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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Asking the Right Questions About Electronic Voting

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Science/Technology

http://www.nap.edu/books/0309100240/html/

Calls for federal and state governments to make larger commitments to improving electronic voting and providing backup systems. From the National Research Council

Climate of 2005: Summary of Hurricane Katrina

Categories: Weather/Disasters

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2005/katrina.html

Summarizes the conditions which created the storm and its impact on the coast. Also compares Katrina to other major hurricanes and describes cyclical factors that influence the number and intensity of such storms. From the National Climatic Data Center

The National Strategy for Maritime Security

Categories: Homeland Security

http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/4844-nsms.pdf

Describes specific threats to ocean activities, strategic security goals, and five strategic actions. Also includes eight supporting plans to address specific threats and challenges of the maritime environment. From the Office of the President

The Chief Justice of the United States: Responsibilities of the Office and Process for Appointment

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.bespacific.com/mt/resources/2005.09.22.crssab.pdf

Describes the few responsibilities and qualifications delineated for the Chief Justice and the process of appointment/approval. From the Congressional Research Service

Causes of Homelessness Amongst Ethnic Minority Populations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Housing/Homelessness,Ireland

http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_homelessness/documents/page/odpm_home_041071.pdf

Looks at the causes for homelessness in Great Britain and how those causes differ among South Asians, Black Caribbean/Black Africans, and the Irish. From the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Methamphetamine Use, Abuse, and Dependence: 2002, 2003, and 2004

Categories: Health/Medical

http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k5/meth/meth.pdf

Reports that overall use is unchanged but that a higher percentage of users meet criteria for abuse or dependence in the past 12 months. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Transforming to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Processes/Organization,Science/Technology

http://www.napawash.org/Pubs/PTO-8-25-05.htm

Recommendations for improving the structure and workforce of the Patent Office and the timeliness of the patent process. From the National Academy of Public Administration

Bioterrorism and Mass Casualty Preparedness in Hospitals: United States, 2003

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad364.pdf

Reviews the content of hospital disaster planning since 2001. Most have updated plans for coping with nuclear, biological, chemical, and explosive incidents, but most do not have written agreements for cooperation with other local health facilities. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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