Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes

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“Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes” (http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/ceap/ceap05.shtml) is one in a multi-volume set developed by the Water Quality Information Center at the National Agricultural Library in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP).

This bibliography highlights research findings in two main areas: (1) the effect of conservation practices and other agricultural activities on wetlands, and (2) the environmental effects of wetlands as conservation practices, including constructing and restoring wetlands. It will also facilitate the identification of knowledge gaps regarding effects of conservation practices on ecosystem services provided by wetlands in agricultural landscapes, and will help identify where research is needed.

Preston Medical Library Open House

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October is National Medical Librarians month. You are invited to stop by Preston Medical Library to learn about services offered and to attend a tailgate party on Friday, October 27 from 2-4 p.m. There will be food, free give-aways, and drawings for an I-Pod, Football tickets to the UT-Kentucky Game, several flash drives, and more!

For more information call 865-544-9525, for directions http://gsm.utmck.edu/about/directions.htm

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Yusef Komunyakaa at Writers in the Library

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Renowned poet will read on Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Yusef Komunyakaa will read at Writers in the Library on Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. Senior Distinguished Poet at New York University, Komunyakaa has published numerous collections of poetry and won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Neon Vernacular.

“He is one of the very best poets writing today, in my opinion,” Marilyn Kallet, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, said. “His poetry is infused with jazz-blues, and every syllable is well-crafted. He works on three books at a time,” Kallet said.

Komunyakaa’s poetry collections also include Copacetic (1984), I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), Dien Cai Dau (1988), and Magic City (1992), and he was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for Thieves of Paradise (1998). He also edited the anthology Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003), and recorded the spoken word cd The Best Cigarette (1997).

In 1999 Komunyakaa was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and his many other commendations include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University, the Thomas Forcade Award, the William Faulkner Prize from the University of Rennes, the Dark Room Poetry Prize, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize, and the Hanes Poetry Prize.

Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana in 1947, he served in the army during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, where he was a correspondent and managing editor of the Southern Cross. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Louisiana Arts Council.

Due to the popularity of this event, the reading will also be webcast into Hodges Library Rooms 127, 128, and 129 for overflow crowds.

This special event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund, and Writers in the Library.

The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, please contact Jo Anne Deeken, Head of Technical Services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905 or deeken@nullaztec.lib.utk.edu, or R.B. Morris, Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or rbmorris@nullutk.edu.

Special Collections Library Presents Andrew Jackson Exhibit

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Exhibit to Celebrate New Jacksonian-Era Collection

During the past year, Tennessee businessman and collector William C. Cook donated his impressive collection of rare books and imprints to the University Libraries and the Center for Jacksonian America. To celebrate this significant donation, the Special Collections Library is presenting an exhibit of materials from the Cook Collection. The exhibit opens on Monday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, serving from 1829-1837. Born in South Carolina in 1767, he joined the Continental Army during the American Revolution and was captured and imprisoned by the British during the war. By 1787 he had moved to Tennessee and became a frontier lawyer. He rose to national prominence with his service during the War of 1812. He was elected as Tennessee’s first congressman, and also served the state as a senator and on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Some of the more controversial aspects of Jackson’s presidency included his opposition to a national bank, tariff legislation and most famously, American Indian Removal, which caused more than 45,000 American Indians to be relocated from the Eastern United States to the West. After his presidency, he retired to his estate, The Hermitage, in Nashville. He died in 1845.

The William C. Cook Jacksonian America Collection is a significant addition to the Special Collections Library. The collection covers variety of topics on Jacksonian America, and contains rarities such as first editions and autographed texts. The collection contains children’s literature from the period, biographies about Andrew Jackson, and many pamphlets that reflect both the pro- and anti-Jackson political rhetoric of the day.

The exhibit will be on display through Spring 2007. Also in celebration of this significant donation, the Center for Jacksonian America is hosting a lecture by noted Andrew Jackson scholar Harry L. Watson. The presentation, “Freedom and Majority Rule: Andrew Jackson’s Complex Legacy,” was held on October 24 in the Kefauver Room on the second floor of Hoskins Library, 1401 Cumberland Avenue.

For more information about the exhibit and events, please contact Aaron Purcell, Coordinator for Research Services and University Archivist, at 974-3674 or at apurcel2 at utk.edu.

New USDA Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Bibliography Available Online

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a new bibliography entitled “Environmental Effects of Conservation Practices on Grazing Lands” which is a guide to recent scientific literature covering environmental effects of conservation practices on grazing lands. This information is useful in designing policies and on-the-land conservation systems that foster practical and environmentally sound grazing practices.

The new bibliography, available on the Web (http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/ceap/ceap06.shtml), was published by the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS is USDA’s chief scientific research agency.

Sting sings John Dowland

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sting200.jpg Sting’s ‘Labyrinth': 16th Century Pop Music
By Elizabeth Blair

Morning Edition, October 16, 2006 ยท Refined Elizabethan music might not come to mind when you think of Sting.

Think again.

The rock star has released Songs of the Labyrinth, a new CD of songs by John Dowland, one of the Elizabethan era’s most important composers. It’s a collection of songs for voice and lute — a stringed instrument that was popular in the 16th century.

Read the whole article at NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6263882

Upcoming Recitals

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Ensemble Concert
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 pm
Trombone Choir & Trombone Student Solos;
Music Hall.

Senior Recital
Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 pm
Kristin Brooke Loy, soprano; Ellen Raines, piano;
Music Hall.

Contact the School of Music at 865-974-3241 for more information.