Archive for December, 2015

Dickens’ Other Christmas Writings

We all know that Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol; its actual title is A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas. You can read the original English 1843 edition with its colored illustrations by John Leech here. But did you know that that title was just the first of his “Christmas Books”? He followed the above title with The Chimes (1844), Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848). And like A Christmas Carol, all were published in December of their respective years. All five of these books were collected in an omnibus edition – Christmas Books (1852). In a brief preface, he stated: “I have included my little Christmas Books in this cheap edition, complying with a desire that has been repeatedly expressed to me, and hoping that they may prove generally acceptable in so accessible a form.” Pictures of bindings and publishing details of many of his works, including the Christmas Books, can be found here.

Dickens, in collaboration with other writers, also produced Christmas Stories for two of his periodicals he edited – Household Words and All the Year Round. More information on these pieces can be found here.

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Useful EdTech Tools

50 Educational Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About pretty much says it all. The sites are broken into the following categories: social learning; learning; lesson planning and tools; and useful tools.

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Best Science Fiction Books of the Year

Rather than list all the sites individually, we point you to the excellent coverage found in Locus Magazine.

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Where Are The Tallest Buildings in New Jersey?

Most of them are located in Jersey City. Visit this site to see the list that includes a brief description of the property. If a website is available for the building, a link is provided,

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Jobs in Healthcare To Grow the Most in 2014-2024

This is according to a just-released Bureau of Labor Statistics report entitled Employment Projectionss: 2014-24. Table 6 provides some relevant data: the position of registered nurse will grow from 2.75 million practitioners in 2014 to 3.2 million 2024, a 16% increase; the 2014 median salary for RNs is $66,640. Occupational Employment and Wages – May 2014 – Registered Nurses provides a plethora of data.

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Full Text of “Paris Agreement” on Climate Change

The move to adopt the agreement and the agreement itself are here; the agreement forms the “annex” in this document that is located at the end. Analysis and key points are available from The New York Times.

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Recent Reports on Syria

With renewed interest in Syria of late, here is a selection of new reports: ISIS/Daesh: the military response in Iraq and Syria; Syria: a reading list; Iraq and Syria – developments in 2015 (UK Parliament Library); Dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons programme: an early look at the prospects and obstacles ; Syria [What Think Tanks Are Thinking](This last report is a listing of dozens of analyses of the Syrian situation from an impressive number of institutes. European Parliament Research Service);  Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S.Response (CRS); and CFR Backgrounders: The Islamic State (Council on Foreign Relations).

 

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Congressional Pictorial Guide 2015

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Follow-Up to “The Future of Nursing” Report

In 2010, the landmark The Future of Nursing was released, outlining the more involved roles that nurses would need to play in the health care system of this country. A five-year follow-up report has just been issued detailing what has been accomplished and what more needs to be done to include more stakeholders in this vision. This report – Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing – observes that “While there has been on-the-ground collaboration between medicine and nursing, opposition by some physicians and physician organizations has been noted as a barrier to
expansion of APRNs’[Advanced Practice Registered Nurses] scope of practice. The health care environment continues to evolve and demand greater team-based and value-based care. There is growing evidence that new models of practice in which all health professionals practice to the full extent of their education and training offer greater efficiency and quality of services.”(S-4) Each succeeding chapter delves into what needs to be done: promoting diversity, higher levels of education, collaboration in the re-design of the health care system, etc. An important document in the ever-evolving profession of nursing in a more sophisticated environment.

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Salaries for Public and Private College Presidents

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an interactive feature that allows one to search for selected college presidents’ salaries as well as their total compensation. The public figures include 2014 data while the private schools’ information is valid through 2013. You can search by state as well as by institution type, religious affiliation, and degrees offered.

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How Much Foreign Investment Is There in American Businesses?

A little over $240 billion in 2014 according to this BEA report. It might surprise you to learn that Ireland was the largest source of foreign investment, and that New Jersey is among the top four states in terms of expenditures by foreign investors. It also may not surprise you to learn that the pharmaceutical industry was the target of much foreign capital.

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Hundreds of Socio-Economic/Demographic Tables for Jersey City Released

The American Community Survey (part of the Census Bureau) has just released hundreds of tables of data pertaining to Jersey City and to every state, county, municipality in the country. Drilling down to the granular level, these statistics provide the foundation upon which planners, designers, and policy leaders can make informed decisions regarding the provision of services. This site is a must for all who have a stake in the future development of their communities.

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Aggregate Higher Education Statistics 2014

Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2014; and Financial Statistics and Academic Libraries, Fiscal Year 2014 presents selected total data on several important metrics: student enrollment by sex, race, college level, part-time/full-time status, public vs. private institution; revenues, expenses, returns on investments; college staff by occupational category (there are fewer than 44,000 academic librarians in more than 7,000 colleges; only 37,000 are full -time); and basic library numbers (physical and electronic holdings).

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The Spread of the KKK, 1915-1940

This site, with its interactive map, essays, and source documentation, traces the proliferation of the KKK throughout the United States during this time period. Unfortunately, you will find that the KKK was active in New Jersey, having established more than a few “klaverns” in the state; klavern number 83 was located in Jersey City in 1931.

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Cost of Living in Various U.S. Cities/Counties

We all know that the cost of living varies depending on where you live. There are a couple of interactive sites that can provide this kind of information. The Cost of Living Calculator offers a tremendous amount of comparative data on numerous cities (including Newark), drilling down to the price of a newspaper or a washing machine repair. For those who want less information but still want a basic overview What your salary is really worth across America allows comparisons among major cities along salary lines; for example, if you earned $100,000 in Syracuse, N.Y., you would need $127,420 to have the same lifestyle in New York City. On the other hand, if you made $100,000 in San Francisco, you’d only need $73,280 to live similarly in St Louis. Cost of living: How far will my salary go in another city? provides additional calculations, in this case using cities and/or counties for the reckonings as well as listing price differentials on groceries, housing costs, utilities, transportation, and health care.

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National Security Reports – November 2015

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