Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"When Birds Drink Too Much" - JSTOR Daily

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Book of the Week: Digital Destiny by Shawn Dubravac

Digital destiny : How the New Age of Data will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate

By Shawn Dubravac

Call Number:  T 14.5 .D78 2015

Publisher's Description:  Our world is about to change.  In Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Change the Way We Live, Work, and Communicate, Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), argues that the groundswell of digital ownership unfolding in our lives signals the beginning of a new era for humanity. Beyond just hardware acquisition, the next decade will be defined by an all-digital lifestyle and the “Internet of Everything”—where everything, from the dishwasher to the wristwatch, is not only online, but acquiring, analyzing, and utilizing the data that surrounds us. But what does this mean in practice?

It means that some of mankind’s most pressing problems, such as hunger, disease, and security, will finally have a solution. It means that the rise of driverless cars could save thousands of American lives each year, and perhaps hundreds of thousands more around the planet. It means a departure from millennia-old practices, such as the need for urban centers. It means that massive inefficiencies, such as the supply chains in Africa allowing food to rot before it can be fed to the hungry, can be overcome. It means that individuals will have more freedom in action, work, health, and pursuits than ever before.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Library Labs Workshop: Advanced 3D Printing

Please join us for our nextLibrary Labs series workshop scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th at noon-1:00 p.m. (LRC 107). 

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. 
Cookies and refreshments will be served!

Workshop Description: This session will begin with an overview of 3D printing basics and then dive into advanced topics such as printer operation and troubleshooting. It will also explore options for model creation. 

Intended Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Dates & Times: Wednesday, March 4, noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: LRC 107

Presenters: Matt Sonnenberg, IMC Asssistant

Monday, February 23, 2015

Featured Database: CQ Researcher

Featured database
CQ Researcher

Description: This weekly publication provides in-depth reports on current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more.

Where to find it: Find Databases list 
Use it to find:
  • Information on today's hot topics, such as Gentrification, Animal Rights, Climate Change, Health Care, etc.
  • Pro/Con Features
  • Chronology
  • Historical Background
  • Footnotes and Bibliography

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book of the Week (The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein)

The Teacher Wars : a history of America's most embattled profession

By Dana Goldstein

Call Number:  LA212 .G65 2014

Review from the New York Times Book Review 

Publisher's DescriptionWhy is teaching the most controversial profession in America? Historically, American public school teaching developed as an explicitly anti-intellectual, working class job. Yet at the same time that we paid public school teachers poorly, policed their political activity, and prevented them from influencing the curriculum, we asked them to eradicate poverty and inequality—a staggering expectation.

In her lively, character-driven history, Dana Goldstein guides us through American education’s many passages, including the feminization of teaching in the 1800s and the fateful growth of teachers unions, and shows that the battles fought over nearly two centuries echo the very dilemmas we confront today. The Teacher Wars features a host of famous names during their formative years as public school teachers, including Susan B. Anthony, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Lyndon Johnson. It follows black teachers in the South after the Civil War, and explains how their tough love pedagogy paved the way for today’s “no excuses” charter schools. It tells the story of how technocratic attempts to measure teachers using student test scores motivated the birth of the first teachers unions—in 1897, over a century before today’s “value-added” education reform movement took hold. And it traces the 20-year history of Teach for America and reveals that there have always been TFA-like organizations active in the American school reform landscape, from the Teacher Corps in the 1960s to Catharine Beecher’s program to recruit East Coast girls to teach in frontier schools during the 19th century.

In short, much of what we assume is new about the school reform debate is old. Yet if we are truly going to increase the prestige and effectiveness of American public school teaching, we must do what we have never done before: Conceive of teachers as intellectuals, and allow them to collaborate to exercise real professional discretion and leadership.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Featured Database: GenderWatch (Proquest)

Featured database: GenderWatch (Proquest)
Description: GenderWatch is a unique database that includes diverse publications focusing on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas with archival materials dating back to 1970 in some cases. Publications include scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books and NGO, government and special reports.

Where to find it: Find Databases list 
Use it to find:
  • evolution of the women's movement
  • historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement
  • men's studies
  • the transgendered community
  • changes in gender roles over the years

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Book of the Week: Vaccine Nation by Elena Conis

Vaccine nation : America's changing relationship with immunization

By Elena Conis

Call Number:  RA638 .C66 2015

Review from Times Higher Education
Publisher's Description:  With employers offering free flu shots and pharmacies expanding into one-stop shops to prevent everything from shingles to tetanus, vaccines are ubiquitous in contemporary life. The past fifty years have witnessed an enormous upsurge in vaccines and immunization in the United States: American children now receive more vaccines than any previous generation, and laws requiring their immunization against a litany of diseases are standard. Yet, while vaccination rates have soared and cases of preventable infections have plummeted, an increasingly vocal cross section of Americans have questioned the safety and necessity of vaccines. In Vaccine Nation, Elena Conis explores this complicated history and its consequences for personal and public health.

Vaccine Nation opens in the 1960s, when government scientists—triumphant following successes combating polio and smallpox—considered how the country might deploy new vaccines against what they called the “milder” diseases, including measles, mumps, and rubella. In the years that followed, Conis reveals, vaccines fundamentally changed how medical professionals, policy administrators, and ordinary Americans came to perceive the diseases they were designed to prevent. She brings this history up to the present with an insightful look at the past decade’s controversy over the implementation of the Gardasil vaccine for HPV, which sparked extensive debate because of its focus on adolescent girls and young women. Through this and other examples, Conis demonstrates how the acceptance of vaccines and vaccination policies has been as contingent on political and social concerns as on scientific findings.

By setting the complex story of American vaccination within the country’s broader history, Vaccine Nation goes beyond the simple story of the triumph of science over disease and provides a new and perceptive account of the role of politics and social forces in medicine.