April 16, 2009

New Books in Civil Engineering

We have some of the new books available online or at Walter Library that may interested students, faculty, and staff in Civil Engineering. You can always find complete lists of new books on our website.

Theory of beam columns
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com , 2005.
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Nonlinear vibrations and stability of shells and plates
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com , 2005.
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Stainless steels for design engineers.
Materials Park, Ohio : ASM International , 2008.
iv, 304 p. ; 26 cm.
TA479.S7M38 2008
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Engineering, business and professional ethics
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com , 2005.
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Engineering communication : a practical guide to workplace communications for engineers
Southbank, Victoria ; : Thomson , 2008.
xvii, 278 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TA158.5.I53 2008
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Strained metallic surfaces : theory, nanostructuring and fatigue strength.
Weinheim : Wiley-VCH , 2009.
viii, 250 p. ; 25 cm.
TA460.L48 2009
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Structural timber design
Oxford ; : Blackwell Science , 1999.
xii, 268 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Education and training in geo-engineering Sciences : soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and rock mechanics.
London : CRC Press/Balkema , 2008.
xi, 514 p. ; 25 cm.
TA703.5.E38 2008
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Engineering rock mechanics an introduction to the principles
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com , 2005.
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Deformational characteristics of geomaterials : proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS Atlanta 2008, 22-24 September 2008, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Amsterdam, Netherlands ; : IOS Press , 2008.
2 v. (xv, 944 p.) : ill. ; 25 cm.
TA710.I5474 2008
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Unsaturated soil mechanics
Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley , 2004.
xxvii, 556 p. : ill.
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Sprayed concrete lined tunnels : an introduction
New York, NY : Taylor & Francis , 2009.
xv, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
TA815.T46 2009
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Progress on drinking water research
New York : Nova Science Publishers , 2008.
xi, 290 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
TD370.P76 2008
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Water treatment plant performance evaluations and operations
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley , 2009.
xiv, 236 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
TD434.O278 2009
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Hybrid membrane systems for water purification technology, systems design and operation
Norwood Mass. : Books24x7.com , 2005.
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Pumping station design
Amsterdam : Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann , 2008.
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 27 cm.
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Management of pollutant emission from landfills and sludge : selected papers from the International Workshop on Management of Pollution Emission from Landfills and Sludge, Kazmierz Dolny, Poland, 16-19 September, 2006
London ; : Taylor & Francis , 2008.
xi, 281 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
TD795.7.I56 2006
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Lighting for driving : roads, vehicles, signs, and signals
Boca Raton : CRC Press , 2009.
xviii, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
TE228.B66 2009
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April 14, 2009

Scimagine! 2009: Solar House

SCImagine! 2009:

Solar House on the Prairie


UMN Solar House Decathlon Team


Over 150 students in 10 teams from all over campus working to build one house completely powered by the sun! Come learn about their innovation!


Free, open to the public 101 Walter Library University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Friday, May 8th, 2009
3:00-4:30 p.m.

What's a Solar House Decathlon?

(Picture of a Solar House team working on a system design.)

Solar House group web site: http://www.solardecathlon.umn.edu/

One of 20 international teams invited to compete in Washington D.C. , this group is developing a house that relies only on solar power that is tailored to the Minnesota climate.

The team is broken down into 10 departments focusing on architecture, communications, commissioning, construction, marketing, interior design, logistics, procurement, solar integration, and structural engineering.

What is SCImagine!?
SCImagine emphasizes the Science & Engineering Library's role as an intellectual gathering place on campus. Each spring, the Library showcases University teaching, learning and research in the physical sciences and engineering, offering fascinating presentations and lively discussions.

March 13, 2009

Register your team for the Science Quiz Bowl!

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The Science Quiz Bowl is coming up as part of IT Week. It's the annual friendly knowledge contest sponsored by the Mathematics and Science & Engineering Libraries. Registration is open and limited to IT students.

Teams consist of four members. If you don't have a team but still want to participate there are possibilities to be on a randomly generated team. Registration closes on March 25 and only the first 32 teams to register will be able to participate.

Learn more and REGISTER here!

February 16, 2009

Who owns your scholarship?

Registration is officially closed, but you can still join us TODAY (Monday, February 16) at 2:30 in the Coffman Great Hall to hear a presentation by Dr. Kenny Crews, Founding Director of Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Office. Dr. Crews is known as an engaging and knowledgeable speaker, and in just two hours you will:

  • Get concrete ideas on how to increase the visibility of/access to your work while still retaining ownership
  • Find out how the U's new copyright policy (approved by the Regents in 2007) applies to you
  • Discuss these issues with faculty from across the campus
  • Satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing ed requirement

All that, and refreshments too! More information here.

January 7, 2009

Science and Engineering Library Winter Workshop Series

These workshops are located in Walter Library Rm 310. Many more workshops are available through the University Libraries. Find out more by clicking links below!

Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:00: Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Tuesday, January 13, 2:00-3:00: Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 3:00-4:00: Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
Wednesday, January 14, 3:00-4:00: Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Morning workshops are also available at Magrath Library.

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science

Unlock doors to countless research articles in the sciences and beyond in one of the most powerful cross-disciplinary citation indexes available: the Web of Science. This introductory workshop is ideal for undergraduates or graduates beginning their research process who are looking for a better way of searching, one that goes beyond simply skimming the surface! Plus, with the unveiling of a new interface, even experienced Web of Science users will learn new tricks that will make their literature research a seamless and continuous process.

We will cover search strategies, article retrieval, journal ranking, and exporting citations to Endnote. Subject examples will focus on the sciences, but arts, humanities and social sciences are also covered by this index.


Google for Researchers

With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborate environment.


Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article

This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.


RefWorks Basics

Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks.


Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Whether working with your colleagues across the University or around the world, it can be challenging to collaborate when you are in separate locations. Learn about web-based resources, both at the University and freely available on the web, that can help you to effectively collaborate. We will include resources such as Google Docs, del.icio.us and UThink.

November 17, 2008

International Education Week Library Information Fair

Via Jon Jeffryes:


On Tuesday, November 18 from 11-2 the Science and Engineering Library along with University Libraries is hosting a Library Information Fair to celebrate International Education Week.

This is an opportunity to find answers to those questions you've been trying to solve all semester long when it comes to library resources. Meet with a librarian for a one-on-one interaction to answer your questions. We'll also be featuring an international soundtrack, the chance to find international newspapers using Library PressDisplay, and light refreshments.

The event will be in the Upson Room of Walter Library (Room 102).

All are welcome!

Any questions, let me know!

October 30, 2008

Politics and Science

As I was catching up on my podcast backlog over lunch, I listened to an MPR Midmorning episode broadcast last week. The discussion centered around Science Debate 2008's efforts to get the presidential candidates to answer questions about US science policy. Although the discussion was shorter than it should have been due to Pledge Drive breaks, the guests still had time to make a pretty good case for why science and technology policy is at least as important as economic or foreign policy.

October 23, 2008

Promote engineering education, and maybe win a t-shirt

The ScienceWomen blog is providing even more incentive to participate in the DonorsChoice Challenge they launched as part of Blog Action Day 2008. Donate to one of the science and engineering related public school projects listed with DonorsChoice, forward your receipt to Sciencewomen's Alice Pawley, and you'll have a chance to win one of these custom-designed shirts.


For more details, see the original ScienceWomen DonorsChoice post.

September 30, 2008

Knovel University Challenge

Could you use a Nintendo Wii or a new iPod? Check out this contest, via Jon Jeffryes:

The online reference book website Knovel is putting on a contest, the Knovel University Challenge.

The contest begins today and goes through November 7th. It's open to all UMN students. All you have to do is enter via the widget below and get three answers correct using Knovel Ebooks.

If you get three correct answers you will be eligible for Knovel's drawing. They plan to give away 2 Nintendo Wiis, 3 iPod Nanos, and 6 iTunes Gift Cards.

You'll be able to familiarize yourself with this great reference resource and may just win a prize. For more information about rules and regulations, click here.

September 8, 2008

Off Topic: If you liked Quicksilver, you might like...

For the most part, I'll be using this blog to tell you about library "stuff": Workshops, Web-based tools, new books and journals. But I'm going to play "public librarian" just for today.

There are some authors whose books seem to resonate with engineers and computer scientists, and Neal Stephenson is one of them. I'm a big fan of Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Diamond Age, and Quicksilver (along with the rest of the Baroque Cycle) is taunting me from my bedside table. Stephenson's latest, Anathem, is due in bookstores this week.

If you want a signed copy, Stephenson's book tour will take him to the Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina on September 26.

Want the shortest-possible synopsis? The librarian cartoon Unshelved published their Anathem book talk on Sunday.

September 3, 2008

Keeping Track of Your Research

Tired of keeping long lists of citations you might need later in a Word document? Or worse, a stack of notecards?


To make your life easier, University Libraries subscribes to RefWorks, an online citation management tool. Refworks helps students, faculty, and staff by making it easy to save citations (usually without transcribing anything), sort or filter them, and format them into bibliographies. You can create as many RefWorks accounts as you need, making it an ideal tool for sharing citations with your research group.

Want to get started? Jon Jeffryes and I will be teaching an hour-long RefWorks Basics workshop on September 9 at 2:30. For more information or to register, click here.

August 21, 2008

Fall Course Reserves

You're all well aware that classes start in just a few short days. If you're teaching a class this semester and want to put any textbooks, solutions manuals, or additional reading on reserve, now is the time. Please contact Priscilla Pope, who handles the Sci/Eng Reserve Collection, with your reserve requests (Walter Library Circulation desk, 612-626-9567, p-pope@umn.edu). Not only can you add library materials (search MNCAT to see if we own it), but you can also add personal copies.

Uploading electronic materials is easy too. Find out how to provide secure, online access to lecture notes, presentation slides, and practice exams at http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/eres.phtml.

July 23, 2008

Programming Books from the Library

Last week I got to put on my programming hat for a couple of days to help with a Google Maps/library catalog mashup some of my colleagues are putting together. I'm using new-to-me tools and knew that an O'Reilly book or two would help me get up to speed. I suppose I could have found what I needed at Amazon or the University book store, but why do that when I can get what I need immediately through the library?

Because such books tend to become obsolete so quickly, we don't collect the hard copies here. Instead, we provide access to electronic versions of books from publishers like O'Reilly, Que, Addson-Wesley, and others through Safari Books Online. As new editions come out and new technologies emerge, we can adjust the collection to match the needs of our users.

You can get to Safari Books Online from the SciEng home page. Just look under Electronic Books.

July 15, 2008

Grand Funding workshop today

Weather.com says it's going to be 90 degrees at 3:00 today, but I can
guarantee that the training room at Walter will be 15-20 degrees
cooler. Come on over for a break from the heat, and learn something new
at the same time. Today's Grants Funding workshop (developed in
conjunction with the Office fo the VP for Research) runs from 3:00-4:15
today in Walter 310. Register here.

July 10, 2008

Gift book: Water Supply/Sanitation in India

I recently received a copy of a book titled Status of Water Supply, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management in Urban Areas published by the National Institute of Urban Affairs in New Delhi in 2005 (principal investigator is Usha P. Raghupathi). I'm not planning on adding the book to the collection. If you have a use for it, or just want to take a look, let me know.