From the Closet to the Altar
Call Number: KF539 .K58 2013
Publication Date: 2012-10-05
From the Closet to the Altar will stand as the definitive one-volume history of the tumultuous emergence of same-sex marriage in American life as well as a landmark study of litigation, social reform, and the phenomenon of political backlash to court decisions.
Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk
Call Number: Q175 .D174 2013
Publication Date: 2012-12-19
We are constantly bombarded with breaking scientific news in the media, but we are almost never provided with enough information to assess the truth of these claims. Does drinking coffee really cause cancer? Does bisphenol-A in our tin can linings really cause reproductive damage? Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically.Peter A. Daempfle introduces readers to the basics of scientific inquiry, defining what science is and how it can be misused. Through provocative real-world examples, the book helps readers acquire the tools needed to distinguish scientific truth from myth. The book celebrates science and its role in society while building scientific literacy.
Call Number: E98.W8 W57 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-18
The story of Pocahontas saving John Smith is justly famous, and Sarah Winnemucca earned fame by being a champion of her people as the old ways of life were disappearing. But there are lesser known stories of the Native American women who shaped both their cultures and American history. This book brings together these amazing stories.
What the Best College Students Do
Call Number: LA229 .B24 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-27
The author of the best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do is back with more humane, doable, and inspiring help, this time for students who want to get the most out of college and every other educational enterprise, too.
Understanding Somalia and Somaliland
Call Number: DT403 .L42 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-14
Ioan Lewis details the history and culture of the Somali people, providing a unique window into this little-known culture and its increasingly public predicaments. He provides insight into the complex social, historical, and cultural hinterland that is the Somali heritage and pays close attention to the pervasive influence of traditional nomadism, especially its decentralized nature. Lewis also addresses developments in the Somali political region since the collapse of the Republic in 1991, including the formation and steady development of the democratic state of Somaliland. Though it has grown into a de facto personality, this self-governing outpost of democracy is still officially unrecognized internationally. Lewis concludes with a discussion of the Islamist movement that brought a brief but astonishing period of stability to much of Southern Somalia in late 2006.
Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age
Call Number: LB1028.5 .R44 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-10
Through a critical discussion of the issues surrounding the design, sharing and reuse of learning activities, the second edition of Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Ageexamines a wide range of perspectives on effectively designing and delivering learning activities to ensure that future development is pedagogically sound, learner-focused, and accessible. This powerful book: • examines the reality of design in practice • shares tools and resources to guide practice • analyses design within complex systems • discusses the influence of open resources on design • includes design principles for mobile learning • explores practitioner development in course teams • presents scenarios for design for learning in an uncertain future Illustrated by case studies from across disciplines and supported by a helpful appendix of tools and resources for researchers, practitioners and teachers, the second edition of Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Ageis an essential guide to designing for 21st Century learning.
Call Number: QA76.9.D343 M396 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large. Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak? The key to answering these questions, and many more, is big data. Big data refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena-from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books-into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we never could have seen before.
Call Number: D849 .C374 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More than any other year in the latter half of the twentieth century, 1979 heralded the economic, political, and religious realities that define the twenty-first.
Right College, Right Price
Call Number: LB2350.5 .P365 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
In the midst of a $1 trillion student loan debt crisis, students and their families have had the same question on their minds: Can I afford to pay for a college education? Good news: the answer is yes. By shifting the way we think about the college search, every family can find the right college at the right price. Right College, Right Price helps you discover the real cost of a college (after scholarships, work study, loans, etc.) before you even begin to apply-saving you hundreds of dollars in application fees and thousands of dollars in tuition. This guide will walk you through simple, but powerful, steps of the Financial Fit program, which will allow you to: #149; Calculate exactly how much you can afford to spend on college. #149; Find great colleges you can afford. #149; Understand the ins and outs of the financial aid process. #149; Choose the right college and avoid excessive debt. With Right College, Right Price , your student will not only have access to a college education, but also a life after college-without the burden of excessive student loan debt.
Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Sleep
Call Number: QP355.2 .Y68 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-09
Sensations of hunger, thirst, sexual attraction, and love can dominate our thoughts to the exclusion of almost everything else, but until the last 10 years or so, the precise reasons why these passions arise have not been understood very well. We now know that these, and other drives like the urge to sleep, are controlled by a small portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. This book presents the latest information about how the brain controls our most basic drives. In a series of fascinating anecdotes, Young tells the tale of how scientists have discovered the role of the hypothalamus in our basic drives and in medical conditions in which these drives are drastically altered. Covering our need for food, water, sex, sleep, and other life essentials, he reveals the brain’s part in how we provide for each, and how in some cases, those needs can swing wildly out of control resulting in problems such as obesity, diabetes, insomnia, or narcolepsy.
The Dynamic Internet
Call Number: PR106 .I584 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-14
"In Their Own Words" is a celebration of the variousness of contemporary poets living and writing in the UK today. 50-60 poets talk about their own poetic voices and their work. Essential reading for anybody who cares about poetry. A backstage peek behind the poetry of some of the best contemporary UK writers. Edited by T.S. Eliot prize winner George Szirtes and Helen Ivory - two of the UK's most respected poets and teachers. In Their Own Words is an examination of the voices writing in the UK today - the book addresses multiculturalism, page and stage, and LBG issues, as well as traditional 'page' poetry. This book is not retrospective, it is a representation of the poetry world as a living, breathing developing thing. Readers will get an insight into the many ways the poetic voice can develop - it's a behind the scenes look at the poetics of the poetry. There is nothing currently available quite like it.
Home Is Where the School Is
Call Number: LC40 .L65 2013
Publication Date: 2012-12-17
Mothers who homeschool their children constantly face judgmental questions about their choices, and yet the homeschooling movement continues to grow with an estimated 1.5 million American children now schooled at home. These children are largely taught by stay-at-home mothers who find that they must tightly manage their daily schedules to avoid burnout and maximize their relationships with their children, and that they must sustain a desire to sacrifice their independent selves for many years in order to savor the experience of motherhood.Home Is Where the School Is is the first comprehensive look into the lives of homeschooling mothers. Drawing on rich data collected through eight years of fieldwork and dozens of in-depth interviews, Jennifer Lois examines the intense effects of the emotional and temporal demands that homeschooling places on mothers’ lives, raising profound questions about the expectations of modern motherhood and the limits of parenting.
I Speak for Myself
Call Number: BP67.A1 I2 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-17
40 women under the age of 40, born and raised in the United States, dismantle stereotypes of what it means to be a Muslim woman in America.Muslim American women are the subject of endless discussions regarding their role in society, their veils as symbols of oppression or of freedom, their identity, their patriotism, their womanhood. Yet the voices and life experiences of Muslim American women themselves are rarely heard in the loud rhetoric surrounding the question of Muslims in America. Finally, in 'I Speak for Myself,' 40 American women under the age of 40, share their experiences of their lives as Muslim women in America.
A Little History of Science
Call Number: Q125 .B98 2012
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world—or themselves—in an entirely new way. This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science.
The Grammar of Rock
Call Number: ML3470 .T47 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
National Book Award nominee, critic and one of America's least compromising satirists, Alexander Theroux takes a comprehensive look at the colorful language of pop lyrics and the realm of rock music in general in The Grammar of Rock: silly song titles; maddening instrumentals; shrieking divas; clunker lines; the worst (and best) songs ever written; geniuses of the art; movie stars who should never have raised their voice in song but who were too shameless to refuse a mic; and the excesses of awful Christmas recordings. Praising (and critiquing) the gems of lyricists both highbrow and low, Theroux does due reverence to classic word-masters like Ira Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, and Sammy Cahn, lyricists as diverse as Hank Williams, Buck Ram, the Moody Blues, and Randy Newman, Dylan and the Beatles, of course, and more outré ones like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Patti Smith, the Fall (even Ghostface Killa), but he considers stupid rhymes, as well - nonsense lyrics, chop logic, the uses and abuses of irony, country music macho, verbal howlers, how voices sound alike and why, and much more.