March 2007 Archives

Sign up for the Science Quiz Bowl by April 11

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IT Week is almost here, so now's the time to sign up for the University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl, which starts Sunday, April 15. To participate, form a team of four IT students, and email the team name and group members' names to Kristine Fowler (fowler@math.umn.edu) by Wednesday, April 11, or sign up as an individual (same address) and let our Random Team Generator put together a team for you.

For further information about game times, prizes, examples of questions, etc., see this webpage.

PubChem: Informatics Backbone of the NIH Roadmap Initiative 4/12

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Evan Bolton, NCBI
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 3:30 pm
402 Walter Library

PubChem is a free online database of information on small molecules. Learn more about this resource and why the American Chemical Society found it so controversial.

U Libraries Science Quiz Bowl 4/15-4/17

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An IT Week activity sponsored by the Mathematics and the Science & Engineering Libraries, with the assistance of Plumb Bob.

The 4th annual University Libraries' Science Quiz Bowl, a friendly competition among IT students, will be held April 15-17 in Walter Library. The games begin at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 15, and will continue Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, April 16, as needed. The championship round will be on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:00 pm in Walter 102. Spectators welcome! Prizes will go to the top teams.

To participate, form a team of four IT students, and email the team name and group members' names to Kristine Fowler (fowle013@umn.edu) by Wednesday, April 11 or sign up as an individual with Kristine Fowler and let our Random Team Generator put together a team for you.

For further information see this webpage.

Create your Poster in PowerPoint 4/12

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Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference or symposium? Learn pointers on how to use PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer on Thursday, April 12, 2007, 12:30 PM -- 1:15 PM in Walter 310. You can register here.

Knovel University Challenge

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Take the University Challenge!
You Could Win a $1500 Scholarship or one of eight iPod prizes!
Answer 5 questions correctly here and you will be entered in the Knovel University Challenge. The contest ends April 5, 2007.

Patterns Patterns Everywhere 3/7

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IMA Public Lecture:
Patterns Patterns Everywhere
Martin Golubitsky, Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
University of Houston

March 7, 2007, 7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125

In this lecture, Professor Golubitsky will show some of these fascinating patterns and explain how mathematical symmetry enters the picture.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll 3/22

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Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Testing Structures to Their Limits
Catherine French, professor of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Free and open to the public. RSVP to 612-625-9837 or women@umn.edu. 7:30 p.m., Cowles, Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center.

Probing Einstein's Universe 3/21

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Barry C. Barish, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus
CALTECH, Pasadena, CA
2007 Abigail and John Van Vleck Lectures
4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, Van Vleck Auditorium

As a consequence of his theory of general relativity, Einstein predicted the existence of a new physical phenomenon called gravitational radiation. The science of gravitational waves, the status of the searches and the prospects for detection will be discussed.

Nature and Nanotechnology 3/13

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CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE
Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.
Varsity Theater, Dinkytown
$5 suggested donation
What is nanotechnology? U of M researchers discuss how nature and technology work on an ultra-small scale. From medicine to environmental science, what are some of the possible applications of new nanotechnologies, and how do researchers assess the possible risks?

Questions?

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

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