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Scope unveils new enhanced version of SemantiCzTM
Scope e-Knowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, has announced the release of an enhanced version of its content enrichment solution, SemantiCzTM. Advanced text mining and ontology based semantic tagging are some of the key features of the enhanced version that help to generate relationships with precise, subject-specific contextual accuracy.
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New Knovel application enables building information management system users to search Knovel within Revit
STM publisher Elsevier has introduced Knovel Quick Search for Autodesk Revit. The Knovel application provides users of Autodesk’s building information management (BIM) system, with seamless access to Knovel from within the Revit platform. Knovel is a cloud-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools.
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Biosimilars set to revolutionise global drug development industry with over 700 therapies in pipelines
The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced the release of Biosimilars: A Global Perspective of a New Market – Opportunities, Threats and Critical Strategies 2014. The new report, compiled by Thomson Reuters BioWorld, the premier biopharmaceutical news service, provides critical insights for companies and regions interested in maintaining a strong position and moving ahead of the competition in the biosimilars space.
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ProQuest Collections now indexed and discoverable via Ex Libris Primo Central Index
Information industry leaders ProQuest and Ex Libris® Group have announced that over 200 of ProQuest’s most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service. The collaboration between ProQuest and Ex Libris began earlier in 2014 with an agreement to index ProQuest full-text and A&I databases in Primo Central.
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Lippincott Procedures online software updated, nearly 400 AMSN-endorsed medical-surgical procedures to go online by mid-2015
Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has updated the Lippincott Procedures online software with a set of medical-surgical nursing procedures that underwent extensive review by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). One-quarter of the 395 AMSN-endorsed procedures are included in the October Lippincott Procedures update with the remainder to be released quarterly through July 2015.
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Daisaku & Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America selects EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Daisaku & Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America (SUA) recently selected the EBSCO Discovery ServiceTM (EDS) as its new custom discovery solution for the library’s databases. SUA chose EDS to enhance its community’s research experience and the library has found working with EBSCO representatives and engineers to be an excellent experience as well.
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Copyright Clearance Center partners with Frankfurt Book Fair for series of international events in 2014-15
Global licensing and content solutions organisation Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) has been named the Rights Licensing Partner of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair. The Rights Licensing Partnership includes sponsorship of the International Rights Directors Meeting, CONTEC Frankfurt, and various Business Breakfasts.
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Pearson’s new digital learning tool, REVEL, to improve learner outcomes in higher education
Learning company Pearson has announced the launch of REVEL – an immersive digital learning tool that replaces both the printed textbook and existing online learning tools for General Studies courses. REVEL is designed for the way today’s students learn, think and consume content. It aims to keep students engaged in their study materials and, in turn, get the most out of their courses.
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Biden Announces Community College Job Training Grants.

Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement of $450 million in Federal workforce training grants to 270 community colleges around the country generated widespread media coverage, mainly at the local level. USA Today  (9/29, Jackson) reported in a brief item that Biden had been set to announce the grants on Monday, and quotes a White House statement saying that the grants will let colleges “partner with employers to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that will help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries like information technology, health care, energy, and advanced manufacturing.” The statement also explained that ED and the Department of labor jointly administer the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.

In its “Morning Education” blog, The Politico  (9/30, Emma) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Tom Perez were scheduled to be on hand, and that many of the grant winners “will focus on IT and cybersecurity, which are experiencing particularly high growth, according to the White House.”

Diverse Education  (9/30) reports that Biden “announced the recipients of $450 million in grants designed to help community colleges and other institutions of higher education provide better job training for students,” and quotes Duncan saying, “This is not some kind of gift. This is an investment in school leaders, in businesses, in people who are trying to do things in a very, very different way. I’ve been to dozens and dozens of community colleges, and they are some of the most inspiring visits that I have, anywhere I go.”

Local coverage tends to be brief and fact-based. For example, the Los Angeles Times  (9/30, Song) reports that $15 million of the $450 million in total funding will go to Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Times reports that the school “will partner with other two-year campuses and UC Riverside to develop a technical workforce for the Inland Empire” region of the state.

Similarly, the Charlotte (NC) Observer  (9/29) reports that Central Piedmont Community College will get nearly $2.5 million, and notes that the funding “will boost CPCC’s program in mechatronics, an emerging field that combines electrical, mechanical and control engineering with computer science and information technology.”

The Bangor (ME) Daily News  (9/29) reports that Kennebec Valley Community College will get $2.5 million “to support job training programs in health care, social work and construction.” This piece quotes Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying, “These grants will play a vital role in supporting community colleges and fostering partnerships to educate and prepare our students to become experienced workers on the path to advancement and upward mobility.”

Other media outlets running similar coverage about local colleges winning grants include the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  (9/30), the Dallas Morning News  (9/30, Jean), an AP  (9/30), an AP  (9/30) article out of Nevada, the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Citizens’ Voice  (9/30, Buffer), the Dayton (OH) Business Journal  (9/29, Subscription Publication), WCBI-TV  Columbus, MS (9/30), the Springfield (OH) News Sun  (9/30), the Elyria (OH) Chronicle-Telegram  (9/29), the Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier  (9/29, Groppe), the Thomasville (GA) Times-Enterprise  (9/30, Ceneta), the Richmond (IN) Palladium-Item  (9/30), the Cape Cod (MA) Times  (9/30), the Albuquerque (NM) Journal  (9/30), the Youngstown (OH) Vindicator  (9/30), the Milwaukee Business Journal  (9/29, Schuyler, Subscription Publication), WFMZ-TV  Allentown, PA (9/30), the Allentown (PA) Morning Call  (9/29, Olson), the Youngstown (OH) Vindicator  (9/29), KBJR-TV  Duluth, MN (9/30), the Billings (MT) Gazette  (9/30), the Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal  (9/29), the Bangor (ME) Daily News  (9/29), the Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review  (9/29), and the Coeur d’Alene (ID) Press  (9/30).

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CoorsTek Gives Colorado School Of Mines $27 Million Grant To Build Science, Engineering Center.

The Denver Post  (9/26, Raabe) reports that technical ceramics firm CoorsTek has given the Colorado School of Mines a $26.9 million grant, the “largest gift in the university’s 140-year history,” for the “construction of the school’s new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering.” The piece notes that some $20 million will go toward “the $45 million construction budget for the center’s new 95,000-square-foot building,” while “$6.9 million of the gift will be used to create a research fellowship program and to equip the center’s new 95,000-square-foot building.”

DOJ Investigating Whether Corinthian Defrauded Government.

Inside Higher Ed  (9/29) reports in a brief item that Corinthian Colleges announced on Friday that DOJ is “investigating whether the company defrauded the federal government” under the False Claims Act. In a disclosure to investors, the firm revealed that the investigation is over “allegations related to student attendance and grade record manipulation, graduate job placement rate inflation and non-Title IV funding source misrepresentations.” The piece notes that the firm is seeking “sources of liquidity as it seeks to sell off and close its campuses as part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education.”

Treasury’s Raskin: Student Debt Growth May Slow.

Bloomberg News  (9/30, Klimasinska) reports that the “growth of student debt may slow as the strengthening economy reduces the number of new loans, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said.” She explained in remarks for the National Association for Business Economics annual meeting in Chicago on Monday, “Total federal originations have fallen since their 2012 peak and originations per borrower have fallen since 2010. If these trends continue as the recovery strengthens further, they may noticeably slow the growth of outstanding student-loan debt.” Raskin called “for more data and research on the relationship between student-loan debt and the economy,” and urged steps to reduce “unnecessary” delinquencies and defaults.

Reuters  (9/30, Reuters) adds that Raskin noted borrowing for higher education is higher in the US than anywhere else in the world. “This sobering reality has consequences not just for the individual student carrying large student debt, but for the economy as a whole,” Raskin said. However, she added, “None of us now expects a student loan meltdown because there is a great deal of integrity and stability in the student loan market.”

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Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi named founding editor-in-chief of ACS Central Science journal
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that internationally renowned chemist Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi will take the helm as editor-in-chief of its first fully open access journal, ACS Central Science, which is set to launch in early 2015. Currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at the University of California at Berkeley, Bertozzi is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and respected chemists of her generation.
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De Gruyter Open to convert eight subscription journals to Open Access mega journals
Open Access publisher De Gruyter Open has announced that it will publish a group of eight Central European Journals now distributed in subscription model by Springer and turn them to Open Access, starting with volume 2015. This is a move unprecedented for a group of STM journals, being supplemented by three new launches in the humanities.
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Intermountain Healthcare to consult with Cerner on DHMSM program
Cerner recently announced a strategic agreement with Intermountain Healthcare to provide clinical governance of solutions and workflow to be proposed for the Department of Defense’s Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) initiative. Cerner is a member of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, an alliance that includes Leidos, the domain experts in Military Health, and Accenture, a global IT and management consulting.
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ICIS unveils mobile web app for ICIS Dashboard service
ICIS, a petrochemical market information supplier and independent authority on global energy markets, has launched a mobile web app which enables its customers to view price assessments, breaking news and market reports via their smart phones. The mobile web app provides customers with direct access to this data wherever they are, giving them access to their subscription information on the ICIS Dashboard through their smart phone.
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Oxford University Press announces free access to Electronic Enlightenment for British Library users
Academic publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) has announced that users of the British Library will now be able to use the Electronic Enlightenment (EE) online resource as part of a two year trial. Electronic Enlightenment is a project based at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and distributed by Oxford University Press. It is available by annual subscription to institutions and individuals worldwide.
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Latest edition of Blogspeak now online
Latest edition of Blogspeak now online The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Robert Harington (The Role of Scholarly Societies); Stevan Harnad (The Fruits of Finch/RCUK Profligacy (and Publishing Lobby Success)); Hadley Wickham (How is data science different to mainstream statistics?); and Rick Anderson (Quality and Relevance: A Matrix Model for Thinking about Scholarly Books and Libraries). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.
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Former Education Secretary Bennett Advocates for Challenging And Encouraging STEM Education.

The Deseret (UT) News  (9/29, Romero) reports former Secretary of Education William Bennett toured an elementary school in Ogden, Utah to emphasize “challenging but encouraging” STEM curriculum that start as early as kindergarten. The school has partners with Project Lead the Way in order to bring engineering, biomedical science, and computer science courses to their students.

The Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner  (9/27) reports that the students work on projects in 10-hour modules each week that are provided by PLTW. Teachers in charge of the program report that “The kids are loving it” and are constantly asking when they can work on their STEM projects. Bennett encouraged teachers to get students hooked on math and science early and to cultivate that interest through their instruction.

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Navy Awards Ship Design Grant To University Of New Orleans.

The AP  (9/28, AP) reports the University of New Orleans’ School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering has received a $210,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to test information gathering and analysis techniques intended to improve warship design. The study will predict changes in warfare to allow ships to be more easily repurposed for future demands.

Gregory: Liberal Arts Education As Important As STEM.

The Columbia (SC) State  (9/27, Eads) reported that when astronaut Fred Gregory was at Clemson University on Friday, he said that studying the liberal arts is just as important as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. He also spoke on the current state of NASA, saying that “without strong public support,” NASA’s budget can’t grow to the levels it needs to be at for “big missions, like sending people to Mars.” He thinks the US should be spending $30 billion on NASA annually.

California Governor Signs Campus Sex Affirmative Consent Bill.

Bloomberg News  (9/29, Marois) reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation mandating that publicly funded colleges in the state “must bolster policies on campus sexual assault,” noting that the law is “the first in the U.S. requiring students give consent before they have sex.” The law “requires public universities and private colleges that get financial grants to mandate students agree verbally or through some other affirmative signal before having sex.” The article places this story within the context of the national push to examine colleges’ policies on the issue and the “dozens of schools being probed by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for alleged violations of Title IX.”

The San Francisco Chronicle  (9/29, Gutierrez) reports that the law “requires colleges and universities in the state to adopt anti-sexual-assault policies that radically rewrite what constitutes consent, a move that some critics have called an unfair shift of the burden of proof to the accused.” The Chronicle notes that the law “requires school officials who investigate sexual assault allegations to undergo ‘comprehensive, trauma-informed trainings’ and that students who report a rape are offered counseling and mental and health care services.”

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Vermont Science Scores Drop.

The AP  (9/26, Rathke) reports that Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe announced on Thursday that “average science test scores of students in three grades have dropped slightly in Vermont from last year, with the greatest dip among eight-graders.” The article adds that Holcomb said that stagnant science scores suggest “that an emphasis on English language arts and math in the federal No Child Left Behind Act may be overshadowing science instruction.”

Vermont Public Radio  (9/26) reports that Holcombe “says she is not satisfied with scores from standardized science tests given last spring.” The piece notes that “44 percent of fourth graders scored as proficient or higher, but only 25 percent of eighth graders and 30 percent of eleventh graders reached that mark.” Scores across all grades showed a decline. The piece notes that “a section that requires students not only to solve problems, but to explain their reasoning,” seems to be the part that gave students the most trouble.

WCAX-TV  Burlington, VT (9/26) quotes Holcombe saying, “We’re concerned about the heavy emphasis on No Child Left Behind and whether it might be discouraging some districts from really investing in science from the earliest grades.”

The Rutland (VT) Herald  (9/26) also covers this story.

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Elsevier launches enhanced version of ClinicalKey
STM publisher Elsevier has launched an enhanced version of ClinicalKey that incorporates extensive feedback from clinician users. New intuitive topic pages, a design easily viewable on any mobile device, and multi-layered search functions lead the list of improvements to Elsevier’s premier point-of-care clinical resource.
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Springer in deal with EBES to publish a new book series and two journals
STM publisher Springer has finalized two deals with the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) to publish their official journals, Eurasian Business Review and Eurasian Economic Review, along with a new book series. Both journals are now in their fourth year, and the first issues with Springer were recently published. The book series expects its first title to be released early next year.
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SAGE and British Education Research Association collaborate to launch Handbook of Educational Research
Academic publisher SAGE and The British Educational Research Association (BERA), one of the UK’s leading charities to encourage education research, has announced the launch of the Handbook of Educational Research at the 2014 annual BERA Conference. The Handbook will be published worldwide in both hard copy and electronic formats.
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IHS unveils Engineering360, an online destination for engineers
IHS Inc., a global source of information and analytics, has introduced IHS Engineering360, an online destination for engineers. The new site offers trusted, authoritative editorial content, analysis and insights; product research and tools; an interactive community; and other critical information for engineers and technical professionals across multiple industries and disciplines.
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LBF 2015: Submissions now open for Insights programme
The London Book Fair (LBF) is seeking seminar submissions for their hugely popular Insights Seminar Programme at LBF 2015, scheduled for April 14-16, 2015. The breadth of topics encompasses all the key issues challenging the publishing industry. Over 500 speakers each year share their experience and in-depth knowledge and insights in publishing and related creative industries. Submissions opened September 25 and close on December 12.
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ProQuest announces enhancements to SIRS Issues Researcher and SIRS Discoverer
Educators and students can now benefit from online resources from ProQuest that are mobile optimized, include new instructional tools and features, and vetted content aligned to national standards. Now formatted for easy screen reading on a variety of smart phones and tablets, today’s anytime-anywhere learner can access full-text and image information in the SIRS® Issues Researcher and SIRS Discoverer® research resources.
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CERN and IOP Publishing publish CERN Courier 60th-anniversary special issue
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of CERN, one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. To celebrate this anniversary, CERN and IOP Publishing have produced a special issue of CERN Courier, a magazine published 10 times a year for the international particle-physics community.
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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine moves library management to the cloud with OCLC
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), an international education and research centre dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. WorldShare Management Services provide cloud-based library management and discovery applications in an integrated suite, offering librarians a comprehensive and cost-effective way to manage library workflows efficiently, and improve end users’ access to library collections and services.
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The Network Inter Library Document Exchange now available via Ex Libris SFX
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that users of the Network Inter Library Document Exchange (NILDE) can now seamlessly access documents via the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver. Used by over 800 Italian, Spanish, and Greek libraries, NILDE is a document delivery system that allows libraries to request and provide documents to each other.
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Thomson Reuters predicts Nobel Laureates for 2014
The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has announced its 2014 ‘Nobel-class’ Citation Laureates. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.
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Swets Information Services B.V. declared bankrupt
Following the suspension of payment for Swets & Zeitlinger Group B.V., granted by the court in Amsterdam on September 19, 2014, the Swets Management team, together with J.L.M. Groenewegen (CMS), the appointed administrator, have been working to investigate alternatives for the business. Unfortunately, concrete alternatives to sell the business as a whole have not materialised and due to these developments Swets Information Services B.V. filed for bankruptcy on September 23, 2014. The court of Amsterdam honoured this request and as per September 23, 2014 Swets Information Services B.V. is declared bankrupt.
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Elsevier expands OA portfolio with two new journals – Preventive Medicine Reports and Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of a two new peer reviewed open access journals, Preventive Medicine Reports (PMR) and Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research. While PMR will publish original, scholarly manuscripts on the science and practice of disease prevention, health promotion, and public health policymaking, Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research will publish reviews and papers which describe important new concepts or provide important insights into the practical application, manufacture and commercialisation of bio-sensing and sensing technologies.
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University of Canterbury selects Intota Assessment from ProQuest to simplify library collection management
The University of Canterbury recently selected IntotaTM Assessment from ProQuest as the best solution to address challenges in evaluating usage of their libraries’ collections and making collection management decisions based on evidence. Detailed overlap analysis helps a library determine what resources to renew, acquire or weed to generate greater return on investment of their collection. Additionally, quantitative and qualitative analysis helps identify trends or spot other collection development opportunities.
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Entries for 2015 PROSE Awards now being accepted
Entries are now being accepted through October 31 for the 2015 PROSE Awards. The PROSE Awards, now in its 39th year, is a celebration of publishing that recognises outstanding and innovative scholarly contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences, and math. The prestigious awards are produced by the Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division.
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Atypon to host all Inderscience content on Literatum platform, beginning mid-2015
Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers has announced the appointment of Atypon, a leading provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry, to host all Inderscience content from mid-2015 on its Literatum platform. Inderscience joins over 200 publishers who are publishing more than 6500 journals, 100,000 books, and 17 million articles on Literatum today.
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Brill’s International Journal of Public Theology and Journal of Reformed Theology now included in SCOPUS
Scholarly publisher Brill has announced that two journals in its growing Theology program – International Journal of Public Theology (IJPT) and the Journal of Reformed Theology (JRT) – are now included in SCOPUS. With these additions, over 60 percent of Brill journals have now been selected for coverage in SCOPUS.
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Infrastructure Report Shows Economic Benefits Of Infrastructure Spending.

The Engineering News Record  (9/24, Ichniowski) reports on a NAM study that says a boost in infrastructure spending will increase the US economy, add to jobs, and increase take-home pay. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said on a conference call, “We get a lot of agreement that something needs to be done” about the nation’s infrastructure. He also said, “What this report seeks to do is to quantify the need, but more importantly, to talk about the economic benefits that can arise if the appropriate actions are taken,” and added that all funding sources should be considered when determining how to pay for the boost in spending. Timmons also decried the continuing resolutions on spending that keep getting passed, saying, “We simply can’t continue to lurch along with temporary Band-Aids.”

Politico  (9/25, Caygle) reports that during the release of the report on Tuesday, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons encouraged the nation to look at whether state models for transportation funding can be used for national funding initiatives, saying, “States are creating alternative funding streams and they’ve served as laboratories, so we need to evaluate those solutions to see if they can be applied at a federal level.”

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Swets files for bankruptcy, publishers urge customers to find alternative agents
Subscription agent SWETS has written to publishers that to protect the business interests of Swets & Zeitlinger Group BV, the company has requested the court in Amsterdam to declare a suspension of payments of Swets & Zeitlinger Group BV and appoint an administrator. Considering Swets’ current legal situation, publishers such as Elsevier, Springer, SAGE and Emerald Group Publishing, among others, have advised customers to check the status of any recent orders with Swets and assess the on-going use of Swets as a subscription agent until any legal procedures are closed.
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McGraw Hill Financial to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group
Financial intelligence company McGraw Hill Financial has agreed to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group, a strategic private equity firm based in Palo Alto, California, for $320 million in cash. The transaction, which is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014, is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
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Zynx Health unveils ZynxCarebook, a mobile platform designed to improve care team collaboration across the healthcare continuum
Evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions provider Zynx Health has announced the general availability of ZynxCarebook, a mobile platform designed to profoundly improve care team collaboration across the healthcare continuum. Similar to Zynx Health’s leading evidence-based intelligence, ZynxCarebook also enables healthcare organisations to radically improve care quality and optimize financial performance.
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Research and Markets adds Open Access Journal Publishing Market 2014-2017 report to their offering
Market research and data services provider Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017” report to their offering. The report explains the origins of the open access movement, gives a timeline for its development, but most importantly, for the first time Simba Information quantifies open access’ position as a fast growing sub-segment of scholarly journal publishing.
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The London Library opts for Ex Libris Primo and SFX OpenURL link resolver
Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that The London Library—a literary library active for over 170 years—has selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution and SFX® OpenURL link resolver. These solutions will play a central role in enabling the Library to meet its strategic aims of improving support for research and making its collections more visible to members and prospective members.
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Publishing Technology unveils new interface and enhanced features for ingentaconnect
Content solutions provider Publishing Technology has announced a new interface for its ingentaconnect platform, which claims to be the world’s largest resource for scholarly publications. The first part of the multi-phased relaunch of ingentaconnect.com sees the site’s user experience enhanced, access to information and navigation dramatically improved across the board, and a new-look, user-friendly homepage redesigned to highlight featured publications.
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Inauguration of Cambridge University Press ‘Centre for Excellence’ marks turning point in history of India’s academic influence globally
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press, who has been active in South Asia for the last decade, has announced the launch of a world class ‘Centre for Excellence’ for the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in New Delhi, India. This marks a turning point in the organisation’s evolution and India’s history where for the first time the majority of the world-class academic research content, produced by Cambridge University Press, will be generated in India, at a Cambridge level of quality, to be distributed across the globe.
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Casualty List From Aging Natural Gas Pipelines Growing.

NBC Nightly News (9/23, story 7, 2:30, Williams) reported on a combined USA Today/NBC News “investigation about a growing concern in this country, the aging network of underground pipes that carry natural gas to so many homes.” Many are a hundred years old and “now at the rate of several times a week they begin to leak,” resulting in at least 135 deaths from explosions over the past 10 years. NBC (Costello) reports on a variety of tragedies from pipe problems, including many from construction work.

Heritage’s Moore, Griffith: Trans-Alaska Proves Concerns About Keystone Overblown. In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal  (9/24, Subscription Publication), Stephen Moore and Joel Griffith, both of the Heritage Foundation, write that despite the concerns on the left about the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaska’s experience with the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline, completed in 1977, prove them unfounded. They argue that despite ugly predictions about environmental damage from conservation groups, the Alaska project has delivered significant economic benefits while doing little harm to the environment.

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