Monday, June 29, 2009

Neologism of the Month for July

N▫O▫M▫ Neologism of the Month for July

Grassoline--biofuel made from cellulosic material, such as sawdust, wheat straw, and cornhusks

Friday, June 19, 2009

Book of the Week, June 22

B▫O▫W▫ book of the week, June 22 2009
Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
Ref HQ 796.C8154 2006
ed. Shirley Steinberg, Priya Parmar, Birgit Richard
One media and two education professors edit this two-volume encyclopedia. Its entries handle topics in the fields of politics, education, sexuality, media and identities as they apply to youth. Privileging inclusiveness, the essays written for these volumes by professors, teachers, and other professionals, range as far as critical geography, world citizenship, Otaku, jammer girls, crip queers, and sluthood.

Monday, June 15, 2009


from June issues of our magazines:

Maclean's AP 5 M2

  • an interview with Harvard psychologist Gene Heyman, who argues that drug or alcohol addiction is "a matter of personal choice, not a sickness (p. 19).

  • Nicholas Kohler illuminates the trend of Canadians buying foreclosed properties in the U.S.'s Southwest (p. 36).

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  • a report on interactive performance art, "You Had to Be There," (p. 70).

  • a report on new strategies museum directors are implementing to "help people feel welcome, engaged, and emotionally fulfilled" (p. 76).

The New Republic June 17 AP 2 N624

  • The cover story is actually a book review: Isaac Chotiner roughs up Ariana Huffington's Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, And Made us All Less Safe (And What You Need to Know to End the Madness (p. 29).

  • "Spent: America After Consumerism"--Amitai Etzioni discusses the role of conspicuous consumption in our current economic malaise (p. 20).

Science June 5 P1 S35

  • features on the origin of sexual reproduction (p. 1254), hydrogen cars (p. 1257), and farm-bred tuna (p. 1260).

Friday, June 5, 2009

Book of the Week for June 8

B▫O▫W▫ book of the week
for June 8, 2009
Fire to Fire: new and selected poems, Mark Doty
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Some intricate craftsmanship from "A Green Crab's Shell":
this little traveling case
comes with such lavish lining!
Imagine breathing

surrounded by
the brilliant rinse
of summer's firmament
To me, Doty's poems are pasta shells: curved, delicate, the outside the careful and lavish description (of the natural world, of urban scenes) and the filling Doty's musings and insights.

From "Fog Suite":
how this fog-fired
green's intensified
by sunlight filtered

through the atmosphere's
wet linens--a green
you could almost drink!

later in the same poem:
What I love about language
is what I love about fog:
what comes between us and things
grants them their shine...

Winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry, Fire To Fire collects poems from seven of Doty's books and includes more than a dozen new works. listing: included Publisher's Weekly review's audio page: interviews and readings, and including a video homage from poetfan.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

On Display this Summer

Here's what you'll see in our display cases this Summer:
3rd floor: in time for rafting season, we highlight our book, journal, magazine, DVD and map collections dealing with our nation's rivers, particularly the Potomac.

3rd floor, upright display: realia--objects representing events or groups--on FSU; selected artifacts from Special Collections including silver bowls given to Presidents Compton and Gira as part of their induction into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame; porcelain plates commemorating Frostburg's Sesquicentennial, and various photos

4th floor: display honors Woodward Pealer, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at this Spring's commencement; material from Special collections and the Beall archives, including Pealer's Distinguished Flying Cross Award, a Purple Heart and other medals; various photos

displays created by Mary-Jo Price (river display by Mary-Jo Price and Jeff Maehre)

Gov Docs News Flash

NPR reports on Census 2010

Today's "Morning Edition," NPR's daily news and culture show, included a story on the federal census for 2010 as it applies to New York.

Additionally, here's an interactive map from npr--click on various options and categories for info on each state.

Additional links

NPR story from Apr 19: 2010 Census Stirs Debate in Washington

Census Bureau's video page

Monday, June 1, 2009


Highlights from June issues of our magazines:

  • Inc-- This month's "How I Did It" features Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, "the Facebook of professionals." (p. 82)

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  • The New Yorker (June 1)-- In the column "Talk of the Town," Jeffrey Toobin comments on recent speeches by Barack Obama and Dick Cheney (p. 27)

"Slim's Time"--a profile of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, who may be interested in buying the New York Times

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  • The Nation (June 8) -- In the column "The Liberal Media," Eric Alterman criticizes recent coverage in many major newspapers.

William Deresiewicz reviews six books on literary Darwinism.

AP 2.N2

  • Psychology Today-- "A Fateful First Act" by Emily Laber-Warren argues that research shows "the action-packed days a baby spends in utero influence her emotional and physical makeup for years to come."

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