January 2008 Archives

Intro to SciFinder Scholar 2/4

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The library is offering an introductory workshop on SciFinder Scholar on Monday, February 4, in room 310 Walter Library. Register here to learn more about the features of the premier chemistry database.

When Will We Discover the Extraterrestrials? 1/30

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Wednesday, January 30th 2008 4:00 pm:
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium in 131 Physics
Speaker: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
Subject: When Will We Discover the Extraterrestrials?
The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now into its fifth decade, and we still haven't uncovered a confirmed peep from the cosmos. For that matter, we still don’t know if life – at any level of intelligence – exists beyond Earth. Could this mean that finding aliens, even if they’re out there, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer?

New technologies and new strategies for use in the search for extraterrestrial biology suggest that, despite the continued dearth of hard evidence for life elsewhere or signals from other societies, there is good reason to expect that success might not be far off – that within a few decades we might find evidence of sophisticated civilizations.

Why this is so, what contact would tell us, and what such a discovery would mean, are the subject of this talk on the continuing efforts to establish our place in the universe of thinking beings.

LivePCs: Consumerizing PCs, from Research to Product 2/1

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Presenter: Monica Lam
Affiliation: Stanford University
Time: 11:15 - 12:15
Location: EE/CS 3-180

LivePC is a new platform whereby managed virtual desktops are delivered to end users using any PCs (Windows, Linux, and Mac) over the network and on USB drives. The talk describes the journey of how her research group developed the concept of LivePC, starting with research on thin-client computing, and spun out of Stanford in 2005 to commercialize the technology.

Focus the Nation - Focus Minnesota 1/30-1/31

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Focus The Nation
Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m.
Bell Auditorium


This national, interactive webcast will feature Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, and green jobs pioneer Van Jones. Following the webcast the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota partners will present a panel discussion on local climate change solutions.

Focus Minnesota: An Evening with Will Steger and Friends
Thursday, January 31, 6-9 p.m.
First Avenue, Minneapolis


Join Will Steger, local bands and entertainers, climate movement activists and experts, and state and local politicians at 6 p.m., January 31, 2008 for "Focus Minnesota: Climate Change Solutions," a public event for all ages at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. More than 20 environmental student-based and non-profit organizations will be on hand with information and resources on global warming solutions and citizen action. The event is organized and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History and co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Focus the Nation, Focus the U and Metro Transit. Learn more about Focus the Nation.

RefWorks Basics 1/29

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Time: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:00 PM -- 3:00 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.

Physics Circus 1/17

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Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Northrup Auditorum

The University of Minnesota’s Physics Force will present a unique mix of physics demonstrations and humor in its annual “Physics Circus.? The show is suitable for adults and children of all ages. It is free and open to the public.

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