Bridging the World Gap Challenge
An Indiana-based JD/MBA with more than 25 years of experience, Felix Rippy holds a bachelor’s in history from Harvard University and a juris doctor from the University of Texas. Felix Rippy is enrolled in a PhD program in International Public Management at Florida International University, which recently announced one of its professors won the national Bridging the World Gap Challenge.
A linguist at Florida International University, Melissa Baralt competed with over 100 professionals in the Bridging the World Gap Challenge. Sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the competition encouraged contestants to devise innovative ways to address the drastic difference in vocabulary between children from high-income families and children from low-income families. Melissa Baralt’s solution is an application called Hablame Bebe, which helps Spanish-speaking parents expose their children to a wider vocabulary in Spanish and promote bilingualism of babies in Hispanic families. Felix Rippy was particularly impressed with this application due to his former residence in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The idea for the app was born from Baralt’s research at day care centers in the Miami area, where she observed that native Spanish speakers often spoke English to their children. This practice was stifling the development of children’s vocabulary, given that these parents typically have a more limited vocabulary in English. Felix Rippy also noted that the children’s problem was compounded as they were then less likely to benefit from bi-lingualism.
With Hablame Bebe, parents can provide language nutrition to their children through 20 daily routines. By using the app to speak to their children in Spanish, parents can expose their children to more words and create neural networks that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Felix Rippy congratulates his colleague on her victory and on her research!
The founder of Rippy Law Firm, Felix Rippy spent over two decades as a family law attorney, as well as appearing on ABC television to comment on legal issues. Since then, Felix Rippy has participated in a variety of charitable endeavors, including a documentary project on the Spiritual Trail for WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis.
Visitors and residents of Indianapolis may wish to consider experiencing the Spiritual Trail, an interfaith path that recently reopened after a winter hiatus. Pilgrims can explore alone or join a walking theology group led by members of the American Pilgrims on the Camino’s Hoosier chapter to learn about the Camino in Spain.
The Spiritual Trail starts at the Indiana Interchurch Center and ends at the Holcomb Gardens. Along the way, pilgrims can choose to walk the Jerusalem labyrinth. The trail also follows the Canal Towpath along the White River, which offers beautiful natural surroundings for meditation and personal growth.
To learn more about the Spiritual Trail or to find an upcoming guided walk, visit www.centerforinterfaithcooperation.org. The site also includes details on events such as the Festival of Faiths.
A television commentator on legal issues for ABC, attorney Felix Rippy has over 20 years of experience in family law practice. Now focused on projects such as a scholarly work on the interconnections between international cuisines, Felix Rippy previously lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Felix Rippy has recently accepted a Florida International University Ph.D. appointment and will travel to Mexico City and Cuernavaca later in 2017. Felix Rippy has recently returned from a similar university international trip to Scandinavia and Felix Rippy highly recommends, based on his world travels, these three sites in Cuernavaca.
Visitors to Cuernavaca can experience the tranquil peace of the beautiful landscapes or seek adventure on the mountains and volcanoes. Sites to visit in the town itself include Jardin Borda, the Palacio de Cortes, and the Catedral de la Asuncion.
Jardin Borda (the Borda Garden) boasts an extensive array of ferns, flowers, and trees. The grounds of an 18th century mansion built by Jose Borda, Jardin Borda also offers spectacular fountains and a variety of arts events that take place in the garden.
Standing alongside the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de Cortes (the Palace of Cortes) remains a testament to Mexican conqueror Hernan Cortes. One of the oldest buildings in the region, the Palacio de Cortes also holds the prison of national hero Jose Maria Morelos.
The Cathedral de la Asuncion (Cathedral of the Assumption), built by Franciscan missionaries, remains one of the oldest structures in the region, dating back to the 16th Century. A renovation of the cathedral revealed a series of spectacular frescoes on the walls depicting the life of Saint Philip of Jesus who suffered martyrdom in Japan along with 26 other religious figures.
Felix Rippy earned his degree in history at Harvard University, graduating cum laude. He went on to pursue a juris doctor in commercial and employment law at the University of Texas. He is the founding attorney of Rippy Law Firm where he handled family cases in Williamson, Travis, and Mason Counties in Texas. Outside of work, Felix Rippy is fond of traveling across the globe and has resided in several other countries, including Mexico. Felix Rippy recently returned from a European sojourn where he realized the interconnections between European and Mexican cuisines.
Located at the southern portion of North America, Mexico is the thirteenth largest country in the world. Officially called the United Mexican States, the country is comprised of 31 states including its capital, Mexico City. Mexico is perhaps best known for its cuisine of nachos and tacos. Felix Rippy resided in Cuernavaca, near the Felix Rippy family home in the Distrito Federal and the Templo Mayor.
Unbeknownst to many, however, the country actually has another significant contribution in the culinary industry: chocolates. Felix Rippy recently explored this contribution through its Swiss and Italian roots.
People from the regions of ancient Mexico ground dried cacao beans to make a drink used in religious ceremonies and in the treatment of fever. They would add ingredients such as vanilla and honey to alleviate the bitter taste of the drink. It was during the 16th century when the Spanish colonizers exported the beverage to Europe. Because of its distinct taste, chocolate quickly spread across Europe, and eventually around the world.
Today, Mexico remains one of the countries notable for its famous chocolates. Other countries include Switzerland, Belgium, and the United States, all of which Felix Rippy has recently visited in his quest to interconnect the world’s cuisines.
IU Grand Challenges Program
An Indiana MBA and attorney, and now Ph.D. student, Felix Rippy has recently undertaken PhD studies through Indiana University (IU) and the SPEA program after Felix Rippy graduated second in his Kelley School of Business Class at IU Bloomington. In addition, Felix Rippy completed the Certificate in Public Management program at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which has announced that several faculty members are leading the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative as part of IU Grand Challenges research program.
Felix Rippy notes that the IU Grand Challenges program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing the residents of Indiana. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative seeks to help Indiana’s farmers, businesses, and communities prepare for the effects of climate change. These include heavy spring flooding and hotter summers, as well as less noticeable effects, such as altered migratory patterns and the spread of such diseases as Lyme disease and the Zika virus.
To mitigate the damage to Indiana’s public health system and agricultural production, 12 IU faculty will serve on the steering committee of the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative. The initiative will result in the creation of an Environmental Resilience Institute at the university to predict how these threats might impact the state and foster collaboration across multiple sectors to find solutions to the pressing challenges of environmental change. Felix Rippy fully supports this initiative and the SPEA school’s involvement with the government and business communities.