The Strong Force: Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in physics was announced today. It has been awarded to David Gross, David Politzer and Frank Wilczek for their work in exploring the strong force.

Not familiar with the strong force? Check out this article from the library’s Academic Searth Elite Database (user name and barcode from your MVCC ID required from off campus).

You may also wish to read this Encyclopedia Britannica article about the strong nuclear force.

Poet Laureate of Illinois: Kevin Stein

Poet Laureate of Illinois: Kevin Stein: Bradley University’s Kevin Stein is the Poet Laureate of Illinois. This excellent site includes Mr. Stein’s work as well as the work of other Illinois poets. As the sites notes, “An ambassador for poetry, the Laureate promotes citizens’ awareness of poetry as well as heightens their appreciation of the art form. In sum, the Laureate strives to forge a meaningful communion between poetry and the state’s populace.” You can checkout a number of Mr. Stein’s works from the MVCC library. Here is the listing of Mr. Stein’s works.

Political Ethics Bill In the State of Illinois: Public Act 93-615 & 93-617

Following the various scandals within Illinois politics, the Illinois General Assembly passed two ethics-related acts that effect all levels of state government, including community colleges. To view these texts visit:

There are several articles in Illinois publications about these laws available from the library’s online databases.

Graphic novels / nonfiction

The library now has two graphic nonfiction books — Persepolis (Circ PN6747.S245 P4713 2003) and Persepolis 2 (Circ PN6747.S245 P4913 2004). The books use drawings, rather than a narrative, to tell the story of the author’s life as a child in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and when she arrives in Vienna to attend high school. Although the books tell a true story, they are often called “graphic novels,” the name generally given to the comic-like style that the author uses.

Project Vote Smart: Inform Yourself

Project Vote Smart: “Recognizing this void in American civic culture and the need to create a new organization, 40 national leaders, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, formed Project Vote Smart (PVS) in 1992. Dedicated to upholding the ideal of democracy and serving the American people with unbiased and accurate information, PVS constructed a user-friendly voter’s self-defense system accessible through a website and a toll-free hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART) over a 10-year period. Described by the New York Times as “one of the most comprehensive campaign information sites on the web” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “spectacular” for gathering in one place the information any intelligent voter needs, PVS is becoming recognized as the answer for objective and trustworthy information. A primary goal for PVS in the years ahead is to increase awareness of its services and use by American citizens.”

Eyetrack research – how we see the web

The Poynter Institute’s Eyetrack project tells us that when people look at news websites, “The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right.” The project also collected information about effective headline attributes, readability vs. scanability, web navigation, text vs. multimedia, etc. Read more highlights from this study at http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/main.htm.

Project home page: http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/index.htm