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National Walking Day

Did you know April 6th is National Walking Day? What better way to kick off spring then by taking a walk. There are tons of health benefits associated with walking, plus its always a good excuse to avoid your homework for just a little bit longer.

In one study, researchers took research participants on two walking trips, one in a rural area, and one in an urban area. They found that walking in both rural and urban areas had positive effects on mental health but walking in rural areas had the biggest benefit.

Another study found similar results. “This study found that walking through forest areas decreased the negative moods of ‘depression-dejection’, ‘tension-anxiety’, ‘anger-hostility’, ‘fatigue’, and ‘confusion’ and improved the participants’ positive mood of ‘vigor’ compared with walking through city areas.”

Anchorage is full of beautiful forested trails; many within a stones throw of the University. Take a look at the trails that are maintained by the Anchorage Parks & Rec Department. Just to the north of campus is the Goose Lake trail that begins behind the Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building, does a loop around the lank, though a picnic area and back around. To the east in APU, there are several ski trails that double as walking trails in summer weather.

Still don’t think going for a walk is for you? Take a look at some of these other articles and see if any of them sway your mind.

Hillwalking and Walk Leading Motivations, Perceived Benefits and The Role of Natural Environment by N. Morocza
I Walk My Dog Because It Makes Me Happy: A Qualitative Study to Understand Why Dogs Motivate Walking and Improved Health by Carri Westgarth
Increasing Walking in College Students Using A Pedometer Intervention: Differences According to Body Mass Index by Erica Jackson
Walk This Way to Improve Your Health: To Gain Health Benefits, Walk at A Brisk Pace by Healthy Years Magazine
Walk to Benefit Mental Health by Paul Huggins
After-Meal Walks Offer Big Health Benefits by Matt McMillen

Alaska's Tony Knowles Coastal Trail | RTC's Trail of the Month

Women’s History Month – Week 5

In this final week of Women’s History Month, let’s have a callback to the first week where we had a collection of women’s literature. But this week, we will instead look at women in literature. Representation of female characters has not always been great; even in today’s books, women are not given the same agency, power, or mindful representation of their male counterparts. These books seek to analyze female characters in literature and they many roles they can hold in a story.

A History of Modern Irish Women’s Literature by Heather Ingman

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue

Mad Mädchen: Feminism and Generational Conflict in Recent German Literature and Film My Margaret McCarthy

Madcaps, Screwballs, And Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Culture by Lori Landay

Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature by Elizabeth Hardwick

Silent Witnesses: Representations of Working-Class Women in The United States by Jacqueline Ellis

Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture by Helena Michie

Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature by Roseann P. Bell

Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and The Traps of Representation by Oswaldo Estrada

Victorian Heroines: Representations of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art by Kimberly Reynolds

Women in Literature: Reading Through the Lens of Gender by Jerilyn Fisher

Women’s History Month – Week 4

March is winding down but we are not done celebrating just yet. Did you know that you have access to dozens of journals and publications that focus specifically on women? Journals cover a wide range of topics from the incredibly broad (like Science which covers any…you guessed it… science related topics), to the very niche (like Dakota Tawaxitku Kin, or, The Dakota Friend, a journal last published in 1851 written in both English and the Dakota language). This week, let’s look at a few of the journals available to you that might be just the thing you need to finish off your next research assignment.

Advancing Women in Leadership

Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter

Black Women, Gender & Families

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Women of Color Magazine

Golden Dawn: A Journal Devoted to the Interests of Women

International Archive of Women in Architecture

Journal of Women & Aging

Journal of Women & Religion

Violence Against Women

Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives

Women & Health

Women & Language

Women & Therapy

Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin

Women’s History Month – Week 3

As we move into the middle of March and continue our mini book displays, lets shift focus and view the contributions through the lens of a very specific database all UAA students, staff, and faculty have access to. Meet the Press is a digital archive of the television program of the same name, created in 1947 by Martha Roundtree, the first and only female moderator of the show. The show features interviews with politicians from all sides of the political spectrum, frequently one-on-one, but sometimes interviews with multiple politicians in a round table style discussion.

When you first enter the database, there will be a selection of clips on the right-hand side hat you can select from to watch. If there is a specific date, politician, or topic you would like to see, select the red filter button above the videos to open a menu that will let you change parameters.

After selecting a video, controls are similar to other video player websites. At the top of the video, you get an option to enable transcripts, view more details of the video, or create personal clips of the video to save for viewing later.

For viewing enjoyment, here are a few clips of interest.

Interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on October 23, 2011 on the withdraw of U.S. Troops from Iraq

Interview by Martha Roundtree with John F. Kennedy on November 9, 1952 on Kennedys new appointment as Senator of Massachusetts

Interview with Senator Bob Dole on July 22, 1984 on the selection of Geraldine Ferraro as Walter Mondale’s running mate, making her the first female vice-president nominee

Roundtable Interview with Carol Moseley-Braun, Nancy Pelosi, Marge Roukema, and Anne Northup on February 8, 1998 regarding Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton

Interview on June 10, 1951 with Frieda Hennock, the first female commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission 

Women’s History Month – Week 2

Women’s History Month continues with a string of bizarre weather changes culminating in Saturday’s big snow dump just in time for the Iditarod. If you’re feeling in the snowy mood, take a look at some of these books about women living and working in the Arctic and Antarctic while you cozy on up with a blanket.

The Storywriters’ Club: The Picture-Writing Women of the Arctic by Loretta Outwater Cox

Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across The Southern Ice by Felicity Aston

Ordinary Women: An Arctic Adventure by Sue Carter

The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Women on the Ice : A History of Women in the Far South by Elizabeth Chipman

Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven

The New Explorers: Women in Antarctica: Barbara Land

No Horizon is so Far: Two Women and Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica by Liv Arnesen