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Dec 30 2011

Opening access to quality social science in Africa

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press is a non-profit publisher committed to the dissemination of high quality social science publications, in print and electronic form.  It supports the social science research community through a strong commitment to ‘opening access to quality social science in Africa’.”

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Dec 29 2011

RiskMetrics ESG Update – December 2011

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


RiskMetrics. Directors data request [electrionic resource].



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 at their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Insight available online at blog.riskmetrics.com/esg:


2012 ESG Trends to Watch

 As governments in major economies begin the process of unwinding the debt cycle of the last twenty years, budget cuts to social safety nets and regulatory agencies mean that consumers will bear a heavier burden of any negative social and environmental impacts arising from corporate mismanagement. Countries and companies alike face new risks surrounding their social license to operate as communities worry about their health, security, and, increasingly, basic social equity. Concerns about the social costs of operations have a compound effect on companies – even as governments make cuts in regulatory agencies and social benefits, the political will to enforce existing regulations will strengthen in reaction to public outcry.

In this context, MSCI’s ESG Research team is focusing on ten emerging trends for 2012, which are likely to affect government and corporate policy, profits, and market sentiments:

– Accounting for Social Value
– Civil Liberties Post Arab Spring
– Accounting for Natural Capital
– Shifting Debate on Climate Change
– Bridging the Gap in Food Safety Infrastructure
– Closing Corporate Tax Havens and Loopholes
– Regulating Shale Gas
– Labor Strife in China
– Conflicting Water Demands
– Broadening Threats to Privacy & Data Security

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Dec 21 2011

New Acquisitions Hightlights

Published by under Dentistry

Probiotics : the link between beneficial oral bacteria and total health / John Thomas.

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It is estimated today that over 80% of all Americans suffer from gum disease and 35 million have a severe form of it. Conventional treatments for advanced gum (periodontal) disease can be very expensive and painful. While brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist can certainly go a long way toward preventing gum disease, scientists have identified powerful new tools to fight this silent epidemic. Mounting evidence reveals that that periodontal disease can be the starting point for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and respiratory ailments. New research suggests that probiotics, specifically lactobacillus reuteri, may prevent–and even reverse–signs of gum disease.


Osteology guidelines for oral and maxillofacial regeneration : preclinical models for translational research / W.V. Giannobile, M. Nevins (editors).

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The Osteology Guidelines provide comprehensive guidance when creating protocols for the most prevalent maxillofacial regenerative research so that there will be meaningful outcomes. The overreaching purpose of these projects is to be able to translate the results to clinical investigation and eventually determine the safety and efficacy of new biologics for the benefit of patients.



Essential microbiology for dentistry / Lakshman Samaranayake.

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The new edition of this highly successful book continues to offer readers everything they require to gain a full understanding of microbiology as it relates to modern dental practice. The rich combination of easy-to-read text together with the extensive artwork programme makes Essential Microbiology for Dentistry the first choice of microbiology textbook for many students of dentistry worldwide.


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Dec 21 2011

The all new Proquest platform goes live now

The all new Proquest platform has rolled out and will provide a single access point to all Proquest, CSA Illumina and Chadwyck-Healey databases over time.  More information about the databases to be migrated can be found here.   


The all new Proquest platform is an easy-to-learn interface that will provide users simplified access to a broad range of authoritative resources and complementary content types and formats, including leading journals, periodicals, news content, rare and archival information, dissertations, research reports, ebooks, and multimedia. 


More information, including online demos, webinars, and regular updates is available here.

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Dec 20 2011

IMDb App for iPhone – Free

IMDB is the world’s largest collection of movie, TV and celebrity information. IMDb is the leading app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to find showtimes, watch trailers, rate movies, browse photo galleries, get US TV listings, find latest DVD releases, explore popular charts and share movie information.

They aim to list every detail about every movie and TV show ever made, including who was in it, who made it, the plot, user ratings, trailers, photos, reviews, quotes, goofs, trivia and much more.

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Dec 19 2011

To download the free app History: Maps of World

History: Maps of World” is a fun and educational collection of high-resolution historical maps. Check it out to keep up with your history, learn something about history.

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Dec 19 2011

New open access journal accepting submissions: Energy, Sustainability and Society

Energy, Sustainability and Society is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen.

It aims to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the discourse between natural, social & political scientists, engineers, as well as experts from industry and the public sector who drive the innovation of sustainable energy systems. It is the particular aim of this journal to publish papers reaching across different disciplines and providing a substantial contribution to the holistic innovation of sustainable energy systems.  

By submitting your research to Energy, Sustainability and Society you will benefit from:

  • Open Access – articles are freely available online
  • Rigorous peer review
  • Retaining the copyright to your article
  • High visibility

In March 2011, HKU & Springer signed the 2nd deal to allow all HKU faculty & students to publish in Open Access.

For more information about the journal and to submit your next research article, please visit the journal website.

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Dec 19 2011

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. The Great Recession and Serving Dislocated Workers with Disabilities: Perspectives from One-Stop Career Centers and Rapid Response Coordinators
  2. Green Jobs: A Resources Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
  3. The Interaction of Workforce Development Programs and Unemployment Compensation by Individuals with Diabilities in Washington State
  4. Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies


[Source: IssueLab]

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Dec 15 2011

To download the free app Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus

“Dictionary.com mobile dictionary and thesaurus app that is available for download in the iTunes App Store and Blackberry App World. The app includes nearly 2,000,000 words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blog.“

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Dec 15 2011

Wiley Online Library Site Maintenance Notice

Due to essential site maintenance, access will be interrupted during the indicated date and time.

DATE: Saturday – December 17, 2011
TIME: — beginning —
5:00 am New York
10:00 am London (UTC/GMT 10:00)
18:00 Hong Kong
DURATION: up to 3 hours

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