October 2007 Archives

The Map that Named America: 1507-2007

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What: Exhibit: The Map that Named America: 1507—2007
Where: T.R. Anderson Gallery, James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota
When: October 1—December 31, 2007, Monday—Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m.—8 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
A public exhibit of rare, original documents related to early travel, including the James Ford Bell Library’s original 1507 Waldseemüller gores globe. The exhibit also includes an original version of the Cosmographiae Introductio (the 1507 book printed to explain and accompany the Waldseemuller map), original 16th century manuals and texts on navigation, and other period documents.

Achieving the Unachievable 11/1

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Math Matters Lecture
Thursday, November 1, 2007
7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125

M.C. Escher is among the most mathematical of artists. In 1956 he challenged the laws of perspective with his graphic Print Gallery, and found himself trapped by an impossible barrier. Half a century later, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, and completed Escher's work mathematically. This story is presented in the 52 minute film Achieving the Unachievable by documentary filmmaker Jean Bergeron. After the screening, the film's U.S. premier, Bergeron will be available to answer questions.

The showing is free and open to the public.

A Discovery of Cosmic Proportion 11/1

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Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m.
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus.

Last August, Larry Rudnick announced the discovery of a gaping hole in space, far larger than any previously found. Join University of Minnesota Distinguished Teaching Professor Larry Rudnick, as he shares the story of his fascinating discovery and discusses its cosmic implications.

For further information and tickets look here.

What Einstein Did to Time 10/25

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Conversation between philosopher Oliver Pooley and historian of physics Michel Janssen. This event is also part of the Thursdays at Four series.

4:00 p.m., 125 Nolte Center

RefWorks Basics 10/24

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Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
Location: Walter 310

Prepare for your upcoming papers and research by learning about RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is freely available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff.

RefWorks allows you to import references from most databases, keep track of your references in a searchable database and then add those references to your papers with RefWorks doing the work of formatting your references in the appropriate style.

You can register for the workshop at this address.

Water & Fire: Technologies for Poor Communities in Developing Countries 10/19

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Speaker: Dr. Ashok Gadgil
Senior Staff Scientist, Environmental Energy Technologies Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Date: Oct. 19, 2007
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Civil Engineering Building Room 210

Dr. Gadgil will illustrate the role of technology in improving livelihoods in developing countries: safe and affordable drinking water for poor communities and improved stoves in refugee camps in Darfur. For further information look here.

Where Does The Water Actually Go? 10/23

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 5:00 PM
Room 100, Rapson Hall

The Mississippi River is a Connected Bio-physical System: A talk with Professor Chris Paola on the river as an ecosystem. Chris Paola is a Professor of Earth Sciences, Geology and Geophysics and a principal investigator at the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics at the University of Minnesota.

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science

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Time: Thursday, October 18, 2007 11:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: Walter 310

Register here.

Unlock doors to countless research articles in the sciences and beyond in one of the most powerful cross-disciplinary citation indexes available: the Web of Science. This introductory workshop is ideal for undergraduates or graduates beginning their research process who are looking for a better way of searching, one that goes beyond simply skimming the surface! Plus, with the unveiling of a new interface later this month, even experienced Web of Science users will learn new tricks that will make their literature research a seamless and continuous process.

We will cover search strategies, article retrieval, journal ranking, and exporting citations to Endnote. Subject examples will focus on the sciences, but arts, humanities and social sciences are also covered by this index.

Beilstein Basics 10/16

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Time: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:30 PM -- 6:00 PM
Location: 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 as a part of the class. We will also provide an introduction to the new web-based interface for Beilstein and Gmelin, DiscoveryGate.

Register here for the workshop.

Cafe Scientifique: St. Anthony Falls Research Lab 10/9

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Tuesday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Kitty Cat Klub, Dinkytown
Admission $5
Across the river from downtown Minneapolis, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) sits just below the Stone Arch Bridge. Experts from SAFL will discuss current research projects and innovative, sustainable engineering solutions to major environmental, water-resource, and energy-related problems.

Cafe Scientifique: Experiments in Fluid Mechanics 10/16

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Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl, Uptown
Admission $5
University of Minnesota researcher Ed Cussler (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science), whose quirky experiments have included filling a University swimming pool with a gooey concoction and then testing how it affects swimming speed and outfitting his own dog with artificial gills, will discuss how these experiments and others help us to understand fluid mechanics: the properties of gasses and liquids.

Introducing LibrarySearch beta

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LibrarySearch is a new information discovery tool that lets you search the Libraries’ online catalogs or journal articles. Over time, we’ll add more resources like locally-created digital collections.

Some key features of LibrarySearch:

* Google-like searching. Just enter a keyword or two and hit Go to get started

* Relevance ranking for results (or re-sort results by publication date).

* Faceted browsing to narrow your search results. Once your search has returned results, review and click the facets on the right side of the screen to limit your results

* Direct access to free online materials and access to restricted online materials via FindIt

* The ability to post reviews of items you’ve used or tag items for later retrieval

Let us know what you think! Leave us a comment at the Feedback or comments link at the bottom of the LibrarySearch page.

Cybersecurity: Opportunities and Challenges 10/8

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Pradeep Khosla
Time: 11:15 - 12:15
Location: EE/CS 3-180

This talk will address the current state of cybersecurity and argue that this is one of the fields that requires an integration of technologies from various disciplines to create a solution. For further information.

Create your Poster in PowerPoint 10/8

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Monday, October 8, 2:30-3:20 pm
310 Walter Library

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.

Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck 10/4

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The Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series
Thursday, October 4, 4:45 p.m., Tate Lab of Physics

Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago
John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Mathematics

In this talk, we examine the development of complexity in fluid flow. Examples include splashing water, necking of fluids, swirls in heated gases, and jets thrown up from beds of sand. In following these specific problems, we soon get to broader issues: predictability and chaos, mechanisms for the generation of complexity and of simple laws, and finally the question of whether there is a natural tendency toward the formation of complex 'machines'. FFI.

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