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LII New This Week
New This Week for November 23, 2006
This Week
Learn about community celebrations across the U.S., competitive intelligence, combined heat and power technology, and how the mail used to get delivered (sometimes by canoe!). Happy Thanksgiving and bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Jennifer, and Charlotte.

Tip of the Week
We're publishing a little early this week so we can spend Thursday being thankful. One last Thanksgiving holiday retread is the National Traffic and Road Closure Information site, for those of you who have a drive ahead—see what's bumper-to-bumper or closed before you go!
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Arts and Humanities

Charles Sheeler: Across Media
Companion to a 2006-2007 exhibit devoted to artist "Charles Sheeler (1883-1965) [who] is recognized as one of the founders of American modernism and one of the master photographers of the twentieth century. His work is synonymous with precisionism, a crisp, clean, hard-edged style that reconciled cubist abstraction and the machine aesthetic." Features a discussion of exhibition themes and images of selected works. From the Art Institute of Chicago.
URL: http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/sheeler/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22930

Vanished World, Enduring People
This online exhibit highlights items from Cornell University Library's "extensive holdings of materials on American Indians." Features photos and illustrations, images of treaties and documents, and other material highlighting people, places, tribes, and related topics. Topics include Maya ruins, Spanish exploration, and European encroachment and Native resistance. From the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
URL: http://nac.library.cornell.edu/exhibition/introduction/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21873

Business

Competitive Intelligence: A Selective Resource Guide
Annotated links to websites related to competitive intelligence, research performed by businesses to learn about their competitors. Includes search engines, people trackers, monitoring tools, business news, and related websites. From Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX.com).
URL: http://www.llrx.com/features/ciguide.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22776

InterFireOnline: Resource Center
The "Resource Center is a compilation of documents, tools, abstracts and references to help you explore specific fire and fire investigation topics. Every month, we add a new addition that covers a wealth of fire investigation information ranging from preliminary fire scene assessments to fire insurance fraud." Click on "Term of the Week" to access a glossary. From a company that provides training for fire and arson investigations.
URL: http://www.interfire.org/resourcecenter.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22924

Penn World Table
The Penn World Table (PWT) "provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 188 countries for some or all of the years 1950-2004." Find data from PWT 6.2 (1950-2004, 2000 as base year) and PWT 6.1 (1950-2000, 1996 as base year), documentation, and related material. Data may be generated as a table or in other formats. From the Center for International Comparisons of Production, Income and Prices, University of Pennsylvania.
URL: http://pwt.econ.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt_index.php
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22923

Government

United States Institute of Peace: Iraq Study Group (ISG)
The ISG was formed in March 2006 to "conduct a forward-looking, independent assessment of the current and prospective situation on the ground in Iraq, its impact on the surrounding region, and consequences for U.S. interests." Its site features material about leaders and meetings and links to related documents. From the United States Institute of Peace, "an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress."
URL: http://www.usip.org/isg/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22922

Health

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Breast Implants
Material for consumers to help "make an informed decision as to whether or not to get breast implants. There is information related to both approved breast implants and investigational (under study for safety and effectiveness) breast implants." Includes a FAQ, backgrounder on platinum in silicone breast implants, silicone gel implant approvals, a brochure and photos of complications, and related material.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/breastimplants/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22927

People

Hoover Institution: Milton Friedman
Biography of economist Milton Friedman, "recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science [and] a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1977 to 2006. He passed away on Nov. 16, 2006." Discusses Friedman's work on monetary economics, his writing on public policy, and other accomplishments. Also includes transcripts, audio, and video from talks and interviews. From the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University.
URL: http://www.hoover.org/bios/friedman.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22915

Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Official website for this Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial that will be located on a "four-acre plot on the north east corner of the Tidal Basin within the precinct of the Jefferson Memorial and north of the memorial to President Roosevelt" in Washington, D.C. Features maps, a description of landscape elements, news, brief background about Dr. King, and photos from the commemorative groundbreaking held on November 13, 2006.
URL: http://www.mlkmemorial.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22907

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots
This website companion to a Library of Congress project highlights local events and community celebrations across the United States. Find illustrated essays about traditions and events focusing on history, music, arts, food, flowers, animals, people, places, and more. Browse by states, territories, and commonwealths. From the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/roots/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22773

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Thanksgiving Day
Facts and statistics about turkeys, cranberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, holiday shopping, places named Plymouth, and more. Includes quotes and audio clips, and a brief history of the holiday.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_fe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9230

Recreation

National Traffic and Road Closure Information
A directory of highway information for travelers. Road closures, construction delays, and weather-related driving problems are listed by state with links to information for major U.S. cities and highways. From the Federal Highway Administration.
URL: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/12804

Regional: California

California Department of Education: Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)
Collection of material "regarding the physical fitness test required to be administered to students in grades 5, 7, and 9" in California. Provides test results for schools, districts, counties, and the state, going back to the 1998-99 school year. Also includes regulations, studies on the relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement, standards, assessment notes, press releases, and related documents. From the California Department of Education.
URL: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22918

California Native American Heritage Commission
This California commission is dedicated to the "preservation and protection of Native American human remains, associated grave goods and cultural resources." Its website features a map of cultural areas and native languages, a list of Native American populations, and materials about cultural resources. Also includes links to federal and state laws. The "Additional Information" section includes a short overview of California Indian history.
URL: http://ceres.ca.gov/nahc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22909

Regions of the World

Everything International
This site "provides links to a wide variety of international business, education, and research Internet sites." It is "maintained and updated regularly (every hyperlink is verified for accuracy approximately every 10 days)." Links are browsable by topics such as country and regional data, news, international organizations, and company and industry data. Established and maintained by the associate dean of Philadelphia University School of Business Administration.
URL: http://faculty.philau.edu/russowl/russow.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22282

NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (NAMMA)
Details about this NASA mission (started in 2006 and based in the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Senegal, Africa) whose "major research topics [include examining] the formation and evolution of tropical hurricanes in the eastern and central Atlantic and their impact on the U.S. east coast." Provides background and updates about the mission, photos, documents, and related material. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://namma.msfc.nasa.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22769

Science

Gulf Coast CHP Application Center
Background and research materials about combined heat and power (CHP), which "refers to a set of technologies that produce both electricity and steam from a single fuel at a facility located near the consumption point." Includes an illustrated introduction to CHP, policy papers, case studies, and many other documents. From a Houston Advanced Research Center program (funded by the U.S. Department of Energy) that promotes the use of CHP in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
URL: http://www.gulfcoastchp.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22921

Mississippi State University MicroCHP
Publications and research materials from a center developing energy-efficient micro-cooling, heating, and power (micro-CHP) systems "suitable for agricultural, residential, and small commercial buildings." Provides a diagram showing the components of micro-CHP systems, which use "distributed electric and thermal energy delivery systems at or near end-user sites." Also includes presentations, instructional modules, and links to other websites about micro-CHP and energy efficiency. From Mississippi State University.
URL: http://microchp.msstate.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22919

NEES@Buffalo
This project "is a nationwide earthquake engineering 'collaboratory' -- the National Science Foundation's 'George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation' (NEES). In this network, earthquake engineers and students located at different institutions are able to share resources." The site features publications and descriptions of projects such as the 2006 testing of a wood frame home on the "largest full-scale three-dimensional shake table test ever performed in the U.S.
URL: http://nees.buffalo.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22920

Society & Social Science

Inside an Arsonist's Mind
This 2003 article explores the psychological profile of arsonists. Topics include intelligence and arson and motivations such as anger, revenge, excitement, and arousal. Also includes a list of "red flags that could identify a possible arsonist-in-the-works," such as "children who start playing with matches or fire as early as age 3." From WebMD.
URL: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20031029/inside-arsonists-mind
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22925

Moving the Mail
Exhibit about the development of transportation service for mail delivery in the U.S. Includes images and information about the Railway Mail Service, airmail, and the "postal service's vehicular fleet, the largest in the world." Also includes details about the "Star Route" service, in which "the Post Office Department hired contractors ... and allowed them to use any form of transportation they chose to carry the mail, from canoes to snowshoes." From the National Postal Museum.
URL: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/2c_moving.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19961

Native American Mascots: An Examination
This 2001 article discusses Native American mascots for sports teams. Topics include what a mascot is, "The Stereotype of the Noble Savage," and "The Stereotype of the Demonic Indian." Also includes links to related sites. From tolerance.org, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
URL: http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=168
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22911


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder