"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
-Winston Churchill

Thursday, July 29, 2010

HGSA Rough Riders Clinch 2010 Intramural Softball Championship

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The HGSA's Rough Riders defeated the Psychology Department's Discovery Channel in a 10-9 victory last night at Varsity Field. The Rough Riders have finished their season with a 8-1 record. After what seemed like a slow start the game picked up some speed in the bottom of the 4th inning with a 3-run homer by Andrew Opalewski--bringing the score to 4-6, in favor the opponent. The History Department's own Jim Campbell hit a grand-slam in the bottom of the 5th inning bringing the score to 8-6. By the end of the 7th inning, the score was tied at 8-8, but the Riders rallied back with a two-run homer by Dan Dekker to lead them to victory, and the championship!

To see more about the Rough Riders and their winning season visit their webiste at: The Rough Riders

Our many congratulations to the team!

-Errin T. Stegich
Manager, The Rough Riders
Vice-President of Administration, HGSA

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Newberry Library's Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Project

Americanists should be aware that the Newberry Library has published, electronically, a complete interactive version of its Atlas of Historical County Boundaries for the United States.

The webportal can be found at: http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp. From the site you can choose to view a variety of historical information by state, you can choose to go directly to the interactive map site, or you can choose to download the Atlas information in one of three different formats:
GIS files for use with GIS programs / software, KMZ files for use with Google Earth / Google Maps, or PDF Map Book files which present the county maps for each state in an easily readable & printable form.

The web portal is very fast and easily navigated. It covers county backgrounds from the creation of the first county through December, 2000. The project uses primary sources as documentation for every change in county shapes, sizes, and boundaries, rather than synthesizing secondary sources. The resource is an offering of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture.

-Tim Moran
President, HGSA

Friday, July 9, 2010

Noggin makes the brain go 'round?

Need a jolt of brainpower? C'mon, most of us have used up our cerebral capacity by the time we've finished lunch, let alone having a reserve for deep library work or a night class. According to an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope, scientists think the answer to gaining more brain power may be exercise. Exercise generates a chemical that counteracts bone-morphogenetic protein (BMP), which sends the brain's regenerative chemicals to sleep. Here's what the Times said about the good chemical: "... the notable increase in Noggin, a beautifully named brain protein that acts as a BMP antagonist. The more Noggin in your brain, the less BMP activity exists and the more stem cell divisions and neurogenesis you experience." Mice at Northwestern whose brains were infused directly with large doses of Noggin became, Dr. Kessler says, "little mouse geniuses, if there is such a thing. They aced the mazes and other tests." So check out the full article at http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/07/your-brain-on-exercise/, and perhaps plan a trip to the Mort Harris Center for some Zumba, or a take a jog around the block before that next big project, exam, or thesis/dissertation committee meeting comes up!

And speaking of brainpower, don't forget that the next HGSA meeting will be on Wednesday, July 14, at 4PM in the Bonner Room in the F/AB.

-Tim Moran
President, HGSA

Thursday, July 8, 2010

HGSA Rough Riders take 2nd Place in Intramural Regular Season

Our congratulations go out to the players of the HGSA and History Department's own Rough Riders Intramural Softball Team!

The Rough Riders have just finished their regular season schedule with a .800 record (that's 5 wins and 1 loss). But don't worry, it is not too late to root on the team--their next game is Wednesday, July
21st, 6:15PM at Trumbull Field (on the corner of Trumbull and Warren Ave.).

For more information, schedules, pictures, and team stats visit: The Rough Riders Great work so far guys--keep it up!

-Errin T. Stegich
Manager, The Rough Riders
Vice President of Administration, HGSA

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery"

Since plagiarism and cheating are hot topics these days, New York Times writer Trip Gabriel shares with us some thoughts and insight on how one school is combating the growing issue. This article is helpful to all in our field who teach, or plan to teach in the future...

"To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery"

-Tim Moran
President, HGSA

Thursday, July 1, 2010

HGSA Meeting

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Happy Bastille Day! The next HGSA meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 at 4:00PM in Bonner Room.

Please mark this date on your calendars!

Prise de la Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houël, 1789