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  • MATRIX - The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

    Location:

    Natural Sciences Building, Room 409, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. As one of the premier humanities computing centers in the United States, Matrix creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field. Matrix houses major digital library repositories including to the African Online Digital Library (AODL), Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal video archives, Historical Voices, and the Quilt Index.

  • Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal

    Description:

    This quarterly Journal is an official publication of the State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Section. It provides timely information on current topics in child welfare and child legal policy.

  • Michigan County and Statewide Historic Aerial Imagery Archive

    Location:

    Geography Building, 2nd Floor, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The RS&GIS Aerial Imagery Archive is home to the largest repository of remotely-sensed imagery for the State of Michigan. The collection features:

    • County and statewide historic aerial photography datasets acquired by state and federal agencies dating from the 1920's to the 2000's.
    • The Archive generally maintains at least one photoset per decade for every location in Michigan
    • County, State, and Federal digital orthoimagery datasets.
    • GIS-ready datasets
    • Unique datasets such as Great Lakes shoreline imagery, high altitude color infrared photography, large-scale project-level photography, etc.

    The majority of the collection has been scanned. Imagery may be ordered via e-mail/phone/fax and delivered via digital transfer over the Internet. Imagery may also be accessed on site by appointment.

  • Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Web Resources

    Description:

    The Michigan Groundwater Inventory and Mapping Project Website aids in the understanding and evaluation of the groundwater resources in Michigan and fulfills the mandates of Michigan Public Act 148 of 2003. The Website includes an Interactive Map Viewer, a Groundwater Information Database, Project Reports, Web Resources, Documents, and Online Tutorials.

  • Michigan Stained Glass Census Website

    Description:

    The MSU Museum sponsors the Michigan Stained Glass Census Website. By researching and recording information about the origins, styles, and subject matter of architectural stained glass, the Census is creating an invaluable resource of visual and documentary material related to Michigan's social, religious, and art history. The Census also encourages individuals and groups to better appreciate and preserve the stained glass treasures in their own communities. The Web site features a comprehensive list of registered stained glass windows. Information about the history and artists of certain windows is available under the Window of the Month feature. Other features include online and downloadable registration forms, a listing of stained glass-related objects in the MSU Museum collection, information about the quarterly e-mail newsletter, a stained glass bibliography, and links to many windows in Michigan and elsewhere.

  • Michigan State University Press

    Location:

    MSU Press, Suite 25 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Press, the scholarly publishing arm of MSU, helps carry out the Institution's land-grant mission through the publication of research and intellectual inquiry that make significant contributions to scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

  • MSU Libraries

    Location:

    Main Library: 100 Library (on West Circle Drive), MSU, E. Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Libraries collections include more than 4 million volumes, 28,000 serial subscriptions (in print and electronic form), 5 million items in microfilm and microfiche, 200,000 maps and 40,000 sound recordings. The Libraries include extensive holdings in history, the social sciences, languages and literature, area studies, medicine, agriculture, and general sciences as well as several specialized, interest-specific collections.

  • MSU Press and the African Books Collective Partnership

    Location:

    MSU Press: Suite 25, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU Press and the African Books Collective have formed a partnership designed to raise the profile of African-published books and disseminate them more widely in North America. The African Books Collective is a non-profit, Oxford-based distribution outlet for more than 70 African publishers. Its mission is to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. January 1, 2003, MSU Press began to market and distribute a number of African-published books in North America.

  • Nepal- Online Resource for K-12 Educators

    Description:

    In the Fall of 2003, a group of educators from Southeast Michigan traveled to Nepal as Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Fellows. They participated in a series of seminars and field studies that introduced them to and immersed them in Nepali culture. They also were linked with Nepali teachers already engaged with Michigan teachers through a water quality monitoring exchange and were able to visit those teachers in their classrooms and observe students conducting water quality monitoring in the Seti River. As a result of their participation in cultural and environmental education activities during the three-week study tour, the Michigan teachers committed to contribute educational units that have become this Study Guide. The Study Guide offers teachers a valuable resource to bring Nepal to Michigan classrooms while meeting state standards and benchmarks.

  • Office for Survey Research

    Description:

    MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) conducts social scientific, policy, and political surveys through The Office of Survey Research (OSR). The OSR serves public, private, and non-profit organizations and researchers who seek to use surveys to learn about attitudes, needs, experiences, and behavior of individuals and institutions. The OSR administers in excess of 40,000 telephone, Web, and mail questionnaires each year. Our computer-assisted telephone interviewing facility can accommodate more than 2,000 interviewing hours per week. OSR's projects span needs assessments, epidemiological studies, opinion surveys, client feedback surveys, social or economic impact studies, and political polls. We are expanding our resources in the area of web survey services and focus groups.

  • Post Adoption Support Services Website

    Location:

    MSU School of Social Work: Baker Hall, 655 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Adoption, fostering, and raising kin are different ways of building a family. Often parents and professionals need to look for outside supports and resources that are sensitive to the unique needs that foster and adoptive children bring to the families that are raising them.

    Michigan State University School of Social Work has a long term commitment to improving child welfare in the state through training social workers and providing programming to families. This website features information that is relevant to the field of adoption in Michigan including sources of information such as links, periodicals, fact sheets, and books, and upcoming training events. Please feel free to browse our site to view the many resources we have available.

  • Publications on Gender and International Development

    Location:

    Online at the Website listed below.

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) focuses on global transformation and gender relations. Their publication series includes:

    • GPID Working Papers featuring article-length manuscripts by scholars from a broad range of disciplines.
    • GPID Bulletin, which contains information on new publications, video resources, scholarships, conferences, and Web sites.
  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Training

    Location:

    2nd Floor Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Description:

    RSGIS provides spatial analysis services to local and state government agencies.  Recognized as the leading source of spatial technology expertise in the state, RSGIS staff assists the State of Michigan with data acquisition, quality control, and software programming.  They also provide training workshops in GIS, remote sensing and cartography for working professionals.  They operate an imagery archive that houses photo and satellite images for the state of Michigan from the 1930s to present.  They employ a number of geography undergraduate and graduate students on many projects.

  • Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence

    Description:

    The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (RCGV) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty at Michigan State University committed to engaging in community-based, collaborative research and evaluation that is highly rigorous while also having significant practice and policy implications at local, state, national, and international levels.

    The purpose of the consortium is to provide a vehicle for MSU faculty and students to effectively collaborate with each other and with community members to engage in a variety of research and outreach activities. These outreach activities include a number of community trainings and workshops.

  • South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web Site

    Description:

    MSU's MATRIX and the African Studies Center have collaborated to create the South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web site. Through videos, images, and documents, it presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this story.

    In particular, the Web site offers materials for educators. The activities are designed for students to critically engage with Overcoming Apartheid's unique multimedia materials in order to learn about white supremacy in South Africa and the popular struggle for freedom and equality. The exercises are aimed at high school students, but can be used or easily adapted in undergraduate courses.

    Worksheets for analyzing historical documents, interviews, and images found on this site are provided. In the supplemental resources area on the left, teachers can find a list of maps, recommended books for further reading, as well as films, videos, and useful websites.

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website

    Description:

    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

  • The Making of Modern Michigan

    Location:

    Main Library, 100 Library, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative project involving 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state. Michigan's unique heritage is represented through over 4,500 different subjects of photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and much more.

  • The Quilt Index

    Description:

    The Quilt Index is a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers, and quiltmaking. The Index includes:
    images and information on privately held quilts compiled by over 56 state and regional quilt documentation projects in the United States and internationally;
    images and information on quilts in public museum and library collections;
    bibliographies of secondary materials relevant to quilt study; and
    finding aids developed to assist researchers with locating hard-to-find quilt-related primary and secondary materials in public collections.

    Quilts are searchable or browsable by timeperiod, style or technique, purpose or function, original location, or collection.

  • Vietnam Study Guide for K-12 Educators

    Description:

    Understanding Vietnam: Beyond the War provides resources for the K-12 classroom that are focused on modern Vietnam’s culture, arts, and history in a context that emphasized the country’s contemporary status as a dynamic Southeast Asian society rather than its bitter wartime past. These resources aim to: (1) teach participants about Vietnamese culture, environment, and educational systems, (2) develop a curriculum guide and multimedia material to assist in integrating international studies into the K-12 classroom, and 3) thereby developing critically-needed awareness of human diversity and strengthening cultural competencies of Michigan educators and students.

  • Windows on Asia Teaching Materials

    Location:

    Online at http://www.asia.msu.edu/

    Description:

    The Windows on Asia teaching materials for K-12 teachers interested in bringing Asia into the classroom. It provides brief descriptions on important aspects of Asia in general, as well as more detailed information on each individual country in Asia. It features teaching modules and links to important web resources, many of which also contain teaching modules. Students of all ages may find this a useful starting point for their research on Asia. Windows on Asia features:

    • Country fact sheets
    • Essays on history, culture, geography, and religion
    • Teaching modules
    • Links to Asian newspapers
    • Links to quality Asia-related websites
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