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A Brief History of Death - W. M. Spellman
Call Number: HQ1073 .S64 2014
ISBN: 9781780232652
Publication Date: 2014

As humans, death its certainty, its inevitability consumes us. We make it the subject of our literature, our art, our philosophy, and our religion. Our feelings and attitudes toward our mortality and its possible afterlives have evolved greatly from the early days of mankind. Collecting these views in this topical and instructive book, W. M. Spellman considers death and dying from every angle in the Western tradition, exploring how humans understand and come to terms with the end of life. Using the work of archaeologists and paleoanthropologists, Spellman examines how interpreting physical remains gives us insight into prehistoric perspectives on death. He traces how humans have died over the centuries, both in the causes of death and in the views of actions that lead to death. He spotlights the great philosophical and scientific traditions of the West, which did not believe in an afterlife or see the purpose of bereavement, while also casting new light on the major religious beliefs that emerged in the ancient world, particularly the centuries-long development of Christianity. He delves into three approaches to the meaning of death the negation of life, continuity in another form, and agnosticism from both religious and secular-scientific perspectives. Providing a deeper context for contemporary debates over end-of-life issues and the tension between longevity and quality of life, A Brief History of Death is an illuminating look at the complex ways humans face death and the dying.
December 2014

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A Concise History of Romania - Keith Hitchins
Call Number: DR217 .H579 2014
ISBN: 9780521872386
Publication Date: 2014

Spanning a period of 2000 years from the Roman conquest of Dacia to the present day, A Concise History of Romania traces the development of a unique nation situated on the border between East and West. In this illuminating new history, Keith Hitchins explores Romania's struggle to find its place amidst two diverse societies: one governed by Eastern orthodox tradition, spirituality and agriculture and the other by Western rationalism, experimentation and capitalism. The book charts Romania's advancement through five significant phases of its history: medieval, early modern, modern and finally the nation's 'return to Europe'; evaluating all the while Romania's part in European politics, economic and social change, intellectual and cultural renewals and international entanglements. This is a fascinating history of an East European nation; one which sheds new light on the complex evolution of the Romanians and the identity they have successfully crafted from a unique synthesis of traditions.
December 2014

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A Lifelong Affair - Bethine C. Church
Call Number: PNW E840.8.C49 C475 2003
ISBN: 0966505182
Publication Date: 2003

When Bethine Church moved to Washington, D.C., in 1957 with her son and her husband, Frank -- Idaho's newly elected Democratic senator and, at 32, the youngest member of the senate -- she was warned by the wife of a veteran politician that she would end up hating the capital. All the light will shine on her husband, and she will wither away in his shadow. But Bethine had been Frank's political partner since their earliest days together and she saw no reason why that would change. And in fact it didn't. In her own winsome words, A Lifelong Affair is the fascinating story of the woman people called "The Third Senator from Idaho." Critical chapters of our history, from civil rights battles and the Vietnam War to Senator Church's chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee, come vividly to life here, as does the idealism and love of people that animate Bethine Church's entire career in politics. Bethine grew up in an Idaho family steeped in politics. Her father and an uncle both served as governor of Idaho; her cousin was a U.S. senator. Bethine's first active role in politics was in a campaign in the early 1930s, when she asked a shoe clerk to "boat for my daddy." In high school she was the one girl in a gang of students who gathered every week at Bethine's house to sit around and talk politics with her father. Those were the days of innocence in the West, when politics was seen as a civic duty, when winning an election depended on which candidate worked the hardest, shook the most hands, and could energize a crowd at a county fair or a church bazaar. Politics had not yet been distorted by huge advertizing budgets, corporate donations, media blitzes, and public cynicism. Besides being a tale of a political woman, A Lifelong Affair is a poignant love story. Close friends in high school, Bethine and Frank married after he returned from World War II service in China. Together they battled Frank's first encounter with cancer when he was a 24-year-old Stanford law student. That searing experience set the tone for their life together fighting as a team for causes they believed in strongly. When cancer reappeared in a more virulent form in the early 1980s, they couldn't beat it, and Frank died at the still young age of 59. Bethine, now in her eightieth year, remains active in Democratic politics at all levels and in Idaho wilderness preservation.
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A Nation with the Soul of a Church - O. C. Edwards; James Dunkly
Call Number: BR515 .E36 2013
ISBN: 9780313393853
Publication Date: 2013

From the very beginning, religious leaders have influenced the course of American history--sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. This book examines those Christian sermons that set or changed the course of the nation.
December 2014

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A-Z of Health Promotion - Glenn Laverack
Call Number: RA427.8 .L36 2014
ISBN: 9781137350480
Publication Date: 2013

If you are looking for the definitive short guide to the theory and practice of health promotion, then you need look no further.Written by a leading international expert, this concise text offers, for the first time, a comprehensive explanation of key concepts, terms and definitions used in health promotion. Glenn Laverack explains over 70 key concepts and many other guiding principles, theoretical models and approaches that frame health promotion. He also explains the many tools and strategies that enable practitioners to work more effectively.This handy sourcebook has been written by the author in a typically accessible style that will provide readers with a superb overview of the subject. Numerous cross-references signpost the connections between different ideas, allowing you to explore conceptual relationships and linked approaches in an order that suits the reader.Whether you are studying, training or are already working, this book will be an indispensable source of information, evidence and analysis for deepening your understanding and for extending your practice.
December 2014

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Above - Isla Morley
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Morley 2014
ISBN: 9781476731520
Publication Date: 2014

I am a secret no one is able to tell. Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in-the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Deter-mined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give meaning to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promising and devastating. As Blythe's dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice-between survival and freedom. Above is a riveting tale of resilience in which "stunning" (Daily Beast) new literary voice Isla Morley compels us to imagine what we would do if everything we had ever known was taken away. Like the bestselling authors of Room and The Lovely Bones before her, Morley explores the unthinkable with haunting detail and tenderly depicts our boundless capacity for hope.
December 2014

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American Heretics - Peter Gottschalk
Call Number: BL2525 .G687 2013
ISBN: 9781137278296
Publication Date: 2013

In the middle of the nineteenth century a group of political activists in New York City joined together to challenge a religious group they believed were hostile to the American values of liberty and freedom. Called the Know Nothings, they started riots during elections, tarred and feathered their political enemies, and barred men from employment based on their religion. The group that caused this uproar? Irish and German Catholics then known as the most villainous religious group in America, and widely believed to be loyal only to the Pope. It would take another hundred years before Catholics threw off these xenophobic accusations and joined the American mainstream. The idea that the United States is a stronghold of religious freedom is central to our identity as a nation—and utterly at odds with the historical record. In American Heretics, historian Peter Gottschalk traces the arc of American religious discrimination and shows that, far from the dominant protestant religions being kept in check by the separation between church and state, religious groups from Quakers to Judaism have been subjected to similar patterns of persecution. Today, many of these same religious groups that were once regarded as anti-thetical to American values are embraced as evidence of our strong religious heritage giving hope to today's Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious groups now under fire.
December 2014

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Aristotle's Teaching in the Politics - Thomas L. Pangle
Call Number: JC71.A7 P37 2013
ISBN: 9780226016030
Publication Date: 2013

With Aristotle's Teaching in the "Politics," Thomas L. Pangle offers a masterly new interpretation of this classic philosophical work. It is widely believed that the Politics originated as a written record of a series of lectures given by Aristotle, and scholars have relied on that fact to explain seeming inconsistencies and instances of discontinuity throughout the text. Breaking from this tradition, Pangle makes the work's origin his starting point, reconceiving the Politics as the pedagogical tool of a master teacher. With the Politics, Pangle argues, Aristotle seeks to lead his students down a deliberately difficult path of critical thinking about civic republican life. He adopts a Socratic approach, encouraging his students--and readers--to become active participants in a dialogue. Seen from this perspective, features of the work that have perplexed previous commentators become perfectly comprehensible as artful devices of a didactic approach. Ultimately, Pangle's close and careful analysis shows that to understand the Politics, one must first appreciate how Aristotle's rhetorical strategy is inextricably entwined with the subject of his work.
December 2014

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At-Risk Students - Charisse Beach
Call Number: LC4801 .B43 2014
ISBN: 9781475807066
Publication Date: 2013

At-Risk Students: Transforming Student Behavior details the warning signs of disturbing behaviors, which are often overlooked by educators and/or misdiagnosed by mental health professionals. Educators will be provided with the tools to: expeditiously identify at-risk characteristics; incorporate policies that support and monitor their achievement; implement research-based strategies designed to create a positive school culture that promotes teaching and learning. At-risk Students was written for district and school administrators, department heads, teachers, individuals employed in a traditional public or charter school system, staff in an alternative school working with at-risk students, as well as anyone looking to incorporate a comprehensive behavior system into their strategic school improvement plans as a response to intervention. At-risk Students is a must-read supplement for graduate students seeking a degree in educational administration. Additional FREE features are available to download for this book at www.rowman.com.
December 2014

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Beyond Belief - Cami Ostman (Editor); Susan Tive (Editor)
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Tive 2014
ISBN: 9781580054423
Publication Date: 2013

Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a deconverted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have compiled a collection of powerful personal stories written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they've all experienced and rejected extreme religions. Covering a wide range of religious communities--including Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Calvinist, Moonie, and Jehovah's Witness--and containing contributions from authors like Julia Scheeres (Jesus Land), the stories in Beyond Belief reveal how these women became involved, what their lives were like, and why they came to the decision to eventually abandon their faiths. The authors shed a bright light on the rigid expectations and misogyny so often built into religious orthodoxy, yet they also explain the lure--why so many women are attracted to these lifestyles, what they find that's beautiful about living a religious life, and why leaving can be not only very difficult but also bittersweet.
December 2014

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Blindspot - Mahzarin R. Banaji; Anthony G. Greenwald
Call Number: BF575.P9 B25 2013
ISBN: 9780553804645
Publication Date: 2013

I know my own mind. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality. "Blindspot" is the authors' metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups--without our awareness or conscious control--shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people's character, abilities, and potential. In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot. The title's "good people" are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions. The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and "outsmart the machine" in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds. Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.
December 2014

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Capstone Coach for Nursing Excellence - Linda Campbell; Marcia A. Gilbert; Gary Robert Laustsen
Call Number: RT86.7 .C35 2014
ISBN: 9780803639072
Publication Date: 2014

Accelerate your transition to nursing success! Excel in your senior nursing practicum Pass the NCLEX-RN® Flourish in your new nursing career. Rely on this portable reference to quickly find the crucial information you need to make an easy transition to a rewarding nursing career. A streamlined, outline format, case studies, clinical alerts, and quick-reference tables ensure you easily master the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed as an RN. Plus, expert advice offers simple solutions to the most common challenges faced in the workplace. Take this handy guide wherever you go for nursing excellence!
December 2014

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Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - James K. Luiselli (Editor)
Call Number: RJ506.A9 C447 2014
ISBN: 9780199941575
Publication Date: 2014

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a relatively new diagnostic label which reflects the variability and differentiation of symptomatology among children and youth commonly described as having autistic disorder, high-functioning autism (HFA), and Asperger's syndrome. Current best practices have emerged from decades of evidence-based research, research-to-practice translation of empirically supported procedures, and consensus-driven recommendations from multiple disciplines. As a result, practitioners have many educational and intervention choices for children and youth with ASD - what is critical is that these options are informed by empirical outcomes that have been replicated in experimental trials (group and single-case) and disseminated to professionals and researchers alike.Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a state-of-the-art volume of 15 chapters across four thematic sections that reflect the current convention of viewing autism along a continuum of presenting symptoms. Skillfully edited by James K. Luiselli, sections cover diagnosis,assessment, and measurement; evidence-based practices; health and development; and additional topics such as mindful care giving and support, CBT, and behavioral family intervention. Compiling the most up-to-date advances in approaches toward diagnosis, education, treatment, and program development,Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be a valuable resource for professionals and trainees in the ASD field including psychologists, educators, therapists, behavior analysts, and similar practitioners. It is also appropriate for academic researchers and courses devoted to clinical psychology, special education, developmental disabilities, and special topics.
December 2014

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Circle Time for Young Children - Jenny Mosley
Call Number: LB1140.3 .M67 2014
ISBN: 9781138022393
Publication Date: 2014

Jenny Mosley's quality circle time model involves establishing an on-going, timetabled process of circle-meetings for adults and children. As a basis for teaching relationship skills, enhancing self-esteem and building a positive behaviour management and anti-bullying policy, circle time will not only increase confidence and "emotional intelligence" in pupils, but should also contribute towards a positive whole-school ethos. Fully updated in light of changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage, this highly practical book will explain how to put the principles for early years education into practice through well-structured and purposeful circle time lesson plans. Jenny Mosley, the UK's leading expert on circle time, provides accessible guidance on: incorporating the curriculum for personal, social and emotional development enabling children to understand universal moral skills developing young children's emotional intelligence helping children to practise problem-solving skills. Each chapter in this book explains circle time in a 'why? what? how?' format, and includes tick-sheets, bullet-pointed pages and examples showing how the theory works in practice. This is an invaluable and fun tool for developing young children's understanding of their feelings and relationships.
December 2014

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Clinical Nursing Skills - Pearson Education Staff; Barbara Callahan
Call Number: RT41 .C55 2015
ISBN: 9780133351798
Publication Date: 2014

The only skills book of its kind! ¿ Clinical Nursing Skills: A Concept-Based Approach, Volume III, 2nd edition is designed to meet the specific needs and approach of concept-based nursing programs in teaching key nursing skills. Clinical Nursing Skills: A Concept-based Approach is the third volume in a three-volume concept-based textbook series and presents more than 435 of the most important skills performed by nurses including common variations. This second edition has been revised, restructured, and updated to reflect the most current nursing practices and standards. ¿ Each skill is characterized by an overarching concept and is presented in exceptional step-by-step detail with beautiful, real-life illustrations, which help students visualize exactly how each skill is completed. ¿ Clinical Nursing Skills: A Concept-based Approach is available packaged with MyNursingLab® for Concepts. MyNursingLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students in learning. It helps students review, remember, and apply key concepts--resulting in better performance in the course--and provides educators with a dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class progress. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyNursingLab, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. ¿ Teaching and Learning Experience To provide a better teaching and learning experience, for both instructors and students, this program will help: Improve Results: MyNursingLab better prepares students for the classroom, skills lab and beyond. Develop Clinical Reasoning Skills for Today and Tomorrow: Students are encouraged to think creatively and critically about nursing care. Teach Evidence-based Nursing Skills: Nursing skills are taught using an easy-to-follow approach based on the most updated research and nursing standards.
December 2014

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Collaboration with the Advanced Practice Nurse - Angelo P. Giardino (Editor); Eileen R. Giardino (Editor); Robert G. Hanks
Call Number: RT82.8 c655 2014
ISBN: 9781633213111
Publication Date: 2014

The advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a critical part of today's healthcare delivery system. The need for competent care across all age ranges has created opportunities for APRNs to deliver care in a multitude of practice settings. The collaboration of APRNs with nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, and other healthcare workers is the impetus for this book. We realize that many of our colleagues might not fully understand the basic underpinnings of advanced practice nursing, what the roles of advanced practice nursing are, and what the educational background of the APRN is. To that end, this book describes the basic tenets of advanced practice nursing with a focus specifically on the nurse practitioner. Chapters address the development of advanced practice nursing, the four specific APRN roles, educational requirements, licensure, credentialing, and how APRNs work independently or collaboratively with physicians. The text provides a greater understanding of what APRNs can do and how they can work collaboratively with other health care professionals.
December 2014

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Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries - John Malcolm Dowling; Chin Fang Yap
Call Number: RA643.7.D44 D69 2014
ISBN: 9781137354778
Publication Date: 2014

For many developing countries coping with rapid population growth, this book provides an essential study of communicable diseases, in particular HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhea. While many books exist on the treatment of different diseases and others deal with social and behavioral foundations of public health, this study integrates the diagnosis of the extent of the disease burden, treatment and cure of communicable diseases in developing countries together with the practical aspects of delivery of these services to the public.Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries explores ways of improving public health through raising public awareness, staffing of public health centres, possible co-infection of different diseases (TB and HIV) and the integration of new developments in medicine into the delivery of public health services. It addresses these shortcomings and makes recommendations for increasing budgets for public health. This book analyzes health outcomes in developing countries and reports a wide ranging analysis of the determinants of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhea in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through a series of case studies on HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea and other waterbourne diseases, it provides details on how recent developments in diagnosis and treatment of these communicable diseases have been successfully integrated into public health systems.Furthermore, recent developments in the interrelationship and co-infection of HIV and tuberculosis are investigated and statistical models are developed to trace the determinants of mortality rates due to HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhea over the past decade. The results further highlight the pressing need for government intervention for the high-risk vulnerable groups.This book offers a significant insight into to the study of treatment and diagnosis of communicable diseases alongside the practical social implications. It makes indispensible reading for researchers, scholars and policy makers interested in health and welfare of developing countries.
December 2014

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Confronting Contagion - Melvin Santer
Call Number: RA643 .S26 2015
ISBN: 9780199356355
Publication Date: 2014

Throughout history, mankind's working theories regarding the cause of infectious disease have shifted drastically, as cultures developed their philosophic, religious, and scientific beliefs. Plagues that were originally attributed to the wrath of the god Apollo were later described by Thucydides as having nothing to do with the gods, though the cause was just as much a mystery to him as well. As centuries passed, medical and religious theorists proposed reasons such as poor air quality or the configuration of the planets as causes for the spread of disease. In every instance, in order to understand the origin of a disease theory during a specific period of history, one must understand that culture's metaphysical beliefs.In Confronting Contagion, Melvin Santer traces a history of disease theory all the way from Classical antiquity to our modern understanding of viruses. Chapters focus on people and places like the Pre-Socratic Philosophers, Galen and the emergence of Christianity in Rome, the Black Death in fourteenth-century Europe, cholera and puerperal sepsis in the nineteenth century, and other significant periods during which man's understanding of the cause of disease developed or transformed. In each, Santer identifies the key thinkers, writers, and scientists who helped form the working disease theories of the time. The book features many excerpts from primary sources, from Thucydides to the writings of twentieth-century virologists, creating an authentic synthesis of the world's intellectual and religious attitude toward disease throughout history.
December 2014

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Conquering the Content - Robin M. Smith
Call Number: LB1044.87 .S617
ISBN: 9781118717080
Publication Date: 2014

Put your course online now, without sacrificing pedagogical quality Conquering the Content: A Blueprint for Online Course Design and Development, Second Edition is a highly practical guide to creating online courses. With guidance on incorporating learning theory into online course content, as well as a host of templates, learning guides, and sample files, this book furnishes instructors and instructional designers with the information and tools they need to design and develop their course content to better serve online students. This second edition introduces relevance statements and time-saving tips as well as content maps which provide a scaffold for content organization and help students anchor the topics in their memories for retrieval. Readers will gain expert insight and best practices for designing within the rapidly changing online learning environment and learn to incorporate recent advances that can improve student outcomes. Because the book is designed to focus on online teaching pedagogy, it won't go out of date as specific tools change. Nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online class, and online hybrid classes are becoming more widespread. Distance learning is becoming the norm, but creating an online class is more complex than just posting course content on a website. Conquering the Content demonstrates how instructors can best revamp their course content to suit the online learning environment, and provides the tools and resources instructors need to transfer their effectiveness from the classroom to the online environment. Learn how to: Create student-friendly navigation structures that support what is known about the brain and learning Organize content based on priority, flow, and easy navigation Create assessments that work within the parameters of an online course "Chunk" information to facilitate better processing Time is of the essence in getting a course online, but it's important that pedagogy not get lost in the crush of new content. Course design is just as critical as course content when it comes to distance learning outcomes, and Conquering the Content provides a holistic and practical approach to effective online course development.
December 2014

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Conversations about Nurse Bullying - Renee Thompson; Bobbie Fratangelo (Designed by)
Call Number: RT86.C66 T56 2014
ISBN: 150075241X
Publication Date: 2014

The purpose of this Toolkit is to provide schools of nursing and healthcare organizations with the resources and strategies to: 1. Prepare pre-licensure nursing students and newly licensed nurses for the reality of disruptive behavior in the current healthcare environment, 2. Set expectations for professional behavior to help prevent the next generation of nurse bullies, and 3. Provide practical strategies to address disruptive behavior in the work environment. Each chapter includes objectives, an optional group activity and a list of questions that can be used in a live or online forum. Feel free to use these exercises as written or modify to meet the course objectives.
December 2014

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Decoding Alan Turing
Call Number: DVD QA29.T8 D433 2008
ISBN: B006G2FTJI
Publication Date: 2011

Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician, logician and cryptographer. A Cambridge graduate who was fundamental to cracking the Nazi's Enigma Code during WWII, Turing created what is hailed by some as the first modern computer and was a legendary innovator in his field.??He was also gay. And he fell victim to the intolerance and legal prosecution of his time felt by all LGBT individuals under the Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885 in Great Britain.
December 2014

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Defining Documents in American History - Michael Shally-Jensen (Editor)
Call Number: Ref E668 .R436 2014
ISBN: 9781619254879
Publication Date: 2014

Allows readers to gain new insights into the reconstruction era and the development of the industrial United States. Provides in-depth analysis of over twenty primary source documents to deliver a thorough examination of this important time in American history.
December 2014

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Digital Games and Learning - Nicola Whitton
Call Number: GV1469.15 .W52 2014
ISBN: 9780415629386
Publication Date: 2014

In recent years, there has been growing interest in the use of digital games to enhance teaching and learning at all educational levels, from early years through to lifelong learning, in formal and informal settings. The study of games and learning, however, takes a broader view of the relationship between games and learning, and has a diverse multi-disciplinary background. Digital Games and Learning: Research and Theory provides a clear and concise critical theoretical overview of the field of digital games and learning from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Taking into account research and theory from areas as varied as computer science, psychology, education, neuroscience, and game design, this book aims to synthesise work that is relevant to the study of games and learning. It focuses on four aspects of digital games: games as active learning environments, games as motivational tools, games as playgrounds, and games as learning technologies, and explores each of these areas in detail. This book is an essential guide for researchers, designers, teachers, practitioners, and policy makers who want to better understand the relationship between games and learning.
December 2014

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Diversifying the Teacher Workforce - Christine E. Sleeter (Editor); Kevin K. Kumashiro (Editor); La Vonne I. Neal (Editor)
Call Number: LB2835.25 .D58 2015
ISBN: 9780415736718
Publication Date: 2014

Diversifying the Teacher Workforce critically examines efforts to diversify the teaching force and narrow the demographic gap between who teaches and who populates U.S. classrooms. While the demographic gap is often invoked to provide a needed rationale for preparing all teachers, and especially White teachers, to work with students of color, it is far less often invoked in an effort to examine why the teaching force remains predominantly White in the first place. Based on work the National Association for Multicultural Education is engaged in on this phenomenon, this edited collection brings together leading scholars to look closely at this problem. They examine why the teaching force is predominantly White from historical as well as contemporary perspectives, showcase and report available data on a variety of ways this problem is being tackled at the pre-service and teacher credentialing levels, and examine how a diverse and high-quality teaching force can be retained and thrive. This book is an essential resource for any educator interested in exploring race within the context of today's urban schools.
December 2014

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Do You Believe in Magic? - M.D., Paul A Offit
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Offit 2014
ISBN: 0062222988
Publication Date: 2014

A half century ago, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, Chinese herbs, Christian exorcisms, dietary supplements, chiropractic manipulations, and ayurvedic remedies were considered on the fringe of medicine. Now these practices--known variably as alternative, complementary, holistic, or integrative medicine--have become mainstream, used by half of all Americans today to treat a variety of conditions, from excess weight to cancer. But alternative medicine is an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks, and many popular alternative therapies are ineffective, expensive, or even deadly. In Do You Believe in Magic? Dr. Offit debunks the treatments that don't work and tells us why, and takes on the media celebrities who promote alternative medicine. Using dramatic real-life stories, he separates the sense from the nonsense, explaining why any therapy--alternative or traditional--should be scrutinized. As Dr. Offit explains, some popular therapies are remarkably helpful due to the placebo response, but "there's no such thing as alternative medicine. There's only medicine that works and medicine that doesn't."
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Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
Call Number: Pleasure Reading King 2014
ISBN: 9781476779416
Publication Date: 2014

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep." Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.
December 2014

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Doctors Without Borders - Renée C. Fox
Call Number: RA390.F8 F69 2014
ISBN: 9781421413549
Publication Date: 2014

This study of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) casts new light on the organization's founding principles, distinctive culture, and inner struggles to realize more fully its "without borders" transnational vision. Pioneering medical sociologist Renée C. Fox spent nearly twenty years conducting extensive ethnographic research within MSF, a private international medical humanitarian organization that was created in 1971 and awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1999. With unprecedented access, Fox attended MSF meetings and observed doctors and other workers in the field. She interviewed MSF members and participants and analyzed the content of such documents as communications between MSF staff members within the offices of its various headquarters, communications between headquarters and the field, and transcripts of internal group discussions and meetings. Fox weaves these threads of information into a rich tapestry of the MSF experience that reveals the dual perspectives of an insider and an observer. The book begins with moving, detailed accounts from the blogs of women and men working for MSF in the field. From there, Fox chronicles the organization's early history and development, paying special attention to its struggles during the first decades of its existence to clarify and implement its principles. The core of the book is centered on her observations in the field of MSF';s efforts to combat a rampant epidemic of HIV/AIDS in postapartheid South Africa and the organization's response to two challenges in postsocialist Russia: an enormous surge in homelessness on the streets of Moscow and a massive epidemic of tuberculosis in the penal colonies of Siberia. Fox&'s accounts of these crises exemplify MSF's struggles to provide for thousands of people in need when both the populations and the aid workers are in danger. Enriched by vivid photographs of MSF operations and by ironic, self-critical cartoons drawn by a member of the Communications Department of MSF France, Doctors Without Borders highlights the bold mission of the renowned international humanitarian organization even as it demonstrates the intrinsic dilemmas of humanitarian action.
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Eating Culture - Gillian Crowther
Call Number: GN407 .C76 2013
ISBN: 9781442604650
Publication Date: 2013

Humans have an appetite for food, and anthropology--as the study of human beings, their culture, and society--has an interest in the role of food. From ingredients and recipes to meals and menus across time and space, Eating Culture is a highly engaging overview that illustrates the important role that anthropology and anthropologists have played in understanding food. Organized around the sometimes elusive concept of cuisine and the public discourse--on gastronomy, nutrition, sustainability, and culinary skills--that surrounds it, this practical guide to anthropological method and theory brings order and insight to our changing relationship with food.
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Empowering Excellence - Jeff Halstead
Call Number: LB1025.3 .H354 2014
ISBN: 9781475809848
Publication Date: 2014

Empowering Excellence inspires a revolution in teaching and assessment practices. These methods of teaching and grading represent a major step ahead in how teachers assess and interact with students. Empowering Excellence presents 12 significant shifts that encourage motivation, build confidence, and measure what students know and are able to do based on the Common Core State Standards or equivalent standards in a highly supportive, student-centered environment. Teachers, administrators, and education professors will find ideas that will transform classrooms into places where students are filled with confidence and empowered to strive for excellence."
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Empty Labor - Roland Paulsen
Call Number: HF5549 .P38 2014
ISBN: 1107066417
Publication Date: 2014

While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of 'empty labor', defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management.
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Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy - D. (Denis) C. Phillips (Editor)
Call Number: Internet LB17 .E52 2014eb
ISBN: 9781483346212
Publication Date: 2014

Education is a field sometimes beset by theories-of-the-day and with easy panaceas that over promise the degree to which they can alleviate pressing educational problems. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy introduces readers to theories that have stood the test of time and those that have provided the historical foundation for the best of contemporary educational theory and practice. Drawing together a team of international scholars, this invaluable reference examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, this work offers essays on cutting-edge research and concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Available in a choice of print or electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy is an ideal reference for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary educational theory.
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Encyclopedia of Transportation - Mark Garrett
Call Number: Internet HE141 .E534 2014eb
ISBN: 9781483346519
Publication Date: 2014

Viewing transportation through the lens of current social, economic, and policy aspects, this four-volume reference work explores the topic of transportation across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas, including geography, public policy, business, and economics.
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Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare - Bernadette Melnyk; Ellen Fineout-Overholt
Call Number: RT42 .M44 2015
ISBN: 9781451190946
Publication Date: 2014

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to make evidence-based practice an integral part of your clinical decision making and everyday nursing practice with Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. Written in a friendly, conversational style, this Third Edition of the authors' gold standard textbook covers all the information you need to use evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes. Real world examples and meaningful strategies in every chapter show you how to take a clinical issue from inquiry toa sustainable solution that drives a preferred standard of care. Enhance your understanding of the EBP process through Making EBP Real features at the end of each unit that present real world case stories and EBP Fast Facts that highlight important points from each chapter. Master the content of the course with critical appraisal checklists, evaluation tables, and synthesis tables. Further develop evidence-based practice knowledge and skills using handy web alerts that direct you to helpful Internet resources. Take your learning beyond the book with a wide range of online resources, including the American Journal of Nursing EBP Step-by-Step Series, which provides a real-world example of the EBP process, plus learning objectives, journal articles, and checklists, templates, and evaluation tables.
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Exploring Science Through Science Fiction - Barry B. Luokkala
Call Number: PN1995.9.S265 L86 2014
ISBN: 9781461478904
Publication Date: 2013

The material in this book forms the basis of an interdisciplinary, college-level course, which uses science fiction film as a vehicle for exploring science concepts. Unlike traditional introductory-level courses, the science content is arranged according to major themes in science fiction, with a deliberate progression from the highly objective and discipline-specific (e.g. Reference Frames; Physics of Space Travel and Time Travel) to the very multi-disciplinary and thought-provoking (e.g. Human Teleportation; Science and Society). Over 100 references to science fiction films and television episodes are included, spanning more than 100 years of cinematic history. Some of these are conducive to calculations (solutions included).
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Fizz - Tristan Donovan
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Donovan 2014
ISBN: 9781613747223
Publication Date: 2014

This social, cultural, and culinary history charts soda's remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquity. Off-the-wall and offbeat stories abound, including how quack medicine peddlers spawned some of the world's biggest brands, how fizzy pop cashed in on Prohibition, how soda helped presidents reach the White House, and even how Pepsi influenced Apple's marketing of the iPod. This history of carbonated drinks follows a seemingly simple everyday refreshment as it zinged and pinged over society's taste buds and, in doing so, changed the world. The story of soda is the story of the modern world, a tale of glamorous bubbles, sparkling dreams, big bucks, miracle cures, and spreading waistlines. Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World charts soda's remarkable, world-changing journey from awe-inspiring natural mystery to ubiquitous presence in all our lives. Along the way you'll meet the patent medicine peddlers who spawned some of the world's biggest brands with their all-healing concoctions, as well as the grandees of science and medicine mesmerized by the magic of bubbling water. You'll discover how fizzy pop cashed in on Prohibition, helped presidents reach the White House, and became public health enemy number one. You'll learn how Pepsi put the fizz in Apple's marketing, how Coca-Cola joined the space race, and how soda's sticky sweet allure defined and built nations. And you'll find out how an alleged soda-loving snail rewrote the law books. Fizz tells the extraordinary tale of how a seemingly simple everyday refreshment zinged and pinged over our taste buds and, in doing so, changed the world around us.
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Food for Change - Jeff Pratt; Peter Luetchford
Call Number: HD9000.5 .P738 2014
ISBN: 9780745334493
Publication Date: 2013

Concern about our food system is growing, from the costs of industrial farming to the dominant role of supermarkets and recurring scandals about the origins and content of what we eat.Food for Change documents the way alternative food movements respond to these concerns by trying to create more closed economic circuits within which people know where, how, and by whom their food is produced.Jeff Pratt, Peter Luetchford and other contributors explore the key political and economic questions of food through the everyday experience and vivid insights of farmers and consumers, using fieldwork from case studies in four European countries (France, Spain, Italy and England). Food for Change is an insightful consideration of connections between food and wider economic relations and draws on a rich vein of anthropological writing on the topic.
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Fundamentals of Physics - R. Shankar
Call Number: QC21.3 .S53 2014
ISBN: 9780300192209
Publication Date: 2014

Professor R. Shankar, a well-known physicist and contagiously enthusiastic educator, was among the first to offer a course through the innovative Open Yale Course program. His popular online video lectures on introductory physics have been viewed over a million times. In this concise and self-contained book based on his online Yale course, Shankar explains the fundamental concepts of physics from Galileo's and Newton's discoveries to the twentieth-century's revolutionary ideas on relativity and quantum mechanics. The book begins at the simplest level, develops the basics, and reinforces fundamentals, ensuring a solid foundation in the principles and methods of physics. It provides an ideal introduction for college-level students of physics, chemistry, and engineering, for motivated AP Physics students, and for general readers interested in advances in the sciences. Instructor resources--including problem sets and sample examinations--and more information about Professor Shankar's course are available at http://oyc.yale.edu/physics/phys-200.
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George Washington's Secret Six - Brian Kilmeade; Don Yaeger
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Kilmeade 2014
ISBN: 9781595231031
Publication Date: 2013

From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British before they, or anyone else, could discover their names. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger finally give Townsend and his fellow spies their proper due, telling the fascinating story of how they passed information to George Washington that turned the tide of the war. Using a network of citizen operatives that included a longshoreman, bartender, newspaper editor, housewife, tailor, and femme fatale, and employing a series of complex codes, the so-called Culper Spy Ring used sophisticated tactics to subvert the British. Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.
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Global Food Futures - Brian Gardner
Call Number: HD90000.5 .G274 2013
ISBN: 9780857851543
Publication Date: 2013

By 2050 the world will be faced with the enormous challenge of feeding 9 billion people despite being affected by climate change, rising energy costs and pressure on food growing land and other major resources. How will the world produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed a projected extra 2.3 billion people? What will be the impact of food shortages and high prices on areas in crisis such as sub-Sahara Africa? Where will future production growth come from? And how do we balance the need for environmental protection with sustainable agricultural production methods?This is the first text to present a scholarly, balanced approach to the contentious area of food production and supply up to 2050 - offering a readable and well-informed account which tackles the global food situation in all its totality, from agricultural production, technological advance, dietary concerns, population changes, income trends, environmental issues, government food and agriculture policy, trade, financial markets, macroeconomics and food security. Highly accessible and written by a specialist author with experience as an agricultural analyst, policy advisor and researcher, Global Food Futures synthesises the key issues in one volume.
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Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Tarttelin 2014
ISBN: 9781476705804
Publication Date: 2013

"This is a gripping and fully-realized novel." -Emily St. John Mandel, National Book Award-nominated author of Station Eleven; 2014 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST WINNER OF THE 2014 ALEX AWARD BOOKLIST TOP 10 FIRST NOVEL OF 2013 SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013. Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he's the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He's even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max's mother, is determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years, but now that the boys are getting older, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband Steve has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives. The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won't his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he's starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him-desire him-once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really? Golden Boy is a novel you'll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.
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Handbook of Learning Disabilities, Second Edition - H. Lee Swanson (Editor); Karen R. Harris (Editor); Steve Graham (Editor)
Call Number: LC4704 .H364 2014
ISBN: 1462518680
Publication Date: 2014

Widely regarded as the standard reference in the field, this comprehensive handbook presents state-of-the-art knowledge about the nature and classification of learning disabilities (LD), their causes, and how individuals with these difficulties can be identified and helped to succeed. Best practices are described for supporting student performance in language arts, math, and other content areas. Contributors also identify general principles of effective instruction and review issues in service delivery within response-to-intervention (RTI) frameworks. The book critically examines the concepts and methods that guide LD research and highlights important directions for future investigation.New to This Edition:*Incorporates key advances in identifying and remediating LD, with particular attention to the role of RTI. *Chapters on social cognitive, behavioral genetic, and neurobiological aspects.*Chapters on adolescents and adults with LD.*Chapters on spelling instruction, history instruction, and classroom technology applications.*Chapter synthesizing 21st-century advances in LD research methods, plus chapters on advanced statistical models, single-case designs, and meta-analysis.
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Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express Their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writing - Elise Geither; Lisa Meeks
Call Number: LC4717 .G45 2014
ISBN: 9781849059961
Publication Date: 2014

Elise Geither, PhD, is Associate Director of Spoken English Programs at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. She has over 20 years of experience teaching, tutoring, and advising students at the university level and previously worked as an English teacher in secondary level education. She specializes in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are transitioning from high school to university. She lives in Northridgeville, OH. Lisa Meeks, PhD, is Director of Student Disability Services at the University of California, San Francisco. She has done extensive work in the area of transitions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder developing specialized supports at three universities and she frequently consults with corporate and academic institutions regarding effective supports for students on the spectrum. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
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Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay
Call Number: DVD HQ75.8.H39 A3 2009
ISBN: B0035WTYJS
Publication Date: 2010

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay tells the riveting story of one of America's unsung heroes, gay rights activist Harry Hay. A significant contributor to the struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the U.S., Hay created the country's first homosexual rights organization, the Mattachine Society, in the late 1940s, a time of violence and oppression against homosexuals. Hay was the first to publicly identify gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority and to insist they deserve equality. Using interviews with Harry Hay and his contemporaries, archival photographs, newsreel footage, and visually stylized dramatizations, Hope Along the Wind brings to life the people and history that shaped its subject's life. Hope Along the Wind traces Hay's activist roots beginning in the 1930s when he became involved with the Los Angeles branch of the Communist Party, quickly becoming a key labor organizer and Marxist teacher. For more than a decade Hay worked in the Party before turning his energies to gay rights organizing.
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IGods - Craig Detweiler
Call Number: BR115. T42 D48 2014
ISBN: 9781587433443
Publication Date: 2013

Today the world is literally at our fingertips. We can call, text, email, or post our status to friends and family on the go. We can carry countless games, music, and apps in our pocket. Yet it's easy to feel overwhelmed by access to so much information and exhausted from managing our online relationships and selves. Craig Detweiler, a nationally known writer and speaker on media issues, provides needed Christian perspective on navigating today's social media culture. He interacts with major symbols, or "iGods," of our distracted age--Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Pixar, YouTube, and Twitter--to investigate the impact of the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us. Detweiler offers a historic look at where we've been and a prophetic look at where we're headed, helping us sort out the immediate from the eternal, the digital from the divine.
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Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services - Jolinda Thompson
Call Number: Z699.35.C38 T48 2014
ISBN: 9780810891265
Publication Date: 2014

Web scale discovery tools index a vast number of resources in a wide variety formats and allow users to search for content in a physical collection, print and electronic journal collections, and other resources from a single search box. Search results are displayed in a manner similar to internet searches, in a relevance-ranked list with links to online content. Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a one-stop source for librarians seeking to evaluate, purchase, and implement a web-scale discovery service. The book breaks down each phase of the project into decision points and action plans which will help move the project forward in an orderly and focused manner. After reading this guide, librarians will be able to: .identify the system with the best content match for their library; .conduct informative product trials; .negotiate for the best pricing options; .and optimize customization of the selected systems to meet local needs. Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians guides librarians on configuring search boxes, integrating local content sources, and making full-text easily accessible. This text presents the information in check lists, decision trees, and quotes from early adopters, and includes information on how to customize these systems to meet each library s specific needs."
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Indian Policies in the Americas - William Y. Adams
Call Number: E59.G6 A43 2014
ISBN: 9781934691922
Publication Date: 2014

William Y. Adams grew up in an Indian Service family in an Indian Service town in the 1930s. Window Rock, Arizona was the newly founded administrative capital for the vast Navajo reservation, and all 298 of its residents were Indian Bureau employees or their families. With the exception of a few low-level service personnel, none were Navajo, nor did they have any detailed familiarity with the world of hogans and corrals. They were technocrats, skilled in agriculture, range management, forestry, mining, education, public health, and law enforcement, among other things. Despite their varied backgrounds and skills, however, they shared a common determination to do right by the Indians after decades of government neglect and mismanagement. That concept, however, originated not in Window Rock but in Washington, the administrative headquarters of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In the years following World War II, Adams lived and worked among Navajos and Hopis in a number of different capacities.As an archaeological explorer, an ethnologist, an interviewer for the Arizona Bureau of Ethnic Research, a livestock drive foreman, and - perhaps most importantly - a trader, he became aware of the myth of the Indian: a belief in the Indian as a kind of unitary, symbolic figure, who stood as the surrogate for hundreds of tribes, cultures, and languages spread across the American continent. In Indian Policies in the Americas, Adams addresses the idea that the Indian, as conceived by colonial powers and later by different postcolonial interest groups, was as much ideology as empirical reality. Adams surveys the policies of the various colonial and postcolonial powers, then reflects upon the great ideological, moral, and intellectual issues that underlay those policies.
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Jim Henson - Brian Jay Jones
Call Number: PN1982.H46 J66 2013
ISBN: 9780345526113
Publication Date: 2013

For the first time ever--a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson. He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story. This extraordinary biography--written with the generous cooperation of the Henson family--covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life: from his childhood in Leland, Mississippi, through the years of burgeoning fame in America, to the decade of international celebrity that preceded his untimely death at age fifty-three. Drawing on hundreds of hours of new interviews with Henson's family, friends, and closest collaborators, as well as unprecedented access to private family and company archives, Brian Jay Jones explores the creation of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and his nearly ten-year campaign to bring The Muppet Show to television. Jones provides the imaginative context for Henson's non-Muppet projects, including the richly imagined worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth--as well as fascinating misfires like Henson's dream of opening an inflatable psychedelic nightclub. An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all the facets of this American original: the master craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on television, the savvy businessman whose deal-making prowess won him a reputation as "the new Walt Disney," and the creative team leader whose collaborative ethos earned him the undying loyalty of everyone who worked for him. Here also is insight into Henson's intensely private personal life: his Christian Science upbringing, his love of fast cars and expensive art, and his weakness for women. Though an optimist by nature, Henson was haunted by the notion that he would not have time to do all the things he wanted to do in life--a fear that his heartbreaking final hours would prove all too well founded. An up-close look at the charmed life of a legend, Jim Henson gives the full measure to a man whose joyful genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture--and continues to beguile audiences worldwide.
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Justice and Foreign Policy - Michael Blake
Call Number: JZ1306 .B53 2013
ISBN: 9780199552009
Publication Date: 2013

This book is an argument about the moral foundations of foreign policy. It argues that a liberal state can insist upon the universal reach of liberal ideas, while still distinguishing between what is owed to citizens and what is owed to foreign citizens. This liberalism includes a concern for liberal toleration, which is intended to defend the proposition that a liberal state can work for democratization and liberalism abroad, without being intolerant or illiberal in doing so. What constraints there are on foreign policy emerge not from the need to tolerate undemocratic regimes, but from the prudential reason that there are few effective and proportional means by which such regimes might be liberalized. It also argues that international inequality is wrong only when and to the extent this inequality can be shown to undermine the democratic self-rule of a society. Global poverty and underdevelopment is wrong for reasons quite unlike the reasons given to condemn domestic inequality. These facts are combined to give an attractive and coherent picture of how the foreign policy of a liberal state might be morally evaluated.
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Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .E344 2014
ISBN: B00K2CHX9C
Publication Date: 2014

An alien race, undefeatable by any existing military unit, has launched a relentless attack on Earth, and Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself dropped into a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage is thrown into a time loop, forced to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Training alongside warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), his skills slowly evolve, and each battle moves them one step closer to defeating the enemy in this fun action thriller.
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Living with Infamy - Pippa Holloway
Call Number: KF9747 .H65 2014
ISBN: 9780199976089
Publication Date: 2013

Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship examines the history of disfranchisement for criminal conviction in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the post-war South, white southern Democrats expanded the usage of laws disfranchising for crimes of infamy in order to deny African Americans the suffrage rights due them as citizens, employing historical similarities between the legal statuses of slaves and convicts as justification. At the same time, our nation's criminal code changed. The inhumane treatment of prisoners, the expansion of the prison system, the public nature of punishment by forced labor, and the abandonment of the idea of reform and rehabilitation of prisoners all contributed to a national consensus that certain categories of criminals should be permanently disfranchised. As racial barriers to suffrage were challenged and fell, rights remained restricted for persons targeted by such infamy laws. Criminal convictions - in place of race - continued the disparity in legal status between whites and African Americans. Decades later, after race-based disfranchisement has officially ended, legislation steeped in a legacy of racial discrimination continues to perpetuate a dichotomy of suffrage and citizenship that is still effecting our election outcomes today.
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Lone Working Personal Safety - Gerard O'Dea
Call Number: RT87.L66 O34 2014
ISBN: 1494759217
Publication Date: 2014

Lone Working Personal Safety - A guidebook for health and social care workers will give you practical and largely unexplored personal safety advice which will inform and enhance how you make decisions. It will also widen the discussions you have within your team about how you as a group can improve your personal safety systems.The material in this book has been specifically developed to provide workers in NHS trusts, social care departments, housing organisations and charity organisations with advice which comprehensively addresses the safey needs when lone working in the community.Chapters cover topics such as: Lone worker safety devices, Understanding aggression and fear, Conflict triggers and tactics, Receiving and broadcasting body language signals, Reasonable force rulesAbout the author:Gerard O'Dea is a conflict, personal safety and physical interventions training consultant and principal trainer for Dynamis. Inspired by the challenges of 'the universal human phobia of interpersonal conflict', he has dedicated his career to the investigation of these topics and the dissemination of useful advice on how to prevent and manage aggression and violence.
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Lost Lewiston, Idaho - Steven D. Branting
Call Number: PNW F754.L67 B725 2014
ISBN: 9781626196179
Publication Date: 2014

Lewiston has a proud heritage of historic preservation. Yet, as with other communities, it has neglected and thrown away once-treasured landmarks and precious memories with the passage of time. Some legacies were crafted with brick and mortar, others with flesh and blood. Nothing is permanent unless we make it so. Join award-winning historian Steven D. Branting as he takes a focused look at some of Lewiston's bygone edifices and the ambitious civic leaders and craftsmen who fashioned them. Reconnect with the city's scholars, its pious, its dreamers and one desperate teenager. They all made Lewiston what it once was, bequeathed their present to be our past and have sadly faded from our view.
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Management of Aggressive Behavior - Jane, Jane John-Nwankwo ,MSN.
Call Number: BF575.A3 J64 2014
ISBN: 1500817538
Publication Date: 2014

Management of aggressive behavior is an effort to provide protection for the client and healthcare professional against any type of assault from either party. Assaultive behavior in the healthcare setting compromises the safety of the healthcare workers, the patients and visitors to the emergency rooms, mental health units, group homes, long term care facilities, etc. The abusive behavior undermines the efforts of the health care professionals that are in many cases, the victims. Poor behavior management costs the hospital time, money and high turnover rates. This book discusses the meaning of assaultive behavior and crisis, the types and causes of crisis, General safety measures, Personal safety measures, The assault cycle, Aggression and violence predicting factors, Obtaining patient history from a patient with violent behavior, Characteristics of aggressive, and violent patients and victims, Verbal and physical maneuvers to diffuse and avoid violent behavior, Strategies to avoid physical harm, Restraining techniques., Appropriate use of medications as chemical restraints, and lastly, emergency preparedness for hospitals. Each of the seven chapters has assessment questions to ensure proper understanding of the topics taught. This is an ideal textbook to teach healthcare professionals about Management of Aggressive Behavior or Crisis Prevention & Intervention in Healthcare.
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Moral Evil - Andrew Michael Flescher
Call Number: BJ1401 .F57 2013
ISBN: 9781626160101
Publication Date: 2013

The idea of moral evil has always held a special place in philosophy and theology because the existence of evil has implications for the dignity of the human and the limits of human action. Andrew Michael Flescher proposes four interpretations of evil, drawing on philosophical and theological sources and using them to trace through history the moral traditions that are associated with them. The first model, evil as the presence of badness, offers a traditional dualistic model represented by Manicheanism. The second, evil leading to goodness through suffering, presents a theological interpretation known as theodicy. Absence of badness -- that is, evil as a social construction -- is the third model. The fourth, evil as the absence of goodness, describes when evil exists in lieu of the good -- the "privation" thesis staked out nearly two millennia ago by Christian theologian St. Augustine. Flescher extends this fourth model -- evil as privation -- into a fifth, which incorporates a virtue ethic. Drawing original connections between Augustine and Aristotle, Flescher's fifth model emphasizes the formation of altruistic habits that can lead us to better moral choices throughout our lives. Flescher eschews the temptation to think of human agents who commit evil as outside the norm of human experience. Instead, through the honing of moral skills and the practice of attending to the needs of others to a greater degree than we currently do, Flescher offers a plausible and hopeful approach to the reality of moral evil.
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Next-Gen Learning Spaces - Brown, Sherri; Bennett, Charlie; Henson, Bruce; Valk, Alison
Call Number: LB1028.3 .B768 2014
ISBN: 9781594079252
Publication Date: 2014

This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of library learning spaces, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past ten years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-gen information commons and next-gen spaces. It explores five main areas related to learning spaces: what kinds of learning spaces currently exist, how these spaces have changed since their inception, and the effects these spaces have had on other library operations; the instruction, programming, and collaboration that take place in the learning spaces; and the current assessment methods for learning spaces and changes that have been made or are planned based on the results of these evaluations. This SPEC Kit includes examples of learning spaces, instruction spaces, floor plans and maps, marketing for spaces, programs, and instruction, space use policies and procedures, job descriptions and organization charts, and planning and assessment documents.
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Nine Years Under - Sheri Booker
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Booker 2014
ISBN: 9781592407620
Publication Date: 2014

A dazzling and darkly comic memoir about coming of age in a black funeral home in Baltimore. Sheri Booker was only fifteen when she started working at Wylie Funeral Home in West Baltimore. She had no idea her summer job would become nine years of immersion into a hidden world. Reeling from the death of her beloved great aunt, Sheri found comfort in the funeral home and soon had the run of the place. With AIDS and gang violence threatening to wipe out a generation of black men, Wylie was never short on business. As families came together to bury one of their own, Booker was privy to their most intimate moments of grief and despair. But along with the sadness, Booker encountered moments of dark humor: brawls between mistresses and widows, and car crashes at McDonald's with dead bodies in tow. While she never got over her terror of the embalming room, Booker learned to expect the unexpected and to never, ever cry. Nine Years Under offers readers an unbelievable glimpse into an industry in the backdrop of all our lives.
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Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Dunham 2014
ISBN: 9780812994995
Publication Date: 2014

For readers of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, wise, and fiercely candid collection of personal essays establishes Lena Dunham--the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls--as one of the most original young talents writing today. In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one's way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.
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Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged - Gordon Hughes (Editor); Philipp Blom (Editor)
Call Number: N8260 .N68 2014
ISBN: 9781606064313
Publication Date: 2014

Much of how WWI is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and extensive destruction that marked the conflict. This book examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of 20th-century artistic Modernism.
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Nutrition in Clinical Practice - David L. Katz; Rachel S. C. Friedman; Sean C. Lucan
Call Number: RM216.N88 K28 2015
ISBN: 9781451186642
Publication Date: 2014

In nearly every level of treatment and counseling, care providers must take into account the effects of their patients' diets.Nutrition in Clinical Practice is written to guide health professionals in providing well-informed, compassionate, and effective dietary and weight-management counseling. This fully updated 3rd edition is edited by a leading authority in nutrition and preventive medicine. Practical and evidence-based, chapters address the effects of diet on health and a comprehensive array of illnesses, making it a vital and timely addition to any caregiver's library. Features: NEW data from hundreds of recent studies NEW section: Contemporary Topics in Nutrition Easy-reference format includes short chapters, links to current online articles Contributors representing diverse expertise and practical experience with medical education, nutrition in clinical practice, and preventive medicine Enhanced coverage of controversial topics, such as, the effects of sugar; health effects of obesity and the 'obesity paradox'; health effects of gluten and grains; nutritional therapy Appendices includes ancillary materials such as clinically relevant formulas, nutrition data tables, and patient specific meal planners, all fully updated Now with the print edition, enjoy the bundled interactive eBook edition, offering tablet, smartphone, or online access to: Complete content with enhanced navigation A powerful search tool that pulls results from content in the book, your notes, and even the web Cross-linked pages, references, and more for easy navigation Highlighting tool for easier reference of key content throughout the text Ability to take and share notes with friends and colleagues Quick reference tabbing to save your favorite content for future use.
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Our Final Invention - James Barrat
Call Number: Q335 .B377 2013
ISBN: 9780312622374
Publication Date: 2013

A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013 Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail-human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?
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Overheated - Andrew T. Guzman
Call Number: QC903 .G895 2013
ISBN: 9780199933877
Publication Date: 2013

The theory that human activity is causing the earth to warm is broadly known. Yet while the vast majority of scientists who study the issue think that global warming is both real and dangerous, nations have done very little to halt - much less reverse - the process. The main reason for this is that crafting policies to reduce global warming presents a serious collective action problem: the threat today seems minor, yet taking it on alone puts nations at a competitive disadvantage with those who simply elide the issue. Moreover, amidst this environment of buck passing, there is a vocal minority that contends that global warming is not even occurring. And there are others who admit that while it might be occurring, it is an entirely manageable threat. In Overheated, Andrew Guzman stresses that a major problem facing proponents of global warming reduction policies is that it remains an abstract issue for most. Yes, it might occur, but ordinary people really do not have a sense of how it will impact their lives. Guzman moves beyond abstractions and spells out the real-world consequences for human societies if we continue on the path that we're presently on: pandemics resulting from escalating urbanization and migration, massive flooding, the impact of rising sea levels on coastlines, and oscillations in food production. Guzman argues that only by establishing the increasing likelihood of these sorts of catastrophes can we begin to implement changes in national and international policy. By shifting the discussion away from scientific evidence that has no apparent effect on people's daily lives to global warming's wide-ranging impact on human societies, Overheated brings global warming down to earth. In doing so, it forces us to confront the very real ways in which climate change will negatively transform the lives of billions of people if we fail to institute effective policies to mitigate it.
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Pathology of Infectious Diseases - Gary W. Procop; Bobbi Pritt
Call Number: RC112 .P38 2014
ISBN: 9781437707625
Publication Date: 2014

Pathology of Infectious Diseases, by Gary W. Procop, MD, A Volume in the Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series, packs all of today's most essential information on infectious disease pathology into a compact, high-yield format! Well-organized and segmented by type of infectious organism, the book's pragmatic approach complemented by abundant full-color, high-quality photomicrographs and clinical photos, and at-a-glance tables makes it easy to access the information you need to quickly and accurately detect and identify pathogenic organisms. Chapters on immunohistochemical and molecular techniques as well as artifacts and pitfalls guide you to accurate detection and identifications. Quickly find the information you need thanks to a well-organized, user-friendly format with templated headings, detailed illustrations, at-a-glance tables, and segmentation by type of infectious organism-viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic. Avoid common problems that can lead to an incorrect diagnosis. A special section on artifacts and pitfalls shows you what to look for. Get superb visual guidance from an abundance of full-color, high-quality photomicrographs and clinical photos. Employ the latest diagnostic advancements including immunohistochemical and molecular techniques. Access the full text from any computer, including the entire image bank and links to PubMed, at expertconsult. Learn from one of the very best. Dr. Gary W. Procop, one of the most outstanding young clinical pathologists in medical microbiology in American medicine, shares his vision about how new technologies may be used to rapidly identify pathogenic organisms and detect resistance to treatment regimens. Recognized for distinguished research contributions to the discipline of clinical microbiology, he was the recipient of the 2007 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) BD Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of his scientific achievements. Implement proven diagnostic approaches such as real-time PCR assays and pepticnucleic acid probes with guidance from the pioneer of these techniques! Up- to-date essential information on infectious disease pathology in a compact high yield format.
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Repo! The Genetic Opera
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .R47 2009
ISBN: B001MT7ZEW
Publication Date: 2009

In the year 2056 - the not so distant future - an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
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Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War - David F. Schmitz
Call Number: DS558 .S346 2014
ISBN: 9781442227095
Publication Date: 2014

President Richard Nixon s first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold a policy of containment, protect America s credibility, and defy the left s antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon s moves made sense. However, by 1971 the president was forced to significantly de-escalate the American presence and seek a negotiated end to the war, which is now accepted as an American defeat, and a resounding failure of American foreign relations. This book, by accomplished foreign relations historian David F. Schmitz, is intended to provide an up-to-date analysis of Nixon s Vietnam policy in a concise and accessible way. Schmitz addresses the main controversies of Nixon s Vietnam strategy, and in so doing manages to trace back the ways in which this most calculating and perceptive politician wound up resigning from office a fraud and failure. Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon s policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society, and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day."
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Shadow Nations - N. Bruce Duthu
Call Number: KF8390 .D88 2013
ISBN: 9780199735860
Publication Date: 2013

American Indian tribes have long been recognized as "domestic, dependent nations" within the United States with powers of self-government that operate within the tribes' sovereign territories. Yet, over the years, the Congress, and more recently, the US Supreme Court, have steadily eroded these tribal powers. In some respects, the erosion of tribal powers reflects the legacy of an imperialist impulse within the nation that operates to constrain or eliminate any political power that may compete with it. These developments have served to move the nation away from its formative commitments to a legally plural society, or in other words, the idea that multiple nations and their legal systems could co-exist peacefully in shared territories.This book argues for redirecting the trajectory of tribal-federal relations to better reflect the formative ethos of legal pluralism that operated in the nation's earliest years. Such efforts will require that we confront and redress a number of ideological, constitutional and institutional challenges that may otherwise impede the important work of revitalizing tribal systems of self-government. From an ideological standpoint, this means that we must reexamine our long-held commitments to legal centralism, the view that the nation-state and its institutions are the only legitimate sources of law, as well as our commitments to liberalism, the dominant political philosophy that under girds our democratic structures and situates the individual, not the group or a collective, as the bedrock moral unit of society. From a constitutional standpoint, establishing more robust expressions of tribal sovereignty will require that we take seriously the concerns of citizens, tribal and non-tribal alike, who will demand that tribal governments operate consistent with constitutional values. Finally, from an institutional standpoint, these efforts will require a new, flexible and adaptable institutional architecture that is better suited to accommodating these competing interests.
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Sisterhood in Sports - Joan Steidinger
Call Number: GV709 .S74 2014
ISBN: 9781442230330
Publication Date: 2014

Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete tells the stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports. Their natural tendency to use talking as a primary form of communication is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to have BFFs, collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track. There are now dozens of studies showing how the female brain and hormones operate quite differently than those of men. This book reveals the ways in which these differences confirm that intense emotions about relationships are part of the sporting life for female competitors. Joan Steidinger uses real stories to show that women and girls compete at very high levels, but also have a different view of their teammates and opponents, one based on relationships and communication, that impacts performance both on and off the field. They enjoy and revel in sisterhood, even as they fight to win. Understanding this need for connection helps us better understand how female athletes succeed and perform both in sports and in life. Female athletes and anyone who works with them will learn how to better facilitate mastery, competition, collaboration, and connection on and off the field the practice of female collaborative competition.
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Superfood Juices, Smoothies and Drinks - Jason Manheim; Leo Quijano II (Photographer)
Call Number: TX840.J84 M37 2014
ISBN: 9781629145921
Publication Date: 2014

In his previous book, The Healthy Green Drink Diet, Jason Manheim established that one juice or smoothie a day--made from green vegetables such as kale, cucumber, celery, and spinach--works wonders for organ health, immune system strength, and weight loss. Now, Manheim takes these drinks to the next level by offering recipes to help you introduce healthy drinks made with superfoods into your daily diet. Superfoods include apples, bananas, avocados, cherries, chia seeds, dark chocolate, carrots, green tea, hot peppers, kiwis, mangoes, nuts and oats, lemons and limes, peaches, spinach, Swiss chard, and many more foods that you can easily grab at your neighborhood grocery store. In Superfood Juices, Smoothies, and Drinks, Manheim explains why superfoods are good for your overall health and then offers ways to incorporate them into the beverages you drink all day long. Incorporating superfoods into the following types of drinks will help you lose weight, stay focused, and get energized: Juices Smoothies Coffees Teas Infused waters Ciders Probiotic drinks And more!
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Taylor's Handbook of Clinical Nursing Skills - Pamela Lynn
Call Number: RT51 .L96 2015
ISBN: 9781451193633
Publication Date: 2014

Taylor's Handbook of Clinical Nursing Skills, a quick-reference guide to basic and advanced nursing skills, outlines step-by-step instructions while reinforcing the cognitive and technical knowledge needed to perform skills safely and effectively. The convenient handbook format is helpful for your review in the lab or clinical setting and as a reference for practice.
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Teaching Stem in the Early Years - Sally Moomaw
Call Number: LB1139.5.S35 M66 2013
ISBN: 9781605541211
Publication Date: 2013

More than 85 activities that support and extend children's learning in the four STEM disciplines. Stimulate and engage children's thinking as you integrate STEM experiences throughout your classroom. These engaging, developmentally appropriate activities maximize children's learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each experience combines at least two STEM disciplines and incorporates materials and situations that are interesting and meaningful to children. Use this book to discover the many possibilities for teaching STEM to young children, including ideas for Learning centers Cooking, art, music, block play, and sensory table activities Outdoor time Project-centered curriculum Quick activities that require minimal preparation on your part Field trips With the growing focus on early childhood mathematics and science, this book is a much-needed resource for every early childhood classroom. It will encourage you to think differently about STEM education, and you will see how easy it is to accommodate curriculum goals and learning standards in math and science activities. Sally Moomaw, EdD, is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of eight other Redleaf Press books and a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences across the country. Much of Dr. Moomaw's research and teaching is in the area of STEM education.
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The Cairo Conference of 1943 - Ronald Ian Heiferman
Call Number: D749.H452011
ISBN: 9780786448043
Publication Date: 2011

For four days in November 1943, Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the future of the war in the China-Burma-India Theater and plans for the ultimate defeat of Japan. This would be the first and last time that these leaders would meet. This book chronicles the Cairo Conference, the events leading up to the conference, and the consequences of the decisions, understandings and misunderstandings that resulted from the summit. The only book-length study of the subject, this text examines the enormous impact the conference had on the course of the war in Asia and post-war Sino-Western relations.
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The Challenge of Congressional Representation - Richard F. Fenno
Call Number: JK1319 .F428 2013
ISBN: 9780674072695
Publication Date: 2013

At a moment when Congress is widely viewed as hyper-partisan and dysfunctional, Richard Fenno provides a variegated picture of American representational politics. The Challenge of Congressional Representation offers an up-close-and-personal look at the complex relationship between members of Congress and their constituents back home. When not crafting policy in Washington, the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are busy assessing and building voter support in their districts. Fenno delves into the activities of five members of the Houseâe"Republicans representing Pennsylvania and New York, and Democrats from California, Florida, and Illinois. Spanning the ideological spectrum, these former and current representatives are senior lawmakers and rookie back-benchers from both urban and rural areas. Fenno travels with them in their own political territories, watching and talking with them, conducting interviews, and meeting aides and constituents. He illuminates the all-consuming nature of representational workâe"the complicated lives of House members shuttling back and forth between home and Capitol, building and maintaining networks, and making compromises. Agreeing to talk on the record without protective anonymity, these elected House members emerge as real personalities, at once praiseworthy and fallible. While voting patterns and policy analysis constitute an important window into the legislative process, the nonquantifiable human element that political scientists so frequently overlook is the essence of negotiation. Fenno focuses our attention on how congressional leaders negotiate with constituents as well as with colleagues.
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The Circle of Security Intervention - Glen Cooper; Kent Hoffman; Bert Powell; Bob Marvin; Charles H. Zeanah (Foreword by)
Call Number: BF723.A75 P69 2014
ISBN: 9781593853143
Publication Date: 2013

The authors are recipients of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Award presented by the New York Attachment Consortium! Presenting both a theoretical foundation and proven strategies for helping caregivers become more attuned and responsive to their young children's emotional needs (ages 0-5), this is the first comprehensive presentation of the Circle of Security (COS) intervention. The book lucidly explains the conceptual underpinnings of COS and demonstrates the innovative attachment-based assessment and intervention strategies in rich clinical detail, including three chapter-length case examples. Reproducible forms and handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. COS is an effective research-based program that has been implemented throughout the world with children and parents experiencing attachment difficulties. The authors are corecipients of the 2013 Bowlby-Ainsworth Award, presented by the New York Attachment Consortium, for developing and implementing COS.
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The Curiosity - Stephen P. Kiernan
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Kiernan 2014
ISBN: 9780062221070
Publication Date: 2014

What if the love of your life died decades before you were born? When Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team discover the body of a man buried deep in the Arctic ice, her egocentric and paranoid boss, Erastus Carthage, orders the frozen man to be brought to his lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named The Lazarus Project, and as the man, Jeremiah Rice, begins to regain his memories, the last thing he recalls is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists. Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love. A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, The Curiosity raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity.
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The Depths - Jonathan Rottenberg
Call Number: RC537 .R6585 2014
ISBN: 9780465022212
Publication Date: 2014

Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of mood and his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adult Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. Moods, high and low, evolved to compel us to more efficiently pursue rewards. While this worked for our ancestors, our modern environment in which daily survival is no longer a sole focus makes it all too easy for low mood to slide into severe, long-lasting depression. Weaving together experimental and epidemiological research, clinical observations, and the voices of individuals who have struggled with depression, The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition. In so doing, Rottenberg offers hope in the form of his own and other patients recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.
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The Ethics of Interrogation - Paul Lauritzen
Call Number: HV8593 .L383 2013
ISBN: 9781589019720
Publication Date: 2013

Can harsh interrogation techniques and torture ever be morally justified for a nation at war or under the threat of imminent attack? In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, the United States and other liberal democracies were forced to grapple once again with the issue of balancing national security concerns against the protection of individual civil and political rights. This question was particularly poignant when US forces took prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq who arguably had information about additional attacks. In this volume, ethicist Paul Lauritzen takes on ethical debates about counterterrorism techniques that are increasingly central to US foreign policy and discusses the ramifications for the future of interrogation. Lauritzen examines how doctors, lawyers, psychologists, military officers, and other professionals addressed the issue of the appropriate limits in interrogating detainees. In the case of each of these professions, a vigorous debate ensued about whether the interrogation policy developed by the Bush administration violated codes of ethics governing professional practice. These codes are critical, according to Lauritzen, because they provide resources for democracies and professionals seeking to balance concerns about safety with civil liberties, while also shaping the character of those within these professional guilds. This volume argues that some of the techniques used at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere were morally impermissible; nevertheless, the healthy debates that raged among professionals provide hope that we may safeguard human rights and the rule of law more effectively in the future.
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The Fault in Our Stars
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .F38 2014
ISBN: B00KAJ2K0Y
Publication Date: 2014

Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.
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The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy - Robert Falkner
Call Number: Internet QC902.9 .H36 2013eb
ISBN: 9781118326237
Publication Date: 2013

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions. Explores the environmental challenges we currently face, and the concepts and approaches to solving these Questions the role of global actors, institutions and processes, and considers the links between global climate and environment policy, and that of the global economyHighlights the connections between social science research and global policy Brings together authoritative coverage of recent research by internationally-renowned experts from around the world, including from North America, Europe, and Asia Provides an essential resource guide for students and researchers from across a wide range of related disciplines - from politics and international relations, to environmental sciences and sociology - and for global policy practitioners.
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The History of Archaeology - Paul Bahn
Call Number: CC100 .H58 2014
ISBN: 9780415841702
Publication Date: 2014

The History of Archaeology: An Introduction provides global coverage with chapters devoted to particular regions of the world. The regional approach allows readers to understand the similarities and differences in the history of and approach to archaeology in various parts of the world. Each chapter is written by a specialist scholar with experience of the region concerned. Thus the book focuses on the earliest beginnings of archaeology in different parts of the world, and how it developed from being a pastime for antiquarians and collectors to a serious attempt to obtain information about past societies. Woven into the text are various boxes that explore key archaeologists, sites and important discoveries in the history of archaeology enriching the story of the discipline's development. With such far ranging coverage, including an exploration of the little covered development of Russian and Chinese archaeology, The History of Archaeology is the perfect introduction to the history of archaeology for the interested reader and student alike.
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The Last Town - Blake Crouch
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Crouch 2014
ISBN: 9781477822586
Publication Date: 2014

Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond. It is a secret that has the entire population completely under the control of a madman and his army of followers, a secret that is about to come storming through the fence to wipe out this last, fragile remnant of humanity. Blake Crouch's electrifying conclusion to the Wayward Pines Series--now a Major Television Event Series debuting Winter 2015 on FOX--will have you glued to the page right down to the very last word.
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The Lost Leaders - Rebekah Heppner
Call Number: HD6054.4.U6 H47 2013
ISBN: 9781137356123
Publication Date: 2013

Business leaders are being lost - in a business world that so desperately needs leadership today. Although women now represent half of all managers, they hold less than 10 percent of the top positions in U.S. corporations. Somehow, women are being lost on their way up. Much has been written about women leaders; rarely do we hear them speak. The Lost Leaders presents, in their own voices, the personal stories of women who achieved success in corporate leadership but have chosen to abandon their corporate careers. Readers will hear their own triumphs and struggles in the stories these women tell. When taken together, these stories provide a fascinating glimpse of the culture that exists in the contemporary corporation.The Lost Leaders examines what happened - and what is still happening - to women who could be leaders but have chosen instead to leave corporate environments. Heppner shows us that, though there have been tremendous changes since the careers depicted here began, the environment that led these women to leave is still prevalent. Grounded firmly in academic research, Heppner writes in an accessible style that is of interest to business professionals, students, and researchers alike, capturinga unique time in our cultural history and illuminating today's workplace.
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The Martian - Andy Weir
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Weir 2014
ISBN: 9780804139021
Publication Date: 2014

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Gaiman 2014
ISBN: 9780062255662
Publication Date: 2014

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.
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The Once and Future World - J. B. MacKinnon
Call Number: GF75 .M322 2013
ISBN: 9780544103054
Publication Date: 2013

An award-winning ecology writer goes looking for the wilderness we've forgotten. Many people believe that only an ecological catastrophe will change humanity's troubled relationship with the natural world. In fact, as J.B. MacKinnon argues in this unorthodox look at the disappearing wilderness, we are living in the midst of a disaster thousands of years in the making--and we hardly notice it. We have forgotten what nature can be and adapted to a diminished world of our own making. In The Once and Future World, MacKinnon invites us to remember nature as it was, to reconnect to nature in a meaningful way, and to remake a wilder world everywhere. He goes looking for landscapes untouched by human hands. He revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roam North America and ten times more whales swim in the sea. He shows us that the vestiges of lost nature surround us every day: buy an avocado at the grocery store and you have a seed designed to pass through the digestive tracts of huge animals that have been driven extinct. The Once and Future World is a call for an "age of rewilding," from planting milkweed for butterflies in our own backyards to restoring animal migration routes that span entire continents. We choose the natural world that we live in--a choice that also decides the kind of people we are.
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The Praeger Handbook on Women's Cancers - Michele A. Paludi (Editor)
Call Number: RC281.W65 P73 2014
ISBN: 9781440828133
Publication Date: 2014

Each year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone. The total number affected is larger still, comprising siblings, parents, partners, and children of these women. In this single-volume work, an international team of experts address the physical, medical, and psychological matters that are triggered by a diagnosis of having a form of "women's cancer"--breast, cervical, endometrial, gestational, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar being some of the more common. The handbook examines and explains each type of women's cancer, covering the specifics of incidence, diagnosis, treatment options, and more, providing an up-to-date guide for women and their families to assist in making informed choices about their treatment options. The book includes personal accounts from women who survived cancers and beat their emotional challenges, addresses myths versus realities regarding women's cancers, and covers relevant, related topics such as race, sexual orientation, religion, and cancer coping. Special attention is given to the impact of women's cancers on relationships, intimacy, and body image, as well as psychological factors such as anxiety, depression, and fear.
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The Psychology of Language - Trevor A. Harley
Call Number: BF422 .H2713 2014
ISBN: 9781848720893
Publication Date: 2014

Now in full colour, this fully revised edition of the best-selling textbook provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the psychology of language for undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers. It contains everything the student needs to know about how we acquire, understand, produce, and store language. Whilst maintaining both the structure of the previous editions and the emphasis on cognitive processing, this fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to include: the latest research, including recent results from the fast-moving field of brain imaging and studies updated coverage of key ideas and models an expanded glossary more real-life examples and illustrations. The Psychology of Language, Fourth Edition is praised for describing complex ideas in a clear and approachable style, and assumes no prior knowledge other than a grounding in the basic concepts of cognitive psychology. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of cognition, psycholinguistics, or the psychology of language. It will also be useful for those on speech and language therapy courses. The book is supported by a companion website featuring a range of helpful supplementary resources for both students and lecturers.
December 2014

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The Secret World of Sleep - Penelope A. Lewis
Call Number: QP425 .L492 2013
ISBN: 9780230107595
Publication Date: 2013

In recent years neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to how our intuitions deceive us. The latest research on sleep, however, points in the opposite direction. Where old wives tales have long advised to "sleep on a problem," today scientists are discovering the truth behind these folk sayings,and how the busy brain radically improves our minds through sleep and dreams. In The Secret World of Sleep, neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research intothe nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. She shows how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts. By understanding the roles that the nocturnal brain plays in our waking life, we can improve the relationship between the two, and even boost creativity and become smarter. This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
December 2014

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The Seven Myths about Education - Daisy Christodoulou
Call Number: LB1028 .C538 2014
ISBN: 9780415746816
Publication Date: 2014

In this controversial new book, Daisy Christodoulou offers a thought-provoking critique of educational orthodoxy. Drawing on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools, she shows through a wide range of examples and case studies just how much classroom practice contradicts basic scientific principles. She examines seven widely-held beliefs which are holding back pupils and teachers: - Facts prevent understanding- Teacher-led instruction is passive - The 21st century fundamentally changes everything- You can always just look it up -We should teach transferable skills - Projects and activities are the best way to learn- Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. In each accessible and engaging chapter, Christodoulou sets out the theory of each myth, considers its practical implications and shows the worrying prevalence of such practice. Then, she explains exactly why it is a myth, with reference to the principles of modern cognitive science. She builds a powerful case explaining how governments and educational organisations around the world have let down teachers and pupils by promoting and even mandating evidence-less theory and bad practice. This blisteringly incisive and urgent text is essential reading for all teachers, teacher training students, policy makers, head teachers, researchers and academics around the world.
December 2014

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The Teacher's Introduction to Attachment - Nicola Marshall
Call Number: LC4801 .M364 2014
ISBN: 9781849055505
Publication Date: 2014

Simple and concise, The Teacher's Introduction to Attachment offers an easy way to understand children with attachment issues and how they can be supported.Author Nicola Marshall combines her expertise as an adoptive parent and schools trainer to describe in plain English what attachment is, how children develop attachment problems and how these problems affect a child's social, emotional and neurological development. She addresses some of the difficulties in identifying attachment issues in children - common among children who are in care or adopted, but which are sometimes mistaken for symptoms of ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nicola also describes a range of helpful principles and practical strategies which will help children flourish - from simple tips for the individual on how to improve their communication to the changes a school can make to reduce a child's anxiety about changes and transitions.Ideal for teachers and support staff to pick up and use, this book is an essential addition to any school's staff library.
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The Third Wrong - Enoch James
Call Number: Pleasure Reading James 2014
ISBN: 9781500472320
Publication Date: 2012

Evil raises its ugly head in beautiful Lewiston, Idaho when young Timmy Howland's mutilated body is pulled from a secluded marsh. As Nez Perce County Prosecutor, Chase Hamilton, pursues justice on behalf of Timmy and his grieving parents, the trail of evidence leads to courtroom drama and judicial perversion that releases a man not only guilty of Timmy's murder but also guilty of a series of other heinous crimes.The inner workings--and failures--of the criminal justice system are are put on display through the words of a master trial lawyer, who brings the story of true justice to a startling conclusion that some will find disturbing while others will be left cheering.
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Those Who Labor for My Happiness - Lucia C. Stanton
Call Number: E332.2 .S74 2012
ISBN: 0813932238
Publication Date: 2012

Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of slaves. At the center of this transition has been the work of Lucia "Cinder" Stanton, recognized as the leading interpreter of Jefferson's life as a planter and master and of the lives of his slaves and their descendants. This volume represents the first attempt to pull together Stanton's most important writings on slavery at Monticello and beyond. Stanton's pioneering work deepened our understanding of Jefferson without demonizing him. But perhaps even more important is the light her writings have shed on the lives of the slaves at Monticello. Her detailed reconstruction for modern readers of slaves lives vividly reveals their active roles in the creation of Monticello and a dynamic community previously unimagined. The essays collected here address a rich variety of topics, from family histories (including the Hemingses) to the temporary slave community at Jefferson's White House to stories of former slaves; lives after Monticello. Each piece is characterized by Stanton's deep knowledge of her subject and by her determination to do justice to both Jefferson and his slaves. Published in association with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
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Understanding Celiac Disease - Naheed Ali
Call Number: RC862.C44 2014
ISBN: 9781442226555
Publication Date: 2014

As the market for gluten free foods continues to grow and change, many people are turning to a gluten free lifestyle for a number of reasons. Some people, however, are diagnosed with celiac disease, which is more than just a gluten sensitivity. For people with celiac disease, eating is often uncomfortable and sometimes painful; children with the disease often experience difficulties gaining weight. Understanding Celiac Disease explores the underlying causes, explains the biology, details the methods for diagnosis, and describes the symptoms and potential treatments. In easy to understand language, Dr. Naheed Ali helps demystify the subject for those who suffer, those who suspect they might suffer, and those who help care for those diagnosed with celiac disease.
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Understanding Nursing Research - Susan K. Grove; Jennifer R. Gray; Nancy Burns
Call Number: RT81.5.U53 B87 2015
ISBN: 9781455770601
Publication Date: 2014

As the bestselling nursing research text, Understanding Nursing Research: Building an Evidence-Based Practice, 6th Edition offers unique insights into understanding, appraising, and applying published research to evidence-based practice. It is known for its authoritative content, time-tested systematic approach, and unique research example format - newly redesigned for the sixth edition to better demonstrate how the steps of the research process relate to evidence-based nursing. Authoritative content is written by two of the true pioneers in nursing research, who offer unique, first-hand insights into the field. Research examples provide practice in working with published studies, with many of the examples including Critical Appraisal and Implications for Practice sections. Clear, step-by-step organization introduces the research process and demonstrates how this systematic framework relates to evidence-based practice. Strong emphasis on evidence-based practice helps you develop skills in studying and appraising published research, so you are prepared for your role in working with research evidence. Critical Appraisal Guidelines boxes provide step-by-step guidance in appraising published research studies. Emphasis on critical appraisal versus critique reflects contemporary usage in nursing research and evidence-based practice. Balanced coverage of qualitative research prepares you to approach research questions and clinical questions with an unbiased view of the researcher''s methodology. Presentation of two different appraisal processes covers both the traditional in-depth critical appraisal process that prepares you for graduate-level work in research, and the concise, practice-focused research appraisal process that equips you for quick and accurate evaluation of the applicability of research findings to clinical practice. NEW! Redesigned research example format includes research examples have been thoroughly redesigned with a clear hierarchy of subcategories. NEW! Improved focus on need-to-know content and greater use of bulleting, creative illustrations, and tables, employs a more consistent, streamlined approach from chapter to chapter. NEW! Updated research examples ensure you are learning through the most clinically relevant topics and studies. NEW! Detailed directions on how to critically appraise research syntheses - such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, meta-syntheses, and mixed-methods systematic reviews - increase your understanding of the types of research syntheses conducted in nursing and how to determine the quality of these syntheses and the relevance of their findings for practice.
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Unseen Enemies: Man & Disease
Call Number: DVD RA643 .U67 2013
Publication Date: 2013

Beginning with mankind’s earliest recorded history, infectious disease has taken the lives of more humans than all wars, famines and natural disasters combined—not by a narrow margin but by an overwhelming landslide. Before the birth of modern science, losses to these unseen enemies were routinely blamed on the collective sins of man and the wrath of angry gods. Over the course of centuries, man’s ongoing inability to comprehend the microbial world profoundly influenced the development of world religions, societies and medicine, while frequently altering the outcome of human conflict and war. Unseen Enemies examines the top eleven infectious disease killers in human history, as well as the men and women whose dedication and sacrifice helped to expose answers and cures for each of these runaway conditions. By looking back upon medical history, today’s students of science and medicine might better understand how their own careers may one day profoundly impact the course of human history and scientific achievement.
December 2014

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What If? - Randall Munroe
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Munroe 2014
ISBN: 0544272994
Publication Date: 2014

From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical. What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? Are fire tornadoes possible? His responses are masterpieces of clarity and wit, gleefully and accurately explaining everything from the relativistic effects of a baseball pitched at near the speed of light to the many horrible ways you could die while building a periodic table out of all the actual elements. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? is an informative feast for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
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Wolf in White Van - John Darnielle
Call Number: Pleasure Reading Darnielle 2014
ISBN: 9780374292089
Publication Date: 2014

Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.
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Year Zero - Ian Buruma
Call Number: D840 .B88 2013
ISBN: 9781594204364
Publication Date: 2013

A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it. In human terms, the scale of transformation is almost impossible to imagine. Great cities around the world lay in ruins, their populations decimated, displaced, starving. Harsh revenge was meted out on a wide scale, and the ground was laid for much horror to come. At the same time, in the wake of unspeakable loss, the euphoria of the liberated was extraordinary, and the revelry unprecedented. The postwar years gave rise to the European welfare state, the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, and the European Union. Social, cultural, and political #147;reeducation” was imposed on vanquished by victors on a scale that also had no historical precedent. Much that was done was ill advised, but in hindsight, as Ian Buruma shows us, these efforts were in fact relatively enlightened, humane, and effective. A poignant grace note throughout this history is Buruma's own father's story. Seized by the Nazis during the occupation of Holland, he spent much of the war in Berlin as a laborer, and by war's end was literally hiding in the rubble of a flattened city, having barely managed to survive starvation rations, Allied bombing, and Soviet shock troops when the end came. His journey home and attempted reentry into normalcy stand in many ways for his generation's experience. A work of enormous range and stirring human drama, conjuring both the Asian and European theaters with equal fluency, Year Zero is a book that Ian Buruma is perhaps uniquely positioned to write. It is surely his masterpiece.
December 2014

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