What We’re Reading: July 28, 2011 Edition

In the news this week, possible changes in IRB restrictions, NAEP “report card” shows students’ geography skills are lacking, and Inside Higher Ed looks at specializations in history. Also, read advice for soon-to-be graduate students and thoughts on Twitter at academic conferences. Then, watch an online C-SPAN documentary on the Library of Congress, learn about George Washington’s obsession with counting, remember the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu, and look back at the Historic 11th St. Bridge Construction in D.C.

News

Advice

  • Advice for a Prospective Graduate Student
    A humorous and revealing look at one historian’s experiences in grad school at the University of Virginia.
  • Tweet Me Right
    As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when you present a talk, now you have to worry about Twitter. Will your audience tweet interesting follow-up questions, or comments about your tie? This article offers helpful advice on how to encourage more positive Twitter interactions. 

Video

    CSPAN Library of Congress
  • The Library of Congress–C-SPAN
    C-SPAN goes behind-the-scenes at the Library of Congress in this hour-and-a-half-long documentary, looking at collections, presidential papers, and technology at the institution.

Looking Back

  • Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land
    The New York Times takes examines the new field of “spatial humanities,” which looks at history in relation to a physical location. They profile geographer Anne Kelly Knowles, who recently made a digital map of Gettysburg “from historical maps, documented descriptions of troop positions and scenery, and renderings of historic roads, fences, buildings and vegetation.”
  • George Washington’s Obsession with Counting
    The Guardian sits down with Pete Casazza, a mathematician who’s done research on George Washington and all the things he liked to count.
  • 100th Anniversary of Bingham’s Discovery of Machu Picchu
    Scientific American recounts Hiram Bingham’s July 24, 1911, discovery of Machu Picchu. “Although it may have been discovered by previous explorers, the young Yale lecturer introduced the world to an ancient archaeological masterpiece—for better and worse.”
  • 11th Street Bridge Construction
    The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington, D.C., has posted images to its Flickr pool of the Historic 11th St. Bridge Construction.

Contributors: Kelly Elmore, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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