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California as an Island
October 09, 2018 - 2:06:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections
Mortier map 1700

From 1622 to the middle 1700s European mapmakers were drawing California as an island separate from North America.  In 1701 Jesuit missionary Father Eusebio Francisco Kino walked around Baja California and proved that California was not an island.  It took some time, however, for this knowledge to seep into the cartographic record.

On our exhibited 1700 map of the World, the Great Lakes appear in an early ambiguous form.  Other maps from this time had more accurate shapes for the lakes and documented their proximity (and lack of connection) to the Mississippi River system.  ...

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The Bloomberg of Private Companies
October 09, 2018 - 9:35:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News   Categories: Database Updates, Library News

If you're an entrepreneur, you've probably heard of PrivCo.

PrivCo is often considered the authority on private company financial data. The database provides coverage on more than 940,000 privately held firms, 19,000 investors, and 154,000 funding rounds, and it's one of over 100 databases that the Gast Business Library subscribes to. 

Recently, PrivCo added an additional 100,000 executive contacts! They've also improved export functionality within the database, and they're continuing to add and iterate private market content for researchers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who may...

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Brands in the World
October 02, 2018 - 1:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

According to Forrester Research, Business Intelligence is "A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information…” 

One resource which transforms raw data into meaningful information is called Passport GMID.

Passport GMID provides information on countries, companies, markets and consumers. It provides comparable statistics for more than 200 countries, including economic indicators, health, consumer spending, lifestyles, and more.

This MSU Libraries database also provides valuable brand share...

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An Error-ridden Map of Michigan
October 01, 2018 - 12:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library   Categories: Collections

Michigan was swarming with settlers in the 1850s.  As the rural population rose, counties were organized, split, and reshaped at a fast pace.  Settlers were eager to buy maps that reflected the newest information and relied on mapmakers to pay attention to such developments.  

This map contains numerous errors in county boundaries.  The Tuscola, Huron, and Lapeer County boundaries date from 1845.  Charlevoix County is shown, but had been eliminated 4 years prior in 1853 (it would be resurrected in 1869).  Leelanau and Manitou Counties had been created, but don’t appear (for some...

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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, September 27, 2018
September 27, 2018 - 5:12:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: GrantStation Insider
Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Support for Shakespeare Productions Reaching Underserved Youth

Shakespeare in American Communities, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country.

K-12 Coalitions Targeting Underserved Students Funded

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is focused on ensuring all students in the United States, especially Black, Latino, and low-...

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Michigan for Business
September 25, 2018 - 2:40:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Business Library News

Home to just over 10 million people, Michigan’s 14 metropolitan regions are supported by a host of industries, including construction in Kalamazoo, information technologies in Ann Arbor, and financial services in Detroit.

How good is Michigan for business though?

According to a 2018 study from CNBC, Michigan ranks 11th out of all 50 states for business, and 3rd for technology and innovation. The fastest growing careers in the Great Lakes State include: Health Specialties Teachers (+25.4%), Physician’s Assistants (+30%), Software App Developers (+31%), and Nurse Practitioners...

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Here There be 'Gators!
September 24, 2018 - 9:05:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Map Library
Alligator in Canada by Coronelli, 1695

This map depicts a very accurate rendering of the Great Lakes for its time.  Illustrations sprinkled throughout the map show Native Americans engaged in various activities including drying fish and being eaten by an alligator.  Explorer reports from the Gulf of Mexico must have been consulted and mixed in with more northerly reports as we see depictions of palm trees and alligators dotted throughout the Great Lakes and into Canada.

The region, and the map, is called ‘La Louisiana’ to strengthen the claims of King Louis the 14th of France.

Vincenzo Coronelli was an Italian...

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Funding Opportunities and Research Trends That Incorporate Gender and Sexuality
September 21, 2018 - 8:05:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Grant and Loan Opportunities

Please join the Office for International Research Collaboration (OIRC) and the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) on Thursday, September 27, 3:00-5:00pm (International Center, Room 303) for a presentation on funding opportunities and research trends that incorporate gender and sexuality.  Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for faculty to network with collaborators from across campus and share their research interests. All are welcome. 

Refreshments will be served.

See flyer here.


RSVPs not required, but are appreciated (OIRC@MSU....

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Featured Grants from GrantStation Insider, September 20, 2018
September 20, 2018 - 8:12:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: GrantStation Insider
Funding Opportunities

National Opportunities
Opportunities throughout the U.S.

Innovative Urban Design Projects Honored

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, an initiative of the Bruner Foundation, is a national design award that seeks to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance conversation about making cities better.

Support for the Protection of Wilderness Areas

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots citizen-action groups and...

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Building a Grant Proposal Budget
September 19, 2018 - 10:32:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Grants   Categories: Proposal writing

Join us for an upcoming grant proposal workshop or interdisciplinary forum.


Building a Grant Proposal Budget (New)

Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m.,
Main Library, Green Room or Zoom
In this coffee break, Marcy Bishop, a Research Administrator from OSP, and Lori Bramble, a Research Coordinator from CANR, will provide an overview of building proposal budgets and review each section of a budget.
No registration required.
Attend in-person or via zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/728787255


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