Happy Computer Science Education Week!

Join us in celebrating the fifth annual Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 8-14, 2014.

CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition and produced this year by Code.org, it commemorates computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday. Supported by the U.S. Congress, CSEdWeek partners also include Microsoft, Google, Intel, and many other organizations.

For the second year in a row, Hour of Code is the theme of Computer Science Education Week. Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. Designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics, Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science that nurtures problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity to provide a solid foundation for success in any 21st century career path.

Jones & Bartlett Learning recognizes the critical role of Computer Science in education, and offers new and trusted resources for the study, instruction, and practice of Computer Science. From introductory computer science to programming, information security, and game development, we provide instructors and professionals with superior texts and quality resources developed by respected authors and educators. At Jones & Bartlett Learning we are committed to providing industry-leading solutions for superior student learning outcomes.

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New Recorded Webinar: An Update On Undergraduate Public Health

Earlier this week, we conducted an Undergraduate Public Health webinar with featured presenter, Dr. Richard K. Riegelman, MD, MPH. It explored important topics, such as:

  • Recent growth trends in undergraduate Public Health
  • The goals and outcomes of the “Framing the Future” task force
  • The “Critical Component Elements” for undergraduate Public Health
  • Community Colleges and Public Health
  • Efforts and successes of important national associations such as the AAC&U, CEPH, and ASPPH
  • Opportunities to reach new audiences for education in public health

Watch the entire webinar now:

Public Health 101, Enhanced Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage AccessDr. Riegelman is Professor of Epidemiology-Biostatistics, Medicine, and Health Policy, and is the founding Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Dr. Riegelman has taken a lead role in developing the Educated Citizen and Public Health initiative, which has brought together Arts and Sciences and Public Health education associations to implement the IOM recommendation that “… all undergraduates should have access to education in Public Health.” Dr. Riegelman is also the author of Public Health 101: Health People—Healthy Populations, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access and is the editor of the Essential Public Health series.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases PUBLISH eReader App for iPad

PUBLISHPUBLISH continues to be the easiest way to build and access customized course materials. Now with the just released PUBLISH eReader app for iPad, students can search, bookmark, highlight, annotate, and take notes in their PUBLISH eBooks– all from their iPads.

Watch a PUBLISH preview video:

Can’t wait to learn more about PUBLISH? Visit our website or download the PUBLISH eReader app for iPad now.

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15 Tips to Avoid Gaining 15 by 2015

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

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

Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC

With the holiday season upon us, 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, offer expert tips on staying healthy.

It’s that time of year when celebrations and the emotions that surround them often tempt us to sideline our healthy eating. Food brings family and friends together for traditional holiday recipes, but also presents us with  temptations. Good food and good company make the holidays a special time of year, but we must remain mindful of our choices.

It can be a slippery slope from Halloween to the New Year and if you are not careful, you may find yourself five to ten to fifteen pounds heavier in 2015. With a little planning, you can meet your goals and keep your weight stable throughout the holiday season. Incorporating some of the tips below can lead to a healthier you in 2015!

  1. Be realistic. Do not plan to start a diet, swear off all of your favorites, or avoid the festivities. Unrealistic goals usually fail.
  2. Create a plan. Set aside 10 minutes to jot down your goals and plans to achieve the goals. By taking the time to put your ideas on paper (or in your smart phone) you will be more motivated to remain on track.
  3. Share your plan with your friends and family. Relaying your plan prior to the holiday event(s) helps decrease stress, keeps you focused, and can be a source of support.
  4. Enlist the help of a buddy or keep a journal (paper, smart phone or App). If you have to be accountable, you are less inclined to stray from your plan.
  5. Do not skip meals or snacks. You will be more likely to overeat later in the day if you miss a meal or snack.  Keep healthy snacks readily available.
  6. Do not go to a party hungry. You will be more likely to overeat and overindulge if you are hungry when you arrive at the party.
  7. Do not graze. Grazing always equals overeating. Take the time to eat a healthy, satisfying meal.
  8. Move away from the temptations. At parties or at the holiday table, position yourself away from the hors d’oeuvres, desserts and/or any other foods that may tempt you.
  9. Survey your options. Before you fix yourself a plate, take a quick look at what is being offered. Taking a minute to decide what you want before you pick up your plate will help decrease overeating.
  10. Be mindful of portions. Take a smaller amount of the foods that are less healthy. Balancing your plate by filling it with more of the healthier, colorful foods will curb your desire for second servings.
  11. Use a small(er) plate. The size of the plate matters; smaller plates help control portions. Using a smaller plate is extremely helpful when meals are served buffet-style.
  12. Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach and brain to signal fullness. Slow down your meals by consuming smaller bites, chewing thoroughly, putting down your fork in between bites and engaging in conversation.
  13. Think about your drink. The calories in alcohol, sodas, juices and specialty beverages (coffees, lattes, cocoas) can add up quickly.
  14. Go for a walk. Exercise is important to keep in shape and reduce stress. Plan solo activities and ones the family can enjoy.
  15. Learn how to say “no thank you” politely. Being able to kindly pass on certain foods or seconds will reduce overeating and feeling guilty.

Do not approach the holidays with an all or nothing attitude. Instead, take the time to think about what you can do to improve your nutrition and exercise plan from last year. Even little changes can make a big difference. Remember– you do not need to be perfect to be successful! Enjoy!

http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9780763778866/More 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 adefronzo@jblearning.com . Questions will be answered on a monthly basis.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Partners With The Salvation Army Kroc Center of Boston for Annual Adopt-A-Family Program

JB Learning Cares, the employee-led charity committee of Jones & Bartlett Learning, kicked off the holiday season by partnering with the Kroc Center of Boston for their annual Adopt-A-Family program. The families who benefit from this program face extenuating circumstances, and have reached out for help so they can provide a cheerful holiday for their loved ones.

The Giving Tree (pictured below) went up in our Burlington, MA office today with 139 ornament tags supporting 7 families in the greater Boston area. Each ornament tag represents a gift that Jones & Bartlett Learning employees can give to a family in need. Ornament tags on the Giving Tree range in items, including clothing, books, toys, and gift cards.

Jones & Bartlett Learning’s Giving Tree

Last year, The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program provided 344 families representing 1,636 individuals in need in the greater Boston area with toys for their children, warm clothing, and gift certificates for groceries. This program is a unique occasion to reach out to those in need at Christmas time. The program is designed for families that are going through a particular hardship. For more information on the Kroc Center of Boston’s Adopt-A-Family program, visit http://www.boston.salarmykroc.org.

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Nutrition for the Older Adult, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access Receives a 5-Star Review

Nutrition for the Older Adult, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage AccessOur recently published Nutrition for the Older Adult, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access by Melissa Bernstein and Nancy Munoz just received a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE, from the University of Chicago Medical Center, it “is an up-to-date resource on all aspects of nutrition care for older adults.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“[It] is intended for students in nutrition and all allied health sciences, as well as practitioners who wish to learn more about nutrition in older adults. The editors and chapter authors are all credible authorities in their fields.

Chapters are easy to read, colorful, and filled with textboxes, tables, and figures highlighting key information. Chapters also present key definitions along the margins, and most include case studies. With its judicious use of color, tables, textboxes, and white space, the book makes it easy to read and review the important information for each topic.

Having the book in print and online is helpful, since individual chapters can be downloaded to an e-reader, eliminating the need to carry around the whole book.

This is a valuable resource for practicing healthcare professionals, but it is also useful for students learning key information about the nutrition needs of older adults. This edition is updated with all the new research and recommendations for this population.

Want to learn more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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5-Star Review for Adult CCRN Certification Review, Second Edition

Adult CCRN Certification Review, Second EditionAdult CCRN Certification Review, Second Edition by Ann J. Brorsen and Keri R. Rogelet just earned a perfect score of 100 and 5 stars from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, it is “well written and appropriate [for] anyone choosing to take the CCRN exam.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“The book features over 1,200 questions divided into systems. This edition now includes sections on behavioral/psychosocial issues and special problems in critical care such as pregnancy, obesity, etc. The questions are well written and appropriate.

This is a good resource for anyone preparing to take the CCRN exam. They will find it very valuable.”

Interested in learning more? Visit our website.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Releases a Revolutionary New Text for Undergraduate Pharmacology

Pharmacology for Nurses Includes Navigate 2 Advantage AccessWould you like a new approach to teaching pharmacology to undergraduate nursing students? Check out our ground-breaking new text, Pharmacology for Nurses by Blaine T. Smith. Even better, each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook with numerous animations, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Pharmacology for Nurses presents the complex topic of pharmacology to undergraduate nursing students through its concise, yet digestible coverage of the material, overall design, and use of images and tables to reinforce content. It also draws on a vast array of pharmacology teaching experience and knowledge from top nursing faculty.

In fact, nursing instructors are already seeing the difference that Pharmacology for Nurses makes in their teaching. According to Jim Harris, MSN, RN, PhD, from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College,

“I have been teaching using a concept-based approach with a textbook that is strictly drug classification-based. I’ve developed advanced organizers for pharmacology students, and some active learning activities, but these lack a certain level of integration. Now with [this] product I can present in a more integrated manner and teach conceptually from the textbook and of course from practice.”

What else makes Pharmacology for Nurses so special?

  • Designed to reflect real-life clinical applications as well as a fundamental introduction to pharmacology for nurses
  • Focuses on the critical need-to-know information, including the interrelationship of physiologic processes, drug interactions, and the homeostatic nature of the body
  • Presents the basics of both pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in a way that applies each subject to clinical practice
  • Explores patient and drug variables as well as drug interactions and effects along with the administration of medications

What are you waiting for? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Second Edition Earns a 5-Star Review

Initiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Second EditionInitiating and Sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader Role: A Practical Guide, Second Edition by James L. Harris, Linda A. Roussel, and Tricia Thomas just received a 5-star review from Doody’s Review Service. According to reviewer, Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, it “is well written and informative.”

Read more excerpts from the review:

“This book reviews the role of clinical nurse leader (CNL), providing information on a variety of partnerships and key roles that these nurses can play. This updated edition addresses the recent changes in healthcare and how advanced practice nurses may use their skills.

The authors relate the basis of the role and possible skills, but they also expand the discussion into possible partnerships in the community, in hospital settings, and in business environments. They discuss the use of resource data to promote the use of the CNL and explain the necessity for such a role in the changing healthcare setting.

I would highly recommend [this book] for anyone interested in becoming a clinical nurse leader or incorporating the role of a clinical nurse leader. With the recent changes in healthcare, this is a necessary update.”

Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter now or visit our website.

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Code.org Launches New Campaign to Introduce 100 Million Students to Coding in One Year

Code.org launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month with the goal of providing 100 million students worldwide with the opportunity to study computer science for one hour every day. The project, called An Hour of Code For Every Student, needs  $5,000,000 in order to accomplish this goal, and Code.org plans to match every donation dollar for dollar, up to $2,500,000.

According to Code.org’s campaign website, 90% of schools still don’t teach computer science. “Our schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works. Today, it’s equally fundamental to learn to ‘dissect an app’, or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world.”

The nonprofit has already built the courses, but the additional money will provide in-person training for teachers and will allow them to add computer science to their course schedule. Beyond introducing one hour of computer science to 100 million students, Code.org will help millions continue to learn online or in schools by establishing permanent courses and training teachers.

The images below demonstrate the impact of the $5,000,000, and how those funds will be used. Currently, the campaign has raised $2,383,962 and will end on December 14.

Jones & Bartlett Learning recognizes the critical role of Computer Science in education, and offers new and trusted resources for the study, instruction, and practice of Computer Science. From introductory computer science, to programming, information security, and game development, we provide instructors and professionals with superior texts and quality resources developed by respected authors and educators.

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