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New This Week for May 17, 2007
This Week
This week's sites look at the Roman Forum of 400 A.D., tree house construction, how bounty hunting works, Bob Dylan, and religious conversion. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Jennifer, and Wendy.

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Arts and Humanities

Digital Roman Forum
Maps and panoramic and detailed views of a digital model of the Roman Forum as it appeared in late antiquity (June 21, 400 A.D). Also includes modern views of the sites, "documentation for the archaeological evidence and theories utilized to create the model" (such as texts from Ovid and Plutarch), and basic information about the individual features. From the Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory (CVRLab), University of California, Los Angeles.
URL: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Forum/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23800

History of Nursing Resource Guide
Compilation of links to websites about the history of nursing. Topics include African American nurses, men in nursing, nurse biographies, individuals, nursing organizations, Florence Nightingale, nursing uniforms and caps, and museums. From librarian Jodi Koste of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries.
URL: http://www.library.vcu.edu/tml/bibs/nsghis.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23757

Rolling Stone: The Immortals: The First Fifty
Collection of tribute articles "to those who created rock & roll, written by their peers and heirs." Includes articles such as Elvis Costello on the Beatles (number 1), Robbie Robertson on Bob Dylan (number 2), and Bono on Elvis Presley (number 3). Articles include links to related material, such as photos and album reviews. From Rolling Stone magazine.
URL: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5939214/the_immortals_the_first...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23811

Government

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)
This mission of this group over 200 mayors from a majority of U.S. states is "preventing criminals from illegally obtaining guns and preventing those who do get them from using them." The website features a list of members, details about litigation, news, descriptions of coalition events and activities, and updates about federal, state, and local legislation.
URL: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/home/home.shtml
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23769

Health

Precocious Puberty
Background about "puberty that begins before age 8 years for girls and before age 9 years for boys." Covers signs of precocious puberty, possible causes, and treatment. Includes links to clinical trials and to material about related conditions such as growth disorders and adrenal gland disorders. From the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
URL: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/precocious_puberty.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23840

Precocious Puberty (Early Puberty)
Fact sheet about precocious puberty, "having the signs of puberty (development of breasts, testes, pubic and underarm hair; body odor; menstrual bleeding; and increased growth rate) earlier than usual ... before age 8 in a girl or 9 1/2 in a boy." Topics include causes, racial aspects, and treatment. Includes links to related fact sheets and websites. From the University of Michigan Health System.
URL: http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/puberty.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23841

Swim Healthy, Swim Safely
Collection of fact sheets and related material about safety when swimming, wading, and boating. Topics include recreational water illness (RWI), skin cancer (and sunscreen), swimmer's ear, swimmer's itch, and water-related injuries. Some material available in Spanish. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/migrated_content/general_information/healthyswimmin...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23813

Home & Housing

Build the Ultimate Tree House
Illustrated step-by-step instructions for building a tree house. Includes a materials list, lumber buying tips, and directions for building the frame, floor, ladder, railing, and roof. From FamilyFun.com.
URL: http://familyfun.go.com/decorating-ideas/building/feature/famf0602_pro...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23842

The Treehouse Guide
Collection of material about tree houses. Features building advice (such as construction tutorials, waterproofing and choosing a tree tips, and learning about building regulations), book reviews, a discussion forum, and links to related sites. This site is a companion to a site that sells tree house plans.
URL: http://www.thetreehouseguide.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23844

Law

How Bounty Hunting Works
This feature describes the job of bounty hunters (or bail enforcement agents), who are sometimes hired by bail bondsmen to track down people who have left town and missed their court appearance. Discusses the legality of bounty hunting, typical bounty hunting activities, and history. Includes links to related articles. From HowStuffWorks.
URL: http://people.howstuffworks.com/bounty-hunting.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23843

People

The Blair Years: 1997-2007
Collection of stories and background material about Tony Blair, who in May 2007 announced his resignation as the British prime minister. Features news stories, reactions to Blair's departure and other opinion pieces, a timeline, statistics, photos, video clips, material about Cherie Blair, and more. From BBC News.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/uk_politics/2007/blair_years/defau...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23829

Bob Dylan: Reluctant Prophet
This article reviews songwriter and musician Bob Dylan's 2004 autobiography. Also includes links to an article about how Dylan fans reacted to Dylan's Christian conversion, and to a quiz on "How well do you know the spiritual Bob Dylan?" From Beliefnet.
URL: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/2004/11/Bob-Dylan-Relucta...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23809

City of Hibbing: Bob Dylan Collection
Description of the city of Hibbing collection of materials associated with songwriter and musician Bob Dylan, who was born Robert Allen Zimmerman and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. Includes a bibliography of books, records, and related material. The site also includes an illustrated walking tour map of Dylan's Hibbing. "The walk starts at the building that was Zimmerman Electric and ends at the Androy, the site of Bob's Bar Mitzvah celebration."
URL: http://www.hibbing.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={BAAB49C0-081F-44C...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23810

Guardian Unlimited: The Blair Years
Special report on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who announced his retirement in May 2007. Features news stories, opinion, polls, photos, cartoons, and content on specific topics (such as social policy and foreign affairs) related to Blair's time in office. From the website of the British newspaper The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/tonyblair
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23830

Recreation

Naismith Museum and Hall of Fame
Website for this Ontario, Canada, museum devoted to basketball, which was invented by Ontario native James Naismith. The site features a Naismith timeline, list of members in the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame (back to 1978), and the 13 original rules of basketball. Also includes some dribbling, passing, and shooting tips.
URL: http://www.naismithmuseum.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23785

Regional: California

Griffith Park
Official website for this Los Angeles park, which is "the largest municipal park with urban wilderness area in the United States." Provides a brief narrative about the park, and information about points of interest (including statues and views of the Hollywood sign) and attractions located in the park, such as Griffith Observatory and the L.A. Zoo. Also includes documents related to the Griffith Park Master Plan. From the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
URL: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23825

Urban Simulation Team
"The Urban Simulation Team at UCLA is a research group exploring applications for real-time visual simulation in design, urban planning, emergency response, and education." The main focus of the team is to "build a real-time virtual reality model of the entire Los Angeles basin." The site features images of virtual models of areas such as Little Tokyo, Hollywood, Westwood, Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, and Pasadena. From the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
URL: http://www.ust.ucla.edu/ustweb/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23808

Regions of the World

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Background about this Georgia and Florida national wildlife refuge that was "established in 1936 to preserve the 438,000 acre Okefenokee Swamp. Presently, the refuge encompasses approximately 402,000 acres." The site features history and basic facts about the refuge, description of recreation opportunities, and overview of habitat management activities. Also includes map, photos, and related material about fires, such as the fire in spring 2007. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
URL: http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23832

Science

Climate Connections
This yearlong exploration of climate change throughout the world provides news and features about energy, fuel efficiency, carbon emissions, effects of climate change on plants and animals, activism, and other environmental topics. Also includes video clips, podcasts, images, and an interactive map showing coverage and conditions around the globe. From National Public Radio (NPR) and National Geographic.
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9657621
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23773

An Underwater Tour of the Long Island Sound
An introduction to the flora, fauna, geology, and habitat of the diverse world under the surface along the New York and Connecticut shoreline. Produced by the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the National Undersea Research Center, and the Long Island Sound Resource Center.
URL: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/lis_uwtour/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23788

Society & Social Science

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society: Conversion
This essay explores research trends for the topic of religious conversion. Discusses approaches to conversion and the "world-saver" model of conversion and recruitment by religious groups. Includes references. From the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
URL: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/ency/conversion.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23819

Finding My Religion
Ongoing series of interviews with people "from a cross-section of religious and cultural backgrounds to discuss their views on God, prayer, the afterlife and other topics." Some of the individuals interviewed include religious scholars, philosophers, monks, authors, artists, and people who have converted to a new faith or found religion for the first time. From SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2005/02/0...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23821

Futurists' Lectures
"The Futures Podcast Lecture Series features nine reputable speakers who develop ideas about -- and produce solutions for -- the future. This series provides a wealth of interesting lectures on selected topics about the near and far future, [and] enhance the knowledge and understanding of students about the people involved in the future." The site includes audio and accompanying slides. From the University of Houston, Futures Studies Program.
URL: http://www.natasha.cc/futurists.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23849


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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
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