Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015

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September is "Feed the Homeless Month"

    Amazing Decades in Photos 1900's - 2000       (Titles available in the library)

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NewsBank Database Hot Topics
Amazon Working Conditions  
TOPIC:  Working conditions in e-commerce giant Amazon’s warehouses have recently been criticized as harsh.  What specifically have been the objections made by Amazon warehouse workers?  What has been the company’s response?

New Techniques for Human Embryos
Chinese researchers have attempted to edit human embryos to eliminate bad DNA that causes diseases. They used a technique called CRISPR and used eggs that had been fertilized by two separate sperm cells. These eggs can only grow to a certain size until the genetic overload causes them to die. How successful were they in achieving their goals? What is CRISPR and how does it work? Was this experiment ethical?

Washington Wildfires    
TOPIC:  For the first time in its history, the state of Washington is asking state residents to volunteer in helping put out what are some of the worst wildfires in U.S. history.  What is a fire complex and which current one is the largest in the state’s history?  What are some of the tactics being used to contain and put out this wildfire and what kind of progress have they made?
Julian Bond
Julian Bond was a civil rights activist, was elected a U.S Representative from Georgia, chaired the NAACP, was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and as a student at Morehouse College helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). What were some of his major accomplishments as a U.S. Representative? What are some of the key historic civil rights activities in the 1950s and 1960s that he was a part of as a civil rights activist and what was his role?

Vester Lee Flanagan, a volatile fired employee of Virginia TV station WDBJ, shot and killed reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward on live TV before taking his own life.  What is the history of Flanagan’s behavior at WDBJ, previous companies and in public that suggests he was emotionally unstable and dangerous? What has been the reaction of the public on social media to these killings?  What did the 23 page fax sent to ABC from Flanagan say?

Heroic Actions
Three Americans - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos - and a Briton are praised after they subdued a lone gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. They are seen as having prevented a massacre, possibly by a lone wolf terrorist. Who is the suspect and what does his lawyer claim he was trying to do? What is a lone wolf terrorist and is it possible to prevent them?

ARTS AND LITERATURE RESEARCH TOPICS                                                                     FILM AND TELEVISION: John Stewart Retires
 Jon Stewart, popular host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has retired from hosting the program.  In what ways did he alter the content of the show when he took over in 1999 and what impact has the program had on U.S. politics while he was host?  What was his career before hosting The Daily Show?  What does he plan to do now?

FILM AND TELEVISION: Straight Outta Compton
A new film on the rap group N.W.A. called Straight Outta Compton, named after their most acclaimed album, has been an unexpected box office hit.  What rap songs are the group most known for and what about their rap most impressed the critics during their strongest years from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s?  What most impressed the public and the critics about this film?

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Monthly Observation:  National Hispanic Month

Database - Research Topic: National Hispanic Month

Database                                                                                       Number of Hits
Access World News                                                                             327,509
CQ Researcher                                                                                            176
JSTOR                                                                                                      3,810
Opposing Viewpoints                                                                                     41
Oxford Reference                                                                                        201
ProQuest Science                                                                                   12,163

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