Archive for March, 2016

Tax Filing Deadline for 2016 is April 18

Due to legal holidays in the District of Columbia and a couple of New England states, the deadline for filing taxes is Monday, April 18 for most of us; for residents of Maine and Massachusetts, it is April 19. This IRS alert explains it all.

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Hudson County’s Population Increases by 40,000 Since 2010

If you think Hudson County is getting more crowded, you’re right. According to the latest population estimates released by the Census Bureau, Hudson County saw a 6.4% growth (the largest growth rate in the state) from 634,000 in 2010 to 674,000 in 2015. Tables for every other county in the country can be accessed as well; population estimates for cities and towns will be released in May.

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Etymology:  A borrowing from Latin. Etymon: Latin plagiārius. < classical Latin plagiārius person who abducts the child or slave of another, kidnapper, seducer, also a literary thief (Martial 1. 52. 9), in post-classical Latin also (adjective) concerning plagiarism (15th cent.) < plagium   kidnapping (see plagium n.) + -ārius  -ary

-“plagiary, adj. and n.”. OED Online. March 2016. Oxford University Press. (accessed March 29, 2016


Charges of plagiarism are not limited to education. Historians, journalists, politicians, and government officials have all been accused of plagiarism; even rock gods are not immune from these accusations. In some areas, plagiarism is rampant – check out this June 5, 2016 article from The Atlantic.


What is your institution’s stance on plagiarism? Here is NJCU’s:  Academic Integrity Policy and from the 2009 Faculty Handbook



Avoiding Plagiarism (from the respected Purdue OWL – Open Writing Lab)

Plagiarism (from the American Historical Association. It is slightly dated, but it contains of wealth of information)

Plagiarism (selected articles from InsideHigherEd)

Plagiarism (selected articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Plagiarism (University of North Carolina – Writing Center)

Retraction Watch (among other areas of chicanery examined, plagiarism ranks high)



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Photos of NJCU’s “Blueprint for Tomorrow” Gala

Here they are, courtesy of

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U.S. Geological Survey – Seven Million People Susceptible to Human-induced Earthquakes

For the first time ever, the USGS has issued maps/forecasts that include the possibility of earthquakes generated by human operations such as wastewater disposal associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The accompanying report expands on this forecast; page 2 of this report states “Earthquake rates have recently increased markedly in multiple areas of the Central and Eastern United States (CEUS), especially since 2010, and scientific studies have linked the majority of this increased activity to wastewater injection in deep disposal wells….” Numerous tables, charts, and references supplement this report. “Induced seismicity” is the phrase used to describe human-made earthquakes; reports and abstracts on USGS research on this topic are available online. Here is an important 2012 report from the National Academies of Sciences – Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies


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The American Public’s Priorities for 2016

This annual feature from Pew Research Center is accompanied by numerous infographics that highlight what Americans are most concerned about, and how these concerns will affect the upcoming presidential election.

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Guardian Books Podcasts

More than 600 podcasts revolving around the world of books can be freely accessed at this site. It contains author interviews, readings, and discussions along with supplemental writings. Here is an almost hour-long episode dealing with libraries; another features one of our favorite authors – Bill Bryson.

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Hundreds of Science Podcasts Available

From Cambridge University, the Naked Scientists podcasts cover a remarkably diverse array of topics from gravitational waves to sonic booms. There are over one thousand talks available at this site, averaging around 21-23 minutes apiece for regular episodes. Special topical reports are normally shorter in duration; many other features add to the utility of this site.

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How Lifestyle Choices Affect Cardiovascular Health

Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics and Their Joint Association With Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers in US Adults (Mayo Clinic Proceedings) revealed that most of us do NOT live lives that are conducive to a healthy heart. In this study, only 2.7% of the participants had the four lifestyle characteristics associated with healthy living. The four are: a healthy diet, normal body fat percentage, sufficient physical activity, and not smoking. Here is part of the summation: “Compared with men, women were more likely to not smoke and to eat a healthy diet and were less likely to be sufficiently active….    Adults 60 years and older had fewer healthy lifestyle characteristics compared with adults 20 to 39 years of age. Compared with non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults, Mexican American adults were more likely to consume a healthy diet.”(5)

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Socioeconomic and Demographic Profiles of ALL States’ Voters in the Primaries and Caucuses

Here is where the Census Bureau has assembled a multitude of data points concerning the electorates of each state holding primaries or caucuses. Religious affiliation of the voters can be found at Pew Religious Landscape Study. (The Census Bureau does not ask questions about religion.) Party affiliations (Democrat or Republican) along with ideological makeup of voters can be found here.

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The Changing Face of Immigration in the United States

Integration of Immigrants into American Society is a timely study from the National Academies Press; it details how immigrants and the policies that decide their fate have changed over the years. Topics explored include legal status, socioeconomic and sociocultural concerns, health and access to care, political ideology, among others. Recommendations for future actions end this tome while relevant citations and data supplement the text. A valuable read especially given the tenor of discussions during this presidential election year. Two excellent sites to keep abreast on immigration are Pew Research Center: Immigration and Migration Policy Institute. Please also peruse this March 14, 2016 CRS report – U.S. Immigration Policy: Chart Book of Key Trends.


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NJCU’s Max Herman Talks on NJTV About the Tensions In the Gentrification of Jersey City

At the 21 minute mark, there is a five-minute report highlighting the gentrification of Jersey City and its effects on neighborhoods; Max Herman is interviewed and pinpoints areas of concern.

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Who Is Merrick Garland?

President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, that’s who. Here is some information on him courtesy of The New York Times; more sites of relevance include: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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Overview of Construction Activity In Hudson County

This lengthy article highlights some of the recent developments in the construction of residential buildings in Hudson County; it seems that every municipality has some projects under way.

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Encyclopedia of American Studies

This freely available, scholarly-driven work currently contains over 800 articles covering the vast landscape of American Studies. The articles, covering arts, gender, science and technology inter alia, provide informative overviews and supplement their utility by listing additional related articles and websites of interest. This is an ongoing work so you should check it often for new entries.

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What Was Life Like in the United States 100 Years Ago?

The life of American Workers in 1915 “… begins with a look at demographics in 1915, including age, life expectancy, fertility rates, and race, and then provides an overview of labor force participation rates, education, and unemployment. It goes on to discuss the daily life of workers: their housing, clothing, food, hours, working conditions, leisure time. The emphasis in this article is on the 70 percent of workers in nonfarm occupations.”

Using primary sources, statistical compilations, and secondary literature, this article presents an array of what could be surprising observations: there were four times as many renter as homeowners; homes were heated by coal (our house was heated by coal until about 1960 and that was in Brooklyn!); running water was not always available and hot water was a luxury; fresh fruits and vegetables were hard to come by; you commuted to work by foot, by horse, by streetcar; there were already 2.3 million cars by 1915 but did not come with a gas gauge, shock absorbers or an accelerator – they were purchased from the Sears catalog; an annual working wage was on average $687 for a man, half that for a woman; and paid vacations and sick leave were rare. More insights like these are contained in this fascinating read that is a distillation of many works.

Additional information can be gleaned from the features attached to the PBS program America 1900; City Life in the Late 19th Century; and the virtual tour of the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum.

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New Cybersecurity Reports from CRS

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“Slavery and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World”

This is a special combined issue of the American Historical Review and Past & Present containing reprinted articles from both titles on the above topics. Read Kenneth Stamp, J.D. Page, David Brion Davis among others.

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EdTech Reports – February 2016

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Jersey City 2016 Budget Introduced

For those interested, there is the “introduced” version and a “user-friendly” version; both of them are available here along with past budgets and other official documents. You might want to go through the present iteration and compare funding levels with older budgets  to see how support has or has not changed over the years for various municipal services, like the library.

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