Archive for September, 2019

2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

Find out what New Jersey schools made the list. There are numerous filters at the main site to drill down the among the 362 schools that won this award; you can also access all the winners since 1982.

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Resources on Impeachment

For those who would like a brief overview of impeachment, please read The Constitutional Grounds for Impeachment authored by the House Committee on the Judiciary. Other relevant documents by this body include: Impeachment: Selected Materials (1973); Impeachment: Selected Materials on Procedure (1974); and Impeachment: Selected Materials (1998).

The Congressional Research Service has over the years issued numerous materials on the question of impeachment; here are over 100 reports on this topic.

Please remember that process of impeachment is not limited to the office of the president, federal judges are also subject to impeachment. Recent examples of this are: Impeachment of G. Thomas Porteous, Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2010);

To consider possible impeachment of United States District Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. (2010);

Impeachment of Judge Samuel B. Kent (2009); and

Impeaching Manuel L. Real, a judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, for high crimes and misdemeanors (2006).


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How Current Immigration Policies are Affecting Higher Education

This interview with Montclair State University’s director of international employment and immigration details some of the obstacles now facing both international students and faculty as they try to negotiate the labyrinth of more restrictive immigration rules. This situation is further examined in this piece – Visa rules are restricting the future of international students in the US; data from the 2018 Open Doors report from the IIE reinforce the above reports highlighting how enrollment for international students in this country is slowing down a great deal and the main culprit is the difficulty in securing visas.

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The World’s Oceans Rising Faster Than Initially Thought Due to Climate Change

This new report – Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate  – predicts dire outcomes as the world’s oceans continue to rise due in large part to the ice melts of both Greenland and Antarctica. This report, heavily referenced, details changes in the oceans, polar regions, high mountain areas, and coastal communities. But according to the report, there is still time to avert climatic disaster:

The far-reaching services and options provided by ocean and cryosphere-related ecosystems can be supported by protection, restoration, precautionary ecosystem-based management of renewable resource use, and the reduction of pollution and other stressors (high confidence). Integrated water management (medium confidence) and ecosystem-based adaptation (high confidence) approaches lower climate risks locally and provide multiple societal benefits. [Section C2 of Headline Statements]

But the time is now. CNN provides an informative overview of this major report. And this series of reports should also be consulted to gauge the human impact of sea level rising.

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New Jersey Second Best State in the Nation for Teachers

According to Wallet Hub’s 2019 Best & Worst States for Teachers, New Jersey ranks as the second best, just behind North Dakota; as it is, the Garden State ranks first in the “Academic & Work Environment” metric. Data were culled from both private and public resources. This high posting is reinforced by the Quality Counts 2018 that also has New jersey at the number two position in educational quality and services.

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Vaping – Some Resources

The CDC has just announced that it is opening its Emergency Operations Center in an attempt to foster inter-agency cooperation around the increasing incidents of lung injury due to vaping. It has also created a very informative section on Electronic Cigarettes that is replete with helpful links and information.

The New England Journal of Medicine published a recent editorial – Vaping-Induced Lung Injury – that concludes:

Until the investigation into the cause of this epidemic of vaping-induced respiratory injury is complete, no conclusions can be drawn as to which compound or compounds are the causes of injury. In light of these cases, however, efforts should be made to increase public awareness of the harmful effect of vaping, and physicians should discourage their patients from vaping.(Emphasis added)

This journal also supplied pertinent articles that are freely accessible: Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in Illinois and Wisconsin — Preliminary Report, and Imaging of Vaping-Associated Lung Disease. Other free articles on this topic from this journal are here.

The Lancet, another highly respected medical journal, also allows access to numerous articles on vaping.

PubMed Central gives you access to hundreds of articles on vaping/e-cigarettes. An example is Prevalence of vaping and smoking among adolescents in Canada, England, and the United States: repeat national cross sectional surveys from the June 20, 2019 edition of the British Medical Journal.

A review of state legislation on vaping/e-cigarettes is found at the site Alternative Nicotine Products | Electronic Cigarettes hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

At the moment the most comprehensive report is this 2018 document from the National Academies – Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes.

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The Wealth of Every Member of Congress as of 2018

This listing that came out in 2018 will be re-issued in 2020 before the national elections. There are many filters you can apply to fine tune the results making it easier to find out the net worth of the current crop of presidential hopefuls who are almost all members of Congress. Links to brief biographies are also provided.

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NJCU Among Seven NJ Colleges To Share $35 Million for GEAR UP Program

The full text of the announcement is here.

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2019 9/11 Ceremonies Live

You can watch (or view later) the ceremonies from New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. Numerous resources concerning 9/11 can be found here – the September 11 Digital Archive. Where were you when the towers fell?

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New Jersey Colleges Listed in US News & World Report “2020 Best Colleges”

1400 institutions made the various lists; here are the New Jersey schools that did (NJCU is among them). We rank #33 out of 170 “top performers in social mobility”.

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NFL Media Guides and Rule Books

As the NFL opens its 100th season, here are some relevant links:

NFL Media Guides (containing hundreds of pages) for each team; Official Record and Fact Book and Official Playing Rules.

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Computer Security Resource Center

NIST’s Computer Security Resource Center has been providing guidance for twenty years in the area of cybersecurity. It publishes extensively in this area, issuing guidelines in a wide variety of areas such as risk management, validation protocols, and the like. Consult its large library of publications, its glossary of 6700+ terms, and its newly reformatted blog that you can sign up for. For those interested in cybersecurity issues, this is a valuable site.

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Past Issues of the “The Gothic Times” Are Online

This site contains an almost complete run of this NJCU student newspaper back to 2007.

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National Security Reports – August 2019 Update

China Military Power (DIA); Challenges to Security in Space (DIA); Chairman Xi remakes the PLA : assessing Chinese military reforms (National Defense University Press); China’s other army : the People’s Armed Police in an era of reform (Institute for National Strategic Studies); China’s pursuit of emerging and exponential technologies : hearing before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, second session : hearing held January 9, 2018; The Department of Defense Indo-Pacific strategy report : preparedness, partnerships, and promoting a networked region (DoD); Report on the effects of a changing climate to the Department of Defense (DoD); Artificial Intelligence Prediction and Counterterrorism (Chatham House); Voting Machine Security: Where We Stand Six Months Before the New Hampshire Primary (Brennan Center); Survey Reveals 87% of Americans Consider Cybersecurity a Top Priority(Anomali/Harris); and Early Findings: Review of State and Local Government Ransomware Attacks (Recorded Future).

Arms Sales: Congressional Review Process; Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues;Selected Homeland Security Issues in the 116th Congress (updated August 14); Convergence of Cyberspace Operations and Electronic Warfare; U.S. – North Korea Relations;  Domestic Terrorism: Some Considerations;Renewed Great Power Competition: Implications for Defense–Issues for Congress; U.S.-North Korea Relations, and Russia’s Nuclear Weapons: Doctrine, Forces, and Modernization(all CRS).
























































































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Welcome to the 2019/20 Academic Year!

We at the Library extend best wishes and felicitations to both new and returning students. Please remember that we are here to help you, no matter what your information needs. The regular hours for the Library look like this: Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 10pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm . Changes to the schedule are here.

Here are some handy NJCU sites for you. When you need to contact a department or faculty member, use the university’s online campus directories.

To purchase textbooks for your courses and to see if there are used cheaper copies or a rental option, access the bookstore.

If you need to consult master course lists or catalogs, you may come to the Library or peruse the latest versions here.

And let us not forget the Office of Campus Life.

For those taking mass transportation, check this NJ Transit site.

Cafeteria hours, menus, specials, etc are available at this Gourment Dining site.

All students should read and be familiar with NJCU’s student policies. 

Also, please peruse the award-winning Gothic Magazine, read The Gothic Times (your student newspaper) and keep up with the Gothic Knights sports teams at this official and informative site. Learn about NJCU through this informative historical timeline and visit the accolade-laden Jersey City Past and Present. Make the most of your time here.

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Labor Day – Resources and Links

As we celebrate this important holiday, here is a factsheet with numerous links to resources tracing the history and associated legislation with Labor Day. You can also visit Today in History: First Labor Day.

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