November 24th is Evolution Day!

OriginofSpeciesToday marks the 156th anniversary since the publication of Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species. Every year scientists celebrate Evolution Day to commemorate Darwin’s contributions to science and to focus on and educate the public about evolutionary biology.

Today, Evolution is a core undergraduate course for any young biologist working through their academic career. We like to celebrate our prolific science forefathers by highlighting our quality textbooks written by leading scientists and educators.

Strickberger’s Evolution by Brian K. Hall of Dalhousie University and Benedikt Hallgrimsson of University of Calgary is our best-selling Evolution textbook. Dr. Hall played a major role in integrating evolutionary and developmental biology into the discipline now known as Evolutionary Developmental Biology (evo-devo); he wrote the first evo-devo text book, published in 1990 and a second edition in 1999 (Hall 1999a).hall5e

Professor Jan Jeffrey Hoover of Millsaps College had this to say about the text:

[Strickberger’s Evolution, Fifth Edition] provides a broad, well-written, and well-illustrated overview of evolution and systematics, both theory and empirical examples. The image bank is a useful resource for instructors and the online resources are helpful for students.

We are also pleased to showcase another Evolution text by Dr. Hall; Evolution: Principles and Practices. Dr. Hall wrote this text to fit the one-term  Evolution course taken by non-science majors.

Visit our website to learn more about these two outstanding Evolution texts,  And Happy Evolution Day!

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Attention Nurse Authors: Have You Thought About Publishing A Paper?

Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third EditionPlease welcome Dr. Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, author of Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third Edition, for a special guest blog post on the importance of writing and publishing in the nursing community.

Many nurses struggle with wanting to write, but not feeling confident to create a paper that would be published. We want to communicate important aspects of nursing care, but are intimidated by the process of publishing. You may lack confidence or feel untrained to publish a paper. However, nurses are excellent communicators who can also communicate with the written word. What we have to share can improve health in our communities and promote healing and recovery after illness and surgery. We are patient advocates and the center of health teams.

Take the leap and share your wisdom with others by writing and publishing. Wondering where to begin? You are not alone. Here are some simple steps to start the process:

Start with a topic you are really passionate about: A case study, a hot topic, a burning issue that affects nursing care, community health, or patients and their families. There may be a recent news event or a new policy that impacts health care in your hospital or community.

Read journals, blogs, and publications: Your professional and specialty organizations often publish journals and newsletters. See what other nurses are writing about and then think about what you want to share. You may have a new idea or an innovative intervention that could improve patient care.

Find a mentor: Look for someone who has published before to guide you in the process. Discuss your topic and audience. Ask them to co-author the paper, or to direct you to another person in your area who may want to work with you.

Begin small: Try a blog or a letter to the editor of a journal or newspaper. You don’t have to begin with a full article. Many journals have columns that are shorter.

Select your site and check the guidelines: Go to the website of the journal, blog, or newspaper you have selected for your paper. The guidelines for authors spell out the format and submission process. Follow the directions carefully.

Send the editor an email: Every journal or newspaper has an editor or contact email. Send an email stating your topic and what you want to cover, and why it is important. Ask the editor if this topic would be of interest to their readership.

Write down the details: As you begin your article, write down the details while they are fresh in your mind. Search the Internet, Google Scholar, and/or library databases for key facts and evidence to support your topic, and see what others have written.

Prepare to rewrite: Every paper requires rewriting. Enlist your mentor and other people to read your article. Listen to their feedback and rewrite. The more people who read it, the better your feedback, which will make your paper better. Remember, you are communicating what you think to other people with words. If they read it and do not follow your thinking then you have not communicated your message. There is nothing wrong and everything right with rewriting.

Wait two weeks: Really; if you wait two weeks after writing your final draft and then revisit it, you will be surprised at what you see. Rewrite it one more time.

Submit and wait: This is the tough part – submitting the final draft and waiting for a response. If you picked the right place for your article or blog, worked with a mentor or colleague, had others review your paper, and rewritten your paper, you have a good chance of being accepted. Sometimes, the editor will ask for more changes or have questions to improve your article. That’s all right; just address the questions politely and thoroughly, and then resubmit with a cover letter specifying the changes.

Accepted for publication: The best email to any author, especially the first time.

Good luck – you can be a published nurse author!

- Lisa Kennedy Sheldon

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD APRN-BC, is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and an oncology nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. She is the author of many articles, chapters, and three books, including the acclaimed Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Third Edition, which received a five-star rating from Doody’s Review Service. Dr. Sheldon serves as the Editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and mentors new nurse authors.

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Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week

npweekDid you know that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first nurse practitioner (NP) program? Or that today there are more than 200,000 licensed NPs in the United States? With so much to celebrate, join us in recognizing the importance of National Nurse Practitioner Week to raise awareness for all those who deliver patient-centered, accessible, and high-quality health care to millions nationwide.

According to David Hebert, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP),

“All across the country, nurse practitioners are serving as a lifeline for patients, many who would otherwise struggle to access care. It is our hope that these patients, as well as their families, employers and legislators, will join us in recognizing and honoring the national nurse practitioner community throughout this milestone 50th anniversary year.”

In addition, AANP reports that:

  • An estimated 17,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2013-2014
  • 95.1% of NPs have graduate degrees
  • 96.8% of NPs maintain national certification
  • 86.5% of NPs are prepared in primary care
  • 84.9% of NPs see patients covered by Medicare and 83.9% by Medicaid
  • 44.8% of NPs hold hospital privileges; 15.2% have long term care privileges
  • 97.2% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 21 prescriptions per day

Thank you to each and every NP who makes a difference everyday! To find out more about Jones & Bartlett Learning resources for NPs, visit our website.

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Instructors Say Our Non-Majors Astronomy Textbook is Student-Friendly

Koupelis7eIn planning for an eighth edition of our best-selling introductory astronomy text for the non-science major, we conducted a revision survey with instructors who are currently or have very recently used the text in their course and instructors who have not adopted the current Seventh Edition. Of the instructors surveyed:

  • 100% of reviewers who are currently using the seventh edition plan to continue using the book and would anticipate adopting a revised edition once it’s available.
  • 3 of 4 reviewers who are not currently using the seventh edition would strongly consider adopting a revised edition once it’s available.

Specifically, instructors had this to say about the text’s organization and student-readability:

“This text is exceptionally well-organized; I would rate this as one of the strongest points of the textbook.”

–Professor Todd Krueger, College of the Albemarle

“This text is excellent at discussing the key ideas of astronomy as models, with strengths and weaknesses. Rather than simply present each idea as a fact to memorize, the author is careful to present alternative models and disprove them. This way, students can start to think like scientists.”

– Dr. Michael Crosser, Linfield College

“I and my students have liked previous editions. In 8+ years there has never been even a mildly negative comment about the book from any student.”

– Dr. A. James Mallmann, Milwaukee School of Engineering

“In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition is thorough, but not overwhelming to a student that is not well-versed in science and math.”

-Professor Todd Krueger, College of the Albemarle

Learn more about the best-selling In Quest of the Universe, Seventh Edition by visiting our site.

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The Health Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This week, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, provide expert insights on the health benefits of regular physical activity.

People exercise for numerous reasons including weight loss, weight gain, to improve performance or to improve overall health and well- being. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to improving health. The following are some of the more significant benefits associated with consistent exercise:

  • Weight control
  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce the risk for type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mental health and mood
  • Improve the capacity to do daily activities and prevent falls (older adults)
  • Increase longevity

Weight Control

Both diet and exercise play a critical role in controlling weight. Weight gain is the result of consuming more calories that you expend; conversely, weight loss is the result of burning more calories that you consume. Regular physical activity not only helps one burn more calories, but provides additional health benefits as well. When it comes to weight management, a person’s physical activity needs will vary greatly; not all individuals lose and maintain weight the same way. It is recommended to work your way up to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week (approximately 30 minutes per day 5 times per week). If you are in need of professional help to get started, it is advisable to seek the help of an exercise physiologist and/or registered dietitian.

Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. By following the guidelines of completing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, you can put yourself at a lower risk for these diseases. It is known that regular aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.

Reduce the Risk for Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Diabetes is the inability to control glucose levels in the bloodstream.   Metabolic Syndrome consists of high blood pressure, excess weight (fat) around the waist, low HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Research shows much lower rates for these conditions when moderate-intense aerobic activity is conducted between 120 and 150 minutes per week.

Reduce the Risk of Some Cancers

Research shows that physically active people have a lower risk for colon and breast cancer than non-physically active people. If you are a cancer survivor, exercise has been shown to offer a better quality of life and improve physical fitness.

Strengthen Bones and Muscles

Research shows that doing regular aerobic exercise at a moderately intense level can slow the loss of bone density, reduce hip fractures from falls, improve balance and coordination, and provide a higher level of functional capacity for everyday living. Strength training exercises can also help maintain muscle mass and strength, improve joint and tendon integrity, and decrease susceptibility to injury. The recommendation for strength training is 2 to 3 times per week.

Improve Mental Health and Mood

Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. Exercise has been shown to reduce depression and may improve sleep. Research has shown that doing aerobic activity or a mix of aerobic and strength training 3 to 5 times per week for 30 to 60 minutes can provide these mental health benefits.

Improve the Capacity to do Daily Activities and Prevent Falls

Research has shown that physically active middle-aged or older adults have a lower risk of functional limitations (such as climbing stairs, lifting heavy objects, or doing work around the home) than inactive people. Independence can be maintained with regular aerobic and strength training activities.

Increase longevity

Science shows that physical activity can reduce the risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers. People who are physically active for approximately 7 hours per week have a 40% lower risk of dying prematurely than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week. You don’t have to do high amounts of activity or vigorous-intensity activity to reduce your risk of premature death. Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity can provide substantial benefits and is a good first goal.

There are some individuals who are hesitant about becoming active due to the fear of being injured or concerns that exercise has to be hard in order to gain a benefit. The good news is that moderate-   intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is both beneficial and safe for most people.

It is important to understand that all physical activity should initially be done slowly. Additional intensity and frequency can built up over time. Cardiac events, such as a heart attack are rare during physical activity. However, the risk can increase when one becomes much more active than usual, especially after long periods of inactivity. An example of risk could be shoveling snow when not aerobically conditioned to meet the demands of such an intense activity. That is why it is important to start slow and gradually increase the level of activity. If there is any doubt as to how to go about developing a safe and effective program, you should consider consulting with an exercise physiologist or a trainer that has certifications in strength and conditioning from the ACSM or NSCA.

If someone has a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, talk with your physician to determine if your condition limits, in any way, your ability to be active. It is important to remember, that any amount of physical activity is better than none. Working with a professional will help you find a program that fits your needs and provide an essential health benefit. information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC. Until 11/30/2015, save 25% plus free shipping when you order online. Use coupon code SportsNut at checkout to apply the discount. U.S. orders only.

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New Research Shows Majority of College Students Are Working

laptopimageforblogIn today’s world, traditional students are no longer the norm. New research from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that over the past 25 years, 70% of enrolled students have also been working. The just released Learning While Earning: The New Normal report examines the challenges that these 14 million college students face in balancing work, school, and other priorities in their lives.

The report also shows some key findings around changing and expanding student demographics. For example, of the working students:

  • One-third are over 30
  • 19% have children
  • 25% are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time
  • About 40% of undergraduates and 76% of graduate students work at least 30 hours a week

Navigate2Jones & Bartlett Learning recognizes the changing needs of students and instructors both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why we’ve developed Navigate 2 online course materials that offer flexible access to learning. Whether taught in online, on-ground, or hybrid courses, Navigate 2 offers unbeatable value with mobile-ready course materials, such as a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools. Learn more at

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What Is the Role of a Health Navigator on the Health Care Team?


In 2015, Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, joined us as a guest blogger for a series of five blog posts on the topic of the exciting new career field of the Health Navigator. This is the third of five.

The purpose of this blog series is to describe the concept of health navigators. In the first blog, I defined the basic role of health navigator. After having a few conversations with colleagues, I decided that it is time to write a blog about what role the health navigator does not play in the health care system. Some nurses have commented that health navigators should not work in hospitals because they will not have clinical training. Other colleagues have mentioned that health navigators may never find jobs, because no one knows how their role fits into the health care team. Now, you see the reason for writing this blog about the role of health navigators on the health care team.

My colleagues are correct. Health navigators lack the clinical background to be licensed to treat patients and health navigators are not employed as home health aides or certified nursing assistants. So the question remains: What is the role of health navigators on the health care team?

Before answering this question, let’s take a step back and review the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) issues related to decreasing the 30-day hospital readmission rate among Medicare patients. Since its effective date in 2012, Section 3025 of the PPACA has targeted the high readmission rates by reducing payments to hospitals for Medicare beneficiaries readmitted within 30 days of a previous discharge from the same hospital including the applicable conditions of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia (PN). In 2015, the list is extended to include acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), elective total hip arthroplasty (THA), and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in 2015. Unlike other new programs created by the federal health law, the readmissions program offers hospitals no rewards for improvement or the opportunity to opt out. Effective October 2015, Medicare is increasing the final maximum penalty to a 3 percent reduction for all readmitted patient stays. The national average of readmission rates is 19% and in 2013, 53% of U.S. hospitals sustained penalties. As PPACA penalties increase, hospital administrators give greater scrutiny to all readmission costs. It is therefore critical to reduce Medicare patient hospital readmissions.

With this PPACA information in mind, the discussion starts with a focus on the role of health navigators in hospitals. Frequently, hospitals declare a chronic shortage of licensed physicians and nurses to adequately staff the insufficient number of hospital beds. This equation results in a vicious cycle: a) Low staffing of licensed health care personnel leads to high patient acuity to health care staff ratios; b) high patient acuity ratios leads to longer work hours, greater medical errors, reduction of quality patient care, increase in PPACA penalties linked to high patient readmission rates; c) overworked clinical staff leads to resignations and chronic shortage of licensed nurses and physicians – thus the cycle continues. When health navigators are inserted into the hospital care team, the problems associated with a shortage of licensed clinical staff is not solved; however, a few of the other problems might be reduced. Let’s propose the following case study.

Mary Smith, 76 years old, was admitted via ambulance with a fractured femur and moderate COPD. She lives with her husband, Charles (age 82). They have been married for 52 years and have lived in their one-story house for the last 40 years. They have no intention of moving at this time. Mary had surgery to repair her femur followed by four days of physical therapy. She is walking well with a walker and still needs pain medication at night. The hospital social worker stopped by yesterday for a brief assessment. Mary stated that she wanted a home health aide daily for the first few days after discharge. The social worker entered this request in the EMR for Mary’s physician. Mary’s physician stopped by around 6:00 a.m. and told her that she would be discharged later that morning. Mary was not completely awake during his visit. He wrote a few prescriptions and told Mary that the nurse would go over everything after Mary ate breakfast. He also mentioned that he would see her in his office in about seven days to remove the incision staples. Mary called Charles. He arrived in time to hear the nurse review the discharge orders and the two prescriptions of antibiotics and pain pills. The physical therapy assistant delivered the rented walker and the transporter was called after Charles helped Mary get dressed. On the way home, they dropped off the prescriptions at the local pharmacy for a pick-up later in a few hours. Once at home, Charles pulled into the garage and helped Mary out of the car. Using her walker, they both realized that there are three steps without a handrail from the garage into the house. With only one step into the front door, Mary was forced to walk much further to enter her home. She rested while Charles returned to the pharmacy. While he was gone, the home health agency called and told Mary that her Medicare supplement did not approve the request for home health. Mary was disappointed but her leg was hurting too much to continue the conversation. Charles returned and Mary took a pain pill. Later in the afternoon, she needed use the bathroom. Charles helped her, but they realized that the walker did not fit through the bathroom doorway. They decided that she could walk into the bathroom, lean on the vanity and inch herself a few feet to the toilet with Charles behind her for balance. However, due to the pain medication, being sleepy and only leaning on the vanity, she missed a step. When she began to fall, Charles was unable to maintain his balance. Mary fell. Charles called 911 and she was readmitted to the hospital.

Now let’s review the same scenario with the pre-discharge services of a health navigator employed by the hospital. The health navigator would: a) meet with Mary and Charles in the hospital two days prior to discharge; b) meet Charles at their home to determine steps, lighting, scatter rugs, access through bathroom doorway using a walker, height of bed and toilet, etc.; c) request that physical therapy teach Mary how to negotiate a few stairs with her walker; d) order a bedside commode since the bathroom door was too narrow for her walker; e) give Charles the prescriptions to fill prior to discharge; e) call several home health agencies to negotiate health insurance coverage for a few days of service; and f) move the physician’s follow-up appointment within three days after discharge rather than seven days. These non-clinical actions would have likely kept Mary from a readmission thus saving her additional pain, suffering and financial burden. In addition, the hospital would not have been accessed a PPACA penalty for Mary’s readmission with 30 days.

Although health navigators are not intended to solve the numerous problems facing hospitals, employing health navigators improve the chances of reducing Medicare hospital readmission rates. The health navigators will have time to sit and carefully listen and access the challenges of patients and caregivers. They will make home visits prior to discharge, arrange transportation for follow-up appointments, verify that prescriptions are understood and filled, and note simple suggestions that might be missed among other over-burdened health care team members. It should also be noted that reducing the rate of Medicare readmission by one or two patients annually would pay the salary of a health navigator working in a clinical setting.

 —Kay Perrin

KayPerrinKay Perrin, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. Dr. Perrin’s research focuses on adolescent health with a special interest in teen pregnancy. Dr. Perrin also serves on several community boards in the Tampa Bay Area. Dr. Perrin is the author of four titles from Jones & Bartlett Learning: Principles of Evaluation and Research for Health Care Programs, Essentials of Planning and Evaluation for Public Health (both published in 2014), and the upcoming Principles of Health Navigation, available in early 2017. Follow Kay Perrin on Twitter @KayPerrinPhD or watch a webcast of Dr. Perrin’s October 2014 Webinar on Teaching Health Research, Program Planning, and Evaluation.

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Healthy Snacking 101

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

This week, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, lend their expert perspectives on healthy snacking.

Healthy snacking is an important part of the diet whether you consider yourself an athlete or not. Many people considering snacking to be an unhealthy habit when in actuality snacking helps manage weight, ensures adequate fuel for the muscles and brain, and it improves muscle recovery. Most people should consume 3 meals and 2-4 snacks/day. The number and type of snack is dictated by hunger, work schedule, athletic involvement, weight goals, and sleep.

To become a good snacker one must implement three strategies 1) recognize your hunger cues, 2) distinguish a snack from a treat, and 3) select nutrient rich-snacks.

It seems obvious; when you are hungry you should eat, but this isn’t always the case. Some people eat when they are not hungry and some people are poor at identifying their hunger. Most people only identify hunger as stomach pangs, but after stomach pangs have been sensed, too many hours have passed without feeding the body. Hunger cues can include fatigue, poor concentration, headaches, lightheadedness, irritability, shakiness, and sleep disturbances. These symptoms are usually felt before the stomach pangs and should be acted upon immediately to prevent more intense hunger and additional energy loss. Being able to detect your body’s hunger cues is important, as this will stabilize energy and metabolism throughout the day leading to better physical and mental performance. What are your hunger cues?

The ability to distinguish a healthy snack from a treat will allow for proper fueling of the body. Healthy snacks are nutrient-rich and provide whole grains, fiber, lean proteins and/or healthy fats. On the other hand, treats such as candy, chips, and fried foods, are “empty” calories. Snacks provide fuel and satisfy hunger while treats usually only satisfy a craving.

Selecting a snack is not always easy, but once you identify your level of hunger you will be able to choose more wisely. When you begin to feel hungry, rate it on a scale of 1-5 (1 = satisfied and 5 = starving). Your hunger level will help guide you in choosing a light, moderate or heavy snack. A light snack would include fresh fruit, raisins, dry cereal, low-fat Greek yogurt, low-fat pudding. A moderate snack would include fruit with peanut butter, oatmeal, cereal and milk, yogurt parfait. A heavy snack would include a peanut butter or lean protein sandwich, cheese and crackers, omelet.

Smart Snacking Tips:

  • Plan ahead: Spend a few minutes in the evening planning/packing snacks for the next day.
  • Establish a routine: Consuming regular meals and snacks helps prevent feeling overhungry, achieve weight goals, and allow proper energy for exercise.
  • Identify snacks versus treats: Healthy snacks are nutrient dense and satisfy hunger.
  • Keep snacks readily available: Place snacks in your gym bag, purse, or desk drawer at work for quick fuel when you need it.

Sample day:

Breakfast: English muffin with PB & J, fruit, yogurt and/or low-fat milk

Snack: Fresh fruit and/or low-fat string cheese

Lunch: Turkey sandwich on wheat, vegetables and hummus, pretzels, low-fat milk

Snack: Greek yogurt with fruit

Dinner: Grilled chicken, rice, vegetable, low-fat milk

* Note – If you exercise prior to breakfast, you should have a snack before the workout such as fruit and/or granola bar. If you exercise twice or more per day, including a snack after dinner, such as PB & banana on wheat bread with low-fat chocolate milk, is beneficial.

Healthy snacking is an important part of a fueling plan. Listen to your body and keep nutrient-rich foods readily available. When you are eating well, your body will react positively and you will be able to achieve your physical, mental and weight goals. information can be found in 100 Questions and Answers About Sports Nutrition and Exercise by Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC.

Do you have a nutrition or exercise question? If so, submit them to . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

On October 1, 2010 President Barack Obama declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). He recognized the importance of America’s digital infrastructure and the crucial role all Americans play in helping to secure the networks we utilize daily., powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, announced the 2015 NCSAM theme – Our Shared Responsibility.


The best-selling text, Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence

The Department of Homeland Security has offered general tips for all internet users to actively keep their personal information safe:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

DHS went further to identify specific tips for particular demographics, including tips for undergraduate college and university students.


Elementary Information Security is certified to comply fully with the NSTISSI 4011: the federal training standard for information security professionals.

Jones & Bartlett Learning publishes definitive texts and resources for STEM education, including computer science and information security. Learn more about two best-sellers designed for undergraduate courses in computer forensics and information security:

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New eBook Highlights Undergraduate Public Health Education

9-11-2015 3-20-13 PMFrontiers, one of the world’s largest open-access publishers in the health field, just released a new eBook entitled Undergraduate Education for Public Health in the United States. Faculty from accredited schools and programs across the nation have contributed to the 20 chapters.

Dr. Cheryl Addy, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, and Dr. Daniel Gerber, associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, served as topic editors for the eBook, along with former SPH deans Dr. David Dyjack and Dr. Connie Evashwick.

The purpose of this compilation is to describe current curricular approaches to undergraduate education for public health, and to facilitate analysis and discussion of what makes quality education and builds a competent workforce.

The eBook addresses wide-ranging topics, including:

  • The history of undergraduate public health education
  • Recent development of accreditation criteria
  • Description of specific programs
  • Broader curriculum issues
  • The evolving career opportunities in public health

Originally published as individual articles of a Frontiers Research Topic, the complete eBook is now available free of charge here.

Jones & Bartlett Learning is also offering printed copies as part of an information kit on undergraduate Public Health and the Essential Public Health series. To request this free information kit, visit and click “Request a Free Info Kit” at the top right.

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