Monday, January 07, 2013

Faculty Connections at Halle Library

This is the latest edition of the newsletter that keeps you up-to-date of what is going on in the library:  new products, services and resources.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Recent e-books on the environment

Climate change, disaster risk, and the urban poorcities building resilience for a changing world /
Ecological consequences of climate changemechanisms, conservation, and management /
Title:Great Lakeslessons in participatory governance /

Infrastructure sustainability and design
Insect outbreaks revisited

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

DVDs on Ecology and the Environment available at EMU Halle Library

Planet earth. c2007.

Inconvenient truth. c2006.

Aliens of the deep. c2005.

Escape from affluenza. c2005.

Fungi decomposers and parasites /. c2005.

How ecosystems work energy flow & nutrient cycles /. c2005.

Animal adaptations. c2003.

Coral reef adventure. c2003.

Aquatic biomes. c2002 ; 2004].

Next industrial revolution william McDonough, michael braungart & the birth of the sustainable economy /. c2001.

Is there a crisis? biodiversity in decline /. 2003.

Galapagos. 2002.

Our urban environment water quality /. 2002.

Baraka. 2001.

Human footprint. [2008].

Galápagos the islands that changed the world /. [2007].

Guns, germs, and steel. [2005].

Ecology of the galapagos. [2005]

Friday, August 07, 2009

Global Warming?

Coldest July on Record for the Midwest

This was the coldest July on record for the nine-state Midwest region, based on preliminary temperature data. The average temperature for the region was 68.0 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal. The previous record was 68.9 degrees in 1992, according to Mike Timlin, Regional Climatologist with the NOAA Midwestern Regional Climate Center (

It was the coldest July on record for Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa; the second coldest on record for Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Wisconsin; the third coldest in Minnesota; and the fourth coldest on record for Missouri. Records for the region date back 114 years.
Timlin says that more than 400 record low minimum temperatures and 1,300 record low maximum temperatures (lowest high temperature) were set during July across the nine-state region.

“Temperatures were below normal for most of July with two particularly cold periods. The first was July 1-9, and the second was July 17-23,” states Timlin.
There were 370 record low maximum temperatures set during the period July 1-9, and 23 record low minimum temperatures. Temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below normal in southern Missouri to as much as 8 degrees below normal in the Michigan Upper Peninsula.
During the period from July 17 to 23, temperatures were 10 to 12 degrees below normal across Iowa, Missouri, much of Illinois, southern Indiana, and western Kentucky, and 6 to 9 degrees below normal across the remainder of the region. A total of 942 record low maximum temperatures and 337 record low minimum temperatures were established over this seven-day period.

Many locations in the central Midwest did not reach 90 degrees at all during the month. Typically, the number of days with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or above ranges from 10 to 15 from southern Missouri eastward through Kentucky, and three to five in the northern third of the region.

Louisville, KY normally has about 12 days of temperatures 90 degrees or above in July, and recorded none this July. St. Louis, MO normally experiences 16 days with temperatures 90 degrees or above, and recorded only four in July.
International Falls, MN did not report a single day 80 degrees or higher, and experienced its coldest July on record with an average temperature of 58.8 degrees, breaking the old record of 59.4 degrees set in 1992.
Other locations in the Midwest that had a record cold July include:
* Madison, WI - average temperature of 65.7 degrees, old record 66.7 degrees in 1891* Grand Rapids, MI – average temperature 67.1 degrees, old record 67.2 degrees in 1992* Cedar Rapids, IA – average temperature 66.2 degrees, old record 69.9 degrees in 2004* Rockford, IL – average temperature 67.0 degrees, old record 69.0 degrees in 1915* South Bend, IN – average temperature 68.3 degrees, old record 68.5 degrees in 1996* Cincinnati, OH – average temperature 70.1 degrees, old record 70.7 degrees in 1947* Frankfort, KY – average temperature 71.5 degrees, old record 75.2 degrees in 1947
In Missouri, Columbia recorded its second coldest July on record with an average temperature of 72.3 degrees. The record is 72.2 degrees in 1924.

July precipitation was normal to above normal from southwestern Minnesota to southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. Rainfall was less than 50 percent of normal from south-central Minnesota across much of Wisconsin. Parts of central Minnesota, much of the northern half of Wisconsin, and the western half of the Michigan Upper Peninsula remained in moderate to severe drought at the end of the month, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center is a program funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is located in the Division of Illinois State Water Survey in the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

New Books and DVDs in the Halle Library

M-structure and the Banach-Stone theorem
Ehrhard Behrends
Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, 1979.
3rd Level
QA3 .L28 no. 736

Differentiating assessment in middle and high school mathematics and science
Sheryn Spencer Waterman
Larchmont, NY : Eye On Education, NY c2009.
3rd Level
QA11.2 .W375 2008

Dictionary of computer and Internet terms
Douglas A. Downing, Michael A. Covington, Melody Mauldin Covington. , 10th ed.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 2009
Reference Collection - 1st Level North
QA76.15 .D667 2009

Masterminds of programming / edited by Federico Biancuzzi and Shane Warden. , 1st ed. Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly, 2009
3rd Level
QA76.7 .M37x 2009

Beginning JavaScript and CSS development with jQuery
Richard York.
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.73.J38 Y67 2009

Mashups : strategies for the modern enterprise
J. Jeffrey Hanson.
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Addison-Wesley, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.758 .H363 2009

Professional ASP.NET MVC 1.0
Rob Conery ... [et al.].
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., c2009.
3rd Level

Advanced game programming : a collection
John Hattan and Drew Sikora, series editors.
Boston, MA : Course Technology PTR, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.76.C672 A38x 2009

Beginning game programming : a collection
John Hattan and Drew Sikora ; series editors.
Boston, MA : Course Technology/Cengage Learning, c2009
3rd Level
QA76.76.C672 B44x 2009

Brain-mind machinery : brain-inspired computing and mind opening
Gee-Wah Ng.
Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.87 .N4966 2009

Equity and information communication technology (ICT) in education
Neil Anderson. New York : Peter Lang, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.9.C64 A53 2009

Simulation and its discontents
Sherry Turkle ; with additional essays by William J. Clancey ... [et al.].
Cambridge, Mass. : The MIT Press, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.9.C65 T87 2009

Bricklin on technology
Dan Bricklin.
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.9.C66 B75 2009

Databases : a beginner's guide
Andrew J. Oppel.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2009.
3rd Level
QA76.9.D26 O65 2009

Mathematical wizardry for a Gardner
edited by Ed Pegg, Jr., Alan H. Schoen, [and] Tom Rodgers.
Wellesley, Mass. : AK Peters, c2008.
3rd Level
QA95 .M3686 2008

Monty Hall problem : the remarkable story of math's most contentious brainteaser
Jason Rosenhouse.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
3rd Level
QA95 .R67 2009

Supporting English language learners in math class : a multimedia professional learning resource, grades K-5.
Sausalito, CA : Math Solutions Publications, 2008.
3rd Level
QA135.6 .B73 2008

Learning and teaching early math : the learning trajectories approach
Douglas H. Clements and Julie Sarama.
New York : Routledge, 2009.
3rd Level
QA135.6 .C55 2009

Statistics : the exploration and analysis of data
Jay Devore, Roxy Peck. , 4th ed.
Pacific Grove, CA : Brooks/Cole, 2001.
3rd Level
QA276 .D48 2001

Introduction to statistics : concepts and applications
David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams. , 3rd ed.
Minneapolis/St. Paul : West Pub., c1994.
QA276.12 .A44 1994

Statistical reasoning and methods
Richard A. Johnson, Kam-Wah Tsui.
New York : John Wiley, c1998.
QA276.12 .J628 1998

James T. McClave, Terry Sincich. , 8th ed.
Upper Saddler River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, c2000.
3rd Level
QA276.12 .M4 2000

Introduction to the practice of statistics
David S. Moore, George P. McCabe. , 4th ed.
New York : W.H. Freeman and Co., c2003.
3rd Level
QA276.12 .M66 2003

Introduction to statistics
George Woodbury. Australia ; Pacific Grove, Calif. : Duxbury, c2002.
3rd Level
QA276.12 .W67 2002

Making sense of statistics : a conceptual overview
Fred Pyrczak. Los Angeles, Calif. : Pyrczak Pub., 1995.
QA276.17 .P95 1995

Numerical recipes : the art of scientific computing
William H. Press ... [et al.]. ,
3rd ed. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
3rd Level
QA297 .N866 2007

Understanding geometry for a changing world
Timothy V. Craine, seventy-first yearbook editor.
Reston, VA : National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, c2009.
3rd LevelQA461 .U53 2009

Discovering the expanding universe
Harry Nussbaumer, Lydia Bieri ; [foreword by Allan Sandage].
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QB981 .N87x 2009

Perfect symmetry : the search for the beginning of time
Heinz R. Pagels. , Simon & Schuster Trade paperback ed.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
3rd Level QB981 .P35 2009

Finding the big bang
P. James E. Peebles, Lyman A. Page, Jr., and R. Bruce Partridge.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QB991.C64 P44 2009

Plastic fantastic : how the biggest fraud in physics shook the scientific world
Eugenie Samuel Reich. , 1st ed.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
3rd Level QC16.S26456 R45 2009

Earth's ionosphere : plasma physics and electrodynamics
Michael C. Kelley. , 2nd ed.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press, c2009.
3rd Level QC809.P5 K45 2009

Tornado hunter : getting inside the most violent storms on Earth
Stefan Bechtel with Tim Samaras ; foreword by Greg Forbes.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2009.
3rd Level QC955.5.U6 B427 2009

Big thaw : travels in the melting north
Ed Struzik ; foreword by Gerald Butts.
Mississauga, Ont. : John Wiley & Sons Canada, c2009.
3rd Level QC994.8 .S77 2009

History of the study of landforms; or, The development of geomorphology
Richard J. Chorley, Antony J. Dunn [and] Robert P. Beckinsale.
[London] Methuen; [New York] Wiley <1964->
QE505 .C45

Darwin's lost world : the hidden history of animal life
Martin Brasier.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QE653 .B736 2009

Paradise found : nature in America at the time of discovery
Steve Nicholls.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
3rd Level QH102 .N53 2009

Keck Futures Initiative. Conference (2008 : Irvine, Calif.) Complex systems : task group summaries ; Conference, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California, November 13-15, 2008
The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2009.
3rd Level QH324.2 .N383x 2008

Descended from Darwin : insights into the history of evolutionary studies, 1900-1970
Joe Cain and Michael Ruse, editors.
Philadelphia : American Philosophical Society, 2009.
3rd Level QH361 .D47 2009

Cambridge companion to the "Origin of species"
edited by Michael Ruse, Robert J. Richards.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QH365.O8 R865 2009

Insect biodiversity : science and society edited by Robert G. Foottit and Peter H. Adler. Chichester, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
3rd Level QL463 .I65 2009

Extinction in our times : global amphibian decline
James P. Collins, Martha L. Crump.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QL644.7 .C65 2009

Birdsong by the seasons : a year of listening to birds
Donald Kroodsma ; drawings by Nancy Haver.
Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
3rd Level QL698.5 .K757 2009

Sexual coercion in primates and humans : an evolutionary perspective on male aggression against females
edited by Martin N. Muller, Richard W. Wrangham.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
3rd Level QL737.P9 S442 2009

Genial gene : deconstructing Darwinian selfishness
Joan Roughgarden.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
3rd Level QL761 .R68 2009

Nutrients and epigenetics / [edited by] Sang-Woon Choi, Simonetta Friso.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2009.
3rd Level QP144.G45 .N876 2009

Alien ocean : anthropological voyages in microbial seas
Stefan Helmreich.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
3rd Level QR106 .H45 2009

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Study Finds High Turnover of Science Faculty

UPI (1/6) reports, "High turnover rates for science faculty at US colleges and universities undermine efforts to boost student retention levels," according to "a recent survey of the California State University system." The study "found nearly 40 percent of science [faculty] who specialize in education were seriously considering leaving their position." Nancy Pelaez, a Purdue University associate professor of biological sciences, noted that "more than half of [students] entering science majors at universities leave the sciences, and 90 percent of those students complain of ineffective teaching." Pelaez added, "The model of seeding university science departments with faculty who are trained in educational methodology and approaches shows promise for retaining more science majors and developing approaches to reform science education at the K-12 level."
Arizona's Imperial Valley News (1/5, Gardner) quoted Pelaez as saying that "the study highlights potential national trends." Pelaez explained, "There are likely similarities in the career dynamics for faculty with interests in education at institutions throughout the nation. ... Faculty members who specialize in science education are a growing number. Although science faculty with education specialty positions began before 1987, for the group in this study, more were hired after 2000 than in all previous years combined." The survey noted that "of those who are seriously considering leaving their position, however, only a few are considering leaving the field entirely." Further, "the survey suggests the satisfaction of these faculty members could improve with increased training opportunities, reduced professional isolation and improved academic infrastructure to support education research and professional activities."