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Studies show that the Apple Watch can help doctors assess some heart conditions.
A new study by researchers at Stanford University suggests that doctors can accurately assess a patient’s heart condition by using sensor data gathered from iPhones and Apple Watches. This method of remote patient monitoring could potentially free up doctors’ time from routine check-ups while providing more information for them to evaluate patients. Essentially, a patient group was given a six-minute remote walking test comparable to those conducted at the clinic. The VascTrac app collected data that proved the at-home test was an accurate predictor of in-clinic test results. The study may pave the way for more widespread adoption of telehealth in the pandemic age as people are finding that in-person appointments aren’t needed for all types of health care.
The AIA launches a program to help underrepresented women attain leadership positions.
The American Institute of Architects is rolling out Next to Lead, a two-year pilot program that seeks to advance women architects in leadership positions within the organization. Up to 16 members will be selected for the program’s initial cohort, which will comprise racially diverse women with at least five years of architecture experience. Part of the AIA’s goals to develop inclusive programs in the short and long term, the organization describes Next to Lead as “designed to teach essential leadership skills alongside successful, diverse women leaders with decades of experience.”
The long-awaited opening of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art gets pushed to 2023.
Futuristic renderings of the highly anticipated Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have been making the internet rounds since MAD Architects’ design was first unveiled, in 2017, but now it seems we’ll need to wait even longer to see the $1 billion institution in real life. The museum, located in Exhibition Park, Los Angeles, has announced that it will now open in 2023 due to pandemic-related delays. Construction is still underway: they’re currently working on build outs of two theaters and gallery space, transporting exhibition assets, and landscape design by local firm Studio-MLA.
A young couple accidentally defaces a $650,000 mural by JonOne at a mall in Seoul.
Surveillance footage has captured a young couple unknowing painting over a large abstract mural they mistook as a participatory artwork. Completed by the American artist JonOne and on view at P/O/S/T’s current exhibition at Seoul’s Lotte Street Mall, the painting features an array of brushes and paint tubes littered beneath the canvas to help illustrate the creative process. “They thought they were allowed to do that as participatory art and made a mistake,” Kang Wook, CEO of Contents Creator of Culture, which helped co-organize the exhibition, told Reuters. “We’re currently in discussions with the artist about whether to restore it.” Since it was indeed an honest mistake, the gallery doesn’t plan to press charges, though the couple may be liable to cover restoration costs.
Tokyo will receive its own “High Line” by converting an expressway into a linear park.
The High Line in New York continues to serve as a blueprint for cities seeking to convert underutilized infrastructure into public green space. Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district is the latest to receive a similar elevated greenway by converting a one-mile stretch of the KK Expressway into the “Tokyo Sky Corridor” that will form a pedestrian-centered green loop around the neighborhood’s outskirts. The Tokyo government published drawings of potential designs for the space to gauge public opinion, but the project won’t be carried out until around 2035.
The Cranbrook Academy of Art receives $30 million for diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The Cranbrook Academy of Art has received a “transformational” $30 million gift to help achieve goals promoting diversity and inclusion of staff and faculty. Donated by art patrons Jennifer and Dan Gilbert, the gift will help establish a permanent endowment to fund 20 full-tuition fellowships for students from underrepresented groups, administered by the school’s newly formed Gilbert Fellows program. The remaining funds will be dedicated to the school’s existing scholarship, which offers aid to any eligible student. “It’s our belief that by investing in underrepresented change makers, we will position creatives at the forefront of helping to solve the problems of our increasingly complex world,” Dominic DiMarco, president of Cranbrook Educational Community, told ARTnews.
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