got to become digitally savvy," Vivian said. For more information on Discover Indiana, check Wes Cunningham, history professor Dan Vivian and Hanna O'Daniel use the Discover Indiana app to access their class project history tours outside a historic New Albany church. Working for a safer space for children Crystal Collins-Camargo started the journey to her Kent School of Social Work faculty post as a child welfare worker in Kentucky. "It has helped me a tremendous amount in understanding what the challenges are," she said. She now leads Project SafeSpace, a $2.5 mil- lion, fi ve-year, federally funded partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Ser- vices and several other universities and agencies to screen for trauma-related issues and improve the behavioral health of children in the child welfare system. SafeSpace, which runs through 2018, is designed to assess children placed in foster care and seek treatments that best fi t their mental and behavioral needs. About 8,000 Kentucky children are in out-of-home care. Collins-Camargo also works on a new six- state project to determine what processes and infrastructure could help private child welfare agencies share information and improve services. Researchers want to develop tools to help "those front-line workers to use evidence-based practices in their work," she said. Building on her research, in January she will become editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child Welfare, which she described as "very practice- focused. I think we need to be more relevant and get the publications in the hands of the people doing that work." RAYMOND A. KENT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Crystal Collins-Camargo has devoted her social work, teaching and research career to child welfare issues.

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