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    Romance promotion in American public libraries

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    Almost all libraries collect romance novels, but not all libraries engage in promotion or programming geared toward romance novels. Reader advisory services specific to romance tend to be secondary to general reader advisory services. With the increase in Web 2.0 book promotion, though, the time could be right for promoting the romance genre.Post-printIncludes bibliographical references

    Relations between librarians and romance readers: A Missouri survey.

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    Romance novels have traditionally been derided in academic literature and while recent LIS literature has been supportive of romance, previous articles indicated considerable disdain for the genre. Criticism raised in the literature suggests that romance readers are less educated than other women and that romance novels portray women as passive recipients of men's actions. Do public librarians subscribe to these attitudes? In order to find out, we surveyed public librarians in the State of Missouri to gauge their attitudes and beliefs about romance novels and romance readers.Post-printIncludes bibliographical references

    Perception of Romance Readers: An Analysis of Missouri Librarians

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    PowerPoint presentation presented on the perception of romance readers by Missouri Librarians.PowerPoint presentation related to the perception of romance readers by Missouri librarians

    "Wasting time on romances" : uncommon ground in reader advisory education and professional practice [paper]

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    Do we teach our masters' students about reader advisory services? Well, the majority of schools offer a class that is either explicitly oriented toward Reader Advisory or includes Reader Advisory as a significant element. We conducted an informal review of course descriptions at 50 out of 56 LIS programs, and of those 50, 30 programs offered a total of 48 reader advisory or reader-advisory related courses. Eleven of those courses were specifically titled "Reader Advisory," and the 38 "related" courses generally had titles like "Materials and Services for Adults" or "History of the Book."Presentatio

    "Wasting time on romances" : uncommon ground in reader advisory education and professional practice [handout]

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    Two page presentation handout distributed at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference in Seattle, Washington on January 16, 2007.Presentation handout for "Wasting Time on Romances": Uncommon Ground in Readers Advisory Education and Professional Practice. Presented on January 16, 2007 in Seattle, Washington, for the Association of Library and Information Science Education Conference

    Perceptions of Romance Readers : An Analysis of Missouri Librarians

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    The romance novel is a form of literature geared toward women, which presents a love story with a central female character and a focus on that character's emotional state. Feminist scholarship and library-related literature from the 1980s and 1990s suggests a bias against romance novels on the part of librarians. Some of the reasons for this opinion include the marketing of romance novels as commodities rather than literature, the presence of sexuality in those novels, and the suggestion that romance novels undercut the goals of feminism by maintaining that the key to women's happiness lies in male domination.PresentationIncludes bibliographical references

    Factores que influyen en el rendimiento escolar de los niños de segundo y tercer grado de la Institución Educativa 10796 Carlos Augusto Salaverry en el distrito de La Victoria – Chiclayo

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    La presente investigación tuvo como objetivo determinar los factores que influyen en el rendimiento escolar de los niños de segundo y tercer grado de primaria de la Institución Educativa 10796 Carlos Augusto Salaverry en el distrito de La Victoria – Chiclayo. Para ello, se estudió una muestra de 131 alumnos en total de segundo y tercer grado, mediante entrevistas a sus padres, sus docentes y directores; también haciendo uso de sus rendimientos escolares. Se utilizó un método de investigación cuantitativa, se diseñó un modelo econométrico de mínimos cuadrados, en el cual; a través de indicadores de variables de nivel socioeconómico, familiar, académico, entre otros; se intenta explicar cuáles son los factores que afectan el rendimiento escolar de los niños. Como resultado, se obtuvo que las dos variables significativas en el modelo fueron la asistencia a clases y el acceso a internet en los tres modelos correspondientes al promedio en los cursos de Comunicación, Matemáticas y Ciencia y Tecnología

    Effects of rigid and non-rigid image registration on test-retest variability of quantitative [18F]FDG PET/CT studies

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: [18F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is a valuable tool for monitoring response to therapy in oncology. In longitudinal studies, however, patients are not scanned in exactly the same position. Rigid and non-rigid image registration can be applied in order to reuse baseline volumes of interest (VOI) on consecutive studies of the same patient. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of various image registration strategies on standardized uptake value (SUV) and metabolic volume test-retest variability (TRT). METHODS: Test-retest whole-body [18F]FDG PET/CT scans were collected retrospectively for 11 subjects with advanced gastrointestinal malignancies (colorectal carcinoma). Rigid and non-rigid image registration techniques with various degrees of locality were applied to PET, CT, and non-attenuation corrected PET (NAC) data. VOI were drawn independently on both test and retest scans. VOI drawn on test scans were projected onto retest scans and the overlap between projected VOI and manually drawn retest VOI was quantified using the Dice similarity coefficient (DSC). In addition, absolute (unsigned) differences in TRT of SUVmax, SUVmean, metabolic volume and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) were calculated in on one hand the test VOI and on the other hand the retest VOI and projected VOI. Reference values were obtained by delineating VOIs on both scans separately. RESULTS: Non-rigid PET registration showed the best performance (median DSC: 0.82, other methods: 0.71-0.81). Compared with the reference, none of the registration types showed significant absolute differences in TRT of SUVmax, SUVmean and TLG (p > 0.05). Only for absolute TRT of metabolic volume, significant lower values (p < 0.05) were observed for all registration strategies when compared to delineating VOIs separately, except for non-rigid PET registrations (p = 0.1). Non-rigid PET registration provided good volume TRT (7.7%) that was smaller than the reference (16%). CONCLUSION: In particular, non-rigid PET image registration showed good performance similar to delineating VOI on both scans separately, and with smaller TRT in metabolic volume estimates.van Velden F.H.P., van Beers P., Nuyts J., Velasquez L.M., Hayes W., Lammertsma A.A., Boellaard R., Loeckx D., ''Effects of rigid and non-rigid image registration on test-retest variability of quantitative [18F]FDG PET/CT studies'', EJNMMI research, vol. 2, no. 10, 2012.status: publishe

    Botulism from Drinking Pruno

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    Foodborne botulism occurred among inmates at 2 prisons in California in 2004 and 2005. In the first outbreak, 4 inmates were hospitalized, 2 of whom required intubation. In the second event, 1 inmate required intubation. Pruno, an alcoholic drink made illicitly in prisons, was the novel vehicle for these cases
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