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New This Week for May 11, 2006
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Fire up those grills, then learn about Memorial Day, Mother's Day, ethanol, Iran, radiation, summer camp, science news, anatomy, butterflies, Babe Ruth, brains, and as always, much more. Bon appetit from librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.

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Arts and Humanities

Battle Lines: Letters from America's Wars
This exhibit features "correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq." Features audio and digitized images of the letters, which explore themes such as home, love, enlisting, and combat. Also includes brief information about the authors of the letters. From the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Legacy Project.
URL: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/collection/battlelines/index_good.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21497

Knights in Central Park
This tour of the arms and armor collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) includes information about armor from Europe, Japan, North America, and the Middle East. Includes clips from a 1922 film about the collection, sidebars about topics such as jousts and samurai, and interactive games and quizzes for children.
URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/knights/home.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21493

Business

International Air Transport Association (IATA): Industry Economics & Facts
Fact sheets, statistics, and other material about the international air travel industry. Provides data on airlines (such as number of passengers and miles flown), a monthly newsletter on industry trends, list of acronyms, and fact sheets on topics such as fuel prices, emissions, avian flu, and safety. From the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
URL: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/industry_facts/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21481

Iowa Corn: Ethanol and Its Co-Products
This site about vehicle fuel made from corn addresses topics such as E85, an alternative fuel produced by blending 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, production statistics, and "facts and myths" about ethanol (vehicle use, jobs, environment, rural economies). Also find material about distillers' grains, a by-product of ethanol production used for livestock feed. From the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Iowa Corn Growers Association.
URL: http://www.iowacorn.org/cms/en/Ethanol/Ethanol.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21458

Computers

Creative Commons: Podcasting Legal Guide
"The purpose of this Guide is to provide you with a general roadmap of some of the legal issues specific to podcasting. ... Our goal is to ... address some of the standalone issues that are of primary relevance to podcasters, as opposed to bloggers." Discusses copyright (for written content, music, video), publicity rights, and related topics. Also includes some introductory material on podcasting. From a group of Internet law experts.
URL: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21419

Government

ExpectMore.gov
This federal government site publishes assessments of hundreds of federal programs. Find brief program descriptions, ratings, and improvement plans. Material is searchable, or browsable by "performing" and "not performing" programs, or by program topic. From the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other federal agencies.
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21359

Health

AIUM, The Association for Medical Ultrasound: Patients
Questions and answers about how ultrasounds work. Discusses diagnostic ultrasound imaging (sonography or ultrasonography), doppler ultrasound (evaluates blood flow in organs), reasons to have an ultrasound, and related topics. Explains why "sonograms should be performed only when medically indicated" and offers views on ultrasound machines for personal use and "keepsake imaging." From the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), "an association of doctors, sonographers and scientists."
URL: http://www.aium.org/patients/aboutExam.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21449

Anatomy Atlases
Collection of atlases covering general anatomy, anatomy in cross-section, microscopic anatomy, anatomy of first aid, and human anatomic variation. The site is "intended primarily for use by Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, or Attending Physicians studying anatomy." Written by anatomy professors.
URL: http://anatomyatlases.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21423

Hazardous Waste Sites in Minnesota: Gopher State Ethanol
"This web site provides general information about public health issues related to the Gopher State Ethanol plant in St. Paul," which was in operation from 2000-2004. Emissions from ethanol production include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates, and unpleasant odors. Includes a link to the health assessment. From the Minnesota Department of Health.
URL: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/hazardous/sites/ramsey/gopher/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21462

Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour
"This tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it." Rolling a mouse over colored text highlights the affected areas of the brain. Includes related links. From the Alzheimer's Association.
URL: http://www.alz.org/brain/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21424

MedlinePlus: Prescription Drug Abuse
Links to publications about prescription drug abuse and addiction. Includes general materials, resources on specific prescription drug types (such as pain relievers, diet pills, and stimulants), and publications about prescription drug abuse by teenagers and young adults. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prescriptiondrugabuse.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21450

Home & Housing

Appellation America
Educational material about North American wines, wine-growing regions, and wineries, with an emphasis on the concept of "terroir": wine that comes from the same appellation (geographic region). Features a "Varietal Character of the Week" (with caricatures representing dozens of wine "personalities"), descriptions of wine regions in the U.S. and Canada, articles about wine, profiles of wine writers, an index of wineries, and more. From a group promoting the North American wine industry.
URL: http://wine.appellationamerica.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21451

Healthy Cooking: Fire up the Grill for Healthy Eats
Low-fat and low-calories recipes for the grill, such as fish tacos, quail, tuna kebabs, grilled vegetables (artichokes, radicchio, sweet potatoes, and peppers), fruit (pineapple, nectarines, and apricots), and grilled pound cake. Also includes general tips, such as avoiding high-heat grilling methods that may produce carcinogenic substances in the food. From Epicurious.
URL: http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/healthy/nutritiousdishes/gril...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21463

Safe Food Handling: Barbecue Food Safety
Tips for safe outdoor grilling of meat and poultry. Topics include defrosting, marinating, transporting, keeping cold food cold and hot food hot, cleanliness, precooking, thorough cooking, reheating, serving, leftovers, safe smoking, pit roasting, and cancer risks from high-heat grilling. From the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
URL: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Barbecue_Food_Safety/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21469

The Small House Society: Tools For the Small House Movement
Collection of resources about small houses, such as cabins, tree houses, and small cottages. Includes a short list of books, a message board, and links to websites for architects, builders, and organizations interested in small and sustainable homes. From the Small House Society, "a voice for the small house movement."
URL: http://www.resourcesforlife.com/groups/smallhousesociety/resources.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21435

Law

Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad
Brief caution about possession and use of illegal drugs in foreign countries. "Every year, several hundred Americans are arrested abroad on drug charges. Persons caught with illegal drugs in a foreign country are subject to the drug laws of that country, not those of the U.S.; as always, ignorance of the law is no excuse." Links to an overview of what U.S. consulates can do for Americans arrested overseas. From the U.S. Department of State.
URL: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html#drug_offenses
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21478

People

Freud Museum, London
This museum (housed in Freud's home after he fled the Nazis) celebrates the life and work of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud. The site features photos of the museum (including Freud's psychoanalytic couch), historical photos, and essay on topics such as Freud and religion, and the interpretation of dreams. Lists museum events commemorating the 150-year anniversary of his birth in 2006.
URL: http://www.freud.org.uk
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21467

The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous
This organization "provides monthly financial support to nearly 1,500 aged and needy non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and educates future generations about their extraordinary acts of courage." The "Stories of Moral Courage" section provides an interactive map of Europe with associated rescue stories for each country. Also includes details about programs.
URL: http://www.jfr.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21000

Julia Ward Howe: The Woman Behind Mother's Day
Video and transcript about Julia Ward Howe, "the author of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic,' [who] began advocating for a mother's day for peace in 1870." Features an interview with an author of a Howe biography, and Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Mother's Day proclamation. From Democracy Now!, a daily radio and TV news program.
URL: http://www.democracynow.org/2005/5/6/julia_ward_howe_the_woman_behind
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21473

National Baseball Hall of Fame: Babe Ruth
Fast facts on baseball legend Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth, also known as "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat"), such as teams, World Series appearances, awards, trivia, and a brief biography. Provides a video clip and links to related pages about this sports icon, including a table comparing numbers of at-bats and home runs for Ruth and Barry Bonds. From the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
URL: http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers/detail.jsp?playerId=121578
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21457

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

United States Department of Veterans Affairs: Memorial Day
This page provides background on the U.S. Memorial Day holiday celebrated in May, covering history of the holiday (first celebrated following the Civil War) and the significance of taps and the poppy flower. Includes links to national cemeteries, veterans statistics, and other government pages on Memorial Day. From the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
URL: http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21466

Recreation

Fun in the Sun
Collection of summer-themed arts and crafts project ideas for children. Includes illustrated instructions for backyard activities, beach and summer camp crafts, and summer parties. Also include recipes and game descriptions. From Family Fun magazine.
URL: http://familyfun.go.com/parties/holiday/minisite/summer-main-ms/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21490

Summer Camp: Take Chances, Make Memories
Collection of material about children attending residential camps during the summer. Topics include why go to camp, choosing a camp (with questions parents should ask camp staff), getting ready to go and packing, making friends, and homesickness. Also includes a short bibliography of fiction and nonfiction books about summer camps, a summer camp word search, and links to related sites. Part of the PBS Kids It's My Life website.
URL: http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/summercamp/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21480

Regional: California

Butterflies and Moths of California
Includes "species accounts containing information on size, identifying characteristics, life history, flight, caterpillar hosts, adult food, habitat, species range, conservation status, and management needs." Maps show verified sightings of the species in the state. Most records are accompanied by photos. From the Mountain Prairie Information Node (MPIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) program.
URL: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/map?ds=5&_dcs=1
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21494

California Geological Survey (CGS)
Find "information on the geology, natural resources and geologic hazards of California." Includes a history of this government body, news, educational materials, maps, and reports on topics such as mineral resources (including gold and hazardous minerals), earthquakes, landslides and erosion, and tsunamis. From the California Department of Conservation.
URL: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/CGS/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21346

World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
This virtual travel itinerary covers dozens of sites related to World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area. Features an introductory film clip from the 1940s, interactive map, and illustrated essays on topics such as seacoast defense, mobilization, port of embarkation, shipbuilding, and women at war. Also includes a bibliography and links to related sites. From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/wwIIbayarea/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21496

Regional: Washington State

WTU Image Collection: Plants of Washington
This collection features over 12,000 photos for about 2,000 species of plants found in Washington state. Photos are accompanied by descriptions and details about habitat and distribution. Browse by family, genus, species name, or common name, or search by name or identification characteristics (such as growth habit, leaf arrangement, or flower color). From the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington.
URL: http://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21284

Regions of the World

Council on Foreign Relations: Iran
Articles, background, opinion pieces, interviews, and other documents on government and politics in Iran. Publication topics include Iran's nuclear program, U.S.-Iran relations, Iran-Iraq relations, and Iranian leaders. Browse by date, publication type, or issue. From the Council on Foreign Relations, "a nonpartisan and independent membership organization."
URL: http://www.cfr.org/region/404/iran.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21479

Country Reports on Terrorism
Annual reports from the Secretary of State about "developments in countries in which acts of terrorism occurred, countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, and countries determined by the Secretary to be of particular interest in the global war on terror." Includes reports back to 1996. (Prior to 2004, these reports were known as "Patterns of Global Terrorism.") From the U.S. Department of State Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
URL: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21488

Deadly Maps
This site provides images of "the complete collection of maps from Carnegie's, 'Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats'. ... The first five maps reflect the worldwide proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their missile delivery systems. The country maps show the major nuclear installations, both civilian and military, in each country." Includes maps of Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Pakistan, Libya, Israel, and other countries. From the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
URL: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/static/npp/deadlymaps.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21475

Science

EBAMM: ERG Biofuel Analysis Meta-Model
This site links to a study weighing the pros and cons of ethanol, and provides the model used to produce the study. The study compares the reduced reliance on foreign oil predicted to be associated with the use of ethanol with assertions that more energy is expended in growing corn than is generated by burning ethanol. From the University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://rael.berkeley.edu/EBAMM/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21465

Radtown USA
This site uses an animated town to provide basic information about radiation in the environment. Wireless networks, stadium light shows, and medical X-rays are some common sources noted in the presentation. Each location is linked to a fact sheet explaining the types of radiation, personal steps for protection, and the roles that various government agencies play in protection and control. The site also includes a glossary and related links. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
URL: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21420

Science: News
Daily news briefs on science topics from around the world, covering animals, plants, astronomy, health, geology, and many other topics. "ScienceNOW articles are free for four weeks after publication." Older articles from the archive may require American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) membership or a separate subscription. From Science magazine.
URL: http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21452

Society & Social Science

America's Immigration Quandary: No Consensus on Immigration Problem or Proposed Fixes
Results of a 2006 survey about immigration that found that "the public remains largely divided in its views of the overall effect of immigration." Includes data and analysis from the survey of 2,000 adults nationally and from separate surveys of an additional 800 adults in five metropolitan areas. Survey topics include jobs and immigration, temporary worker programs, illegal immigration, and more. From the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
URL: http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21438

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
In honor of this annual May commemoration "this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register and National Park units highlighting important aspects of the Asian and Pacific experience in America." Featured properties include the Granada Relocation Center (Colorado) and the Chinatown Archaeological Site (Riverside, California). Also includes links to other parks, travel itineraries, and related sites. From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/NR/feature/asia/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21495

Center for Nonproliferation Studies: Iran Special Collection
Series of policy papers and reports on Iran's nuclear program. Discusses safeguards, involvement of other countries (such as Russia), and treaties. Also includes maps, satellite photos, and links to related websites. From the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Monterey Institute of International Studies.
URL: http://cns.miis.edu/research/iran/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21474


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