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Library Exploration Awards

Here are the blog council’s awards for the posts on a book you found in the library:

Best Post: Beth O’Brien

Most Timely: Derek Craig

Protestant Work Ethic (Research Driven): Lauren McGuiggan and Joey Martin


Congratulations to the above bloggers!

-Blog Council


You have such a dirty mind…

Okay, how many of you were a little freaked out when you first read the title of my blog? Don’t worry, this is a PG rated post.  After walking into the library (apparently it’s National Library week?) I found a bunch of books on the shelf having to do with libraries.  The first one I picked up was called “How Green Is My Library” —  and while this seemed like an interesting read, I wanted to find something a little more exciting.  I kept looking through the books on display in the front of the library and found one called “Dirty Minds: How our brains influence love, sex, and relationships” by Kayt Sukel.  This should be entertaining…

After flipping through the book a little more, I was right: it was entertaining. Sukel writes, in the inside cover of the book, “philosophers, theologians, artists, and boy bands have waxed poetic about the nature of love for centuries.  But what does the brain have to say about the way we carry our hearts?” This particular quote caught my attention because everyone once in a while I wonder why I, or other people, act a particular way in certain situations.  Especially ones that have to do with love.  The truth is, there is a lot more going on in our head than what we think.  In sixteen powerful chapters in the book, Sukel examines the “intricate dance between the brain and our environment” and attemps to explain why love can torture us one day and transform us the next.

Some of the chapters in “Dirty Minds” include: The Neuroscience of Love, The Chemicals Between Us, His and Her Brains, The Neurobiology of Attraction, Making Love Last, and The Greatest Love of All.  While those are only a few of the chapters included in the book, Sukel claims that after reading the entirety of the book, we will “never look at romance the same way again.” For a more in depth summary of the book, check out the video below of Sukel discussing the chemical effects love and sex have on our brains:

Kayte Sukel, “Dirty Minds”

I realize this book probably won’t be at the top of the reading list for guys, but after skimming some of the chapters, it definitely looks like a fun read.  Although my free time seems incredibily limited these days, I am nevertheless going to check out this book and hopefully read some of it this weekend.

The Architecture of Happiness

It’s a nice book title isn’t it? The Architecture of Happiness is a book written by Alain de Botton. I decided to get a little creative with the blog prompt, and randomly picked a stack in the library to choose a book from. I made a few circles around different parts of the library, and eventually ended up on Lower Level 1 amongst the books on art.

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A little digging

After searching the library database with key words such as “Japanese Whaling”, “Eco-terrorism” and “Sea Shepherd”, I found two hits for books.  The first book was “Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seal” by Paul Watson (President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation group).  I found this book first and flipped through it, but it failed to provide much more than a narrative of his early experiences as a conservationist.  Although the information is interesting, I do not think it will be much use for my white paper.

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Blog Awards-Cited Reference Searches

The blog council met late Friday afternoon to discuss the blog awards for this week’s prompt on cited reference searches.  Although the blogs this week were not the most exciting to write, some did spark debate such as Alyssa’s stem cell post and Ben’s NBA post.

With prompt in mind, the blog council came up with six awards.

1. Best Use of Sources

2. Best Use of Class Topics

3. Best Use of Media

4. Most tenacious

5. The Luckiest SOB (Most Cited References)

6. Best Post

The winners of Best Use of Sources are Amanda and Derek.

You each found relevant articles and were the most effective at connecting the topics in the articles to topics in your paper.

The winner of Best Use of Class Topics is Jenna.

You looked back through a previous class case, Walmart, and used the case’s references as a starting point to search for more material.

The winner of Best Use of Media is Joey.

We felt you had the most relevant and entertaining media (in your case graph and cartoon)

The winner of Most Tenacious is Lauren M.

We felt you deserved an award for the amount of effort you put into translations.

The winner of The Luckiest SOB (Most Cited References) is Derek.

You found over 10,000 articles…which can be attributed to effective researching and some luck.  Anyhow, we felt you too deserved an award.

The winner of BEST Post is Danielle.

Congratulations Danielle!  We felt your blog on Stakeholder Pressure was well researched, well written and deserved the title of best post.


Blog 5 before session 6 What (interest) or Who (person) Inspires You? For this week’s prompt, the Blog Council wants you to examine how this class relates to your own interests. So, please write about how this class relates to some of your own intellectual or other learning interests. We are NOT interested in how it relates to a specific career goal. Plan B: same idea, but based on a person. See whole post for details.

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