Lecture on Burmese Women

Dr. Tharaphi Than, Asst. Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Northern Illinois University and author of the book Women in Modern Burma, will talk about “Burmese women: Forgotten people in the making of Burma’s history” on Thurs., Mar. 5, 3:30-4:30pm in UC275A. It’s part of the Southeast Asian Heritage Lecture series.

Dr. Than’s book may be requested from UW-Madison by UWW students and staff via the free Universal Borrowing service, and portions of it may be previewed via Google Books.

cover of Perfect HostageAndersen Library offers additional resources, including Refiguring women, colonialism, and modernity in Burma (3rd-floor Main Collection, HQ1735.7 .I54 2011), Perfect hostage: A life of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s prisoner of conscience (3rd-floor Main Collection, DS530.53.A85 W58 2007), and Burma/Myanmar: What everyone needs to know ((3rd-floor Main Collection, JQ751.A58 S84 2010).

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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Watch WI agency budget briefings Mar 3-4

WisconsinEye provides you with the opportunity to livestream state agency budget briefings to the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. These are briefings by representatives of the agencies, not public testimony. Here’s the schedule:

    Tuesday, March 3 (9:00 a.m.)

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Department of Health Services
    Wednesday, March 4 (9:00 a.m.)

  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Revenue (including Lottery and Shared Revenues)
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Financial Institutions
  • Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

FDLP logo Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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New Stuff Tuesday – March 3, 2015

The Shifts and the Shocks

The Shifts and the Shocks:
What We’ve Learned – and Have Still to Learn – from the Financial Crisis
by Martin Wolf
HB3722 .W63 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The Great Recession of 2008 inspired the writing of many books on the US economy. Martin Wolf, associate editor of the Financial Times, adds to the literature with The Shifts and the Shocks, providing a thorough analysis of the causes of the economic breakdown as well as detailed (and dramatic) plans for fixing the global economy. Wolf examines the global landscape before and after the crisis, highlighting the eurozone and its remaining struggles, which signal the economic crisis has not completely passed. There is still work to do if we want to avoid another economic meltdown. The book is a little heavy-handed with economic lingo, but it offers an important perspective on macroeconomic policy. It also includes an abundance of notes and references if you’re interested in learning more.

Check out Wolf’s previous book, Why Globalization Works, available in Andersen Library’s Main Collection.

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Title IX student focus groups Mar 3-4

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is currently reviewing UW-Whitewater’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is the federal law that prohibits sexual harassment. Sexual violence, including rape, is a form of sexual harassment.

Representatives from OCR are conducting student focus groups to learn more about students’ knowledge of and experience with the university’s policies, procedures and resources related to sexual violence and harassment, and to understand the campus climate regarding these issues. If you are a student, please consider attending a focus group:

  • Tues., March 3, at 2:30 p.m.
    Andersen Library, room 1105
  • Tues., March 3, at 4 p.m.
    Andersen Library, room 1105
  • Wed., March 4, at 10:30 a.m. (Female Survivors)
    Ambrose Health Center, room 2028
  • Wed., March 4, at noon
    Andersen Library, room 1105
  • Wed., March 4, at 3:30 p.m. (Male Survivors)
    Ambrose Health Center, room 2028
  • Wed., March 4, at 5 p.m.
    Andersen Library, room 1105
  • Wed., March 4, at 7 p.m.
    Andersen Library, room 1105

Thank you.

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Featured Resource: ReferenceUSA

Curious about how many coffee shops there are in Madison? Do you want to know how many people in Milwaukee are considered politically liberal or are interested in quilting? Or are you wondering which companies are hiring summer interns? You can use the database ReferenceUSA to answer each of these questions.


ReferenceUSA contains detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 222 million consumers, U.S. new businesses, and U.S. new homeowners and movers. Use the U.S. Businesses module to build a list of companies in a given geographic region. You can also download charts and maps to visually represent the data. The U.S. Historical Businesses module will retrieve similar information for companies that are no longer in business.

The U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles module allows you to build a list of individuals in a geographic area that share a lifestyle characteristic, such as similar political leanings, a fondness for cats, or a love comic books. Note that household income and home value are estimated; the data comes from the most recent census. You can create charts and maps to display the data in this module, as well.

Finally, the U.S. Jobs/Internships module pulls information from Indeed.com and gives you the ability to search for full-time or part-time jobs, internships, and contract or temporary work. You can limit your search to a specific geographic area, or you can search by salary range. One of the benefits of searching for jobs within ReferenceUSA is that you can easily look up information about the company to which you are applying within the database, an important part of the job search process. To learn more, check out this video tutorial:

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If you have questions about ReferenceUSA, please feel free to contact Amanda Howell, the business librarian.

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International Education Week

The first week of March is International Education Week! There are several events planned on campus, including Celebrating Indigenous Nations on Mon., Mar. 2nd, from 4-6pm in the UC Hamilton Room, the International Education Week’s Opening Reception sponsored by the UW-W Center for Global Education and Native American Cultural Awareness Association where indigenous nations will be celebrated with a Ho-Chunk musical performance and an interactive workshop with Elliot Funmaker, Sr., of The Wisconsin Dells Singers. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to use the link to the web page listing the rest of the events this week!

Andersen Library can provide resources for learning more, including Indigenous cultures in an interconnected world (3rd-floor Main Collection, GN380 .I52 2000), APA handbook of intercultural communication (3rd-floor Main Collection, HM1211 .A65 2010), Language, identity, and study abroad: Sociocultural perspectives (3rd-floor Main Collection, P53.41155 .J33 2008), Undergraduate global education: Issues for faculty, staff, and students (3rd-floor Main Collection, LB2375 .U5 2014), and Changing values and beliefs in 85 countries trends from the values surveys from 1981 to 2004 (online). In addition, Andersen Library has many resources for learning more about particular countries. To get an idea, check out the blog entry on a recent Global Café.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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T3: Apps that Replace Cash & Checks

VenmoOwe your best friend $8 for dinner when you forgot your wallet? Need to give your roommate the rent money? If you, like me, rarely have cash and hate writing checks, then the following mobile apps can help you out. One let you easily calculate who owes what on group outings. Another lets you pay your friends immediately if you have linked your bank account.

A note about privacy: While it’s good to be cautious in anything financial, these apps are affiliated with reputable companies (Paypal acquired Venmo within the last year). Make sure to set all your transactions to “private” in the settings, however.

  • Splittr (iOS) – This app lets you record and divide expenses on a group outing without creating a spreadsheet or keeping track of receipts. Figure out the total for each person even if not everyone participated in all expenses.
  • Venmo (Android, iOS) – Pay your friends instantly through the app. It is free to send or receive money if you have linked your bank account or debit card to the app. If you use a credit card there is a 3% charge.
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Friday Fun: Yodeling!

Friday fun: Yodeling with Annette Funicello from Adventure in Dairyland, which was filmed in Wisconsin and aired on television as part of The Mickey Mouse Club show! Thank you, Becky, for bringing this to my attention.
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Believe it or not, Andersen Library can help you get more of a yodeling fix with these resources:

Searching the holdings of books, media and more at all UW campus libraries would show more titles that UWW students and staff could request using the free Universal Borrowing service, such as the book Yodel-ay-ee-oooo: The secret history of yodeling around the world. Requested items arrive in 2-5 weekdays.

You also can read the article “Why yodeling still matters: The art form is alive and well in Wisconsin, for the time being” published in Isthmus on May 23, 2013.

Search the Internet with your favorite search engine to find a plethora of fun! Videos, still images,news, etc., including information about the next Jodlerfest, an international yodeling festival that happens every three years…with the next one in 2017. Plan your trip to Switzerland waaaay ahead of time if you want a hotel room! If you want, try searching YouTube for jodlerfest to see and hear video from the event in 2014.

Ask a librarian if you’d like assistance with finding additional materials.

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New Stuff Tuesday – February 24, 2015

Boom Bust Exodus

Boom, Bust, Exodus:
The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities
by Chad Broughton
HC108 .G26 B76 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

My fridge is on the fritz — soupy ice-cream, meat that’s likely crawling with e. coli — you get the picture. But now that I’ve read this book, I can’t even drool over the shiny new refrigerators at the appliance store without a twinge of guilt.

Univ. of Chicago public policy lecturer, Chad Broughton, explores globalization at a very local level by peering into the lives of former workers at the now-shuttered Maytag refrigerator plant in Galesburg, Illinois and current workers at a gleaming city-sized maquila (factory) in Reynosa, Mexico where the refrigerators now roll off the assembly line. The prospects for both cities and their factory workers are pretty bleak. But at least when the Galesburg workers were still on the job they could afford the products they made, while the appliances are only a cool chimera for the Reynosa workers. Globalization takes on a whole new — and not very glamorous — meaning when seen in action.

My review of this book in the January 1, 2015 Library Journal, is available in Academic Search Complete (EBSCO).

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Science in television and movies

The UWW Chem Club is sponsoring a free live webinar “Chemistry on the Silver Screen” on Tues., Feb. 24, at 5:45 p.m. in Upham room 140. The webinar will feature science advisors to Breaking Bad and other entertainment like the movie Gravity. Following the webinar, stay to watch the pilot episode of Breaking Bad. Light refreshments will be available for purchase (a bag of popcorn for 50 cents, a can of soda for 50 cents).

cover of The Physics of SuperheroesInterested in how science and mathematics in popular entertainment can be used to teach? Andersen Library has resources, including books like The physics of the Buffyverse (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QC75 .O84 2006), The physics of Star Trek (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QB500 .K65 1995), The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QA99 .S48 2013), The physics of superheroes (3rd-floor Main Collection, QC24.5 .K3 2006), and The public image of chemistry (online). Articles available include “Using science fiction movies in introductory physics” (The Physics Teacher, 2005, vol.43, pp.463-465), “Lorenzo’s Oil as a vehicle for teaching chemistry content, processes of science, and sociology of science in a general education chemistry classroom” (Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, vol.88:no.10, pp.1380-1384), and “Put some movie Wow! in your chemistry teaching” (Journal of Chemical Education, 2012, vol.89:no.9, pp.1138-1143).

These titles are just a sample of the resources available on these topics. Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional resources.

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