The Rice University Neologisms Database

I have found a new database to follow.

Conference organizing work frequently has me proofreading numerous documents, including a CFP that uses the word “Italianicity.”  One Google search later, and rather than depending on Urban Dictionary, this database from Rice University appears as a top search result for all definitions that you need for compound words, portmanteaus, and whatever other wordplay you can’t define.

The Rice University Neologism Database includes entries–some familiar, some surprising–for B-dubs, H.A.M., kaiju, vachaos, and of course l33t.  Etymologies are included, some drawing from verified sources, others less verifiable and more reliant on firsthand experience, yet still identifying newer terminology that many dictionaries may not have yet incorporated.

Enjoy tracking the evolution of the English language–just be aware that some of the language may be a bit coarse, some quite disturbing given the levels of hate (based on, to name a few, race, religion, and gender) we have seen produced through language, especially in online discourse.  Even though this is a database hosted by a university, you may receive odd glances from people reading over your shoulder.

ArchiveGrid: An Archive Search Engine

ArchiveGrid: An Archive Search Engine

ArchiveGrid is a collection of over two million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat and finding aids harvested from the web. It’s supported by OCLC Research as the basis for our experimentation and testing in text mining, data analysis, and discovery system applications and interfaces. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.

ArchiveGrid provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept.

Thanks to Peter Manning at Stony Brook University for informing me about this web site.

The 2014 NABET-CWA Memorial Scholarship Awards

The 2014 NABET-CWA Memorial Scholarship Awards

Applications are now available for the 2014 NABET-CWA Memorial Scholarship Awards. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here.

The scholarship is open to sons and daughters of active, retired, or deceased members. Applicants must be students in a high school class graduating in 2014. The award supplies $750.00 yearly for four years as a partial payment of tuition or other expenses to the school designated by the winner. Winners must maintain at least a C+ average, or equivalent, during their four years in college and must attend full time.

The return date for the preliminary applications is March 21, 2014. All applications must be verified by President of the member’s Local. Completed applications should be mailed to NABET-CWA, 501 Third Street NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20001.

An E-Handbook for New Faculty

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System hosts a web site offering advice regarding how to tackle the numerous challenges of teaching colleges courses.

Starting out in teaching can be very frustrating and stressful, but when you overcome challenges and genuinely connect with your students, the initial difficulties often seem to fade from memory.

This tutorial is meant to reduce some of the initial tension that new instructors often feel.  Although this handbook may not fully answer any question that may come up, it will hopefully help get you as prepared as possible and help you start on the best path for both you and your students.