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    Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company coming to Playhouse Square for DANCECLEVELAND

    Oct. 29, 2014, 10:24 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    After a very successful performance at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, DANCECLEVELAND, a Knight Arts grantee, is going to be continuing in that stellar vein by presenting the internationally acclaimed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. One...

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    Indirect costs obscure the price tag of university research

    Oct. 28, 2014, 1 p.m., Posted by Anthony Cave

    Research is expensive. But it can do anything from cure diseases to create a digital revolution.

    So it’s an issue when universities say they don’t get the funding they deserve. In a recent report, the Council on Governmental Relations, an association of universities and research institutions, argues that the nation’s research will decline if the federal government doesn’t provide more support.

    While universities have a point, a murky federal grant-making system is part of the problem. There is a lot of money at stake. Some universities charge the federal government (which pays for more than half of all university research) nearly 70 percent in “indirect costs” on top of the basic grant amount. That means a $1 million grant really costs $1.7 million. The indirect costs include expenses such as administrative support staff, library use and building maintenance.

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    Knight Cities Challenge mines creative ideas of Akron, Ohio, and other Knight communities

    Oct. 28, 2014, 11:57 a.m., Posted by Kyle Kutuchief

    Taste of Akron at Hardesty Park, July 24, 2014. Photo by Flickr user Tim Fitzwater.

    The Knight Cities Challenge offers applicants a chance to share in $5 million by focusing on the question, “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” The challenge will test the most innovative ideas in attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity and promoting civic engagement in one or more of 26 Knight Foundation communities, including Akron, the city where Knight was founded.

    Akron is full of creative people who are passionate about the continued comeback of our city.  The open nature of the Knight Cities Challenge has empowered a diverse range of people to develop new solutions to our community’s challenges. The best moments in the meetings Knight’s Akron Program Director Josh McManus and I have been convening across the community usually start with, “I’m not sure if this is a crazy idea, but…”

    In Akron’s North Hill, we met immigrants starting new businesses, eager to connect their fellow refugees to their new home, and full of ideas aimed at weaving their cultural heritage into the broader fabric of the community. Meetings with leaders at ASIA Inc. and the International Institute of Akron have reminded us of Akron’s increasing cultural diversity and the opportunity to tap into their talents. Applications for the Knight Cities Challenge must be submitted in English, but in an effort to make the challenge more accessible to all Akronites, we have translated the promotional flier into Burmese, Karen, Mon, Nepali and Spanish. Please contact me if you would like the translated documents.

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