Dan Chiras Encourages Critical Thinking About Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Issues in Best-Selling Environmental Science Text

Chiras_ES10eHappy Earth Day from Jones & Bartlett Learning!

Today is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and is a time to think critically about sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Dan Chiras encourages students to do just that in his best-selling text, Environmental Science, now in it’s tenth edition. Dan Chiras is a world-renown educator and author of 30 books on environmental science, natural resource conservation, sustainability, renewable energy, environmental education, and green building. He has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Colorado in Boulder, University of Washington, and Colorado College. Dan has done pioneering work on critical thinking, sustainability, and the root causes of the environmental crisis. He has been involved in environmental issues since the 1970s. As the founder and director of The Evergreen Institute, today Dan teaches classes on residential renewable energy and green building.

In the recently published tenth edition of Environmental Science, Dan:

  • emphasizes sustainable solutions to local, regional, national, and global environmental issues with the goal of creating lasting solutions to all environmental problems;
  • provides in-depth coverage of all topics to allow students to analyze environmental issues objectively and think critically about solutions;
  • includes expanded discussions of contemporary environmental issues, including mountaintop removal, global climate change, solar and wind energy, species extinction, world energy demand and peak oil, acid deposition, and the progress in adoption of renewable energy.

Preview the front matter including, the complete table of contents and The Student Experience, and see why this book is the clear choice for an introductory environmental science course.

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Navigate 2 Pilots Rate Favorably With Nursing Students

Nav2nurpilotsimage4In winter 2015, we conducted two pilot studies with nursing students at two different universities. During the pilots, students used Navigate 2 Advantage Access, which included a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, and learning analytics reporting tools. The pilot studies featured:

Overall, 24 students provided us with feedback on their experiences. The majority of students reported that Navigate 2 helped them study and prepare for exams more efficiently.


In addition, students reported highly positive ratings for Navigate 2 features, especially its organization and ease of use.


Another important finding of these pilots showed that students who spent more time using Navigate 2 were more satisfied with the product overall.


What did nursing students have to say about using Navigate 2?

“[Navigate 2] supplemented the material presented in lecture and text. It was nice to have an alternative source to study from.”

“Using [Navigate 2] has given me more opportunities to learn in different ways.”

“[Navigate 2] made it easier to have everything needed for our class on one website.”

“[Navigate 2] was helpful when [studying] on the go.”

Stay tuned for more Research on Navigate 2. Learn more at www.jblnavigate.com.

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Review: “Introduction to Homeland Security…is logical and easy to understand”

OliverGreat news – the recently published Introduction to Homeland Security: Policy, Organization, and Administration by Willard M. Oliver, Nancy E. Marion, and Joshua B. Hill was warmly reviewed by Professor Ostrowidzki of El Paso Community College. Professor Ostrowidzki said “Introduction to Homeland Security: Policy, Organization, and Administration is appropriate for my [Intro to Homeland Security] course because it provides a basic, but developed overview of homeland security regarding the United States. The book’s approach is logical and easy to understand for students at the early college level.”

Learn more about the definitive Homeland Security textbook here and preview a sample chapter.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning Announces Navigate 2 Integration With Blackboard

Navigate 2Navigate 2 just keeps getting better. You already know that it combines technology and content to expand the reach of the classroom with mobile-ready course materials like a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Now with a seamless Blackboard integration, both instructors and students can sign in to Navigate 2 right from Blackboard for an identical Navigate 2 experience. Best of all, it reports a single grade from Navigate 2 to the Blackboard grade book that updates each time an assignment is completed.

For more information, visit www.jblnavigate.com. Want to learn more right now? Watch this preview video:


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Stretching: A Key Component of Physical Fitness

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, offer expert tips on stretching.

Regular stretching is an important part of physical fitness yet it is often omitted during workouts. Stretching is imperative to maintain flexibility (the range of motion one has in their joints) and is an essential component of all physical activities.

One’s flexibility is influenced by factors such as:

  • Age- The joints and surrounding connective tissues become more rigid and lose much of their elasticity as we age. This results in greater stiffness and decreased range of motion.
  • Gender- Women tend to have more flexibility than men most likely due to structural, anatomical and hormonal differences.
  • Activity level- Physical activity that stresses the joints with greater ranges of motion help maintain flexibility thus active individuals have greater flexibility than less active individuals.
  • Joint and tissue structure- there are inherent joint and tissue structure differences (joint capsules, tendons, ligaments and skin) between individuals that result in varying levels of flexibility. Certain individuals are endowed with higher elasticity and plasticity components to their connective tissue, making them inherently more flexible.

To improve flexibility, two stretching techniques are recommended: active stretching and passive stretching. An active stretch occurs when an individual applies the force for the stretch. For example, during the seated hamstring and lower back stretch, the individual would lean his or her upper torso down toward the lower torso, and upon meeting significant resistance would hold the stretch for a few seconds and then relax. On the other hand, the passive stretch requires the assistance of a person or device to apply the force for the stretch.   Using the same example of the seated hamstring stretch, a person would apply pressure on the back of the individual to help push the upper torso down.

Stretching can be further subdivided into static, dynamic and ballistic stretching.

  1. Static stretching is often referred to as the stretch-hold technique. The individual begins a stretch by moving the joint and muscle through the range of motion until the stretch sensation is felt in the belly of the muscle. The stretch is then held for 20 to 30 seconds followed by a relaxation period for a few seconds. The stretch is then repeated for an additional two repetitions with the goal of increasing the range of motion each time. The individual should always try to avoid stretching the muscle too intensely, as this could lead to injury. Static stretching is a very effective method for increasing flexibility, easy to learn and is generally considered to be safe.
  1. Dynamic stretching is a method of stretching using activity-specific movements to increase flexibility. This type of stretching helps prepare individuals for the movement patterns of their activity by stretching the involved muscles, tendons and joints. For example, a baseball pitcher could use stretch bands to simulate their throwing technique while increasing the intensity and range of motion during each successive throw. This stretching technique has an added advantage of developing both flexibility and strength concurrently.
  1. Ballistic stretching is often referred to as the bounce technique. The stretching movement is generally done rapidly without a hold (bouncing) at the end of each successive stretch. The muscle is stretched quickly and returned to its original position rapidly, and then stretched again. Ballistic stretching has the potential to cause harm and should be avoided. During ballistic stretching, the muscle is never allowed to relax causing a stretch reflex in the muscle (shortening), which leads to a tightening. An example of a typical ballistic stretch is the standing toe touch. During this technique, the individual stands with the legs slightly apart and tries to touch the toes by continuously bouncing up and down in rapid succession.

Flexibility is most effectively attained during the warm-up and cool-down periods of exercise. Prior to exercise, it is recommended that a general dynamic warm-up that involves the entire body (such as jumping jacks, fast walking with arm swings, light cycling) be completed for a few minutes to warm the muscles. When the muscles are warm, five to ten minutes of stretching can help reduce injury, increase joint range of motion and increase performance through increased elasticity of muscles and tendons. Post-exercise (cool-down), stretching the warm muscles allows the elastic components within the muscles and tendons to be more easily stretched. Warm muscles are able to stretch to greater lengths than cold muscles. To improve this capacity, stretching should be done when the muscles and tendons are warm and most receptive to being stretched.

Stretching is a simple way to maintain flexibility, increase physical fitness, reduce injuries and improve performance. Flexibility can be acquired quickly and can be maintained with incorporating just three stretching sessions per week. Persons of all ages and athletic abilities can improve their health by increasing their flexibility with stretching.

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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Webinar: See How Navigate 2 Can Engage Students and Enhance Your Microbiology Course

Nav2_homescreenWith Navigate 2, learning is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. Navigate 2 allows you to provide content that keeps your students interested and benefits multiple learning styles while saving valuable time.

In fall 2014, we conducted a focus group with students at Glendale Community College on Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, and this is what they had to say about learning with Navigate 2 Advantage Access:

“There are way more tools that are very helpful compared to other online resources I have used in addition to textbooks for previous classes.”

“The features in the eBook are fantastic and I haven’t seen any other eBooks that have similar features.”

“Navigate 2 provides a lot of useful tools to help study and it is easy to use.”

“I like the discussion questions because these activities would help me check my understanding of the material.”

“I like the different variety of activities I could use to study.”

We recently lead a webinar to demonstrate how Navigate 2 can engage students and enhance a microbiology curriculum. View the webinar for a walkthrough of:

  • the Interactive eBook with animations
  • the useful flashcards
  • how to easily add a quiz and manage assessments
  • the hassle-free gradebook
  • detailed reporting with actionable data

Learn more about Navigate 2 solutions for our best-selling microbiology texts:

See the results from the Navigate 2 focus group with students from Glendale Community College.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning and Ascend Learning Employees Support Fellow Employee Running Boston Marathon on Behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital


Jenn Solomon, Jones & Bartlett Learning Vice President of Sales

Last week Jones & Bartlett Learning and Ascend Learning employees gathered to support a fellow employee in benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital and enjoy a tasty afternoon ice cream sundae. Jenn Solomon, VP of Sales, and JB Learning Cares, the employee led charity committee of Jones & Bartlett Learning, organized the “Jenn Runs Boston” raffle fundraiser and ice cream social. Jenn is running the Boston Marathon on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital and has set a goal to reach $10,000 in donations before she runs the world renowned marathon taking place on April 20th for the first time.

Jenn joined the Miles for Miracles team through Boston Children’s Hospital as a sign of her gratitude for all that the hospital has done for her family. “Children’s has a special place in my family’s hearts. We consider ourselves lucky to live so close to such an amazing hospital. I am so very excited to run Boston for this amazing place,” she professed.

JennRunsBoston_blog2Employees purchased raffle tickets in advance and at the event for a chance to win a variety of fantastic prizes, including an Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet, Apple TV, a tour of Boston Symphony Hall, Red Sox Tickets, and more. The donations for an ice cream sundae with the money from the raffle ticket sales and the $1,000 match from JB Learning Cares resulted in over $5,000 raised to support Jenn on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital!

“Thank you so much for your donations and supporting Boston Children’s Hospital and my participation in the 2015 Boston Marathon! I am so humbled by everyone’s generosity,” Jenn said in thanks to the generous employees of Jones & Bartlett Learning and Ascend Learning.

Jenn created a Facebook page chronicling her training – Jenn Runs Boston. Her progress during the marathon can be followed by texting her Bib number:25684 to 234567.  Jenn’s full story is on her donation site through Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Jones & Bartlett Learning and Toolwire Release Virtual Security Cloud Labs, Version 2.0

Virtual Security Cloud LabsExciting news to announce– Virtual Security Cloud Labs, Version 2.0 is here. As part of our Information Systems Security & Assurance (ISSA) Series, the labs provide a fully immersive mock IT infrastructure enabling students to test their skills with realistic security scenarios that they will likely encounter in their future careers.

This significant update to the award-winning labs, the result of a partnership with Toolwire, include:

  • Embedded Lab Manuals — Integrated lab guides located in the left margin of the desktop frameset enable users to learn entirely online.
  • More Virtual Labs — Fifteen new labs added for a total of 80 labs across eight courses.
  • Challenge Questions — New questions added that focus on real world scenarios.
  • Updated Software — Updates to all operating systems, software and virtual machines.

According to Cameron D. Crowe, Toolwire’s Executive Vice President,

“Toolwire has developed, hosted and supported customized virtual desktop environments for more than 15 years. As part of this latest release, we have architected an unparalleled environment with Toolwire lab guides providing step-by-step instruction on more than 20 leading software programs that are typically utilized in enterprise class security implementations. When coupled with Jones & Bartlett Learning’s premium content and our outstanding support 24x7x365, the value of this offering is unsurpassed.”

Read the full press release here. For more information on the ISSA Series, visit www.issaseries.com.

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King v. Burwell: A Policy Expert’s View, Part 1

This is the first installment of a 2-part commentary by Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert, Joel Teitelbaum, on the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The second installment will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the case (expected by the end of June, when the Court concludes its current term).

On March 4th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held oral arguments in yet another case – the third since 2012 – concerning the legality, meaning, and/or operation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In King v. Burwell, the court is considering whether “the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” While seemingly dry and technical on its face, in fact the answer to this question will determine whether millions of low- and moderate-income Americans will continue to have access to affordable health insurance coverage. In this blog post, I describe the issue at the heart of King v. Burwell; in a later blog post, I will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the case (expected by the end of June, when the Court concludes its current term).

The background:  The ACA directs states to create an insurance exchange – effectively, an online marketplace where individuals can compare and shop for health insurance policies for themselves and their families. Should a state decide not to set up its own exchange – and a whopping 34 states ultimately took that path – the ACA indicated that the federal government would fill the void by creating a “federally facilitated marketplace,” or FFM, in the state, thus allowing residents of a “non-exchange state” the opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance. Furthermore, the ACA offers federal tax credits (i.e., a subsidy) to individuals who need financial assistance in order to purchase products through an exchange. In establishing the formula used to determine the awarding of the tax credits, Congress wrote in the ACA that the credits apply to insurance purchased through an exchange “established by the State.”  Put another way, the ACA’s language about the flow of tax credits to those who purchase insurance through an exchange does not specifically mention marketplaces that were established by the federal government to assist those individuals in “non-exchange states.”

After the ACA was passed and federal agencies began the task of passing thousands of rules implementing the law, the IRS issued a regulation indicating that tax credits were available for purchases under both state-formed and federally-facilitated exchanges. Subsequently, about 90 percent of the approximately five million people who purchased insurance through a federally-facilitated exchange received the ACA’s tax subsidy.

The plaintiffs who initiated King v. Burwell contend that the IRS regulation is unlawful. They argue that the statutory language “established by the State” means that ACA tax credits are allowed only in the event that the purchase of insurance occurred through an exchange established by a state. In contrast, those legislators who wrote the statute, and other supporters of the ACA, contend that when read as a whole, the ACA makes it clear that both state- and federally-run exchanges are subject to the law’s subsidy language.

Taken most simply – and least politically – King v. Burwell presents a straightforward question of statutory interpretation: How should the four words at issue be reconciled with the rest of the statute? This is hardly a novel question of law, as courts are routinely asked to interpret statutory ambiguities; and under existing Supreme Court precedent, courts are required to uphold regulations that reasonably resolve those ambiguities.

Two federal appellate courts – those courts that reside just below the U.S. Supreme Court – have already ruled on just what the ACA’s tax credit language means. As part of the King v. Burwell litigation, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, unanimously, that the subsidy language applies to state-based and federally-facilitated exchanges alike. In contrast, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined, in a 2-1 split decision, that ACA tax credits are limited to purchases made through federally-facilitated exchanges.

The stakes in King v. Burwell are incredibly high: If the Supreme Court sides with those challenging the IRS regulation and Congress does not subsequently amend the ACA to make clear that the subsidies apply to all exchanges (which is likely, given Republican disapproval of the ACA and the political logjam that exemplifies Congress), estimates put the number of adults and children who would become uninsured as a result at between 8 million and 10 million. Furthermore, insurance markets across the country would be likely to falter badly as a result of the destabilization that would occur from removing these millions of low-income but relatively healthy individuals from insurance pools.

Reading the tea leaves after Supreme Court oral arguments is risky, a fact about which we need look no further than the Court’s first ACA decision (in NFIB v. Sebelius), which defied nearly all expectations. That said, those hoping that a majority of the Court will employ a common sense, contextual reading of the ACA’s subsidy language – as opposed to one that is literal and purely textual – came away from the arguments with reason to hope. Of particular import, Justice Anthony Kennedy – oftentimes a key swing vote in the Court’s social policy jurisprudence – seemed concerned that by following the logic of the challengers, the ACA would be read to either coerce states into creating an Exchange or accept the fact that in not setting up an Exchange, they would face near-certain destruction of their insurance markets.

TetelbaumJoel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He also serves as Managing Director of the School’s Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program. Along with co-author Sara Wilensky, Professor Teitelbaum is the author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Second Edition from Jones & Bartlett Learning. (Qualified instructors are invited to request review copies here.)

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Best-Selling Criminalistics Text is Now Available in an Easy-To-Use eBook Format

Girard3e The best-selling Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition is now available in a new, easy-to-use eBook format! Featuring useful study tools such as the ability to bookmark pages, take notes, and highlight key passages.

Written for an introductory forensic science course, the updated Third Edition includes all-new and expanded coverage of crime lab procedures. It ties recent high profile crimes such as the capture of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer and terrorist attacks, such as the Boston Marathon bomb to the forensic work that has been done to apprehend these criminals.

Here is what one instructor had to say about the book:Girard3eCrim_ebook_monitor

“I am not an expert in this field, however as a digital forensics specialist, I need to have the knowledge of forensic science and [Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime, and Terrorism, Third Edition] has helped me to achieve that. I would like to thank the author for this great book and the way he made it simple for any reader to understand. I found it fascinating and I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested in forensics science.”

-Kenny Awuson-David, digital forensics lecturer, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

Learn more about the new Navigate eBook: Criminalistics, Third Edition

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