Issue: April/May 2014

Veterans Supply Skill and Heart for Nashville Public Sculpture

BY BILL WEAVER A century after artists T.C. Steele and Adolph Shulz first walked the Brown County hills in search of primal landscapes, the town of Nashville has created an Arts and Entertainment District to promote the art colony they inspired, and that continues to thrive. They’ve commissioned a large steel sculpture to be placed at the center of town, near the Visitors Center at West Main and North Van Buren streets. “The idea of the sculpture is to serve as the gateway to the Nashville Arts and Entertainment District,” says Tom Tuley, chairman of the Nashville Arts and...

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Who Needs Boys? Local Girls Design Nifty Robot

BY ANNA MARIA VITERISI The B-Town Girl-Bots, a robotics club made up of fifth- and sixth-grade Girl Scouts from Clear Creek and University elementary schools, “kicked butt” at a statewide robot-building contest in Fort Wayne, finishing second out of a 222-team field made up mostly of boys. For the 2013 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Indiana Championship Tournament, the 10-girl team built a robot designed to respond to flash floods. Inspired by the tournament’s theme of “Nature’s Fury,” the Girl-Bots designed a Lego robot to serve as an underwater emergency car kit including an inflatable vest and a seatbelt-cutting and...

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Melanie Castillo-Cullather: Director, Asian Culture Center

BY LEE ANN SANDWEISS Arriving in Bloomington in 1993, Melanie Castillo-Cullather was a disoriented newcomer and a newlywed with a serious case of culture shock. Born and raised in the Philippines, she came to the city by way of Washington, D.C., with her husband, Nick Cullather, who had landed an assistant professorship position in Indiana University’s history department. “I wondered, ‘Where am I?’ The Midwest was very alien to me,” remembers Castillo-Cullather. More than 20 years later, she is one of Bloomington’s ultimate insiders: a tireless networker who makes newcomers feel at home in the community. Since 1999, she...

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Jiffy Treet’s Got Tallent and Fancy Sandwiches

BY ELISABETH ANDREWS A goat-cheese panini oozing with caramelized onions and gingery tomato jam. Locally sourced pulled pork in a house-made barbeque sauce piled thickly between slices of jalapeño bread. Bright carrot-and-purple-cabbage coleslaw in a honey-and-celery-seed dressing, adding crunch to a turkey Reuben grilled on marbled rye. When David Tallent dreams of sandwiches, these are the sort he sees. But they won’t be appearing on the celebrated chef’s fine dining menu at Restaurant Tallent. Instead, he’s sharing his sandwich visions with Jiffy Treet, the east-side ice cream shop on East 3rd Street and North Pete Ellis Drive. “I wanted...

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New Medical Device Company May Save Suffering After Surgery

BY KELLY KENDALL It’s no thicker than a sheet of paper. You probably wouldn’t even see it if you weren’t looking for it. But if you’re having surgery, a film from Sintact Medical Systems could save you a lifetime of suffering. The new Bloomington company develops polymer films that prevent surgical adhesion — when organs, or tissue adjacent to them, stick together due to surgical trauma. Erik Robinson recently moved to town and is working with partner Gali Baler on getting Sintact Medical off the ground. The company’s product is based on Robinson’s research as a Ph.D. student in...

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