Moving Forward On the Path of Global Studies


Author: Charles Xia

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1640820744

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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India-United States Cooperation on Global Security

Summary of a Workshop on Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Materials Security


Author: Committee on India-United States Cooperation on Global Security: Technical Aspects of Civilian Nuclear Materials Security,National Academy of Sciences,National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309289777

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 7108

The U.S. government has made safeguarding of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium an international policy priority, and convened The 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., on April 12 and 13, 2010. Forty six governments sent delegations to the summit and twenty nine of them made national commitments to support nuclear security. During the Summit, India announced its commitment to establish a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership. The Centre is to be open to international participation through academic0 exchanges, training, and research and development efforts. India-United States Cooperation on Global Security is the summary of a workshop held by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) together with its partner of more than 15 years, the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore, India. The workshop identified and examined potential areas for substantive scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries on issues related to nuclear material security. Technical experts from India and the United States focused on topics of nuclear material security and promising opportunities for India and the United States to learn from each other and cooperate. This report discusses nuclear materials management issues such as nuclear materials accounting, cyber security, physical security, and nuclear forensics.

Local Foods Meet Global Foodways

Tasting History


Author: Benjamin Lawrance,Carolyn de la Peña

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135758646

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 7963

This book explores the intersection of food and foodways from global and local perspectives. The collection contributes to interdisciplinary debates about the role and movement of commodities in the historical and contemporary world. The expert contributions collectively address a fundamental tension in the emerging scholarly terrain of food studies, namely theorizing the relationship between foodstuff production and cuisine patterns. They explore a wide variety of topics, including curry, bread, sugar, coffee, milk, pulque, Virginia ham, fast-food, obesity, and US ethnic restaurants. Local Foods Meet Global Foodways considers movements in context, and, in doing so, complicates the notions that food 'shapes' culture as it crosses borders or that culture 'adapts' foods to its neo-local or global contexts. By analysing the dynamics of contact between mobile foods and/or people and the specific cultures of consumption they provoke, these case studies reveal the process whereby local foods become global or global foods become local, to be a dynamic, co-creative development jointly facilitated by humans and nature. This volume explores a vast expanse of global regions, such as North and Central America, Europe, China, East Asia and the Pacific, India, sub-Saharan Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, and the USSR/Russia. It includes a foreword by the eminent food scholar Carole Counihan, and an afterword by noted theorist of cuisine Rachel Laudan, and will be of great interest to students and researchers of history, anthropology, geography, cultural studies and American studies. This book is based on a special issue of Food and Foodways.

Diplomacy on Ice

Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic


Author: Rebecca H Pincus,Saleem H Ali

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300210388

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 753

As the race for resources in distant parts of the planet gathers momentum, most discussion has centered on the potential for conflict, environmental destruction, and upheaval from climate change. This important book shifts the conversation about the Arctic and Antarctic from conflict to cooperation. A multidisciplinary roster of experts provides fresh views of the polar regions, focusing on diplomacy and the potential for cooperative international decision-making. Collectively the contributors illustrate the breadth of issues that complicate governance in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as parallels and differences between the politics of the two poles.

Sustainability in the Chemical Industry

Grand Challenges and Research Needs


Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology,Committee on Grand Challenges for Sustainability in the Chemical Industry

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309133555

Category: Science

Page: 206

View: 2855

Through innovative design, creation, processing, use, and disposal of substances, the chemical industry plays a major role in advancing applications to support sustainability in a way that will allow humanity to meet current environmental, economic, and societal needs without compromising the progress and success of future generations. Based on a workshop held in February 2005 that brought together a broad cross section of disciplines and organizations in the chemical industry, this report identifies a set of overarching Grand Challenges for Sustainability research in chemistry and chemical engineering to assist the chemical industry in defining a sustainability agenda. These Grand Challenges include life cycle analysis, renewable chemical feedstocks, and education, among others.

Living Language

An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology


Author: Laura M. Ahearn

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444340549

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5285

Accessible and clearly written, Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology introduces readers to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world through the contemporary theory and practice of linguistic anthropology. A highly accessible introduction to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world Combines classic studies on language and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship and assumes no prior knowledge in linguistics or anthropology Provides a unifying synthesis of current research and considers future directions for the field Covers key topics such as: language and gender, race, and ethnicity; language acquisition and socialization in children and adults; language death and revitalization; performance; language and thought; literacy practices; and multilingualism and globalization

Neuronal Processing of Optic Flow


Author: N.A

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780080857787

Category: Medical

Page: 321

View: 3727

When we walk, drive a car, or fly an airplane, visual motion is used to control and guide our movement. Optic flow describes the characteristic pattern of visual motion that arises in these situations. This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the neuronal processing strategies that underlie the brain's ability to analyze and use optic flow for the control of self-motion. It does so in a variety of species which use optic flow in different behavioral contexts. The spectrum ranges from flying insects to birds, higher mammals and man. The contributions cover physiological and behavioral studies as well as computational models. Neuronal Processing of Optic Flow provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the current state of research on this topic written by a group of authors who have made essential contributions to shaping this field of research over the last ten years. Provides the first detailed overview of the analysis of complex visual motion patterns in the brain Includes physiological, behavioral, and computational aspects of optic flow processing Highlights similarities and differences between different animal species and behavioral tasks Covers human patients with visual motion deficits Enhances the reader's understanding with many illustrations

Institutionalization of World-Class University in Global Competition


Author: Jung Cheol Shin,Barbara M. Kehm

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400749759

Category: Education

Page: 304

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Moving the academic debate on from its current focus on development to a more nuanced sociological perspective, this fresh research is a collaboration between academics in South Korea and Germany that assesses the factors shaping world-class universities as institutional social systems as well as national cultural treasures. The work explores in detail how WCUs have moved to a central position in policy circles, and how these often ambitious government policies on WCUs have been interpreted and adopted by university administrators and individual professors. The authors provide a wealth of empirical data on universities, both world-class and aiming for WCU status, in a range of polities and continents. They compare strategies for developing WCUs in countries of the East and the West, both developing and developed. Nations featured in the statistical purview include nine countries (Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR). The volume goes further than merely taking a snapshot of the current situation, offering detailed and considered strategies and rationales for institutionalizing and developing WCUs, particularly in Asian countries where Confucian cultural influences accord education the highest priority.

Sinophone Studies

A Critical Reader


Author: Shu-mei Shih,Chien-hsin Tsai,Brian Bernards

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527101

Category: History

Page: 472

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This definitive anthology casts Sinophone studies as the study of Sinitic-language cultures born of colonial and postcolonial influences. Essays by such authors as Rey Chow, Ha Jin, Leo Ou-fan Lee, Ien Ang, Wei-ming Tu, and David Wang address debates concerning the nature of Chineseness while introducing readers to essential readings in Tibetan, Malaysian, Taiwanese, French, Caribbean, and American Sinophone literatures. By placing Sinophone cultures at the crossroads of multiple empires, this anthology richly demonstrates the transformative power of multiculturalism and multilingualism, and by examining the place-based cultural and social practices of Sinitic-language communities in their historical contexts beyond "China proper," it effectively refutes the diasporic framework. It is an invaluable companion for courses in Asian, postcolonial, empire, and ethnic studies, as well as world and comparative literature.

Japanese Cybercultures


Author: Nanette Gottlieb,Mark McLelland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113446763X

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 6055

Japan is rightly regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet the development and deployment of Internet technology in Japan has taken a different trajectory compared with Western nations. This is the first book to look at the specific dynamics of Japanese Internet use. It examines the crucial questions: * how the Japanese are using the Internet: from the prevalence of access via portable devices, to the fashion culture of mobile phones * how Japan's "cute culture" has colonized cyberspace * the role of the Internet in different musical subcultures * how different men's and women's groups have embraced technology to highlight problems of harassment and bullying * the social, cultural and political impacts of the Internet on Japanese society * how marginalized groups in Japanese society - gay men, those living with AIDS, members of new religious groups and Japan's hereditary sub-caste, the Burakumin - are challenging the mainstream by using the Internet. Examined from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, using a broad range of case-studies, this is an exciting and genuinely cutting-edge book which breaks new ground in Japanese studies and will be of value to anyone interested in Japanese culture, the Internet and cyberculture.

Impacts of Emerging Economies and Firms on International Business


Author: M. Marinov,S. Marinova

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137032545

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 361

View: 1058

The internationalization of emerging economies has brought new perspectives to international business development. Focusing on the extensive impact these emerging economies and firms have had, this volume covers the strong players, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, as well as dynamically developing economies such as Mexico and the Philippines. The contributors review topics such as the role of institutions and resource dependency on outward foreign direct investment from emerging economies, and the role of the global mindset and psychic distance on the performance of subsidiaries of firms originating from emerging economies. It explores new horizons in international business development and addresses challenging perspectives.

Women's Studies: The Basics


Author: Bonnie G. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135093881

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 7694

Women’s Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction into the ever expanding and increasingly relevant field of studies focused on women. Tracing the history of the discipline from its origins, this text sets out the main agendas of women’s studies and feminism, exploring the global development of the subject over time, and highlighting its relevance in the contemporary world. Reflecting the diversity of the field, core themes include: the interdisciplinary nature of women’s studies core feminist theories and the feminist agenda issues of intersectionality: women, race, class and gender women, sexuality and the body global perspectives on the study of women the relationship between women’s studies and gender studies. Providing a firm foundation for all those new to the subject, this book is valuable reading for undergraduates and postgraduates majoring in women’s studies and gender studies, and all those in related disciplines seeking a helpful overview for women-centred, subject specific courses.

Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States

A Path Forward


Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community,National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Science, Technology, and Law Policy and Global Affairs,National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics

Publisher: Natl Academy Pr


Category: Law

Page: 328

View: 1758

It is clear that advancements are needed in a number of forensic science disciplines to ensure the reliability of work, establish enforceable standards, and promote best practices. This text provides a detailed plan for addressing these needs and suggests the creation of a new government entity to establish and enforce standards within the forensic science community.

Cases on Adoption, Diffusion, and Evaluation of Global E-governance Systems

Impact at the Grass Roots


Author: Hakikur Rahman

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 161692814X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 342

View: 3358

"This book accommodates theories, issues and methodologies for designing, implementing and operating e-government systems, presenting cases covering a variety of services and applications that have been improving the governance of nations and economies"--Provided by publisher.

Moving Forward

The Future of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Finance


Author: Nicolas P. Retsinas,Eric S. Belsky

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815705048

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

View: 8704

The recent collapse of the mortgage market revealed fractures in the credit market that have deep roots in the system's structure, conduct, and regulation. The time has come for a clear-eyed assessment of what happened and how the system should be strengthened and restructured. Such reform will have a profound and lasting impact on the capacity of Americans to use credit to build assets and finance consumption. Moving Forward explores what caused the crisis and, more important, focuses on the path ahead. The challenge remains the same as ever: protect consumers, ensure fairness, and guarantee soundness of the financial system without stifling innovation and overly restricting access to credit and consumer choice. Nicolas Retsinas, Eric Belsky, and their colleagues aim to stimulate debate based on analysis of the opportunities and challenges presented by the various components of global capital markets: financial engineering, risk assessment and management, specialization of financial intermediation, and marketing methods. The contributors—leaders in business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector—discuss new research and ideas about the future of credit markets, including how improvements might be shaped by industry leaders. Contributors: John Y. Campbell, Harvard University; Marsha J. Courchane, Charles River Associates; Ren Essene, Federal Reserve Board; Allen Fishbein, Federal Reserve Board; Howell E. Jackson, Harvard Law School; Melissa Koide, Center for Financial Services Innovation; Michael Lea, San Diego State University; Eugene Ludwig, Promontory Financial Group; Brigitte C. Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School; Nela Richardson, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University; Rachel Schneider, Center for Financial Services Innovation; Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School; Peter M. Zorn, Freddie Mac

Food and Fuel

The example of Brazil


Author: Marcos Fava Neves,Mairun Junqueira Alves Pinto,Marco Antonio Conejero,Vinicius Gustavo Trombin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9086867219

Category: Science

Page: 138

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This book is a contribution of the authors to the food - fuel debate. During 2007 and 2008 several factors led to the food inflation problem: growing population, income distribution, urbanization, biofuel, social programs, production scarcity etc.. Biofuel got most of the blame for food inflation but its responsibility was only limited. There are several possibilities of solving the food inflation problem that are discussed this book. It explores the example of Brazil’s agricultural sector, where a quiet revolution occurred in the last 15 years. This development is leading to Brazil becoming one of the largest food exporters globally. This position will strengthen as an additional 100 million hectares becomes available for crop development. The second part of the book explores the basics of the sugar cane chain. Sugar cane occupies less than 2% of Brazilian arable land and supplies 50% of Brazilian car fuel. In 2010 Brazil produced 53% of the world’s sugar. Sugar cane produces sugar, ethanol (used as car fuel), biogases that are used to co-generate electricity and other by-products. Biofuel is a booming industry. New technologies allow production of diesel and other fuels from cane. Sugar cane ethanol is the only renewable fuel that can currently compete with gasoline. Coca Cola just launched the plastic bottle with sugar cane plastic. This book helps us to understand Brazilian agribusiness and sugar cane economics from various perspectives e.g. international investments, sustainability, future trends and the strategic plan for the Brazilian industry.

Global Studies

Russia, the Eurasian Republics, and Central/Eastern Europe


Author: Minton F. Goldman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Russia (Federation)

Page: 276

View: 1369

This tenth edition of Global Studies: Russia, The Eurasian Republics, and Central/Eastern Europe continues to provide introductory essays, up-to-date background information, and current statistics on the region. A collection of world press articles, topically arranged, complements the background information..

Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences


Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309222834

Category: Science

Page: 200

View: 5830

New research opportunities to advance hydrologic sciences promise a better understanding of the role of water in the Earth system that could help improve human welfare and the health of the environment. Reaching this understanding will require both exploratory research to better understand how the natural environment functions, and problem-driven research, to meet needs such as flood protection, supply of drinking water, irrigation, and water pollution. Collaboration among hydrologists, engineers, and scientists in other disciplines will be central to meeting the interdisciplinary research challenges outline in this report. New technological capabilities in remote sensing, chemical analysis, computation, and hydrologic modeling will help scientists leverage new research opportunities.