A Sneak Preview of the Arctic Human Development Report II-Sept 19

A Sneak Preview of the Arctic Human Development Report II
UAA presents a symposium on the Arctic Human Development Report II, featuring a panel of several report authors, including prominent international scholars.
The purpose of the AHDR-II project (Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages) is to move the study of human development in the Arctic beyond the Arctic Human Development Report I (2004) baseline, and provide an update by which policymakers and researchers can evaluate trends that affect sustainable human development among residents of the circumpolar world. Report authors compare and contrast cultural, economic, political and social conditions among the eight Arctic countries and in the world at large, and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the consequences and interplay of physical and social global change processes for human living conditions and adaptability.

Symposium agenda:
• Reception
• Welcome by Dr. Helena Wisniewski, vice provost for Research and Graduate Studies at UAA
• Overview of the report by AHDR-II Project Co-Leader Gail Fondahl, professor of geography at the University of Northern British Columbia
• Highlights from four chapters, presented by chapter co-authors:
• Peter Schweitzer (UAF) will present “Cultures and Identities,” authored by Peter Schweitzer (US), Peter Sköld (SE) and Olga Ultargasheva (RU)
• Lee Huskey (UAA) will present “Economic Systems,” authored by Lee Huskey (US), Alexander Pelyasov (RU) and Ilmo Maaenpaa (FI)
• Gary Kofinas (UAF) will present “Resource Governance,” authored by Bruce Forbes (FI) and Gary Kofinas (US)
• Diane Hirshberg (UAA) and Andrey Petrov (University of Northern Iowa) will present “Education & Human Capital,” authored by Diana Hirshberg (US) and Andrey Petrov (US, RU)
• Discussion and reflections by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Douglas Causey, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences at UAA, will facilitate.

Fri Sep 19, 2014 7pm – 9pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

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Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit https://scholarworks.alaska.edu

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ebrary’s New Interface

One of our most common ebook sources is ebrary (which is now owned by ProQuest).  ebrary has just come out with an updated interface after several years of ‘the same old thing,’ and two immediate advantages are, first, (to quote Etta James) At Last! we can read the content by scrolling smoothly through many pages rather than having to use the arrow icons in the menu bar to go back and forth one page at a time!  And second, the only search box in sight searches in the ebook you’re reading; there were two search boxes in the old version and the most prominent search box could get you lost very fast because it searched everything in ebrary rather than just your ebook.

For more search functions, there’s now a search menu at the top of the interface.  The content now appears on the right with the table of contents on the left, and you can still have a user account where you can select your own ‘bookshelf’ of titles and keep notes on the content.  The various functions, such as magnifying the text, seem to work more smoothly than in the older version.  All in all, using the new ebrary interface is a much more pleasant experience than the older version.  By the way, while our titles are available for online reading, they won’t download unless we’ve got a multiple-user license for them; that’s why you’ll often see a ‘Not Available for Download’ message.

I’ve been looking at the Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War while writing this; going somewhat beyond Mexico, here’s another ebrary example that’s worth searching for in the catalog or QuickSearch:

Atlas of the Galilean Satellites

After the introductory chapters, there’s a fine moon-by-moon display of maps and photographs for Calisto, Ganymede, Europa, and Io.  Enjoy!

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