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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] e-bulletin December 3023

December 2012
The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.
At a glance
In this issue:
Closing dates:
New Generation Thinkers 2013
Closes today!
The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers 2013 scheme. Up to 60 successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these, up to ten will become Radio 3's resident New Generation Thinkers.
More details can be found on our website.

New International Highlight notice
New funding
Interested in establishing or expanding networks to China, Brazil, India or Taiwan? The AHRC has just announced a new highlight notice in the research networking scheme that covers all these countries.
Find out more on our website

Cultural Value Project
Research Initiative
The AHRC's two-year Cultural Value Project is intended to make a major contribution to how we understand and evidence the value of arts and culture both to individuals and to society.
To find out more about this initiative, please visit our website.

New Public Policy Highlight notice
New funding
A new highlight notice is now in place to support public policy engagement, fostering partnership and collaboration between researchers, policy makers, and policy intermediary bodies.
Find out more on our website

New opportunitity for international collaboration
New policy
The AHRC has introduced a new policy that allows applicants to include Co-investigators based overseas on Research Grants and Research Networking proposals.
Further information is available on our website.
Wikipedia courses for AHRC award-holders
14 January, British Library
Workshop for AHRC fund-holders who are interested in contributing to Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects, or learning more about engaging and collaborating with the Wikimedia community.
For information please see our website.

Award holder events
A selection of events organised by our award holders
  • Queer Homes, Queer Families: a history and policy debate
    17 December, London
  • Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain
    Until 6 January, London
  • Design in Action Chiasma 1
    26 February, Glasgow
Find out more about our award holder events

We have a range of AHRC stickers, posters and pens for your AHRC-funded event. We would also like to help promote your AHRC activities via the website, on twitter, or in the Research Councils UK weekly newsletter. Please email
International Placement Scheme
Closing date: 15 January
The annual AHRC/ESRC International Placement Scheme (IPS) is open for applications it provides 3 - 6 month, funded research fellowships for AHRC/ESRC-funded PhD students and Early Career Researchers, including those at an LBAS Centre, to: The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA; The Huntington Library, California, USA; National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan; Sarai Research Programme, Delhi, India.
For information on the scheme please see the AHRC IPS webpages.

Theme Large Grants Call
Closing date: January
Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available. Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.
Further information can be found on the website.

Non-AHRC News and Competitions
News from the arts and humanities community

The following items are not AHRC news but may be of interest to our community.
·  National Gallery Archive catalogue
The National Gallery Archive catalogue is now available to search online. Through this new feature, anyone can search the archival catalogue and request an appointment to visit the archive to view the physical document.
More information can be found on the National Gallery website.
·  Networkshop41
Bookings for Networkshop - Janet's prestigious annual technical conference for staff in research and education - are now being taken, with early bird discounts available for all bookings made by 31 January 2013.
More information can be found on the Networkshop41 website.
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Legal Issues in Higher Education: All New Webinars Starting Jan. 23 with UVM!


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2013 Webinars
Starting on January 23, 2013, UVM's Legal Issues program will present a series of monthly one-hour webinars. All Webinars take place from 3pm to 4pm Eastern Time.

Topics will include the diverse legal issues shaping all aspects of higher education. Speakers will include the nation's leading experts in higher education law and student affairs.

To preview the type of content you can expect from our series, please view these webinars presented in 2012 by UVM:
Here’s what you can expect in 2013:
  • January 23, 2013: Our first webinar will examine what higher education professionals can expect from the US Congress and the Obama Administration. Speakers will come from Dow-Lohnes, the Washington, DC, law firm with 30 years of leadership in postsecondary education.
  • April 10, 2013: Steve McDonald, who literally wrote the book on FERPA, will provide an update on current issues and changes impacting the privacy of student records.
  • May 22, 2013: We will welcome Kim Novak, a well-known campus safety expert, to discuss how to get bullying under control.
Other 2013 webinars this year will cover such topics as:
  • A primer on legal issues for administrators and faculty
  • Academic freedom
  • Lessons learned from Penn State
  • Conducting Title IX investigations
  • A review of the Clery Act and its requirements
  • Risk management
We'll also include late-breaking items, and in particular we're planning a Webinar covering the Supreme Court decision in the Fisher case, which will tell us much about the future of affirmative action in higher education.

The registration fee for each Webinar is $125. You can take advantage of our early-bird special and sign up for all 10 Webinars by January 15, 2013 for $900. You’re welcome to invite a crowd to view the sessions with you.
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Registration is Limited
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
at or call 800.639.3210.


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OUP Announcement: MacArthur Foundation Releases Call for Housing Research Proposals


December 13, 2012


The Office of University Partnerships is pleased to share with you the following information from the MacArthur Foundation.

The MacArthur Foundation announced on December 11, 2012, that it was accepting abstracts for its "How Housing Matters to Families and Communities" initiative. This is a 5-year, $25 million research initiative designed to deepen the literature on the effect that investments in housing have on social and economic outcomes, beyond shelter.
This year's competition will proceed in two stages. First, the foundation invites the submission of a research abstract by no later than Friday, January 11, 2013. By Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the foundation will choose a number of abstracts for which full proposals will be invited. Full proposals will be due by Monday, April 29, 2013. These proposals will undergo an external review process with final funding decisions made in September 2013.

To access more information about this competition, including how to locate criteria for selection and detailed instructions for submitting a research abstract to this year's competition, please visit us online at


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Dillard U. Student Evaluation of Faculty Process Extended Until December 20, 2012

Urgent Message!!!!!

As promised, we have re-launched the Student Evaluation of Faculty process. Students should expect - via their Dillard University email - an invitation from WWW.ETS.ORG. The surveys will be available December 10 (after 5:00pm) - December 20, 2012. Students experiencing challenges with email should contact IT (Howard House). Students experiencing any challenges with the survey software can

Dr. Carla L. Morelon
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Office: Rosenwald 203
Phone: 504.816.4165

Azubike Okpalaeze, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Howard House 102
(504) 816-4779


MakeUseOf: So What Is a Database, Anyway? [MakeUseOf Explains]

December 12, 2012
  • By Ryan Dube
  • what is a databaseFor a programmer or a technology enthusiast, the concept of a database is something that can really be taken for granted. Maybe you’ve read Christian’s guide on how MySQL works for WordPress, or my article on using SQLite Database Browser to learn how to use a simple database. However, for many people the concept of a database itself is a bit foreign. SQL calls, queries, tables, records, keys – all of those terms and more make up the field of database design and database management, and there’s not a whole lot that’s simple about it.
    On the other hand, the concept of a relational database – in the simplest form – doesn’t really have to be overly complicated. Before you assume that this isn’t something you need to know, consider that just about every day of your life you interact with a database of some form. When you take money out of the ATM, purchase an item using your frequent shopper card, or badge in at the gym, you are actually populating some table or tables inside of a database.
    So, why should you care? Well, because once you appreciate how a database works and how data that seems to be completely independent can be correlated with other data, you will start to really appreciate – and hopefully be more cautions – of how those interconnections can come back to haunt you.
    How did that other clothing company know to send you a catalog of formal wear less than two weeks after you just purchased a suit? How did the car dealer know three years after you purchased a car, that the warranty is almost up and to send you an offer of an extended warranty? It’s all about queries, correlations between data, and doing something about the results. That’s the magic of a database.

    How a Database Works

    So, if you’re a database administrator, or a programmer that can write an SQL statement with your eyes closed, this post will probably bore you to tears. But, if you’re completely new to the concept of databases, or you’re curious how they may be a part of your life without you even knowing it, then this is the article for you.
    To explain how a database works, I’m actually going to use Excel. Excel is an excellent tool to create a spreadsheet, but a spreadsheet is simply a collection of what would be called “tables” in a database. A table is exactly what it sounds like, a table full of data that’s organized by field.
    what is a database
    In our example, we’re going to pretend this is the database of a gym. This fictional gym has a membership, and we can pretend that the single table above is the information that gets populated whenever a new member signs up with the health club. Part of the sign-up process is weighing in, so that the club can help you come up with new ways to manage your weight and your health. In fact, the health club actually has an awesome cafe with health food on the menu, members can have a bite to eat of something healthy right after a workout, or grab a drink right before.
    Since this is a very high-tech club, they’ve also added another table to their database. This next table gets new data added every time a member purchases something at the healthfood cafe. This transaction (another database term for the addition or subtraction of a record) takes place right at the register. You will notice that between the two tables, there’s some similar data, like the member name. There’s also unique data, like the transaction ID and the date and time.
    what is a relational database
    The unique data helps to keep all of the information organized, while the common data between all of the tables is what helps programmers to connect-the-dots, so to speak. I’ll show you some logic that goes into that in a moment, but first, the club needs to add to it’s ever-growing database. Obviously, when members come into the club or leave the club, they need to use their club id to “badge” in and out using the digital scanner. This action fills out yet another table. This new table simply keeps track of when the member checked-in and checked-out of the health club.
    what is a relational database
    So, there you have it. A very simple database that the health club put together. Three basic tables with very unique uses. One is the membership sign-up list, the other is a record of health club store purchases, and the third is the sign-in and sign-out times of each member. These are all seemingly unrelated information, right?
    Well, the magic of a relational database is that you can extract information from each of these tables and then correlate them together to come up with some really interesting data. For example, let’s say the club wants to figure out what sorts of food the heaviest members are eating at the cafe. They could easily figure this out by running a “query” against the database, asking the membership sign-up table for the weights of members over a certain weight – let’s say 200 pounds. Then, you would ask the cafe purchasing table for the purchases of those people that are over 200 pounds.
    what is a relational database
    When you run such a “query” against a database, it provides the results in a sort of “temporary” new table. Here’s what such a new table looks like. It’s a listing of what the club’s heaviest members bought to eat and drink at the health club cafe.
    how a database works
    The query language is actually pretty simple, for something of this nature. In Microsoft Access, for example, if the membership table is called “membership” and the cafe purchase table is “purchase”, the query might look like this: “SELECT purchase.member, purchase.description, FROM purchase WHERE == AND membership.weight > 200″
    Now, when you start looking at the information collected throughout the health club, you can see what types of things the club could figure out. Do people who sign in at certain times of the day tend to buy more at the cafe? Do people of certain age groups tend to check in more often at certain times of the day? All of this information will help a business implement things like advertising or marketing campaigns.

    Other Types Of Databases

    Now that you know how a database works, what sorts of databases might you come across during your everyday life? Well, ever time you visit most blogs or websites, and either post a comment or sign in, you’re interacting with a database. In the case of WordPress, the database looks something like this.
    how a database works
    As you can see, there are a bunch of tables – 15 in this case – to hold all sorts of information like user details, post information, comments, and more. This is the backbone of a WordPress blog, and many other advanced sites have similar database back-ends.
    When you open up one of those tables, like the posts table for example, you can see that all of the information that gets displayed on the actual web page is stored right inside of a database.
    how a database works
    If you’re a gamer at all, you’ve probably interacted with a database. Some games are more heavily dependent on a back-end database, and probably the most database-intensive games are multiplayer online games. For example, if you’re familiar with the massive online space game OGame, that is one example of such an online game that is hugely depending upon a database to run the show. Just the playerlist for any of the worlds are clearly laid out just like you would expect in any database table.

    Game databases hold everything from user scores and achievements to current game item statistics or inter-relationships between characters, objects and more. Lots of games would not be possible at all if it weren’t for the back-end database to run the show.
    Another place you’ve surely come across a database is when you shop online. See those nicely formatted product results that are listed on Amazon after you run a query looking for a product?

    Yup, those were extracted from a database, using a query like the example I showed above (albeit slightly more complicated of course). And when you go ahead and decide to move forward with that Amazon purchase, you can be certain that your purchase details and history is populating yet another table in Amazon’s massive database.
    Another place you may not suspect depends upon a database is your own computer registry. This is actually called a “hierarchical” database, because as you can see when you browse the registry, the information is stored in more of a hierarchy than it is a relational format. However, the premise is the same.
    what is a database
    People can actually write up queries to extract information from the system registry that look just like database queries, except the lookup “table” that’s used is a KeyName and the “ValueName” is the actual data stored in the database for that key.
    So, you don’t really need to know how to program a database or even how to use one, but by being aware of the volumes of data that these databases can store, and how easily they can be used to correlate information that seem very distinct in the real world, you can stay alert to the type of information you may want to share (or not share) with businesses.
    Did this explanation of database design help with understanding how they work in your own life? Are you surprised how easy it is to connect-the-dots for things that you do every day? Share your own thoughts about databases in the comments section below.
    Image Credits: Symbolic Data Exchange via Shutterstock

    Ryan Dube

    Ryan Dube is a freelance writer and Electrical Engineer and SEO expert. His writing focuses on science and tech investigations. Visit him at or on Google Plus.


    Dillard U. Psychology 301 Students Culminating Activity at Joseph A. Craig Elementray School in Historic Treme`

    Twelve DU Days of Christmas at Craig: Featuring Psychology 301 Students
    Social Sciences Department Student Engagement at its Best!
    Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in Historic Treme


    College of Arts and Sciences ~ Dr. Abdalla Darwish, Dean

    Dr. Lana N. Chambliss, Chairperson - Dr. Keith M. Wismar, Coordinator, Psychology

    Dr. Steve A. Buddington, Professor of Sociology/Social Work, Consultant


    Dillard University’s Child Psychology class  has  mentored special needs children at  Craig since September 2012.  The Social Work Staff and IEP Coordinator  have provided insights on how to develop IEPs  for special education  students and  information regarding  a career as an  Educational Counselor and School Social Worker.  The good works of our students  have now  come to a close for the semester.  The culminating activity will feature community mentor gifts, personalized cards and gifts.  The students will spread  a message of  peace, love and hope to their mentees, Friends of King School District,  Joseph A. Craig faculty and staff, and the Parent Liaison ~Second Cup.  They will join in on December 20, 2012 for the official school holiday celebration celebrating the historic founding of Treme` from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m..


    When: Culminating Activity on Thursday ~ December 13, 2012; 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

    Twelve DU Days of Christmas, Mentor/Mentee Farewell, IEP Workshop for Students


    Mrs. Ora Riley, Principal

    Dr. Doris Hicks, CEO, Friends of King School District


    Dr. Eartha Lee Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology – Psychology 301 – Fall 2012

    Location: 1423 St. Phillip Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 – (504) 373-6298