June 2007 Archives

U joins the Google Book Search Project

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The University of Minnesota and 11 other Midwest universities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) have entered into a groundbreaking collective agreement with Google to digitize up to 10 million bound volumes, nearly doubling the number of universities participating in the Google Book Search Project. The distinctive collections the U of M will have digitized could include, for example, Scandinavian history, literature and culture; forestry; bee-keeping; medicine, including oncology, radiology and pediatrics. Read more.

RefWorks Basics 7/11

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Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, ACS, etc) for your bibliography. Register here for the workshop.

Create your Poster in PowerPoint 6/20

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 2:00 PM Walter 310

Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer. Register here.

Rat Fest 7/14

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July 14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bell Museum

“Rat Fest? is an all-day expo celebrating one of the most maligned and misunderstood creatures: the rat. Rat breeders, scientists, rat enthusiasts, and prize winning rats from around the state will come together to celebrate the rodent’s agility and intelligence, as well as its history and place in our ecosystem. “Rat Fest? goers will get a chance to meet Bell Museum Curator of Mammals Sharon Jansa and talk about current university research on wild rodent populations. Adoption representatives from Animal Humane Society will be on hand to answer questions about rats as pets, and experts from the museum’s Wildlife Information Line will be available to answer questions about living with wildlife. The event is part of the museum’s summer of celebrating “Animals Behaving Badly? —a series of events that playfully explores the quirks and calamities that can happen when wildlife and humans share each other’s backyards.

Catastrophe: Imaging and Imagining Disruptions of Time 7/6

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Friday, July 6, 2007 2:00 PM
Room 155, Nicholson Hall

The symposium "Catastrophe: Imaging and Imagining Disruptions in Time" will open with a workshop intended to explore time through "catastrophic" events that challenge linear, stable, and continuous models of time.

Participants include Dr. David Odde and Dr. Victor Barocas, from the University of Minnesota Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Tomas Co and Dr. Faith Morrison, from the Michigan Technological University Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Thomas Odde from the University of Florida Department of English

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Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources 6/28

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM, Walter 310

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. Register here for the course.

Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,

From Image Analysis to Content Extraction: Are We There Yet? 6/22

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IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecture
1:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library.
Tsuhan Chen, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Based on the bag-of-words representation, topic models have recently become a popular approach to object discovery, i.e., extracting the "object of interest" from a set of images in a completely unsupervised manner. The talk will outline this approach, and extend it from still images to motion videos.

Graduate Women in Science: 86th Annual Conference 6/13-17

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U of M Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

This National GWIS Conference will explore the prevailing myths about women in science and discuss how leadership roles of women scientists in education, academia, and the greater community can enhance the achievement of women in science. For further information visit their website.

Beilstein Basics 6/13

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:00 PM -- 3:30 PM, Walter 310

Beilstein offers deep coverage of the literature of organic chemistry and the ability to search structures, properties, and reactions. This workshop offers an introduction to fact and structure searching in Beilstein with hands-on time at the end of the class. Register here for the workshop.

Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources 7/26

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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. Register here for the course.

Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.research.umn.edu/opportunities/

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