December 2006 Archives

Limited Library Hours over Winter Break

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Walter Library will be closed many days and have limited hours over the winter break.

Winter Break (Dec. 21-Jan. 15)
M-F 8 am-6 pm
Sa,Su 12 noon-6 pm

Exceptions

Su, M (12/31, 1/1) CLOSED
M (1/15) MLK Holiday 12 noon-6 pm

Physics Force 1/11

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University physics professor Dan Dahlberg and several current or retired Twin cities high school physics teachers use imaginative and humorous stunts to illustrate how the physics that govern our lives work and to show that their favorite science can be fun.

Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Cost: Free

For further information check this webpage.

Winter Break Workshops

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The Science & Engineering Library is offering a series of workshops from January 8-11. There will be classes on RefWorks, SciFinder Scholar, Keeping Current in the Sciences and Tips & Tricks for Finding Property Data. Go to the Libraries' workshop page for more information and registration for the classes.

Cafe Scientifique: The Cannabis Controversy 1/9

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 6 p.m.
Varsity Theatre, Dinkytown
$5 suggested donation

One of the earliest known cultivated plants, Cannabis sativa has long been used for disparate purposes. In the form of hemp, Cannabis produces nutritious seeds and strong, resilient fibers that are used to make rope and clothing. In the form of marijuana, Cannabis is the most abundant illegal drug in the United States. Minnesota farmers once supplied the hemp industry but today all hemp fiber is imported from abroad because state and federal law bans all Cannabis plants. Interest in hemp as a renewable resource and in medical marijuana has fueled a Cannabis controversy with political implications. Several states recently passed laws in direct conflict with federal regulations. Can the controversy be resolved? What can science contribute? Bell Museum curator of plants George Weiblen discusses the science and politics of this most controversial plant.

Science on Screen: Galileo's Sons 12/21

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Thursday, December 21, 9 p.m. - Please Note Time Change!

Auditorium, Bell Museum
$7; $5 students and members

Since 1891 Jesuit astronomers and astrophysicists at the Vatican Observatory have applied their scientific expertise to fundamental questions that engage people of all faiths: how did this universe come to be, and what is out place in it?

Cafe Scientifique: Professional Guinea Pigs 12/19

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Tuesday, December 19, 6:30p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl
$5 suggested donation

Carl Elliott, author and professor at the U of M's Center for Bioethics, discusses the use of healthy humans in medical research. As drug companies offer higher payments to test subjects, will people be tempted to undergo frequent and dangerous trials? For those who make most or all of their living as paid research subjects, what protections are in place to safeguard against their exploitation?

Extended Walter Library hours during finals week

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The 2nd Floor Great Hall Study Space is OPEN 24 HOURS/DAY from Wednesday, 12/13, 8 am through Wednesday, 12/20, 9 pm

Walter Science & Engineering Library Study Break 12/13

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7 pm, Walter Library First Floor Lobby
Join us for cookies and soda in the 1st floor lobby. There will also be samples from the Wise Owl Cafe and a drawing for Wise Owl coffee coupons.

Cafe Scientifique: Comet Dust and Wind from the Sun 12/12

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Tuesday, December 12, 6p.m.
Varsity Theatre, Dinkytown
$5 suggested donation
How do researchers study the makeup of comets and other phenomena that are literally “out of this world?? U of M physics and astronomy professor Bob Pepin tells how he examines comet dust and particles from the sun that have been collected by NASA's Stardust and Genesis missions.

2006 ME 2011 Robot Show 12/11

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Monday December 11, 2006, 2:40-4:30 PM
McNamara Alumni Center

For six weeks, 200 college students in the introductory design course in Mechanical Engineering design and build their own robot. Their task is to create a machine which "does something interesting". The results of their efforts will be on public display at the Robot Show. It is the largest collection of robots assembled in one place in the Twin Cities and is fun for kids of all ages. The show is open to the public and there is no admission.

Questions?

Contact Walter Library:
(612) 624-3366
sciref@umn.edu

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