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LII New This Week
New This Week for April 26, 2007
This Week
Find out what's in a 1939 time capsule waiting for the year 2439, and learn about humor as medicine, what those U.S. Attorneys do, terrific teachers, and remote-control bird watching in California. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Charlotte, and Jennifer.

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Arts and Humanities

The British Museum: The Parthenon Sculptures
Material about the sculptures from the Parthenon held by the British Museum; these sculptures are known as the Elgin Marbles. Includes fact sheets with a description of the marbles held by the British Museum and Parthenon sculptures held by other museums, the legal status of the British Museum holdings, moves to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece, cleaning the sculpture, and a list of damage to the sculptures since 1949.
URL: http://www.britishmuseum.org/the_museum/news_and_debate/debate/parthen...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23707

Building the World of Tomorrow at the New York World's Fair
This article describes Westinghouse Corporation's Time Capsule I featured at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Features a list of the time capsule contents, which include textiles and materials, seeds, microfilm (books, speeches, encyclopedia excerpts, and other written matter), a newsreel, and other items. Also includes a video clip about the opening of the fair. From The New York Times.
URL: http://www.nytimes.com/specials/magazine3/1939.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23689

Mother Goose Rhymes
Ideas for using nursery rhymes to teach prekindergarten language arts skills. Features many photos illustrating activities such as a Mother Goose assembly, art projects, a nursery rhyme play, "silly rhymes," and child-illustrated nursery rhymes. From the Germantown Academy, Pennsylvania.
URL: http://www.ga.k12.pa.us/academics/LS/PreK/MotherGoose/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23690

Health

Asthma and Indoor Environments
This website contains fact sheets and other material about environmental triggers of asthma, such as secondhand smoke, dust mites, and mold. Also contains planning materials for Asthma Awareness Month (May) and publications (a few in Spanish) on managing asthma in home and school environments. From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
URL: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23692

Humor and Laughter: Health Benefits and Online Resources
This site considers the health benefits of laughter, such as reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, and improved brain functioning. It describes laughter's positive effects on the body, the mental health benefits of laughter, and examples of humorous experiences. Also includes links to related articles and sites. From HelpGuide.org, a nonprofit resource on a mental health and healthy lifestyles; it is a project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and Center for Healthy Aging.
URL: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23679

Scientific Data of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Disaster
This site, created on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the explosion of an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, describes and often graphs the "medical effects of the atomic bombing -- particularly the late effects of exposure to radiation." Topics include acute effects (such as burns and liver damage), and late effects (such as leukemia). In English and Japanese. From the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University.
URL: http://www-sdc.med.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/n50/start-E.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23712

World Asthma Day
Information about this annual event (early May) "to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world." Features activity ideas and an activity planning guide, reports and guides on asthma, and a listing of worldwide asthma awareness events. From the Global Initiative for Asthma, a collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health) and the World Health Organization.
URL: http://www.ginasthma.com/WADIndex.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23693

Law

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
This is "a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. ... Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available in participating jurisdictions." Searchable, or browsable using the subject term index. From the Law Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.glin.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23635

Inside the Courtroom: United States Attorneys Kids Page
This site provides an introduction to the workings of U.S. courtrooms. It includes a description of federal prosecutors and U.S. Attorneys, an illustrated guide to a courtroom and its participants, and a glossary. From the U.S. Department of Justice.
URL: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/kidspage/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23705

Media

Arbitron
Arbitron "is an international media and marketing research firm serving radio broadcasters, radio networks, cable companies, advertisers ... and the online radio industry in the United States and Europe." Its site features local radio station ratings for cities throughout the U.S., a list of U.S. radio stations (searchable by call letters), studies and reports (such as on female listening and Hispanic listening), and more. Some material only available to members.
URL: http://www.arbitron.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23713

People

National Teachers Hall of Fame
Website for this organization "committed to drawing the public's attention to exceptional PreK-12 teachers through a museum [in Emporia, Kansas], teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation's most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year." Features details about the organization and about nominating a teacher, and profiles of the Hall of Fame inductees back to 1992.
URL: http://www.nthf.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23691

Russian Ex-President Yeltsin Dies
Profile and collection of stories about Boris Yeltsin, "who played a key role in the Soviet Union's demise and became Russia's first president," and who died in April 2007. Features an obituary, reactions to Yeltsin's death, photos, video, key dates in Yeltsin's life, and more. From BBC News.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6584481.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23714

Recreation

Cone Sutro Forest: Collaborative Observatory for Natural Environments
This game "allows players to earn points by taking live photos and classifying wild birds. CONE Sutro Forest (CONE-SF) combines a remotely controllable robotic pan-tilt-zoom video camera with live streaming video, image database, and point system." Provides project background, a tutorial and FAQ, and a gallery of birds spotted by players. Most features require free registration. Developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Texas A&M University.
URL: http://cone.berkeley.edu
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23706

Regional: California

California Water Awareness Campaign (CWAC)
The CWAC is an "effort by organizations throughout California to heighten public awareness of water and the role water agencies and allied entities play in conservation, management, water supply, water quality and distribution. The campaign focuses on the month of May each year with the observance of Water Awareness Month." Site features lesson plans (such as on water usage during the Gold Rush), interactive activities, and water saving tips for homes and businesses.

URL: http://www.wateraware.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23710

Regions of the World

France Ushers in Spring With Muguet des Bois
Information about the celebration of May Day on May 1 in France. This national holiday, known as the "Fête du Travail" (worker's holiday), is commemorated by "the buying for oneself or one's loved ones or friends a pot or bouquet of lily of the valley (muguet des bois)." Part of a series of "Paris Postcards" written by an American expatriate living in Paris.
URL: http://frenchgardening.com/postcard.html?pid=3104967242182928
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/14416

Science

The Beast of Loch Ness
Companion to a 1999 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Nova film that "follows a three-week expedition that used state-of-the-art sonar and sensitive underwater cameras in an attempt to track down and identify the elusive creature [the Loch Ness Monster]." Features an overview of legendary creatures, the birth and development of the legend of the Loch Ness monster, text and audio of eyewitness accounts, and a description of sonar techniques.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lochness/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23676

Climate of 2007 -- March: U.S. Drought Watch
This site provides data about potential drought conditions throughout the U.S. Includes an overview, state and regional analysis, and material about drought indicators. From the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2007/mar/us-drought.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23709

Society & Social Science

The Festival of Sant' Efisio
This article describes the religious procession that takes place on Sardinia each May 1 in honor of Saint Efisio. Includes a discussion of how this religious festival began in the 17th century, and photos and video of the events. From the Island of Sardinia, an online travel and tourist magazine about this Italian Island.
URL: http://www.sarnow.com/sardinia/efis1.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23672

Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation
The Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation sponsors World Laughter Day, the first Sunday in May. Its site provides a history of this day that was first commemorated in 1998, and a directory of events throughout the world.
URL: http://www.laughterfoundation.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23678

Loch Ness "Monster"
Material about the legend of "the Loch Ness 'monster' -- affectionately known as 'Nessie' -- ... an alleged plesiosaur-like creature living in Loch Ness, a long, deep lake near Inverness, Scotland." Includes background about "the modern legend of Nessie [that] begins in 1934," and links to related sites. From an author who writes about "strange beliefs, amusing deceptions, and dangerous delusions."
URL: http://skepdic.com/nessie.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23677

May Day Is Lei Day in Hawai'i
The article describes the celebration of Lei Day in Hawai'i on May 1. Includes photos and material about the Lei Day pageant and lei competition, and a calendar of Lei Day events. Also includes links to related sites. From Ka'ahele Hawai'i, an electronic magazine of Hawai'i Island.
URL: http://www.kaahelehawaii.com/LeiDay.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23674

May Is Older Americans Month
Background and suggestions for celebrating Older Americans Month (originally Senior Citizens Month when it was established in 1963), "a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country." Features history, a list of past themes, and materials and downloads (from 2003 to the present). From the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.aoa.gov/PRESS/observances/oam/oam.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23700

National Education Association: Works4Me: Substitutes
Collection of tips from teachers on preparing material for substitute teachers. Covers lesson plans, seating charts, student cooperation, and other ideas such as keeping a folder of items for substitutes. From the National Education Association.
URL: http://www.nea.org/tips/relate/subs.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23328

Substitute Teaching Institute: SubWeek
Collection of material related to National Substitute Teacher Recognition Week (in early May), which is "dedicated to the approximately 270,000 men and women that fill in for permanent teachers everyday in the United States." Features public service announcements and suggested activities for school districts, schools, and parents and communities. From the Substitute Teaching Institute, Utah State University.
URL: http://sti.usu.edu/subm/events/subweek/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23325


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