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Article ID: 5894

Sign Wars Turn Culture into a Commodity

Lewis & Clark College

Sign Wars: the cluttered landscape of advertising, a new book by Robert Goldman, professor of sociology at Lewis & Clark College and Stephen Papson, professor of sociology at St. Lawrence University, uses numerous advertising examples to demonstrate two central points: 1) consumer goods are parity items only distinguished only by signs and images and 2) culture itself is being driven by economic competition and has become treated as merely a commodity. Sign wars are both a cause and consequence of a media culture that appears cynical, skeptical and jaded but striving for authenticity.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

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Studies Show It's Not Just Rock and Roll

Lewis & Clark College

A new book, It's Not Only Rock and Roll: Popular Music in the Lives of Adolescents (Hampton Press) by Peter Christenson, professor of communication at Lewis & Clark College, and Donald Roberts, the Thomas More Storke Professor of Communication at Stanford University, documents the wealth of research on the effect of popular music on adolescents and strives to bring rationality to the volatile debate. The book includes the only research to date on the effect of warning labels on music.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

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Article ID: 5890

Historian Traces Plight of the 'Radium Girls'

Central Michigan University

The federal government's recent attempts to settle claims relating to human radiation experiments during the Cold War doesn't address the problems of radium poisoning that occurred during the years before World War II. The plight of a group of women known as the "radium girls," who from 1910 to 1935 found themselves among the first victims of radium poisoning, is the subject of a new book by a Central Michigan University history professor.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 5888

Linguists Study Endangered Dialects

North Carolina State University

Since 1992, with funding from NC State, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NC State University linguists have been visiting Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, interviewing, recording, and making friends with the islanders in an effort to preserve some of the rich dialects' heritage.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 5887

Anthropologist Studies Death Rituals in Borneo's Interior

North Carolina State University

Since 1983 Dr. Anne Schiller has been traveling to Central Kalimantan Province in Indonesian Borneo to study tiwah, the essence of which involves disinterring the bones of kin, cleaning them and placing them in above-ground bone repositories in preparation for life in the Prosperous Village. She has published a book on nine years of research, "Small Sacrifices: Religious Change and Cultural Identity Among the Ngaju of Indonesia."

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 5886

'Eve's Herbs' Explores Loss of Early Birth Control Methods

North Carolina State University

The desire for effective family planning is as old as Eve, herself, says Dr. John Riddle, professor and head of the history department at North Carolina State University. From the earliest times, women sipped herbal teas and potions made from rue, pennyroyal or Queen Anne's lace to prevent or terminate pregnancies.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Public School Teachers Help Create Unique Book Series

North Carolina State University

"Living in Our World," the first and only social studies program for grades 4-7 designed exclusively to meet North Carolina's unique geography-based curriculum, is ready to roll off the presses.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Education

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Article ID: 5884

Smart Software Gives Kids an 'Animated' Guide to the Internet

North Carolina State University

He's a smooth operator, the type of guy who knows his way around. Some new Hollywood hero? No, he's Cosmo the Internet Adviser, wise-cracking animated star of a new interactive software program being developed at North Carolina State University to teach teens and preteens about the inner workings of the Internet.

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31-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Education

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Article ID: 5880

Saturday Research Program Turns Teens on to Science

Northwestern University

Even on a Saturday, it's not surprising to find dedicated scientists hunched over microscopes in Northwestern University's Searle Medical Research Building, oblivious to the attractions of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, both just steps away on Chicago's near north side. What may be surprising are some of the faces behind the microscopes: a dozen or so teenagers, mostly Hispanic and African-American, who, on the remaining days of the week, live a world away in that other Chicago, the Chicago of struggling public schools and limited opportunities.

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30-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

Education

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Article ID: 5879

The Making Of Celebrities, from Dennis Rodman to the Lone Ranger

Northwestern University

In an era of spin doctors and media handlers, high profile agents and power publicists, the public's awareness of celebrity is greater than ever.

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30-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST

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