April 2009 Archives

SCImagine 2009: Solar House on the Prairie 5/8

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Friday, May 8th, 2009
3:00-4:30 p.m.
101 Walter Library

Over 150 students in 10 teams from all over campus working to build one house completely powered by the sun! The University of Minnesota's team is one of 20 international teams invited to compete in Washington D.C. , this group is developing a house that relies only on solar power that is tailored to the Minnesota climate. Learn more about this project at SCImagine 2009. FFI

Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe 5/7

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Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 7pm
Bell Museum Auditorium, East Bank

Observations of very distant exploding stars (supernovae) show that the expansion of the Universe is now speeding up, rather than slowing down due to gravity as expected. Other, completely independent data strongly support this amazing conclusion. Over the largest distances, our Universe seems to be dominated by a repulsive "dark energy"

Institute of Technology Library Committee Meeting

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The IT Library Committee held their spring meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 10:30-11:30 am in 310 Walter Library.

Faculty and Student Attendees:

  • Prof. Sandford Lipsky, Chemistry
  • Prof. Tryphon Georgiou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Prof. Walter Littmann, Mathematics
  • Rrof. Roger Arndt, Civil Engineering
  • Prof. Freidrich Srienc, Chemical Engineering
  • Joao Boavido, Mathematics graduate student
  • Ben Hardt, Geology graduate student

Here are the meeting notes with links to resources. Please share broadly throughout IT.

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

  1. Collection Updates

    Presented by Kris Fowler

    The Libraries have no definite information yet about next year's budget but have developed contingency plans for various budget-reduction scenarios, from flat funding, which would mean absorbing estimated 7% inflation on journals, to a 5% cut in addition to inflation. The Physical Sciences and Engineering group's priority is to protect journal subscriptions as much as possible and otherwise minimize adverse impact on students and researchers. The first targets for cancellation would probably be some article indexes, in areas where the material is discoverable in other ways; followed by measured reduction in book purchases, especially when we already have online access. Any cancellation project would involve consultation with students and faculty members in affected departments.

  2. The Library's Role in Supporting Teaching and Learning

    Presented by Janice Jaguszewski

    Presentation Slides
    Designing Effective Assignments Handout

Biochemistry of Biofuels 5/6

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Mayo Auditorium

The efficient conversion of renewable materials, such as plant biomass, into fuel molecules will require new insights provided by biochemistry. This year's Bollum Symposium features four international leaders in the field of biochemistry pertaining to biofuels; they are: Dr. Tim Donohue, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Jay Keasling, University of California, Berkeley, Dr. James Liao, University of California, Los Angles, and Dr. Steve Ragsdale, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. FFI

Network Science: From the Web to Human Diseases 4/28

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Albert-László Barabási
Department of Physics
University of Notre Dame

April 28, 2009
6:30pm Refreshments at Willey Hall Atrium
7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125 Lecture

Systems as diverse as the world wide web, Internet or the cell are described by highly interconnected networks with amazingly complex structure. Recent studies indicate that the evolution of these complex networks is governed by simple but generic laws, resulting in apparently universal architectural features. Barabasi will discuss this amazing order characterizing our interconnected world, and its implications to how we perceive the impact on communications and medicine.

The Libraries have received the award, a national tribute to a library and its staff, in recognition of their success integrating their expertise and resources into the life of the campus. Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the American Library Association) and Blackwell’s Book Services, the $3,000 award and a plaque will be presented by ACRL President Erika Linke to Provost Tom Sullivan and University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee at a 3:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 in Walter Library.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:00 in Walter Library's Great Hall; the award presentation will begin at 3:15. The campus community and members of the public are invited to attend.

Water, Culture and the Public: A Participatory Exploration 4/20-21

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Part One: Monday, April 20, 3:30p–7:00pm, Science Museum of Minnesota

See the Water exhibition, a major exhibition on the beauty, fragility and essential nature of water in our lives and all life on Earth and participate in reflective small-group conversations immediately afterwards.

Part Two: Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am–12:00pm, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Join us the following morning at the Humphrey Institute for presentations and small group discussions with scientists, designers, and policymakers. Participants will address future challenges of water scarcity and degradation, and then craft action steps to create a positive agenda for water in Minnesota.

Required registration for the events here.

Minnesota's Gopher: The web before the WWW 4/15

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April 15th, 7-8 pm
Andersen Library 120

Could the University of Minnesota’s Gopher client have become “the” world wide
web? This informal evening talk is the eighth in a year-long series of public lectures
sponsored by the Charles Babbage Institute. It examines the creation and spread of
Mark McCahill’s remarkable hyperlinked, multimedia, searchable, web-like filesharing
system. Gopher was the standard means to access information on the
Internet in the early 1990s, and it is still supported by (some) web browsers today.


Grant Funding for Graduate Students 4/14

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Time: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 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. Register here for the workshop.

RefWorks Basics 4/14

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Time: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
Location: Walter 310

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, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks.

Register here for the workshop.

Spintronics: electrons, spins, computers and telephones 4/8

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5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Wednesday, April 8th
Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, Van Vleck Auditorium

Albert Fert, 1Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, 91767 Palaiseau, and Université Paris-Sud
We use everyday the "Giant Magnetoresistance" (GMR) to read the hard disc of our computer or listen to music on our I-Pod. The discovery of the GMR, 21 years ago, kicked off the development of spintronics which is expanding today in many very promising directions.

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