Knowledge Handler

Information Sources & Information Sifting Techniques

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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Trans-Fat and Memory

Michelle Canales reports that a diet rich in trans fats impairs memory . Conversely, Lisa Rapaport notes that a Mediterranean diet seems to result in a healthier brain.

Michelle Canales notes that moderate physical activity is beneficial to brain health, citing a study of 43,368 participants over twelve years, where physical activity reduced the expected rate of Parkinson's by 45%.   Mark McGraw noted that a healthy diet including blueberries seems to treat such neurodegenerative diseases.

Interestingly, consumption of dietary cholesterol is now seen to be less of a health problem than consumption of saturated fat and sodium. Mark McGraw noted in February that the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that restrictions on dietary cholesterol be lifted, and that U.S. citizens should consume more vitamin D, calcium, potassium and fiber.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Online Education Not Popular With Traditional Freshmen

Mary Ellen McIntire observes that there is low demand for online programs by traditional freshmen at the University of Florida.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Reference Interactions In Academic Libraries Decline

Brian Mathews notes that academic libraries have reported a 75% drop in questions asked at a reference desk over the past two decades, but contends that librarians offer new undocumented services which replace those interactions.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Competency-Based Education

Paul leBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, extols competency-based education for adult students.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Making Archived Information Accessible

OCLS has released a report on making archives and special collections more accessible . The report argues that institutional repositories and archives are filled with information that has been deemed of value, and access to these materials should be preserved.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apple Watch - The User Experience

Raluca Budiu appraises the Apple Watch user experience. Budiu reports that the small size of the device will limit its use to content that can be read in seconds - temperatures, steps in directions, etc. For lengthy interactions, people will use a larger device such as a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Communicating While Walking

Nilofer Merchant recommends walking meetings ."   I prefer walking in conversation, if for no other reason that it seems to increase the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Online Learning

Michelle Molnar resports that the K-12 defination of "online learning " is moving from the concept of distance learning to blended learning in a classroom.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Key to Success Is Grit

Angela Lee Duckworth expouses the concept that success comes to the determined .

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Body Language

Amy Cuddy encourages viewers to examine their body language because it shapes personal identity.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Gender Bias

Teri Odom comments on the existence of gender bias even in peer-reviewed scholarly publishing.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Information Technology Training

David Strom reviews inexpensive ways to enter Information Technology .

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Good Posture At Work Increases Productivity

Lisa Evans explains how yoga positions can increase productivity for deskbound knowledge workers.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Cloud Computing Security

Brandon Butler says that in five years cloud computing will be more secure than what we have now.

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Employment Sites as a Phishing Platform

Steve Ragan reports that hackers used CareerBuilder as a phishing platform to spread malware. Ragan suggests that the attack on CareerBuilder is a test, and that other document distribution sites will almost certainly be targeted.

CareerBuilder is designed to distribute resumes to human resources departments, and documents from the company are whitelisted by my firms. The hackers distributed resumes in Microsoft Word format, resumes which contained scripts which download software to control the user's computer.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Pew Research Tracks Trends

Paul McNamara reports on a Pew Research survey that disclosed widespread ignorance of the judges on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pew Research is an unbiased source of information on trends. <'p> -DD

 

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Reducing Paperwork

Katherine Noyes reports that Xerox is developing apps to reduce office paperwork .

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Assessment of Incoming Students

Katherine Mangan reports on how Santa Monica College has improved student retention by having incoming freshmen take the Success Navigator assessment developed by Educational Testing Service.

According to Mangan, "the assessment, which costs colleges $6 per student, provides feedback to students, their advisers, and instructors, on the specific hurdles students may face and links them with campus resources that can help."

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

E-mail Security

Tom Henderson notes the volume of malware received in his e-mail inbox , and offers some solutions the government to employ to make the Internet safer for users.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Time Management

Natalie Houston suggests three concepts for framing tasks which make time management easier.

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Friday, May 01, 2015

WebP image format

Tanay Pant explains the new .webp image format developed by Google. This technology allows images to be distributed with greater compression, speeding information transfer for visual data.

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LinkedIn Tips

Forbes provides tips for using LinkedIn , offering ettiquette advice for this popular networking platform.

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