Thursday, December 18, 2008
Got a tweet from the BadAstronomer that Pres-Elect. Obama may be picking physicist John Holdren as his science advisor. He is currently the director of the Wood Hole Research Center.
The Washington Post also reports on the news.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The new Peak Beta catalog has been updated.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thanks to the folks at the scholarly kitchen for noting...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
azulenobenzofuran derivative rel-(1R,2aR,5aR,7S,10bR,10cR)-1,2a,3,4,5,5a,6,7,8,9,10,10b-dodecahydro-1-phenyl-7,10c-epoxy-10cH-azuleno[4,5,6-cd]benzofuran
"On November 21, CAS Registry Number 1073662-18-6 was assigned to the azulenobenzofuran derivative at right. CAS REGISTRY, the world's most authoritative collection of disclosed chemical substance information, now includes 40 million organic and inorganic substances. More than 100 million CAS Registry Numbers have been assigned to organic and inorganic substances and biosequences.
The 40 millionth substance was identified by CAS scientists in a journal article published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition:
* Oh, C.H.; Lee, J.H.; Lee, S.J.; Kim, J.I.; Hong, C.S. Intramolecular Huisgen-Type Cyclization of Platinum-Bound Pyrylium Ions with Alkenes and Subsequent Insertion into a Benzylic C-H Bond. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 7505-7507."
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This report was published a couple of months ago. The blurb below was modified from OCLC's press release.
The report (PDF Format), based on a survey of faculty members to determine their attitudes related to online resources, electronic archiving, teaching and learning and related subjects, suggests a number of specific lessons for libraries:
- The library is in many ways falling off the radar screens of faculty.
- In a networked world, scholarship increasingly occurs across disciplinary or institutional boundaries, challenging the ability of any individual node to alone support this work.
- For a campus or its library to create a viable information strategy for a competitive environment, it must develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the needs of its important constituents.
- Despite the growing significance of information to scientists, the role of the library is diminishing in importance fastest among this group.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Of all the bizarre subsidiaries that big companies can find themselves with, Harmony Agricultural Products, founded and owned by Honda Motor, is one of the strangest. This small company near Marysville, Ohio produces soybeans for tofu. Soybeans? Honda couldn't brook the sight of the shipping containers that brought parts from Japan to its nearby auto factories returning empty. So Harmony now ships 33,000 pounds of soybeans to Japan."
Monday, November 17, 2008
Lyle D. Feisel, Dean Emeritus, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, State University of New York at Binghamton, former president of ASEE wrote:
(ASEE members will need to login with your ID/password combo.)
"As usual, Henry Petroski provides serious food for thought, this time in his article expressing concern about the passage of the print library. As one who has long enjoyed the pleasures of unexpected discoveries while wandering the stacks of a great – or even a minor – library, I share his concern. It is not clear to me, however, that this will significantly change the nature of scholarship or of engineering problem solving."
[A buncho stuff deleted so I don't get trouble with the copyright police...]
"While that means they must give up some space, I’m sure they will continue to be a critical resource for engineers and the rest of the campus community, aided now by the increasingly ubiquitous computer."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The event, which is free and open to everyone who wants to participate, is organized by the Windows to the Universe project at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), in conjunction with planetariums and scientific societies across the country and abroad. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
"The star count brings families together to enjoy the night sky and become involved in science," says Dennis Ward of UCAR's Office of Education and Outreach. "It also raises awareness about the impact of artificial lighting on our ability to see the stars."
The 2007 star count drew 6,624 observations taken on all seven continents, and organizers expect the number of participants to double this year. UCAR used last year's observations to generate maps of star visibility across the United States and around the world. The results show a strong correlation between development and a lack of night sky visibility. Next year, the star count will be included in a cornerstone project of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union and the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to promote interest in astronomy.
-----How the count works-----
Participants in the Northern Hemisphere will look for the constellation Cygnus, while those in the Southern Hemisphere will look for Sagittarius. They will then match their observations with
magnitude charts downloaded from the Great World Wide Star Count Web site (see below). The site contains instructions for finding the constellations and other event details, and it links to background about astronomy on the Windows to the Universe Web site.
Participants may make observations outside their homes or go to less developed areas where more stars are visible. Those in overcast areas who cannot see stars will be able to input data about cloud conditions instead.
Bright outdoor lighting at night is a growing problem for astronomical observing programs around the world. By searching for the same constellations in their respective hemispheres, participants in the Great World Wide Star Count will be able to compare their observations with what others see, giving them a sense of how star visibility varies from place to place. The observers will also learn more about the economic and geographic factors that control light pollution in their communities and around the world.
"Last year's results showed a strong correlation between dense development, where there is a lot of light, and a lack of star visibility," Ward says. "Without even being aware of it, many of us have lost the ability to see many stars at night. Part of our goal is getting people to look up and regain an appreciation of the night sky."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- Why does Open Access matter to you?
- How did you first become aware of it?
- Why should scientific and medical research be an open-access resource for the world?
- What do you do to support Open Access, and what can others do?
Friday, October 3, 2008
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor, The Telegraph
"An impoverished surfer has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which has received rave reviews from scientists."
Advancing Science through Conversations: Bridging the Gap between Blogs and the Academy -- PLoS Biology, 6(9): e240
"Scientific discovery occurs in the lab one experiment at a time, but science itself moves forward based on a series of ongoing conversations, from a Nobel Prize winner's acceptance speech to collegial chats at a pub. When these conversations flow into the mainstream, they nurture the development of an informed public who understand the value of funding basic research and making evidence-based voting decisions. It is in the interests of scientists and academic institutions alike to bring these conversations into the public sphere."
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
1) We are pleased to announce the launch of a new home page! This redesign affects only the home page and is intended to feature our new tools for searching the catalog and article databases. The same content is still available on the home page and your old bookmarks and links to pages within our site will still work. Please let us know if you have trouble finding what you need on the new home page. Stay tuned for a complete Web site redesign this year!
2) Be sure to try out the new discovery tool, Encore, to search the catalog. Penrose has branded Encore as “PEAK Beta”, and made it the default catalog search. You can still search the “old” way by selecting “PEAK Classic” from the drop down box or going to the “Advanced Keyword Search”. Students love PEAK Beta’s more intuitive searching, refinement options, and tag clouds. Peak Beta’s relevancy-ranked results are more useful to most searchers. Peak Beta even corrects your spelling! For more precise searching, you will still have access to PEAK Classic and the “Advanced Search.”
3) The Book Drop Cafe is now open for business.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This paper reports on the evaluation of local usage statistics of a specific set of chemistry journals at the University of Denver in Colorado, USA. The objective of the study is to demonstrate that commercial publishers in chemistry charge considerably more for their journals than those from the non-commercial sector. There are three variables that are considered in this research: institutional cost of the journal, cost per Thomson Scientific Impact Factor (IF), and cost per article downloaded. In the defined set of 65 journals, it is found that commercial publishers charge more for their journals by a ratio of 2.59. Commercial publishers cost more per impact factor by a ratio of 3.20 and significantly more per local article download by a ratio of 6.16. This research demonstrates that local usage statistics should be used as part of the journal evaluation process.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Council on Library and Information Resources has released a new report.
No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century
Abstract -- How should we be rethinking the research library in a swiftly changing information landscape? In February 2008, CLIR convened 25 leading librarians, publishers, faculty members, and information technology specialists to consider this question. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities that libraries are likely to face in the next five to ten years, and how changes in scholarly communication will affect the future library. Essays by eight of the participants—Paul Courant, Andrew Dillon, Rick Luce, Stephen Nichols, Daphnée Rentfrow, Abby Smith, Kate Wittenberg, and Lee Zia—were circulated to participants in advance and provided background for the conversation. This report contains these background essays as well as a summary of the meeting.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
With more than 2.4 million entries, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. UMI offers over 2 million titles for purchase in microfilm or paper formats. More than 930,000 are available in PDF format for immediate free download, and an average of 2,000 new PDFs are added to the database each week.Note that some of the documents are HUGE. This dissertation in astrophysics from Princeton is about 54 MB.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Stop on by if you get a chance.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Knovel Library. There are over 1,000 ebooks in this collection. It covers chemistry and engineering sources for the most part.
Columbia Gazetteer of the World. Derived from the 3 volume set.
Columbia Earthscape. This is "a comprehensive aggregation of resources in the Earth and Environmental Sciences".
Monday, June 30, 2008
The Trouble with Tamarisk
Wiley InterScience recently completed the transition of Blackwell content to the new platform. Penrose staff have now updated most/all of the records to reflect the new web-based location of the content. Please let us know if you have any problem accessing a Wiley or a Blackwell journal.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Everything I know in 15 minutes -- Everything I have learned about education and life over the past 55 years summed up in 15 or 20 minutes. (Graduation address for Nova Southeastern University June 7, 2008)
"I've been asked to give a commencement address tomorrow down in Ft. Lauderdale. Here are my current thoughts about what I'm addressing. My solemn pledge is not to go longer than 20 minutes.
Congratulations graduates of the Fischler School of Education and Human Resources. You have demonstrated intelligence, perseverance, and great tolerance for uncomfortable chairs for long periods of time. Many of you completed much of your coursework before laptops and wireless connectivity allowed you to endure tedious lectures by multi-tasking and updating your Facebook page. To all of you, my deepest admiration."
Etc., etc., etc....
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
This service was launched about an hour ago!
The World Wide Telescope is a "single rich application portal that blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience. Kids of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the universe with its simple and powerful user interface."
Looks cool, but you need some serious hardware and software -- here are the requirements...
- Microsoft® XP SP2 (minimum), Windows® Vista® (recommended)
- PC with Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, recommended
1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM; 2 GB RAM recommended
- 3D accelerated card with 128 megabytes (MB) RAM; discrete graphics card with dedicated 256-MB VRAM recommended for higher performance
- 1 GB of available hard disk space; 10 GB recommended for off-line features and higher performance browsing
Monday, May 12, 2008
The Quick Copy Center survey is at https://taurus.cair.du.edu/ir/quickcopy/
and the Mail Services survey is https://taurus.cair.du.edu/ir/mailservices/
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The PDF of the preprint is here.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Do you have an experience, a story, an opinion or an idea that you think first year students at DU need to hear? Make a DUtube video about...
Diversity at DU
sexual assault, dating violence,
domestic violence, stalking
Alcohol on campus
Marijuana on campus
Dealing with stress
Life at DU
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thanks to Stephen Abram for finding this.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I am pretty sure that the times are pretty accurate. The reason for the downtime? -- "In order to expand the RSC’s web offering we need to update our web infrastructure to newer technologies that we believe will enable us to provide a more reliable service to our customers. This has been a project that has been on going for about a year and we’re now at the stage to move our web systems into the new infrastructure."
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This is a web-based training program in animal and human research subjects protections. It includes basic courses covering subjects such as: biomedicine, social and behavioral topics, refreshers, good clinical practice, Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS), laboratory animal welfare, and the responsible conduct of research. When you register, please select the University of Denver as your home institution.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium
Good to see that DU got a plug at the Loom.
He also posted a New York Times article concerning the topic of his new book.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
RefWorks and RefShare (presented by Carrie Forbes)
Friday, April 11, 1-2 PM
Research Instruction Room, Main Level
Is trying to figure out how to make a bibliography or works cited page giving you a headache? Come learn how to use RefWorks, a Web-based bibliography manager. Participants will learn how to keep track of books, reports, journal articles, and Websites and then create finished bibliographies in APA, MLA, or Chicago styles. RefShare, a program that allows users to share bibliographies with others in RefWorks, will also be shown. Please RSVP for the Refworks Workshop.
Other Workshops will be presented on the Penrose Facebook Page, Creating and following Blogs, and on the "Three Googles" later in the Quarter.
You will be also able to find the database in the "Environmental Studies" category of Database and Article Search and within the Environmental Science Resources handout.
Friday, April 4, 2008
One of the speakers is Philip Rosedale, found of Linden Labs and Second Life, and he presents a video about Second Life.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Journal of Electronic Imaging
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
Journal of Nanophotonics
Take a look at the Peak records for more info.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Science could be next. A small but growing number of researchers--and not just the younger ones--have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open blogs, wikis and social networks of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement--yet--their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based "Science 2.0" is not only more collegial than the traditional variety, but considerably more productive."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
"People Who Read This Article Also Read," Greg Linden.
Monday, March 3, 2008
- Abstract and Applied Analysis
- Advances in Theoretical & Mathematical Physics
- Asian Journal of Mathematics
- Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society-Simon Stevin
- Communications in Information & Systems
- Communications in Mathematical Sciences
- Current Developments in Mathematics, 1995-
- Experimental Mathematics
- Homology, Homotopy, and Applications
- Internet Mathematics
- Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- Journal of Applied Mathematics
- Journal of Symplectic Geometry
- Kodai Mathematical Journal
- Methods and Applications of Analysis
- Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic
- Publicacions Matemàtiques
- Real Analysis Exchange
- The Review of Modern Logic
- Revista Matemática Iberomericana
- Tokyo Journal of Mathematics
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Carl will discuss his recent book, Soul Made Flesh, his working process, and the art of writing about science.
Host: Penrose Library - University of Denver
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: Community Room, Craig Hall (Social Work)
Street: 2148 S. High Street
City/Town: Denver, CO
Contact Info Phone: 303.871.3016
One can also register for the talk on the Penrose Library Facebook Event Page.
Description -- The Penrose Library, in association with the Univeristy of Denver Provost's Office, cordially invites you to attend the Second Annual Penrose Library Author's Lecture by acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer, who will discuss his work, his working process, and the art of writing about science. The program is free and open to DU students, faculty, staff, and community members. Refreshments will be served.
More about the book -- "The subtitle doesn't do justice to this illuminating book, which transcends the 'history of X and how X changed the world' genre with a deep and contextualized exploration of two millennia's worth of human theories about consciousness and the soul. Zimmer, a columnist for Natural History and author of the highly praised Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, is interested in how philosophers and scientists moved from a view of the human soul as immaterial and residing in the heart to the common explanation of thought as having a material grounding in the brain and nervous system." [From Amazon / Publishers Weekly]
We are currently working on a license for the archive going back to the 1800's, and we have "trial" access while the deal is being worked out.
The records for the journals are not in the Peak catalog yet, but we should be able to have the records available within the next month.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
* A Shot Heard 'Round the Academic World: Harvard FAS Mandates Open Access
* After Harvard, the Open Access Deluge?
* Shieber: Librarians Very Involved with Harvard OA Motion
Open Access News
Here are some comments on the Harvard OA mandate. They are from Paul Courant at Au Courant, Jonathan Eisen at Tree of Life, and Peter Murray-Rust at The CML Blog.
Harvard To Collect, Disseminate Scholarly Articles For Faculty
"In a move to disseminate faculty research and scholarship more broadly, the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted today to give the University a worldwide license to make each faculty member's scholarly articles available and to exercise the copyright in the articles, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit...."
Friday, February 15, 2008
Charles Edward Smith
Volume 31, Number 1, 2008
A curious amount of unease surrounds Google's initiative to scan thousands of books in major research libraries and make them available online. Although I understand the concerns, I don't entirely sympathize with them. About ten years ago, while writing a dissertation, I also started research on an article that CAUSE (now EDUCAUSE) published in 1999.1 It was no easy task because the Internet at the time had just begun to show its promise. Nonetheless, performing my first real research on the Internet for that article provided a window through which I could see at least some small part of the future.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Author: Karla L. Hahn
Journal of Electronic Publishing
Here is another interesting article. Abstract: Although many new forms of scholarly exchange have reached an advanced state of adoption, scholars and researchers generally remain remarkably naïve and uninformed about many issues involved with change in scholarly publishing and scholarly communication broadly. It is increasingly important that dialogue at research institutions involve a much wider group of researchers and scholars. Only active engagement by those undertaking research and scholarship can ensure that the advancement of research and scholarship takes priority in the development and adoption of new models. Research libraries have led in educating stakeholders about new models and are expanding their outreach to campus communities. In considering the effects of recent change, and looking to emerging trends and concerns, six dangers of the current moment are considered along with six topics ripe for campus dialogue.
"Harvard Opts In to ‘Opt Out’ Plan"
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on Web
By PATRICIA COHEN
Faculty members are scheduled to vote on a measure that would permit Harvard to distribute their scholarship online, instead of signing exclusive agreements with scholarly journals that often have tiny readerships and high subscription costs."
Etc., etc., etc.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The report "Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future" also shows that research-behaviour traits that are commonly associated with younger users – impatience in search and navigation, and zero tolerance for any delay in satisfying their information needs – are now becoming the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors."
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Furthermore, it is young adults who are the most likely to say they will use libraries in the future when they encounter problems: 40% of Gen Y said they would do that, compared with 20% of those above age 30 who say they would go to a library."
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
CHANGING STUDY HABITS
"Laptops, WiFi and online catalogues make the traditional library obsolete."
By Henry Petroski
Our engineering library used to be crowded with students studying and doing homework. Toward the end of the semester, with project deadlines and final exams approaching, every seat at every table would be occupied well into the extended hours. Lately, however, the library has been so empty that there is talk of folding this once-busy branch into the newly expanded main library.
Some students used to be driven to the library to get away from loquacious roommates, raucous parties or loud music that was not to their liking. Now, with their own favorite music downloaded into their iPod or similar device, they can blast it into their ears and so mask all other noise. Also, since libraries seem to have become increasingly tolerant of food and drink on the premises - the aroma of coffee, which has replaced that of cigarette smoke in the atmosphere, is seldom absent - all of a student's senses can be occupied and so exclude all distractions.
But not every student with an open laptop in class has tuned out the lecture. On more than one occasion I have had a student volunteer information that I did not have at my fingertips, showing my PowerPoint presentation to be as offline as I was. The student was following along - perhaps even anticipating the next slide - and was supplementing what I was saying with what is available on the Web. Sometimes what the student had found in the digital library was so relevant and revealing that it had to be projected for the entire class to see.
There can be no question that the personal computer has changed the way students and every wired citizen works and learns. It should be no wonder that the traditional books-and-and bookshelves library is a threatened species. In just a couple of decades, the once-staid institution has found its catalogues completely digitized and its books and jounrals increasingly so. The library is trying hard to keep up with the way today's students study and do research, not to mention how professors and other users now work. I know that my way of doing research has changed: I do not visit th engineering branch library nearly as often as I used to. With my laptop connected to the Internet, I do not have to.
Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. His most recent book is The Toothpick: Technology and Culture.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Right to Research
"You know first hand that students are expected to cite articles from scholarly journals when they write research papers.
You’ve probably used journal articles in your coursework. You’ve probably also encountered journal articles that you wanted to read — potentially important articles — but couldn’t get access to.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
OPEN ACCESS — the principle that research should be accessible online, for free, immediately after publication — is improving the way scholarly information is shared."
Etc., etc., etc.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The NIH policy is "an Enormous Step Forward" noted Executive Director Heather Joseph of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
See: http://www.libraryjournal.com/info/CA6518133.html?nid=2673#news2 and