New Faculty Publication: Nervous Systems and Control of Behavior

Crustacean Nervous Systems and Their Control of BehaviorCongratulations to Dr. Charles Derby, of the Neuroscience Institute, on the publication of his co-edited book Nervous Systems and Control of Behavior, volume 3 of the The Natural History of Crustacea series.

From the publishers’ website:

Crustacean Nervous Systems and their Control of Behavior is the third volume of the series The Natural History of the Crustacea. This volume is on the functional organization of crustacean nervous systems, and how those nervous systems produce behavior. The volume has three sections that build progressively on each other. The first section is on the basic organizational features of the crustacean nervous system and the principles upon which it is built. The second section is on sensory ecology – the organization of each sensory system and how it is used in intra- and interspecific interactions, within an ecological context. The third section uses case studies of how crustacean nervous systems are organized to perform complex behaviors and interactions, such as walking, escape, social interactions, and memory and learning. Taken together, the 20 chapters synthesize our modern understanding of the neural control of behavior in crustaceans, based on the most recent technologies in physiological recording, molecular biology, and computational science. This volume will be useful to students and researchers as a concise summary of current knowledge of crustacean neuroscience.

Professor Derby is a Regents Professor of Neuroscience and Biology at Georgia State University who studies how animals use sensory information in solving life’s challenges, such as finding high-quality food, identifying mates, and avoiding predators. His focus has been the chemical senses of decapod crustaceans, especially spiny lobsters, clawed lobsters, and brachyuran crabs.

He is also the author of the following articles:

Derby, C.D. 2014. Cephalopod ink: production, chemistry, functions and applications. Marine Drugs 12: 2700-2730.

Kamio, M., M. Schmidt, M.W. Germann, J. Kubanek, and C.D. Derby. 2014. The smell of moulting: N-acetylglucosamino-1,5-lactone is a moulting biomarker and candidate courtship signal in the urine of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.  J. Exp. Biol. 217: 1286-1296

Tadesse, T., C.D. Derby, and M. Schmidt. 2014. Mechanisms underlying odor-induced and spontaneous calcium signals in olfactory receptor neurons of spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus. J. Comp. Physiol. A 200: 53-76.

Derby, C.D., M. Tottempudi, T. Love-Chezem, and L.S. Wolfe. 2013. Ink from longfin inshore squid, Doryteuthis pealeii, as a chemical and visual defense against two predatory fishes, summer flounder, Paralichthys dentatus, and sea catfish, Ariopsis felis. Biol. Bull. 225: 152-160.

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Please Support the GSU Library!

Georgia State University’s Giving Day 2014 is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign that encourages university alumni, students, employees and friends from around the world to give back and support their favorite areas.

Please support the University Library on Giving Day, Thursday, November 13 by making a gift at and selecting Georgia State University Library under “Designation”.

The University Library is the heart and soul of the Georgia State University campus.  On an average day during the semester, 7,000 people enter the library.   During fall semester, it is not unusual for more 10,000 people to enter.  Based on 2013 fall enrollment, over 50% of enrolled students visited the library at least once during the semester.

The library is a place where great work happens.  Our workspaces, collections and technology are focused on supporting the collaborative and individual work that is at the core of 21st century teaching, learning and research styles.

Your donation, in any amount, will help us to continue to provide innovative spaces, services, technology, and collections that are critical to student learning and faculty and student research and scholarship.

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Copyright Lawsuit Update

On Friday, November 7 both parties in the ongoing lawsuit filed petitions with the 11th Circuit Court following the court’s ruling on October 24. The Appellant publishers filed a petition for rehearing en banc and the Appellee university filed a petition for panel rehearing only.

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Symposium on “The Ethics of Police Tactics”

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The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics will hold a symposium on “The Ethics of Police Tactics” to be held on Monday, November 10, 1:30-2:45 in the Lanier Suite of the Student Center.

Panelists include Jennifer Baker, professor of philosophy, College of Charleston, and Georgia State University criminology professors Mary Finn and Josh Hinkle.

In light of recent clashes in Ferguson, MO, and elsewhere, the proper role of the police is of special importance and controversy. Our panelists will consider recent trends in policing and how reflecting on the tools and principles of ethics can help us to understand the proper role and limits of policing in a free society. Among the big themes will be the militarization of police and recent clashes with civilians.

The police force is one of the most important and visible parts of the state. We depend on it to maintain order and keep us safe. But we sometimes worry about how the police should interact with civilians and what tools should be at their disposal. The challenges they face are serious and deadly. Figuring out how to balance our concerns with safety, order, and justice is no easy matter. Having this discussion can help improve our understanding of these challenges and advance the conversation about what justifies and limits what the police may do.

To learn more, check out some of the following books available in the University Library:

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Lecture: Prof. Lela Urquhart, “The Politics of Religious Expression in Ancient Magna Graecia

The Georgia State University Center for Hellenic Studies announces a lecture titled “The Politics of Religious Expression in Ancient Magna Graecia” by Prof. Lela Urquhart of the Department of History, on Monday, November 10 at 4:30 pm.

In antiquity, long before the days of polling, campaign attack ads, and social media, one of the main outlets for politicking was religion. Starting in the eighth century BCE, Aegean Greeks used sanctuaries as central gathering places for the communal display of wealth, communal feasting and elite competition. For the people of ancient Magna Graecia—that is, the regions of south Italy and Sicily—sanctuaries became especially significant monuments of political expression due to the unique circumstances of Greek colonization. In this lecture, Dr. Urquhart will consider the ways in which religious ideology and practice were manipulated by different communities in Magna Graecia as they negotiated the new socio-political circumstances brought on by colonization. (from promotional email)

Both an archaeologist and a historian, Prof. Urquhart’s research focuses on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean basin, with a primary concentration on Greek and Phoenician colonization during the Archaic and Classical periods. Urquhart was a Geballe Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center in 2008-2009 and a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome in 2009-2010. She has excavated in North Carolina, Sicily, Crete, and Israel and was an assistant director of the Monte Polizzo Archaeological Project in Salemi (TP), Sicily. Prof. Urquhart is also the author of “Competing Traditions in the Historiography of Ancient Greek Colonization in Italy,” published in the Journal of the History of Ideas 75, no. 1 (January 2014): 23-44.

The lecture will begin at 4:30pm on Monday, November 10 in the New Troy Moore Library, on the 23rd floor at 25 Park Place (the old Sun Trust building) on the Georgia State University campus.

There will be food and refreshments served before and after the lecture; this event is free and open to the public.

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New Faculty Publication: Sainthood and Race

Congratulations to Molly Bassett, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies on the publication of her co-edited book Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh published by Routledge.

From the publisher’s website:

In popular imagination, saints exhibit the best characteristics of humanity, universally recognizable but condensed and embodied in an individual. Recent scholarship has asked an array of questions concerning the historical and social contexts of sainthood, and opened new approaches to its study. What happens when the category of sainthood is interrogated and inflected by the problematic category of race?

Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh explores this complicated relationship by examining two distinct characteristics of the saint’s body: the historicized, marked flesh and the universal, holy flesh. The essays in this volume comment on this tension between particularity and universality by combining both theoretical and ethnographic studies of saints and race across a wide range of subjects within the humanities. Additionally, the book’s group of emerging and established religion scholars enhances this discussion of sainthood and race by integrating topics such as gender, community, and colonialism across a variety of historical, geographical, and religious contexts. This volume raises provocative questions for scholars and students interested in the intersection of religion and race today.

Other works by Dr. Bassett available through the University Library:

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Founders Lecture: Daniel Ellsberg

Writer, lecturer, and activist Daniel Ellsberg—best known for his involvement in the Pentagon Papers trial in 1971—will be at Georgia State University to deliver the founders lecture:

Watergate to Snowden: The Assault on Privacy in America
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 12
Location: Centennial Hall Auditorium (100 Auburn Ave. NE)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

The talk is hosted by the Honors College and is in recognition of past Honors Program director and Georgia State Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success and Vice Provost Dr. Tim Renick. Co-sponsors are the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Center for Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR), College of Arts and Sciences, and University Library.

In the 1970s, Ellsberg, a military analyst with top-secret security clearances, released the Pentagon Papers, detailing the secret history of the Vietnam War. This was the biggest national security leak in U.S. history prior to recent events surrounding WikiLeaks. Ellsberg copied the report and sent it to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. Although he was indicted for stealing government documents, the case was dismissed because of government misconduct. Ellsberg, who opposed the Vietnam War, said he leaked the papers because he felt the public had a right to know what the government was doing.

Ellsberg is a senior fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the author of three books, all available at GSU Library:

And available on DVD:

Image credit: Daniel Ellsberg | CC BY_NC 2.0

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Undergrad Social Sciences Researchers – Apply for an ICPSR Undergraduate Internship!

ICPSR logoICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) Summer Undergraduate Internship program students, under the supervision of faculty mentors, develop a social-sciences research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.  This program is great preparation for social-sciences capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities.

Applications are due January 31, 2015application requirements and more details about the program are available here.

Also learn more about all the data just waiting for your analysis – explore the ICPSR database of social-sciences secondary datasets!  And get some tips on how to explore what ICPSR has to offer by watching these helpful YouTube videos.

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Textbook Transformation Grants Call for Proposals

CCBYSA 3.0- Written by: Catherine Locks Sarah K. Mergel, PhD Pamela Thomas Roseman, PhD Tamara Spike, PhD

Affordable Learning Georgia has issued a call for proposals for their Textbook Transformation Grants.  The grants support the adoption of low-cost or no cost course materials. This is the second round of Textbook Transformation grant opportunities; the first round resulted in the funding or 30 projects from 19 USG institutions for courses to be taught in Spring 2015. New or resubmitted/revised proposals are requested in four categories for courses to be taught in Summer 2015-Spring 2016. Categories 1-3 and 4 have different funding maximums and deadlines for submission. Please refer to the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants website for complete information.

Two information sessions on the Textbook Transformation Grants Round 2 RFP will be held on October 29 and 30 (details below).

Categories 1-3
- No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials
- OpenStax Textbooks
- Course Pack Pilots
Deadline for submission: November 30, 2014
Maximum award: $10,800
Semester of initial use in courses: Summer 2015 or Fall 2015

Category 4
- Transformations-at-Scale
This new category will address projects with large-scale impacts requiring more implementation time and/or larger teams. Proposals must address transformations producing one or more of the following large-scale impacts: specific course across multiple sections, multiple courses across multiple sections, department-wide, or multi-institution.
Deadline for submission: December 8, 2014
Maximum award: $30,000
Semester for initial use in courses: Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.

Information Sessions
Two webinars for RFP review and Q and A will be held on October 29 and 30, 2014:

October 29, 2014, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
To attend this meeting, click the link below:
Meeting number: 644 219 649
Meeting password: ALGGRANTS

October 30, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
To attend this meeting, click the link below:
Meeting number: 642 588 557
Meeting password: ALGGRANTS

Download Call for Proposals (PDF)
Download Proposal Form (Word)
Download Proposal Evaluation Rubric (PDF)

If you are an instructor here at GSU who is interested in the Textbook Transformation Grants, please contact your Library Coordinator, Denise Dimsdale, 404-413-2842 or your Campus Champion, George Pullman, 404-413-5854.


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Author Rights and Scholarly Publishing

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When you write an article (or book, book chapter, etc.), the copyright to that work belongs to you.  However, when you publish an article you usually will get a “Publication Agreement” or “Copyright Transfer Agreement.”  You’re so excited your work is getting published that you just sign it and send it back, right? In most cases, when you do that you are transferring your copyright to the publisher, and you can no longer exercise the exclusive rights you had as the copyright owner.

Without those rights, you can no longer share copies of you work, use it in your teaching, authorize translations, or display the work publicly on your website, ResearchGate,, or ScholarWorks.

Even if you signed a publication agreement, there are still several ways that you can legally place these items into ScholarWorks:

  • You retained the right to post your work by editing or amending the Publication or Copyright Transfer Agreement
  • The agreement explicitly let you retain that right
  • You published in an open access journal that did not ask for a copyright transfer
  • You or the library asked the publisher (copyright owner) for permission after the rights were transferred

How can you keep your rights as a copyright owner? See if the publisher of your work will accept a first publication right to publish your work, instead of a transfer of copyright, or otherwise give you broader control over your own work.  SPARC has a standard author addendum you can use. One of the issue areas of the Authors Alliance is managing author rights. Be sure to watch the video discussion with Professor Michael W. Carroll about using an author addendum, and for further information about authors and copyright, visit their FAQ.

If you have questions about what material can be placed into ScholarWorks, contact


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