Artists’ books are works of art, like paintings or sculptures, but in book form… Some are experimental and done by artists better known as painters or sculptors, as a way to extend their artistic practice. Many artists use the book format to create narratives to deal with difficult issues, with ideas that cannot be conveyed as clearly on a canvas or other medium. Some artist-made books illustrate the words of others, integrating art and literature. And some artists’ books do not have words at all. As a work created by an artist, the nature, appearance and purpose, of an artist’s book can be fundamentally different from what one might find on the shelves of the library.
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Research and Education
State House Women's Leadership Project E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Medical Xpress: Neuroscience News Urban Sketchers Time to end extreme inequality: Oxfam International National Park Service: African American Heritage Nature Plants Code.org
Sing Out! Scientia Salon Birds of North America Laughing Squid James Beard Foundation Blog World Science Festival 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire
"February is Black History Month: a time to commemorate the achievements and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history. In classrooms across the country, teachers will aim to strike a balance between the triumphs and ingenuity of African Americans in politics, literature, the arts, science while also addressing the struggle for justice." Graphite reviews 10 online resources for helping to teach this topic.
This research presents the results of a survey of 833 U.S. adolescents, ages twelve to eighteen years old. It was hypothesized that teachers are assigning reading (rather than students self-selecting books) and that this leads to dissatisfaction with reading. Additional factors (gender, age, and self-identification as a reader) were also examined for their influence on reading satisfaction. The results indicate that approximately one-third of the respondents were allowed to select books for school reading assignments and that self-selection had a statistical impact on their self-perceived reading pleasure. Limitations include geographic location, a non-random sample, and data collection by various surveyors. This study adds to the growing body of research showing that student self-selection of reading materials leads to greater pleasure and interest in reading.
Perhaps no state better illustrates this burgeoning movement than Maine, where, in 2012, state legislators passed a law requiring that by 2018 all of its high schools issue proficiency-based diplomas—a “certification,” as a Maine Department of Education official puts it, that students are proficient in district-defined standards and other skills. The law was the culmination of six years of work by the state department of education to identify a better way to prepare high school students for the next chapter of their lives. Maine educational officials organized proficiency-based education training across the state and underwrote pilots in several school districts.
Training teachers, coaches, nurses and other school staff to spot the warning signs of eating disorders is “crucial because we know that early intervention is key,” says Tiffany Phillips, clinical program manager of the Renfrew Center of Nashville in Brentwood, Tennessee, which treats females ages 13 and older.
Google Research, Google’s portal to the academic world, is making major investments right now, building up an innovation and research program dedicated to the nascent collection of products and technologies collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It's created a research grant program called Open Web of Things to attract talent to the company, as well as to fund and give technical support to promising research groups in academia. The application process is now closed, and Google will choose the recipients by this spring.
UPDATE (2/19): After receiving national attention on the issue, Rep. Fisher has decided to pull the bill in order to rewrite it, reports The Oklahoman. The new bill would call not for elimination of the AP U.S. History course, but rather for a review of the new framework.
"We're trying to fix the bill," Fisher said, according to the paper. "It was very poorly worded and was incredibly ambiguous, and we didn't realize that, so it's been misinterpreted. We're going to clear it up so folks will know exactly what we're trying to accomplish, and it's not to hurt AP. We're very supportive of the AP program."
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Research and Education
Civil War Ballooning Penn Museums: African Section Quanta Magazine Treehugger Natural Start Alliance Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small
Communities and Rural Areas
The Concord Consortium Blog
Map: The Most Common Job in Every State Looking at Appalachia Menus: The Art of Dining Skeptical Science: Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism Football Films Collection National Endowment for the Humanities Newsroom Charleston Earthquake, 1886
In November, we presented for you a quick way to download The Complete Sherlock Holmes -- not knowing that, a few months later, a lost Sherlock Holmes story, seemingly attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle, would be discovered in an attic in Scotland.
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