November 2008 Archives

SMART Commons Cram Slam 12/10

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Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm
Location: SMART - Walter

(204 Walter Library, East Bank)

The SMART Learning Commons and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence present Cram Slam Fall 2008. Cram Slam is an opportunity to do some intensive study and review in preparation for final exams in a collaborative and resource-rich environment. Consultants from multiple SMART centers will be on hand to facilitate individual and group preparation, and valuable workshops are also scheduled to review key concepts involved in several discipines.

Look here for the schedule of workshops at SMART.

Perspectives on Technological Leadership: A panel discussion by women leaders

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Foresight After Four
Perspectives on Technological Leadership:
A panel discussion by women leaders in science, engineering and business

Wednesday, 10 December 2008 at 4:30 p.m.
• Reception begins at 4:30 p.m.
• Program begins at 5:15 p.m.
• RSVP requested by December 5, 2008

Location: The Center for the Development of Technological Leadership (CDTL), University of Minnesota, 1300 S. Second Street, West Bank Office Building, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1082

FFI and registration visit the CDTL website

SAE Digital Library is back!

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The University of Minnesota Library has once again subscribed to access to the SAE Digital Library. You will now be able to access full text SAE Papers online.

Currently SAE Digital Library only works with the Internet Explorer web browser and Windows based computers. Our tech support is working to make this more user friendly for Mac users on campus, but until the problem is resolved we'll be slightly limited.

To access SAE Digital Library, click here.

NOTE: SAE Digital Library should now be compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Macs...the only persisting incompatibility is for Mac users using the Safari web browser (11/12)

Institute of Technology Library Committee Meeting

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The IT Library Committee held their fall meeting on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, from 2:00-3:00 pm in 310 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:

  • Prof. Sandford Lipsky, Chemistry
  • Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Steven Girshick, Mechanical Engineering
  • Prof. Walter Littmann, Mathematics
  • Rrof. Roger Arndt, Civil Engineering
  • Hal Peterson, Computer Science graduate student
  • Joao Boavido, Mathematics graduate student
  • Megan Schroeder, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student
  • David Holt, Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student

We had a productive discussion! Here are the meeting notes with links to resources. Please share broadly throughout IT.

To recommend agenda items for our Spring 09 meeting, contact the Director of the Science & Engineering Library, Janice Jaguszewski.

  1. Collection updates

    Presented by Kris Fowler >>Handout

    New resources for Spring/Summer 2008 totaled approximately $123,462 including:

    • Springer E-Books
    • Landolt-Bornstein Numerical Data online
    • International Journal of Modern Physics A-C backfile
    • Modern Physics Letters A-B backfile
    • Treatise on Geophysics
    • Society of Automotive Engineering Digital Library (reinstated)

  2. IT Contributions to the University Digital Conservancy

    Presented by Jan Fransen
    >>Presentation Slides

    • Publications of individual faculty
    • Preprints from the School of Mathematics and the Institute on Mathematics and Its Applications
    • Conference papers from the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
    • Papers from the AIAA student conference
    • Evaluation of reports from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

  3. E-Science and Data Services Initiative

    Presented by Lisa Johnston and Gary Fouty
    >>Presentation Slides

    E-science or “cyberinfrastructure? is science increasingly done through distributed global collaborations enabled by the Internet, using very large data collections, terascale computing resources and high performance visualization.

    We discussed how individual departments would benefit from the Libraries expanding their collections and services to include data? Want to add your comments? Please contact presenters.

  4. Web Services Initiatives

    Presented by Janice Jaguszewski

    Goal: To develop and sustain library tools, resources and services that are integrated into student and faculty workflow, any time, any place.

    Three groups are currently working in the following areas:

    • Discoverability
      Make relevant resources more visible and easier to find, particularly within the student/faculty work flow

    • Current Awareness / Personal Information Management
      Help researchers keep current in their disciplines; provide tools to help them manage the information they find

    • Course Integration
      Examine the educational technology used in courses; recommend how library tools, resources, learning objects and e-learning modules may be integrated into these technologies

  5. Key workshops

    Presented by Jon Jeffryes
    View upcoming workshops at

    • Google for Researchers
    • Grant Resources
    • Creating Posters in PowerPoint
    • Getting Published: A workshop for graduate students
    • EndNote for Scientists and Engineers
    • Web Tools for Working Collaboratively

Library closed over Thanksgiving break

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W (11/26) 8 am-6 pm
Th, F (11/27, 11/28) CLOSED

The Science & Engineering Library will close early at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen on Saturday, November 29 at 10 am. The library will resume its regular hours on Saturday morning.

Science and Engineering Library On Twitter

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The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library is now on Twitter! Feel free to sign up to follow our tweets at We'll be tweeting about classes offered through the library, updates on new books, special library events and much, much more. Twitter is an easy way to stay on top of all the academic support services we offer here at the Science and Engineering Library without clogging up your email inbox.

Minnesota's Hidden History in Computing: Lives and Legends at Control Data Corporation 11/19

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November 19th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120
University of Minnesota (West Bank)

This informal
evening talk, the third in a year-long series of public lectures given by staff at the
Charles Babbage Institute, examines the Control Data Corporation. Organized in
1957, this prominent Twin Cities company built world-leading supercomputers and
developed innovative educational computing. This talk also unveils CBI’s on-line site where you
can help document CDC photographs, part of CBI’s massive CDC corporate archive.


2008–09 Institute of Technology Public Lecture

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Lecture
Mayo Memorial Auditorium
425 Delaware St., S.E.

This lecture by Professor Roberto Ballarini, head of the University of Minnesota Department of Civil Engineering, will highlight the effect of our nation’s infrastructure on our quality of life and national security, as well as our culture and pride. Ballarini will also discuss the results of an independent study by the University of Minnesota on the collapse of the I-35W bridge.


International Education Week Library Information Fair 11/18

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When: Tuesday, November 18, 11 am-2 pm
Where: 1st floor, Walter Library

Join us for an informal opportunity to learn more about how the libraries can help you. Library staff will provide international students a personal introduction
to useful, important, and free library resources and services. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information contact Jody Kempf at
or visit the IEW Library Information Fair website.

Cafe Scientifique: Electing Science: Science and Public Policy 11/18

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl
$5 - $10; pay what you can

Join former state senator Steve Kelley, director of the Humphrey Institute's Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, for a conversation about science and public policy. Kelley will tackle such topics as whether our elected officials are prepared to make smart science policy decisions, how scientific leaders might better communicate their work on issues of public concern, and the future of science in America.

Grant Funding for Graduate Students 11/11

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Time: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:00 PM -- 4:15 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.

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

Register here for the workshop.

Incorporating and Protecting Intellectual Property 11/10

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3M Seminars on Technology Commericialization

Monday, November 10th, 5-7 PM
Executive Conference Center at the Carlson School of Management
Registration required at

This seminar will present the key legal and intellectual issues for your
technology/science-based business and follow with an extended Q&A on each subject:
- Incorporating and other legal issues facing new ventures
- Overview of intellectual property
- Developing and securing intellectual property


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