Archive for September, 2009

Another Positive Mention of NJCU

In an article on Communiversity, NJCU has the pride of place in the reportage. The article goes on to mention how NJCU has the largest presence in this program and includes a brief interview with our VPAA, Joann[sic] Bruno.

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Audio Lectures on History

Listen to James McPherson on Antietam, Joseph Ellis on Thomas JeffersonThomas Bender on American History and the World and dozens of other American historians courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Also, read the Institute’s History Now magazine online and consult its Historic Documents section. This site is full of primary sources and teaching guides for American history; it is worth the look. Teaching American History Podcasts also contains lectures of merit on a wide variety of American historical topics; this site as well has a good Document Library. The BBC History Magazine has its own podcast site,  the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has its own growing podcast section,  and another great source is the Talking History program from the University at Albany.

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U.S. Population Characteristics in 2008

The American Community Survey(ACS) for 2008 has just been released by the Census Bureau. It provides a wealth of information for municipalities in excess of 65,000. You can find out demographic and socioeconomic statistics on a national level, on a state level, or on a city level. For New Jersey, this means you can find out updated estimated statistics on such places as Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, and Newark. Remember, these are not the official figures; those are only tabulated from the decennial census. But the ACS does give us a snapshot of where we are at the moment. This press release details some of the highlights from this survey.

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Interviews with TV’s Biggest Names

With interviews ranging from Alan Alda to Henry WinklerEmmyTVLegends provides great insights into not only the early days of televison, but allows a glimpse into the making of present-day shows. With more than 600 interviews totaling over 2000 hours, this site allows the movers and shakers to recount their experiences in chronological fashion. Included on this site are rather lengthy examinations of specific TV shows as well as an accounting of every show mentioned in the interviews. For a behind-the-scenes-look at this most influential medium,  EmmyTVLengends is the place to go. This site can also be supplemented by the comprehensive Encyclopedia of Television; the first edition is sponsored by the Museum of Broadcast Communications which, with free registration, permits you, gentle reader, access to over 7000 hours of digital radio and TV shows.

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Employment Statistics for the Disabled

Current figures for the employment of the disabled have been hard, if not impossible, to come by. This previous post has information based on a 2005 census report; the document was not published until December 2008. Now the Bureau of Labor Statistics is issuing a monthly data series on the employment of the disabled. This series begins with October 2008 and provides the first ongoing look at this segment of our population.

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FDA Approves Swine Flu Vaccines

According to this press release,  four approved vaccines will be available in about four weeks. More information is available at this site.

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Clean Water Act Violations

Thanks to the New York Times, we readers have the ability to search on this interactive map the various and numerous transgressions of the Clean Water Act. For instance, New Jersey has 769 regulated water facilities of which 121, or 15.8%, were found in violation between 2004 and 2007. This site also provides us with a listing of water polluters throughout the country; you can specify down to a municipality or zip code. Its “Toxic Waters” series should be required reading.

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