April 2010 Archives

Scimagine 2010

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scimagine.jpgHow do you combine skills in problem solving and business development with a desire to make the world a better place?

Villagers in the Himalayan foothills prepare their food over smoky indoor wood fires, resulting in poor air quality that is one of the top 20 global causes of death. Student teams from the Institute of Technology, Carlson School of Management, and the School of Public Health have partnered with students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee to create a business plan that addresses this issue.

Teams from 14 universities in the U.S. and India are competing in the Acara Challenge 2010 for the opportunity to turn their plan into a sustainable business. Join us to find out how they met the challenge and what they learned about collaborating across continents.

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.

Scholarly Publishing Event

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A Forum for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values:
Choosing our Future

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Walter Library, Room 402

Jason Baird Jackson
Associate Professor of Folklore,
Indiana University

Jason Baird Jackson is an ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore studies, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and ethnomusicology. He is the editor of the open-access scholarly journal Museum Anthropology Review, published by the Indiana University Libraries as part of the IUScholarWorks Journals project. Jackson launched the journal after becoming dissatisfied with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology, published by the American Anthropological Association and Wiley-Blackwell. He was part of a group that recently published an article entitled "Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies," which appeared in Cultural Anthropology and is now freely available. More about Professor Jackson...

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty members from the Academic Health Center, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Institute of Technology.

Learn more: http://staff.lib.umn.edu/communications/email/2010/jackson/

Google Starts Grant Program

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Google_book.jpg"Even as a lawsuit over its book-digitization project remains up in the air, the search giant has quietly started reaching out to universities in search of humanities scholars who are ready to roll up their sleeves and hit the virtual stacks.

The company is creating a "collaborative research program to explore the digital humanities using the Google Books corpus," according to a call for proposals obtained by The Chronicle. Some of Google's academic partners say the grant program marks the company's first formal foray into supporting humanities text-mining research."

Read more at: http://chronicle.com/article/Google-Starts-Grant-Program/64891/