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    Ars Moriendi: A Selection of Texts Concerning the Phenomenon of Death

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    Ars Moriendi: A Selection of Texts Concerning the Phenomenon of Death was an entry in the 2013 Collins Memorial Library Book Collecting Contest. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: This book collection takes its title, Ars Moriendi (Latin for ‘the art of dying’), from a late medieval literary tradition consisting of texts that ‘guide’ readers through a rigorous programme that teaches the art of ‘dying well.’ (As the lore has it, if one were to follow the instructive dictates of an ars moriendi text verbatim, then one’s soul would be guaranteed salvation from eternal damnation in the life to come.) ... Presented herein are thirty items of literature that I take to be exemplars (or direct descendants) of this tradition. ... While many of these texts are reference books that consider the phenomenon of death itself from a strictly scientific or theological perspective, others consider the human response to death as the crucial issue, adopting an anthropological or a psychological point of view. The styles of writing featured range from the metaphysical to the fictional, from the ‘informed’ to the ‘informal.’ Several inclusions are humorous, or at the least, meant to be tongue-in-cheek. However, I believe that these texts are all united under the banner of the ars moriendi tradition, in that they indicate the human need to formulate a response to the prospects of death and human finitude: the need to determine what it means to ‘die well.

    The Trail, 1934-03-26

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    Silencing Sacagawea: Eva Emery Dye & the Origin of an American Myth (1902-1905)

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    The Maroon, 1910-10-14

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    Enantioselectivity in Modified Quinine Derivatives

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    The main focus of this research was on derivatizing cinchonidine\u27s secondary hydroxyl group with various ester functional groups 2-hydroxyphenylacetic acid, 3-hydroxyphenylacetic acid, and 4-hydroxyphenyl acetic acid in order for them to be used as chiral catalysts, which are important in the production of pharmaceuticals. Simple synthesis methods were shown to accurately create each derivatized catalyst compound for testing in asymmetric Micheal reactions to determine each compound\u27s feasibility as an effective chiral catalyst

    The Trail, 1930-10-17

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    Investigating the Bacterial Predator Bdellovibrio’s Ability to Degrade Aspartate

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    Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a predatory Gram-negative Deltaproteobacterium that attacks and invades larger Gram-negative bacteria devouring them from within (Sockett, 2004). Enzymatic results obtained in the 1970s suggest that Bdellovibrio relies on its tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and the oxidation of prey cell derived amino acids (Hespell, 1976). However, annotation of the published genome of Bdellovibrio HD100 revealed that it lacked numerous genes involved with the degradation of amino acids (Rendulic, 2004). Thus it is of great interest to determine if Bdellovibrio can degrade amino acids. If it can, new genes related to the degradation of amino acids will be discovered thanks to the unique genome of Bdellovibrio. If not, new research into why Bdellovibrio is so particular about which amino acids it degrades can be started

    The Trail, 1930-04-04

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