New York City Christmas window displays 2012

Macy’s

Macys Christmas window

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Bloomingdale’s

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Lord and Taylor’s

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Sak’s Fifth Avenue

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Bergdorf Goodman

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International Day of the Girl

Today (October 11) is the International Day of the Girl. Some of the problems that girls face include illiteracy, school dropout, forced marriage and more. This was further highlighted by the Taliban’s actions against Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old blogger in northwest Pakistan who advocates for education for girls.

If you are interested in books about girls and women and the issues that they face in this ever-changing world, here are some books you can look at within our library:

Violence and exploitation against women and girls (catalog record)

Gender violence: interdisciplinary perspectives (catalog record)

Land of the unconquerable[electronic resource]: the lives of contemporary Afghan women (catalog record)

A quiet revolution: the veil’s resurgence, from the Middle East to America (catalog record)

Living our religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian American women narrate their experiences (catalog record)

Women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa [electronic resource]: progress amid resistance (catalog record)

“Obamacare” provision upheld by the Supreme Court

In a 5-4 decision (with Chief Justice Roberts being the swing vote and writing the majority opinion), the central provision that all American people should have healthcare has been upheld. Here is the court ruling (pdf).

Here is some recommending reading across the web:

Supreme Court lets health law largely stand (New York Times)

Where states stand on implementing the health care law (USA Today)

The history of the US health care reform effort (Huffington Post)

What the health care ruling means for you (CNN)

How the Supreme Court’s health care ruling affects New Yorkers (Newsday)

Snap analysis: The long arm of the U.S. health care ruling (Reuters)

Here are some books available in Sullivan Library about the US Supreme Court:

Regulatory rights : Supreme Court activism, the public interest, and the making of constitutional law (catalog record)

The Supreme Court and American political development (catalog record)

The Supreme Court in the American legal system (catalog record)

Alzheimers.gov, a new website from NIH

The US government opened a new website yesterday (alzheimers.gov) which aims to answer questions like: What are the treatment options? What does insurance pay for? Where can I go for help?

This website is part of the Obama administration’s first National Alzheimer’s Plan (.pdf) to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. Some of the research that the National Institutes of Health is looking at includes an insulin spray therapy which is squirted into the nose, and a study targeting amyloid, the “brain plaque” that appears in Alzheimer’s cases.

You can also visit the NIH’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Education Referral Center for information on locating nearby clinical trials, research centers, and more.

Space shuttle Enterprise flies over Dominican College

Here is a picture of the Space shuttle Enterprise as it flies over near Dominican on its way to JFK airport this morning. It also circled briefly above the college.

Its final home will be at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Additional full size photographs of the journey over New York City, plus background information, can be found at Daily Mail.

Circled - T-38 airplane which was accompanying the shuttle

 

 

Celebrate Earth Day at Dominican

Thursday, April 19

  • 11:15AM – Tree planting at the QUAD and the “Friend of the Earth” award presentation to John Nevins
  • Recycling docents Juliana Burbano and Michael Grella, members of the Earth Club will be at Granito and the Green Onion
  • Visit the Fair Trade Vendor in Granito

Friday, April 20

  • 11:00 AM – Campus cleanup starts at the Hennessy Center. All cleanup materials will be provided.

Did the moon sink the Titanic?

The April issue of the the magazine Sky & Telescope has an interesting article regarding the sinking of the Titanic and how the moon may have played a very pivotal role. Exceptionally strong tides might have been the culprit that caused abnormally large ice bergs to break off in January 1912. The tides were caused by a lunar perigee (the moon being at the closest point to the Earth) one day after recording a full moon. This combination of factors caused the breakage of ice.

These ice bergs would then appear in the shipping lanes of the north Atlantic by April.

If you wish to read the entire article, the April issue of Sky & Telescope is available within the Periodicals room of the Sullivan Library. It is also available electronically in the Gale Databases — once you are in Gale, choose Academic OneFile. The title of the article is “Did the moon sink the Titantic” — you’ll have an easier time finding it if you leave off the question mark at the end.