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Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Fri, 9 Aug 2002 07:15:20 -0600


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From: lindam@sirs.com

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SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH - August 2002
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SIRS RESEARCHER
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The UNITED STATES ACADEMIC DECATHLON: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL
WORLD, is the focus of SIRS RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH. The
Academic Decathlon has released its curriculum for the 2002-2003
season.  The seven topics are Language and Literature, Art, Music,
Social Science, Economics, Math, and the Super Quiz, which focuses on
oceanography. SIRS Researcher has attempted to aid students in
preparing for the competition by providing articles as study aids. 
Article titles include "Shaping an Economy to Sustain Our Future,"
"Can the Novel Be Saved," "Oceans Are on the Critical List,"
"Computer Algebra: Speed Is Not All" and "The Role of Energy in the
U.S. Economy."

SIRS RENAISSANCE
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Artist and experimental filmmaker Hans Richter once said that
filmmaking "is the art of the twentieth century." However, the
expense and technologies invested in filmmaking prohibited mass
participation. For much of the twentieth century, the art of film was
accessible only to big-budget studios or to the few well-funded
independent filmmakers. As a result, Hollywood controlled the film
industry. But with Robert Redford's establishment of the Sundance
Film Festival in Utah in 1981, the independent film market blossomed.
Independent filmmakers now had a venue to present their works,
audiences to appreciate their products and distributors to market
their wares. The advent of digital technology, which allows anyone
with a digital camera, a home computer and a passion for filmmaking
the ability to create quality movies, has further expanded the genre.
Filmmaking may have been the art of the twentieth century, but
independent filmmaking promises to be the art of the twenty-first.
The people, films, advocates and facets of independent filmmaking are
explored in SIRS RENAIRSSANCE'S AUGUST SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH,
INDEPENDENT FILMS & FILMMAKERS. Articles include "The Real Sundance
Kid, "The Movie Hollywood Could Not Stop," "A Director's Dream Come
True - On Film" and "Details Are Acoustical: The Films of Lynne
Ramsay."

SIRS DISCOVERER
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Nearly everyone on Earth has wanted to know what the weather is going
to be like tomorrow, next week, next month or a year from now. 
Weather conditions affect farmers, fishermen, amusement park
managers, military leaders, brides planning outdoor weddings and
countless others.  The SIRS DISCOVERER AUGUST SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH
- WEATHER AND SEASONS - includes articles on weather forecasting, the
four seasons, clouds, wind chill, droughts, floods, hurricanes and
more. Some of the articles include "The Climate Detectives," "Weather
Clues," "Nature's Fury," "Where in the World Does Wind Come From?"
"Weather Forecasting," "What Makes the Seasons Change? And Why Do the
Days Get Shorter?" and "Scientists Puzzle Over Latest Weird Weather"

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE'S
CALENDAR OF EVENTS. Articles are also accessible within the main
database and remain in the SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for
one year. For more information about SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH on SIRS
RESEARCHER, SIRS RENAISSANCE or SIRS DISCOVERER, call 1-800-232-7477
or visit www.sirs.com.





Paula Zsiray