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LII New This Week
New This Week for April 13, 2006
This Week
This week read up on family dinners, chocolate, house-flipping, home lawns, gold, bird flu, levees, mercury in dental work, and that determined little tetrapod, Tiktaalik Roseae. Bon appetit from LII librarians Karen, Wendy, Pat, Jennifer, Maria, Charlotte, and Tom.

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We've slightly reduced the number of sites we are featuring in our newsletter, in response to two factors. First, we received a number of comments in our 2006 survey that our newsletter was now "too long." Second, Bloglines, which has close to 17,000 LII subscribers, won't display more than 40 items at a time--so our Bloglines readers weren't seeing all 50 items, anyway! Note that to keep our website responsive to user searches, we add far more than 40 sites per week--and you can always see all entries through the date-search function in LII advanced search.
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Arts and Humanities

About Belly Dance
Collection of short pieces about the origins and history of belly dancing. Also includes articles on performers and stretching for belly dance. From the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance, "an international association of belly dancers, belly dance instructors, choreographers and musicians."
URL: http://www.bellydance.org/about_bellydance.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21197

Business

Donors Forum of Chicago: Grantseekers Toolbox
Collection of introductory material and links to additional resources about funding sources for nonprofit organizations. Topics include types of funding needed, researching funding sources, and kinds of funding bodies (private foundations, corporate sponsors, community and government foundations, and individuals). Some material is specific to the Chicago and Illinois area. From a "resource for leadership, education, research, and action on behalf of philanthropy and nonprofits."
URL: http://www.donorsforum.org/resource/grant_start.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21202

Frequently Asked Questions: How Can I Find Corporate Sponsorship?
Starting point for researching sources for corporate sponsorship of nonprofit organizations. Describes books, articles, and online sources, and gives example of useful search terms. From the Foundation Center.
URL: http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/faqs/html/sponsor.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21192

Investing in Gold: Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ provides a starting point for learning about the ways to buy and sell gold, types of gold investments (such as bullion bars and coins and gold options), gold prices and statistics, and material about demand for gold and gold mining. From the World Gold Council, "the gold industry's key marketing body."
URL: http://www.invest.gold.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21203

OnPhilanthropy
This site "is a global resource for non-profit and philanthropy professionals. It is free of charge and features several industry-leading e-mail newsletters." Includes news and analysis back to 2001 on topics such as fundraising, marketing, government relations, corporate giving, and foundations. From a U.S. fundraising and philanthropic services company.
URL: http://www.onphilanthropy.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21205

The Price of Gold, 1257-2007
Find the price of gold for a specific year or time period. Includes options for British and U.S. official prices, New York market price, gold/silver price ratio, and London market price. Includes related essays on the history and importance of gold prices. From MeasuringWorth.com, created by two economists.
URL: http://www.measuringworth.org/gold/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21193

Government

The Immigration Debate in the Classroom
Annotated links to classroom materials for learning about "the highly charged national debate on the issues of immigration reform and border security." Includes background documents, lesson plans, ideas for teaching controversial topics, and classroom activities (such as debates and letter-writing). From SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Education) History/Social Science, a project of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
URL: http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score_lessons/immigration_debate/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21199

Public Agenda Issue Guides: Immigration
Public opinion and arguments for and against different aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Features public views about immigration (from opinion polls), discussion guides with discussions of three perspectives (honoring commitment to newcomers, and cutting back because of security or economics), government immigration statistics, a "behind the headlines" feature, descriptions of agencies and organizations concerned with immigration, and related resources. From Public Agenda, "a nonpartisan opinion research and civic engagement organization."
URL: http://www.publicagenda.org/citizen/issueguides/immigration
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21198

Remarks by Herbert Foerstel
A summary of the Library Awareness Program, which ran from 1973 to the late 1980s, in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation expected librarians to "report on 'foreigners' [who were] using America's unclassified scientific libraries." Text from a speech by Herbert Foerstel, the author of the book, "Surveillance in the Stacks: The FBI's Library Awareness Program."
URL: http://www.aaas.org/spp/secrecy/Presents/foerstel.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/443

Health

ADA Position Statements: Mercury in Dental Amalgams
This site features a 2002 statement by the American Dental Association (ADA) to a government committee studying safety and efficacy of dental amalgam, which contains mercury, in repairing teeth. Includes a chart that compares restorative dental materials (amalgams, composites, glass ionomers, and resin-ionomers) in areas such as uses, leakage and decay, aesthetics, cost, and biocompatibility.
URL: http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/amalgam5.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21164

The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT)
The site features articles about the health risks of amalgam fillings (which contain mercury), and a database of non-mercury-using dentists in the U.S. and Canada. Also includes a position statement about fluoridation. From "a membership organization for dental, medical and research professionals who seek to promote mercury-free dentistry, and raise the standards of scientific biocompatibility in dental practice."
URL: http://www.iaomt.org
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21165

Home & Housing

The Art of Family Dinners: Making Time to Connect with Your Children
This article describes methods for increasing the value of a family dining together. "Family dinners can provide a valuable time for teaching. They can give everyone a chance to unwind, relax and talk together." Provides tips for making the most of family dinners with your children. Tips include turning off the TV and treating family members with respect. From a media company focused on parents and children.
URL: http://www.recipestoday.com/articles/your-children/the-art-of-family-d...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21166

Family Conversations and Family Mealtime
This site describes how a family eating dinner together "is a simple, effective way to reduce the risk of youth substance abuse and to raise healthier children." It also provides a short list of discussion topics such as sharing childhood memories and discussing books and movies. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://family.samhsa.gov/get/mealtime.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21168

Food Consumption Trends
Collection of links to resources about trends in food consumption, with an emphasis on the U.S. Topics include consumer demand for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, convenience food, household food spending, and eating away from home. From the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC) at Iowa State University.
URL: http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/markets/Food/foodconsumptiontrends.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21167

History of Sandwiches
Brief overview of the history of the sandwich, covering topics such as "the first recorded sandwich" in the 1st century B.C. developed by a rabbi as a Passover custom of "sandwiching a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, spices, and wine between two matzohs," and the contribution of the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Also includes links to material about specific sandwiches (muffuletta, hoagie, gyro, hamburger, and more). From a cookbook author.
URL: http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/SandwichHistory.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21155

Home Buyers: Beware of "Flipping" Scams
This brochure alerts potential home buyers how to watch for house "flipping" scams in which "a flipper buys a house cheap and then sells to it an unsuspecting buyer for a price that far exceeds its real value." The flipper entices the buyer into purchasing by promising to arrange a home loan. Includes a list of questions to ask the seller. Opens directly into a PDF document. From the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.
URL: http://www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/flipbrochure.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21162

Scharffen Berger, Chocolate Maker: Favorite Recipes
Collection of recipes for chocolate cakes, brownies and fudge, cookies, drinks, fondue, frosting and sauces, frozen desserts, mousses and puddings, tarts and truffles, and other desserts. Includes dishes using cocoa powder, cacao nibs, and semisweet and bittersweet chocolate. From a California chocolate company.
URL: http://www.artisanconfection.com/stores/scharffenberger/recipes/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21177

Law

Identity Theft, 2004
This report, based on 2004 data and released in April 2006, "presents data on identity theft victimization and its consequences from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). ... [Topics include] credit card thefts, thefts from existing accounts, misuse of personal information," and impact on victims. From the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
URL: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/it04.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21149

Media

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Facts for Features: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May
Facts and statistics about this observance planned "to coincide with two important anniversaries: the arrival in the United States of first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (May 10, 1869)." Topics include population, ethnicity, language, income, education, and military service. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_fe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2383

Gold Statistics and Information
Data on gold from statistical publications such as Mineral Commodity Summaries, Minerals Yearbook, and Mineral Industry Surveys. Features brochures on gold prospecting, gold prices in the U.S., and other mineral and metal publications with data on gold. From the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
URL: http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/gold/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21201

U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Cinco de Mayo
Statistics about the May 5 holiday that "marks the Mexican army's victory [in 1862] over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla. In the United States, the celebration of this victory has come to be known simply as 'Cinco de Mayo.'" Includes data about number of U.S. residents of Mexican origin and Mexican descent, percentage of people of Mexican origin in the labor force, and related figures.
URL: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_fe...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21148

Recreation

National Scrapbook Day (NSD)
This day in May, promoted by the National Scrapbooking Association, focuses on the hobby of preserving family and other memories in the form of albums containing photos and papers. The site features a listing of NSD events and activities throughout the U.S. From the National Scrapbooking Association and the Celebration of Scrapbooking.
URL: http://www.nationalscrapbookingday.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21151

Regional: California

Dental Board of California: Dental Materials Fact Sheet
This site features a fact sheet (also available in Spanish and Mandarin) that describes the advantages and disadvantages of various types of dental materials. Materials include porcelain (ceramic), nickel or cobalt-chrome alloys, glass and resin ionomers, porcelain fused with metal, gold alloy, composite resin, and amalgam. Discusses toxicity of dental materials, including amalgam fillings, which contain mercury (an element on California's Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity). Opens directly into a PDF document.
URL: http://www.dbc.ca.gov/formspubs/pub_dmfs2004.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21172

The Great Quake 1906-2006
Series of articles looking back at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, on its centennial in 2006. Features historic photos, an audio slide show, an interactive feature comparing the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, a place to post and read personal earthquake experiences, a centennial events calendar, and links to related articles about earthquakes, fire fighting, and survival. From SFGate.com, the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.
URL: http://www.sfgate.com/greatquake/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21183

Levee System Integrity Program
Background about the aging levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its watershed, which provides drinking water and water for the Central Valley agricultural economy, and is a habitat for plant and animal species. The site discusses the state of the levees, currently so fragile that earthquake or heavy rain could breech them, and describes state government plans to fund and repair eroding levee sites. From the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
URL: http://www.calwater.ca.gov/calfed/objectives/Levee_System_Integrity.ht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21200

Salton Sea Authority
The goal of this organization is "the revitalization of the Salton Sea," California's largest lake, which is located in the Imperial Valley in southeastern California. The site provides material about history and water quality issues, with details about salinity and the health of the lake, which "depends primarily on Imperial Valley agricultural irrigation runoff to sustain itself and maintain a thriving fishery and migratory bird population." Includes scenic, wildlife, historical, and restoration-related photos.
URL: http://www.saltonsea.ca.gov
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20951

Regional: Washington State

Home Lawns
This publication presents instructions for growing a home lawn. Though written for Washington state gardeners, the advice is generally useful. Topics include starting (drainage, soils, fertilizer, seeding, grasses to plant), lawn maintenance (fertilizer, lime, mowing, thatch removal, soil aeration, watering), and disease, weed, and insect control. Opens directly into a PDF document. From Washington State University Extension.
URL: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb0482/eb0482.pdf
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21083

Massacre on Capitol Hill
Collection of articles about the March 2006 shootings of teens and adults in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle. Includes a timeline of events, details about the gunman and the six murder victims, and analysis of the potential dangers of young girls attending all-age rave parties. From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
URL: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/shooting/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21066

Science

Astronomy Day
Astronomy Day, held annually in April or May (a Saturday near or before the first quarter moon), "is a grass roots movement designed to share the joy of astronomy with the general population." Find events held by "astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers." A fact sheet lists sponsors of this observance. From the Astronomical League, a federation of amateur astronomers.
URL: http://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astroday.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21150

Avian influenza: Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ addresses topics related to avian influenza (bird flu), "a viral disease that most commonly affects birds." It focuses on concerns such as whether cats and dogs can be infected with the virus and how the disease is transmitted to humans. Includes links to related websites. From the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
URL: http://www.avma.org/public_health/influenza/avian_faq.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21187

ESA Science & Technology: Venus Express
Background and updates about this 2005-2006 European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Venus "to study the atmosphere, the plasma environment, and the surface of Venus in great detail." In addition to fact sheets and status reports, the site features images and video clips, a 3-D model of the Venus Express spacecraft, and a glossary. From the European Space Agency.
URL: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=64
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21186

Tiktaalik Roseae
Discussion and illustrations of a limbed animal that may have been the first to walk on dry land. Includes a history of the discovery of this tetrapod. The video clips (featuring discussions with the discoverers) were not functional when we reviewed this site. From the University of Chicago in cooperation with other organizations.
URL: http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21212

Society & Social Science

Americans and Their Cell Phones
April 2006 report about how "the cell phone has become an integral and, for some, essential communications tool" that is not only used in emergencies, but has also changed how Americans spend some of their free time. Report addresses safety and the use of cell phones while driving, cell phone use in public, and cost. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
URL: http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2006/PIP_Cell_phone_...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21147

The Cuneiform Inscriptions
Transliterations, translations, and photographs of 16 clay tablets, two clay cones, and one inscribed and sealed clay tag, all in cuneiform, the script of ancient Mesopotamia. "These documents include sixteen administrative records from various cities of Sumer in the Ur III period (late 3rd millennium BCE), and three short royal inscriptions from the cities of Isin and Uruk in the early Old Babylonian period (early 2nd millennium BCE)." From the University of Minnesota.
URL: http://special.lib.umn.edu/rare/cuneiform/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21134

A Half-Century of Learning: Historical Census Statistics on Educational Attainment in the United States, 1940 to 2000
Statistics on educational attainment in the U.S., which "has been collected in every decennial census since 1940." Statistical tables show rates of attainment of a high school diploma and bachelor's degree or higher by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin. Also includes graphs for each state. From the U.S. Census Bureau.
URL: http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/education/introphct41.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21189

The Lost Gospel
Discussion of a restoration project for "an ancient Coptic manuscript dating from the third or fourth century, containing the only known surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas, [which] has been restored and authenticated after being lost for nearly 1,700 years." Includes images of the manuscript, transcription, English translation, articles that provide "a different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas," photos, timeline, and a map. From the National Geographic Society.
URL: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lostgospel/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/21188


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