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Washington, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): The annual Earth and Space Science lecture series, now in its fourteenth year, would be hosted by the Library of Congress (LOC), LOC reports said.
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The series of lectures would be presented in partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Science, Technology, and Business Division at LOC.
All of the lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures are always held at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.
The currently scheduled lectures are:
Tuesday, April 30
“Apollo at 50”: 'The Lasting Effect of Exploration of the Lunar Surface on Our Current Exploration of the Moon' by Dr. Noah Petro.
Using data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Dr Petro would discuss re-evaluating the geological samples from a planetary body provided by the Apollo missions to the Moon.
Thursday, May 9
“Solving the Puzzles of Planet Formation in the Modern Era of Planet-Hunting” by Dr. Elisa Quintana.
Dr. Quintana would discuss the wide array of planetary systems that NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) may find. She would also describe the follow-up measurements that reveal clues as to which planets might be rocky and which may have Earth-like atmospheres, shedding light on how planets form and whether our Solar System is unique.
Thursday, June 13
“Hurricane Hunting NASA Style”
'Using Space-Based and Airborne Measurements to Better Understand and Predict Hurricanes' by Dr. Scott A. Braun.
Dr Braun would discuss our current understanding of challenging changes in storm intensity, storm structure, precipitation and storm surge and the suite of tools that NASA provides to improve understanding of these storms.
Thursday, Aug. 8
“Cosmic Explosions and Cosmic Accelerators”
'Gamma-rays and Multi-messenger Astronomy' by Dr. Regina Caputo.
Dr Caputo will discuss these jointly observed signals of astronomical processes, such as supernovae or gamma ray bursts and the contribution of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at the forefront of this new era of astronomy.
Thursday, Sept. 12
“A Mud Matter”
'The Recent Discovery of Organic Matter Preserved in 3-billion-year-old Mudstones on Mars' by Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode.
Dr Eigenbrode will discuss the discovery of organic carbon molecules by NASA’s Curiosity rover, some of the building blocks of life, in mudstones from a 3-billion-year-old Martian lakebed, how it was preserved and what the source might be.
Thursday, Oct. 17
“Exploring our Escaping Atmosphere”
'Going Above the Top of the World to Watch the Sky' by Dr. Douglas Rowland.
Dr Rowland would throw light on the earth's daily loss of tons of its atmosphere to space. He will also discuss the recent NASA suborbital rocket campaign and how these effects can be critical in determining the habitability of other planets.
Thursday, Nov. 7
“From Sun to Solar Wind: The Perplexing Solar Corona and the Space Environment it Creates” by Dr. Nicholeen Viall.
Dr Viall will discuss recent observations from STEREO and the Parker Solar Probe which show the constantly roiling complex dynamic at work, even when the Sun is relatively quiet.
Thursday, Dec. 5
“Space Lasers and Satellite Measurements”
'Ushering in a New Era of Spaceborne Laser Altimetry Dependent on Satellite Geodesy' by Dr. Scott B. Luthcke.
Dr Luthcke would discuss about the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter (ATLAS) aboard ICESat-2 and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) instrument on the International Space Station, their performance thus far and their dependence on satellite geodesy.
LOC maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world, Its Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library offering access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online.
It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Washington, Apr 12 (Canadian-Media): Observance of Preservation Week by libraries all across the United States (U.S.) takes place during spring of each year, the Library of Congress (LOC) reports said.
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LOC, the oldest federal cultural institution in the US, is the research library officially serving the United States Congress and is the national library of the U.S.
Observance of Preservation Week by libraries all across US was initiated by LOC, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Library Association, American Institute for Conservation, Society of American Archivists, and others how we can, individually and together, preserve our personal and shared collections.
During Preservation Week (usually the last week of April), visitors to the Library can pick up preservation bookmarks at the Library's visitor information desks.
Basic preservation information to raise awareness of preservation issues for both family heirlooms and for our communal cultural heritage and practical advice for caring for personal collections is offered by LOC by providing free public programs.
Most of the programs -- varied to cover different types of materials, such as books, paper, photographs, and digital files -- occur during Preservation Week (annually, in the springtime) and during the Library's National Book Festival (annually, at the end of summer).
LOC would celebrate Preservation Week 2019 with programming throughout the week, including behind-the-scenes tours of Preservation at the Library, a Preservation takeover of the Library’s main Twitter account, and tips presented by Library conservators.
Preservation staff from the Library occasionally participate in local K-12 programs, such as career day, National Reading Month, and other school, library, reading, and science initiatives.
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Tampa (FL), Apr 1 (Canadian-Media): American Victory Ship and Museum is a floating museum located in the waters of the Channel directly behind the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida, United States, media reports said.
American Victory Ship and Museum is a true American icon and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
American Victory Ship
NRHP is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
NHPC is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources.
American Victory Ship (AVS), one of only four fully-operational WWII cargo ships in the country, was built in 55 days and was delivered to the U.S. War Shipping Administration by the California Shipbuilding Yard on May 24, 1945.
The ship had been round the globe twice and towed to its permanent location in Downtown Tampa, Florida in 1999.
There the ship underwent a $2 million restoration and became a world class national memorial and museum.
The mission of this ship is to honour the dedicated men and women who provided service during times of peace and war.
Last week an event "Salute to Service: A cruise aboard the American Victory Ship" was held by American Victory Ship and Museum to pay homage to the people who served during times of war and peace.
Aboard the American Victory Ship and Museum, visitors can come see a fully-functioning 1940s era steamship and experience an unforgettable voyage of discovery.
Topside of the SS American victory ship
One of the ship’s two new signboards
The visitors relive history by visiting nine decks including cavernous three level cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, hospital, galley, weaponry, steering stations, flying bridge, signaling equipment, wheelhouse, mess halls, engine room, crew cabins, lifeboats and cargo equipment, and photographs, uniforms, medals, documents and naval equipment.
The museum's the AmVic Radio department partners with School District at Hillsborough County as well as the University of South Florida to provide educational opportunities.
It also acts as a training facility to City and County First Responders, firefighters, police officers, training dogs for active military, U.S. Custom Border Protection and the FBI.
American Victory Ship and Museum is also a great education resource to enhance students’ knowledge of major themes in American history. The students can learn about the Warship history, Women’s history and Minority history and can also experience the diverse culture of Florida’s maritime history. One can learn how Cold War Era that transformed the political, economic, and social conditions of our country.
Currently, the SS American Victory is only one of 3 fully-functioning ships in the country.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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St. Petersburg, FL (U.S.), Mar 10 Canadian-Media): The James Museum of Western & Wildlife, St. Petersburg, FL (U.S.) transports thousands of visitors to its awe inspiring rich and diverse heritage of the American West while engaging the community through a variety of programs and educational opportunities bringing history and culture to life. media reports said.
The James Museum has its roots in the deeply felt passion for art and culture shared by co-founders Tom and Mary James, and their love for St. Petersburg, the city where they lived. During their travel to the West, a long time back they were captivated by the art of action and attention to place created by contemporary artists. This led to their buying pieces not only for their personal pleasure, but also to help the artists earn a living.
They started collecting works in oil, in ink, and in stone and soon led to the growth of a vast artistic legacy of emerging artists and living legends.
In doing so Tom and Mary also have succeeded in their aim to share their vision and devotion to art with you and thousands of others.
The James Museum collection is arranged in themed galleries: Introductory Gallery, Early West; Native Life; Native Artists; Frontier; Wildlife; and New West. The galleries connect one to the next, much like the stories in the art relate to each other. Hundreds of paintings and sculptures are on display for enjoyment, education, and inspiration.
All these themed galleries are portrayed in different coloured walls.
The introductory gallery (sand-colored) includes an orientation theater along with several paintings of landscapes and sculptures of historical figures.
Early West gallery (rust), features works by Russell and Remington and portray the oldest paintings in the collection, from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Early West Gallery flows into the Native Life gallery (blue-gray), which focuses on the daily and cultural life of American Indians in the 1800s through a variety of styles and mediums.
The Native Life gallery opens up into the Native Artists gallery (deep gold) which is is dedicated to art by 20th and 21st century American Indian artists. Cultural influences are prominent in much of the work, shown using a variety of styles and techniques. The Jewel Box within this gallery celebrates contemporary Native American jewelry.
From the Native Artists gallery, visitors can enter the Frontier (burnt sienna), which gives a bit of a visual history of the work involved in making the colonial concept of manifest destiny happen. It also provides a window into less frequently explored themes with works by Chinese artists many of whose families were involved in building the railroads and who were, subsequently, denied citizenship—a topic that bears more than a passing relevance to issues the country faces today. It explores cowboy life and their independent, hard-working culture. Also included are visual stories of expansion westward, the fur trade, and the adventurous Wild West.
The Wildlife Gallery showcases paintings and sculptures of North American mammals and birds, then expands to animals from around the globe.
The New West Gallery features Western subjects inspired by Pop Art, Cubism, and other movements portraying the independent spirit of the West in new ways.
Special exhibition displays:
The Arroyo gallery has the following images
A Cowboy's Carnegie Hall by Bruce Greene Hunter's vision by Allan Houser
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Tampa, FL (U.S.), Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL (U.S.) is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities and innovative exhibits arousing curiosity, media reports said.
Opened in 1982, MOSI is a not-for-profit magnet for innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education, operated by the Museum of Science & Industry Foundation , a nonprofit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community leaders.
MOSI with its innovation and technology makes science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.
MOSI's newest permanent attraction, the Sky Trail Ropes Course, featuring 36 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel is awe inspiring.
Then there is the Mindball game, which an interactive activity that measured your brain waves to move a ball toward/away from you.
You could compete with someone else by each wearing this headband and whoever had more relaxed mind would push the ball. The person who ends up with the ball on their side did not send relaxed brain waves.
MOSI today is the result of more than 50 years of growth and maturity of surrounding community as well as the institution. With the passage of time MOSI had changed its name, location and size. However, its general purpose, to provide informal science education, has remained unchanged.
In 1976, the Hillsborough County Museum's advisory committee and staff obtained the funding and land to construct an innovative and unique museum structure in North Tampa that was to become the Museum of Science & Industry.
Relying on the valuable history of its predecessor museums, MOSI staff took advantage of the scientific, technological and industrial growth occurring in Tampa and at the neighboring University of South Florida (USF) to design a visionary, high-tech facility.
MOSI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums -- formerly known as American Association of Museums -- and by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
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The new facility presents a path to fiscal sustainability for MOSI to power its vital, unique blend of fun and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning for generations to come.
MOSI is home to Tampa's only planetarium. Since opening in 1992, The Saunders Planetarium has shown the starry nighttime sky to more than 200,000 guests. Family shows and adult programs are scheduled throughout the day and on weekends. The planetarium staff, with the assistance of the Museum Astronomical Resource Society (M.A.R.S.), sets up telescopes and holds "star parties" Saturday evenings.
Then there are the mind blowing stations of Google Garage and Apple Garage.
Google Garage Apple Garage
The following slide show features technological, scientific and medical advances in human body.
The virtual tour experience transports the participants to an adventurous tour of the space station, the mechanisms of the space station and its workings.
MOSI has a special station displaying MOSI Mind Mysteries and MOSI messages
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Washington, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media); Adoption of a new fee schedule is being proposed by the U.S. Copyright Office, media reports said.
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This proposal was authorized by the Congress to set and adjust Copyright Office fees that are fair, equitable, and give due consideration to the objectives of the copyright system.
Every three to five years, the Office adjusts its fees, after first conducting a study of the actual cost to the Office of providing its fee-based services.
In June 2017, a new cost study was initiated by the Office and based on its outcome and proposes the fee schedule described in the notice of proposed rulemaking.
The model used to craft the fee schedule, based on the findings of the cost study has also been provided.
The Office may not be able to achieve full cost-recovery, but the proposed fees aims to recover a significant portion of the costs the Office incurs for providing fee-based services.
Written comments must be received no later than September 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, May 24 (Canadian-Media): The National Archives of the United Kingdom has partnered with the University of Oldenburg in Germany in a 20-year project to digitize digitize and catalogue about 160,000 undelivered letters known as the "Prize Papers," and make them freely available, media reports said.
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This project, launched this month, was funded by Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Records for digitization are being prepared by the archivists with plans to write brief descriptions about the letters and take multiple pictures for a free online research database.
Thousands of letters from all over the world were never delivered between 1650 and 1815.
Those undelivered letters will be read by the world reportedly nearly hundreds of years later.
Enemy ships had seized about 160,000 letters in mailbags that never made it to their intended recipients when Britain was involved in a series of wars.
Dr. Amanda Bevan, head of Legal Records at the National Archives of the U.K., since 2013 had been involved with the Prize Papers.
She told ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast that reading the letters is like "eavesdropping on people from the past,” since people were writing to those they loved and missed back at home.
“It's touching, you feel as though you actually are in touch with the people who wrote them at the time,” she said.
“Heart-wrenching” stories, she were being uncovered by the archivists as many of the letters were sent during wartime.
The project is still in its early stage and about a quarter of the estimated 160,000 total letters are unorganized from poor storage over the years.
Bevan said the period between the 1770s and early 1780s has one of the worst collections of random papers.
“You get letters from the 1770s mixed up with letters from the 1780s. You’ll get French ones stored with Spanish ones … it’s clear that they’re messed up. Now we just need the time and resources to sort them out.”
The whole universe could benefit from the information the Prize Papers provide for the history of slavery, for the history of the development of the colonies, [and] for the history of consumerism, said Bevan
“This is unmediated material, it’s from the heart,” she said. “And I think that’s really unusual because these kinds of letters, had they been delivered, probably wouldn’t survive any longer because they’re written by just ordinary people.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington/Ottawa, May 16 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC) provides a well represented collection of an entrée into the development of photographically illustrated books, media reports said.
LOC, reportedly the largest libary in the world, is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. The Library is housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington with universal collections not limited by subject, format, or national boundary, and include research materials from all parts of the world and in more than 450 languages."
Photographically illustrated books feature actual photographic prints to make more vivid a textual narrative or to tell an entire story.
Before photomechanical processes were invented in the nineteenth century, the only options available to bring qualities of a photo to the illustrations were either by inserting photographs into a book individually or photographs were being developed directly on the pages.
McClees’s Gallery of Photographic Portraits of the Senators, Representatives & Delegates (Washington, D.C.: McClees & Beck, 1859)/Courtesy of Library of Congress
Sam Houston, Texas. Photo by Julian Vannerson, 1859. In McClees’ Gallery of Photographic Portraits of the Senators, Representatives & Delegates/ Courtesy of Library of Congress
It was both labor-intensive to produce and bind multiple copies of the text and illustrations and the real challenge were the photographs as explained by the English photographer Francis Frith explained in his book, Egypt, Sinai, and Palestine (ca. 1862).
“My readers are, perhaps, not aware that the original pictures,” such as that showing tombs in Egypt, “were taken on glass,” said Frith. “[Developed] in a smothering little tent” and “pushing my way backwards, upon my hands and knees, into a damp, slimy rock-tomb… it is truly marvelous that the [photographs] should be presentable at all.”
Francis Frith in Turkish summer costume. Photo illustration in: Egypt, Sinai, and Palestine. London : William MacKenzie, Paternoster Row, [1862?], Supplementary volume, title page/ Courtesy of Library of Congress
Tombs in the southern cemetery, Cairo. Photo by Francis Frith. Photo illustration in Egypt, Sinai, and Palestine, 1857, Supplementary volume/ Courtesy of Library of Congress
Because of these obstacles, photographically illustrated books were more expensive, and some are now exceedingly rare.
A wide variety of topics, picturing everything from ancient ruins to expositions, landscapes, the United States Congress and the American Civil War were explored in these photographically illustrated books.
View of eastern nave. Photo by Claude-Marie Ferrier or Hugh Owen in Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes into which the Exhibition was Divided. London: Spicer Brothers, 1852, v. 3, frontispiece. /Courtesy of Library of Congress
In the twentieth century, however, the medium of photobook, utilizing new, economical, photomechanical printing processes evolved.
Photobooks, now are very popular and coffee tables throughout the world are adorned by these, thanks in part to the creativity of publishers and photographers like Frith.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Washington/Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC)'s Preservation Research and Testing Division was visited on May 9 by Middle- and high-school students as part of hands-on pilot program focusing on preservation science, media reports said..
Library’s hyperspectral camera system is used by the students alongside Library scientists to discover hidden writing in documents.
the Library had relied, for the past decade, on increasingly sophisticated hyperspectral imaging technology to discover hidden information the human eye cannot detect from manuscripts, maps and other artifacts.
Imaging involves digitally photographing an object at multiple wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet through the visible and into the near-infrared.
Discrete components in an object—inks, glues, parchment—respond in unique ways to the different wavelengths.
Photo by Shawn Miller/Courtesy of Library of Congress
So at one wavelength, one ink may almost melt away, revealing another ink below.
The Preservation Research and Testing Division is conducting its pilot with the Library’s Educational Outreach Office. The goal is to introduce students to preservation science and its importance to protecting cultural and historical heritage within the Library’s collections.
The program would reportedly be offered on a monthly basis, in the fall.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington, May 6 (Canadian-Media): Library of Congress (LOC) staff is working hard to achieve the goal of Dr. Carla’s Hayden, LOC's Librarian to continue to expand access to our primary source collections, media reports said.
Given below is the first post from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog team highlighting some of the newer online collections.
Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Wilson, 1761: Documenting his work as diplomat, publisher, scientist and inventor, Franklin’s papers include his correspondences between with notable people of the day including John Adams, George III – King of Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, Antoine Lavoisier, and Joseph Priestley. Also included are some of his diaries, notes on experiments, and copies of some of his scientific writings.
Benjamin Franklin/Courtesy of LOC
Salmon P. Chase Papers: Chase served as an Ohio governor, Secretary of the Treasury in Lincoln’s cabinet, and Supreme Court justice.
His legal career, work as an abolitionist, and activities as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are documented in his papers. Included in these are Chase’s diaries, select speeches, and other writings and correspondence with people including Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, William Henry Seward, and Horace Greeley.
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Branch Rickey papers report on noted baseball players including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, and Harmon Killebrew.
Selections from the National Film Registry: A number of the important films for preservation of American culture be accessed through this collection.
Susan B. Anthony Papers: Diaries and scrapbooks assembled by Anthony’s sister that document their work on suffrage and the activities of New York state and national suffrage organizations and correspondence from the noted suffragist are featured in this collection.
Included in these papers is a draft of her first public address, letters documenting the activities of the National Women’s Suffrage Association and speeches she made against slavery.
Susan B Anthony/Wikipedia
A number of presidential papers collections are also now available online, including the papers of Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant, James K. Polk, and Millard Fillmore.
Many of the new collections have links to teaching resources or related collections.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)