“Seamount fisheries have often been described as mining operations rather than sustainable fisheries. They typically collapse within a few years of the start of fishing and the trawlers then move on to other unexploited seamounts to maintain the fishery.”  

Philip Mladenov, author of Marine Biology: A Very Short Introduction, explores the future of seamount ecosystems on the OUPblog.

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Customary international law's uncertain status in the US Legal System - OUPblog (blog)

Customary international law’s uncertain status in the US Legal System – OUPblog (blog)

Customary international law’s uncertain status in the US Legal System
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Customary international law arises from the practices of nations followed out of a sense of legal obligation. Although long an important source of international law, there continues to be debate and uncertainty about customary international law’s

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To celebrate Earth Day on 22 April, we have created a reading list of books, journals, and online resources that explore environmental protection, environmental ethics, and other environmental sciences. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in the United States. Since then, it has grown to include more than 192 countries and the Earth Day Network coordinate global events that demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

As editor of the OUPblog, I’m probably one of only a handful who read everything we publish over the course of the year. Even those posts which are coded and edited by our Deputy Editors I carefully read through in the hopes of catching any errors (some always make it through). So it’s wonderful to reflect on the amazing work that our authors, editors, and staff have created in 2013. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites from the past year…


There were several important records released in 1959, but no event or recording matches the importance of the release of the new Miles Davis album Kind of Blue on 17 August 1959. There were people waiting in line at record stores to buy it on the day it appeared. It sold very well from its first day, and it has sold increasingly well ever since. It is the best-selling jazz album in the Columbia Records catalogue, and at the end of the twentieth century it was voted one of the ten best albums ever produced.

Jeremy Yudkin writes about the classic album over on the OUPblog. Above, you find his bibliography and a great selection of books about the great American jazz musician. 

  • Chambers, Jack. Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis.  Reprint: 2 vols. in one. New York: Da Capo, 1998.
  • Davis, Miles with Quincy Troupe. Miles: The Autobiography. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
  • Gridley, Mark. Jazz Styles: History and Analysis. 7th edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000.
  • Szwed, John. So What: The Life of Miles Davis.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002.
  • Yudkin, Jeremy. Miles Davis, Miles Smiles, and the Birth of Postbop. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2007.

via @brainpicker: Fantastic guide to free jazz online from NPR’s Fresh Air

Kevin Whitehead is the longtime jazz critic for National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” and has written about jazz for many publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Down Beat, and the Village Voice. He is most recently the author of Why Jazz? A Concise Guide. Listen to his interview on The Oxford Comment.

Ways to be Autism aware

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and over on the OUPblog, Alice Hammel and Ryan Hourigan, authors of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach and the forthcoming Teaching Music to Students with Autism, have shared their ways to be Autism aware.

  1. Be aware that people with autism can usually understand more than they can express.
  2. Be aware that people with autism can be sensitive.
  3. Be aware that people with autism think differently.
  4. Be aware that people with autism probably have a specific interest or topic that may help with communication.
  5. Be aware that people with autism tend to focus on the trees rather than the forest.
  6. Be aware that a child (or adult) with autism may be having a moment in public that seems confusing to you.
  7. Be aware that people with autism may need help with social circumstances.
  8. Be aware that a family that includes a person with autism may be tired and stressed.
  9. Be aware that a child with autism may have siblings that get less attention than they do.
  10. Be aware that a person with autism is a person and not a label.

Read the full blog post for the complete listing.

The moral of this story is that the intellectuals, the philosophers, and the scientists have their stratospheric rises and vast influences, as their ideas are born and taken up by others. But once those ideas decline there is no coming back for them. Imaginative writers have far less momentous effects, as a general rule; but they can refute the parabola-effect and come back, again and again as they are rediscovered. I’ll live with that.
Solo adventurers face loneliness and the risk of psychological breakdown, while those whose mission involves long-term confinement with a small group may experience stressful interpersonal conflict. All of that is on top of the physical hardships like sleep deprivation, pain, hunger, and squalor. What can the rest of us learn from those hardy individuals who survive and thrive in extreme places?
Infections Can Damage Your IQ

Infections Can Damage Your IQ
Infections in the brain affected the cognitive ability the most, but many other types of infections severe enough to require hospitalization can also impair a patient’s cognitive ability. Moreover, it seems that the immune system itself can affect the …
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The missing emotion
Mental health language, however, has not elevated the extreme into a syndrome comparable to depression or anxiety states. Perhaps if it did we would understand better the good and the ill … One hope is that the diagnosis will promote good clinical …
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Cultural Context: The Essential Ingredient for a Whole Formulation
… depression, bipolar disorder, or another psychiatric disorder, to determine a treatment plan. The Cultural Formulation gives us the tools to do just that, comprehensively. Using these tools, we can guide aspects of our interview with different …
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‘Interesting family history’
She hopes to help others find their own family roots when she leads a demonstration on how to use ancestry.com from 1-2:30 p.m., May 30, at the library, 304 South St. The library recently obtained the website resource to give patrons another genealogy …
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Oxford University Press celebrates Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary! Are any of you really surprised that we employ a fair number of Whovians around the globe? From our Oxford office (it’s bigger on the inside), to Cary, North Carolina (seat of the High Council of Gallifrey), to (Dalek-terrorised!) New York, many of us will be spending this Saturday hiding behind the sofa, sonic screwdriver in hand, and with U.N.I.T. on standby. 

For those of you who have yet to discover the joys of travelling with a Time Lord, we have a few resources for you.  

And you can always follow the official Doctor Who Tumblr

Worldwide, the number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is increasing. According to the CDC, there are 23,000 deaths and two million hospitalizations attributable to drug-resistant bacteria each year in the United States.
We have great news: the OUPblog has been re-designed!

The OUPblog is now easier to navigate, has a responsive design, and we have streamlined the links and widgets on the site. The design we have been using since 2010 has now been retired but some things will never change: we will continue to publish the same quality scholarship from authors, editors, and academics around the globe. We can’t wait to hear what you think about the new design on the OUPblog.

The good news doesn’t stop there either, oh no! We are pleased to announce the launch of Oxford Australia Blog, bringing you the best  content from our office “down under”. Also, the recently launched Oxford Southern Africa Blog will bring you the latest in education from that region.

Other recently launched channels include an Oxford Dictionaries YouTube channel and an Oxford Dictionaries Google Plus page. And the newly launched Oxford Medicine Facebook page. We hope you enjoy checking out all of our new channels… happy exploring!

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“Wild-haired and witch-like,” the wisewoman in industrial society. Nell Racker (1846-1933) was a community midwife, skilled herbalist, clairvoyant, spell weaver, and spiritual healer.