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The Scout Report
April 27, 2012
Volume 18, Number 17
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A publication of Internet Scout.
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==   I N   T H E   S C O U T   R E P O R T   T H I S   W E E K  ========



====== Research and Education ====
1.  The Guardian's Science Weekly Podcast
2.  MathDL: Capsules for One-Variable Calculus
3.  NOVA: Hunting the Elements
4.  Natalie V. Scott Exhibit
5.  Online Curriculum for Science and Engineering Ethics
6.  Inside the Cell
7.  Teaching Videos: University of Exeter
8.  Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Rise of E-Reading

====== General Interest ====
9.  The Map Room: Digital Initiatives-The University of Idaho
10. R.C. Maxwell Company Records, 1904-1990s and undated
11. American Experience: Grand Coulee Dam
12. Advertising Age
13. Virtual Laboratory
14. The Museum of Printing History
15. BAD Times
16. Truth vs. Twilight - Burke Museum

====== Network Tools ====
17. Walk Score
18. Notification Control

====== In The News ====
19. After a long period of decline, the travel agent makes a comeback


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====== Research and Education ====

1.  The Guardian's Science Weekly Podcast
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/series/science

Would you like to go around the world on a hunt for a lost rubber duck? How
does learning about language sound? These are but a few of the topics
covered in the Guardian's Science weekly podcast. Visitors will be delighted
to learn that they can explore this vast buffet of science topics at their
leisure. New visitors to the site can look through the Recent Shows area or
move on down to the subject headings, which include climate change, energy,
and space exploration. The site also features a lively blog that is updated
frequently, and visitors are encouraged to leave comments. Some podcasts
that shouldn't be missed are "The Joy of Science Demonstrations" and "The
Festival of the Spoken Nerd." Also, visitors can learn more about the host
of the program, the funny and interesting Alok Jha, by clicking on the link
to his profile included in each podcast summary. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


2.  MathDL: Capsules for One-Variable Calculus
http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/20/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=3856

The dedicated folks at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) have
created this handy compendium of learning capsules as part of their online
digital library. This compendium contains fifteen different areas, ranging
from General Tools to Antidifferentiation. These resources have been
contributed and vetted by mathematics professors, learning specialists, and
others actively involved in the fields of mathematics and mathematics
education. Many of these resources appeared in reputable sources like the
College Mathematics Journal or as part of other publications. Visitors can
search these materials by title, author, subject matter, or keyword, and
they can also look through the Tips for Searching area for additional
assistance. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


3.  NOVA: Hunting the Elements
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-elements.html

After watching this erudite (and fun) program from NOVA, you'll never again
wonder "Where's selenium?" This two-hour program is hosted by David Pogue
(the host of NOVA's "Making Stuff" program) and it "spins viewers through
the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest
poisons, the universe's most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare."
It's a fascinating way to learn about the history of the periodic table, and
the discovery and properties of the elements. The site also contains
fourteen additional features, such as the Name That Element! quiz, an iPad
app, a chemical bonds quiz, an interactive periodic table, and an
exploration of the "amazing atomic clock." It may make chemistry junkies out
of neophytes, and the already-converted will find much to keep them occupied
here. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


4.  Natalie V. Scott Exhibit
http://larc.tulane.edu/collections/dig_init/exhibits/nvs/

The name Natalie V. Scott may not ring any bells today, but she was a
decorated war hero, a celebrated newspaperwoman, a wilderness explorer, and
a graduate of Newcomb College and Tulane University. This digital collect
from the Tulane University Library celebrates her many accomplishments
through a series of short essays and digitized documents that capture some
of her talents. The sections of the exhibit include The Best Newspaperwoman
in America, The French Quarter Renaissance, and Promoting Creole Cuisine.
Visitors should not miss The French Quarter Renaissance area, which contains
details on how Scott helped create a resurgence of interest in the area
during the 1920s by assisting with the creation of the Petit Theatre du
Vieux Carré, a literary magazine (the Double Dealer) and the Arts and Crafts
Club. The site is rounded out by a finding aid database of her papers, which
are held at the library. [KMG]


5.  Online Curriculum for Science and Engineering Ethics
http://www.umass.edu/sts/ethics/online/home.html

Created with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the
International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science & Engineering
(IDEESE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides high-quality
online and classroom-based materials for science and engineering
disciplines. This site allows users to access a set of different curricula,
complete with cases and related resources based on real events with
international ethnical dimensions. There are five online cases here, and
they deal with the a variety of controversies, including the SARS virus
outbreak and the recruitment of egg donors by South Korean stem cell
researchers. Each of the cases comes with a case-situation summary and
supporting materials such as interviews, discussion questions, and classroom
activities. Engineering students and teachers will find that the breadth of
these materials offers a thought-provoking experience designed to complement
the more formal scientific materials that are traditionally part of this
field of study. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


6.  Inside the Cell
http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insidethecell/

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute of General Medical
Sciences is committed to "basic discoveries for better health." Part of
their work includes reaching out to the public through science education
publications and online resources. This particular resource allows
interested parties to explore the interior design of cells. The electronic
booklet contains five chapters, a glossary, and a few bonus interactive
features. The chapter titles include "Cells 101: Business Basics," "The Last
Chapter: Cell Aging and Death," and "An Owner's Guide to the Cell." Each
chapter contains prose that is witty and erudite, accompanied by everything
from detailed digital photographs of meiosis to colorful diagrams. Moving
on, the Extras area includes an interactive tour of the cell and a crossword
puzzle. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


7.  Teaching Videos: University of Exeter
http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/medical-imaging/videos/

While nothing will ever replace the face-to-face experience of direct
medical care and training, certain skills can be gained by reviewing high-
quality instructional and training videos on such topics. This resource from
the University of Exeter's College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical
Sciences was designed to help interested parties learn about patient-
centered care and the psychology involved with patient care. In the section
titled Psychology in Patient Care, visitors can view six different videos
that deal with topics such as first impressions, assumptions, boundaries,
and managing aggressions. The material here follows Emma, a student
radiographer, on her first clinical placement. Moving along, the second
section (The Patient's View) presents Vera, "a remarkable and courageous
lady," talking in clips titled "A question of dignity" and "Going the extra
mile." [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


8.  Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Rise of E-Reading
http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/

How many people are reading e-books? How often do they read them? These are
but a few of the queries that animated this recent research study by a team
of five staff members at the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The 68-
page report was released in April 2012, and visitors can read the document
in its entirety, or peruse the overview offered here. Based on their
polling, the authors found that 21% of American adults have read an e-book
in the past year. Additionally, some 43% of all Americans age 16 and older
say that have either read an e-book in the past year or have read other
long-form content such as magazines, journals, and news articles in digital
format. The full report is divided into six chapters, along with a section
on methodology. [KMG]



====== General Interest ====

9.  The Map Room: Digital Initiatives-The University of Idaho
http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/maps/

The University of Idaho's Map Room has taken digital mashups to an entirely
new level with this ambitious project. Their staff members utilized a Google
Fusion Table to allow patrons to browse, via location, over 8,000 historical
photographs from the University of Idaho Library's digital collections. So
far, they have included football programs from their sports collection, the
Dworshak Dam collection, and 1,200 images from the Idaho Aerial Photograph
collection. First-time visitors will notice that each collection has a
different colored marker on the map, and users can zoom in and out to look
for items of note. There's a sophisticated and user-friendly interface here
that allows users to look for photographs by decade as well. The majority of
the images are from Idaho, but there are some intriguing outliers, such as
the photograph of the Washburn-Wilson Seed Company plant in Ralston,
Nebraska. [KMG]


10. R.C. Maxwell Company Records, 1904-1990s and undated
http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/rcmaxwellco/

Outdoor advertising in the United States has been going on for well over 300
years, and one can find curious and compelling examples on just about any
roadway or other venue. This remarkable digital collection from the Duke
University Libraries brings together over 10,000 images from the R.C.
Maxwell Company. Started in 1894, the company was in business until 2000,
when it was sold. During its long history, the company was careful to retain
thousands of 8" x 10" professional photographs of its billboards, which were
located all over the East Coast. This collection brings together images from
New Jersey, along with a clutch of images from Pennsylvania and other
localities. Visitors to the site can read the collection guide and they may
also wish to use the Company, Product, Date, Place, and Subject categories
to browse selections of photographs. Some of the highlights here include ads
for the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and some rather creative
billboards for Pillsbury products. [KMG]


11. American Experience: Grand Coulee Dam
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/coulee/

Among many great national achievements during the Great Depression, the
Grand Coulee Dam remains one of the most impressive. This fine website from
the American Experience program complements a documentary that was first
aired on PBS in 2012. The construction of this dam would, in the worlds of
President Franklin Roosevelt, be part of a "planned promised land" that
would transform the lives of farm families. The site includes a great
interactive timeline, a photo gallery, and a short preview of the entire
film. Additionally, the site includes two nice bonus videos, including one
that deals with the processes of closing the spillway. The blog on the site
includes several interesting posts on the history of the dam. Also, visitors
have the opportunity to share their own stories about their own favorite
iconic structures in the United States. [KMG]


12. Advertising Age
http://adage.com/

Advertising Age is one of the most well-known advertising industry
publications, and their website is an important place for those interested
in the industry, whether they be new to the field or whether they have
decades of experience. Along the top of the homepage, visitors will find
nine different sections, including Global News, Hispanic Marketing, and
Digital. Each of these sections features news updates, commentary, and
opinion pieces covering their respective topics. On the right-hand side of
the homepage, visitors can make their way through the "Most Read" pieces,
along with the "Most Commented" and "Most Emailed. Also, visitors can make
their way through special reports such as Hottest Global Brands and Agency
A-List. [KMG]


13. Virtual Laboratory
http://virtuallaboratory.colorado.edu/

The website for the Virtual Laboratory contains a bold and direct statement:
"Conventional teaching all too often accepts memorization and pattern
recognition as true learning" After reading this statement, it makes sense
that the goal of this site is "to help students to recognize, confront,
correct, and expand their understanding of subject or a technique." The site
contains five different sets of course materials that use interactive
materials, short quizzes, and embedded demonstrations to assist students and
teachers alike. One set of materials that should not be missed is in the
Teaching & Learning Biology area. Here visitors will find links, fact
sheets, and pedagogical suggestions for teaching a college-level biology
course. Moving on, the Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything section
contains a new perspective on how to reform the garden-variety general
chemistry course. [KMG]

To find more high-quality online resources in math and science, visit
Scout's sister site: AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational
Repository at http://amser.org.


14. The Museum of Printing History
http://www.printingmuseum.org/

When most people think about the history of printing they might think of a
typeface or two they enjoy and perhaps the work of Gutenberg. There's much
more to this field of human endeavor, and the Museum of Printing History in
Houston provides a wealth of material at their institution and right here on
their site. On the homepage, visitors can learn about current exhibitions
and events, classes, and upcoming talks. In the Exhibitions area, visitors
can learn about exhibits currently on display  (such as the recent The Art
of the Book) and those that will be coming to the museum in the future.
Moving on, Our Collection features selected materials, including colonial
documents and eyewitness accounts of the struggle for Texas independence.
Finally, visitors can also learn about opportunities for visiting artists.
[KMG]


15. BAD Times
http://scipio.uark.edu/cdm4/index_BADTimes.php?CISOROOT=/BADTimes

The Black Americans for Democracy (BAD) Times started publication in 1971,
growing out of the activist efforts and movement started in the late 1960s
on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The BAD organization started
life in 1970 in the old student union building on campus, and became well
known for their activism and calls for greater integration of student life,
university programs, and athletics. The newspaper can claim at least one
student who became very well-known, the author E. (Everett) Lynn Harris, who
was the BAD treasurer. This digital collection offers interested parties
access to twenty issues of newspapers published by the group from 1971 to
1977. Visitors can make their way through the issues here, and they can
search by keyword as well. [KMG]


16. Truth vs. Twilight - Burke Museum
http://www.burkemuseum.org/static/truth_vs_twilight/index.php

The Truth vs. Twilight, a collaboration between the Burke Museum of Natural
History & Culture (located on the University of Washington campus in
Seattle) and the Quileute Tribe, exists to inform Twilight fans and others
about the ways in which the story of the real Quileutes differs from their
portrayal in the Twilight Saga. The website focuses on several broad areas:
economic disparity, the "fictional, misappropriated views of Quileute people
and culture," and cultural theft. Although the huge popularity of Twilight,
as books, movies, and associated merchandise, has earned billions of dollars
for author Stephenie Meyer, movie studio Summit Entertainment, and retailers
who sell Twilight merchandise, such as Nordstrom's or Hot Topic, none of
these profits have come back to the Quileute Tribe. Perhaps the most
egregious act of cultural theft, in the Tribe's eyes, is the origin story
that Meyer presents in "Eclipse," book three of The Twilight Saga; although
both stories contain the wolf, Meyer's version is quite different from the
Quileute's own origin story. The wolf tattoo "seen on the sculpted shoulders
of all the wolf pack boys" including Taylor Lautner, is another example of
such theft. The design draws on Quileute Tribe iconography and that of other
Northwest Coast tribes, but no royalties were ever paid to the Quileutes. In
fact, a Google search on "Quileute wolf tattoo" retrieves only Twilight-
related examples; nothing from the Quileute Tribe itself. [DS]



====== Network Tools ====

17. Walk Score
http://www.walkscore.com/

If you're looking for a walkable community, is there a way to determine
which neighborhood might be best for you? Interested parties might use the
Walk Score to get a basic sense of nearby amenities, such as grocery stores,
parks, restaurants, and so on. Visitors can type in a street address or
neighborhood, and they can find out the location's cumulative Walk Score.
Also, visitors can use the site to find out about potential nearby rental
properties, if they are so inclined. This site is compatible with all
operating systems. [KMG]


18. Notification Control
http://notificationcontrol.com/

Tired of getting so many emails from your various social networks and the
like? Perhaps Notification Control is worth a quick look. With this program,
visitors can reset their notification preferences quickly. Visitors can just
use this site to click on various services (such as eBay or Facebook) and a
new tab will open, allowing them to change notifications from this single
screen. This version is compatible with all operating systems. [KMG]



====== In The News ====

19. After a long period of decline, the travel agent makes a comeback
Are Travel Agents Back? [Free registration may be required]
http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/travel/are-travel-agents-
back.html?pagewanted=1

Travel Agents Make A Return Trip
http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/23/travel-agents-make-a-return-trip/

Is the Best Travel Search Engine Around the Corner?
http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/is-the-best-travel-
search-engine-around-the-corner/

Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/

American Journeys
http://www.americanjourneys.org/

Better Bidding
http://www.betterbidding.com/

In another time (before the late 1990s, let us say), going to a travel agent
was quite an experience. You might enter a large office suite replete with
colorful posters from Pan Am and Lufthansa, and there might even be a model
of a 747 on the travel agent's desk, along with some other travel-related
knick-knacks. Today, most trips are booked with a series of clicks online,
and many wags predicted that the travel agent would soon go the way of the
dodo. Part of the resurgence of the travel agent is due to an uptick in
high-end travel and corporate bookings, while others just find the deluge of
online material regarding hotel ratings, airline options, transportation
connections, and so on to be just a bit overwhelming. Interestingly enough,
a recent survey by the IBM Institute for Business Value confirmed that this
is a real problem. The survey noted that it took the average person more
than two hours to search and book travel online. Another thing that has
aided the cause of real-life agents is the ability to connect with their
clients via email, text messages, Twitter, and so on. For some posh
travelers, this type of personal connection seems to make all the
difference. [KMG]

The first link will take interested parties to a piece from this past
Friday's New York Times about the rebirth of the travel agent, along with a
few profiles of this new breed of travel expert. The second link will whisk
visitors away to a piece from TIME's Kate Springer about the resurgence of
the traditional travel agent. The third link will take users away to a great
piece from the New York Times' own "Frugal Traveler," Seth Kugel. In this
lively article, he talks about going to brick-and-mortar travel agents to
see if they can get him the best prices on tickets to Croatia, São Paulo,
and other destinations. The fourth link leads visitors to a wonderful
collection of heritage travel itineraries created by the National Park
Service that might inspire a future journey. Moving along, the fifth link
will take users to the American Journeys homepage. Here they can look over
18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, and will
almost certainly decide to take several return visits. The final link will
take the informed traveler to the Better Bidding website, which provides
information about strategies and information about bidding for hotel rooms
around the United States.




======                        ======
==   Index for April 27, 2012     ==
======                        ======

1.  The Guardian's Science Weekly Podcast
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/series/science

2.  MathDL: Capsules for One-Variable Calculus
http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/20/?pa=content&sa=viewDocument&nodeId=3856

3.  NOVA: Hunting the Elements
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-elements.html

4.  Natalie V. Scott Exhibit
http://larc.tulane.edu/collections/dig_init/exhibits/nvs/

5.  Online Curriculum for Science and Engineering Ethics
http://www.umass.edu/sts/ethics/online/home.html

6.  Inside the Cell
http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insidethecell/

7.  Teaching Videos: University of Exeter
http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/medical-imaging/videos/

8.  Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Rise of E-Reading
http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/

9.  The Map Room: Digital Initiatives-The University of Idaho
http://www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/maps/

10. R.C. Maxwell Company Records, 1904-1990s and undated
http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/rcmaxwellco/

11. American Experience: Grand Coulee Dam
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/coulee/

12. Advertising Age
http://adage.com/

13. Virtual Laboratory
http://virtuallaboratory.colorado.edu/

14. The Museum of Printing History
http://www.printingmuseum.org/

15. BAD Times
http://scipio.uark.edu/cdm4/index_BADTimes.php?CISOROOT=/BADTimes

16. Truth vs. Twilight - Burke Museum
http://www.burkemuseum.org/static/truth_vs_twilight/index.php

17. Walk Score
http://www.walkscore.com/

18. Notification Control
http://notificationcontrol.com/

19. After a long period of decline, the travel agent makes a comeback
Are Travel Agents Back? [Free registration may be required]
http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/travel/are-travel-agents-
back.html?pagewanted=1



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