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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The Uninsured in the United States

A new report from the Census Bureau – Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:2008 – provides a plethora of statistical information on the well-being of this nation’s citizens. Among some of the salient points: the poverty rate has climbed to 13.2% with the Northeast, at 11.6%, having no statistically significant increase;  the number of people without health insurance rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008; the number of uninsured children dropped from 8.1 million in 2007 to 7.3 million in 2008, the lowest numbers since they were first recorded in 1987; and the number of people with health insurance rose from 253.4 million in 2007 to 255.1 million in 2008. Annual reports back to 1986 can also be consulted. Additional information can be obtained from the following recent publications:  Health Insurance Coverage of People Aged 55 to 64 (CRS); America’s Uninsured Crisis: Consequences for Health and Health Care (National Academies Press); Spillovers of Uninsurance in Communities(Wharton School); The Uninsured: A Primer (Kaiser Family Foundation); Insurance Coverage and Financial Burden for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs (Ambulatory Pediatrics); Health Insurance Coverage for Vulnerable Populations: Contrasting Asian Americans and Latinos in the United States (Inquiry); and The Uninsured in America, 1996-2007 (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Recent figures for New Jersey can be found in this press release from the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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9/11: Lest We Forget

Review this compilation of video footage taken on 9/11.  You’ll find CameraPlanet to have a remarkable collection of videos. And visit the site of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. A listing of 9/11 observances in Hudson County is available here. The New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation will open its memorial, located in Jersey City,  to the public for the first time tomorrow.

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Just What is the “Public Option”?

You hear it on the news all the time; political pundits bandy the term about endlessly. Have you heard anyone give you a definite answer as to what the “public option” in health care is? We bet not because it is an amorphous term which is being employed by partisans on both sides of the health care debate. To help all of us get through this, we offer the following sites of information: Public Health Insurance Option (U.S. House of Representatives); Public Option vs Co-Ops: What’s the Difference?  (Time); What’s a Public Health Plan Anyway? (CNNMoney); The Public Option and the Hope of Health Care Reform (American Prospect); Inventor of the Public Option Explains Why It Is Crucial (Salon); Pitfalls of the Public Option (NY Times); Looking Beyond the Public Option (Forbes); Private Health Insurance Provisions of H.R. 3200 (CRS);  and follow this important question courtesy of Prescriptions: Making Sense of the Health Care Debate (NY Times).

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Obama’s Speech to School Children

Before he delivers his speech, you can read it and find out if the objections raised to it are valid or not. An FAQ and classroom activities can be found here. C-SPAN will be broadcasting the speech live at noon; this site also contains the videos of both President Reagan’s 1988 speech to students as well as President Bush’s 1991 address to a similar audience.

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Federal Government to Hire Tens of Thousands by 2012

According to Where the Jobs Are, the federal goverment plans to hire almost 275,000 individuals in “mission-critical” areas ranging from public health to security; even librarians/archivists are included in this report. This site gives hiring projections by government department; by far the largest occupational demand is for nurses. Turnover tables are supplied as well, documenting the average age of each profession, as well as projections for retirement in 2012. Keyword searching is available as well as a generalized listing of professions needed by the government. These articles from Forbes, Computerworld, Washington Post, and CNN offer worthwhile information. And remember that USAJOBS is the official jobs site for the U.S. government.

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Expanded Computer Services in Guarini Library

In addition to the 18 PCs on the 4th floor equipped with Microsoft Word, the Library has added another 16PCs on the 2d floor. However, not only do these more recent installations have Word, they all have Excel, Access, and PowerPoint as well. All 34 computers also have Internet access and are attached to printers. Thank you, students, for your responses to our surveys; we really do listen to what you have to say!

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The Lockerbie Letters

For those who wish to read the Lockerbie correspondence which resulted in the release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi, you can read the UK Ministry of Justice collection, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office files, and documents from the Scottish government. The BBC has extensive coverage of this case, as does The New York Times.

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Economic Crisis – September 2009 Update

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