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Gibb, Mike. Operabase http://operabase.com/en/

What more would opera singers need? This site contains a database with details of over 27,000 opera performances since autumn 2002 by any combination of opera title, composer, date, location; information about specified artists, their schedules, performance details, reviews, bios, discographies, etc.; opera city guides, information about opera houses, festivals, magazines, and more.

Dendrochronology and the violin: “Stradivarius and Tree Rings: The Hype, the Debate, and the Resolution.”

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On Wednesday, February 15 there will be a Faculty Centripetals Luncheon on “Dendrochronology and the violin,” presented by Henri Grissino-Mayer of the geography department. It will be held in the Executive Dining Room at the University Center.

If interested please RSVP to unistudy@nullutk.edu or 974-8177, or visit http://web.utk.edu/~unistudy/ for more information.

Country rocker Steve Earle will be January 30 Writer in the Library

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Country rock musician Steve Earle will display some of his alternate talents — writer, poet, playwright — as the first reader in the spring Writers in the Library series. Earle will entertain us at 7pm on Monday, January 30, 2006, in the Hodges Library auditorium on the University of Tennessee campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The UT Libraries’ Writer in Residence, RB Morris, who organizes the Writers in the Library series, is thrilled to bring Steve Earle to campus. “Steve sold out the Tennessee Theater at a pretty steep ticket price last winter playing with his band. Now we have him coming back to town to lay some spoken word on us at Hodges Library auditorium that seats maybe 200 people and is free and open to the public. I just hope the Library’s still there when it’s over,” quipped Morris.

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Canary Database–Animals as Sentinels

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Canary Database, Yale School of Medicine
P.O. Box 102283 New Haven, CT 06510-2283
Home URL: http://canarydatabase.org/

The Canary Database contains studies in the biomedical literature that explore the use of wildlife, domestic, and companion animals as “sentinels” for the effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in the environment that may be a risk to human health.
The Canary Database allows you to locate and visualize patterns in sentinel studies according to:

* Exposures
* Disease outcomes (animal)
* Species (and types)
* Study methodologies
* Authors
* Journals
* Locations

You can browse the database by year, journal, or by methodology.

To read a press release from Yale U. go to

Workshops Spring 2006

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The list of workshops offered at Hodges Library this semester
is available at http://www.lib.utk.edu/instruction/workshop/.

Save time by taking a workshop to learn how to use collections and services: from an intro to the libraries to access to social science data to using interlibrary loan to evaluating information, a wide variety of workshops are offered.

Register at the website above.

The Banjo: from Africa to America and beyond

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Levi Collins, courtesy of Museum of Appalachia. Photographer – Robin Hood.
From January 14, 2006 – April 30, 2006 the McClung Museum will have a special exhibit on the banjo titled “The Banjo: From Africa to America and Beyond.”

On Saturday, January 14,2006 from 2-5 pm there will be a lecture and performance. Performing will be Bob Carlin, former John Hartford banjoist and specialist on 19th and early 20th Century banjos. The lecture presented by Ulf Jägfors, world specialist on African lutes, and Pete Ross, specialist on early African-American banjos, will focus on the birth of the banjo.

See http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/newspecial_exhibit/banjos/index.htm for more information on this event.