March 2008 Archives

Web of Science vs. Google Scholar Smackdown 4/8

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Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 12:00 PM -- 1:00 PM
Location: AHC Learning Commons, 535/545 Diehl Hall

Where do you go to find the article? This class will compare and contrast two different library resources -- Google Scholar and Web of Science -- in a smackdown to determine which is better for tracking down incomplete or incorrect citations.

Using Web of Science and Google Scholar, you can also identify how often a publication has been cited, trace how research on a topic has evolved over time, and track who has cited your publications. Learn also how to search for books, articles and other sources cited in bibliographies and works cited lists.
Register here for the workshop.

This class will have a health sciences focus.

Cafe Scientifique: Global Warming and Environmental Equality 3/18

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Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl, Uptown, $5–$10 (pay what you can)
Advance Tickets Available. Visit
The environmental impacts of global warming are felt by communities worldwide—from droughts and floods that disrupt food systems to the rising sea levels that can displace entire populations. But will global warming disproportionately affect poorer, less developed nations and communities? How might discussions about global warming and political or economic development take this imbalance into account? Join local environmental justice advocates Cecilia Martinez and Shalini Gupta a discussion about global warming and environmental equality. Cosponsored by the Headwaters Foundation for Justice.

Robots: A New Type of Companion 3/31

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Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture
Professor Maria L. Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Monday, March 31
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center
4:00 p.m.

Reception follows in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center Atrium.

RSVP: or 612-625-9837

Plastic electronics: New science and new technologies 3/25

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Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry

Richard Friend, University of Cambridge, pioneered the study of organic polymers as semiconductors, and his research group has demonstrated that these materials can be used in wide range of semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes and transistors.

Tuesday, March 25, 4:15 pm
100 Smith Hall, Minneapolis Campus
Wine and Cheese reception following this lecture in 117 Smith


RefWorks Basics 3/26

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Time: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11:00 PM -- 12:00 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.

Grant Funding for Graduate Students 3/18

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Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 2:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Location: Walter 310

Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. 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 workshop.

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

Create your Poster in PowerPoint 3/10

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Time: Monday, March 10, 2008 11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: 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 for the workshop.

Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change 3/13

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Dr. Stephen Pacala; Frederick D. Petrie Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute
Dr. Anne Kapuscinski; Professor, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Director, Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability

12:00pm - 1:15pm

Princeton ecologist Stephen Pacala and Institute on the Environment founding fellow Anne Kapuscinski introduce the science and policy of climate change adaptation and explore ideas for interdisciplinary research.

For further information visit the Institute on the Environment website.

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