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This week we include a great ask-a-scientist site, Memorial Day observances, graduation garb, maps of disease outbreaks and toxic facilities, Star Wars tribute films, yo-yo championships, Rachel Carson's 100th birthday, and Walt Whitman. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Maria, Wendy, and Jennifer.
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An Academic Costume Code and an Academic Ceremony Guide
Historical overview and description of current standards for academic dress at college graduations. Describes appropriate gowns, hood, caps, and other apparel for those receiving bachelor's degrees and associate's degrees. Also includes a guide to graduation ceremonies, including academic processions, commencement exercises, and baccalaureate services. From the American Council on Education (ACE).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23815
Kalevala: The Finnish National Epic
Background about this epic poem, "the first edition of ... [which] appeared in 1835, compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrot on the basis of the epic folk poems he had collected in Finland and Karelia." The site provides an overview of the poem and discusses songs behind the Kalevala, Finnish culture at the beginning of the 19th century, and Kalevala in modern Finland. From Virtual Finland, produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23872
National Memorial Day Concert
Companion website to this Memorial Day concert broadcast on PBS from Washington, D.C. Features highlights (images and essays) and audio from the concerts, details and sound clips for "Salute to Services" (honoring each branch of the U.S. armed forces), history and traditions of Memorial Day, stories from wars (such as World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War), and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23860
Collection of historical essays about the frontier-period in the western U.S., covering gunfighters and lawmen, shootouts, American Indian wars, women in the West, the Gold Rush, the Pony Express, and other topics from the time period. Some of the individuals profiled include Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, Annie Oakley, and Chief Seattle. From a publisher of history magazines.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23835
Arlington National Cemetery
The official website for this Washington, D.C., cemetery features historical information about the cemetery (including monuments and memorials and the Tomb of the Unknowns), and details about some of the people buried there. Provides photo galleries, a guide to burial at the cemetery, and information about military funerals, the origins of the 21-gun salute and "Taps," and other traditions and ceremonies.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23861
HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map
This site aggregates data from news and health information sources to provide a real-time map of emerging infectious diseases. View all disease alerts by country, or limit results to specific diseases or information source. Includes a feed of the latest alerts. Created by a team from the Children's Hospital Informatics Program of Children's Hospital Boston and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Sciences and Technology.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23852
The Tobacco Atlas
This 2002 publication provides an overview of tobacco consumption and promotion around the world. Includes facts and statistics on topics such as a history of tobacco usage, male and female smoking, health risks, passive smoking and children, deaths, costs to the economy and to smokers, tobacco manufacturing and companies, advertising, research, legislation limiting smoking areas, litigation, and more. From the World Health Organization (WHO).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23870
This is a geographic information system (GIS) that uses U.S. maps to pinpoint the location of toxic and hazardous materials listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Program. It allows users to create local maps showing the location of facilities that release toxic substances (into the air, ground, or water) and identifies both the substances released and the facilities releasing them. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23853
World No Tobacco Day
Information about this awareness event, "celebrated around the world every year on May 31. ... [It] informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies" and other tobacco topics. Find publications and other material related to the current year's theme and past World Tobacco Days back to 2000. Available in several languages. From the Tobacco Free Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23866
The Graduation Guide
This "Graduation Guide presents both parents and the [high school] graduate with a great deal of helpful and practical information about party planning (themes, dates, menus, and more), what to expect from the ceremony, how to address and send out announcements and thank you notes, proper etiquette and much more." Also includes gift ideas, suggestions for thank-you notes, and recipes. From a provider of graduation-related products.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23877
Collection of historic material about televangelism and evangelist broadcasting on the radio. Topics include radio and television networks, professional organizations, and parachurch organizations. The site features books and articles written by Jeffrey Hadden in the 1980s and 1990s. Also includes a bibliography (last updated 2001). Note: Much material has not been updated since 2000, and a number of the links to sites are broken. From the University of Virginia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23857
One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
This exhibit about the poet Walt Whitman features a timeline of Whitman's life illustrated primarily with portraits of the poet. It also includes an introduction to the poet, an essay, audio excerpts from Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," audio of Whitman reading "America," and profiles of some of "Whitman's heirs" (such as jazz musician Charlie Parker and painter Jackson Pollock). From the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23865
poets.org: Walt Whitman
This presentation about poet Walt Whitman includes a biography, a selected bibliography, and the text of some of his poems. Also provides essays about and a reading guide to Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," descriptions of walking tours in New York City, and links to profiles of related poets. From the Academy of American Poets.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23864
The Rachel Carson Homestead
Website for the historic site at the Springdale, Pennsylvania, birthplace of ecologist Rachel Carson, whose book "Silent Spring" warned "about the dangers associated with the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides and their potentially adverse effect on the environment and human health." The website features history of the homestead, a biography of Carson, a calendar of events for the 2007 celebration of the centennial of Carson's birth, essays, an environmental reading list, and more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23838
Rachel Carson: Pen Against Poison
Illustrated essays about scientist and writer Rachel Carson. "Her 1962 book 'Silent Spring' brought worldwide attention to the harm to human health and the environment wrought by mishandling of a powerful pesticide, fomenting the environmental movement." Includes a photo gallery and links to related websites. Also available in Spanish. From the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23837
Televangelist, Christian Leader Jerry Falwell Dies
Article and associated radio program about "Rev. Jerry Falwell, a pioneer among televangelists who later became a leading voice in the national debate over Christian values," and who died in May 2007. Also includes video and sound clips of Falwell, a timeline that covers events such as his founding Liberty University (1971) and organization of the political lobbyist group the Moral Majority (1979), and related material. From National Public Radio (NPR).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23858
National Yo-Yo Contest & Museum
Website for "the longest running National [yo-yo] Championship in the world. Held annually in Chico, CA on the first Saturday of October," and for the "world's largest public display of yo-yo's and yo-yo memorabilia." Features information about the national contest and regional and state contests, an essay about yo-yo history, and photos of the museum and yo-yo competition participants.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23874
The Official Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge
Collection of short movies from spring 2007 made by fans of the "Star Wars" films. Users may vote for their favorite, and George Lucas picks his favorite in late May. From Lucasfilm and an online "entertainment network for original shorts and web shows by top independent creators."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23868
New French Presidency
Collection of news and analysis about the 2007 election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the president of France. Includes a February 2007 interview with Sarkozy, consideration of the economic impact of the new president, and a discussion of potential reform of presidential powers (such as the special "Africa cell" of advisers working on policy for the African continent). Also includes photos and links to related articles and sites. From the British newspaper The Financial Times.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23871
Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
"Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections." Search or browse through the hundreds of books and thousands of volumes that have been scanned by participating institutions such as the National History Museum (London) and the Field Museum (Chicago).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23826
This site offers resources for youth interested in math and science fields, such as math and science news, guides to websites, interviews, and listings for events such as academic competitions and summer programs. Content can be filtered (using the "Current Channel" drop-down menu) by subjects such as astronomy, computer science, and engineering. Additional site features are restricted to members, who must be nominated by participating organizations. From Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23854
"UCSB ScienceLine is an innovative 'Ask a Scientist' program where students and teachers primarily from our local K-12 schools can submit science and engineering questions. ... The scientists usually send their responses back within one week. All questions and answers are posted in our archive." Archives are searchable, or browsable by topic such as astronomy, physics, and geology. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23804
In Graphics: Muslim Veils
These graphics illustrate different types of veils worn by Muslim females. Veils include the hijab ("a square scarf that covers the head and neck but leaves the face clear"), niqab ("a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear"), burka ("covers the entire face and body"), and the al-amira, shayla, khimar, and chador. From the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23878
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Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
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