September 2009 Archives

Wandering Planets, Falling Apples, Curving Spaces, Whirling Stars 10/6

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Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center

Helen Quinn, a professor of physics at Stanford University and a leading expert in theoretical high energy physics, will present a free public lecture. In her presentation entitled "Wandering Planets, Falling Apples, Curving Spaces, Whirling Stars: How Unraveling the Mysteries of Gravity has Taught Us About the Universe," Quinn uses the history of understandings about gravity as a template for understanding how science works.


Frontiers in the Environment Seminar-Solar After Dark: Storage Options 10/7

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Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: IonE Seminar Room 380, VoTech Building, St. Paul

Mechanical engineering professor Jane Davidson will present "Solar After Dark: Storage Options," exploring the latest attempts to harvest and store concentrated solar energy via high-temperature, thermochemical processes to produce fuels. The discussion will include an overview of process options and an estimate of the scalability of these processes to replace petroleum.


Introduction to Citation Managers 10/6

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Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.

Register here for the workshop.

Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Cars and Renewable Energy: A Critical Marriage 10/2

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October 2 5-9 pm
Rapson Hall 89 Church St SE

5-7 pm display of electric and hybrid vehicles on Church Street Mall
7-9 pm speech by Marc Geller -- co-founder of Plug In America, and a California solar installer -- followed by a panel discussion including Geller, Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble (District 60 in Minneapolis), Fresh Energy Executive Director Michael Noble, and Eric Jensen, Energy Coordinator for the Isaak Walton League.


Engineering: Find Better Information Faster 9/30

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Wed, 09/30/2009 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

A quick tour of the resources available for finding the best information for your engineering research. We'll demonstrate how to find journal articles and conference papers using Engineering Village and Web of Science, show how to access reference books online using Knovel, and discuss best practices in patents and standards searching.

Register here for the workshop.

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively 9/29

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Tue, 09/29/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
310 Walter Library

Whether working with your colleagues across the University or around the world, it can be challenging to collaborate when you are in separate locations. Learn about web-based resources, both at the University and freely available on the web, that can help you to effectively collaborate. We will include resources such as Google Docs, and UThink.

Register here for the workshop.

Zotero: Basics 9/23

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Wed, 09/23/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Zotero is a *free* Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.

Register here for the Zotero workshop.

Chaotic elections: Why don't we elect who voters really want 9/22

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IMA Public Lecture
Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 7:00 pm
125 Willey Hall, West Bank
Donald G. Saari, distinguished professor, mathematics and economics, University of California-Irvine

The speaker will expose the many surprising problems that can occur in elections and explains how they are uncovered through the power of mathematics.


EndNote: Basics 9/21

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Mon, 09/21/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library - 15 workstations

An introduction to using EndNote. Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff.

Register here for the workshop.

Tour the Solar House 9/16-9/18

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The local Twin Cities community will get a sneak peek of the ICON Solar House during free public tours Sept. 16-18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The house will be located at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus on the north side of Buford Place just east of Gortner Avenue. Learn more about the Solar Decathlon and the Solar House at the Solar Decathlon website.

Fall Semester Hours

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M-Th 8:00 am-12:00 pm
F 8:00 am- 9:00 pm
Sa 10:00 am- 9:00 pm
Su 12:00 pm-12:00 am


11/25 (W) 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
11/26 (Th) CLOSED
11/27 (F) CLOSED

RefWorks Basics 9/15

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Tue, 09/15/2009 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library - 15 workstations

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 for more details about RefWorks.

Register for the workshop here.

Introduction to Citation Managers 9/14

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Learn about what a citation manager is and which of the most popular citation managers would work best for you.

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Register here for the workshop.

Labor Day weekend hours

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9/5 - 9/7 12-6 pm

The libraries will begin fall hours starting Tuesday, September 8.

Welcome to the libraries!

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We're happy to see you in the libraries and we'd love to answer your questions whether in person, by email, chat (umsciref) or by phone (624-0224). Check out our fall workshops to get a head start on how to find and use the information you need for your classes.


Contact Walter Library:
(612) 624-3366

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