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aroundKent Magazine Volume 20

More Travel Tips From The Road Less TraveledA World Of 1's and 0'sTiming and a Good Cardiologist are EverythingVisual Art ShowcaseExtinction is ForeverPortage Park District 2020

Volume 20 Contents

Timing and a Good Cardiologist Are Everything

University Hospitals

Webster’s defines “time” as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: duration.Some of us may experience irritation when we have to wait at another inconvenient red light, or in line at the grocery store behind someone writing a check because our time is so important. However, what if the time at hand could mean the difference between life and possibly death? How important is time now? Jim Knauf knows the answer

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More Travel Tips from the Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

This edition of the Road Less Traveled features a summary of all subjects featured in AroundKent magazine. 16 subjects have shared their Roads with me. It has been a pleasure and honor to learn from them and chronicle their success. They are indeed a rare alumni group.

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A World of 1’s and 0’s

Computational Thinking 8

We live in a world dominated by information technology (IT). IT is everywhere and enriches our lives in countless ways. At the very heart of IT is the digital computer. Digital computers use 1’s and 0’s, nothing else, to represent and store information. There are no exceptions–all data and all programming are coded in 1’s and 0’s. In other words, computers do everything using only 1’s and 0’s. How incredible? How fascinating?

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Meet University Hospital Portage Medical Center’s New Care Providers

With 20 years of experience as a nurse midwife, Sharon recently returned home to Northeast Ohio from North Carolina where she’s found the people at UH Portage Medical Center to be warm and welcoming. She earned her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Philadelphia University. She also earned a Master of Science, Health Service Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Visual Art Showcase

Mark Keffer

Abstraction in visual art is far from new, but many area artists are using it to produce rich and meaningful work. In western art, from the pioneering experiments of the fascinating Swedish mystic Hilma af Klint, to Russian Suprematism, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Op Art, even Land Art, etc., we have seen wide-ranging developments in both form and content. Three artists here—in printmaking, painting, and sculpture—make it clear that abstraction can still make for a vibrant, first-hand art experience. Mark Keffer Class of 88'

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Extinction is Forever

Chuck Slonaker

I had an idea of what extinction was, but I truly never understood what forever meant until my mom passed over a year ago. I questioned what I was doing and decided after years of painting landscapes and city scapes to concentrate my efforts into activism. What better purpose is there than to champion our fellow creatures who cannot defend themselves against the onslaught of our technology and greed.

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Conversations with Mary Platz Hughes

Conversation with Anderson Turner

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about arts issues in my circle. I had some questions. I thought it'd be a good idea to have a conversation with Anderson Turner. He is the Director of Galleries at Kent State University, Art critic at The Akron Beacon Journal, and a Dad.

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Oh Deer

The Snarky Gardener

I’ve been thinking a lot about deer lately. Not because they are majestic creatures (which they are) or because the walls of my recently purchased home was once covered with deer heads (which it was), but because of their ability to devastate a garden in a matter of hours. I’ve dealt with groundhogs in years past, and though they too can take out your garden in no time, they don’t have the overwhelming numbers of a herd of deer.

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2020 Vision and Excitement

Portage Park District

Happy new year and welcome to a new decade! I have been reflecting this past week on how grateful I am to be part of the Portage Park District as we enter this decade with enthusiasm and 2020 vision. The mission of the Portage Park District is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment.

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To Dose or Not to Dose: Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Elliott Ingersoll

I’m limping toward an office with a small sign reading, “Medical Marijuana Evaluation.” I never thought I’d see this surreal situation Ohio. I’ve no clue what to expect. I only know my medical records were electronically transferred; my greatest hits of CT and MRI scans. My brain, Jimmie, raises the obvious question: “Should we have checked the parking lot for narcs or DEA vehicles? Is this really legal?” The old paranoia that accompanies a drug buy rises in the back of my throat.

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aroundKent Magazine Contributors

Paul Wang

A Ph.D. and faculty member from MIT, Paul Wang (王 士 弘) became a Computer Science professor (Kent State University) in 1981, and served as a Director at the Institute for Computational Mathematics at Kent from 1986 to 2011. He retired in 2012 and is now professor emeritus at Kent State University.

Mark Keffer

Mark Keffer

Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

Jennifer White

Andrea Metzler

Don Abbott

Don Abbott

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

Elliott Ingersoll

Elliott Ingersoll

Chuck Slonaker

Chuck Slonaker

Lisbeth Justice

Lisbeth Justice