Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fair Use Week

This is Fair Use Week. Learn more about fair use and how it effects your ability to express yourself at the Fair Use Week website.

The above image comes from the Fair Use Week's infographic. View the complete infographic here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fossil Calibration Database

The Fossil Calibration Database is a free online resource that stores carefully vetted fossil calibration points used to discover age constraints for evolutionary trees. All fossils included in the database have gone through a rigorous peer-review process. Students interested in issues related to biodiversity and the development of life will be interested in this database. 
 “Fossils provide the critical age data we need to unlock the timing of major evolutionary events... This new resource will provide the crucial fossil data needed to calibrate ‘molecular clocks’ that can reveal the ages of plant and animal groups that lack good fossil records. Precisely tuning the molecular clock with fossils is the best way we have to tell evolutionary time.”
 Daniel T. Ksepka

More information on the database.

Access the database here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

On Feb 23, 1945 . . .African American Soldiers Remember the Battle of Iwo Jima

On  February 23, 1945 after a five day battle the U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division took the upper most peak of Mount Suribachi and raise the U.S. flag. While this act served as a sign that the war for the Pacific was going the Allies way, the battle lasted another thirty-one days. 

During the battle nearly 900 African Americans fought. Sadly their accounts of the battle has rarely been considered.  Clarence E. Willie's book African American Voices from Iwo Jima seeks to correct that omission.

You can read the eBook here!

Monday, February 16, 2015

President's Day eBook Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency

According to Beirne Logan George Washington’s military experience may have influenced not only his own leadership style as President but all subsequent Presidents to follow. The book focuses on the President’s philosophical and practical views on topics such as national security revealing startling parallels with Revolutionary War era policies and those confronting the nation during the “War on Terror.”

UNT Dallas students can read Beirne Logan’s book now by following this link!

We have fierce debates today concerning war tactics, drone strikes on Americans, torture, military tribunals, citizens’ rights during wartime, and how to reconcile the needs of national defense with liberty and self-rule. It is not too late to learn from Washington’s leadership as we navigate our nation towards a better future.” ~ Beirne, Logan

Beirne, Logan. Blood of Tyrants : George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency. (2013)

Sunday, February 1, 2015



Africamap is housed at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University with an initial grant from the Harvard Provosts Fund for Innovative Computing and ongoing support from the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Department of African and African American Studies and the Committee for African Studies at Harvard University. AfricaMap grew out of a project, called Baobab, funded by the Seaver Institute.