Pandemics: what everyone needs to know

pandemics-coverDoherty, P. C. (2013). Pandemics: What everyone needs to know.

Pandemics. The word conjures up images of horrific diseases sweeping the globe and killing everyone in their path. But such highly lethal illnesses almost never create pandemics. The reality is deadly serious but far more subtle.

In Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Peter Doherty, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells, offers an essential guide to one of the truly life-or-death issues of our age. In concise, question-and-answer format, he explains the causes of pandemics, how they can be counteracted with vaccines and drugs, and how we can better prepare for them in the future. Doherty notes that the term “pandemic” refers not to a disease’s severity but to its ability to spread rapidly over a wide geographical area. Extremely lethal pathogens are usually quickly identified and confined. Nevertheless, the rise of high-speed transportation networks and the globalization of trade and travel have radically accelerated the spread of diseases. A traveler from Africa arrived in New York in 1999 carrying the West Nile virus; one mosquito bite later, it was loose in the ecosystem. Doherty explains how the main threat of a pandemic comes from respiratory viruses, such as influenza and SARS, which disseminate with incredible speed through air travel. The climate disruptions of global warming, rising population density, and growing antibiotic resistance all complicate efforts to control pandemics. But Doherty stresses that pandemics can be fought effectively. Often simple health practices, especially in hospitals, can help enormously. And research into the animal reservoirs of pathogens, from SARS in bats to HIV in chimpanzees, show promise for our prevention efforts.

Calm, clear, and authoritative, Peter Doherty’s Pandemics is one of the most critically important additions to the What Everyone Needs to Know® series.

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ERIC Database

In 2012, the ERIC database, a premier carrier of education-related scholarship, was forced to dramatically limit access to the full text of their ERIC Documents collection.  This situation has recently improved — read below.

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From http://eric.ed.gov/?note

PDF Restoration Process Update: 94% of documents are now available

Have you noticed fewer “PDF Pending” indicators in ERIC the last few weeks? That is because Phase I of the PDF restoration project is now complete. 94% of the previously removed documents are now available online!

We want to thank you for your patience over the past two years. We have received many questions about the process. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions:

Why were documents removed from ERIC?

In August of 2012 we discovered that personally identifiable information appeared in some ERIC documents. Due to new search technologies, this information was easily discoverable for the first time. We temporarily removed access to all full-text documents due to the security concerns. Over the past two years we have been restoring documents to the collection on a rolling basis.

How big of a problem was it? Did many documents contain this type of information? 

There are 670 documents that have are have sensitive information that we cannot release. We have removed the “PDF Pending” indicator and the “Download Full Text” links from these records, but the citations remain in the collection. We are considering how we can make these documents available in a way that protects individual’s privacy in the future.
What documents are now available online?

Approximately 94% of the PDFs that ERIC has permission to display are now available. This includes all peer-reviewed materials, documents published after 2004, and PDFs that were scanned electronically for sensitive information.

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Football Photos from The GFU Archives

The University Archives, housed in the MLRC, offers a huge volume of photos and writings from the earliest decades of the institution.

Our staff recently retrieved several early football team photos, along with other memorabilia, and created a display.  Come by the MLRC and view it in person (in the downstairs display case).

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MLRC Display: The Philosophy of Lao Tzu

The Philosophy of Lao Tzu

“The Philosophy of Lao Tzu” created by Kate Wilder

 

 

Excerpts from the Tao De Ching: The Book of the Way

Chapter 76

Man at his birth is supple and weak;
at his death, firm and strong.
(So it is with) all things.
Trees and plants, in their early growth,
are soft and brittle;
at their death, dry and withered.
Thus it is that firmness and strength are the concomitants of death;
softness and weakness, the concomitants of life.

Hence he who (relies on) the strength of his forces does not conquer; and a tree which is strong will fill the out-stretched arms, (and thereby invites the feller.)

Therefore the place of what is firm and strong is below, and that of what is soft and weak is above.

 

Chapter 64

The tree which fills the arms
grew from the tiniest sprout;
the tower of nine stories rose
from a (small) heap of earth; the journey
of a thousand miles commenced with a single step.

 

Chapter 6

The valley spirit dies not, aye the same;
The female mystery thus do we name.
Its gate, from which at first they issued forth,
Is called the root from which grew heaven and earth.
Long and unbroken does its power remain,
Used gently, and without the touch of pain.

 

Chapter 33

He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is
intelligent. He who overcomes others is strong; he who overcomes
himself is mighty. He who is satisfied with his lot is rich; he who
goes on acting with energy has a (firm) will.

 

Chapter 44

Or fame or life,
Which do you hold more dear?
Or life or wealth,
To which would you adhere?
Keep life and lose those other things;
Keep them and lose your life:–which brings
Sorrow and pain more near?

 

 

Chapter 52

The perception of what is small is

the secret of clear-sightedness; the guarding of what is soft and tender is the secret of strength.

Who uses well his light,
Reverting to its (source so) bright,
Will from his body ward all blight,
And hides the unchanging from men’s sight.

Thus we may see,
Who cleaves to fame
Rejects what is more great;
Who loves large stores
Gives up the richer state.

Who is content
Needs fear no shame.
Who knows to stop
Incurs no blame.
From danger free
Long live shall he.

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Off-campus access to library resources changing

Starting this week, you will need only your MyGFU username and password to log in to library databases from off campus. 

Summit and Foxtrax will still ask for your last name and library barcode.  When those systems are replaced at the end of the year, they too will begin using MyGFU credentials.

Soon you will never have to type in your 14-digit barcode again!

Questions: Alex Rolfe, Technical Services & Systems Librarian
503-554-2414, arolfe@georgefox.edu
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Lucky LibQUAL Winners

Thank you to all who participated in taking the LibQUAL Library Survey.  The Library faculty and staff will be reviewing the data as well as your written comments and appreciate your willingness to share your opinions with us.

Congratulations to the following Amazon card winners, whose names were randomly drawn from all who took the survey and entered their email address.

$50 Gift Card:

  • Mark Almquist

$25 Gift Cards:

    • Nate Peach
    • Kathleen Gathercoal
    • Chris Banton
    • Heather Keizur
    • Charlotte Gray
    • Zac Poppen
    • Spencer Giles
    • Nolan Staples
    • Ryan Elder
    • Erika Stutts
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Handbook of faith and spirituality in the workplace

Neal, J. (2013). Handbook of faith and spirituality in the workplace: emerging research and practice. New York, NY: Springer.

While the field of management has developed as a research discipline over the last century, until the early 1990s there was essentially no acknowledgement that the human spirit plays an important role in the workplace.  Over the past twenty years, the tide has begun to turn, as evidenced by the growing number of courses in academia and in corporate training, and an exponential increase in the publications emerging through creative interaction of scholars and practitioners in organizational behavior, workplace diversity, sustainability, innovation, corporate governance, leadership, and corporate wellness, as well as contributions by psychotherapists, theologians, anthropologists, educators, philosophers, and artists.

This Handbook is the most comprehensive collection to date of essays by the preeminent researchers and practitioners in faith and spirituality in the workplace, featuring not only the most current research and case examples, but visions of what will be, or should be, emerging over the horizon.  It includes essays by the people who helped to pioneer the field as well as essays by up and coming young scholars.

The aim of The Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace is to provide researchers, faculty, students, and practitioners with a broad overview of the field from a research perspective, while keeping an eye on building a bridge between scholarship and practice.

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Cardboard sculptures at the MLRC

Here’s a gallery of cardboard sculptures at the MLRC, both past and present.

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Antislavery Digital Collection at UMass

Christianity Versus Treason and Slavery (Phildelphia, 1864)

http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/umarmot/antislavery/

The digital collections at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are top-flight and this collection continues that grand tradition.

The Antislavery Collection contains several hundred pamphlets and books pertaining to slavery and antislavery in New England from 1725-1911. These items include speeches, sermons, proceedings, and other publications from organizations such as the American Anti-Slavery Society, the American Colonization Society, and a small number of pro-slavery tracts.

This item caught our eye:

Society of Friends. New England Yearly Meeting
Address of the Yearly Meeting of Friends for New-England, Held on Rhode-Island, in the Sixth Month, 1837, to its Own Members, and Those of Other Christian Communities. (New Bedford: J. C. Parmenter, 1837)

Visitors can browse the selected titles alphabetically or perform a more detailed search across all of the items. Several documents should not be missed, including speeches by Horace Mann and Ezra Gannett’s “Relation of the North to Slavery” delivered in Boston in 1854.

(Copyright © 2014 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu)

 

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iPad in Education for Dummies (e-book)

Wondering how to put that iPad to best use in your academic work?  This may be the perfect book for you.

Written for instructors, iPad in Education for Dummies includes chapters on:

  • Managing the iPad Classroom
  • Becoming a Digital Author
  • The Mathematical and Scientific iPad
  • Lights, Camera, Learning
  • Animating Your Lessons
  • Speaking Your Mind with Podcasts
  • Directing Your Own Screencasts
  • Releasing Your Inner Artist
  • Ten Essential Apps for the Educator’s Toolkit
  • Ten Keys to Successful iPad Implementation

No limit on the number of people that can view the book simultaneously.

 

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