The Transgender Teen
by Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney HQ77.9 B753 2016 New Arrivals, 2nd floor
2016 was a year marked by increased visibility and acceptance of trans people into the mainstream. With this acceptance comes a lot of questions from people who don’t identify as such and which the authors of this book identify predominantly as a “generation gap.” Brill and Kenney’s work serves as both a 101 guide book for understanding the basics of transgender and other non-binary identifications. The book goes beyond just definitions though and coaches readers whose children or young people they work with can serve as allies and be supportive of trans people. By walking through different scenarios and explaining the myths of being trans, Brill and Kenney hope to be your guides in understanding the complexities of the gender spectrum.
The Secret Link between Music and the Structure of the Universe
by Stephon Alexander QB981 .A54 2016 New Arrivals, 2nd floor
John Coltrane combined physics and geometry with music over 50 years ago and now Stephon Alexander is doing the same with physics and jazz. The melding of these spheres actually goes back as far as Pythagoras and includes other brilliant scientists such as Albert Einstein, all inspirations to Alexander. Jazz musician and theoretical physicist Alexander uses his keen abilities to improvise and explore to discover the connection between the fundamental waves of sound and those of everything else. He uses jazz as an analogy when explaining the process of discovery in theoretical physics research, from the tiny quantum world to our much larger universe. The book explores modern physics, relativistic cosmology, and music theory through the eye of an expert, but in the language of the common person. There are some, perhaps complex, equations, but in the words of the author, “I encourage you to skip [them] and continue reading” if you don’t get them.
Watch Stephon Alexander speak about The Jazz of Physics on TEDx Talks, TEDxSanDiego (16:35)
An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee RB155.M85 2016 Browsing Books, 2nd floor
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, has written a new book tracing the history of the scientific discovery of genes and the field of genetics. He begins with Gregor Mendel and follows the story of genes from Mendel’s experiments with pea plants to current gene-therapies and the mapping of the human genome. Mukherjee’s family’s genetic history guides his discussion of the science and provides the reason for the “intimate history” of the title. He writes well for a non-specialist audience and has the ability to explain complex ideas without oversimplifying them. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about current genetic science and the moral and philosophical questions it raises.
By now, you are probably feeling rather stressed out about papers, projects, exams, and other end-of-semester work. If not, lucky you! For the rest of you, here are some apps that will help you relieve your stress. Some of the apps also help you manage anxiety and stress in daily rituals that will hopefully prevent you from feeling overwhelmed in the future. Try these out over Winter Break and plan ahead for Spring semester.
Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness (Free: iOS/Android)
This is “meditation made simple.” The app provides guided meditations suitable for anyone–even beginners. Meditation may help you improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety, and reduce stress.
Self-help for Anxiety Management (Free: iOS/Android)
This app was developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users. You can use this to help track your anxiety triggers, work through physical and mental relaxation exercises, and interact with other users of the app.
For more apps (some free and some costing a few bucks), see this blog post.
Winterim (Thurs Dec 29-Sat Jan 14) Library hours are:
Mon-Wed: 7:30am-6pm, Thurs-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat: CLOSED, Sun: noon-8pm
However, because of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, there are some adjustments:
CLOSED Sun-Mon Jan 1-2, 2017
The Food for Thought Café is closed until Spring Semester, so pack a sandwich or plan other dining options.
Please plan ahead! 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),
In Cage-Busting Leadership (2013), Rick Hess challenged principals and educational leaders to take on the laws, rules and regulations that obstruct meaningful educational change. In this newer title, he insists that teachers can do a lot more than they think they can do to create positive change in their schools and districts. He defines the cage as both the rules and regulations that have accumulated over decades, and the mindset that some teachers fall into – that they have no authority beyond their classroom, much less authority to influence changes to the system. He sets out to show how teacher leaders can recognize opportunities to break through barriers that get in the way of their best work.
This is a complement to other teacher leadership titles in the Andersen Library collection which focus on what happens inside the classroom.
Rick Hess is a member of the American Enterprise Institute and regularly offers commentary on education policy, politics, research and reform in his Straight Up blog in Education Week. Listen in as he briefly describes what cage-busting leadership entails:
and listen in as he leads conversation about the impact of cage-busting teachers:
Now is the season to apply for scholarships! You may need to print off various documents from WINS–here are some instructions. In addition, you can visit the Registrar’s Office website for further instructions and tutorials on YouTube.
Click on Self Service
Click on Student Center
Under the Academics section select Transcript: View Unofficial from the drop down menu
Click the “GO” arrow
Select Univ of Wisconsin-Whitewater for Academic Institution
Select Unofficial Transcript for Report Type
You will need to copy and paste the transcript information from the main frame of the webpage into a Word document in order to print it out. If you do not copy and paste the page you will only see as much of your transcript as appears in the window of your browser without scrolling.
Among Dr. Vue’s publications are a newspaper article for the USA Today network about a Hmong teenager in Wausau who was tried as an adult for stabbing another teen in an altercation, “Justice system made Dylan Yang a ‘monster’” and his book, Assimilation and the gendered color line: Hmong case studies of hip-hop and import racing (ebook available online from ebrary). The publisher’s web site says about this book that
His work sheds light on how second generation children are positioning themselves within the U.S. racial order. Findings indicate that the color line, though blurred, is still very strong in the U.S. and structures how children of immigrants adjust to American life.