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What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science, September 10, 2015: “A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy. But other science-related terms and applications, such as what property of a sound wave determines loudness and the effect of higher altitudes on cooking time, are not as well understood…higher educational levels are associated with more factual knowledge of science, and…college graduates who took at least three college-level courses in science or mathematics have higher levels of science knowledge than do those who took fewer science and math courses…”

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UVA – 10 ways to map Northern Virginia

Luke Juday November 23, 2015: “As though the New Jersey suburbs were grafted onto South Carolina” is how Robert Lang of Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute described Northern Virginia. Of course that’s a bit of a hyperbole. Even at the time of the Civil War, Virginia was one of the least “Southern” members of the Confederacy. Today,Continue Reading

Ancient History Encyclopedia

“Ancient History Encyclopedia is the global leader in ancient history content online, boasting the highest number of monthly visitors of any dedicated website…Our team of ten volunteers is passionate about history: We want to inspire our readers with the stories of the past, making history engaging and exciting. Here you’ll find high-quality articles, videos, interactive maps,Continue Reading

Data enriched research, data enhanced impact: The importance of UK data infrastructure

Via London School of Economics: “The UK Data Service is trusted to manage the UK’s largest collection of UK and international social and economic research data, spanning major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate data banks, business microdata and qualitative and mixed methods data. The data in our collectionContinue Reading

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

Selected presentations available from Internet Librarian 2015

See which presentations are available for download (most are PDF or PPT).

Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to

Josh Schwartzman, Max Shron – Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to “Using matching and regression analyses, we measure the difference in citations between articles posted to and other articles from similar journals, controlling for field, impact factor, and other variables. Based on a sample size of 34,940 papers, we find thatContinue Reading

Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century

Annamaria Lusardi – Colston Warne Lecture | September 2015 “Foreward: I am delighted to be asked to give the Colston Warne Lecture at the American Council on Consumer Interests annual conference. What I want to cover in this lecture [see the article and the powerpoint] is what I consider to be one of the mostContinue Reading

GPO launches next generation of guide to US government

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched an updated and redesigned version of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. The educational website is named after one of our Nation’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.  The site is full of educational content on the workings of the U.S. Government and U.S. history. The updated siteContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Support from Standardized Tests: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen

Via – The Support from Standardized Tests: High School Graduates Unprepared to be College Freshmen – In Part 4 of a 5 Part series, Librarian and Educator Lorette Weldon focuses on a core issue related to STEM education – high school students are not guaranteed success in college when they have completed college-preparatory courses.Continue Reading

Financing Education for the Public Good: A New Strategy

McMahon, Walter W., Financing Education for the Public Good: A New Strategy (May 1, 2015). Journal of Education Finance, 40:4 (Spring 2015), pp. 414-437. Available for download at SSRN: “A new approach is suggested that depends on and measures how spending on higher and basic education is really an investment in the future, notContinue Reading