April 2009 Archives

New Free Technologies

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This past Monday I went to the Teaching and Learning Conference. The Digital Media Center gave an interesting presentation highlighting emerging technologies that may impact teaching, learning, and research. I thought I'd highlight some technologies that were new to me.


Co-ment is a free, online text annotation tool. You upload your document and you can either send it to a limited amount of collaborators or open your text to the public for comments and evaluation. A new collaboration tool.


SplashUp is a free online photo editor. It was described as an easier version of Photoshop--and it's online and free! SplashUp is compatible with a lot of social media like Flickr, Picasa and Facebook

There are some size limitations...Files sizes must be less than around 6.25 MB and image size is limited to 1250 x 1250 p.


Visual Understanding Environment (or VUE) is an open source software developed by Tufts that allows you to create mind maps and then create a presentation from the mind map. VUE is a little different from the other tools because you have to download the software onto your computer and you can only watch VUE presentations if you have VUE downloaded onto your computer.

But they showed the final project and it looked mighty nice.


Ustream is an online tool that allows you to create broadcasts and your own broadcast channel. All you need is an Internet connection and a web camera. Ustream is compatible with a lot of social media like YouTube and Facebook.

The Digital Media Center also talked about Google Documents, Zotero and Flickr. The library offers workshops on Google Docs and Zotero...I'll post more info on this blog the next time these classes are held. Or you can check out our Workshops Website.

New Books At Walter

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Here's a selection of recent additions to the Walter Library's collection. If you have a purchase request, I'm happy to hear it!

Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
11th Edition
By Eugene A. Avallone, Theodore Baumeister, and Ali Sadegh
Link to Full Text

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Combustion Engineering Issues for Solid Fuel Systems
By Bruce G. Miller and David A. Tillman
Link to Full Text

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Combustion Processes in Propulsion: Control, Noise, and Pulse Detonation
By Gabriel Roy
Link to Full Text

Knovel Steam Tables: An Implementation of Equations
Published by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS)
Link to Full Text

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Generating Power at High Efficiency: Combined-Cycle Technology for Sustainable Energy Production
By Eric J. Jeffs
TJ808 .J44 2008

Save the Date: SCImagine! 2009 in Two Weeks

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The Science and Engineering Library will be hosting its annual showcase of University teaching, learning and research in the physical sciences and engineering.

This year our presenters will be from the student Solar Decathlon Team who will be competing in an international competition this fall in Washington D.C.

Come and learn about their innovations in constructing a house that is completely powered by the sun!

SCImagine! 2009: Solar House on the Prairie
Walter Library, Room 101
Friday, May 8
Open to the public (spread the word!)

Light refreshments will be served.

New Books At Walter

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Here are a selection of newer titles that have recently arrived in Walter's print collection. If you have a request for a book you'd like the library to order, feel free to send me an email.

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Energy Management Handbook (6th Edition)
By Wayne C. Turner and Steve Doty
TJ163.2 .T87 2007 (Reference, Non-Circulating)

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Bipedal Robots: Modeling, Design and Walking Synthesis
By Christine Chevallereau
TJ211.4 .R6313 2009

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Heat Transfer
By Gregory Nellis and Sanford Klein
TJ260 .N45 2009

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The National Academies Summit on America's Energy Future: Summary of a Meeting
By National Research Council (U. S.)
TJ163.15 .N365 2008

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Handbook of Energy Audits (7th Edition)
By Albert Thumann
TJ163.245 .T48 2008 (Reference, Non-Circulating)

Biomimetic Robotics : Mechanisms and Control
By Ranjan Vepa
TJ211 .V47 2009

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Practical Control Engineering: A Guide for Engineers, Managers, and Practitioners
By David Koenig
TJ213 .K578 2009

Celebrate with Us!

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The University Libraries have won a national "Excellence in Academic Libraries" Award sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries and Blackwell’s Book Services.

To celebrate the award we're having a reception in the Great Hall of Walter Library (on the second floor, where the reference and circulation desk is located) on Wednesday, April 22 @ 3pm.

Members of campus and the community are welcome to attend. The celebration will start at 3:00 pm and the award will be presented to Provost Tom Sullivan and University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee at 3:15. Refreshments will be served.

You can learn more about the award and reception here.

New E-Books in Mechanical Engineering (Cont.)

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Here's a continuation of the list of new entries in the library's electronic book collection:

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Design and Optimization of Thermal Systems (2nd Edition)
By Yogesh Jaluria
Link to Full Text

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Entropy-Based Design and Analysis of Fluids Engineering Systems
By Greg F. Naterer and Jose A. Camberos
Link to Full Text

Turbomachinery: Design and Theory
By Rama S.R. Gorla and Aijaz A. Khan
Link to Full Text

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The Air Engine : Stirling Cycle Power for a Sustainable Future
By Allan J. Organ
Link to Full Text

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Industrial Gas Turbines: Performance and Operability
By A. M. Y. Razak
Link to Full Text

HCCI and CAI Engines for the Automotive Industry
Edited by H. Zhao
Link to Full Text

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Introduction to Nonimaging Optics
By Julio Chaves
Link to Full Text

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Standard Handbook of Chains : Chains for Power Transmission and Material Handling (2nd Edition)
By American Chain Association
Link to Full Text

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Metalworking Fluids (2nd Edition)
Edited by Jerry P. Byers
Link to Full Text

Synthetics, Mineral Oils, and Bio-Based Lubricants : Chemistry and Technology
Edited by Leslie R. Rudnick
Link to Full Text

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Analyzing Friction in the Design of Rubber Products and Their Paired Surfaces
By Robert Horigan Smith
Link to Full Text

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Machining Technology: Machine Tools and Operations
By Helmi A. Youssef and Hassan El-Hofy
Link to Full Text

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Fabrication of Silicon Microprobes for Optical Near-Field Applications
By Phan Ngoc Minh, Ono Takahito, and Esashi Masayoshi
Link to Full Text

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Belt Conveying of Minerals
By L. Stace and E. Yardley
Link to Full Text

New E-Books in Mechanical Engineering

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Here's a list of E-books that the library has recently purchased access to. We've gained access to a bunch of new titles so I'll probably list them out over two blog posts. So be on the lookout for more new book information soon! For a full list of books that have recently arrived at Walter Library, check out our website.

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Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
By Harold Josephs and Ronald Huston
Link to Full Text

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Stories of Modern Technology Failures and Cognitive Engineering Successes
By Nancy J. Cooke and Frank Durso
Link to Full Text

Lubrication and Maintenance of Industrial Machinery: Best Practices and Reliability
Edited by Robert M. Gresham and George E. Totten
Link to the Full Text

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Practical Plant Failure Analysis : A Guide to Understanding Machinery Deterioration and Improving Equipment Reliability
By Neville W. Sachs
Link to Full Text

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Mechatronic Systems: Devices, Design, Control, Operation and Monitoring
Edited by Clarence W. de Silva
Link to Full Text

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Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology
Edited by Barney L. Capehart
Link to Full Text

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Self-Organization During Friction: Advanced Surface-Engineered Materials and Systems Design
Edited by German Fox-Rabinovich and George E. Totten
Link to Full Text

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Kinematic Geometry of Surface Machining
By Stephen P. Radzevich
Link to Full Text

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Neural Network Control of Nonlinear Discrete-Time Systems
By Jagannathan Sarangapani
Link to Full Text

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Chaos in Automatic Control
Edited by Wilfrid Perruquetti and Jean-Pierre Barbot
Link to Full Text

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Intelligent Systems: Technology and Applications
Edited by Cornelius T. Leondes
Link to Full Text

Meso- to Micro-Actuators: A Theoretical and Practical Approach
By Alberto Borboni
Link to Full Text

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Mechatronic System Control, Logic, and Data Acquisition
Edited by Robert H. Bishop
Link to Full Text

The Handbook of Manufacturing Engineering Parts Fabrication: Principles and Process
Edited by Richard Crowson
Link to Full Text

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Heat Transfer in Single and Multiphase Systems
By Greg F. Naterer
Link to Full Text

Grant Funding Workshop

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(Image from Steve_Wampler via Flickr. CC.)

Do you need helping locating funding for your research project? Let the libraries connect you to tools that will help you grab some of that money being offered by different agencies and groups and get your research funded!

Next week we'll be offering Grant Funding for Graduate Students

Here's the description we've posted on our website:

Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources.

Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html

Here are the details:
Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Tuesday, April 14
Walter 310
3:00-4:15 p.m.
Register Here

New Books at Walter

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Here's a selection of books on Mechanical Engineering-related topics that have recently arrived at Walter Library.

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Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components
By Judson Bauman
TA455.R8 B38 2008

Introduction to Engineering Plasticity
By G. K. Lal
TA418.14 .L35 2009

An Introduction to Mathematics for Engineers Mechanics
By Stephen Lee
TA350 .L38 2008

Nonlinear Dynamics
Edited by M. Daniel and S. Rajasekar
QA845 .N64 2009

Physics and Chemistry of Micro-Nanotribology
By Jianbin Luo
TJ1075 .L825 2008

Principles of Engineering Economic Analysis
By John A. White, Kenneth E. Case, and David B. Pratt
TA177.4 .W48 2010

Programming Distributed Finite Element Analysis: An Object Oriented Approach
By R. I. Mackie
TA347.F5 M34 2007

System of Systems Engineering
By Mohammad Jamshidi
TA168 .S8885 2009

Taming Heterogenity and Complexity of Embedded Control
Edited by FranCoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, Antonio Loria, Elena Panteley, and Salah Laghrouche
TJ223.M53 T36 2007

Your Feedback

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If you have problems accessing the survey here on the blog, here's a link to the web version.

Walter Workshops Next Week

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We have two workshops coming up next week in Walter 310 that may be of interest...


This workshop will be a very basic introduction to using EndNote...we'll cover setting up your EndNote Library, importing citations, basic customizations, and generating bibliographies and using Cite While You Write with Word.

EndNote for Engineers and Physical Scientists
Wednesday, April 8
Register Here

If you're unable to attend, I've also put together a self-directed online version of the class. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.


This class is new to me, but it sounds interesting--all about Creative Commons licensing. Both discussing using the Creative Commons license for your own work and using Creative Commons-licensed material to enhance your work.

Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Creative Commons
Wednesday, April 8
Register Here

Here's some more information on Creative Commons if you want to learn more.