Change in Pendergrass’s Summer Hours

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On Monday, June 30th, Pendergrass Library will begin closing at 8pm on Sunday-Thursday. This change will be in effect the remainder of the Summer Semester.
Our hours from June 30th – August 8th will be:

Sunday 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Film Screenings July 15th @ Hodges Library Auditorium

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The UT Libraries Diversity Committee Presents Films with food and culture in support of the Summer 2008 Culture Corner.

3:00 p.m. Babette’s Feast

In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them.

5:00 p.m. Like Water For Chocolate

Tita and Pedro want to get married, but Tita has to take care of her ageing mother and is not allowed to marry. Pedro ends up marrying Tita’s sister, but lets Tita know he only married her sister to be closer to her. When Tita is forced to make the wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness… Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

Nirvana for Sale? Rachelle Scott to speak July 8

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Rachelle Scott will speak July 8 in the Hodges Library Auditorium about her book Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakāya Temple in Contemporary Thailand . This event is sponsered by the UT Libraries Diversity Committee in support of the Culture Corner.

Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakāya Temple in Contemporary Thailand examines the relationship between wealth and piety in Thai Buddhism and relates varying perspectives on this relationship to different constructions of Buddhist religiosity and to debates over orthodoxy and religious authority.  Rather than identifying normative Buddhist views on wealth and noting inconsistencies, Scott addresses the question, when and under what circumstances is the relationship between Buddhist piety and wealth described in favorable terms and when is it viewed in terms of conflict and tension?

Rachelle Scott studies the history of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on contemporary Buddhism in Thailand and issues of religious authority, monastic-lay relations, and globalization. She is currently finishing a book manuscript on contemporary debates over monastic and lay wealth in Thailand and the linkage of these discourses to particular constructions of Buddhist identity, practice, and authority. Her current research examines the use of modern media for the dissemination of religious teachings in Thailand, and how these media construct new religious communities as they redefine sangha-lay relations.

Blooms Days at the UT Gardens

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Blooms Days, June 28 – 29, 2008, the sixth annual family fun/fundraiser for the UT Gardens, is a two-day event that showcases the beauty of the UT Gardens at their peak of color. Blooms Days offers a variety of activities to entertain and delight the entire family.

A select marketplace features unique garden-related arts and crafts, gardening goods, and specialty plants for the homeowner and garden enthusiast. An Insect Zoo and “make and take” projects entertain children while horticultural experts present workshops and answer questions.

Live music is provided by some of Knoxville’s finest local talent and food is available throughout the event. Blooms Days 2008
Saturday, June 28, 9 to 6

Sunday, June 29 – 11 to 5
Rain or Shine

Admission is sponsored by the UT Federal Credit Union in honor of the 25th anniversary of the UT Gardens. Information about obtaining tickets is at:

Use and Misuse of Citation data in Scientific Research–a new report from the IMU

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Audience: faculty and graduate students who use citation data from Thomson/Web of Science/Web of Knowledge Google Scholar, and/or other sources of citation data.

From the press release at

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The International Mathematical Union today released the Citation Statistics report. Citation-based statistics, such as the impact factor, are often used to assess scientific research, but are they the best measures of research quality?
Three international mathematics organizations have today released a report, Citation Statistics, on the use of citations in assessing research quality – a topic that is of increasing interest throughout the world’s scientific community.
The report is written from a mathematical perspective and strongly cautions against the over-reliance on citation statistics such as the impact factor and h-index. These are often promoted because of the belief in their accuracy, objectivity, and simplicity, but these beliefs are unfounded.
Among the report’s key findings:

* Statistics are not more accurate when they are improperly used; statistics can mislead when they are misused or misunderstood.

* The objectivity of citations is illusory because the meaning of citations is not well-understood. A citation’s meaning can be very far from “impact”.

* While having a single number to judge quality is indeed simple, it can lead to a shallow under-standing of something as complicated as research. Numbers are not inherently superior to sound judgments.

The report promotes the sensible use of citation statistics in evaluating research and points out several common misuses. It is written by mathematical scientists about a widespread application of mathematics. While the authors of the report recognize that assessment must be practical and that easily- derived citation statistics will be part of the process, they caution that citations provide only a limited and incomplete view of research quality.
Research is too important, they say, to measure its value with only a single coarse tool.

The report was commissioned by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in cooperation with the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). It draws upon a broad literature on the use of citation data to evaluate research, including articles on the impact factor (the most common citation- based statistic) and the h-index along with its many variants. The work was also based on practices as reported from mathematicians and other scientists from around the world.

About the International Mathematical Union (IMU):
IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization, with the purpose of promoting international cooperation in mathematics. More information at

Contact: Martin Groetschel, Secretary of the International Mathematical Union Zuse Institute Berlin, Takustr. 7 D-14195 Berlin, Germany
e-mail:, phone: +49 30 84185 210

June is National Oceans Month

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On June 2nd President Bush proclaimed June National Oceans Month.
“We have a solemn responsibility to care for our seas and show concern for the plant and animal life that inhabit them. Oceans bring enjoyment and prosperity to countless people, from boating and fishing, to transporting goods, to traveling the waterways. By being good stewards of the oceans, we can ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the great blessings of our natural heritage. “

From the World Wildlife Fund:

So what you can do to celebrate National Oceans Month?

# If you are at the coast this weekend, do something positive to conserve the ocean by reducing your impact on the marine environment – perhaps organize a beach clean-up, or reduce-reuse-recycle any waste you have, as climate change is having a significant impact on the world’s oceans and the marine biodiversity they support
# Use the opportunity to learn more about the oceans by reading our Marine experts blog and comment on the topic being discussed
# Upload your images of the World’s oceans on the Wave Forward Flickr page
# Join the WWF Conservation Action Network
# Join the WWF Wildlife Rescue Team
# Discover your inner fish and how you can make a difference by purchasing sustainable seafood

Visit the World Wildlife Fund’s Wave Forward Site to interactively learn about conservation of our planets Marine Environments

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Religion, Culture, and Politics: Mark Hulsether to speak June 18

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hulsether-bookMark Hulsether will speak June 18 in the Hodges Library Auditorium about his book Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States. This event is sponsered by the UT Libraries Diversity Committee in support of the Culture Corner.

In Religion, Culture, and Politics Hulsether leads readers on a tour of religion in the United States. He introduces key players and offers a set of case studies to explore the interaction of these players with major trends in U.S. cultural history. Students in American studies and cultural studies will especially appreciate how Hulsether frames his analysis using categories such as cultural hegemony, race and gender contestation, popular culture, and empire, enabling a more informed and constructive discussion of religion in these fields.

Hulsether offers a synthesis that is concise yet internally complex and dynamic – one that gives special attention to religious diversity and conflict, the relations between religious groups and broader historical trends, and the internal struggles of religious people as they set priorities and cope with emerging change.

Book information and image courtesy of Amazon.