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No Poverty: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges: poverty, inequality, climate, environmental change, prosperity, peace and justice. In 2016, JCU became the first Australian university signatory to the SDGs. Through this commitment, JCU seeks to support and promote the principles of the SDGs through its research, teaching, and operations. The first goal is No Poverty  - the aim to see the number of people in the world living in extreme poverty decline every year. Did you know that ResearchOnline@JCU (JCU's institutional repository) has 266 Open Access items on poverty which include: 88 Open Access articles 10 Open Access books 15 Open Access book chapters, and 25 Open Access reports? JCU Research Portfolios feature: 10 researchers with research in the area of poverty The JCU State of the Tropics 2014 report : Extreme Poverty Data

Kicking off: JCU and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 objectives that aim to improve the standard of living for all people across the globe. These include: Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innov

Welcome to Your Library

The beginning of semester is a time for finding your feet and figuring out where everything is. Whether you are an on-campus student or if you can only visit the campus occasionally, you'll probably find yourself spending time in our libraries. Just to help you find your way around, here's a quick idea of what you'll be able to do in our buildings. Borrow books, DVDs and more. Obviously a library has things you can borrow. In addition to books, we also have DVDs, CDs, sheet music and more. You'll need your student or staff card (it's also your library card) to check out anything you want to take out of the building. In addition to the main collection, where most of our borrowable material is held, we also have a Curriculum Collection (where all the best books are), reference collections, special collections and print journals. You can find yourself looking in the wrong place, so don't hesitate to ask any library staff for help. Take a look at the  location info

Power Up Your Research

Did you attend the library session, Power Up Your Assignment Research this week? If not, never fear - you can always catch up by checking out the Keys to Academic Success guide . Our top three tips from this session were: Info Skills Road Trip  - Develop your understanding of the research process by completing this series of self-directed learning modules One Search - Like Google for the library, One Search is a good place to begin your research. It's easy to refine your results by source type, date, discipline area and subject keyword Subject Guides  - Your subject guide will suggest the best databases and websites for your research, and provide resources to help with writing and referencing in your subject area Remember, the library staff are here to help. Come and see us early if you would like help with any part of the research process.

Reading Challenge Reviews: Put a Bird on It!

This week's "Animals and Plants" theme in the 2019 Reading Challenge brings us two books with bird pictures-the first a book that is not about birds but features one on the cover, and a book that is almost exclusively images. Ruth Marsh read Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe   What a fascinating book! I absolutely enjoyed this and recommend it as essential reading particularly for Australians. Bruce Pascoe is a historian and a Bunurong man from South-Central Victoria. His book and the young reader version (Young Dark Emu) takes us through the culture and society of pre-European Aboriginal Australia. It challenges the hunter-gatherer concept of Aboriginal Australians many of us were taught. Bruce Pascoe uses primary sources, including diaries of early colonists and explorers such as Sir Thomas Mitchell and Charles Sturt. He uses examples to show the complexity of the pre-European culture of Aboriginal people. He discu

American Chemical Society journals

The latest issue of ACS Applied Bio Materials has an article on a new antibacterial treatment for cotton fibres activated under light while being water repellant. "Synergistic superhydrophobic and photodynamic cotton textiles with remarkable antibacterial activities" . This journal focuses on the practical aspects of biochemical engineering in the fields of cancer research, antifouling materials, and biomimicry, and hybrid biomaterials amongst other topics. Another journal published by the American Chemical Society, C&N Global enterprise , has in it's latest issue, an article on the causes of the growing incidence of hyperthyroidism in cats, "Flame retardants linked to feline hyperthyroidism" . The authors found that frequent uses of air fresheners and modern furniture increased the likelihood of the disease. James Cook University subscribes to the full package of journals from the American Chemical Society, some of which are open access publications.

Welcome to O Week, Study Period 2, 2019!

Second Semester O Week at JCU runs from the 22nd to the 26th of July, and it's a time for getting yourself organised before lectures start in Week One. We put together some great advice for O Week in first semester, and quite frankly it was so useful that we think it's worth repeating for O Week in Semester Two. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for getting to know your library before lectures begin: 1. Know  where the library is  and what services are available. The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns are home to several key services: The Librarians  will help you with researching and referencing for your assignments. You can also come for help with sorting out your  passwords  and setting up your  WiFi . Our friendly InfoHelp Rovers can help you with basic IT questions. The Learning Centre  can provide advice for writing your assignments, taking exams and managing your time effectively. They also provide support for developing your English an

Central to our city: 150 years of primary education

In 2020 James Cook University, Townsville’s senior educational institution, will be celebrating its half-century. But on a weekend in May, the city’s oldest educational establishment, Townsville Central State School, celebrated a life three times that long. The National (later Central) School's b oys' and girls' schools, on Eyre Street, 1881. Photo: Willmett & Wyeth Album, North Queensland Photographic Collection, James Cook University Library. This great little school (with its motto “Be Thorough”) has had several homes since it was officially opened as Townsville’s National School on 11 March 1869 – just four years after the city’s foundation – under the direction of head teacher, John Maynard. Its original location, close to the present site of the Queen’s Hotel building, was considered “too remote” by many parents and within six months a new school had been built on a block bounded by Leichhardt, Eyre, Oxley and Mitchell Streets. There it remained for over 8

Reading Challenge Reviews: Dolphins and Cats and Dogs

The mammals are taking over this week's reviews for the theme of " Animals and Plants " in the 2019 Reading Challenge . The new librarian on deck, Gabriella, joins the party with a book about dolphins (think of something you want to know about dolphins, it might be in this book). Shannon found a book of poetry about cats - or is that by  cats? And Louise revisited an old wolf and found a new dog. What are you reading? Gabriella Rogina read Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication , by Kathleen Dudzinski  and  Toni Frohoff . Dolphin Mysteries opens to a new understanding of the vocabulary and interactions between these amazing animals.   How do you eavesdrop on a dolphin when they spend 99% of the time underwater? It was Dudzinski & Frohoff ’s chapter called Eavesdropping that I found most captivating, where explanations of the dolphin’s body language and how the slight difference of body rubs and touches are interpreted.    This chapte

New Book: Eggshell skull by Bri Lee

Just in time for the 2019 Colin Roderick Memorial Lecture the James Cook University Library now has a copy of Bri Lee's Eggshell Skull available to borrow. Don't forget to register to hear Lee's lecture How we keep our pens mighty: Writing against power And get in early to read Eggshell skull : a memoir about standing up, speaking out and fighting back by Bri Lee 340.092 LEE. Book Summary "A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done? Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's ass

Reading Challenge Reviews: Plants, Wolves and Sparrows

This week, for our Reading Challenge , we bring you a book about real plants and two novels with animals in the title. That's the joy of a challenge to read as many books as you can that are connected to the theme " Animals and Plants " in any way, shape or form. We also bring you not one but TWO guest reviews! Sharon wanted to read a book that could do double duties for the Reading Challenge and NAIDOC week, and found a new favourite topic. Sarah Kistle is with us on placement and found a book she's been wanting to read for ages. We told her she could read it as long as she reviewed it (we're mean like that). Our favourite Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology, Dr Theresa Petray, sent us a guest review of a book with a bird on it . What are you reading? Sharon Bryan read  Aboriginal People and Their Plants , by Philip A. Clarke. I've discovered my new favourite thing: ethnobotany . It's what happens when anthropology and botany have a bab

Reconciliation Lecture 2019 available in NQHeritage@JCU

On Monday, 27 May, 2019, professor Lyndall Ryan presented the 2019 Reconciliation Lecture. The topic,  Making the History of the Australian Colonial Frontier Visible: How the Newcastle Digital Map of Frontier Massacres is Changing the Way we Understand the Past , addressed the importance of putting history on the map, and the fact that Australia is full of places steeped in historical significance. The lecture looked at how maps can be used to bring people a greater understanding of history and the weight of past events. The Newcastle Digital Map of Frontier Massacres is an example of how showing the locations of historical events can teach people about the scope and breadth of the history involved. Mapping the history of Australia gives a voice to the people who experienced those past events, and speaks truth to the current and future generations. This NAIDOC week (07-14 July, 2019), the theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth . It is through listening to the voices of the past (and

Reading Challenge Reviews: Field Guides, Fruits and Birds

For our first cab off the rank in July's theme of "Animals and Plants" , we have a couple of field guides to whet your appetite. Tasch found a book full of fruits - rainforest fruits, to be precise. Not all of these are edible, so a good field guide could save your life. Sharon also found a field guide, but hers was for the birds. You're less likely to eat a poisonous bird, but if you have trouble telling your drongos from your buzzards, this could come in handy. What "fields" will you explore in our Reading Challenge ? Natascha Kucurs read Australian Rainforest Fruits: A Field Guide , by Wendy Cooper & William T. Cooper . How do you like your fruit? Pink, purple, blue, black, yellow, orange, red, green, brown or white? Australian Rainforest Fruits: A Field Guide has them all. This splendid compilation by local husband and wife team Wendy (author) and William T. (Bill – artist; painter) describes and depicts 504 of the most common fruiting

NAIDOC Week: 7-14 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As 2019 is also the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages , the 2019 theme ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’ focuses on the indigenous voice as an instrument for knowledge sharing and significant and lasting change. Voice, Treaty and Truth are integral to the reforms set out in the  Uluru Statement of the Heart , which include:      a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution      a Makarrata Commission to oversee treaty processes and truth-telling The Yolngu word Makarrata signifies the coming together of two parties after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. This year's theme is a call to action, continuing the struggle of Australia's first peoples over many years to have their voice for recognition and empowerment heard. The implementation of the Uluru Sta

Reading Challenge July: Animals and Plants

A new month and a new challenge! July takes us out of the refinements of the past few months (sport, art, music) and into the wild with the theme of: Animals and Plants. Now, you know the drill. With the 2019 Reading Challenge , you have to read as many books as you can that "fit" the month's theme in some way shape or form. Just exactly how  your books fit the theme is completely up to you. Perhaps there's an animal or plant in the title, or perhaps there's a flower or a cat on the cover (or would have been, if we hadn't taken the dust jacket off the book before we made it available for loan)? Maybe the book features animals as a main character , or perhaps it has one of the best trees in literature ? Or maybe you just picked something from some Buzzfeed listicle about books for animal lovers. Whatever works. The Must-Haves Remember, there are four boxes you have to tick along the way. If you're a mad book fiend and you love challenge