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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