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More Solar Projects in Ohio

49.9-megawatt solar-power project in northwest Ohio: Ohio solar project a go | The Columbus Dispatch

Lake Erie Wind Farm

Here is a few minutes of audio with Dianne Anderson, director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, on the upcoming Lake Erie wind farm.

Monday, May 03, 2010
WKSU Public Radio

Augmented Reality

It is very interesting what this technology can mean to how we live, learn, and work in the future.

Coyotes Are Texting

The Akron Beacon Journal (December 29, 2010) reports that coyotes in northeast Ohio are "texting" their locations to researchers. Their collars are equipped with global positioning systems that text the locations to the research team consisting of people from several universities and park systems.

Kids Publish in Peer Reviewed Science Journal

Biology Letters has published a journal article by 8 to 10-year olds investigating how bumblebees see colors and patterns.

Future scientists in action!

See the Associated Press article for more information.

Books for Christmas???

For all my library friends, have a nice holidays.

Space Oddities: The Slow 'Race' to Get Women into Space

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Current Segway Company Owner Dies on Segway

The N.Y. Daily News reported that the Segway company owner Jimi Heselden dies in England after riding a Segway off cliff.

I feel sad for him and his family. I can only imagine what this will mean for sales of Segways and the employees that work for this company. It is not the kind of advertising you hope for.

Time to Read on iPad or Kindle vs. Printed Book

Lauren Indvik on Mashable.com shared the results of a study conducted by Jakob Nielsen that showed it was slower to read on an iPad or Kindle versus a traditional print book. But the study also showed that overall satisfaction was very comparable for the 3.

I personally found that I think I read faster on the Kindle DX for several reasons. First, the built-in dictionary is a lifesaver and makes for improved comprehension rather than skimming of the unknown. I am also a data or numbers person so knowing how much I have read or how much I have left to read is personal motivation. Finally, I get side tracked with multitasking so a device that keeps track of my location at all times is a positive.

Turbines on Lake Erie

Progress is still being made in making Cleveland the home of the first freshwater wind farm anywhere in the world.

The Cleveland Plan Dealer on Friday, June 18, 2010, wrote an article highlighting the partnership established with GE. The PD even posted a copy of the memorandum of understanding, minus the "trade secrets".

The Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University has been a partner on much of the previous and ongoing research.

First Year Engineering Students build Roller coasters at Ohio State University

Here is a neat engineering student project in action.

EPA’s 48-Hour Burn Wise Video Contest

Source: EPA website

Coming Soon: EPA’s 48-Hour Burn Wise Video Contest Help protect your community from wood smoke pollution

Release date: 03/11/2010

Contact Information: Dave Ryan Ryan.Dave@epa.gov 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a video contest for professional and amateur filmmakers on Burn Wise, the agency’s campaign to help citizens reduce pollution from their fireplaces and other wood-burning appliances. With the theme “Learn Before You Burn,” the winning 30- or 60-second videos will promote responsible wood-burning techniques that can help citizens save money while making the air healthier to breathe.

Wood smoke is made up of a mixture of gases and fine particle pollution that isn’t healthy to breathe iidoors or out – especially for children, older adults and people with heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases.

Each video must cover three basic steps: what to burn (only dry seasoned wood), how to burn it (maintain a small, hot fire) and what to burn it in (an EPA-approved wood-burning appliance that you have maintained each year). For the safety of the filmmakers, no real flames may be used in the videos.

Anyone can enter (children under 18 must get parental permission). Winners will receive cash awards, and their videos will be provided to television stations as public service announcements. Prizes are as follows: first place, $2,500; second place, $1,000; third place, $500 and viewers’ choice, a $250 U.S. Savings Bond.

Here’s how the contest will work: Some information is available to help filmmakers get started right now on the contest Web site. Then, at noon EST Friday, April 9, EPA will reveal three mystery criteria that must be included in the videos on the contest Web site. Final videos must be uploaded to EPA’s YouTube channel within 48 hours -- by noon EST Sunday, April 11. Viewers will vote on their favorite video via YouTube.

Informational video and more on how to participate in the contest: http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/contest.html

For updates on the contest, follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/epaburnwise

Ohio Wind-related Manufacturing Mentioned at ALA Conference

I am attending the Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association in Boston. I did not attend this specific session but Al Gore was one of the invited speakers. He specifically mentioned Cardinal Fastener in Ohio and how advanced energy has revitalized the company.

Eleventh Annual Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture
Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:30- 2:30 pm
Featuring Al Gore

Supporting America’s Breakthrough Energy Innovators

The U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy) invites you to the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC, March 1-3.

Bringing together all the nation's key players in energy innovation: Research & Technology Leaders, VC Investors, Technology Entrepreneurs, Large Corporations, Policymakers, and Government Agencies.

ASCE Video Contest

American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) is sponsoring a contest that asks engineering students to create a short video or slide show to illustrate why your school is THE BEST at applying your engineering knowledge and skills to volunteer projects that make a difference. See contest rules for full details.

ASCE is this year’s national society chair for Engineers Week 2010, along with honorary corporate chair ExxonMobil. The National Engineers Week Foundation is a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce and to raising public understanding and appreciation of engineers’ contributions to society.

Online Engineering Video Competition on 'How Engineers Make a World of Difference'

IEEE-USA is launching the organization's third online engineering video competition for undergraduate students on "How Engineers Make a World of Difference." IEEE-USA will present four scholarship awards totaling $5,000 to undergraduates who create the most effective 90-second video clips reinforcing for an 11-to-13-year-old audience how engineers improve the world. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 15 January 2010. Winning entries will be announced and shown during Engineers Week, 14-20 February 2010.

See full press release for details.

Requests Input About Public Access to Archived Federal-Funded Science Publications

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. This RFI will be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Public Access Policy Forum at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open, or may submit responses via electronic mail. Responses will be re-posted on the online forum. Instructions and a timetable for daily blog topics during this period are described at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open.

For more information, please see the notice in the Federal Register at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29322.htm.

Ohio's Fuel Cell Environment

Pat Valente, Executive Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, talks about Ohio's fuel cell environment in a Q&A article published November 19, 2009 on hiVelocity.

hiVelocity is a web-based publication highlighting Ohio's new economy.

Case Western Reserve biomed professor among panel of national translational medicine experts

Erin Lavik, a faculty member in Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, appeared in Washington, D.C. on November 20th as part of a national discussion regarding translational medicine. Read more in the CASE DAILY article.

Congratulations to Chung-Chiun Liu

From CASE DAILY (November 5, 2009):

Chung-Chiun Liu, the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Knovel University Challenge is Back - Win a Kindle, Wii, iPod, or iTunes gift card

Last year, Case was one of only 8 universities world-wide that had at least 100 student entries. Lets keep our streak alive.

KSL subscribes to 1800+ fulltext books in science & engineering just for you.

ASM International's Geodesic Dome

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 30, 2009) the ASM International's geodesic dome has been nominated to be listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

See a picture of the structure and get more details at the ASM website about Materials Park.

Textbook Rentals

I remember reading about this some time ago, and the company is still succeeding. According to the New York Times on July 4, 2009, Chegg.com is still renting textbooks. It is a multiple million dollar business that shows no end to the growth so far.

Ohio students are lucky to have a similar program called the Ohio Textbook Portal.

I find the success of these programs as proof that Amazon's approach with the Kindle DX and the textbook sales can be successful. Many people suggest students want to keep their textbooks, but I suspect there are only a couple that a student would want to keep beyond their classes.

Major Chemistry Publisher Apparently Phasing Out Print Journals

It appears from an article in Nature (Published online 17 June 2009) that the American Chemical Society has announces steps to phase out their print journals in favor of all electronic access.

I wondered what major publisher would be first to take this action.

Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)

The fourth annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University on June 15-17, 2009.

The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of methods, research findings, and experiences.

An important goal for the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships and networking opportunities within the domain of computational approaches to biology that benefit Ohio.

See: http://www.occbio.org/2009/index.shtml

Virtual Career Fair in Second Life

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is holding a Virtual Career Fair in Second Life from June 8-12, 2009.

USA Leads Engineering Publishing

The USA is a publishing machines when it comes to engineering. Sciencewatch.com released the "Top 20 Countries in Engineering" which includes publications and citations from 1998 to end of 2008. USA has three times more publications than the next country.

Career in Science Librarianship

I was very honored recently to be interviewed by Lucas Laursen for an article he was preparing for Science Careers (from the journal Science).

The article, called Looking Up Your Career at the Library, was collection of thoughts by several science librarians that made the transition from the traditional science career path to libraries.

IEEE Xplore Reaches Two Million Documents

The Case community has a wonderful resource available to them through IEEE Xplore. IEEE reports that it now contains TWO million documents.

New Energy Alerting Service

Stay on top of energy and environment news & policies with a daily alerting service brought to you by the Kelvin Smith Library.

Track national and global environment & energy policy from E&E Publishing. Read the publications on the website (http://eenews.net), or sign up for an email alert or an RSS feed and get automatic daily or weekly news from their 5 publications:

ClimateWire tracks politics and policy on climate change, daily; E&EDaily focuses on energy and environment legislation in Congress, when Congress is in session; GreenWire covers the weekday issues in the courts, states, and federal agencies. The weekly LandLetter brings you an in-depth look at natural resources and conservation issues. E&ENews PM brings you all the daily late-breaking developments from Capitol Hill and everywhere else, so you're ahead of tomorrow's headlines.

In addition to daily news and analysis, E&E Publishing offers access to special reports, key documents, and valuable research tools on the website. Be sure to look at the searchable story and video archive. E&E is a Case-only resource, and requires an activated VPN connection when using wireless or remote access. More details are available on the KSL NewsBLog.

New Phone: Pomegranate

I have found my new phone. I cannot wait for it to come out. Check it out for yourself and make sure you explore all the features.

Library Greeter - Armored Video Action Figure

Here is a door greeter you do not see everyday. The Library Journal, 1/16/2009, reports that the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Science & Engineering Library entrance is now guarded by a "six-foot tall Chameleon JumpSuit comes from the popular Journeyman Project's “Legacy of Time” computer video game". It was donated by alumni.

NanoTube Contest - What is "Nano" ?

From the ACS Nanotation NanoTube webpage:

The concept of "nano" has captured the interest and excitement of researchers and science-enthusiasts alike, but the question remains - what is "nano"? How is "nano" best visualized? Where is "nano" headed? Send us your ideas in the form of an original creative video and you could win $500 in cash!

Video submissions will be accepted from January 5 - March 15, 2009. Videos are limited to 3 minutes or less, and will be judged on creativity, scientific clarity of explanation, originality and quality of the video. Entrants are encouraged to submit their videos early, since early submissions will have the best chance to accumulate a greater number of votes.

Visit the website to submit a video, vote for your favorite, or see the rules.

Case Student Article

As I notice new publications from Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and students, I like to highlight them. Here is a new one I came across.

Discovering Neglected Conditions in Software by Mining Dependence Graphs
Chang, Ray-Yaung Podgurski, Andy Yang, Jiong
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland;

This paper appears in: Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on
Publication Date: Sept.-Oct. 2008
Volume: 34, Issue: 5
On page(s): 579-596

Knovel University Challenge

Knovel is running a contest for students and Case has entered.


If you want to try, go to the contest page and answer 3 simple questions.

This contest is open to current students in all schools with active trials and subscriptions to Knovel. The contest starts 9/29/08. You have until (midnight) November 7th to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school name, email address) via the contest widget available at www.info.knovel.com/challenge. All entries with a total of at least 3 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (2) Nintendo Wiis, (3) iPod Nanos and (6) iTunes Gift Cards. The drawing will take place on December 1st, 2008. The Prizes will be awarded to entrants in the US, Canada, Asia,Eastern Europe, Western Europe and all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to 3 quiz questions. All universities, domestic and international, are eligible to participate and win. For entries to be valid, and to qualify for prizes, students must use Knovel to answer the questions.

To reward schools with outstanding participation, all universities with 100 entries or more are guaranteed entry into a contest-within-the-contest ensuring that 1 student participant with 3 correct answers will be the winner of an iPod Nano.

The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation via email.

The correct answers and winners of the contest will also be announced and featured in K-News and on www.knovel.com. All entries and photos become Knovel Corporation’s property and will not be returned. Each participant consents to the use of his or her name and picture on the Knovel Web site for informational and/or promotional purposes, without compensation.

The Quiz Prizes are sponsored by Knovel Corporation (www.knovel.com).

American Physical Society Announces Physics, A New, Free, Online Publication

Physics highlights exceptional papers from the Physical Review journals through expert commentaries written by active researchers.

Stay informed about the most important developments in your field and others by visiting APS's new, free website. Commentaries are written for broad accessibility and updated weekly.

Physics features three kinds of articles: Viewpoints are essays of approximately 1000–1500 words that focus on a single Physical Review paper or PRL letter and put this work into broader context. Trends are concise review articles (3000–4000 words in length) that survey a particular area and look for interesting developments in that field. Synopses (200 words) are staff-written distillations of interesting and important papers each week. In addition, we intend to publish selected Letters to the Editor to allow readers a chance to comment on the commentaries and summaries.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider is scheduled to go live with its first major experiment on September 10th.

From their website:

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.

If everything you have read or seen is too technical, you can always fall back on a quick YouTube movie to make everything crystal clear.

IEEE Computer Society Introduces Computing Now

From What's New @ IEEE for Students (June 4, 2008):

The IEEE Computer Society has created an aggregation portal to let visitors access multimedia, engage in community building and consolidate the resources of its 14 magazines. Computing Now brings together new print and online content from the IEEE Computer Society’s peer-reviewed magazines, highlighting coverage of hot topics, such as computer games, social networking, green computing, robotics and agile computing. Spanning all computing-related technologies and more than 50 identified subjects, Computing Now provides free access to select peer-reviewed articles and departments from each magazine. The site’s multimedia center features podcasts, video blogs, webinars and online-only interviews with authors and guest editors. Focusing on serving the community, Computing Now encourages registered users to comment on blog entries, provide feedback and contribute content. Led by an advisory board of subject-matter experts from academia and industry, Computing Now represents the Computer Society’s latest efforts to bridge the print and online worlds. For more information, visit Computing Now.

How Facebook Works

Ever wonder what it took to keep a large social network like FaceBook running? Technology Review in their July/August 2008 issue highlighted How Facebook Works.

Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning

Case held this session on May 8, 2008. I was asked to participate and helped to organize this session, but was already scheduled to deliver a Plenary at another conference. I was glad to see the session was a success and left the participants with many things to consider.

Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008
Track 4: Blogs and Wikis
Session: Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning
Panelists: Ben Schechter, Bill Barrow, Bill Claspy, Brian Gray, Roger Zender

It was a discussion on how to use Wiki software in order to create an interface which provides an opportunity for collaboration among users.

Check out the others session from Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008, which include sessions on blogging, virtual worlds like Second Life, mobile devices, VOIP, and many other topics:

Encyclopaedia Britannica to Accept User Submitted Articles

The Wired Campus Blog (Chronicle of Higher Education) on June 6, 2008, shared an announcement that the online Encyclopaedia Britannica will display user-submitted articles along side those written by the editors. It will even offer a reward system for contributors.

For full details, see the post on the Britannica blog.

Are we seeing the first major response to change following the success of Wikipedia?

IEEE Xplore Down Time

On Wednesday, 28 May, IEEE will perform planned maintenance to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

During this maintenance, the system will be unavailable for up to one (1) hour beginning at approximately 2:00 pm EDT. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A message will be also posted on the IEEE Xplore home page to alert users.

We appreciate your patience and thank you for being a user of IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Commencement 2.0

I guess Case Western Reserve University found a way to make the commencement web 2.0 in nature.

Craig Newmark, Case alumnus and founder of Craigslist, blogged live using his Twitter account and will follow-up on his blog with more commentary after delivering the commencement speech.

New Endowed Professorship in Chemistry

Gilles Klopman, the Charles F. Mabery Professor Emeritus of Research in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University has made seven-figure will commitment to Case's chemistry department.

See full story for more information.

Sticker Shock - Take 2

Do you know how much journals cost, especially in science and engineering?

Cornell University Library uses real world purchases to show you how much libraries invest in your education and research needs. Check out Sticker Shock 2 for more information. I am scared when they compare journals to cars and international trips.

The original Sticker Shock was completed in 2002.

Case Polymer Research Published in Science

Can you imagine polymer nanocomposites that transform from hard to soft and back again by exposure to liquid? Researchers from the Case School of Engineering and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center have published results of such a polymer in Science. Case researchers were from the departments of macromolecular science and engineering and biomedical engineering.

More information available in the Case press release.

Science 7 March 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5868, pp. 1370 - 1374

Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Nanocomposites Inspired by the Sea Cucumber Dermis
Jeffrey R. Capadona,Kadhiravan Shanmuganathan, Dustin J. Tyler, Stuart J. Rowan, Christoph Weder

If you are affiliated with Case, please use the eJournal Portal to discover what access for this article is available.

IEEE Xplore Downtime

An IEEE Xplore upgrade is scheduled for Saturday, 15 March, 2008. During this upgrade, the system will be unavailable for up to four (4) hours beginning at approximately 10:00 am EDT (UTC/GMT - 4 hours).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

C&EN Online

The Case community now has online access to Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) from 1998 to present. Access was arranged by OhioLINK.

[About C&EN]

Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

C&EN Online offers Latest News, supplementary material to C&EN print articles, back issues of the magazine since 1998, and special features such as Reel Science, NanoFocus, RSS feeds, and blogs.

Amelia Earhart Internship for Women Students in the Sciences and Engineering

For the Case community:
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Career Center will be co-sponsoring a new internship program this summer. Students interested in completing a summer internship in Cleveland in a science or engineering field are eligible to participate.

Develop your network and learn about what it's like to work with a variety of different science and engineering employers; work with your supervisor to make progress on the individual learning goals you identify as essential to your future career; and give and receive ongoing support with students placed in similar internships.

Deadline to sign-up: Friday, February 29, 2008

WISER Coordinator Liz Lierman, Elizabeth.lierman@case.edu, 216.368.6858

A Vision of Students Today

I just love the videos that come out from this class and this professor. Everyone of them makes me wondering what is next...

All the numbers are quite intriguing. The over 26 hours per day of tasks in 24 hours really hit home.

Source: http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=119

Happy 50th Birthday: Physical Review Letters

Physical Review Letters, started by Editor Sam Goudsmit as an experiment, reaches its 50th anniversary in July 2008. They are marking this occasion in several ways.

Case Mathematician Inspired By Science

Peter Kotelenez, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently published Stochastic Ordinary and Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Transition from Microscopic to Macroscopic Equations.

See the Case announcement for more information.

Two copies have been ordered for the Kelvin Smith Library for use by the Case community.

Wii Preparation for Surgeons

Years ago we had reports that our Desert Storm pilots were better than their former colleagues, due to being raised as children with video games. Now, we a have a study that shows surgeons that warm up or train on Wii perform better in surgeries.

Game players scored nearly 50% higher on tool control and overall performance than other trainees.
Source: 'Wii warm-up' good for surgeons from BBC News (January 17, 2008)

From the File of Where Else Did They Look

I found this video about Gmail discussed in a Walking Paper blog entry. In general the video is Gmail engineers reading emails they receive from happy users. The last one in the video was a freshman chemical engineering student who was working on a group project and the answer the group needed appeared in the targeted Gmail ads. The Google engineer said "this person was able to use gmail ads to find something she couldn’t find anywhere else".

Really? I did a similar project on photoremediation during my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and I found all the necessary information from the library.

I have two concerns with this video and the suggestions made. First, I question where else did these students look. Second, Google is doing some wonderful things but they are not the only source. It leads me to challenge are libraries doing enough to be in front of the users eyes.

Mathematical Biology Now Covered by Biology Direct

Biology Direct considers original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes and reviews in selected subject areas, and will eventually cover the full spectrum of biology. Subject areas already launched include Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Immunology, and Mathematical Biology.

Andrei Yakovlev wrote an editorial that kicked off the new commitment to Mathematical Biology.

Modern mathematics offers a much richer arsenal of tools and ideas than those that are frequently employed to describe the enormous diversity of biological phenomena.

Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship

The Google 2008 Anita Borg Scholarship is open for application until Friday, February 1, 2008.

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to furthering Anita's vision, we are pleased to announce the 2008 Google Anita Borg Scholarship, through which we hope to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders.

Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Here is an example of science on YouTube - tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. YouTube has become so mainstream it is nice to see educational and informative videos like this mixed in with all the humor, video blogs, birthday parties, and other uses of YouTube.

Reminder: Older Versions of SciFinder Retired

Please note that on January 2nd, 2008 CAS retired the following versions
of SciFinder/SciFinder Scholar, as communicated to customers in mid June

  • SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar 2004.2 (MAC OS 9 and Windows)
  • SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar MAC OS X 1.0
  • SciFinder 2007.0 for Windows

Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards (BMEidea)

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has launched the fourth annual Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards (BMEidea). Student teams must submit by April 4, 2008. The top prize is $10,000. Winners are announced in June.

Case students can contact Ed Caner, director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at 368-3710.

Visit the NCIIA Web site for more details.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 14, 2007]

Knovel Unit Converter

Knovel has added a unit converter to its collection of resources. It can be freely accessed by anyone, even nonsubscribers.

Unit Converter: www.knovel.com/unitconverter

Other free content is available for those that sign up.


For the Case community, the Kelvin Smith Library subscribes to Knovel content for your convenience.

What can nano do for you?

Come to Science Café Cleveland: a lively, informal scientific discussion in an inviting atmosphere of food and drink.

This month’s topic: What can nano do for you?

Dr. Steven Eppell (CWRU Biomedical Engineering) & Dr. Alexis Abramson (Case Mechanical and Aerospace

WHERE: The brewpub downstairs at Great Lakes Brewing Company (2516 Market Ave, Cleveland)

WHEN: Monday, December 10th; drinks at 6 pm, discussion starts around 6:30 pm

WHO: Sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WGBH Boston, and Great Lakes Brewing Company

Science Café Cleveland takes place on the second Monday of each month at GLBC. A few free appetizers are provided, and participants are welcome to purchase additional food and drinks.

Case Senior Completes NASA Internship

Mason Conrad, senior center on the Case basketball team and mechanical engineering major, conducted research for NASA Glenn Research Center on its Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV an be used for the future trips to the moon.

Read the full announcement.

Research ShowCASE 2008 Now Accepting Abstracts

For the Case community...

Research ShowCASE 2008 will take place April 16 and 17, and the committee is now accepting proposals. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff, and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. The abstract submission deadline is January 31. Go to the Research ShowCASE web site for details on submitting abstracts and more information about the event.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 04, 2007]

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of November 5th
  • November 5 (Monday): 8:00am-12pm
  • November 6 (Tuesday)): 8:00am-12pm
  • November 7 (Wednesday): Not Available
  • November 8 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • November 9 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

ACS Nanotation

On Monday, Oct. 22nd, ACS Publications launched ACS Nanotation, a new website created to bring together the worldwide nano community. This free online resource enables nanoscientists to save time by reading reviews that identify the most significant, new research. It includes:

  • Nano Picks
  • Ask the Scientist: Nano Letters
  • ACS Journals in Focus
  • Image gallery, podcasts, and NanoTube
  • Wiki of terminology
ACS Nanotation—it's new, it's free, and you could win an iPod® nano. One iPod® nano will be awarded each month through December 2007. Register at ACS Nanotation.

Patent Searching Basics Class

For the Case community...
Looking for patent information and do not know where to start? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques" at 2 p.m.,Tuesday, October 30 in the Kelvin Smith Library. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register on the CaseLearns web site to participate.

Blog Named Top 100 Education Site for Entrepreneurs

In a blog post called Hidden Gems: The 100 .edu sites every Entrepreneur Should Read by Jessica Hupp, my blog was listed with others in the Knowledge & Information category.

At the root of every institution of learning is information. These libraries, defenders of free knowledge, and business training sites have a lot of information to offer entrepreneurs.
The Bootstrapper blog is a resource for any small business owner operating on a shoestring budget, and provides tips on financing, cash flow, low-cost marketing and small business loans.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of October 29th
  • October 29 (Monday): 8:00am-12pm
  • October 30 (Tuesday)): Not Available
  • October 31 (Wednesday): 8:00am-11:30am
  • November 1 (Thursday): By Appointment
  • November 2 (Friday): OFF

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

National Chemistry Week: October 21-27, 2007

During this week, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Chemistry Week as promoted by the American Chemical Society.

Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering

For the Case community...

The Case School of Engineering cordially invites you to the Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, October 11, 2007
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Wolstein Auditorium
(Cornell Road near University Hospitals)

From Professor To Inventor To Entrepreneur - The Excitement of High Tech Innovation

Presented by
James Wyant, CIT ‘65
Dean, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona

Reception following in Wolstein Atrium

Event is free but registration is respectfully requested: JGriech@case.edu or 216-368-6804

Made possible by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

For the Case Community - Understanding RSS Feeds

Do you know what a RSS feed is or how to use them to make information consumption easier? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called Understanding RSS Feeds on Monday, October 8th, at 3pm in the Kelvin Smith Library. You must register at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.

Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER)

Case women interested in science and engineering are invited to participate in the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER). To get involved, come to a WISER gathering and discussion; contact Liz Lierman, leadership program coordinator, at 368-6858 or stop by the WISER lounge, Sears 545, during office hours from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays or from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays for information. Additional details are online.

[VIA: Case Daily - September 12, 2007]

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of September 10th
  • September 10 (Monday): 8am-11am
  • September 11 (Tuesday)): By Appointment
  • September 12 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • September 13 (Thursday): 8am-11am
  • September 14 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples

The Case Libraries is kicking of its 2007 Brown Bag Lunch Series on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 11:30am-1:00pm in the Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room. Brian C. Gray (Engineering, Statistics and Mathematics Library at KSL) will present "What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples". Bring your lunch as beverages and dessert will be available. RSVP to Gail Reese (egr@case.edu) or KSL Administration at 368-2992.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series are lunchtime presentations with featured speakers and informal discussion about a particular topic. These presentations are one hour long. All library staff, as well as the Case and UCI community are invited.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of August 27th
  • August 27 (Monday): OFF
  • August 28 (Tuesday)): 12pm-4pm
  • August 29 (Wednesday): By Appointment
  • August 30 (Thursday): 8am-12pm
  • August 31 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed .

* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)

  • Open 24x7

  • Includes computer for searching library resources

  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure

  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

FREE ASM Trial Membership through October 1

Become an ASM Member or Trial Member to be eligible to WIN up to $10,000 in ASM products and services in the $35,000 ASM's Everything Material Sweepstakes.

FREE Trial Membership through October 1, 2007, no purchase necessary.

Wind Farms

With the increased talk about alternative energy around campus, I thought this short bibliography that The Scout Report organized was worth sharing.

[VIA: The Scout Report, July 13, 2007, Volume 13, Number 27]


MathSciJournalWiki is a freely-editable resource for information on scholarly journals, especially in mathematics. It aims to be a central resource for understanding the journal system, both in its academic and economic aspects.

It lists the price history and numbers of pages for many of the journals used in mathematics and physics. It also highlights various news in the math and science publishing industry.

Do Patented Items Make Money

Michael Fitzgerald (The New York Times, July 15, 2007) shares the views of lawyers, economists, and inventors on whether the current U.S. patent laws help or discourage innovation.

For example, James Bessen (lecturer at Boston University’s law school) has demonstrated that patent litigation costs are almost twice as high as the profits from the patented items. He is working on a forthcoming book that will document his findings and theories. Some researchers have suggested his profit estimates are too low.

The article also discusses solutions to modifying or demolishing the current patent system. For example, the USPTO is experimenting with public, open commenting to help patent examiners.

Google offers 411 Service

Did you know Google offers a 411 service that is totally free? It can be used by calling 1-800-GOOG-411. I tried it for a few random searches. It is not perfect as it is computer automated. If you do not speak clearly or speak too fast, it does get confused.

Web 3.0 on the Horizon

Have you learned everything about how to use web 2.0 effectively? If not, get ready to fall further behind. Articles are already starting to circulate about web 3.0 and what that will mean for Internet users.

CNNMoney.com in an article by Michael V. Copeland
shared how researchers are looking into the efficient use of the semantic web. In other words how can computers help to organize all the data, including that within documents, for the benefit of Internet searchers.

If you are looking for future employment opportunities consider this data from the article:

One estimate pegs the market for products and services stemming from semantic Web technologies at $50 billion by 2010, up from about $7 billion today.

K-Theory Editorial Board Resigns

The Not Even Blog reported that the entire editorial board of K-Theory (Springer) has resigned and in 2008 will be publishing a new journal called Journal of K-Theory (Cambridge University Press) at about half the subscription cost.

IEEE Spectrum Announcement

IEEE Spectrum and Make magazine are joining forces to call attention to the coolest and cleverest do-it-yourself electronics projects. If your university students have designed and built something that they'd like to share with the combined readerships of Spectrum and Make - more than 1 million people - please enter it into the contest.

If you are a finalist, you'll get:

  • An archive of back issues of Make
  • An official IEEE Spectrum Baseball hat
  • Your name in a future issue of IEEE Spectrum identifying you and your project as a finalist
If you win, you'll receive:
  • Coverage of your project in the print and/or online editions of both Spectrum and Make
  • Transportation and accommodations to attend the next "Maker Faire" Make magazine's jamboree for do-it-yourselfers. 20-21 October at the Travis County Fairgrounds in Austin, Texas where they will describe and demonstrate their project
Entry deadline is 1 September 2007.

To enter, send a brief description of your project and include an estimate of how much it cost. Include a photo, a parts list, and a schematic if possible. E-mail them to: spectrum-diy-contest@ieee.org, or send them to: Spectrum/Make DIY contest, 3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5997 USA.

Case's Dexter Advances to Semifinals

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 10, 2007, reported that Case's driverless vehicle called Dexter has advanced to the semifinals on October 26-31 at a Victorville, California military base.

See the official press release (PDF).

Resources, Data, or Tools

Are libraries offering resources, data, or tools to support instruction? Is the difference in the actual terms used just word play? Do libraries not market tools for instruction and only focus on research? Are library tools not good enough?

The Wired Campus (Chronicle of Higher Education, August 8, 2007) highlights a project asking educators their top ten lists of learning TOOLS. It has caused a ripple in the library profession communication channels as NOT one library tool once mentioned by the first 88 learning professional to respond.

Some have proposed that there is a difference between information resources and learning tools. Libraries do advertise and promote many of the learning tools mentioned but none of the subscription-based or library-design resources made the list.

I think all might be true.

First, surveys should define the meanings of words. But another view is that libraries have a reputation of developing our own terminology. Does that terminology make sense to users? Maybe library patrons do not fully grasp the words "database" or "resource". Maybe the simpler word "tool" is easier to grasp.

Second, libraries have always been good at marketing to people in the physical buildings, but marketing to more and more online patrons can be tough. Online competition is severe.

Finally, maybe we are not focused enough on instruction as a reason to use the library resources. I openly promote a database called Knovel as an instruction tool. I would not take credit for that stance though. One of my professors shared with me how he uses it for in the classroom activities. He feels it is a strong method to demonstrate chemical engineering calculations and develop real understanding. It is closer to how graduates would conduct such calculations in the real world.

Interface to the Virtual World

Benjamin Chodroff, a Case Western Reserve University student, recently participated in an IBM internship called "Extreme Blue" in India. He proposed an interface to connect real and virtual worlds, such as Second Life.

Wind Power Research

Case Western Reserve University has joined the research and development of alternative energy. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Case Western Reserve seeks to lead wind-power research, August 1, 2007), the university has committed $200k towards a study to research the ability to locate 5-10 wind turbines on Lake Erie off Cleveland's shoreline. Enough electricity could be developed to support 60000 households.

SPARC Video Contest

Check out this video contest!

SPARC Announces Mind Mashup:
A Video Contest to Showcase Student Views on Information Sharing

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and Documentary Filmmaker Peter Wintonick Among Judges Selecting $1,000 Prize Winner

Washington, DC - July 25, 2007 - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the launch of the first annual SPARC Discovery Awards, a contest to promote the open exchange of information. Mind Mashup, the theme of the 2007 contest, calls on entrants to illustrate in a short video the importance of sharing ideas and information of all kinds. Mashup is an expression referring to a song, video, Web site or software application that combines content from more than one source.

Consistent with SPARC's mission as an international alliance of academic and research libraries promoting the benefits of information sharing, the contest encourages new voices to join the public discussion of information policy in the Internet age. Designed for adoption as a college or high school class assignment, the SPARC Discovery Awards are open to anyone over the age of 15.

Contestants are asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that imaginatively show the benefits of bringing down barriers to the open exchange of information. Submissions will be judged by a panel that includes:

  • Aaron Delwiche, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas
  • José-Marie Griffiths, Professor & Dean at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rick Johnson, communications consultant and founding director of SPARC
  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
  • Karen Rustad, president of Free Culture 5C and a senior at Scripps College majoring in media studies
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • Peter Wintonick, award-winning documentary filmmaker and principal of Necessary Illusions Productions Inc.

"I'm very proud to be judging this contest," said Karen Rustad. "When it comes to debates over Internet information policy, students are usually subjects for study or an object for concern. I can't wait to see what my contemporaries have to say about mashup culture and open access to information once they're given the mike -- or, rather, the camera."

The contest takes as its inspiration a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."

Submissions must be received by December 2, 2007. Winners - including a first-place winner and two runners up - will be announced in January 2008. The winner will receive $1,000 and a "Sparky Award." The runners up will each receive $500. Winning entries will be publicly screened at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in January 2008 in Philadelphia and will be prominently featured in SPARC's international advocacy and campus education activities.

For further details, please see the contest Web site at http://sparkyawards.org.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC is a founding member of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of patient, academic, research, and publishing organizations that supports open public access to the results of federally funded research - including research funded by the National Institutes of Health. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.

Ohioans in Second Life

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from Robert Wang, a writer for the Canton Repository. He had found a blog entry I had done about Second Life and Case Western Reserve University. He was looking for local perspectives from those that use Second Life for different purposes. Of course, we talked about education and libraries.

Read the published story called Ohioans explore virtual world of Second Life, a new world on computers.

New and Improved Blog

My other blog, Are You 2.0 Yet, focuses on web 2.0 and library 2.0 issues. It came out of a project that I participated in sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The hosting site is being shut down. I am going to transfer the posts to this blog and run both blogs from here. Many of the entries are related and I think the Case community and information professionals will benefit from the combined content.

The main page will contain entries from both blog subject areas, but I will also create a sub-page that will host each blog separately. There will be various versions of the RSS feed as well.

UPDATE: The other blog has been taken down and was not archived by the project organizers.

Updated Engineering Reading Room & Office Hours

For the Case community, I will be posting announcements about the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours in Nord Hall on my blog.

See the Engineering Reading Room web site for updates as they occur. You may also subscribe to a RSS feed that contains only information related to the Engineering Reading Room.

Engineering Librarian Office Hours (Nord Hall 510) - Week of July 2nd
  • July 2 (Monday): By Appointment
  • July 3 (Tuesday)): By Appointment
  • July 4 (Wednesday): Holiday
  • July 5 (Thursday): 8am-11am
  • July 6 (Friday): By Appointment

* Hours subject to change so watch web site or RSS feed.
* Appointments available for other times, see web site for contact information.

Engineering Reading Room (Nord Hall 509)
  • Open 24x7
  • Includes computer for searching library resources
  • Current journal issues for your viewing pleasure
  • Comfortable furniture available on 5th floor of Nord Hall

Larry Page to Scientists

CNet News.com shares a image of Larry Page, co-founder of Google, speaking to the scientists at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). CNET reported that Page told the scientists to "market them (scientific studies) better and make them readily accessible to the world".

Student Travel Grants Available for Industrial Electronics Symposium

The 2007 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE) will be granting nine scholarships of $500 each for students who wish to attend ISIE between 4-7 June 2007. The purpose of ISIE is to provide a forum for presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art industrial electronics and related areas. Students seeking travel grants must be active student members of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, should reside outside of Vigo, Spain, where the conference is taking place. Applicants must also have a paper that has been accepted at ISIE and will be presenting it. Applications are due on 9 March 2007. For more information, visit: http://www.dte.uvigo.es/isie2007/studentstravelgrant.php

Online Encyclopedia of Medical Images

Effective January 1st, the entire OhioLINK community has access to Images.MD.

Images.MD, the online encyclopedia of medical images, compiles more than 55,000 images from more than 90 collections ranging from allergy to urology, each accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts.

Members of OhioLink have free access to full-sized, high quality images in step with the latest developments in medicine. By filling out a simple registration form, you can also start your own image library, create PowerPoint® presentations of images in your library, and order customized CD-ROMs of your favorite slides.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

The University of Buffalo's National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science exists to promote and distribute materials to support using case studies in science education. It is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The website contains links to:

  • Science education journals provided by category, such as mathematics or engineering
  • Related websites
  • Case ideas
  • Directory of instructors
  • Assessment materials
  • Case study collection
  • Instructional materials
  • Conference highlights

In addition, one of the co-directors is the Associate Librarian of the Science and Engineering Library of the University of Buffalo.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 12, Number 28]

NSF-INSPIRE Undergraduate Polymer Research Awards

For the third consecutive year, a Case Western Reserve University Polymer summer REU student was the winner of the NSF-INSPIRE undergraduate polymer research competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi. All of the students worked with faculty in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 11, 2006]

Connecticut Legislators Are Fighting Back Against Textbook Publishers

This comes at no shock to anyone that has ever bought a textbook:

Government analysts say the price of textbooks has risen at twice the annual inflation rate since 1986.

Boston.com News has reported that Connecticut legislators are trying to fight back against textbook prices.

Legislators are considering legislation that will require publishers to inform professors of all books available on a particular subject, how long they will remain on the market and the wholesale price they charge to bookstores. It would also allow Connecticut students to purchase their books the first week, even if financial aid has not been finalized.

ICIS Jobs - Coming Soon

ICIS jobs is now available.

ICIS jobs will be available soon, with searchable chemicals jobs and careers information.

ICIS is an information provider for the chemical and oil industry.

Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference in Akron, Ohio

The Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference will be held at the John S. Knight Convention Center (Akron, Ohio) on October 3 and 4, 2006. It will include a tradeshow and workshops for professional development credit hours.

Examples of sessions include:

  • National Energy Policy and the Role of Manufacturing Plays in Promoting Effective Use of Our Energy Resources with John Egler, President & CEO of the National Associationof Manufacturers and former Governor of Michigan
  • Fuel Cells: Making Ohio Number One with Ken Alfred, Executive Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition
  • True Benefits of Hybrids and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

See the conference brochure (PDF) for more details.

This conference is sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society and MAGNET - Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network.

CIA Fires Blogging Contractor

CNET News.com (July 21, 2006) reported another blog related firing. A software contractor for the CIA was fired after she posted her views on the Geneva Conventions and torture at an blog site only accessible internally.

Employers Blogging

The New York Times (May 25, 2006) looked how corporations are addressing the blogging habits of new interns or employees. Public relations and trade secrets are always in jeopardy with the ease of internet publishing.

While there are differences in laws among jurisdictions, from a legal perspective, he said, it is generally accepted that companies have the right to impose controls on their employees' use of computers and other equipment used for communication.

(VIA: Slashdot, May 25, 2006)

Science Play Comes of Age

The Scientist in the article Science Plays Come of Age explores the art of scientific storytelling with Lauren Gunderson - a playwright, screenwriter, short story author and actor based in Atlanta, GA.

My career as a science playwright started when I asked my undergraduate physics professor to let me write a play instead of a term paper. Luckily he agreed, and the result was a time-twisting play called Background, based on cosmologist Ralph Alpher. Unexpectedly, the play not only satisfied my physics professor, it went on to receive awards and inspire productions across the country.

Fuel Cells in 2007

CNET News.com in Big Tests For Fuel Cells Coming in 2007 looks at the future of fuel cells.

Next year fuel cells could take a significant step forward, according to a CEO of one of the leading manufacturers of the technology.
Predicted 2007 milestones:
  • U.S. military will conduct field tests of hybrid power systems, which combine lithium ion batteries and methanol fuel cells
  • Prototypes of fuel cell to power Samsung cell phones

50 Top Science Blogs

Nature.com explored the top 5 science blogs, according to Technorati ranking, and asked the writers about their success.

Related items:

(VIA: The Curious Cat Science & Engineering Blog, July 6, 2006)

E-Mail, IM & Blog Risks - From the Employer Perspective

On July 11, 2006, the American Management Association (AMA) and the ePolicy Institute have released the results of their 2006 Workplace E-Mail, Instant Messaging & Blog Survey.

Here are a few highlights to raise your interest:

  • 24% of organizations have had employee e-mail subpoenaed
  • 15% of companies have gone to court to battle lawsuits triggered by employee e-mail
  • 26% of employers have terminated employees for e-mail misuse
  • Nearly 2% have fired workers for offensive blog content

The AMA summary provides many more details, including highlighting some blogging concerns such as copyright, harassment, or security breaches.

Harvard Changing Science Education

Inside Higher Ed (July 17, 2006) shares the new the Harvard just completed a report that recommends great changes in how science is taught. The report calls for increased collaboration, switching to a "exploratory laboratory environment" for undergraduates, and an overall structure change in education. The report also recommends switching to a committee approach for allocating research funding and laboratories, instead of individual departments, as this will promote interdisciplinary research.

Read an additional article from the Harvard University Gazette (July 14, 2006). The 97-page preliminary report is also available in PDF to read.

(VIA: Quick Picks, July 17, 2006)

Database Changes Initiated by OhioLINK

ohiolink_small.png From OhioLINK announcement on June 29, 2006:
OhioLINK is constantly striving to provide the strongest portfolio of research resources possible, within our budgetary limitations, to support Ohio higher education

Is the Air Force Reading Your Blog?

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently began funding a new research area that includes a study of blogs. Blog research may provide information analysts and warfighters with invaluable help in fighting the war on terrorism. Read full announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense.

(VIA: Blogcritics.org, July 8, 2006)

New Chair - Case Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

The Case School of Engineering has appointed Gary E. Wnek as chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. Professor Wnek also serves as Case's Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor of Engineering and faculty director of The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME). Wnek replaces Alex Jamieson, who returns to the faculty after serving 11 years as chair.

See full story for more details.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 13, 2006)

Informing the General Public about Nanotechnology

On October 6, 2005, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a series of initiatives that will greatly expand efforts to inform the general public about nanotechnology, and to explore the implications of that fast-moving field for society as a whole.

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

NSF has selected the Museum of Science, Boston, along with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Exploratorium in San Francisco, to create and lead this network, which will also include many other science museums and research institutions (partial list below). The $20 million, five-year effort represents the largest single award NSF has given to the science-museum community, and will be a cornerstone of the foundation's multidisciplinary Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education program.

Nanotechnology in Society
NSF has selected the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., to create two new Centers for Nanotechnology in Society. These centers will support research and education on nanotechnology and social change, as well as educational and public outreach activities, and international collaborations.

In addition, building on previously supported efforts, the foundation has funded nanotechnology-in-society projects at the University of South Carolina and at Harvard University.

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.

Dissertations Available Through Amazon.com

According to the ProQuest press release, certain dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database have been made available through Amazon.com.

Remember, CASE students, staff, and Faculty have access to both ProQuest Digital Dissertations and OhioLINK's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center from the Research Database list.

Electronic Literature Organization

Electronic Literature Organization was established to facilitate and promote the writing, publishing, and reading of literature in electronic media. It has been collecting related news articles since July of 2000.

[About the ELO]

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1999 to promote and facilitate the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic literature. Since its formation, the Electronic Literature Organization has worked to assist writers and publishers in bringing their literary works to a wider, global readership and to provide them with the infrastructure necessary to reach one another.
(Highlighted by the The Internet Scout Report, January 6, 2006, Volume 12, Number 1)

Trends from the Entertainment Industry -Translate to Libraries?

Aaron Shaffer brought my attention to a very interesting article, called The Long Tail (Wired Magazine, Issue 12.10, October 2004). Most of us believe that the entertainment industry is driven only by the hits, probably due to all the award shows, rankings, etc. The "long tail" is all of the other albums, songs, movies, and books that account for a super large volume of sales if provided to the public. Examples like Amazon, Rhapsody, NetFlix, and eBay show that people are interested in and will buy the non-#1 materials if the resources are available to see reviews, get recommendations, and have easy access.

I think this article has long reaching consequences on libraries. First, what role does copyright have in the development of future library resources and services? I believe the intentions of copyright, that "Congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8), is very important. As copyright protection limits are continually increased in length, are will still protecting "progress" or just monetary interests? Someone would argue that economic numbers demonstrate progress, but are we using this measure at the death of future educational, cultural, and scientific discoveries? Just look at the article I shared on the KSL Reference Weblog for an example.

It appears that the "long tail" examples also counteracts the statements by book and journal publishers that open access materials would mean death to their sales. The article showed that increased access, free or very cheap, only boosted sales drastically. As people gained access, they always wanted more and more.

I think in libraries we are seeing a similar fate with Google and other Internet resources. While people are going to Google first for their questions, it results in only more questions and curiosity. The type of questions I see in the library are becoming more complicated in nature and more inquisitive on the user's part.

I think the academic libraries in Ohio have been very lucky with OhioLINK. It has allowed individual libraries more freedom (i.e. money) to maybe focus on what could be considered items that fall into the "long tail." In addition to consortia, libraries need to find the other processes that allow users access to everything and anything. It appears CASE is headed in the right direction with the increasing amount of electronic resources and collections, such as Digital Case.

Review: Using the Mathematics Literature

Dana Roth, on the SciTech Library Question blog, wrote a short review about Using the Mathematics Literature, edited by Kristine K. Fowler. Using the Mathematics Literature can be located in the Kelvin Smith Library's reference collection.

Information Sources in Engineering

Randy Reichardt, on the Scitech Library Question, shared his review of Information Sources in Engineering (4th Ed.), edited by Roderick A. MacLeod and Jim Corlett.

The Kelvin Smith Library owns a copy in the Quick Reference collection at the KSL Reference Desk, and a 2nd copy at the small reference collection that supports that Engineering Librarian's office hours from Nord Hall.

Get more information about the Engineering Reading Room and related office hours from the KSL web page about the services.

Collection of Math Internet Resources

The EM Collection is a collection of links to Internet resources related to mathematics and teaching in mathematics. The purpose of Collection is to facilitate searching the Internet for math-related sites.

Science.gov ALERTS

Science.gov now offers an email alerting service.

A user that completes a simple registration process can have a weekly notice of new resources sent directly to their email. The registration process will allow the user to pick a specific topic area (such as astronomy & space) or seach the whole site.

About Science.gov (Source: http://www.science.gov/about.html)

Science.gov provides public access and a unified search of the government’s vast stores of scientific and technical information. Science.gov is an interagency initiative of 17 U.S. government science organizations within 12 Federal agencies.

Two major types of information are included — selected authoritative science Web sites and often hard-to-access scientific databases (specific content varies by database). This gateway to government science information allows searches across 30 databases and more than 1,700 science Web sites. Science.gov currently accesses over 47 million pages of government science information.Science.gov now offers an email alerting service.

A user that completes a simple registration process can have a weekly notice of new resources sent directly to their email. The registration process will allow the user to pick a specific topic area (such as astronomy & space) or seach the whole site.

About Science.gov (Source: http://www.science.gov/about.html)

Science.gov provides public access and a unified search of the government’s vast stores of scientific and technical information. Science.gov is an interagency initiative of 17 U.S. government science organizations within 12 Federal agencies.

Two major types of information are included — selected authoritative science Web sites and often hard-to-access scientific databases (specific content varies by database). This gateway to government science information allows searches across 30 databases and more than 1,700 science Web sites. Science.gov currently accesses over 47 million pages of government science information.

Welcome & Introduction

Welcome to my little corner of the information universe.

I will be using this blog to promote resources that support learning and research in the subject area of science & technology, especially engineering, mathematics, and statistics. In addition to promoting science resources provided to the faculty and students at Case Western Reserve University (Case), I will highlight various e-resources available to anyone.

I started at Case on February 28, 2005, as the new Librarian for engineering, mathematics, and statistics. I was hired to support Kelvin Smith Library's new initiative to develop college-based librarians that spend regular hours within the academic departments. I have a B.S. in chemical engineering, and previously had been supporting the needs of science library patrons for 10 years at the University of Akron.

I will post later on my regular office hours in Nord Hall and what that means for faculty and students. The official opening of the Engineering Reading Room and my office hours is planned by the beginning of the Fall 2005 semester. More details to follow.

Brian C. Gray, MLIS
Librarian - Engineering, Mathematics, & Statistics
Case Western Reserve Univerity
Kelvin Smith Library
Email: brian.c.gray@case.edu
Phone: (216) 368-8685
Office: Kelvin Smith Library 201-H or Nord Hall 509/510