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Faculty Development News This Week:


--Internet Generation: Call for Submissions

Call for Papers – IR 6.0: INTERNET GENERATIONS

International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of
Internet Researchers

Chicago, Illinois, USA

October 5 – 9, 2005

Workshops: October 5, 2005

AoIR Conference: October 6 – 9, 2005

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2005.


We call for papers from a wide perspective of disciplines, methodologies, and communities. We invite papers that address the theme of Internet Generations including TOPICS such as:

--Histories of the Internet: human, social, technical, and/or cultural stories and histories
--Internet use by generation, e.g., by era of technology, by children and seniors, or by age of user, etc.
--Individual, group, organizational, or community use, adoption, or diffusion of the Internet and its practices
--Development in use of languages, new vocabularies, social roles, rules, and etiquette
--Societal impacts of and on the Internet and its evolution
--Perspectives on the Internet and social change in a changing world
--Internet expansion across divides, borders, nationalities, etc.
--Mapping the course of Internet connectivity
--Prospects for the future: Next generation Internet

Wanted: submissions for papers, panels, and demonstrations of work on topics related to the conference theme of Internet Generations. Sessions at the conference will be established that specifically address the conference theme. Goal: innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on the conference theme. Also welcome: submissions on topics that address social, cultural, political, economic, and/or aesthetic aspects of the Internet beyond the conference theme. In all cases, we welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary submissions as well as international collaborations from both AoIR and non-AoIR members.

For more information:

Association of Internet Researchers

Diversity / Multuculturalism

--The Face of Tomorrow

Read the introduction to this interesting site:

What is the face of London, New York, Paris? What does a Londoner, a New Yorker, a Parisian look like?

The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity.

To the large metropolises of the world are magnets for migrants from all parts of the planet resulting in new mixtures of peoples. What might a typical inhabitant of this new metropolis look like in one or two hundred years if they were to become more integrated?

In Turkey and particularly in Istanbul, situated as it is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, you can see how this process has been at work over the last thousand years as waves of humanity from Central Asia, Arabia, Greece and Rome have been absorbed. The resulting population is fairly uniform suggesting that if you could combine all the faces in a city right now you would be looking at the future face of that city.

The Face of Tomorrow attempts to find this face by taking photographs of the current inhabitants and compositing their faces to create a typical face. What we get is a new person - a mix of all the people in that city. A face that doesn't exist right now, but a face, it seems, of someone quite real -- the Face of Tomorrow.

The Face of Tomorrow


--Diploma Mill Police

This is a FREE accreditation verification service for those seeking online and distance learning college degrees.

Diploma Mill Police

--Many Students Fail to Apply for Financial Aid

According to a new study, two-thirds of community college students did not apply for aid, compared to 42 percent at public four-year colleges and 13 percent at private colleges.

Read more:

Many Students Fail to Apply for Financial Aid

--Past College Debt Stops Some Students from Finishing College

Read an excerpt from this article:

Colleges do not like to talk about students{in debt} and no large study has even tracked the number of low-income students who leave college for financial reasons. But specialists say the problem is growing, as the federal Pell Grant system, which provides money that does not need to be paid back, fails to keep pace with college costs, forcing students to take out ever-larger loans to get their degrees.

Read more:

Past College Debt....


GirlGeeks is an online community for women and girls interested in technology and computing. GirlGeeks is provided by the Bay Area Video Coalition, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on new media education and training for underserved groups.



--Google Desktop Search

Read the promotional literature:

Google Desktop Search is how our brains would work if we had photographic memories. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks. After downloading Google Desktop Search, you can search your personal items as easily as you search the Internet using Google. Unlike traditional computer search software that updates once a day, Google Desktop Search updates continually for most file types, so that when you receive a new email in Outlook, for example, you can search for it within seconds. The index of searchable information created by Desktop Search is stored on your own computer.

It is free, too!

Google Desktop Search

This is in Beta.


Blogboxes provide exciting, instantly deployed functionality for your blog or Web site. They are free for non-commercial use. Enjoy them and spread the good word!



Webnote is a tool for taking notes on your computer. It allows you to quickly write something down during a meeting, class, or any other time that you have a web browser available. You start by creating a workspace and creating notes in the workspace. You can save your workspace at any time and return to them from the same computer or any other computer. You can also share your notes with others by providing the workspace name (or url) to a friend.



Copyscape finds copies of your content on the Web. You can use Copyscape to identify sites that have copied your content without permission. Copyscape will also show you who is quoting your site. Simply type in the URL of your original content, and Copyscape does the rest. Copyscape is powered by Google Alert technology and uses the Google Web APIs. The award winning Google Alert service performs automatic daily Google searches to let you know if anyone mentions you or your interests on the web. Both Copyscape and Google Alert are provided by Indigo Stream Technologies Ltd and are not affiliated with Google.


--Google Quick Reference Search Guide

This is a handy research template.

Research Guide

The Guide is a 2-page PDF file.

Academic Trends

--"More Professors Teach by Using Other Colleges' Online Courses"

This article is from the October 15, 2004 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Online Courses

Technology and Culture

--New Millenium Global Learning

This article emphasizes the need to prepare school leaders in a real-world, authentic global context.

New Millenium Global Learning

This is a 5-page PDF file.

--Research Recommends 'Self' Googling

What is your online reputation? And why does your online reputation matter?

"Self-Googling is not simply narcissism," said Alexander Halavais, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Buffalo. "People should Google themselves for the same reason corporations do -- to help to manage their public face."

Give it a try!


--[Personal]Brand Management : Definition

More to think about in relation to "personal branding," online or otherwise.

This is a definition from Wikipedia.

Brand Management

--What is Your Google Number?

Did you know Googling somebody has become a new action verb?

Read an exceprt from the article:

The Google Search engine has become the Swiss Army Knife of the Internet – it has more uses than finding relevant web pages. Some of the uses are infringing on the domain of Human Resources. It is easy for a boss to do a background check on a potential new employee. With Google, the potential new hire can turn the tables, and do a pretty decent background check on the new boss!

Google’s greatest application as an ‘HR tool’ is not in the corporation – it is out among the free agents, consultants and entrepreneurs who live and work by reputation and experience. It is here where ‘Google numbers’ become very important.

So, how do you find your Google number? It is easy!

Go to and enter your name within double quotes. If you spell your name several ways put each of them in double quotes separated by an OR. I put the following string into the Google search box: “Colette Wanless-Sobel” OR “Colette Wanless”. Once you have all of the spellings of your name entered and separated by OR, click the “Google Search” button. Quickly you will see another page listing all of the web pages that contain your name. At the top of the page will be a blue line. At the far right of the blue line Google will report how many total pages it found with your name on it. The total pages found is your Google number

So, what's your number?

What is Your Google Number?


--Create the Medici Effect

This is a book review of The Medici Effect, a new book that looks at creativity at the intersections of fields, disciplines, and cultures. An excerpt from The Medici Effect explores the far-flung food ideas of chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The Medici Effect

Libraries / Knowledge Management


This site is a portal for librarians.


--Introduction to Topic Mapping

Topic maps are a way to represent knowledge structures and their relationships to information resources. Based on XML, topic maps are related in concept to but more powerful and inclusive than book indexes.

Introduction to Topic Mapping


--Interaction and Immediacy in Online Learning

Read the abstract for this article from Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (August 2004):

This article presents the concepts of interaction and immediacy and discusses their theoretical frameworks, implications, and relationship with one another. The authors propose the development of a new conceptual model and recommend additional antecedent research.

Interaction and Immediacy in Online Learning

--Mind / Brain Learning Principles

Twelve principles "brain-centered" learning are presented here.

Mind / Brain Learning Principles

--"Interfaces for Staying in the Flow"

Read the abstract:

Psychologists have studied "optimal human experience" for many years, often called "being in the flow". Through years of study, the basic characteristics of flow have been identified. This paper reviews the literature, and interprets the characteristics of flow within the context of interface design with the goal of understanding what kinds of interfaces are most conducive to supporting users being in the flow. Several examples to demonstrate the connection to flow are given.

Interfaces for Staying in the Flow

Blog Grab Bag

--Office of Defects Investigation

The Investigations Search Engine will allow searches of current and past NHTSA Investigations of vehicles, tires and equipment opened since 1972, by single year, make or model. An optional item of Vehicle Component may be selected to help narrow the focus of the search.

Office of Defects Investigation

--Toxic Waste River Rafting Game

This is a game for children provided by the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences.

Toxic Waste River Rafting Game

--Find the Farmer's Market Nearest You

This is a neat interactive tool.

Find Farmer's Market

--The Meade Project

This site provides foundational documents in social psychology.

Some of the authors : Meade, Dewey,James, Veblen and others

The Meade Project.

--Retro vs. Metro: The Great Divide

Read an introduction to this book:

The "Great Divide" is a geopolitical concept we use to organize our discussion of American politics. It views the geographical distribution of political power as a determining factor in shaping the electorate and the two major political parties. Geopolitically, America is two nations. We call these two nations Retro and Metro America. Retro America is defined by the South, the Midwest, and the Rocky Mountain states; Metro America by the two coasts and the Great Lakes states. The existence of these two nations was dramatically thrust onto the American consciousness by the election of 2000; since that time there has been common reference to "Red states," which went to George W. Bush, and "Blue states," which went to Al Gore. Map 1-1, showing the results of the 2000 election, has become an iconic portrait of the political divide at the presidential level.

Book available online:

The Great Divide

--JibJab: Flash Movie on the Presidential Election



--World Transhumanist Society

The World Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. We support the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In other words, we want people to be better than well.

World Trashumanist Society

--New Media Musings

This Web site is devoted to "open, democratic, grassroots media."


We are in the midst of the greatest boon in grassroots creativity in ages. Tools once available only to a professional elite are now being taken up by everyday citizens. Just as weblogs brought millions of people into the media ecosystem, so too are new tools empowering individuals to create video, audio, playlists, and other works of personal media and to share them with a global audience.

The personal media revolution is turning visual. Digital stories, video diaries, documentary journalism, home-brew political ads, music videos, fan films, Flash animations, student films, parodies of Hollywood films — all kinds of short multimedia works have begun to flower. Alas, the most compelling ones are scattered across the Web or hidden away on thousands of PCs, laptops and closed networks. These works deserve a wider audience. is an open source media project that seeks to expose, preserve, and advance works of grassroots creativity (chiefly, but not limited to, amateur video). Individuals, communities and organizations have begun telling digital stories that enthrall, entertain and often move audiences to take positive action. Plain text or the cool detachment of "objective" media do not come close to matching the emotional power of multimedia stories laced with personal narrative.

Open Media is three things in one:

*an open-source platform to bring personal media to the desktop;

*a destination Web site, to launch soon at;

*eventually, it will evolve into a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing amateur, hobbyist, semi-professional, and professional visual works and other media.

Unlike other initiatives that are pure-play stand-alone Web sites, Open Media's vision is to bring personal media to millions of desktops through playlists, video jukeboxes, visual albums, and built-in media libraries. The repository will run the gamut from Creative Commons-licensed works to public domain works to fully copyrighted works.

New Media Musings

--Copyright Terms

Thi is a comprehensive summary chart listing the copyright terms for works published within and outside the United States.

Copright Terms

--Bureau of Land Management Historical Photographs

This historical database contains more than 3,500 historical digital images, some dating back more than a century. These images document the nation’s westward migration and highlight the activities of the General Land Office and the Grazing Service, which were later consolidated to form the BLM. The photos in this database are part of BLM’s digital photo library.

Here is one of the photos from the archive, a mother buffalo with her calf grazing:

Historical Photographs

--Copyright Protection Banner for the Web

These graphic files are provided by

How might they be useful to you? Read on:

Protect your site from plagiarism.

Most people who copy your content think they will not be discovered. Place one of these banners on each of your web pages to warn potential infringers that they will be found. This will deter them from stealing your work. Regular use of Copyscape will then allow you to detect illegal copying as it happens.

Copyright Protection Banner for the Web

--The Death Clock

Do you have a morbid sense of curiosity?

Well, then, the Death Clock is for you. Enter in your birth date and some other information, and the Death Clock will calculate your probable date of death, including the number of seconds you have left to live!

Fun, huh?

The Death Clock.

Until next week!

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