Tuesday, November 18, 2008

National Geography Week & GIS Day

17-21 November is National Geography Week and Wednesday, 19 November is GIS Day.

Make sure to visit the Geospatial Resources & Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library for an open house on Wednesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm and the USC Graphics Lab in Cooper Science Building, CL469.

More information...
National Geography Week & GIS Day
GRMC blog entry
BSU Department of Geography

Monday, November 10, 2008

From the archives: Tryptophan & Turkey

Does turkey really make you sleepy?

Read my previous post about Tryptophan & Turkey and find out.

Thanksgiving Break Hours, 2008

The hours for the Science-Health Science Library 24-28 November:

Wed., 26 Nov.: 7:30a - 6:00p
Thurs., 27 Nov. - Sat., 29 Nov.: CLOSED
Sun., 30 Nov.: 1:00-9:00p

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Methodologies

Tomorrow, November 4th, is election day in the US. A new president will be chosen.

Is the US voting system statistically the fairest? We use what’s called the “plurality” method which means that each person can vote for exactly one candidate and the candidate with the most votes wins.

What about other methods like Borda, Condorcet, or IRV? How well do they work?

Find out more...

Page of links from the Open Directory Project to information on voting systems

The Impossibility Theorem of Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow

Critiques of Arrow's Theorem

"May the best man lose," by Dana McKenzie, Discover, 01 November 2000.

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