Read the article "The Water deficit" and also check the statistics on the World Water Week website, concentrating especially on Part 6, Food, Agriculture and Bioenergy. . Think of two things that can be done without large money investments in an effort to improve this situation. For example, as a student at UAlbany what two things you can do to help the situation?

Do not just answer in one-two sentences. It should be a paragraph (6-7 sentences) using examples from the readings.

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives welcomes a new exhibit, "From the Great Experiment to the University: Historic Images of the University at Albany, 1844 - 2004." The exhibit will run from October 10, 2012 through April 15, 2013 in the Science Library Atrium.

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Founded in 1844 as the New York State Normal School, the University at Albany was the first state funded school for higher education in New York and fourth in the nation. Using documents, photographs, and artifacts, this exhibit traces the University's administrative history and student culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries, as it transitioned from the New York State Normal School to the New York State College for Teachers to the University at Albany.
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In 1962, as part of SUNY's expansion plan, the College for Teachers was designated a university adopting the model of a broad-based public research institution, charged with providing a liberal arts education for large numbers of undergraduates and a robust range of graduate programs.
Exhibit prepared by Special Collections' Faculty members Jodi Boyle and Brian Keough. In December 2012, University Archivist Geoffrey Williams will provide a guided tour of this exhibit. Specific date for this guided tour will be forthcoming.

For more information about the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, please visit:

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Resources on Social Science Research Methods - The Dewey Library Blog

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If you are studying any of the social sciences, chances are you will need to be familiar with relevant research methods. The following four books are reference materials that can help you better understand research methods. These books cannot be checked out but you are more than welcome to use them at the Dewey Library!

mixedmethods.jpgSage handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research. Edited by Tashakkori, A. & Teddlie, C. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, c2010. Dewey Library Reference H 62 T244 2010

This handbook is a comprehensive review of mixed methods. The theoretical aspect of mixed methods is explored as well as concrete examples. Written in the context of the social sciences, this handbook will provide you with information on applying mixed methods in this field. Illustrations and easy to understand diagrams are included.

measurementstatisticsencyclopedia.jpegEncyclopedia of measurement and statistics. Edited by Salkind, N. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, c2007. Dewey Library Reference HA 29 S2363 2007 The Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics is a comprehensive source that will help you better understand concepts regarding measurement and statistics. The definitions are accessible and the focus broader than other reference materials on the same subject. For the general reader, this encyclopedia is a great place to start when learning about research methods.

socialmeasurementencyclopedia.jpgEncyclopedia of social measurement. Edited by Kempf-Leonard, K. San Diego, Calif.; London : Academic, 2005. Dewey Library Reference H 62 E53X 2005 The 300+ articles in this encyclopedia cover qualitative and quantitative measurements, research strategies, guidelines, and much more. This encyclopedia provides detailed definitions, articles, information on case studies, and important data sets.

socialscienceencylopedia.jpgThe Sage encyclopedia of social science research methods. Edited by Lewis-Beck, M., Bryman, A., & Futing Liao, T. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, c2004. Dewey Library Reference H 62 L456 2004 A three-volume set, this encyclopedia provides essays on relevant social science research methods. The research terms in this encyclopedia are explained in language for the general reader, making it an easy to understand resource. With more than 900 entries, this reference material is a useful tool for social science researchers.

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Multiculturalism and Justice Series - The Dewey Library Blog

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On Friday, October 12, Victor Streib, J.D. will be presenting a lecture, “Death to the Women and Children” in the Standish Room, Science Library at 4:00 pm. The lecture is part of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. Dean Streib is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Northern Ohio University School of Law. He is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on the application of the death penalty sentence to women and juveniles. Not only has he published numerous journal articles and books on the death penalty, but he also co-authored the principal brief arguing against the death penalty in Thompson v. Oklahoma 487 U.S. 815 (1987). In Thompson the Supreme Court prohibited the execution of individuals under the age of sixteen at the time of the crime. His work was also heavily cited in another Supreme Court case, Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) in which the court did away with the death penalty for offenders under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

Dean Streib’s lecture is associated with the announcement of his donation of his personal papers to the National Death Penalty Archive at the University at Albany. Several of his books are available at the University Libraries including; Juvenile Justice in America (1978), Death Penalty for Juveniles(1987), and The Fairer Death: executing women in Ohio(2006).

Each of the series of lectures in the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project’s series is followed by a film on a related topic the following week. The Execution of Wanda Jean will be shown on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm at Page Hall. This documentary film depicts the clemency appeal of mentally-impaired death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. The failure of the appeal resulted in her execution on January 11, 2001. Wanda Jean Allen was the first black women to be executed in the United States since 1954. University at Albany professors Vivien Ng and James Acker will lead a discussion of the issues surrounding the case immediately following the film.

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Zombie Apocalypse - Sunday, October 21 from 2-4pm - Library News & Events

Zombie Apocalypse is an event to demonstrate the application of information literacy in a more real world context than the classroom. Zombie librarians will help players find the best resources for zombie-themed questions (such as finding information on illness and epidemics from the CDC). Students who complete the game will receive a small prize and an entry into a drawing for a Best Buy gift card.

It will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2-4pm at the University Library.

Dewey Workshops: 10/8-10/12 - The Dewey Library Blog

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The Libraries’ website is chock-full of information, tools and resources designed to help you get the most out of your time at UAlbany. Our Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information workshop, taking place this Thursday, will teach you how to effectively search Minerva, find articles in our databases, access books and other materials from other libraries and much more.

Our class schedule this week is:

Wednesday, 10/10
3:00 p.m. Evidence Based Practice
5:30 p.m. ICPSR, Data and Statistical Resources

Thursday, 10/11
1:30 p.m. Using the Libraries’ Website to Access Information
4:30 p.m. Nonprofit Organizations - Information Sources

To register for one of these classes, call 442-3691, visit our registration page, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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Green Chemistry Resources - Science Resources

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From the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Green Chemistry Resources lists organizations involved with green chemistry, a set of education aids, including videos, and employment resources.

More Science Documentaries - Science Resources

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Earlier this week, on October 2, I wrote about science documentaries as a subject. That post linked to a blog that lists Websites that includes STEM documentaries. It appears directly below this entry. This post describes the Science Documentaries Website which specializes in science and technology documentaries. It contains documentaries and lectures in the fields of physics, math, biology, IT, technology, astronomy, and a few other subjects. It also includes several short films.

For this assignment you will need to read the article " Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate?" by Robert M. Hazen; this article can be found at The author, a scientist and researcher in Earth sciences, is a big proponent of the idea of scientific literacy.

Read the article and write a paragraph discussing science literacy with the author. Make sure to cover the following questions:

1. Is science literacy as important as Robert Hazen implies? Explain.

2. What difference does it make whether the ordinary person understands the change of the seasons or the difference between DNA and RNA or, for that matter, any major scientific idea behind the ordinary day-to-day phenomena of our lives?

3. Do you personally believe that the future of our country and, to a larger extent, our planet depends on scientifically literate citizens? Explain.

October is Information Literacy Month! - The Dewey Library Blog

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In 2009, President Obama, calling upon “the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact,” proclaimed October Information Literacy Awareness Month. This sparked a campaign, led by the National Forum on Information Literacy, to get the governors of each state to proclaim October Information Literacy Month. The campaign in New York, spearheaded by UAlbany Librarians Trudi Jacobson and Carol Anne Germain, found success this June when Governor Cuomo issued a proclamation declaring October 2012 Information Literacy Awareness Month in New York.

Dewey Library is honoring Information Literacy Month with a display celebrating both the presidential and gubernatorial proclamations. Our display also highlights some of the many resources in the Libraries’ collection related to information literacy instruction. Check out the display case by the front entrance for more information and to pick up a bibliography of information literacy instruction resources in at the libraries.

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