April 2009 Archives

arXiv: There's an app for that!

As reported by the SEED magazine's Science Blogs

Now Available: ArXiview by Dave Bacon
ScienceBlogger Dave Bacon of the Quantum Pontiff recently took a stab at creating his first iPhone application, and has already been receiving positive feedback. ArXiview allows users to search the ArXiv database by date, author, title, or a number of other criteria, download articles to their phones, email articles and more. The application is available from the iTunes app store.

Read the blog post on Bacon's blog, The Quantum Pontiff

The IT Library Committee held their spring meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 10:30-11:30 am in 310 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:

  • Prof. Sandford Lipsky, Chemistry
  • Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Walter Littmann, Mathematics
  • Rrof. Roger Arndt, Civil Engineering
  • Prof. Freidrich Srienc, Chemical Engineering
  • Joao Boavido, Mathematics graduate student
  • Ben Hardt, Geology graduate student

Here are the meeting notes with links to resources. Please share broadly throughout IT.

To recommend agenda items for our Fall 09 meeting, contact the Director of the Science & Engineering Library, Janice Jaguszewski.

  1. Collection Updates

    Presented by Kris Fowler

    The Libraries have no definite information yet about next year's budget but have developed contingency plans for various budget-reduction scenarios, from flat funding, which would mean absorbing estimated 7% inflation on journals, to a 5% cut in addition to inflation. The Physical Sciences and Engineering group's priority is to protect journal subscriptions as much as possible and otherwise minimize adverse impact on students and researchers. The first targets for cancellation would probably be some article indexes, in areas where the material is discoverable in other ways; followed by measured reduction in book purchases, especially when we already have online access. Any cancellation project would involve consultation with students and faculty members in affected departments.

  2. The Library's Role in Supporting Teaching and Learning

    Presented by Janice Jaguszewski

    Presentation Slides
    Designing Effective Assignments Handout

The online version of this useful handbook is now linked off of the Physics and Astronomy Library Resource page.

Title: Handbook of Mathematical Functions
URL: http://www.knovel.com.floyd.lib.umn.edu/web/portal/basic_search/display?_EXT_KNOVEL_DISPLAY_bookid=528

Description: This book is a compendium of mathematical formulas, tables, and graphs. It contains a table of analytical integrals, differential equations, and numerical series; and includes tables of trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, tables for numerical integration, rules for differentiation and integration, and techniques for point interpolation and function approximation. Additionally, it devotes a entire section to mathematical and physical constants as fractions and powers of Pi, e, and prime numbers; and discusses statistics by presenting combinatorial analysis and probability functions.

Location: TC Mathematics Library Reference (Tables) QA3 .U5x 55 Two Week Loan TC Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) Quarto QA3 .U5x 55 1972

New Books March


Here are the new physics and astronomy books received at Walter. As always you may check our new book list for all the new books received in Science and Engineering subjects.

QC20.7.S8 M34 2009
Mahnke, R. (Reinhard)
Physics of stochastic processes : how randomness acts in time.
Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, c2009.
xvii, 430 p. ; 24 cm.
Link to MnCat Record

QB791.3 .D35 2007
Dark matter in astroparticle and particle physics : Dark 2007, proceedings of the 6th International Heidelberg Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 24-28 September 2007
Singapore ; Hackensack, NJ : World Scientific, c2008.
xv, 631 p.
Link to MnCat Record

Read on to view all...

A Copyright Story


In celebration of April 23rd, the 14th World Book and Copyright Day, proclaimed by UNESCO I wanted to share a copyright success story.

I was accepted for publication earlier this month in a journal owned by T&F. The "Transfer of Copyright Agreement" they sent was not great. It significantly limited my rights, namely it withheld:

  • the non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, distribute, and make derivative works of the article in all areas of my profession (not just teaching)
  • the ability to legally contribute this work, or some preprint form of it, to my university's institutional repository after an embargo period of 6-months (or other negotiable time period).

My first step was to send them the UMN's author addendum (pdf). This is a document approved by the CIC and provided by each of the big 10 universities that reclaims some of the copyrights I mention above. Read more at the library's scholarly communications page.

Rather than accepting the addendum, as other publishers have reportedly done, they sent me a second, secret copyright agreement that they "don't like to give out."

The appropriately named "Author or Company Owned Copyright Transfer" is an agreement that allows the publisher to use my work for the journal in this instance only and specifically states that the

Copyright of the manuscript remains in the author’s name and the author reserves all other rights.

So, bottom line, it was worth the trouble and it didn't hurt to ask (in this case). Any other successful copyright stories? Horrors?

For more info on the April 23rd, 2009 World Book and Copyright Day visit the website http://www.unesco.org/culture/bookday

400 Years of the Telescope airs on PBS this month.

In 400 Years of the Telescope, Neil deGrasse Tyson takes viewers on a visually stunning journey from Galileo¹s first look at the cosmos in 1609, to today¹s thrilling quests to discover new worlds and glimpse the formation of the
first stars after the Big Bang. With warmth and humor, the planet¹s top astrophysicists discuss momentous discoveries and how telescopes have changed our understanding of the universe. Looking into the future, viewers
will learn of emergent telescopes that may detect life outside our solar system and allow humans to view the initial moments of the Big Bang.

For more information, visit: http://www.400years.org

You can check out the DVD from the library beginning in May. Check MNCAT

World Wide Science

WorldWideScience.org is an online digital library of 52 science databases and government publications from 56 countries.

The interface provides an alternative to sifting through the web in search of international scientific publications and open source journals.

Just added is the CERN Document Server, with nearly 1 million records, with 360,000 full-text documents of interest to researchers working in particle physics and related areas. The database covers preprints, articles, books, journals, and a significant volume of multimedia.

The People's Republic of China is another significant addition to WorldwideScience.org in recent months with the addition of a database from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).

For more info contact Tim Byrne
Information International Associates, Inc.
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Phone: 865-241-2358
E-mail: byrnet@osti.gov

The multidisciplinary abstract database Web of Science (formally Science Citation Index) now indexes grant award and funding agency information for many publications.

Also new:

  • Conference Proceedings are now searchable included within Web of Science.
    Note: Times Cited counts now include proceedings citations. More information.
  • Authors can create their personal Researcher ID to correct author identity issues and increase citation count accuracy.
  • The 2007 Journal Citation Reports can show you the: Most frequently cited journals in a field and the highest impact journals in a field

    This database is listed on the Sci & Eng library homepage under "Multidisciplinary" or at http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3050

New Books Jan/Feb


Here are the new physics and astronomy books received at Walter. As always you may check our new book list for all the new books received in Science and Engineering subjects.

QC174.12 .G528 2008
Gilder, Louisa.
The age of entanglement : when quantum physics was reborn
1st ed.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
xvi, 443 p.

Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Organic semiconductors in sensor applications [electronic resource]
Berlin : Springer, c2008.
xv, 287 p.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.myilibrary.com?id=123168
Link to MnCat Record

QB790 .T73 2008
Trakhtengerts, V. IU.
Whistler and Alfven mode cyclotron masers in space
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
x, 354 p.

Link to MnCat Record

E Book
Chow, Tai L.
Gravity, black holes, and the very early universe [electronic resource] : an introduction to general relativity and cosmology
New York : Springer, 2008.
xv, 280 p.
Full Text: https://www.lib.umn.edu/slog.phtml?url=http://www.myilibrary.com?id=133800
Link to MnCat Record

Continue reading to see the full list...

SCImagine! 2009: Solar House

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SCImagine! 2009:

Solar House on the Prairie

Put up our poster in your classroom of office! Download Letter-size pdf


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!?
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