Tag: Indiana University

Jean Capler: Social Worker

When Jean Capler was named Bloomington’s 2016 Woman of the Year, it was something of a surprise. “I was really honored, but I looked at the list of other women who have received the award and there were a lot of impressive women doing pretty impressive things,” she says. “And I just do what I do.”

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IU’s Reality Lab Offers Students an Out-of-This-World Experience

When you slip on the goggles in the Reality Lab, a virtual reality-enabled classroom in The Media School at Indiana University, it takes a minute to master the hand-held controllers. Once you do, you know that soon every university will have a room like this. Why? Because virtual reality (VR) delivers a vivid, convincing sensory experience you can’t get in the real world.

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Meg Lagodzki: Painter of Limestone Quarries

Six years ago, Bloomington artist Meg Lagodzki, 47, had a serious illness that resulted in the removal of her thyroid. After the surgery, she was entirely unable to speak for two months, and then only in a whisper for a year. The loss of her voice caused Lagodzki to fall into a depression. She coped by returning to oil painting, something she had given up for 10 years to focus on her family—her husband, Karol, and their daughters Maggie, 16, and Ania, 13.

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Jeanne Smith: Change Maker

If there is any thread that connects the disparate aspects of Jeanne Smith’s life, it’s her ability to reimagine the world. Whether it’s recreating herself to become the person she was meant to be (Smith, now 64, lived as a man until age 55), refurbishing items so they can find new purpose, or participating in politics, Smith makes change happen.

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