Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Editor’s Desk
The Editor’s Desk (familiarly shortened TED) at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, brings out daily “fresh information from all over the Bureau,” coupled with intriguing data and links of note. On the site’s homepage, visitors will find sections like Topics, Archive by Year, Archive by Program, and About TED. The Topics area includes a panoply of subjects, such as Benefits, Projections, and Technology. The Recent Articles area contains links to pieces on job openings, payroll employment, and large technology firms. Additionally, the site contains an On Interest area which features statistical overviews of major trends in employment, health care, and collective bargaining.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 20, May 17, 2013]
Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States
Released in March 2013, this report from the Brookings Institution’s African Growth Initiative provides compelling information on why the African continent should be a public policy priority for the United States. The report is divided into five short sections, including “China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy,” “Transforming the U.S.-African Commercial Relationship,” and “Advancing Peace and Security in Africa.” It’s a timely work that sets out a cogent argument and will be of particular interest to public policy scholars, journalists, and others interested in global politics.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 15, April 12, 2013]
- Digital Scholarship Lab
Based at the University of Richmond, the Digital Scholarship Lab develops “innovative digital humanities projects that contribute to research and teaching at and beyond the University of Richmond.” On the website, visitors can learn about ongoing projects, publications, and the Lab’s team of dedicated professionals. The Projects section is quite remarkable, as it contains seven unique projects, including Visualizing Emancipation, Hidden Patterns of the Civil War, and Mining the Dispatch. This last project is fantastic, exploring “the dramatic and often traumatic changes in the social and political life of Civil War Richmond” through the articles of the Richmond Daily Dispatch. There are also several Mini-Projects, which include a meditati on on Pac-Man and the fascinating Americans in Paris. The Publications and Presentations area includes links to presentations given by staff members, along with commentaries and the like. The site is rounded out by the News area and an About area which provides details on the staff.
- NOAA: Images, Visualizing Data, Marine Geology & Geophysics Division
The National Geophysical Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a wide range of educational materials designed for oceanographers, private industry partners, and a range of other users. This particular corner of the site brings together dozens of resources that deal with seafloor topography, sediment thickness, natural hazards, and unique animated dives to ocean floor features. This last collection is quite remarkable, as it allows visitors to dive into the Mariana and Puerto Rico Trenches in a way that would be impossible without some rather expensive equipment. Moving along, t he Crustal Age of the Ocean Floor area is an absolute wonder, featuring high-quality images of the earth’s tectonic plates. Additionally, the Globes and Global Relief Images area includes short videos of rotating relief globes, along with a very cool global relief origami piece that can be printed out as a type of decoration or class project. The site is rounded out by a link to the Natural Hazards Image Database, which contains thousands of photographs documenting the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 8, February 22, 2013]
The Association for Psychological Science (APS) is offering this terrific set of interviews and conversations with prominent psychologists to the general public. Currently, there are nine interviews available here, which visitors can read about to determine how to start. One particularly noteworthy conversation is between Nobel Laureate and APS Fellow Daniel Kahneman and Professor Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago. During the conversation, they talk about the relationship between psychology and economics, and offer thoughts on academic controversies and collaborations. The other individuals interviewed here include National Medal of Science winner Gordon Bower, Janet Taylor Spence, and Michael Gazzaniga.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 7, February 15, 2013]
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace created this initiative as a way to offer the public access to pieces written in China by Chinese scholars and experts. The hope is that these works will provide “the international community better insight into and understanding of the debates taking place in China on important foreign policy issues.” Visitors to the site can look four main sections, which include Commentary & Analysis, Policy Research, and Testimony & Speeches. Some of the recent trenchant pieces include “Can Chinese Culture Take the Moral High Ground?” and “China’s Traditional Values and Modern Foreign Policy.” Also, visitors will want to read the profiles of the scholars featured under the Experts area.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 3, January 18, 2013]
Living Proof Podcast Series
This podcast series is part of the SUNY University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work outreach efforts and is a rather fascinating and useful resource. The purpose of the series is “to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice, practice to research.” The conversations here include interviews with top-notch researchers, professors, and others. On this site, visitors can browse through past podcasts, which include conversations about topics like online bullying, community organizing, and developing an effective relationship with patients. Also, visitors can sign up to receive each new podcast when it is released via iTunes. Finally, users are encouraged to leave feedback on the episodes they find compelling.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 42, October 19, 2012]