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Understanding social construction and social constructionism
Within the field of social sciences the terms social construction and social constructionism are frequently used, particularly in relation to social policy. This unit will enable you to achieve a greater definition and understanding of these terms.
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Climate Change and the Fate of the Amazon 2007 - Interactions between Amazon economies, ecosystems
Interactions between Amazon economies, ecosystems and climate from 1996 to 2050: opportunities for policy interventions
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Noshua Watson, Neil McCulloch and Michaela Williams (IDS) interviewed.
Noshua Watson, Neil McCulloch and Michaela Williams (IDS) are interviewed on the seminar 'Perspectives on Business Strategy and Development', held at IDS on the 19 October 2010.

Noshua Watson discussed the different motivations for corporate engagement with development and levers of influence on corporate decision making in this respect. These motivations explain some of the different forms that business strategies take with respect to development, such as corporate social r

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Noshua Watson from IDS speaks on Perspectives on Business Strategy and Development
Noshua Watson, Research Fellow in the Globalisation team at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), speaks on Perspectives on Business Strategy and Development 19 October 2010

Noshua Watson discussed the different motivations for corporate engagement with development and levers of influence on corporate decision making in this respect. These motivations explain some of the different forms that business strategies take with respect to development, such as corporate social respons

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Helena Vines Fiestas from Oxfam speaks on The Impact of Investment on Development and Poverty
Helena Vines Fiestas, a policy advisor for Oxfam in the Private Sector Development team, speaks on The Impact of Investment and Corporate Ownership Models on International Development and Poverty on 2 November 2010.

The talk considered investment and corporate ownership models and how they impact development and poverty, while taking into account the big challenges we are facing such as food security and climate change.

This event forms part of the 'Changing Percep

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What use is research in international trade policy and economic development?
In his presentation on "What use is research on international trade policy and economic development?" Professor Pomfret will discuss the value of supporting research in these areas at an Australian university.
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Water, theres are hole in my bucket
Mike Young is Professor of Water Economics and Management in the University's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He is one of Australia's leading water policy reformers
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Some ideas about the next generation of image manipulation tools
The massive uptake of digital cameras and advances in the science of image analysis are delivering new tools for digital content creation into the hands of the average user. This development is fueled by the growth of image and video content on the internet and the ability of the technology to process very large volumes of image-based information. The tools range from intelligent image and video editing programs to modelling packages for 3D virtual environments such as Google Earth, Grand Theft
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Widgets, gadgets and other health technologies: Using evidence, priorities and values to guide choic
All health care systems in the world “set priorities and make choices”, but how do we inform policy makers about which health care interventions should be supported or promoted? Increasing use is being made of health technology assessment, which evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and social and ethical implications of different types of health care to guide decisions about health care policy and practice in Australia and elsewhere.
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The Devil's in the D-tales: How ancient DNA is demystifying today
Analysis of up to 100,000-year-old DNA at the University of Adelaide's Australian Centre for Ancient DNA promises to throw new light on some of today's most intriguing questions.
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7.342 Cancer Biology: From Basic Research to the Clinic (MIT)
This course is one of many Advanced Undergraduate Seminars offered by the Biology Department at MIT. These seminars are tailored for students with an interest in using primary research literature to discuss and learn about current biological research in a highly interactive setting. In 1971, President Nixon declared the "War on Cancer," but after three decades the war is still raging. How much progress have we made toward winning the war and what are we doing to improve the f
Author(s): Kim, Carla,Haigis, Kevin

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Internet Scout Project
The Dung File is a collection of references relevant to the archaeological and paleoenvironmental analysis of coprolites and latrine fills, with a focus on North American research. Compiled by the University of Alberta's Alwynne B. Beaudoin, the Dung File includes ten sections: four to do with deposit origin; one devoted to theses; two on modern comparative studies; another listing articles from the popular press; and two broader categories including a section on procedural and analytical techni
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A Grid-aware Implementation for Providing Effective Feedback to On-line Learning Groups
Constantly providing feedback to on-line learning teams is a challenging yet one of the latest and most attractive issues to influence learning experience in a positive manner. The possibility to enhance learning group’s participation by means of providing appropriate feedback is rapidly gaining popularity due to its great impact on group performance and outcomes. Indeed, by storing parameters of interaction such as participation behaviour and giving constant feedback of these parameters to the
Author(s): Caballé Santi,Paniagua Claudi,Xhafa Fatos,Daradou

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Mainstreaming AIED into Education?
What will Education look like in 2010, and what will be its problems? Will AIED have anything substantial to offer, and what can we do to maximise its contributions? We argue that Education is, for understandable reasons, the discipline of classroom teaching and learning, with some attention paid to learning by individuals but very little indeed to teaching that is effective in a one-to-one situation. Further, it is not strong in formulating precise theories of learning and teaching. It is there
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Benefits of Virtual Characters in Computer Based Learning Environments: Claims and Evidence
Pedagogical theory of today gives high priority to social components of learning. Within the field of computer supported learning there are many attempts to acknowledge this. One approach involves the addition of virtual characters to electronic learning environments. Such character enhanced systems are the focus of the present article. Firstly, a systematic overview is given of pedagogical benefits that have been proposed in the literature regarding character enhancement of electronic learning
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Internet Scout Project
The Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) at the University of Oklahoma works on the development and demonstration of "techniques for the practical numerical prediction of high-impact local weather, particularly thunderstorms, with emphasis on the assimilation of high-resolution observations from Doppler weather radars." Researchers can discover CAPS main projects including the radar acquisition field test and the environmental hydrology workbench. The website features CAPS daily r
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Assessing your skills
Welcome to Assessing Your Skills one of the series of Futures workbooks, which help students choose and prepare for their careers. Like the other workbooks in the series you can dip in and out doing the exercises which are most relevant to you. You might want to include the exercises or the output in your personal development plan or e-portfolio. The aim of this workbook is to help you to clarify or identify your skills as a first step toward choosing work that really suits you. It can also he
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Video podcast: Derek Barton talking about Conformational analysis. Part 1
How the discovery of conformational analysis came about
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Lecture 22 - 11/12/2010
Lecture 22
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