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Mar 31 2010

AAAS/Science – Young Scientists GE and Eppendorf Awards

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The GE & SCIENCE PRIZE FOR YOUNG LIFE SCIENTISTS recognizes and rewards outstanding Ph.D. graduate students from around the world in their work within the field of molecular biology.

The grand prize is US$25,000 and regional prizes are for US$5,000 each.

Winners of the 2009 award include young scientists from the United States, Germany, Japan, and Israel.

Submit your essay now! The deadline is 1 August 2010.

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Mar 31 2010

Fabian Society Online Archive

Fabian Society Online Archive [pdf]

The Fabian Society is a group of British thinkers and scholars formed in the 1880s. The group still exists, and they are interested in advancing the principles of social democracy. The organization first started publishing their tracts and pamphlets in 1884, and their very first title was “Why are the many poor?” The London School of Economics and Political Science recently digitized many of these tracts, and placed them online on this site. Some of the authors included here are Clement Attlee, Tony Blair, Robin Cook, Chris Smith, and Harold Wilson. The topics covered here are quite broad, and visitors will find documents on women’s issues, socialism, local government, and industrial relations. Visitors can view lists of the tracts organized by decade, or they can also look at the examples offered on the site’s homepage.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 16, Number 12, March 26, 2010]

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Mar 31 2010

WIDE ANGLE (Television program) in HKUL

WIDE ANGLE was created in 2001 as a response to the lack of in-depth international news coverage in the United States. Six years later, WIDE ANGLE is the only program exclusively dedicated to international current affairs documentaries. For each broadcast, producers and journalists from around the globe report on an event, issue or trend through the eyes of the people who are living it day to day. In its first six seasons, WIDE ANGLE traveled to more than 50 countries to explore the forces that are shaping the world today, presenting global stories on a human scale and offering uncommon and invaluable insight into today’s interconnected world.

WIDE ANGLE is anchored by former CNN International, ITN and BBC journalist Daljit Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal introduces the featured documentary by putting it in the context of the news of the day, and follows up with a hard-hitting one-on-one interview with a foreign policy expert, administration official, legislative leader, author or journalist who provides context and critical perspective on how global issues connect to American concerns and U.S. foreign policy.

Now, HKUL users can watch the WIDE ANGLE series which include Burning season, Democracy in the rough, Dying to leave, Hell of a nation, Japan’s about-face, The people’s court, and Soul of India, etc.

To find more WIDE ANGLE titles in HKUL, simply follow the steps below:

  1. HKUL >  Dragon, HKUL catalogue > Title search
  2. Type “Wide Angle” in the search bar.
  3. Select “Wide Angle (Television Program)”.

 

Click here for more details on WIDE ANGLE.

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Mar 30 2010

Psychology Headlines from PSYCHNEWS

  1. Money Only Makes You Happy If It Makes You Richer Than Your Neighbors
  2. Online Ostracism Damages Children’s Self Esteem
  3. Sex Appeal Influences Young Men To Take Risks
  4. Sensual Emotions May Be Culturally Specific
  5. Evolution of Cooperative Behavior
  6. The sight of their own blood is important to some people who self-harm
  7. Study Finds Failed College Dreams Don’t Spell Depression
  8. Disarming the Jealousy Complex

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Mar 30 2010

New publications are available at the Scout Report!

  1. Power, Voice and Rights: A Turning Point for Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific [pdf]
  2. This United Nations Development Programme website about women in Asia and the Pacific reveals some sobering statistics about the gender gap in that area of the world, and between the regions in that area. For instance, there was found to be less gender inequality in East Asia than in South Asia. Visitors can get a get a quick overview of the depth and breadth of the disparity between men and women from the photo essay on the homepage which illustrates some of the key information about gender equality in Asia. The report, “Power, Voice and Rights,” can be found under the “Download Report” tab, and visitors can choose to either download the full report or an overview. The report focuses on three key indicators of gender inequality: “economic power, political decision-making and legal rights”. On the right hand side of the page is a link entitled “Gender Films”, which features a two-part series originally broadcast on BBC World called Silk Ceiling. Narrated by a young Indian TV journalist, the series explores different examples of gender inequality in Asia. The program also reports on a few women in Asia who have defied the status quo, and hold positions traditionally held by men, such as village head or auto-rickshaw driver.

  3. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Propaganda
  4. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has created an excellent exhibition here on this site to complement the one at their headquarters about the role of propaganda in World War II. The exhibition and accompanying “Features”, including a “Poll and Online Forum” and “Student Activity”, explore “how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany.” Visitors will find that the exhibit goes beyond just images of propaganda posters, and starts by giving a detailed explanation of the history of the definition of propaganda under the heading “What is Propaganda?” on the homepage. The three image galleries, which can be found at the top of the page, are “Timeline”, “Themes” and “Gallery”. In the “Themes” section, visitors should scroll over the white-framed images to see the name of the theme that can be accessed by clicking on that image. There are seven themes here, including “Indoctrinating Youth”, “Rallying the Nation”, “Deceiving the Public”, and “Defining the Enemy”.

  5. Center for International Security and Cooperation [pdf]
  6. Based at Stanford University, the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is part of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Their focus is on “addressing some of the world’s most difficult security problems with policy-relevant solutions.” On the homepage, visitors can learn about CISAC’s latest research projects, scan their calendar of events, and learn about fellowship and employment opportunities. Scholars and others will want to click on the “Research” area for an overview of their thematic research, which includes work on nuclear security, counterterrorism, global governance, and international relations. Within each subsection, visitors will find research papers, briefing documents, and information about staff members. The “Publications” area is a good way to review these documents as well, as visitors can view publications by author or publication type. Additionally, visitor can sign up for the Center’s RSS feed here or opt to receive their electronic newsletter.

[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 10, March 19, 2010]

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Mar 30 2010

HeinOnline Training and Support Resources

The HeinOnline Training and Support Wiki at http://heinonline.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page is the central repository for all help and training resources related to using HeinOnline.  The resources are available in a variety of formats on the website to suit different learning styles and enhance legal research skills.  They are publicly available and collaborate with users through web2.0 technologies.  For instance, you can share resources by linking to the documents, embedding the YouTube videos on your own sites, linking to blog posts, tweeting away, or even posting them on the wall in Facebook.

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Mar 30 2010

ESG updates from RiskMetrics

RiskMetrics (through ISS Governance Services) provides corporate governance data and we subscribe their Directors Data through WRDS:

 

RiskMetrics. Directors data request [electrionic resource].

http://library.hku.hk/record=b4187090

 

It includes variables related to individual board directors, such as name, age, tenure, gender, committee memberships, independence classification, primary employer and title, number of other public company boards serving on, shares owned, etc. The data began in 1996 and is updated annually.

 

You may also wish to find the following hot topics at their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Insight available online at blog.riskmetrics.com/esg:

‘4.8 Billion People Have Access to Medicine – 2 Billion to Go’
A Look at the 2010 Access to Medicine Index

Top ESG Issues for 2010 Proxy Season:
Climate Change, Toxics and the Impact of Natural Gas ‘Fracking’

ESG ‘Active Owners,’ Like Norway, Have Better Control of Investment Horizons

Too Much Information on Publicly-Traded Corporations?

US Steps Up Extra-Territorial Bribery Prosecutions:
A Survey of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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Mar 30 2010

Financial Times Historical Archive on Trial till 30 April, 2010

The Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006 comprises a
complete facsimile run of the daily business newspaper, including
Special Supplements and the FT Magazine. Users can full-text search
or browse individual editions.

Our trial is available till 30 April, 2010.

To access, please go to:
 HKU Libraries Homepage
>  Electronic Resources
>  E-resources on Trial
   http://obelix.lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/trial/index.cgi
>  Financial Times Historical Archive

Members of the University are encouraged to try out the database
and forward their comments to Ms. Nancy Chan, Business &
Economics Faculty Librarian (lschana@hkucc.hku.hk).

Your comments will be valuable to the Libraries’ subscription
consideration.

Please note that the licensing agreements between HKU Libraries and
the vendor require that users be HKU faculty, staff or students.
Remote access requires authentication through a valid HKUPPP
account or using EZproxy or VPN. More information on authentication
for remote access is provided at http://kb.lib.hku.hk/wiki/Off-campus_access.

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Mar 30 2010

British Museum: A catalogue of the Russian icons in the British Museum

The British Museum has been beefing up their online research catalog offerings as of late, and this particular work contains 72 of the Museum’s Russian icons. To gain a sense of the context and history of this collection, visitors can start by reading the short “Preface”. After this, a basic understanding of the Russian icon and its purpose can be found in the “Meaning and history of icons” essay. One sentence in that piece sums things up nicely, as it notes “at all times the icon remained an image of the eternal, a just and wonderful divine world, beckoning to itself all those who find within themselves the spiritual strength to perceive this world with their interior gaze.” Moving on, “The British Museum Collection” area provides some perspective on the Museum’s collecting philosophy for such works, along with some novel images of the icons. Finally, clicking on the “All objects” area will reveal thumbnail sketches of all the icons. Visitors
should not miss “St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker” from the mid-16th century or “Sophia-Divine Wisdom”.

Please click here to access.

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Mar 30 2010

Tate Channel

The Tate Museums in England – Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, as well as the Tates in Liverpool and St. Ives – are experimenting with this Web channel as a method of presenting contextual information about artists and performers beyond what can be seen on the walls of the museum. Media presented through the channel includes “Videos”, “Artist interviews”, “Talks and symposia”, “Work in focus”, “Exhibitions”, “Performance”, and “Films by artists”. Visitors can also select from playlists, such as “Editor’s picks”, “In the galleries”, or “Artists’ studios”. It’s all a good example of using the Web to re-shuffle and re-display content in multiple ways to appeal to multiple audiences. In just a few minutes of Tate Channel switching, it’s possible to view David Byrne talking about his recent London exhibition (August 2009) “Playing the Building,” see and hear comic book artist and singer Jeffrey Lewis sing the stories he has drawn, and watch Jeff Koons’ giant silver balloon version of Rabbit inflate to be displayed as part of “Pop Life: Art in a Material World,” shown at Tate Modern, October 2009 – January 2010.

Please click here to access.

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