Celebrate faculty & staff scholarship and creative achievements

Scholarship event graphicThe 27th annual exhibition of scholarly & creative works by UWW faculty & staff will celebrate accomplishments of the past year across a range of disciplines.

A sampling of the articles, artwork, books, music performances and conference presentations produced by many of UWW’s staff and faculty during the period July 2013-June 2014 will be displayed in the Crossman Gallery (Greenhill Center of the Arts) on Tues., Nov. 25, from 10am-5pm and 6pm-8pm. A reception will be held on Tues. from 3pm-4:30pm, with welcoming remarks by Chancellor Richard Telfer. Refreshments will be available during the reception and the Chancellor’s String Quartet will perform.

A bibliography listing the accomplishments being recognized is available online.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chancellor, Andersen Library, Crossman Gallery, and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

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Library, Café Hours Thanksgiving Week

clip art of horn of plentyPlan ahead! Hours of the Andersen Library and Food for Thought Café are affected by the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Food for Thought Café will be open from 8am until 2pm on Mon. Nov. 24 and Tues. Nov. 25, and then closes for the rest of the week. You can see other Thanksgiving Break hours of service for campus dining online.

Andersen Library also adjusts its hours for the holiday this week:

  • Wed., Nov. 26th: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 27th: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 28th: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat., Nov. 29th: CLOSED
  • Sun., Nov. 30th: 3pm-2am

Please remember that even when the physical Library is closed, you can:

    • Search the article databases (login when prompted with your campus Net-ID, same as for your campus email or D2L) or Research@UWW (sign in to access all possible full text),
    • Search the Library holdings of Books, Media and more and use links to online titles
    • Renew checked-out books, government documents, etc. through My Account (unless you’ve already used up your allowed renewals),
    • Consult online guides for help, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
    • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat (UWW librarians respond to the emails when the Library is open, but chat is covered 24/7 by non-UWW staff).

 

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re traveling, please be safe.

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Money Mondays: Gross Domestic Product

The Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is probably one of those acronyms that you’ve heard a lot but don’t really understand unless you’ve taken an economics course. According to Investopedia, GDP is “the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period.” The figure, which is released every four months by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, indicates how healthy the economy is and is calculated by using the following equation:

GDP = C + I + G + (Ex – Im)

This equation tells us that GDP is figured by looking at:
C = Total consumer spending
I = Total investment (or spending) on goods and services by businesses
G = Total government spending at local, state, and federal levels
Ex = Total exports (what we sell to other countries)
Im = Total imports (what we buy from other countries)

Sometimes you may hear someone distinguish between nominal GDP and real GDP. Nominal GDP does not account for inflation, but real GDP does. The latter gives us a more accurate view of the health of the economy over time because it accounts for price increases.

If you’re interested in learning more about GDP and what it tells us about our economy, listen to the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s podcast or check out the book GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History by Diane Coyle, available in Andersen Library’s Main Collection (3rd floor): HC79.I5 C725 2014.

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Relaxathon @ HAL, Dec. 1-19

December may be one of the coldest months of the year, but it is also the start of the Andersen Library’s largest event of the semester – Relexathon! Every semester, the library aims to provide stress-relieving activities for the finals-pressured college student. Our library is not just a place to study for finals, but also a spot to take a break from them as well.

Starting December 1st, the library will offer several interactive events. One of the most popular, pet therapy, will have several recurring dates throughout Relaxathon. Along with this, UWW students will be able to paint piggy banks, draw on a graffiti board, color a picture, and make silly putty, stress balls, holiday cards, and bookmarks. All events will be located on the main library floor near the circulation desk.

The dates for the Fall 2014 Relaxathon are:

Create your own piggy bank, FREE

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1-4p

Create your own silly putty, FREE

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1-4pm

Create your own stress balls, FREE

  • Thursday, Dec. 4, 1-4pm

Create your own laminated bookmark or luggage tag, FREE

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 1-4pm

Pet Therapy, FREE

  • Monday, Dec. 1, 12-2pm
  • Monday, Dec. 8, 12-2pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 9, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12-2pm
  • Friday, Dec.12, 12-2pm
  • Monday, Dec. 15, 12-2pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17, 12-2pm
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New Stuff Tuesday – November 18, 2014

Science & Pseudoscience

Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology
Edited by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, and Jeffrey M. Lohr
RC467 .S432 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

This book is essential for anyone evaluating the effectiveness of therapies and interventions for a range of mental health conditions. The editors and authors of the chapters demonstrate how to think critically as a student and practitioner of clinical psychology and allied fields. In an era when most therapies claim to be “evidence-based,” this book helps the reader understand the latest research and separate the good science from pseudoscience.

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Money Mondays: Unemployment

One often-discussed economic topic is that of unemployment. If you ever listen to the news, you’ve probably heard someone mention the unemployment rate. “This is the number of unemployed persons divided by the number of people in the labor force” (Investopedia). Someone is considered to be unemployed only when he or she is actively seeking a job but is unable to find one. When individuals lose hope and stop looking for a job, they are no longer factored into the unemployment rate calculation.

Looking for a Job

The Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly releases new unemployment rate data for both the national and state levels. In July 2014, the national unemployment rate was 6.2%. To put this in perspective, the average unemployment rate between 1948 and 2004 was 5.6%. This indicates that the economy has started to normalize following the recent recession, when unemployment reached 10%.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can listen to podcasts on the labor market and unemployment or you can watch a video on how monetary policy relates to unemployment. All these were produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Also, check out this book available in Andersen Library:

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Friday Fun: Find that World Heritage Site!

OK, we could all use a little Friday fun, and this will still exercise our brains a little too. The History Channel has a games page, and one in the “Trivia Quizzes” category is “Mankind: World Heritage Destinations.” Select either beginner or expert level, and you will be presented with names of 5 World Heritage Sites, one at a time, from the total list of 950 sites. For each one, place your pin on the map where you think it is located. Then the game shows you where your pin should have gone and awards points, based on how far away you were. If you’re really, really, far off it asks if you were making a wild guess (or so someone told me). And by the way, don’t dither or you run out of time! If you earn at least 10,000 points you advance to another level. You can also click to learn more about any or all of the Sites.

Screen shot of World Heritage Sites gameGood luck!

Curious and want to learn more? UNESCO provides a World Heritage List by country. You can click on the Sites on the list to get more information about them. You also can search the Library’s databases for resources like the article “Analysis of international tourist arrivals worldwide: The role of world heritage sites” (Tourism Management, 2014, vol.16:no.1, pp.20-34) and “Maintaining authenticity and integrity at cultural World Heritage Sites” (Geographical Review, 2010, vol.100:no.1, pp.56-73).

Please ask a librarian if you would like assistance with finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – November 11, 2014

Playing with Pop-ups

Playing with Pop-ups:
The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs
by Helen Hiebert
TT870 .H51735 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Are you beginning to feel a bit less than inspired in your coursework? Are you approaching your class projects, wishing to be able to present your hard work with a bit of flair, but lacking the spark to make it happen? Perhaps in your sincere efforts to be an academic powerhouse, you have been neglecting to give your right brain a bit of needed activity. You can find more than a little creative inspiration on many levels with Hiebert’s Playing with Pop-ups. Hiebert begins by introducing the reader to the anatomy of a pop-up, enticing the reader to grab little more than a a few sheets of colored paper and blade and start experimenting with the basics. She then entices the reader to get lost in the intricacies of more complex folding and slicing, and later to explore the work of paper “engineers” and book artists such as Renee Jablow and Paul Johnson.

If you are less inclined to be crafty, but admire the work of the book artist, Andersen Library has many examples of pop-up books in both the Curriculum and Main Collections.

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Money Mondays: Monetary Policy

A few weeks ago we talked about the roles of the Federal Reserve, one of which is to develop monetary policy. This is managed by the Federal Open Market Committee, also known as the FOMC. The FOMC “[determines] the size and rate of growth of the money supply, which in turn affects interest rates. Monetary policy is maintained through actions such as increasing the interest rate, or changing the amount of money banks need to keep in the vault” (Investopedia). These actions affect inflation, which we discussed last week. Remember that the Federal Reserve wants to keep inflation at about 2-3% to grow the economy at a healthy rate.

Interest Rates

You may be wondering what interest rate is being affected by the FOMC. They control the federal funds rate which “is the interest rate at which depository institutions lend balances at the Federal Reserve to other depository institutions overnight” (About the FOMC). According to the FOMC’s About Us page, changing this rate can impact the following: “other short-term interest rates, foreign exchange rates, long-term interest rates, the amount of money and credit, and, ultimately, a range of economic variables, including employment, output, and prices of goods and services.”

To read the most recent FOMC Statement, which details the state of the economy and any intended actions of the FOMC, visit the Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Press Releases web page.

If you’re interested in learning more about monetary policymaking, check out this video on monetary policymaking tools as well as this video on understanding an FOMC statement. These were produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Andersen Library has many eBooks on the topic of monetary policy, as well, including:

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International Games Day – Nov. 15

The Andersen Library will be celebrating International Games Day with a week of events from November 9-15.  Activities included are a Super Smash Bros. video game contest, next generation console demo sessions, and an assortment of jumbo games and puzzles to be scattered throughout the library’s main floor.

Stop by the display at the front of the Library to sign up for the November 12 Super Smash Bros. contest, which starts at 7p.m. The contest will be run using a random, bracket-style tournament format. Several prizes are up for grabs for the top winners!

Want to try out the Xbox One, Wii U, and Playstation 4 video game systems?  The video game room will be opened up for demos from 3-5pm on Monday and Tuesday.

International Games Day is an excellent opportunity for UW-Whitewater students to forget about life stresses and have some fun.  There truly is something for everybody – from the video-game savvy to the casual board gamer.

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