Tom Philpott, will talk about “Back to the Future of Agriculture: Steps Toward a Robust Food-Economy and a Sustainable Society” at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 17, in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. It’s the first Spring 2014 Contemporary Issues Lecture.
Philpott cofounded Maverick Farms, an “educational non-profit dedicated to promoting family farming as a community resource and reconnecting local food networks in High Country of North Carolina.” He blogs at Mother Jones, and previously wrote for the online environmental site Grist. His writings on food politics also have appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and The Guardian. Philpott serves on the board of directors of Chef’s Collaborative, a nationwide group seeking to push the restaurant business in more sustainable directions, and on the Advisory Council of the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, TX.
Andersen Library has resources for learning more, such as Food for thought: Sustainability from counter to compost (hearing before the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, second session, February 26, 2008, available online or in 2nd-floor Federal Documents, Y 4.2:EN 2/F 73) and Together at the table: Sustainability and sustenance in the American agrifood system (3rd-floor Main Collection, HD9005 .A69 2004).
If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.
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!
Do you use any EBSCOhost databases, like Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO, or Communication & Mass Media Complete, on a regular basis on your phone or tablet? If you ever access EBSCOhost databases from your mobile device, you can download an app for iOS or Android devices that makes access to these from on or off campus a snap. While your mobile device will automatically take you to the mobile site when you click on an EBSCOhost database from the Library’s webpages, the iOS or Android apps will allow you to remain authenticated with your UW-W Net ID and password from 7 months. No more typing in your credentials on a tiny screen each time!
- Access any EBSCOhost database from the Library’s website (such as Academic Search Complete) on any computer or device. Make sure you are on campus or have logged in to access the Library’s resources if you are off campus.
- Scroll to the bottom of the landing page of the database and click on iPhone and Android apps.
- Fill in your UW-W email address and click Send.
- On your mobile device, check your email and open the email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Select either the iTunes Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices) to download the app.
- Once the app has downloaded, return to your email and click on the Authentication Key link.
- Your authentication through UW-Whitewater will last for 7 months.
Once inside the app:
- Click on Settings to choose which database(s) to search.
- You can also check off Peer Reviewed at the bottom of the Settings menu.
- Click Search to start searching.
- Once you have a list of results, click on Refine at the upper left to narrow your search results.
- Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and the truncation symbol (*) all work in the app.
- You can read PDFs from within the EBSCOhost app or you can email the citation (and PDFs) to yourself.
On Wed. Feb. 12 celebrate Darwin Day! The University, College of Letters & Sciences, Biological Sciences Dept., and TriBeta (Biological Honors Society), will host two free events that you can attend:
The Edible Tree of Life, 6pm in Hyland Hall’s atrium, followed by a keynote address at 7pm by Dr. Laura Lavine, associate professor of Entomology at Washington State University, in Hyland Hall’s Timmerman Auditorium. Dr. Lavine’s talk, “Mechanisms of extreme growth and sexual dimorphism in sexually related weapons: Insights from the beetles,” will “explain how insects adapt and use different parts of their body for weapons or to attract to a mate.”
I’ve attended this celebration in the past, and the Edible Tree of Life is not to be missed. You can buy food that has been prepared in the shapes of different animals, organisms or plants. (The talk is usually really interesting too, of course!)
Are you curious and interested in learning more? Andersen Library’s resources may help! Search HALCat for books such as How not to be eaten: The insects fight back (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL496 .W336 2012) and The evolution of insect mating systems (3rd-floor Main Collection, QL468.7 .T46 1983). Articles, such as “A nonspecific defensive compound evolves into a competition avoidance cue and a female sex pheromone” about female wasps Leptopilina heterotoma (2013, Nature Communications, v.4, doi:10.1038/ncomms3767), can be found by searching article databases.
Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.
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The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913
by Michael Schumacher.
F551 .S38 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
Ronna thoughtfully chose a warm-weather book for us last week. But I thought I’d drag us back to the harsh, cold reality of winter.
A hurricane isn’t something we associate with lakes — and definitely not something that is likely to happen a thousand miles from an ocean. But that’s exactly what happened in 1913, when a freak storm unleashed its fury on the Great Lakes.
Devastating storms aren’t unknown on the Great Lakes (what Canadian or Midwesterner hasn’t heard of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, memorialized in Gordon Lightfoot’s eponymous ballad)? But the 1913 storm was created by an unlikely covergence of weather phenomena in the same way that a 1991 storm in the North Atlantic became the Perfect Storm (later written about by Sebastian Junger).
Despite stormy forecasts, shipping went on as usual as the Great Lakes ships began to wrap up their season in November, 1913. But when the storm swept in, it was far stronger than predicted, engulfing the entire Great Lakes region — on land and water. Hurricane force winds were accompanied first by rain, then by snow and ice, as 40 foot waves battered the beleaguered and ice-encrusted ships. The storm lasted four days, leaving misery and destruction in its wake. Dozens of ships were lost or damaged and hundreds of sailors died trying to steer their vessels to safety. This story waited 100 years to be told so it’s worth finding a warm, cozy spot to settle down and read all about it.
Last week we talked about budgeting your money, the goal being to have your income exceed your expenses. “Why would I want to leave money sitting around when I can buy cool things like [insert cool thing here]?” Well, I’ll give you a few reasons. Spending less than you make ensures you have money on hand for emergency situations, like when your clunker of a car disintegrates en route. Another reason to spend less than you make is so you can save money for the future. Saving allows you to eventually get the things you want (a swanky new car, a comfortable retirement, etc.) while staying within your budget and avoiding debt in the present.
You may be thinking, “Doesn’t she know how expensive life is?” I am vaguely familiar with the concept of bills. However, I also know how easy it is to trick myself into thinking I have no extra money when in reality I waste quite a bit going to the movies and eating out. One recommended method for saving is: “Pay yourself first.” Make saving part of your budget and make it one of your fixed expenses. Set a percentage or dollar amount that you want to set aside each month and move it into a savings account as soon as you get paid, rather than waiting until the end of the month to set aside whatever money is left over. Some employers and banks offer services that move this money around for you as soon as you receive your paycheck; take advantage of those programs. If you don’t have a bank account yet, get one. The University of Wisconsin Credit Union (UWCU) has a location in the lower level of the University Center, and they have services specifically designed for students.
Saving will seem less painful if you have specific goals in mind. What do you want to buy or do that you can’t afford right now? If you have hopes of traveling to Europe next summer, figure out approximately how much it will cost. Then figure out how much you will need to set aside each month to make that trip happen. If you’ve created a budget, you’ll easily be able to see where you’re spending too much money. Then you can cut expenses accordingly and start saving money to reach your goals.
Andersen Library has a book by Ronald T. Wilcox called Whatever Happened to Thrift? Why Americans Don’t Save and What to Do About It, which you can find in the Main Collection on the 3rd floor if you’re interested in learning more about this topic.
Call Number: HC110.S3 W54 2008
Did you know that you can scan documents using our BookScan Stations and have the documents sent to your smartphone or tablet via a QR code? Well, you can! All you need to retrieve your scanned document is a QR reader on your mobile device.
- At our BookScan Stations, make sure to choose Scan to Smartphone/Tablet
- Scan your items
- Open the QR reader app on your mobile device
- Scan the QR code on the screen with your device
- You are done!
Your document(s) live on the BookScan servers for 3 hours before both the documents and QR code are deleted.
Free Options for QR Code Reader Apps:
Android: QR Droid
Post by Andrew Eppen
Ever had the interest in learning about the different cultures around the world? Looking to meet people who love talking about global subjects as much as you do?
The Global Café going on in the Andersen Library is an excellent way to not only meet these people, but to have fun learning about different ways of life from around planet Earth. The event is on Wednesday, February 5th from 5:30-6:30PM near the big screen TV on the main library floor.
This time around, the Center for Global Education is focusing on Iran, Thailand and Germany. Check out this edition of Global Café to discover how certain cultures operate in the world today!
Inside Central Asia : a political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran By Dilip Hiro
Main Collection, 3rd Floor
DS327.5 .H57 2009
Thailand By Roger Jones
Main Collection, 3rd Floor
DS568 .J66 2003
Germany : [a quick guide to customs & etiquette] By Barry Tomalin
Main Collection, 3rd Floor
DD61 .T643 2008
You can learn more about opportunities to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer at an information session on Wed., Feb. 5, at 5pm in UC262. The event is sponsored by the Center for Global Education and led by Brett Heimann, Peace Corps Regional Recruiter. Peace Corps will also be exhibiting at the Multicultural Career Fair on Wednesday from noon-4pm in the UC.
You can learn more with Andersen Library resources, including books like So, you want to join the Peace Corps–: What to know before you go and articles such as “At the heart of things: Peace Corps volunteers in Sub-Saharan Africa” (African Identities, 2011, vol.9:no.4, pp.349-361. doi:10.1080/14725843.2011.614408) and “Examining today’s Peace Corps” (International Debates, 2011, vol.9:no.7, pp.20-22). A recent issue of CQ Researcher, “Peace Corps challenges,” (2013, January 11) might be useful, as well.
Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.
Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin
by Steve W. Chadde
QK194 .C5 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
After all the crazy, cold weather we’ve had lately, the only criterion I had when choosing an item to feature for this week’s New Stuff Tuesday was it had to be about something warm. I perused the New Arrivals Island, and the photo on this book’s cover jumped out at me. A flower! With SUNLIGHT shining on it! And GREEN leaves! I was sold.
Unfortunately, the photo on the cover is the only color photograph in the entire book. But Wisconsin Flora: An Illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Wisconsin is 784 pages of information about the vascular plants of Wisconsin, including hundreds of line drawings. It describes over 2,100 species, with maps of county distribution. It describes a plant’s stems, leaves, flowers, fruit, and more. The book is organized into four major groups: ferns and fern relatives, conifers, dicots, and monocots.
Now, you may not know what a dicot or a monocot is (I didn’t), but Wisconsin Flora holds the promise of sunshine and warm temperatures. If for no other reason, that makes this book a must-see.
If you want to become more financially stable, the first step is to develop a budget. Your budget is the foundation for everything else we’ll talk about this semester. Without a budget, you’ll struggle to manage your money in the long run. Even if you’ve never taken an accounting class and numbers make you kind of nervous, you can come up with a system that works for you. The basics of budgeting are simple:
- Figure out how much money you make
- Figure out how much money you spend
- Determine the difference between the two
The goal is for the difference to be positive, meaning you made more than you spent. This allows you to have funds on hand for emergencies and other unexpected expenses. A good budget also helps you stay organized and pay bills on time.
In order to figure out how much money you make, think about every income source you have. This includes wages from a job, interest earned on money in a bank account, financial aid, and money from your parents. Then consider all your expenses, such as tuition, housing, interest on loans, meals, gas, entertainment, and so forth. It is often helpful to define expenses as either fixed or variable. Fixed expenses are those that do not change from month to month, like tuition and housing expenses. Variable expenses are those that may change from month to month, such as how much you spend on groceries and going to the movies. If you find that your expenses outweigh your income, examine your variable expenses and consider where you can cut back. You’ve already seen Macklemore seven times? Great. Cut him out of your entertainment budget. He has enough of your money already.
There are a lot of great budget worksheets available online. Below are a few to get you started, but you can also create your own. I just use a spreadsheet in Google Drive; it’s not fancy, but it gets the job done. Many banks and credit unions, such as UW Credit Union, also help you track your income and expenses through online banking services.
You can also find some helpful eBooks through the library, including: