The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) was one of 10 recipients of the inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability, an award that aims to promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community.
The JCC received the award for its Inclusion Program, launched in 1995, which enables children with disabilities to participate in all programming, creating an awareness and education regarding the importance of diversity and encouraging feelings of self-respect, confidence, acceptance and community.
More than 150 applicants from seven countries vied for the prize, which awards a $20,000 grant to each winner.
Scientists need residents for earthquake research
Scripps Institution of Oceanography is calling on Southern California residents to help scientists capture key seismic data to improve scientific understanding of earthquakes and aid emergency-response efforts.
Members of the “Quake Catcher Network,” a collaborative project sponsored by the National Science Foundation are asking residents to aid research by installing small seismic sensors in their homes, offices and other locations that have a computer with Internet connectivity.
Current networks of seismic sensors have given scientists a picture of earthquake activity in the region, but the potential of adding up to 1,000 additional sensors in Southern California — especially in areas surrounding faults where seismic hazard is high — makes the pictures more vivid.
Those interested in participating should visit qcn.stanford.edu to read more about participation requirements. Sensors and educational software also are available to K-12 teachers at a nominal charge of $5.