Entries for March 2006

March 31, 2006

Technical Illustrations 3D - How To

The Make Blog shared a link to Kevin Hulsey's Technical Illustrations How To Demonstration. It walks someone through the process of creating 3D illustrations in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with only a simple blueprint to reference. From basically just floorplans, Hulsey created an amazing 3D illustration used in the initial marketing push for a cruise ship that was still being manufactured.

Podcasts - Current State Of

On Designtechnica Talk Backs (March 23, 2006), Colin Dixon and Michael Greeson looked at the current status of podcasting.

First, they established a standard definition of podcasting:

  • file-based (download not streaming),
  • subscription-based and "pushed" to user,
  • & consumed on portable devices.
They further discussed the results of a survey that demonstrated that 80% of podcast downloads were never transferred to a portable device. Was the definition established with too tight of parameters or is podcasting not as hot as everyone wants us to believe?

Personally, I find myself downloading and listening to more and more podcasts, but I have yet to use a portable device. I find it more convenient to use my laptop for listening to podcasts, and I listen to music on my portable device while walking, running, or driving.

March 30, 2006

EPIC 2015 - Future of Media

EPIC 2014 has been circulating on the web for some time now. This flash movie really forces someone to think about media and communication well into the future.

Notice there is the old 2014 version that was actually pretty close on some of its early predictions and a newer, improved 2015 version.

March 29, 2006

New Scientist Offers RSS Feeds

The New Scientist offers various RSS feeds, including breaking news, subject-specific, and special reports.

For the Case community, the New Scientist is available in the Kelvin Smith Library or electronically from various sources.

Remote Labs Operated by MIT

Inside Higher Ed had an article on March 24, 2006, called Mi Lab Es Su Lab that described MIT's iLabs. Using software developed by MIT's electrical engineering & computer science department and the civil & environmental engineering department, academic researchers from around the world have access to MIT equipment, such as a "shake table" to simulate earthquakes.

(Thank you to John Dupuis on Confessions of a Science Librarian for highlighting this article.)

March 28, 2006

Nano Circuit Makes Debut

BBC News (March 24, 2006) reported that IBM and academic researchers in Florida have created the first computer circuit built on a single molecule.

It was assembled on a single carbon nanotube, a standard component of any nanotechnologist's toolkit.

The circuit is less than a fifth of the width of a human hair and can only be seen through an electron microscope.


Fifty Years of X-ray Diffraction

On March 24, 2006, it was shared on the CHMINF-L listserv that Fifty Years of X-ray Diffraction (Dedicated to the International Union of Crystallography on the occasion of the commemoration meeting in Munich, July 1962, by P. P. Ewald, editor, and numerous crystallographers) was digitzed and freely available for use.

March 24, 2006

Contest for Tech-Oriented Articles

The University of Michigan Library and the University of Michigan Press has put out a call for tech-oriented articles, essays, and blog posts from the previous year.

The competition is open to any and every technology topic--biotech, information technology, gadgetry, tech policy, Silicon Valley, and software engineering are all fair game. But the pieces that have the best chances of inclusion in the anthology will conform to these three simple guidelines:
  • They'll be engagingly written for a mass audience; if the article requires a doctorate to appreciate, it's probably not up our alley. Preference will be given to narrative features and profiles, "Big Think" op-eds that make sense, investigative journalism, sharp art and design criticism, intelligent policy analysis, and heartfelt personal essays.
  • They'll be no longer than 5,000 words.
  • They'll explore how technological progress is reshaping our world.
The nominations must have been published in 2005 and be submitted by the deadline of March 31, 2006. See Best of Technology Writing 2006 for more information.

(Originally shared by the LJ Tech Blog on March, 24, 2006)


startcaseedu.bmp A new Web site - http://start.case.edu/ - has been created to serve as a starting point for finding information on Case’s network and the Web. It is customizable to display up-to-date headlines and links from various Case and Internet sources. It is provided by Student Internet Services, a group of students and staff who provide various Internet services to the Case community.

Photos Representing the History of Computing

CNET News.com has shared various photos documenting some important events in the computing timeline. One of the most curious items might be the first Google server that consisted of several hard drives enclosed by Legos. Talk about keeping things simple.

The images are from a larger collection of computer history exhibits contained within Gates Hall at Stanford.

March 23, 2006

Alumni Donation for Electrical Engineering Education

Largest-ever donation of nearly $6 million from alumni Larry and Sally Sears to transform electrical engineering education with the Sears Undergraduate Design Laboratory. Read more...

Additional announcements:
$6 million donated to Case, 2 alumni give money to set up new engineering lab
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Jennifer Gonzalez

Alumni couple donate $5.9 million to Case Western Reserve
Akron Beacon Journal, Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Case Engineering School gets $5.9M gift
Crain;s Cleveland Business, March 21, 2006
Shannon Mortland


HigherEdBlogCon 2006

From April 3-28, 2006, make sure you participate in the HigherEd BlogCon. This brand-new, all-online event aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web. Higher Ed BlogCon 2006 will focus on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, audio and video podcasts, and other digital tools in a range of areas in academe.

The program tracks appear to have something for everyone interested in using today's newest tools in education:

  • Teaching - April 3-7, 2006
  • Library & info resources - April 10-14, 2006
  • Admissions, alumni relations, and communications & marketing - April 17-21, 2006
  • Websites & web development - April 24-28, 2006.

March 22, 2006

Case School of Engineering Marketing and Communications

Steven M. Townsend, Director of Communications Case School of Engineering (CSE), has started a blog to share marketing and communications news from CSE. One of his early posts shares a web site to find electronic publications, templates, and logos used for marketing of CSE.

On a related note, the Case School of Engineering’s 125th Annual Report (available in PDF) recently received an award in recognition of its creative excellence from the American Advertising Association and the Cleveland Advertising Association.

The Internet Society

The Internet Society is just one of several professional societies with the goal of addressing future issues of the Internet. The web site provides a variety of resources. One key area might be the All About the Internet section that contains information on Internet law, history of the Internet, information about the infracture, Internet standards, and Internet statistics. A user can also explore information about the Internet Code of Conduct.

[All About the Internet Society]

The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 100 organization and over 20,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

(Originally shared on The Scout Report, February 3, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 5)

March 21, 2006

Physics Today Offers RSS Feed

Physics Today offers a RSS feed.

For the Case community, Physics Today is available in the Kelvin Smith Library for your pleasure and research. Various points of electronic access can also be located from Case's E-Journal Portal.

March 20, 2006

Do You Need an Electronic Lab Notebook?

The Scientist (March 1, 2006) explores the reasons why electronic lab notebooks are finding their way into academia and why they are becoming more of a necessity than an option.

March 17, 2006

Exceptional MathReviews

The Not Even Wrong blog shared information about Exceptional MathReviews. The American Mathematical Society publishes the Mathematical Reviews that are available online through MathSciNet. Exceptional MathReviews is a page that looks for oddities or other amusing entries.

[About MathSciNet]

  • MathSciNet is a comprehensive database covering the world's mathematical literature since 1940.
  • MathSciNet provides Web access to the bibliographic data and reviews of mathematical research literature contained in the Mathematical Reviews Database.
  • MathSciNet has signed reviews, powerful search functionality, and timely updates.
  • MathSciNet fosters the navigation of mathematics literature by providing links to original articles and other original documents, when available, and by encouraging links from journal article references to MathSciNet.
  • MathSciNet includes linked reference lists from selected journals. This list is being expanded.

March 16, 2006

American Physical Society Offers RSS Feeds

The American Physical Society offers RSS feeds highlighting new articles in its many journals. The APS journals include Physical Review (A-E), Physical Review Letters, and Review of Modern Physics.

National Academies: Transportation

Transportation at the National Academies contains many resources for those involved in the transportation industry and/or research. The main resources included in this web site are from the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Some example resources include:

  • TRB News
  • National Academies Press: Transportation Collection
  • Calendar of Transportation Conferences and Workshops
  • Buckling Up: Technologies to Increase Seat Belt Use -- Special Report 278
  • Transmission Pipelines and Land Use: A Risk-Informed Approach -- Special Report 281

(Originally highlighted by The Scout Report, February 24, 2006, Volume 12, Number 8 (direct link))

March 15, 2006

English Wikipedia Publishes Millionth Article

On March 1, 2006, the English version of Wikipedia published its one millionth article. Now, over 3.3 million articles exists in more than 125 languages of Wikipedia. Wikipedia was originally created with a goal to create 100,000 articles, but shattered that goal on January 23, 2003!

Inorganic and Polymeric Gels and Networks, and Inorganic Polymeric Materials

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has issued its working document for the Definitions of Terms Relating to the Structure and Processing of Inorganic and Polymeric Gels and Networks, and Inorganic Polymeric Materials. The public review and collection of comments continue through July 31, 2006. Read the project description for more information. The project was pursued as a joint initiative between the Inorganic and Macromolecular Divisions.

[About IUPAC]

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences. Read more...

March 14, 2006

LearnOutLoud - Free Audio & Video Resources

LearnOutLoud is a "one-stop destination for audio and video learning" and does provide free audio and video listings. Several hundred items are listed, including 80 science and 61 technology items.

Here are some of the science & technology audio or video files you can enjoy:

  • Dr. Sylvia Nasar, author of "A Beautiful Mind"
  • Nanotubes
  • Tissue Engineering, The Challenges of Imitating Nature
  • Software Breakthroughs by Bill Gates
  • Biotechnology - Will It Create a New Industry?

[About LearnOutLoad]

Our mission is simple. We want to promote the use of audio and video educational material for personal and professional development. What does this means? It means that we want to help you to see how you can turn 'dead time' (time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc.) into 'learning time.' Most of us have at least a couple of hours each day where we could be learning a foreign language, deepening our spiritual or philosophical interests or learning about any of hundreds of different subjects. We want to help you find material that is both entertaining and educational. (Read more...)

March 13, 2006

What Newspapers are Blogging by the Students in a Blogging 101 Class

Blue Plate Special combed through the 100 largest newspaper sites. The results show who's blogging, who's not, and which newsrooms are doing what. It provides links to each paper, the paper's blogs, and a description of the blogs.

(Originally shared on ResourceShelf, March 4, 2006)

[About Blue Plate Special]

Each Blue Plate Special is a package of articles, features and blog posts on a single theme. Special No. 1 is about newspaper blogging: state of the art. It features a rolling launch, with new content introduced over a period of 7-10 days. See this PressThink post for more explanation.

The Blue Plate Special editorial team is drawn from the students enrolled in Prof. Jay Rosen's blogging 101 class, plus two graduate students working with him. Other contributors are drawn from around the Web.

March 10, 2006

University Channel - Public Affairs Lectures

The University Channel is a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world. A science category does exist and contains materials like stem cell research, nanotechnology, and global warming. The site does offer RSS and podcast feeds to stay current of new content.

[About University Channel]

The University Channel makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public. It is a place where academics can air their ideas and present research in a full-length, uncut format. Contributors with greater video production capabilities can submit original productions. (Read more...)

March 09, 2006

Inderscience Titles

I have not looked at sample copies of each yet, but feel free to comment on my blog if you have already seen copies.

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control (IJMIC)
ISSN (Online): 1746-6180 - ISSN (Print): 1746-6172
The intention of IJMIC is to provide an international forum to report latest developments from interdisciplinary theoretical studies, computational algorithm development and applications. It particularly welcomes those emerging methodologies and techniques which bridge theoretical studies and applications in all engineering and science branches. Novel quantitative social, economical/financial studies may be considered as well.

International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology (IJNGEE)
ISSN (Online): 1742-4194 - ISSN (Print): 1742-4186
The objectives of IJNGEE are to establish an effective channel of communication between policy makers, government agencies, public authorities, academic and research institutions, citizens, consumer bodies and professionals in industry, concerned with the complex role of nuclear energy in society. It also aims to promote and coordinate developments in the field of nuclear resources. The international dimension is emphasised in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of accelerating technological and ecological change and changes in the global economy.

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM)
ISSN (Online): 1746-6482 - ISSN (Print): 1746-6474
The main objective of IJPQM is to promote research and application of new strategies, techniques and tools of productivity and quality improvement and in turn the organisational competitiveness in the new economy and society. IJPQM aims to help professionals working in the field of productivity and quality, academic educators, industry consultants, and practitioners to contribute, to disseminate and to learn from each other

Continue reading "Inderscience Titles"

March 08, 2006

RIAA Avoids College Students Again

The Chronicle of Higher Education on the Wired Campus Blog (February 28, 2006) reported that the recording industry filed another group of 750 lawsuits, but still avoided campus-network users.

March 07, 2006

Academic Research - Physical Space at the Cost of Education

Academic-Research Space Expands While Science-Education Needs Deepen
By JEFFREY BRAINARD (Friday, February 24, 2006)

Various highlights:

  • Universities built more research space on their campuses in 2002 and 2003 than at any time since 1988
  • In 1991 federal funds paid for 16 percent of new construction of lab space, but by 2003 that figure had fallen to 5 percent
  • See full article for various employment trends as well

The Case community can access the full article from the E-Journal Portal. Several of the sources have a one month embargo before the article is available.

Polymer Science for Everyone

Volunteers from Case Western Reserve University's Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering brought polymers to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in hands-on activities for children and their families. Read more...

(Originally posted on Case News Center - February 10, 2006)

March 06, 2006

Is there an Engineering Gap between U.S. & other Countries?

On December 13, 2005, Vivek Wadhwa wrote About That Engineering Gap...Is the U.S. really falling behind China and India in education? in BusinessWeek.

I recommend you read the reader comments at the bottom of the article, since they do point out some problems with Wadhwa's assumptions. The article still does bring up some real concerns about comparing degrees from country to country.

UPDATE ON 3/6/06:
Quality vs. Quantity in Engineering from Inside Higher Ed highlights a follow-up article by a couple of Duke researchers. The Duke authors, in Framing the Engineering Outsourcing Debate, point out several errors in the numbers that are constantly published in literature.

CaseLearns Workshop - Basic Patent Searching

CaseLearns Workshop - Basic Patent Searching
March 8, 2006, 11:30am-1:30pm
Kelvin Smith Library 215
Registration required at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/

This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. You will be able to locate patents of interest and utilize some of the freely available resources to attain copies of patents from the United States or other countries.

Session perfect for engineering or business students needing patents for research assignments.

Contact me if you have questions:
Brian C. Gray, MLIS
Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
Email: brian.c.gray@case.edu
Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
Engineering Reading Room: http://library.case.edu/ksl/engineering/
Phone: (216)368-8685

Stay Politically Aware with White House RSS Feeds & Podcasts

The White House and George W. Bush offers various RSS feeds and podcasts, such as press briefings, the Presidential weekly radio address, and Presidential speeches.

March 03, 2006

Blogs, Wikis, & Podcasts for Beginners

Aaron Shaffer, who works in the Freedman Center of the Kelvin Smith Library, recently gave a talk on blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Even more exciting is that you can view the podcast of the presentation. It was very professionally done and I enjoyed the format.

March 02, 2006

College and University Feed Directory

Peterson's maintains a College and University Feed Directory of RSS and Atom feeds related to higher education. Some of the categories include libraries, podcasts, research centers, students, and technology.

[About Peterson's]

Since 1966, Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, Web sites, online products, and admissions services. Peterson's reaches an estimated 105 million consumers annually with information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, and career exploration. (See more...)

March 01, 2006

arXiv.org e-Print Archive

Hosted by Cornell University, arXiv.org is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. As of February 27, 2006, it contained over 350,000 e-prints. The major subject categories are broken down into more specific subjects that allow the user to find papers of relevance to their research. Abstracts can be viewed in html and the full papers are available in PDF. RSS feeds are available for individual archives and categories.

What is SMILES?

SMILES (Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry Specification) is a simple yet comprehensive chemical nomenclature. SMILES is widely used as a general-purpose chemical nomenclature and data exchange format. I am sure you have seen examples like elemental gold [Au], carbon dioxide O=C=O, or nitrobenzene c1ccccc1[N+](=O)[O-].

Daylight Chemical Information Systems, Inc. has put together several SMILES resources such as a directory of resources and a tutorial.

Development of the First Periodic Table

Here is a resource that shares information on the development of Mendeleev's First Periodic Table. It also has links to some several extra items, such as a picture of Mendeleev and a draft of his first table.