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New This Week for August 14, 2008
This Week
Smart parking, gorillas, joint replacement registries, recycled water, and the centennials of the Springfield race riot of 1908 and the Model T. Bon appetit from librarians Jennifer, Wendy, Charlotte, and Maria.

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Arts and Humanities

Satirical London: 300 Years of Irreverent Images
Companion website to "an exhibition of visual satire produced in and about London over three centuries." Browse images and essays on themes such as London print shops, English and Italian caricature, loan contractors, professions and trades, the fashionable, and royalty and celebrity. From the Museum of London.
URL: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/EventsExhibitions/Virtual/Sat...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24359

Business

Facts for Features Special Edition: Model T Centennial (Oct. 1)
Collection of facts and statistics for the October 1, 2008, centennial celebration of when "on Oct. 1, 1908, Ford Motor Co. introduced the Model T, generally regarded as the first affordable automobile and the car that industry experts say 'put America on wheels.'" Features data about auto manufacturing, car sales and ownership (such as California having the most registered vehicles according to the latest figures), and related topics. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_fe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26627

Innovative Mobility Research (IMR): Transit Connections
"Improving transit connections through innovative mobility options such as carsharing, smart parking, the EasyConnect program, and ridesharing can make seamless door-to-door connectivity a viable option for consumers. ... IMR’s research is focused on improving transit connections." Includes discussions of transit options, such as a report on smart parking (technologies to assist drivers in finding parking spaces). From IMR, based at the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) at the University of California, Berkeley.
URL: http://www.innovativemobility.org/connections/index.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26525

Computers

New E-Scams & Warnings
This page lists alerts about scams and other warnings concerning malicious software (malware), viruses, phishing, e-mail schemes, threat and extortion e-mail messages, and more. Includes an option to get e-mail alerts when new warnings are posted on the page. From the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
URL: http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26650

Health

Building a National Joint Replacement Registry
In this 2008 article, doctors answer questions about why the U.S. does not have a national registry for artificial hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. Questions include: "Why doesn't the United States have a national joint registry when other developed countries such as Sweden, Britain, and Australia have one? What are the benefits and risks of such a system?" From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
URL: http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/mar08/cover2.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26654

The Kaiser Permanente National Total Joint Replacement Registry (TJRR)
2007 article about the TJRR, "a national level database designed as a postmarket surveillance system for elective total hip and knee replacement. ... [It] has provided a mechanism for recalls, identified patients at risk for early revisions and changed practice by providing feedback to physicians." Describes data collection methods and sources, volume and participation, results, and changes in clinical best practices as part of the dynamic feedback mechanism. From the Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente.
URL: http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/sum08/joint-replacement.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26655

National Joint Registry (NJR)
The NJR "was set up by the Department of Health and Welsh Assembly Government to collect information on all hip and knee replacement operations [in the UK] and to monitor the performance of replacement hip and knee joints (implants)." The site features "statistics for English and Welsh independent healthcare providers, NHS hospitals and treatment centres." Statistics include number of hip and knee procedures and consent rate for hospitals. Also includes medical device alerts.

URL: http://www-new.njrcentre.org.uk/njrcentre/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26653

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Community Mottos and Nicknames
Use this site to discover what mottos, slogans, and nicknames are associated with cities in the U.S. Search or browse by motto or state. Includes additional information about locations. Material has been submitted by users.
URL: http://www.usacitiesonline.com/mottos.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26422

Recreation

Summer Games 2008
Can't make it to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing? "Now, you can follow the Summer Games no matter where you are. Explore stadiums in 3D, track medal counts, and view live sport results on Google Maps and Google Earth." From Google.
URL: http://maps.google.com/help/maps/2008summergames/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26667

Regional: California

California State Water Resources Control Board: Recycled Water Policy
Archived documents concerning California state government efforts "to establish more uniform requirements for recycled water projects." Includes material from public hearings and workshops, such as a proposed water recycling policy, comments received, and draft reports. From the California State Water Resources Control Board.
URL: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/water_recycling_po...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26476

Fuel Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels
Collection of documents entitled "Rulemaking to Consider the Adoption of a Proposed Regulation for Fuel Sulfur and Other Operational Requirements for Ocean-Going Vessels Within California Waters and 24 Nautical Miles of the California Baseline." As of August 2008, the site contains several support documents with analysis of marine fuels, fuel sulfur, and health impacts. From the California Air Resources Board.
URL: http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2008/fuelogv08/fuelogv08.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26600

Regions of the World

Central Eurasia Project
This website focuses on educational, social, and legal reform in the countries of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Individual countries have pages with links ranging from history, arts, and culture to current news and human rights. Also includes photo essays, recaps of expert meetings and interviews, podcasts, and more. Operated by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute.
URL: http://www.eurasianet.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/3461

South Ossetian Separatism in Georgia
May 2006 discussion that considers "the history of relations between the Georgians, Russians and Ossetians, the ethnic/cultural differences, the current interests/motivations of all sides, and the prospects for settling the dispute over the land," where "the South Ossetians of Georgia have been in conflict with the Georgian government since just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's." An Inventory of Conflict & Environment (ICE) study from American University.
URL: http://www.american.edu/ted/ice/ossetia.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26669

Science

Good News for Africa's Gentle Giants
"The world's population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas has received a huge boost. A new, groundbreaking census released [in August 2008] by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) shows massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo." On this site learn about the 2008 gorilla discovery and the WCS projects to protect all four gorilla subspecies. From the WCS.
URL: http://www.wcs.org/gorilladiscovery
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26668

Great Apes & Other Primates: Gorillas
Fact sheet about gorillas. Topics include species and subspecies (currently four, but "some primatologists list one additional subspecies of mountain gorilla"), physical description, geographic distribution, habitat, diet, reproduction, behavior, social structure, communication, and threats to survival. From the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
URL: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Primates/Facts/FactSheets/Gorillas/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26672

Smart Parking Systems Make It Easier to Find a Parking Space
This October 2007 article discusses how "[f]rom an airport system that directs drivers toward open spaces to cities' replacing meters with pay stations, technology is changing the way we park." Includes description of finding a parking spot in an airport where sensors are embedded in parking space to detect whether the space is occupied, and photographing parked cars in place of chalking tires. From IEEE Spectrum magazine, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
URL: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/oct07/5591
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26524

Timeline of Discovery
"Presented here ... is a timeline that includes important scientific discoveries from 1840 to the present related to early humans. This interactive overview is a practical tool for your own investigation of our collective past." Covers events such as gorillas being formally recognized as a separate genus from chimpanzees in 1847, the 1859 publication of "Darwin's groundbreaking and highly controversial book on evolution," and Leakey funded discoveries starting in the 1960s. From the Leakey Foundation.
URL: http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/discoveries/timeline.swf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26673

Water Recycling and Reuse: The Environmental Benefits
Fact sheet about water recycling, which is "reusing treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a ground water basin." Discusses benefits to people and the environment, the future of water recycling, and suggested water recycling treatment and uses. Includes related links. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region09/water/recycling/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26479

Society & Social Science

Springfield, Illinois, Race Riot of 1908
Compilation of material about the commemoration of "the 100th anniversary of what has become known as 'the Springfield Race Riot of 1908'. The events of two sweltering days in August of 1908 shocked the nation and led to the formation of the NAACP." Includes a downloadable brochure about the event with a self-guided walking tour of Springfield, links to related websites, and an events calendar. From the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
URL: http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Race-Riots/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26671

The Springfield Race Riot of 1908
Illustrated presentation about the 1908 Springfield, Illinois, race riot, including "its connection with the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)." Includes a map showing the route of the lynch mob through Springfield on August 15, 1908. A ThinkQuest site.
URL: http://library.thinkquest.org/2986/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/967

The Springfield Race Riot of 1908
This illustrated narrative recounts the August 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois, starting with the events of the later afternoon and evening of August 14, when a crowd demanded the release of two prisoners at the city's jail, and continuing with the violent events that followed. Includes curriculum materials. Part of Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO), a digital imaging project at the Northern Illinois University Libraries funded by the Illinois State Library.
URL: http://www.lib.niu.edu/1996/iht329622.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26670


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