New Stuff Tuesday – December 6, 2016

Banjo book cover

An Illustrated History
by Bob Carlin
ML1015.B3 C37 2016
Browsing Books, 2nd floor

For my last New Stuff Tuesday post, I wanted to write about something a little more fun than management and economics (hard to imagine, I know!). So this post will highlight the banjo. No, I don’t play the banjo. I don’t even consider myself a fan of most bluegrass and country music. But every once in a while, I just fall in love with a song featuring the instrument. Banjo: An Illustrated History provides images and details of how the banjo has changed throughout history, traveling from Africa to the US and then around the world. The banjo has played a distinct cultural role in the United States over time. The book also highlights famous banjo players like John Hartford, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka, and Bela Fleck. Check out the book and learn more about this unique instrument!

Check out the database DRAM to stream music featuring the banjo.

And here are a few NPR Tiny Desk Concerts featuring banjo-playing bands:

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Amy E. Reichert at Public Library Dec. 6 & Food Fiction Fun

Amy E. Reichert, author of the novels The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie, will be at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, Whitewater’s public library at 431 W. Center St. (very walkable from campus), to discuss her delicious newest book on Tues. Dec. 6, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. There will be copies available to purchase, but the program is free and open to all!

You can read a brief interview with the author in a blog entry from The Huffington Post: “For the Love of Food, Romance, and Milwaukee: A Conversation with Amy E. Reichert.”

You can see reviews of her books:

If you like the idea of books with food in their titles, there are more. You can, for example, read Joanne Harris novels like Chocolat (also made into a movie starring Johnny Depp, available in Andersen Library’s DVD Feature Film collection, 2nd Floor, at “call number” Cho). Goodreads has a long list of “popular food fiction books” online to get you started! Yum.

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Relaxathon Fall 2016

relaxathonf16This time of year is busy. You have 6 papers to write, 2 group projects, and speech to give.  We know you need some down time to relax in between all that homework.  Find out what’s going on at Andersen Library in December.

Starting Dec. 11 – FREE Popcorn on nights we are open until 2am (served at 9pm).
Starting Dec. 9 – FREE Coffee and tea on nights & weekends after the cafe closes.

Mon, Dec. 5
1-4pm:  Make a Golden Snitch Ornament

Tues, Dec. 6
2-3pm:  Try-It Tuesday. Try a healthy snack from UHCS
4-5pm:  Make a Hand-knit Scarf

Wed, Dec. 7
1-4pm:    Make a Stress Ball

Thurs, Dec. 8
1-4pm:  Make a Snowflake
3:30-5:30pm: Make Your Own Tea Blend by WellHawks

Mon, Dec. 12
1-4pm:  Make a Pet Therapy Button (or design your own)

Tues, Dec. 13
2-4pm:    Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar from UHCS

Wed, Dec. 14
3-4pm: Free 5-minute Massages from UHCS
3:15-4:15pm: Minute to Win it Games by Alcohol Peer Educators

Mon, Dec. 19
8pm:  Enjoy an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie donated by University Dining Services in Partnership with Chartwells.

Love dogs?  Join us for Pet Therapy!

Pet Therapy 12-2pm
•Mon, Dec. 5
•Mon, Dec. 12
•Tues, Dec. 13
•Weds, Dec. 14
•Thurs, Dec. 15
•Mon, Dec. 19
•Tues, Dec. 20

Extended Hours

Fri., Dec. 9: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., Dec. 10: 9am – 10pm
Sun., Dec. 11: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 12-15: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., Dec. 16: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat., Dec. 17: 9am – 10pm
Sun., Dec. 18: 9am – 2am
Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 19-22: 7:30am – 2am
Fri., Dec. 23: 7:30am – 6pm

The first and third floors of the Library close at midnight; only 2nd/main floor is open from midnight until 2am. All three floors are open until closing on nights when then Library closes earlier than 2am. Doors are locked 15 minutes before closing.

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Holiday Book & Media Sale

Last week Thanksgiving heralded the beginning of the holiday season and today we’ve put out gift worthy books, CDs, DVDs, and video games for the Library’s monthly sale. Come on over and peruse the shelves. Perhaps something will strike your fancy and you’ll put $2 in the payment box in exchange for it. We hope all these items find new forever homes. Please don’t dawdle, we only have one cart of books this time so they may run out quickly.

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 5 St. Nicholas Eve (Belgium)
Tuesday, December 6 St. Nicholas Day (Austria)
Thursday, December 8 Immaculate Conception (Austria)
Thursday, December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
Monday, December 11 Mawlid Un Nabi (Muslim)
Monday, December 12 Day of the Virgin Guadalupe (Mexico)
Wednesday, December 14 Full Moon (Lunar)
Friday, December 16 Day of Reconciliation (South Africa)
Wednesday, December 21 Winter Solstice (Solar)
Wednesday, December 21 Yule (Germanic, Wiccan, General)
Friday, December 23 Festivus (General)
Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve (General)
Sunday, December 25 Christmas (General)
Sunday, December 25 Hanukkah begins (Jewish)
Monday, December 26 Boxing Day (Canada)
Monday, December 26 St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)
Monday, December 26 Second Christmas (Germany)
Monday, December 26 Synaxis of the Mother of God (Greece)
Monday, December 26 Kwanzaa begins (General)
Wednesday, December 28 Day of the Innocents (Mexico)
Thursday, December 29 New Moon (Lunar)
Friday, December 30 Rizal Day (Philippines)
Saturday, December 31 New Year’s Eve (General)
Saturday, December 31 St. Sylvester’s Day (Austria)

Thanks to Holidays Calendar and WinCalendar

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Where — Oh, Where — is Planet Nine? — Finding a very small needle in a very big haystack

The final lecture in the Fall 2016 Whitewater Observatory Lecture Series, “Where — Oh, Where — is Planet Nine? — Finding a very small needle in a very big haystack” will be delivered at 8pm on Fri., Dec. 2, by Dr. Paul Rybski, UW-Whitewater Dept. of Physics, in Upham Hall Room 140. (Originally announced for November 18th, this lecture had to be rescheduled for December 2nd). A public viewing session at Whitewater Observatory will follow the lecture at 9:15pm, weather permitting.

cover of book How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It ComingAndersen Library may be able to help you learn more, with books such as How I killed Pluto and why it had it coming (3rd-floor Main Collection, QB701 .B77 2010; preview some text at Google Books) and articles such as “The hunt for planet nine” (Science World, vol.72:no.12, p.12).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

Before the invention of the telescope, only five planets in our solar system could be observed by inquisitive humans on Earth: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. At that time, Earth was not recognized as a planet though today we call it the sixth. Even after the “invention” of the telescope in 1608 by Hans Lippershay and its first application to astronomical objects by Galileo Galilei in 1609, it was not until 1781 that the the seventh planet Uranus was discovered accidentally by William Herschel during his search for double stars.

The eighth planet Neptune was the first planet discovered deliberately through the application of Newton’s theory of gravity, a full 65 years after Uranus’ discovery by Herschel. And what had been our ninth planet Pluto, discovered in 1930 well away from where it was predicted to be during a deliberate search for a ninth planet, was demoted to the status of a “dwarf planet” in 2006 by a controversial vote of the International Astronomical Union.

Since the 1990’s, many dwarf planets have been discovered outside of the orbit of Pluto. Collectively known as Kuiperoids because of their orbital location, recent studies of these special objects suggest there really is a ninth “planet” well outside their orbits and bigger than Earth that is controlling their orbits’ sizes and orientations. Such a planet might also provide an explanation for why the plane of the Sun’s equator is inclined to the average orientation of the orbits of the known planets.

[This] lecture will review the discovery since Galileo in 1609 of objects orbitting the Sun, will give a rational classification of these many objects and will review the current evidence for the existence of a larger-than-Earth ninth planet in the outer Solar System.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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 – November 29, 2016


by Grant M. Mc Ilrath – The Meerkat Man
QL737 .C235 M38 2016
Browsing Books, 2nd floor

Meerkats look as cuddly as kittens. But as it turns out, they make lousy pets. These highly social (and noisy) creatures are in the mongoose family and are native to southern Africa. They live in colonies and burrow incessantly, so they are not at all suitable for domestication.

Mc Ilrath is a nature conservation biologist who has studied these little carnivores for decades. Through his Meerkat Magic Conservation Project he offers meerkat tourism opportunities in his native South Africa. In addition to satisfying your curiosity about these elusive creatures, this book offers a feast of colorful photos, so you can enjoy their company without going on safari.

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Film Screening – “Deepsouth” Nov. 30

There will be a screening of the film “Deepsouth” on Wed., Nov. 30, at noon (running time about 72 minutes) in the University Center’s Warhawk Connection Center. You can read a brief synopsis of the film online at its web site. Free popcorn! In addition, free HIV testing is being offered in the Warhawk Connection Center from 11am-3pm.

cover of You're the First One I've Told bookThis documentary is about the crisis of HIV/AIDS in the southern U.S. states. According to a Centers for Disease Control issue brief, the “South now experiences the greatest burden of HIV infection, illness, and deaths of any U.S. region, and lags far behind in providing quality HIV prevention and care to its citizens. Closing these gaps is essential to the health of people in the region and to our nation’s long-term success in ending the epidemic.

Andersen Library can help you learn more! See books such as You’re the first one I’ve told: The faces of HIV in the Deep South (online ebook via Project MUSE – click View It and then the link; preview some text via Google Books) and North Carolina and the problem of AIDS advocacy, politics, and race in the South (online ebook via Project MUSE or ebrary; preview some text via Google Books). Also see online resources such as the 2014 Daily Comment in The New YorkerH.I.V.’s Grip on the American South” and information from the Centers for Disease Control such as “HIV in the southern United States” or “HIV and AIDS in the United States by geographic distribution.” See also journal articles such as “A faith-based community partnership to address HIV/AIDS in the southern United States: Implementation, challenges, and lessons learned” (Journal of Religion & Health, 2015, vol.54:no.1, pp.122-133) and “HIV diagnoses, prevalence and outcomes in nine southern states” (Journal of Community Health, 2015, vol.40:no.4, pp.642-651).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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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Celebrate faculty & staff scholarship and creative achievements

Scholarship event graphicThe 29th 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, grants, patents, and conference presentations produced by many of UWW’s staff and faculty during the period July 2015-June 2016 will be displayed in the Crossman Gallery (Greenhill Center of the Arts) on Tues., Nov. 22, from 10am-5pm and 6pm-8pm. A reception will be held on Tues. from 3pm-4:30pm, with welcoming remarks by Chancellor Beverly Kopper. Refreshments will be available during the reception and the Chancellor’s String Quartet will perform.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chancellor Beverly Kopper, Provost Susan Elrod, 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. 21 and Tues. Nov. 22, and then closed for the rest of the week.

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

  • Wed., Nov. 23rd: 7:30am-6pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 24th: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 25th: 8am-4:30pm
  • Sat., Nov. 26th: CLOSED
  • Sun., Nov. 27th: 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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T3: Google A.I. Experiments

Google has introduced a new website that showcases fun, short experiments that use machine learning technology. My favorite game is Quick, Draw! in which you are prompted to sketch a simple line drawing of a particular object in under 20 seconds with your mouse or touchpad and the program tries to guess what you are drawing. You can also submit your own simple experiments using tools Google and others have developed.

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