Starting Monday September 30, 2013 (10:30 – 12:30) and periodically throughout the semester, we’re going to focus on digital downloads. We’ll be in the library lounge (located in the L building) to help you specifically download our feature items of the week. (It’s like soup for your soul. Wait, is that copyrighted?) We will feature one book and one film that are out of copyright, and thus, free for you to download unto your device. Next Monday (September 30) we will feature Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but who knows what it could be next time! One thing is for sure, it will be free! So stop by!
Do you have more questions about public domain and copyright? Stop by! We’ll explain it to you! Or maybe you need technical help getting items downloaded onto your device? We can help!
If you’d like a little background information on Night of the Living Dead, please click here to take a look at a previous Film Blog post. Looking for more information on zombies? Who isn’t these days? Take a look at Generation Zombie : Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture (2011). I’ve embedded the film below, but if you have any questions about how to embed a video or how to download books legally onto your device, please stop by! Look for the big blue sign.
I find many friends who decry “big pharma” and the evil FDA, but they put their faith in the most flimsy, “alternative” medical claims. This discussion really hits on some of the existing problems with our current, “standard” system (including big pharma), but also shows some of the problems with unsubstantiated claims of “alternative” treatments. A nice discussion.
Since the Red Cross is one of Clara Barton’s big contributions to the world, I thought it would be appropriate to send along this video about today’s Red Cross. This is from the Act Out Now service learning fair held in the library.
Today, Henrietta Lacks has been back in the news. More precisely, her family and her genome have been in the news. The HeLa gene has been sequenced, and the National Institutes of Health have come to an agreement with the Lacks family on controlling the use of that genome. This is a significant step in the Lacks family story.
We have awesome faculty who not only work wonders with out students, but are also out in the community “teaching” and sharing knowledge. Check out this article from the Post-Tribune, “Learning with LEGOs,” featuring MVCC faculty member Steve Mastej, who works to foster scientific thinking in children using LEGOs through the eGenius Challenge Academy. Steve is a great faculty member who often helps us raise money for the Library’s student scholarship fund.
If you are interested in the connection between LEGOs & science/engineering, check out this video from Larry Langellier (a member in the same department as Steve).
Thus, this video caught our eye. Here’s a panel discussion of the cast of AMC’s the Walking Dead from the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on TV, and it is based as a very popular comic book series.
The Walking Dead hits on some of the same themes as World War Z, so there will be some exciting comparisons to be made in the fall semester.
American students struggle in math and science. Larry Langellier discusses how the Lego project engages students in scientific thinking and problem solving. This event is part of the TLC: Teaching and Learning Community Event.