Sunday, January 21, 2007

No Name-Calling Week (NNCW), January 22-26, 2007, is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.

Inspired by a young adult novel entitled "The Misfits" by author, James Howe, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition was created by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, and consists of over 40 national partner organizations. GLSEN first organized the No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation during 2004.

No Name-Calling Week 2007 is made possible, in large part, by a generous grant from Cisco Systems.

For more information visit the NNCW website at

Thursday, January 18, 2007

New acronym: Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) program

The new Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered programme (EDGE) takes an interesting approach to conservation. EDGE species are both Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. Every mammal species has been scored according to the amount of unique evolutionary history it represents, and its conservation status according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

From this scoring system, EDGE produced a Top 100 EDGE mammals list. Amazingly, about two-thirds of these, including the number one listed Yangtze River dolphin, are receiving little or no conservation attention!

Started in January 2007 by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), EDGE aims to conserve the world's most Evolutionarily Distinct and
Globally Endangered species by implementing the research and conservation actions needed to secure their future.

The EDGE website has a blog, downloadable database of endangered species, and advanced search features. You can learn more here:

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Acronym Finder in "Best Free Reference Web Sites"

Acronym Finder was selected as one of the "Best Free Reference Web Sites" for 2006 by the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA).

The list, in its eighth year, is published in the fall issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly and recognizes outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web. The complete index of all previous winners is also available at the RUSA site.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Acronym Finder featured in Wall Street Journal

We were thrilled to see Acronym Finder featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for Saturday, January 13, 2007.

Read the article here.