Entries in "Engineering" ( for this category only)

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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]

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.

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.

Social Networks for Employment Recruiting

On my blog highlighting engineering news and resources, I just highlighted a newspaper article that discusses using social networks to accomplish employment recruiting.

Why mention it here? I have heard comments from those in the library profession say libraries "do not belong in the social networks" and "people do not want us there". Engineering companies and recruiters are highlighting their industry, educating potential future employers, and maintaining communication channels with future employees or customers. Lets learn from others!

Aerospace Industry is Graying & Recruits Virtually

According to the Akron Beacon Journal (Aerospace industry beckons, 5/28/07), 1 out of 4 in the aerospace industry will be eligible for retirement next year. Aerospace companies and recruiters are now using "virtual" tools to recruit, such as Facebook groups and chat rooms. These social tools are being used to educate potential future employers, peak interest in the industry, and maintain content with past interns.

Dexter Advances

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 12, 2007), Case Western Reserve University's robotic car, Dexter, has made it to the next round of playoffs with 52 other cars. The next round is site visits in June with 30 cars advancing to the semifinals in October. At stake is a $2 million prize.

Case School of Engineering Receives Electronic Design Grant

According to the Chip Design Magazine (May 9, 2007), the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant sponsored by both Synopsys and HP.

Through the grant, Case's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will receive licenses of Synopsys' comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property, along with curricula, support and professor training, and sixteen dual core HP xw4400 Workstations to outfit the new Synopsys/HP EDA Laboratory.

Girls Ask Alice for Programming Skills

Alice is an open source program to create 3D computer animations. Due to its ease of use, it is being used to target future programmers, especially minorities and woman that make up the smaller percentages of the field.

[VIA: What's New @ IEEE for Students, April 2007 Volume 8, Number 4]

Research ShowCase

I would like to thank Mohan Sankaran, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, for co-submitting a poster with me. We hope it gave other educators ideas on how to use library resources as a teaching tool, rather than only a research tool. Look for the poster in Digital Case in the future.

Knovel as a Tool for Engineering Research and Education
Knovel is a virtual technical library that includes over 800 full-text engineering and scientific reference works, handbooks, and datasets. Originally purchased by the Kelvin Smith Library to supplement the traditional print reference collection, it has become an important tool in engineering classroom instruction. Knovel data can be sorted, filtered, and exported from "live tables". Equations can be solved and graphs plotted, thus allowing students to capture values from existing graphs and perform "what if" experiments on the data.
The Case Western Reserve University Research ShowCase poster winners have been listed.

The Kelvin Smith Library also announced the winner of the geohunt contest.

Nanotechnology Podcast

The Bourne Report provides timely insight into the emerging technology marketplace, with a focus on MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), Nanotechnology and the convergence of both. The podcast highlights trends relating to the commercial use of Nano/MEMS across all major market segments and industries.

You can download or listen to each episode directly from the website or subscribe via iTunes (just search for “Bourne Report”); in both instances, it’s free. New episodes are posted each Sunday.

For more information about Bourne Research and The Bourne Report, please visit www.bourneresearch.com.

Update: ICIS Creates a Students Portal - Includes Chemical Prices

ICIS has fixed the format of the chemical price list that is contained within their student portal. It formally did not view correctly in the Firefox browser, but it should work for all major browsers now.

Electron Devices Society PhD Student Fellowship Program

The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) established the PhD Student Fellowship Program to promote, recognize, and support graduate level study and research within the Electron Devices Societies. Deadline is May 15, 2006, and nominations must be made by a EDS member. Students would receive $7,000 and a travel subsidy of up to $3,000 to attend the IEDM for presentation of award plaque. The EDS Newsletter will feature articles about the EDS Graduate Fellows and their work over the course of the next year.Make sure you see the PhD Student Fellowship Program for full details.

IEEE Xplore Demonstration

The Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring two sessions for Case faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Xplore Database. The campus community is invited to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on April 18 in White Hall, Room 411. The session will include pizza and a chance to win prizes. RSVP to Brian Gray.

An alternative session will occur from 2-3 p.m. the same day in Nord Hall, Room 310.

Kelvin Smith Library at Research ShowCASE

Make sure to stop into the Research ShowCASE on April 11th and 12th. Kelvin Smith Library has several opportunities for you on April 12th, including:

  • The Freedman Center: From Inspiration to Presentation - Booth 469
  • Kelvin Smith Library - What You Don't Know Can Hurt You! - Booth 467
  • Online Historical Archives: Kelvin Smith Library, Digital Case, and the Future of Open Source Electronic Research Repositories (Mark Eddy, Social Sciences Librarian) - Poster 207
  • Knovel as a Tool for Engineering Research and Education (Brian Gray, Engineering Librarian, and Mohan Sankaran, Professor in Chemical Engineering) - Poster 216
The Kelvin Smith Library would like to point out a couple more points of interest:
  • Designing a Portable High Definition Stereoscopic Camera System for Capturing Cultural Content (Jared Bendis, Creative Director of New Media, Freedman Center) - Booth 468
  • WPA Prints in Special Collections, Kelvin Smith Library (Ellen Landau, Professor Art History) - Poster 208)


April 11th and 12th, 2007

RESEARCH SHOWCASE is a free public event held in the Veale Convocation Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. Hundreds of scientists and scholars will come together on April 11th and 12th, 2007 at Case Western Reserve University Veale Convocation Center to celebrate the broad range of research being conducted at Case and its affiliates.

With over 500 poster presentations and live demonstrations, Research ShowCASE is the perfect opportunity for business, government and civic leaders, researchers and investors to meet. Provocative forums throughout the day highlight research in the context of current local and global issues and the commercial aspects of research and discovery.

This year’s panels include The Information Revolution with guest speaker Ambassador Joseph Wilson, author of The Politics of Truth, Race and the Nation – Snapshot of America in Change, with guest speaker Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Fast Forward – the Future of Funding, including guest speaker John Osher, Entrepreneur and Spin Brush Developer and Magic Technology – Advances in Bio-Imaging, including speakers from the academic and corporate research areas of the newest bio-imaging technology.

Breakout sessions throughout the day on April 12th include Speed Mentoring, Bio-Imaging and Women of Excellence – Honoring Women Researchers and Scholars.

For more information about Research ShowCASE, including a complete program schedule, registration, parking, directions, maps and lodging, visit http://showcase.case.edu or contact us at 216-368-5963.

Backyard Fuel Cell

Wired reports that Stephen Friend built the first fuel cell-powered house. He lives on Stuart Island in the Pacific Northwest and the island has no electric system.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, March 20, 2007]

Will your face be your next password?

Check out this CNET News.com video that demonstrates a desktop 3D face recognition camera that could be the future of computer and data security.

Continue reading "Will your face be your next password?"

NEW - Society of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

The Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN) is a worldwide organisation set up to serve the needs of the “nano” community. SNN was officially launched to the international community during the recent and very successful “International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Nanotechnology”, MPA-2007, organised by SNN, which was held at the University of Ulster, UK on 15 January 2007.

From About Us:

  • Promote all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Educate and bring awareness to people about nanotechnology and its impact on society
  • Raise, discuss and debate nano-related issues, including government policies on nanotechnology
  • Offer different levels of memberships, with benefits, to people working in nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Organise and manage international nano-related conferences
  • Provide an effective advertising platform for companies to promote their business
  • Promote education and training through organising workshops, short educational courses, seminars, etc.
  • Bringing to the front, current and most recent up-to-date scientific and technical information to the public
  • Provide consultancy services to both people from academia and industry
  • Alert people about new job opportunities
  • Publish journals, reports, books and newsletters
  • National, European and international research projects: identify, link partners and coordinate projects

MM&M Celebrates 40 Years of Interdisciplinary Discovery

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Orthopaedics are hosting a two-day symposium April 3-4 to celebrate 40 years of interdisciplinary research in orthopaedic biomechanics through the Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials (MMM) Laboratories. The keynote speaker is Albert Burstein, one of the founders of the laboratory and internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the understanding of bone biomechanics and total joint replacement design. The symposium will also include lectures by current faculty as well as engineers and clinicians in the field. Register online or call 368-5403.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 28, 2007]

ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering

The ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering, "Looking Ahead to Professional Life in STEM fields: Leadership, Gender & Diversity," will feature the first of three events at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in Nord Hall, Room 310 B. "Lessons in Leadership: A Female Engineer's Story," will feature triple alumna Ka-Pi Hoh, department manager at the Lubrizol Corp. Free. Pizza and beverages will be served. Details are online.

[VIA: Case Daily, March 26, 2007]

Medical Dictionary

MedicineNet.com has published an online medical dictionary that contains over 16,000 medical terms.

From About Us:

MedicineNet, Inc. is owned and operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD Network.

MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive web site.

[VIA: The Scout Report -- Volume 13, Number 7]

New Lie Group

What do you get when you mix 18 mathematicians, 4 years of research, and 77 hours of supercomputer computation - mapping of the Lie group E8.

It describes the symmetries of a 57-dimensional object that can in essence be rotated in 248 ways without changing its appearance.
[VIA: 025.431: The Dewey blog: Fearful symmetry]

Sign Up for IEEE Standards Alerts via Email or RSS

IEEE Xplore now features opt-in standards alerts to keep you up-to-date on standards revisions available through email or RSS. This free service has recently been expanded to enable any IEEE Xplore user to be notified whenever a new standard or draft is published or a standard is revised. Users have the option to sign up for standards alerts based on industry or version number. To sign up, visit: ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/tocalerts_signup.jsp

[VIA: What's New @ IEEE for Libraries, March 2007, Volume 8, Number 3]

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Ohio Nanotechnology Summit

Case Western Reserve University is a cosponsor of the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit that will take place April 23-25 at the University of Akron. Faculty and students can submit research posters for consideration. The deadline to submit titles and abstracts is March 22 and should be sent by e-mail to janas@uakron.edu.

The Ohio Nanotechnology Summit is the premier nanotechnology event in Ohio drawing both national and local leaders in nanotechnology. Including all sectors and disciplines, the summit delivers a concentrated program spanning key issues ranging from nanotechnology research to development to commercialization. The Ohio Nanotechnology Summit will offer a unique opportunity to get a first-hand perspective on the boundless potential that this exciting technical field holds. The 2007 Program will feature 4 areas:

  • Nano Materials
  • Nano Processing
  • Nano Bio
  • Nano Photonics and Electronics
[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 15, 2007]

ICIS Creates Student Portal

ICIS is working on a new student portal, or "knowledge zone". Right now it links to some resources available to students. In the future, they "hope it will turn into a space in which students and academics worldwide can communicate and discuss issues with each other, and showcase their best work to the wider world, not least potential employers."

Several librarians have contacted and discussed the lack of chemical prices for student projects with ICIS. In the past, I documented and shared my concerns directly with ICIS. Randy Reichardt has taken similar steps. He has personally been involved in the recent developments.

ICIS with the announcement of this new student portal has helped to fill this need for chemical prices. ICIS now provides "you with historical chemical prices. Note that these prices are a guide only, and must not be used to guide real-time business."

I understand chemical prices are hard to locate and maintain, even for a major chemical publisher, so this historical resource fills a major need for chemical engineering students.

Thank you ICIS and Randy Reichardt!

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$400,000 to Case School of Engineering

From the Case Daily (March 05, 2007):

Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien announced two new gifts to the school totaling nearly $400,000. The gifts are $270,000 from Medtronic to support fellowships in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and $125,000 from Don Richards (CIT '79, MGT '81), managing director for applications outsourcing at Accenture, to support students in the Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), a joint program with the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Minneapolis-based Medtronic is a longtime School of Engineering partner. The company sponsored the school's Engineering Festival and was a primary sponsor of the 2007 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference, both of which the university hosted in conjunction with Engineering Week activities.

Case Professor Authors Award Winning Combustion Paper

Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, and his coauthors received the Distinguished Paper Award in Colloquium Laminar Flames from the 31st International Symposium on Combustion.

[VIA: Case Daily - March 02, 2007]

Case's Robotic Car - Dexter

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently highlighted Case's robotic car.

Later this year, Dexter's creators -- a brash, overachieving young team of more than 50 engineering and computer-science students and professors from Case Western Reserve University -- aim to win an international contest. To do so, their car must navigate a 60-mile mock urban course filled with unfamiliar roads, oncoming traffic and unexpected obstacles.
[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 25, 2007]

CSA Trust - Winter Newsletter

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust has published its winter Newsletter, which is freely available to all at http://csa-trust.org.

The Chemical Structure Association Trust (CSA Trust) is an internationally recognized, registered charity which promotes education, research and development in the field of storage, processing and retrieval of information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. Many students and researchers world-wide, who work in this area, have benefited from the Trust Awards and Grants programmes to further their research work.

UK PubMed Central Launched

The British Library Press Release
UK PubMed Central Launched
9 January, 2007

From today scientists will be able to access a vast collection of biomedical research and to submit their own published results for inclusion in a new online resource. Based on a model currently used by the US National Institute of Health, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) will provide free access to a permanent online archive of peer-reviewed research papers in the medical and life sciences. See: www.ukpmc.ac.uk.

See also PubMed Central (PMC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

RefWorks Training for Engineering

If you are a Case faculty member, researcher, or a student in engineering or other sciences and want to learn how to organize your research better, the Kelvin Smith Library offers just the tool for you! RefWorks is a web-based tool used to store and manage citations, create bibliographies, and create in-text references. The RefWorks trainer will be presenting in Nord Hall 516 from 2pm-3:30pm on February 27th, and she will specifically be focusing on using RefWorks with the various engineering resources the library has made available. Please RSVP to Brian Gray (bcg8@case.edu).

Rexa - Computer Science Literature

Rexa is a digital library and search engine covering the computer science research literature and the people who create it. Rexa aims to facilitate research progress and collaboration by providing efficient browsing, search, associations and analysis among papers, people, organizations, venues and research communities.

  • Keyword search on over 7 million papers (mostly in computer science)
  • Cross-linked pages for papers, authors, topics and NSF grants
  • Browsing by citations, authors, topics, co-authors, cited authors, citing authors; (find who cites you most by clicking "Citing authors" on your home page)
  • Web-2.0-style "tagging" to bookmark papers
  • Automatically-gathered contact info and photos of author's faces
  • Analysis of research topics, their impact, and how they relate
Check out the FAQ for more information.

Descriptions pulled from About Rexa and Rexa FAQ.

Rexa blog also provides more information and highlights additional resources.

IEEE Spectrum - The Firefox Kid

In November of 2006, IEEE Spectrum interviewed Blake Ross, founder of Firefox. The article explores the early years of Ross (if a 20 year old has early years) and looks at his next project: Parakey - a "web operating system that can do everything an OS can do".

Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) Challenge

IBM is pleased to announce an excellent opportunity for you to put your skills to the test and allow innovation to take the lead!

You can participate in this contest whether you have little or no Cell/B.E. Processor experience, some understanding of the techology, or have mastered this subject for some time now.

What you really need is the drive and competitive spirit to expand your mind, learn about this cutting edge technology, and show off your coding prowess. With some hard work and dedication, you could win some great cash prizes!

Learn more about the contest.

[VIA: Case Daily - February 20, 2007]

Lets go Case Students - Win the Knovel University Challenge

Knovel University Challenge kicks off its spring 2007 season on February 5th and will run through April 5th. The University Challenge provides students the opportunity to master their research and analysis skills while competing for 9 prizes. This year's winners will receive a $1500 scholarship or 1 of 8 iPod Shuffles. The University Challenge, now in its third season, is open to students of hard sciences, mathematics and technology-related courses of study at universities with access to Knovel Library or Knovel K-Essentials.

To participate in the Spring University Challenge, go to http://www.info.knovel.com/challenge/.

Ohio Note:
In Fall of 2006, a University of Cincinnati student won a 30G Video iPod.

Case Professor to Run a National Science Foundation Research Center

Anne Hiltner, a macromolecular science professor at Case, will lead a National Science Foundation (NSF) research center, called the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems. Read more about Hiltner and the center from the Plain Dealer article and the Case press release.

[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 11, 2007]

National Engineers Week @ Case

Case School of Engineering is observing the 56th annual National Engineers Week, a celebration of engineering's impact on society, February 18-23. This year's theme, "Imagine," will focus on innovation and design using engineering principles.

Various events, including:

  • Case Engineering Festival
  • Guided tours for visitors
  • High School Lego Robot Competition
  • Model Bridge Building Contest
  • Battery-Powered Car Contest
In addition, the Midwest Biomedical Conference, an all-day conference designed to bring together students and practitioners of biomedical engineering and the life sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions and informed extended exchange of ideas important to the future of biomedical engineering in the Midwest, will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8 a.m. in Thwing Center.

For more details, see the E-Week schedule.

[VIA: Case News Center, February 15, 2007]

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

The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Case faculty, staff, and students checkout the Spring Semester 2007 schedule for The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering.

Download the PDF file

Engineering Student Town Hall Meeting

Student Town Hall Meeting

All engineering students are invited to join newly appointed CSE Dean Norman Tien.

Thursday, February 15
Noon-1 p.m.
Nord 310
Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by the Case Alumni Association.

Who Said Scientists are No Longer Using Books?

You often hear discussions that book usage is decreasing. Or more specifically in science and engineering, that no one uses books anymore. These stats for my library were recently shared with me that show science and technology (Q and T) book usage is NOT dead, and actually represents a large piece of the usage pie.



Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference

The Case School of Engineering is hosting the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference on February 23. Online registration, abstract submission, and resume submission are now open. All abstracts and resumes must be submitted by February 9. For more information, go to http://www.mbecconference.org/.

From website:

MBEC 2007: "Showcasing the future of biomedical engineering"

The Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference (MBEC) 2007 is designed to bring together students & practitioners of Biomedical Engineering and the Life Sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions, and informal extended exchange of ideas important to the future of Biomedical Engineering in the Midwest. Some conference highlights include:

  • Assisting participants in planning their academic and industrial careers
  • Introducing companies to the wealth of intellectual prowess rooted in the Midwest
  • Exposing participants to innovative research in biomedical engineering and allied areas
MBEC 2007 is hosted by Case Western Reserve University. All universities are welcome to attend.
[VIA: Case Daily - February 02, 2007]

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Engineering Reality TV Program

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recognizes the importance of developing interest in engineering among today's youth. IEEE has invested in a reality TV program being developed by WGBH Boston (PBS). Design Squad will take the reality TV approach by following high school students through various design competitions.

Other major funding for Design Squad is provided by the National Science Foundation and the Intel Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Tyco Electronics, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, The Harold and Esther Edgerton Family Foundation, Noyce Foundation, Intel Corporation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the IEEE.

[VIA: Engineering Education Gets Its Own Reality TV Show]

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In Memoriam - Paul Claspy

This is not my traditional postings, but it has great connection to the Kelvin Smith Library, physics, and electrical engineering here at Case. William Claspy works in KSL as the librarian for astronomy, chemistry, and library instruction.

From Case Daily - January 26, 2007:
Paul Claspy, alumnus and associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering and applied physics at Case Western Reserve University, died of complications from multiple myeloma on January 19 at the Renaissance Retirement Center in Olmsted Township. Prof. Claspy, who earned a Ph.D. (1970) in electrical engineering and applied physics from the School of Graduate Studies, was hired as a faculty member in 1973, retiring July 1, 1993. He received emeritus status in 1997. In addition to teaching, he was education director for Ohio Aerospace Institute. He married the former Lois Hoffman, who earned her master's in library science in 1958 from the former Western Reserve University School of Information and Library Science. She died in December, 2006. Survivors include daughters Jane Nesmith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ellen Vesey of Atlanta, Ga.; and son William Claspy (CWR '88, GRS '93, English) of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. To read more about Prof. Claspy, refer to Cleveland Plain Dealer article on January 23, 2007.

Conference - PolyImpact Northeast Ohio (PINO) 2007

The Macro Student Organization (MSO) of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is organizing a one-day symposium on March 31 titled "PolyImpact Northeast Ohio" or PINO 2007. The symposium aims to provide a platform for senior undergraduates and graduate students in polymer-related research fields to present and communicate their research to peers and experts as well as experience a unique exposure to future career paths and opportunities in the polymer industry. The symposium will contain selected talks and poster presentations/competition from graduate researchers, expert talks from industry, a job fair, and a panel discussion on career opportunities for polymer students. Cash prizes awarded. The deadline for registration is January 31. To submit abstract and register or for other details, refer to http://polymers.case.edu/mso/PINO.

[VIA: Case Daily - January 29, 2007]

Norman Tien Named New Dean of Case School of Engineering

Norman Tien, the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Case School of Engineering, has been appointed the school's dean by Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., effective February 1. See full announcement for more information.

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.

Moon Base in the Future?

According to the National Geographic (December 4, 2006), a moon base has been announced by NASA. I hope Cleveland and institutions like NASA Glenn or Case benefit from these future research and Development opportunities.

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]

AZoM.com (The A to Z of Materials)

AZoM.com (the A to Z of Materials) provides various information sources for engineers that use advanced materials. First, they provide free access to AZojomo - The "AZo Journal of Materials Online". From the front page, users have access to a search engine, material property search, and recent news stories (including RSS feeds). Many other links to books, events, and other resources also exist.

[About Us]

AZoM.com (the A to Z of Materials) was formed with the primary aim of increasing the use of Advanced Materials by the engineering and design community worldwide. Over 21 million engineers now use the Internet as part of their daily lives, yet the vast majority of them are still unaware what can be achieved by the use of advanced ceramics, novel metallic alloys or state of the art composites.

The aim of AZoM is to become the primary materials information source for the engineering and design community worldwide. It also aims to be the primary publicist of news, views and developments within the materials science community. However, unlike many other materials related organizations AZoM is totally focused on the needs of the end users of materials. To achieve this aim, all of the educational, informative and news content on AZoM is easy to access and search and is provided on a free of charge, no subscription, no charge per article, totally free basis.

[VIA: Journal of Jay, LISNews, August 15, 2006]

Case BME Professor Wins World Technology Award

P. Hunter Peckham, professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the 2006 World Technology Award for Health and Medicine. His research focuses on functional restoration of paralyzed arms in individuals with spinal cord injury.

The World Technology Network (WTN) is a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank, and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business and science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotech to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. The WTN's membership is comprised of approximately 1000 members from more than 60 countries, judged by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 1, 2006]

Case Student to Present at International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics

David Poerschke, junior materials science major, received SOURCE travel funding to present his poster at the 25th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO) held October 30 to November 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His research mentor is David Schwam, research associate professor of materials science and engineering.

ICALEO is for anyone interested in laser materials processing from the basic understanding of the interaction between a laser beam and a material, to those interested in how a process can be integrated and optimized for an application. Laser Institute of America's goal for ICALEO is to bring both academic and industrial people together who may benefit from laser technology. This includes end-users and scientists as well as engineers and technicians engaged in developing laser technology.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 29, 2006]

Money for Portable Fuel Cells

The Plain Dealer (November 15, 2006) reports that NorTech has distributed $1 million in grant money, includings funds to Case.

The Wright Fuel Cell Group will receive $150,000 to build portable fuel cells created with Ohio-made products. Case Western Reserve University, Graf-Tech, HydroGen, Contained Energy, Northeast Hydrogen and Chemsultants are part of the fuel cell group.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 15, 2006]

Do you Think of Ohio for Fuel Cells?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12, 2006), millions of research money has been focused into Ohio's fuel cell research programs.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 13, 2006]

SOURCE Funds Case Students to Present Research

Several undergraduate students recently received SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) travel funding to present their research at national conferences, including:

[VIA: Case Daily, November 9, 2006]

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Website Downtime

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) website (http://www.rsc.org) will be unavailable on Saturday 2 December 2006 from 09.00 to 17.00 GMT for essential maintenance.

The RSC apologises for any inconvenience that this downtime may cause.

Customer Services
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK

Fourth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics: Call for Papers

The Chemical Structure Association Trust and the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society announce their Fourth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics. The conference will be held in The Octagon Centre and the Stephenson and Tapton Halls of Residence, University of Sheffield, UK, from 18th-20th June 2007.

Offers of papers are welcomed in all aspects of chemoinformatics.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • High-Throughput Screening, including: assay quality control; design of screening collections; systems based design
  • Virtual Screening including, including: docking and pharmacophore analysis, similarity and clustering methods; machine learning
  • Computational Methods for Lead Identification and Optimisation including: modelling and structure-activity methods; structure-based design; ADMET prediction
  • New Algorithms and Technologies including: data mining; searching methods; distributed processing; data handling and visualisation;
  • Case Histories, incorporating practical experience of any of the above
The programme will have space for ca. two dozen oral presentations, and there will also be extensive opportunities for poster presentations. Authors wishing to submit a paper should send a title and abstract (minimum 500 words) by 31st January 2007 to cheminf2007@sheffield.ac.uk, stating whether they wish to be considered for an oral or for a poster presentation.

Submissions will be selected as either oral contributions or posters by the Organising Committee, with notification of acceptance by 28th February 2007. In selecting papers for oral presentation, the Committee will seek to achieve a balance between the various areas of the subject and between new methodologies and successful applications of existing techniques.

Further details of the conference, including registration information and opportunities for sponsorship and participation in the conference exhibition will follow later in the year, and will be posted at the conference website.

[VIA: CHMINF-L listserv]

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]

Plastics Historical Society

Plastiquarian.com is the official website of the Plastics Historical Society (PHS). There are sections on plastics, people, manufacturing, virtual museum, and caring for plastics.

[What is the PHS?]

The Plastics Historical Society was formed in 1986 and was first to draw attention to the heritage of the plastics industry and to celebrate all things plastic.

It is an independent society affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (London).

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Case Spinoff Gets $400k

FLX Micro Gets Investment
By Brandon Glenn
September 6, 2006
Crain's Cleveland Business on the Web

A Case Western Reserve University spinoff company that manufactures sensors has received a $400,000 investment commitment from nonprofit venture development group JumpStart Inc.

Cleveland-based FLX Micro Inc. plans to use the funding to aid in commercializing its microsensors, which are designed to be used in harsh environments such as automotive engines, according to a statement from JumpStart.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, September 07, 2006]

New Monthly Engineering Newsletter

The Engineering Education Advocate is a free monthly newsletter with a focus on engineering education and how to market your program more effectively. It is produced by the Engineering Education Service Center.

The newsletter is an invaluable reference for engineering organizations, programs, colleges of engineering and engineering technology, summer camps, events, competitions, contests, and guidance offices. Get the inside scoop on how to reach students, decrease attrition and ultimately increase enrollment.
[VIA: Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, September 15, 2006]

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Search Committee Appointed to Search for Case School of Engineering Dean

Case Western Reserve University recently announced the formation of an internal search advisory committee for the dean of the Case School of Engineering (CSE).

The committee is primarily comprised of CSE faculty, along with representation from other schools and departments within the university, students and CSE alumni.

See announcement for full details.

Knovel: Take the University Challenge! - For Case Students

If you have not already entered the Knovel University Challenge, please give it a try.

For Case Students Only - I will offer an added bonus. Stop by the Engineering Reading Room in Nord Hall 508 and pick up a paper entry for a chance to win one of two Knovel gift packages. It will have the same exact questions that Knovel is collecting for their giveway. Fill out the paper form and bring the entry to Nord Hall 510. Nord 510 is the office where faculty, staff, and students can stop by for assistance from me, the Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics Librarian. It is located on the 5th floor of Nord Hall in the hallway attached to Sears. If I am not present, please slide the entry under the door.

I will only accept one entry per student, and the 2 winners will be selected from everyone that submits the correct answers. The Case-Only Contest will end at midnight on Monday, November 13, 2006.

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Craigslist Not For Sale

CNN.com reports that Craigslist is not for sale, even though another social networking website MySpace was just valued at over $15 million.

The founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, is a Case alumnus.

New Case Publication: Staggered Passive Micromixers with Fractal Surface Patterning

Staggered Passive Micromixers with Fractal Surface Patterning
Marco Camesasca, Miron Kaufman, and Ica Manas-Zloczower
Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Vol: 16, Issue: 11, November 2006, pp. 2298-2311


We present a procedure for inducing chaotic mixing based on a non-periodic patterning of the walls making use of the Weierstrass fractal function to generate the locations for the grooves. We show the numerical analysis of flow in three different geometries generated with the Weierstrass function and compare the results with a fourth geometry, quite similar to the staggered herringbone mixer (SHM) of Stroock et al (2002 Science 295 647), for which the patterning is periodic. We evaluate the Lyapunov exponents for massless and non-interacting particles advected by the flow and traced along the channels. We also compute the entropy of mixing for binary mixtures. Finally, we compute generalized (fractal) dimensions associated with the interface of the two fluids. The results show consistently substantial enhancement in mixing efficiency for two of the Weierstrass channels compared to the SHM.
Availability for Case Faculty, Staff, & Students:

CALL FOR PAPERS - Advanced Mining & Use of Life Science Information

CALL FOR PAPERS - Advanced mining and use of life science information, ACS Chicago, March 2007

You are invited to submit abstracts for a session entitled "Advanced mining and use of life science information" in the division of Chemical Information (CINF), co-sponsored with the CSA Trust, at the 233rd American Chemical Society meeting in Chicago, March 25-29, 2007

We are particularly interested in papers that address the mining of large volumes and diverse sources of chemical and life science information to aid in decision making in the drug discovery process. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Development or application of data mining techniques
  • Knowledge discovery on large chemical databases such as PubChem
  • Integrating textual and structural information
  • Design of interfaces and interaction tools for complex, diverse kinds of information
  • Database querying tools and interfaces
The presentation should last about 30 minutes, including time for questions. To submit an abstract, go to http://oasys.acs.org/acs/233nm/cinf/papers/index.cgi and select the "Advanced mining and use of life science information" session. Abstracts should be submitted no later than November 17th, 2006.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact David Wild at djwild @ indiana.edu. You can find out more information about the CSA Trust at http://www.csa-trust.org/.

David Wild
Session organizer


Dr. David J. Wild, djwild @ indiana.edu
Assistant Professor

Indiana University School of Informatics

ph (812) 856-1848 - fax (812) 856-1995

1900 E. 10th St. Rm. 1128, Bloomington, IN 47406

web http://www.informatics.indiana.edu/djwild

ICIS Chemical Business Americas - Update

I am glad to see Randy Reichardt at the University of Alberta got a little further with a response towards why the publication (Chemical Market Reporter) was drastically changed with no feedback or warning to academia. I only received a standard response from several people at ICIS that basically already told me the obvious - "we are only covering about 100 prices and focusing more on news". I made it clear to ICIS that the strength, and what made them unique to academic libraries, was that they covered such a large amount of chemical prices. The current price coverage was much weaker than they were promoting and probably of minimal value for engineering students. Chemical industry news had many publications and organizations that focused in this realm and they were leaving a niche market (chemical prices) that academia relied heavily on CMR for.

Randy Reichardt received another response from Penny Wilson, ICIS Global Editorial Director, that reaffirmed a commitment to students. I hope this statement is not just an attempt to keep current subscribers. Their past efforts have not shown that students were considered much in their decisions, or they did not truely understand their subscibers or future subscriber needs. I am hoping it is the later, and they just did not understand how much academia needed chemical prices before they dropped the prices from the print CMR, rigged together a clunky online access with no IP recognition, and finally slashed hundreds of prices from their inventory.

The Art of Engineering

National Science Foundation (NSF) Press Release 06-127
The Art of Engineering
September 11, 2006

On a college campus, it would be difficult to find two subjects more different from each other than art and engineering.Yet on the campus of the University of South Florida, one engineering professor responsible for teaching classes about differential equations and electromagnetism has created a popular course that merges his research world with the world of fine art.

New Executive Director for Education - Macromolecular Science & Engineering

LaRuth McAfee has joined the university community as the executive director for education in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 22, 2006]

Case in the Top 100 in Biotechnology Research

A study released Wednesday by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, independent economic think tank in Santa Monica, Calif., places Case in the top 100 of U.S. universities in biotechnology research and turning that research into commercial applications. As for Ohio universities specifically, Ohio State University ranked the highest, at 50th, followed by University of Cincinnati, 60th; University of Akron, 65th; and Case, 68th.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 21, 2006]

Knovel: Take the University Challenge! - Win an iPod

Case students are eligible for this opportunity!

This contest is open to current students in all schools with trials and subscriptions to the Knovel Service. One entry per person. The contest starts 9/13/06. You have until (midnight) Monday, November 13 to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school, mailing address, email address, and time to complete) via the link at www.info.knovel.com/ipod.

All entries with a total of 5 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for one of (6) 30G Video iPods and (8) iPod Shuffles and (1) $500 Visa Cash Card. The drawing will take place on November 10, 2006. 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 all 5 quiz questions. The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation.

The correct answers and winners of the contest will also be announced and featured in K-News on www.knovel.com. All entries 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.


ICIS Chemical Business Americas - More News

Seems like ICIS Chemical Business Americas (Chemical Market Reporter) may be writing its own ending in academic libraries. Randy Reichardt has discovered that up to 75-80% of the prices that were historically tracked have been removed from the online price index.

I looked today (September 12, 2006) at the price index. Only 86 prices were listed for 51 unique compounds. Last year when we spent the EXTRA money over 500 entries were included. In addition, many of the items that are included rarely come up in a chemical engineering design project at my institution. For example, I have never helped a student look up the following items nor did I need them a couple of years ago when I worked on my own chemical engineering design projects: coconut oil (2 entries), clover leaf oil, cotton oil (2 entries), canola meal, fish oil (4 entries), etc.

I will be updating my chemical engineering research guide to include other alternative resources and tricks for students to find chemical prices, as the value of this resource may no longer be a luxury academic libraries can afford.

Timeline of events:

CMR Now Called ICIS Chemical Business Americas

UPDATE to my earlier posting and formal annoucement from publisher:

CMR is now ICIS Chemical Business Americas. As of the 4th September CMR has been reborn as ICIS Chemical Business Americas. As part of ICIS, we aim to leverage our strengths and reflect this in our branding. With our global and extensive resources from around the world we can present our readers with the most comprehensive publication in the sector.

ICIS Chemical Business Americas will continue to provide our readers with all the content that they have grown to rely upon at CMR, from news of the week to expert coverage of key markets. And we are sure our readers we love our new fresh design and our regular new sections.

The Case Community can continue to gain access from the Library Catalog under "Chemical Market Reporter", until the name and links have all been changed.

Chemical Market Reporter Publisher Again Shows No Respect for Academia

As you may recall previously, I worked with the publisher of Chemical Market Reporter to establish electronic access for the Case community. This came after many librarians expressed great concern to the publisher for not considering the needs of their users.

CMR was one of the few resources available for students to establish chemical prices for their many projects. The publisher switched to online-only without asking academic users what they needed the most. They tried to make things better by offering an online subscription, but many libraries were still left in the dark as they required a single password login and wanted more money. This publisher forgot that the future purchasers of CMR would be the very students they were ignoring now.

ICIS has again decided to ignore academic subscribers. They are changing CMR to another publication, but shut down operations right when many academic librarians were directing students to this resource. A "coming soon" message does not help students complete their assignments.

Technology and Engineering Career Fair in Cleveland

Meet with local, regional and national hi-tech companies that are looking for candidates with hi-tech and engineering backgrounds.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Technology & Engineering Career Fair sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society, DICE.com job board, and NEOSA!

October 31, 2006
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Cleveland-Independence
6001 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44131
More information and registration online.

Nanopolymers 2007 - First International Conference

Nanopolymers 2007 - First International Conference
12th–13th June 2007, Germany

Rapra Technology is pleased to announce the first international Nanopolymers Conference, to be held in Germany, from 12th–13th June 2007. Nanotechnology is already making a major impact on new product introductions throughout the world, in many industry sectors. Many of these new products are based on the material property changes that may be achieved by incorporation of ingredients, at the nanoscale, into polymeric systems.

Although nanoparticulate carbon black has been used in car tyres for decades, it is only recently that other nanoparticulate ingredients have been dispersed in plastics to provide exciting new materials that are lighter weight and as strong as metals. The automotive industry has championed the use of nanocomposites, exploiting other properties, such as smoother surfaces, easier processing and even cheaper materials, which can be gained as well as providing lighter weight products. In addition, nanoscale ingredients are being added to polymeric thin films, thereby providing properties such as anti-scratch, anti-microbial and anti-reflective surfaces. It is also possible to obtain special visual effects through nano-coatings. The textiles industry and the sporting goods industry are also introducing nanotechnology based products, and it is estimated that there are now over 700 nano-based products on the market.

The main ‘nano’ ingredients being dispersed in polymeric systems are especially organoclays, nanoparticulate inorganics, and carbon nanotubes.

This conference provides an opportunity and a platform to present your research, product or process developments in this area to an influential and informed audience.

Presenting authors at Nanopolymers 2007 will be entitled to free registration on both days of the conference including meals, refreshments and a copy of the proceedings.

Papers are now being invited for submission on any of the following areas:

  • Aspects and impact of nanopolymers on specific industry sectors (automotive, aerospace, marine, energy, healthcare, packaging, leisure, etc.)
  • Production challenges to incorporation and use of nanoclays, nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, or fullerenes in composites and thin film coatings
  • Property improvements achievable with nano-scale ingredients such as lighter weight, improved barrier properties, scratch resistance, anti-microbial, anti-reflective, conducting properties
  • Characterisation aspects of incorporating nano-scale ingredients into nanopolymers
  • Market data on growth of nanopolymers
  • New research and development in the field of nanopolymers
If you are interested in presenting a paper at this event, please send a title, short summary, speaker name(s) and company name(s) to Alix Yates email ayates@rapra.net or Fax +44(0)1939-252416 by the deadline of 22nd December 2006.

Register before 12 April 2007 to take advantage of the special Early Bird Discount registration fee.

Materials, Medicine, and Nanotechnology Summit in Cleveland

Innovators in medical devices, clinical practice, and biomedical research will gather at Cleveland Clinic Oct. 2-5 to discuss the latest materials advances and nanotechnology discoveries and how they are resulting in new medical applications.

The Materials, Medicine, and Nanotechnology Summit will be hosted by Cleveland Clinic, ASM International, and the Nano-Network as the anchor event of Nano-Week™ 2006, a five-day exploration of how nanotechnology is changing our world. The Summit is comprised of the biennial Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit and ASM's Materials & Processes for Medical Devices (MPMD) Conference and Exposition.

Advance registration closes September 24.

CASE's Abramson Joins NorTech Fellows Program

CLEVELAND, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NorTech, Northeast Ohio's technology- based economic development leader, announced today that Alexis R. Abramson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a nationally-known leader in nanotechnology research, will join the NorTech Fellows Program effective September 1. Read full press release.

Read NorTech's original press release.

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.

Chemistry World News by RSS Feed

Chemistry World's daily news service is now available as a RSS feed, joining the existing feeds for RSC Journals.

Chemistry World is packed with articles on all aspects of the chemical sciences, regular company and individual profiles, job vacancies, commercial technology reports and many fascinating features.

(VIA: SD Librarian, July 28, 2006)

Typical Engineering Day

Working Hard for Their Money by Elizabeth M. Taurasi (Design News, July 17, 2006) summarizes the results of the annual Design News salary survey. Some highlights include:

  • Engineers earned an average of $73,000 last year
  • Majority received a 3% increase over last year
  • 83% of those surveyed stayed in the same job
  • Engineers are working 46 hours per week
  • More than 40% have a bachelor's degree in engineering
See the full article for more highlights and discussion, including what skills are needed to get ahead.

(VIA: Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, July 24, 2006)

Cleveland Engineering Society

The Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) is a professional organization that strives to be the leading society promoting and serving the needs of the region's technical community.

CES sponsors a wide variety of programs, seminars and tours to stimulate professional development. Professionals from varied disciplines explore the technologies and business management strategies of many different industries. Read more about CES...

Cleveland Engineering Society is committed to helping college students increase their access and contacts to professionals in the Northeast Ohio technical community. Among the benefits students receive:

  • Internship/co-op, job search contacts free resume posting on our web site and assistance in your job search
  • Networking with professional engineers at CES programs so you can talk with them in a neutral, comfortable environment and learn about companies, new developments and job opportunities in your field. See the Divisions/Committees and Upcoming Events pages to see what meetings and programs are of interest
  • Access to annual members-only CES corporate/student career mixer
  • E=mc (Engineering a More Connected Community) Committee. Once a monthy this committee gets together to plan volunteer opportunities and meet for social and business networking. A number of CES student members are involved in E=mc² and build their credentials by volunteering for projects in area schools such as tutoring and tech support
  • Free/discounted rates to CES events and programs
  • Mentors in your field
  • All Society mailings including newsletter
  • Listing in the CES membership directory
  • Post resumes on Web site for free and get email notification of position and internship openings

Nanomedicine Lab Registry & Portal

The Nanomedicine Lab Registry was compiled from Medline abstracts containing specific nanomedicine keyphrases. It only includes laboratories with 5 or more publications. It uses a database of citation histories compiled from open source journal article reference lists and a major OCR (optical character recognition) campaign on their entire reference library. Labs are ranked according to the citation rate of each individual article. For articles where they do not have sufficient data or were too new to have citation data, they used historical citation data from the journal and the principal investigator. The registry currently ranks the top 382 laboratories, with Chad Mirkin's lab garnering the highest score. Pat Couvreur, Royce Murray, Dave Reinhoudt and Ralph Weissleder rounded out the top 5. Their intention with the registry is to help new graduate students and postdocs to find high impact laboratories. This information is probably interesting to the general public as well if they are interested in the most productive labs.

Related is the Nanomedicine and Nanobiology Research portal that includes recent high impact publications, recent nanomedicine jobs, recent nanomedicine news, top ranked nanomedicine scientists, nanomedicine links, featured nanomedicine books, and nanomedicine conferences.

The Lab Registry is maintained by Ion Channel Media Group, and it operates a number of life science portals. It is founded by J. Christian Hesketh, who is trained in classical biophysics in Canada.

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.

Polymer Researcher Wins Award

The Case Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering announces that John Bobiak, a research associate with the department, has won the 2006 Jack Koenig Spectroscopy Award for his outstanding performance in the development of laser Raman Imaging.

(VIA: Case Daily, May 22, 2006)

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

Polymer Professors Win Awards

David Schiraldi, associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Case School of Engineering Research Award for senior faculty for his pioneering work in the area of clay-based aerogel composite materials. Schiraldi also was awarded startup funds for commercializing these materials when he won the North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea competition last semester. A team of two Ph.D. students and three undergraduate researchers are currently developing new light weight composites based on the clay aerogels. Schiraldi received a citation for dedication in undergraduate teaching from the Case School of Engineering this year, along with associate professor Stuart Rowan.

(VIA: Case Daily, May 18, 2006)

How Much Education is Needed for Engineers?

Inside Higher Ed (July 28, 2006) explores the debate surrounding if engineering graduates should need a Masters degree like doctors or lawyers.

Do you think the engineering bachelor degree should be more like the pre-med or pre-law degrees? Are engineering graduates able to get into other fields with only a bachelor degree?

It does appear that evidence suggests a Masters degree does open more doors. But, do these Master's graduates also have professional work experience which we warp the results?

(VIA: Case Daily, July 28, 2006)

Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy

From ScienceBase:

Hydrogen fuel cells have been relatively neglected through insufficient support from industry and government, according to a study published today funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Read the full commentary at ScienceBase looking at fuel cells as disruptive technology or browse the documents related to the research at ESRC.
Award Name: The Development and Diffusion of Fuel Cell Technology as a Disruptive Innovation
Award Holder: Prof Chris Hendry
Programme Name: Sustainable Technologies
Co-applicant(s): Dr P Harborne, Prof C Arcoumanis

Recruiting Engineers at Case

Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has selected Case as one of its "portfolio" schools for recruiting engineering graduates. This means that Caterpillar will now be actively recruiting Case graduates via the Case Career Center. For more information on Caterpillar Inc., visit http://www.cat.com. To find out more about the programs and services at the Case Career Center, visit http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 28, 2006)

Google & ACS Trademark Case

According to CNET News.com, the Google Scholar trademark case ends with the American Chemical Society.

ACS, which was founded in 1876 and claims to be the world's largest scientific society, sued Google in 2004. The suit claimed that the free "Google Scholar" journal-search service unfairly competes with ACS' "SciFinder Scholar," which appears to be more comprehensive but charges a fee.

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)

New Nanotechnology Blog

Nano Test Blog has been created by the Nanotech Briefs magazine and sponsored by Keithley Instruments, Inc. It will focus on electrical testing issues in the field of nanotechnology and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS). It includes links to white papers, articles, and announcements of upcoming events and conferences.

[About Nanotech Briefs]

Nanotech Briefs , launched in January 2004, is a digital (PDF format) magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs – the country’s largest-circulation design engineering magazine - that provides the best of government, industry, and university nanotech innovations with real-world applications in areas such as electronics, materials, sensors, manufacturing, biomedical, optics/photonics, and aerospace/defense.

Open Access Books from Caltech

Caltech has started a depository of open access books by Caltech authors. Subjects include chemistry, economics, geological & planetary sciences, mathematics, and mechanical engineering. The books range from 1959 to 2005.

As of July 23, 2006, some of the books included:

Abraham, Ralph and Marsden, Jerrold E. (1987) Foundations of Mechanics, Second Edition. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., Redwood City, CA. ISBN 080530102X

Mechanical Engineering:
Brennen, Christopher Earls (2005) Fundamentals of Multiphase Flow. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 13 978-0-521-84804-6

Brennen, Christopher Earls (1995) Cavitation and Bubble Dynamics. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 0195094093

Brennen, Christopher Earls (1994) Hydrodynamics of Pumps. Concepts NREC and Oxford University Press.

Housner, George W. and Hudson, Donald E. (1980) Applied Mechanics Dynamics. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

Housner, George W. and Vreeland, Thad, Jr. (1965) The Analysis of Stress and Deformation. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

Goddard, William A., III (1986) Nature of the Chemical Bond. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

Langford, Cooper H. and Gray, Harry B. (1966) Ligand Substitution Processes. W. A. Benjamin, Inc., New York.

Roberts, John D. (1961) Notes on Molecular Orbital Calculations. W. A. Benjamin.

Roberts, John D. (1961) An Introduction to the Analysis of Spin-Spin Splitting in High-Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra. W. A. Benjamin.

Roberts, John D. (1959) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: applications to organic chemistry. McGraw-Hill Series in Advanced Chemistry. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.

(VIA: Science Resources, May, 8, 2006)

Nationwide Chemical Security Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on June 30 released the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), which includes the first nationwide plan to protect U.S. chemical plants and related infrastructures.

According to Chemical & Engineering News (July 3, 2006), sector-specific security plans that complement NIPP and detail the risk management framework will be released within six months.

Chemistry Magazine

Chemistry is a tabloid published for American Chemical Society Members, Student Affiliates, and those interested in learning more about the chemical sciences and the American Chemical Society.

UT-Austin Nanoelectronics Research Institute in the Works

SiliconValley.com (July 14, 2006) reports that the University of Texas at Austin is looking for funding to start a nanotechnology research institute. See the full article for details.

Snapshot Of The Chemical Industry

Chemical & Engineering News (July 10, 2006) provided a snapshot of employment, finanaces, production, and trade in Facts & Figures Of The Chemical Industry.

(VIA: Quick Picks, July 11, 2006)

IEEE Downtime - Saturday, July 29th

On Saturday 29 July, IEEE will release a major system upgrade to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

As a result of this upgrade, users may experience up to 8 hours of downtime beginning at approximately 8:00 EDT.

IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 will be OpenURL compatible, which provides a standardized syntax for organizing bibliographic metadata and identifiers in a URL and transferring data between information services. Links are enabled between unsubscribed content in IEEE Xplore to a library resolver, leading users to appropriate resources within their institution. With this enhancement, librarians can work with commercially available link resolver software to fully enable their publication catalog. OpenURL will be provided in these areas:

  • Search results,li>References
  • Brief abstracts
  • IEEE Book abstracts

Other features of the IEEE Xplore 2.1.4 upgrade include:
  • RefWorks and Bibtex format downloadable citations from IEEE AbstractPlus records, search results, and tables of contents
  • Monthly lists of each periodical's most-downloaded articles
  • Watermarked PDF documents, illustrating the value of your library subscription
This release continues our successful launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0, and incorporates many of the requests we have heard from our customers.

An additional update is planned for release before the end of 2006.

If you have any questions regarding this upgrade, please let us know.

Thank you,
IEEE Online Support

Big Money for "Little" Research

C.C. Liu, a chemical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University, will lead a team studying novel microscopic machines powered by ultra light-sensitive molecules as part of a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

See full article from Crain's Cleveland Business on the web (July 19, 2006).

(VIA: Case Daily, July 20, 2006)

Carbon-based Fuel Cell

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (July 18, 2006) shared information on a direct carbon fuel cell that will be tested at the Wright Fuel Cell Group on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The New twist on fuel cells article describes a fuel cell that uses carbon dioxide from the air.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 18, 2006)

FREE ONLINE - Building a National Science Digital Library

UPDATE: If you did not participate in the live presentation, the PowerPoint and related materials are available.

EDUCAUSE Live! May 8, 2006 1:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. CDT, 11:00 a.m. MDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT); runs one hour

Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by Dean Krafft, and the topic will be "Building a National Science Digital Library."

Since 2000, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Core Integration team has been creating the infrastructure for a digital library of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics resources. That library now contains more than a million resources from approximately 100 collections. In this talk, Dean Krafft will give a short historical overview of the NSDL and describe the current NSDL community and participants. He will then review the technical underpinnings of NSDL 1.0, a library built on metadata harvesting, and describe some of the challenges encountered. For the past year, the project has been working on NSDL 2.0, a new version of the library built on the Fedora repository architecture. For the last part of the talk, Krafft will describe this new library architecture and explain how it supports creating context for science resources, how it enhances the selection and use of library materials, and what these capabilities mean for the users of the NSDL.

Dean Krafft is currently a senior research associate in computer science at Cornell University, serving primarily as a researcher but also as an IT administrator. On the research side, he is the principal investigator for the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Project (http://nsdl.org/) at Cornell. Krafft leads the effort to develop key components of the Core Integration Technology for the library and manages the team that maintains the production library services. He works with the other institutions involved in the Core Integration effort to specify, develop, and provide new digital library technologies to the more than a hundred NSF-funded projects involved in the NSDL program.

As an administrator, he serves as director of information technology for computing and information science. He helps provide oversight for the Computer Facilities Support group, represents CIS to the campus-wide IT Managers Council, and focuses on a number of issues including IT policy, software acquisition, and computer security. He received his PhD in computer science from Cornell in 1981.

Grads to Rewrite Engineering Theses

Here is an update to one of my earlier posts. It appears that the students accused of plagiarism will be given a chance to correct their mistakes. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (July 21, 2006), a majority of the 37 students have agreed to the terms as established by Ohio University.

Mapping Wireless Networks

MIT's iSPOTS project aims at describing changes in living and working at MIT by mapping the dynamics of the wireless network in real-time. Check out the various graphic representations of wireless usage at MIT. They are hoping this project would lead to analysis tools that other organizations and cities could use.

Cleveland PD Highlights Case Chemical Engineering Professor

John Funk on December 28, 2005, wrote an article called Inventing Our Destiny - Work is no Small Feat in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The article highlights Professor Chung-Chiun Liu's team approach to research and invention.

The Case community and other OhioLINK users can read Liu's profile and the full article through NewsBank America's Newspaper.

(Updated with new links on July 20, 2006)

Case Doctoral Students Wins AIAA Best Paper Award

Amy Mielke, a doctoral student in the Case Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was the winner in the Young Professionals category of this year's Northern Ohio American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Best Paper Competition. Her paper, entitled "Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostic for Measurement of Temperature, Velocity, and Density Fluctuation Spectra," was coauthored by Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the department.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 18, 2006)

Call for Nominations for the 2008 ACS National Awards

Nominations for 53 national awards administered by the ACS to be presented in 2008 are being solicited. See the full announcement for more details.

More IEEE Content

CASE subscribes to IEEE Xplore and thus has access to this new content as described in the following IEEE announcement.

The IEEE this week made available to its online subscribers the earliest issues of its first technology journal, dating back to 1913.

Currently known as "Proceedings of the IEEE," the journal was titled "The Proceedings of the IRE" when it premiered in January of 1913.

The IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) was one of two predecessor organizations which merged to form the IEEE in 1963.

This week's update brings the first seven years of the title online (1913 - 1919). "Proceedings of the IEEE" issues from 1963 forward were previously available online through the IEEE Xplore digital library. Issues from later years will follow in the coming months.

Papers in the first issue included "A Discussion on Experimental Tests of the Radiation Law for Radio Oscillators," "High Tension Insulators for Radio-Communication," and "Recent Developments in the Work of the Federal Telegraph Company."

"IEEE has made a commitment to digitizing our entire journal backfile, along with past editions of many of our conference publications," said Barbara H. Lange, Director, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "This is a small part of a two-year plan to bring our historic, scholarly content to new generations of researchers and practitioners."

IEEE will continue to digitize the historic backfile of its journals over the coming months.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor for Mergler

From the Case Daily (July, 6, 2006):

Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals, recently honored Harry Winston Mergler as an eminent member, the highest level of membership in the organization. In 1957, he joined the faculty of Case Institute of Technology, and in 1973 was appointed to the Leonard Case Chair in Electrical Engineering, where he served until 1989. Professor Mergler's teaching and research specialty is the digital logic design as applied to embedded control networks in machine-tool controls, aeronautical instrumentation, and industrial control processes. He is the author of the book Methods in Digital Logic Design.

Virtual Skies Tutorials

The Virtual Skies website was developed by NASA Ames Education Division and is funded in part by Aviation Operations Systems and the Aerospace Education Coordinating Committee (AECC). It is designed for use by high school teachers and their classes, homeschool teachers and students in grades 9 - 12 as well as aviation enthusiasts (pilots and passengers alike). Within this Web site you will be able to explore the world of air traffic management and learn more about NASA research in aviation operations systems and aviation safety.

It offers the following sections:

  • Aviation Weather
  • Aviation Research
  • Airport Design
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Navigation
  • Communications
  • Aeronautics

(VIA: The Scout Report, June 23, 2006)

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)

ICITM 2006 - Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - International Conference of Information Technology and Management (ICITM2006)
Hong Kong, 11-13 Dec, 2006

Contact: icitm2006@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Paper Submission: csnkliu@comp.polyu.edu.hk or csronnie@comp.polyu.edu.hk
All papers should be submitted online through our conference web site.

IT and management has grown mounting influence in business, industry and education, the conference would like to consolidate most recent research results in information system, knowledge management, commercial intelligence, electronic commerce, E-education application. The area covers the concepts and theories of Information Systems, Industrial applications E-Education and Business Management. The topics varies from software, e-learning, office automation, textile and garment, automobile electronic, logistics, retails, supply chain, financial, accounting banking, lawyer, government, education to media sector. As part of the mission of the Institute of Systems Management is to facilitate the application of the information technology to industrial enterprises, we promote cross-fertilization over interdisciplinary areas of business application and information systems. Our industrial case presentation and tutorial sessions will bridge the gap between academics and practitioners.

Continue reading "ICITM 2006 - Call For Papers"

New Eminent Scholar at Case

Crain's Cleveland Business (July 11, 2006) announced that Dr. Norman Tien, chair of Case’s department of electrical engineering and computer science and Nord Professor of Engineering, was named the Ohio Eminent Scholar in condensed matter physics. See full story for more details.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 12, 2006)

Case Engineering Dean Stepping Down

After leading the Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering to record highs in fundraising, research expenditures and improved relations with its alumni, Robert F. Savinell will step down as dean effective December 31, 2006, in order to focus on his research in fuel cells and electrochemistry.

See the full announcement for transition details and the accomplishments during Savinell's leadership.

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.


TryEngineering.org is a resource for students (ages 8-18), their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.

[About TryEngineering.org]

Students will find here descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and on the different disciplines within engineering. We provide hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and search tools for schools that offer engineering programs. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included.

Students can also use this portal to send questions to engineering students in universities and to practicing engineers.

Parents and educators will find here, in addition, teaching resources, information about school accreditation, and description of plans, organizations and programs that can be of help in planning and preparing students to develop a future career in engineering.

This portal is brought to you by engineers and educators, and is a collaboration of engineering associations, industry, and teacher/counselor organizations. We all believe that engineering is an exciting and rewarding profession, and invite you to share in our enthusiasm about this rich and influential discipline.

Sponsors include:
  • IBM
  • IEEE
  • TryScience
  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
  • SAE International
  • JETS

Japanese Science Directory

Science Links Japan is a topically arranged directory of online information resources for science and technology in Japan. Japan's scientific and technical information (STI) scattered across or isolated on the Internet have been collected and categorized under major topics. The Website aims to provide ease of access to Japan's STI for non-Japanese researchers, policy makers and many others who need Japan's STI.

Most of the contents come from information generated/compiled in the public sector, such as the government, universities, R&D institutes and STI institutes.

Science Links Japan has been compiled with a sharp focus on URL resources available in the English language. URL resources available only in the Japanese language also have been selected from the viewpoint of comprehensiveness and importance.

Tangled Bank #56


Now for a Tangled Bank hosted by an Engineering Librarian...

General science, biology, and medicine are not my typical subject areas as I usually highlight resources in engineering and electronic resources available from my library. I occasionally branch off into medicine and biology as I support faculty and students conducting research in biomedical engineering.

Good science is important for everyone, and I hope this Tangled Bank promotes further discussion and thoughts, as we explore the science in spacecraft, illness, global warming, butterflies, locust, Star Wars, sex, love, and many other topics.

Outfit a spacecraft with a huge but incredibly lightweight mirror, and it can travel indefinitely, without fuel, at speeds that eventually exceed those of conventional rocket-powered craft. Joe Kissell presents Solar Sails - The next big thing in space travel posted at Interesting Thing of the Day.

Explore some of the research findings that suggest that there is an epigenetic basis to the development of lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects nearly 200 million Americans. Trevor Covert at Epigenetics News shares The Epigenetics of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).

Jeremy Bruno at The Voltage Gate took a closer look at a recent Oprah show that discussed global warming by looking at a few inaccuracies and the shows reliance on propaganda rather than facts.

GrrlScientist presents Another Origin of Species posted at Living the Scientific Life. This essay describes an elegant Nature paper that investigates the role of homoploid hybridization in creating a new species of butterfly. (Homoploid hybridization is when the parent species and their hybrid offspring all have the same number of chromosomes).

The Different River presents WouldIntroducti

Fragile Digital Data

According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (June 7, 2006), humanity in the next 3 years will produce more data than in did in the past 1,000 years. Concerns of future data format and degradation are of great concern to many institutions, such as the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Archives, IBM, and the Library of Congress. See full article for further discussion.

(Full Article VIA: George Mason University's History News Network)

NASA - Prepares for Trip to Moon

NASA's Constellation Program is getting to work on the new spacecraft that will return humans to the moon and blaze a trail to Mars and beyond. Using various Flash animations, Quicktime movies, images, and PDF Fact Sheets learn about this exciting undertaking. View work by assignment, such as the role of Glenn Research Center.

Glenn will manage the work on the CEV's service module, which will provide maneuvering with its propulsion system, generate power using solar arrays, and keep the vehicle cool with heat rejection radiators. Glenn is also the lead for the upper stage of the Crew Launch Vehicle.

(VIA: The Scout Report, June 23, 2006)

Nanotechnology - Unknown Risks and Future Prospects

Charles Piller (Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2006) explores nanotechnology from safety to future prospects. The related graphic contains quite interesting information. For example, U.S. patents in nanotechnology increased from 1000 in 1990 to over 5000 in 2003. The U.S. also granted approximately 5 times as many patents in nanotechnology than any other country in 2003. The U.S., Europe, and Japan have all contributed over a billion dollars each to nanotechnology research. Make sure to check out the related PDF that describes terminology of various nanostructures.

(VIA: Quick Picks, June 2, 2006)

NASA Rocket Science 101

Do you want to know more about the Delta II, Atlas V, or Pegasus rockets? Check out Rocket Science 101 produced by NASA. This Flash tutorial explains the parts of a launch vehicle and how its constructed.

(VIA: The Scout Report, June 02, 2006)

Chemistry Between Women & Science

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Volume 52, Issue 38, Page A10, May 26, 2006), in an article called The Chemistry Between Women & Science, interviewed three women about their career paths and why so few women are in academic science careers.

(VIA: Quick Picks, May 29, 2006)

PROGRESS - Women Chemists and Chemical Engineers

PROGRESS is a three-year pilot project launched in 2002 by the American Chemical Society to develop, test, and evaluate 7 new programs aimed at facilitating the full participation and advancement of women chemists and chemical engineers. Its goals are to assist entry-level professionals find employment and guide and support early and mid-career professionals seeking advancement.

(VIA: Quick Picks, May 29, 2006)

25 Worst Tech Products

PCWorld.com (May 26, 2006) released its list of 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. I will not give you the entire list, you can read the article for that, but number one is American Online.

Number 13 was the IBM PCjr, which I had as a kid. As a kid it was great, and I am now having flashbacks of the hours of playing Zork.

(VIA: Stephen's Lighthouse, May 29, 2006)

2007 Multi-conference in Computer Science, Engineering, & Information Technology

The 2007 Multi-conference in computer science, engineering, and information technology will be held in Orlando, FL, USA during July 9-12 2007. The multi-conference is a major professional gathering in the world and it consists of the following 4 important events:

  • International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition
  • International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems and Web Technologies
  • International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking and Communication Systems
  • International Conference on Software Engineering Theory and Practice

(VIA: Beyond the Job, June 01, 2006)

First Open Access Nanotechnology Journal from Major Publisher

Springer and the Nano Research Society have announced a new partnership to publish Nanoscale Research Letters (NRL), which will be the first nanotechnology journal from a major commercial publisher to publish articles with open access. The new journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for the open communication of scientific and technological advances in the creation and use of objects at the nanometer scale. The first open access articles are scheduled to appear on Springer's online platform, SpringerLink, in July 2006.

Read the full announcement for more information.

(VIA: LISNews, June 12, 2006)

Stupid Engineering Mistakes

Wired Magazine (Issue 14.06, June 2006) listed the The Worst: Stupid Engineering Mistakes. It includes various failures such as a dam collapse, transportation disasters, and poorly designed tires.

Beilstein database exceeds ten million reactions

MDL Information Systems GmbH is pleased to announce that the Beilstein database now provides more than ten million structure-searchable reactions. Passing this important milestone emphasizes the enduring value of the Beilstein database as the essential first step in chemical discovery. See the full press release for more information.

Beilstein Crossfire is one of the several hundred databases available to the Case community.

Top 100 Technology Products

PC World (July 2006 issue of PC World magazine; Online: May 31, 2006) released its annual 100 Best Products of the Year. The top two were the Intel Core Duo and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core. Others highlights in the top ten included Craigslist.org, iPod Nano, Google Earth, and YouTube.com.

(VIA: TVC Alert Research News, June 1, 2006)

$1.5 Million Endowment Gift for CSE

From the June 15, 2006, Case Daily:

The Case School of Engineering recently received a $1.5 million endowment gift from brothers Charles and John Phipps. Both are 1949 graduates of the Case Institute of Technology. The donation is named in honor of their late father, Myron Phipps. Dean Robert Savinell said the money will allow the school to devise and sustain new initiatives.

International Conference on Chemoinformatics - August 2006

National Chemical Laboratory Pune, India is planning a two-day International Conference on Chemoinformatics during 7-8 August 2006 which would be participated by eminent scientist and professors in this specialized area from both academia and industries.

Several distinguished scientists from Germany, UK, USA etc. along with Indian scientists are participating in this important meeting. The conference will bring together more than 100 participants for this scholarly event focusing on the futuristic application of cheminformatics in medicinal chemistry, material science, structure elucidation and structure activity/property/toxicity relationship studies, high performance computing, chemical data mining etc., Other participants would present oral and poster presentations of their work.

Biointerphases - New Open Access Journal

The Biointerphases journal, an open access journal for the biomaterials interface community, provides an interdisciplinary platform for scientific exchange among the biology, chemistry, physics, and materials sciences communities. It offers a discussion forum for rapid dissemination of scientific theories, results, and interpretations. Biointerphases serves as a global vehicle for the biomaterials interface community as well as a platform that encourages dialog between scientists and the public with respect to cogent policy issues.

[About Biointerphases]

Biointerphases is devoted to Articles of original research, Reviews, a "Myth and Reality" section addressing controversial models and experiments, Editorial Commentary/Letters to the Editor, Perspectives on Evolving Research, Reports on Interdisciplinary Research Programs and Opinionated Essays.

Biointerphases will include all topics relevant to the study and understanding of interfaces and confined phases in biomaterial science and biophysics, e. g. such as interface spectroscopy, in vivo mechanisms, in vitro mechanisms, interface modeling, adhesion phenomena, protein-surface interactions, cell-surface interactions, biomembranes on a chip, biosensors / biodiagnostics, bio-surface modification, the nano-bio interface, biotribology / biorheology, molecular recognition, cell patterning for function, polyelectrolyte surfaces, and ambient diagnostic methods. Biointerphases is freely available online, and will be available in an annual bound volume for a nominal fee.

Student in Materials Science Receives Scholarship

David Poerschke, a third-year student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was recently awarded the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship by the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation.

(VIA: Case Daily, June 6, 2006)

Improving Science Education in the U.S.

Nudging the NSF on Education
Inside Higher Ed
May 4, 2006

American science and math competitiveness couldn’t be a hotter topic in Congress right now if it were made in a fusion reactor.

Proposed legislation would have the National Science Foundation get to work on cultivating science and engineering majors at the college level, and providing extensive professional development for pre-college science teachers.

The legislation includes funding for science and engineering departments at universities to create training programs for school teachers, improvements in undergraduate instruction in sciences, and scholarships.

OU Engineering Plagiarism

Plagiarism panel recommends firing two OU professors

Associated Press, June 1, 2006

Two Ohio University faculty members should be fired for allowing cheating in an engineering graduate program, a university committee said.

The committee, formed to investigate plagiarism in master's degree theses, recommended dismissal Wednesday for the chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and another unidentified faculty member.

Read the full story (Akron Beacon Journal) for more details.

Engineering School at Ohio U. Investigates 44 Cases of Alleged Plagiarism by Graduate Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 52, Issue 27, Page A9 (March 10, 2006)

Ohio University is investigating 44 possible cases of plagiarism by current and former engineering graduate students, all of which were discovered by a former graduate student who believes professors there have fostered a culture of cheating...

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.

National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) mission is to promote the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the knowledge and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession.

Engineering Projects and Programs
The National Academy of Engineering is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies.

[About NAE]

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The NAE operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. Under this charter the NAE is directed "whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art."

(VIA: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 20, May 19, 2006)

Periodic Table of Data

The Periodic Table of Data is a visual database of physical and thermochemical properties of the chemical elements. It includes an interactive periodic table, visualization of properties, graphs, tables of data, energy level diagrams, and games. The data in this resource has been taken from The Royal Society of Chemistry Electronic Data Book CD, London: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2002, with some minor corrections for consistency.

[About RSC]
The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.

Inventor of Firefox to Speak in Cleveland

Blake Ross, the inventor of Firefox, will be speaking at the Cleveland City Club on June 14th. See the City Club website for more information.

The City Club posts podcasts of their speaker's addresses shortly after their presentation.

Chmoggle - Chemical Information Search Engine

Under pressure from Google, Chmoogle is now called eMolecules.

On November 18, 2005, eMolecules, Inc. announced the launch of Chmoogle.

Chmoogle wants to be the world's leading free open-access chemistry search engine. Chmoogle's mission is to discover, curate and index all of the public chemical information in the world, and make it available to the public. Chmoogle distinguishes itself by extremely fast searches, an appealing presentation of results, and high-quality chemical drawings. Chmoogle discovers sources of chemical data by searching the internet, and receives submissions from data providers such as chemical suppliers and academic researchers.

Chmoogle searches chemical information by drawn chemical structures, IUPAC name, or by entering SMILES nomenclature (Simplified Molecular Input Line Entry Specification).

The Chmoogle web site also includes Cheminformatics 101 - An introduction to the Computer Science and Chemistry of Chemical Information Systems.

Virtual Visit of the Canadian Space Agency

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) was established in 1989 by the Canadian Space Agency Act. The agency operates like a government department. The president is the equivalent of a deputy minister and reports to the Minister of Industry. The president oversees five core functions: Space Programs, Space Technologies, Space Science, Canadian Astronaut Office, Space Operations. He also looks after six executive functions (Audit, Evaluation and Review; Corporate Management; Communications; Strategic Development; External Relations; Government Liaison) and three Corporate functions (Legal Services, Administration, and Human Resources). The President is supported by the Senior Vice-President and the Vice-President, Science, Technology and Programs.

Take a virtual tour of the John H. Chapman Space Centre. It is really well done and informative. It also makes a nice example if someone were creating a virtual tour of a library or laboratory within their organization.

(Via: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 20, May 19, 2006)

EEVL - Changes

From the middle of 2006 there will be some major changes to the current service. As you may know, EEVL is one of a number of Internet subject gateways that together form the Resource Discovery Network (RDN).

As a result of a detailed planning and consultation process, the RDN service is currently undergoing extensive re-structuring and re-branding. The purpose of this exercise is to create a new more consolidated service with closer integration of subject areas, and to provide a single interface for our users.

The current eight subject gateways will be re-organised to create four major subject groups:

(Via: STLQ, May 9, 2006, TechXtra - A New Resource for Searching in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing)

Science & Engineering State Profiles: 2003-04

The Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes Science and Engineering State Profiles annually. The 2003–04 report, published only on the Web, includes a data source page and a set of 52 one-page science and engineering (S&E) profiles (in Excel) that summarize state-specific data on personnel and finances. Rankings and totals are for the 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico.

I have included a portion of Ohio's statistics.

Ohio Science.bmp

(VIA: ResourceShelf, May 9, 2006)

Fuel Cell Mixes with Porn Company for Pseudo IPO

Here is an interesting way to quickly get to an initial public offering. A company that creates a membrane for methanol fuel cells used the old shell of a porn company to quickly go public.

From: CNET News.com Future Tech Blog, March 17, 2006

TechXtra (Formerly EEVL Xtra)

In October of 2005, I shared information on EEVL Xtra. It appears the new name is TechXtra.

From the press release:

TechXtra suite of free services simplifies access to technology information

TechXtra is a suite of ten freely available services which simplify access to a multitude of different types of technology information from a host of different sources.

TechXtra facilitates immediate access to the freely available full-text content of hundreds of thousands of eprints, technical reports, theses, articles, news items, job announcements and more. In cases where the full-text is not freely available, TechXtra provides links to vendors for pay-per-view options. TechXtra searches a combination of digital repositories, journal databases, technical reports servers, web information, news sources and more, all with a focus on technology information.

Anyone looking for information in technology will find TechXtra useful, especially researchers, academics, students and practitioners.

The suite of services includes:
Database Cross-Search - This searches over 4 million items from 25 different databases. Use this to find articles, key websites, theses and dissertations, books, industry news, new job announcements, technical reports, eprints, learning & teaching resources and the latest research in engineering, mathematics and computing. Sources include: Australian Research Repositories Online to the World, arXive (eprint archive in computer science, maths and related subjects), CiteSeer (research articles in computer science), Directory of Open Access Journals, ePrints UK (selected open archives in the UK), Copac (union catalogue from the Consortium of University Research Libraries), National Engineering Education Delivery System (digital library of learning resources), NASA Technical Reports (12 different NASA technical report series)... plus 18 other databases. More will be added in the near future.

The Very Latest Job Announcements - OneStep Jobs brings together the very latest job announcements from more than 35 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format in one place. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: Jobs.ac.uk, ICErecruit, The Engineer, Redgoldfish, Jobsite, Engineeringjobs.co.uk, 4engineers.co.uk, Matchtech, TipTopJobs and more.

The Very Latest Industry News - OneStep Industry News brings together news feeds from over 80 top sources, and presents them in an easily accessible and searchable format. The content is updated many times each day. Sources include: The Engineer Online, Engineeringtalk, New Scientist, scenta, Moreover, Yenra, Control Engineering News, Design News, EurekAlert, Slashdot, PC Magazine, BBC Tech News and more.

Free Trade Magazine Subscriptions & Technical Document Downloads - Hundreds of trade publications and their advertisers want to give qualifying individuals their publications. It's worth it to them to give you the magazine free because you need the information and products described, and their advertisers need a vehicle to deliver their message which justifies the cost of giving you subscriptions for free. In addition, this service now includes free Webcasts, live Webinars, informative eBooks, interactive CD-ROMs, and numerous whitepapers.

On-Line Bookstore - TechXtra users save up to 35% on any title from this bookstore from Pearson Education - books on everything from Computer Graphics & Design, to Programming, Software, Careers and Personal Development titles. Postage is free within the UK and Europe.

Offshore Engineering Information Service - This service gives information about publications and meetings dealing with: oil and gas exploration and production; offshore health, safety and environmental protection; resources of the seabed and renewable energy; and marine technology.

Discovery Guides - Free indepth reports on topical engineering, mathematical and technology issues.

Information about Validated Engineering Design Data - This subset of ESDU contains over 1,300 abstracts of data item design guides. Access to the full text is via subscription only.

Recent Advances in Manufacturing - A database of bibliographic information for manufacturing and related areas, covering items in over 500 niche and mainstream journals and magazines, plus details of books, videos and conference proceedings.

Selected links to top sources of technology information - Internet tutorials, newsletters and gateways.

TechXtra harvests data from external sources using standard protocols such as Z39.50 and OAI-PMH.

TechXtra is an initiative of the ICBL and the Library, at Heriot-Watt University. The ICBL is also the base of the PerX Project, which has produced a Pilot to help scope future developments in cross-searching. Feedback on the Pilot would be much appreciated. A 60 second survey is available, and those providing feedback will be entered into a draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

For more information about TechXtra, contact:
Roddy MacLeod
Senior Subject Librarian
Heriot-Watt University Library
0131 451 3576

(VIA: STLQ, May 9, 2006, TechXtra - A New Resource for Searching in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing)

Emerald Engineering - Free Access until September 2006

Emerald Engineering showcases practical and theoretical insightful articles, interviews, case studies, viewpoints and more. Whether you are an academic, researcher or industry practitioner, Emerald Engineering can help you find solutions to problems and keep up to date with current research, industry news, trends and debates by providing access to quality engineering information.

Free Access!!!
Emerald Engineering will be available on three levels: level one will be unrestricted access for all; level two will feature additional content and will be available to registered members; and level three will have even more content for Emerald Engineering journal and database subscribers. However, in order to celebrate the launch of this essential resource, we are delighted to give access to the whole of Emerald Engineering completely free of any restrictions until September 2006. Follow the link on this page, then on the Insight login page simply click the "login" button to return to Emerald Engineering with FREE full site access.

It appears four subject categories currently exist: Advanced Automation, Computational Mathematics, Electronics Manufacture & Packaging, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Decrease in Computer Science Students?

From The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog (April 3, 2006) comes information on the potential closing of the computer science department at Seattle Pacific University.

From The Seattle Times (SPU might shut down computer curriculum, April 3, 2006):

Enrollment in computer-science programs has dropped around the country since the dot-com bubble burst. But the U.S. Department of Labor predicts information technology will be among the biggest employment drivers over the next decade, and many colleges are anticipating an enrollment rebound.

NIH Research

The NIH Budget and the Future of Biomedical Research
Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., Ph.D.
The New England Journal of Medicine
Volume 354, Number 16, Pages 1665-1667, April 20, 2006

The "first true budgeted reduction in NIH support since 1970" is predicted for 2007. See the full article for what this may mean for biomedical research.

Information Systems Wiki

Wiki for IS Scholarship was established for summarizing and discussing articles in and related to the field of Information Systems. The site is hosted by the Information Systems Department at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

(Via: Jeremy Smith's blog, April 11, 2006)

Grant for Case Macromolecular Science & Engineering Research

Tamer Uyar, a research associate in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department, and Hatsuo Ishida, a professor in the department, authored "Development of Polybenzoxazines and Their Applications as High Performance Composite Materials," which recently received the Young Scientists Grant from the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association.

(Via: Case Daily, April 5, 2006)

SAE Eye on Engineering Podcasts

Access the SAE Eye on Engineering podcasts for quick 60 second updates on timely topics impacting automotive technology and business today. Brought to you by the editorial staff of Automotive Engineering International, these weekly educational audio broadcasts are delivered direct to your desktop. Listen to them on your computer or load them on to your MP3 and take them with you.

Automotive Engineering International is available in the Kelvin Smith Library periodical collection.

Need for Engineers Increasing Due to Aviation Industry

Molly McMillin reports the "demand for engineers is growing in Wichita and across the country as the commercial airline and general aviation industries are in an upswing." See Increase In Work Has Companies Hunting For Engineers (The Wichita Eagle, April 9, 2006) for specific examples.

(Via: Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, April 10, 2006)

NSF Supports the Development of Modules to Teach High School Students About Nanotechnology

Alexis Abramson, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a $20,000 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) supplement from the National Science Foundation to develop modules to teach high school students about nanotechnology. Abramson, along with other collaborators, is developing the Nanopedia, a Web-based multimedia and interactive electric resource on nanotechnology.

(Via: Case Daily, March 24, 2006)

America's Best Jobs

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus highlighted a Money Magazine and Salary.com ranking of "best jobs in america".

Some highlights:

  • #1 was Software Engineer
  • #2 was College Professor
  • #7 was Computer/IT Analyst
  • #15 was Medical Scientist
  • #16 was Physical Scientist
  • #17 was Engineer

Online Seminars Offer Tips on Searching IEEE Digital Library

Learn to better use one of Case's Library Resources, IEEE Xplore.

Users of IEEE online technical information who are looking to improve their research skills may benefit from attending an online "Searching with IEEE Xplore" seminar. Event dates for April and May have been announced. IEEE hosts regularly scheduled online seminars and training events, which are free to all. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up, visit: www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/form/free_training_form.html.

Journal@rchive - Electronic Archive Initiative

Journal@rchive is an archive site of J-STAGE operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). On Journal@rchive, academic journals scanned through the Electronic Archive Initiative are released from their first issues, including those issued in the 19th century. The Initiative commenced by JST in FY2005 aiming at two goals: (1) to preserve of academic heritages of Japan, and (2) to further promote worldwide distribution of Japanese research results.

[About J-STAGE - Introduction]

In order to maintain and develop Japan's science and technology research at an international level, it is important to disseminate outstanding research and development results to the world instantaneously. To that end, it is important to computerize bulletins of academic societies and research papers that are currently appeared on paper by user organizations and release them to the appearance on the Internet.

In order to support the information transmission function of user organizations, the "Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic" (J-STAGE), developed by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), set up the hardware and software necessary for electronic journal release within JST to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By taking advantage of the hardware and software, the user organizations are able to computerize bulletins of academic societies and research papers currently appeared with ease and at low cost. Computerrized documents can be accessed from anywhere in the world with this system. This project also links up with the National Institute of Informatics (formerly the Ministry of Education National Center for Science Information Systems (NACSIS)).

EECS Professor Awarded $1.2 Million for Bioinformatics Research

Jing Li, an assistant professor with the electrical engineering and computer science department, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for approximately $1.2 million to be used for interdisciplinary research in bioinformatics and computational biology.

(Source: Case Daily, April, 20, 2006.)

Minority Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Increasing the Success of Minority Students in Science and Technology by the American Council on Education (ACE) on April, 3, 2006

African American and Hispanic students begin college interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at rates similar to those of white and Asian-American students, and persist in these fields through their third year of study, but do not earn their bachelor’s degrees at the same rate as their peers, according to a new analysis conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE).
See full press release for more data.

(Originally shared on the Curious Cat Science & Engineering Blog on April, 21, 2006.)

[About ACE]

Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is the nation's unifying voice for higher education. ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. See more at About ACE.

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.

Take an "Open Book" Quiz to win a Video iPod

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Take the Knovel University Challenge!

Take an "Open Book" Quiz...Knovel Style! You Could Win a 30G Video iPod! Answer all 5 questions on the entry correctly and you could win a 30G Video iPod! (Hint: Use www.knovel.com!)

Only complete entries will be eligible to win. This contest is open to current students in all schools with trials and subscriptions to the Knovel Service. One entry per person. The contest starts today, 4/19/06. You have until (midnight) Wednesday, May 31 to submit your answers and contact information (full name, school, mailing address, email address, and time to complete) via the link at www.info.knovel.com/ipod/.

All entries with a total of 5 correct answers will be placed into a random drawing for the 30G Video iPod, which will take place on June 1, 2006. The Prize will be awarded to one entrant in the US, one entrant in Asia, one entrant in Europe and one entrant in all other regions. All winners must present correct answers to all 5 quiz questions.

The winners will be contacted by Knovel Corporation.

Case does subscribe to Knovel, so use this as a chance to explore what you are missing.

BioMed Central Journals Have RSS Feeds

BioMed Central offers RSS feeds for each of their journals.

[What is BioMed Central?]

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. Read more here...

Case Professor Awarded - Anne Hiltner

From the Case Daily (April 14, 2006):

Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Engineering in macromolecular science and engineering, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society.

Case Professor Added to Editorial Board of Nano Publication

From the Case Daily (April 11, 2006):

Hatsuo Ishida, a professor in the department of macromolecular science and engineering, has been asked to serve as the member of editorial board for the Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites.

American Chemical Society Journals - RSS Feeds

Each of the American Chemical Society journals offer RSS feeds that include their Articles ASAP and complete Table of Contents.

The Library of Congress: Webcasts

The Library of Congress has made over 300 webcasts available in a variety of topics. The site includes talks, discussions, and conferences, plus webcasts from the National Book Festival. Subject categories include biography & history, culture & performing arts, education, government, poetry & literature, religion, and science & technology.

Examples of science & technology webcasts include:

  • Got Game
  • Chemical Warfare from WWI to Al-Qaeda
  • Dawn of the Space Age
  • Science, Ethics and the Law
  • Cutting Edge Research

(Originally highlighted by The Scout Report, January 27, 2006 - Volume 12, Number 4)

FreeMind - Free Mind Mapping Software

SourceForge.net highlighted FreeMind as its February 2006 Project of the Month. FreeMind is mind-mapping software, or a tree editor. With it, you can create foldable trees of plain text notes, enriched with colors, icons, cloud-shapes, and other graphics. Folding and breadth-width search make it valuable as a knowledge base tool.

[About SourceForge.net]

SourceForge.net is the world's largest Open Source software development web site, hosting more than 100,000 projects and over 1,000,000 registered users with a centralized resource for managing projects, issues, communications, and code. SourceForge.net has the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet, and hosts more Open Source development products than any other site or network worldwide. SourceForge.net provides a wide variety of services to projects we host, and to the Open Source community. See more here...

Track Biomedical Papers Being Discussed by Bloggers

Postgenomic collates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data. For example, you can see which papers are currently being discussed by neurologists, or which web pages are being linked to by bioinformaticians. It's sort of like a hot papers meeting with the entire biomed blogging community.

A RSS feed is available to track the "Posts of the day", "Current hot stories", or "Current hot papers".

[About Postgenomic]

Postgenomic aggregates posts from life science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with that data.

For example, it allows you to get an instant picture of which web sites are being heavily linked to by researchers in the medical sciences, or which papers are being cited or reviewed most often by bioinformaticians, or which buzzwords are being used the most frequently by evolutionary biologists.

It's sort of like a hot papers meeting with the entire biomed blogging community.

Sort of.

Postgenomic's primary purpose is to act as a central repository for reviews of scientific papers and for conference reports. You can help with this by adding some very simple semantic markup to your blog posts when you write a review of a paper. In this context a "review" isn't necessarily a particularly long or critical assessment of the paper (though it could be): it's simply any information that other researchers might find useful.

(Originally shared on the Science Library Pad, March 3, 2006)

Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

In January of 2006, the Optical Society of America (OSA) launched the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics.

[About Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics]

The Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics (ISSN: 1931-1532) consists of selected articles recently published in OSA's peer-reviewed journals. For the virtual journal, biomedical optics is considered to include research involving the interface between light and medicine or biology. Articles are selected by the editor, Dr. Gregory W. Faris, on the basis of relevancy using OCIS codes and abstract keywords.

Each issue comprises articles published in the source journals during the previous month. Thus the February virtual journal issue features articles originally published in January. Additional content such as editorials, meeting announcements, tutorials and reviews, and articles from other publications will also be solicited and published as the virtual journal expands its scope over time.

Citations to articles in the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics should be made to the original source journals.

[About OSA]

Founded in 1916, the Optical Society of America (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. Read more at...

Is Open Source Increasing?

Steve Hardin in The Open Source Movement Gains Ground (Bulletin, February/March 2006, American Society for Information Science and Technology) highlighted the opening plenary session of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology conducted by Matthew J. Szulik, chair, CEO and president of Red Hat.

People who work for Red Hat are doing so because they have the opportunity to see their work improve society. They’ve challenged the notion of “product.” They view software as a service.
(Originally shared on ResourceShelf, March 1, 2006)

MEMS Technology and Biomedical Applications - Conference

The Gordon Research Conference on "MEMS Technology and Biomedical Applications" will be held at Connecticut College, New London, CT during the week of June 25-30, 2006. There is an opportunity for researchers and their students to present their work at a poster session during the conference. More information about the conference, including links to registration can be found at http://www.grc.uri.edu/programs/2006/mems.htm.

Session topics include:

  • Novel BioMEMS Sensing
  • Chemical Specificity for BioMEMS Sensing
  • BioMaterials for BioMEMS
  • MEMS Technology as a Biomedical Device Platform
  • Biologically Inspired MEMS
  • Biofluidic Microsystems
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Implantable MEMS Devices
  • Applications of BioMEMS in Human Health

Several Case speakers are listed, including:

  • Horst von Recum - "Activation of gene regulation by a drug delivery microchip"
  • Carlos Mastrangelo - Tentative Title: "Microfluidics chips for integrated DNA Assays"

Case Publication - John Lewandowski

On February 01, 2006, the Case Daily shared that John Lewandowski, the Leonard Case, Jr., Professor of Engineering and director of the Mechanical Characterization facility recently had his “Nature Materials’ paper selected and publicized as an Editors Choice paper in Science. In addition, it has been publicized on the Materials Research Society web site.

For the CASE community:
Various print copies of Science are available for your viewing pleasure. Various electronic access points are available as well.

Investing In Nanotechnology

NanoFocus from Chemical & Engineering News (February 24, 2006) highlighted the increase in funding towards nanotechnology in 2006. Investing In Nanotechnology by Ann M. Thayer shared various measures of R&D investing, such as:

  • $18 billion worldwide into nanotechnology between 1997 and 2005, and $6 billion estimated in 2006 alone
  • From 1995-2005, there have been 258 investments in 143 start-ups spread across 13 countries, but only 9% have been acquired or gone public
  • 83% of the small nanotech companies are still operating, 8% are “dead or in danger”

    Space Shuttle Program's Future

    Looking for more information on the Shuttle Program? Try:
    NASA’s Space Shuttle Program: The Columbia Tragedy, the Discovery Mission, and the Future of the Shuttle (in PDF)
    Marcia S. Smith - Resources, Science, and Industry Division
    Updated January 4, 2006

    On August 9, 2005, the space shuttle Discovery successfully completed the first of two “Return to Flight” (RTF) missions — STS-114. It was the first shuttle launch since the February 1, 2003, Columbia tragedy. NASA announced on July 27, 2005, the day after STS-114’s launch, that a second RTF mission would be indefinitely postponed because of a problem that occurred during Discovery’s launch that is similar to what led to the loss of Columbia. The next launch is currently expected some time in 2006. This report discusses the Columbia tragedy, the Discovery mission, and issues for Congress regarding the future of the shuttle.

    Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix

    If you are looking to develop some new web applications or are looking to take advantage of some current mashups, you have to check out the Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix or the Web 2.0 Mashup Center (database) on Programmable Web.

    (Originally shared on Snarkmarket, March 24, 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.

    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.

    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.)

    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.


    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.

    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

    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)

    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.

    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))

    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...

    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...)

    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...)

    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"

    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)

    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.

    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.

    Petroleum Journals Online

    Petroleum Journals Online (PJO) publishes the first fully refereed, open access, e-journals of petroleum engineering. The publications cover the following main areas of petroleum engineering namely: petrophysics, production geology, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and petroleum management and economics.

    (Originally reported in the Internet Resources Newsletter - Issue 103, October 2005, by Roddy MacLeod)

    Bridges of Northeastern Ohio

    The Cleveland Memory Project hosts a collection called the Bridges of Northeastern Ohio: Resources at Cleveland Memory. The web site includes archival collections, images, e-books, and articles about Northeast Ohio bridges and their builders.

    More Research @ CASE

    The Observer (February 17, 2006) highlighted Case's new West Quad that will consist of various research programs. The initial structure contains the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology (CCSB) and the Wright Fuel Cell Group.

    Increased Research Funding from Department of Energy

    Energy Dept. Could Give Academe a Bonus By JEFFREY BRAINARD
    The Chronicle of Higher Education
    Volume 52, Issue 24, Page A28

    President Bush's proposed 2007 budget increase of 14% for the Energy Department's Office of Science could increase academic funding by approximately 22%, to $611-million. See full article for some more details.

    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.

    [Originally shared on the Case Daily, February, 16, 2006]

    National Center for Standards and Certification Information

    The mission of the National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) is to provide standards-related assistance, information, and knowledge that meets customer requirements and exceeds their expectations. NCSCI does not provide standards but shares information, such as how to obtain standards.

    Bioscience Funding - Ohio is #2

    The Cleveland Dealer (January 23, 2006) reported that Ohio was the No. 2 spot in the Midwest for venture capital investments in bioscience last year.

    Future Energy Options

    What energy options do we have?
    Reported by Scott Newell (WKYC)

    Case Western was mentioned:

    Case Western Reserve University recently got a $3 million federal grant to develop one component of the fuel cell.

    But hydrogen fuel cell cars are at least 10 years off.

    "Primarily because of the technological problems on trying to improve the durability of a fuel cell, having it last longer under automobile use and decreasing overall cost of a fuel cell," Case Western Reserve's Peter Pintauro said.

    Wikimania 2006

    Wikimania is an annual international conference devoted to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects. Wikimania is both a scientific conference and a community event, bringing together the various Wikimedia projects. It's an opportunity for Wikipedians to meet each other, exchange ideas, and report on research and projects, as well as a chance for Wikipedians and the general public to meet and interact. Wikimania will also provide an opportunity to meet and talk with people at the forefront of the Wikimedia communities and wiki software development.

    As well as being a forum for research and ideas about the Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania will bring together those interested in free and open source software, free knowledge initiatives, and other wiki projects worldwide. Wikimania will serve as a venue for people across fields, including software and hardware development, library and information science, knowledge management, journalism, law, policy, and education to share ideas about the future of free knowledge and open-source content projects.

    Wikimania 2006 will be held from August 4-6th in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard Law School campus.

    Wikimania is currently accepting submissions for papers, posters, presentations, workshops, discussion groups and speaker panels, as well as suggestions for other activities. More information can be found on the Call for Participation page. Contributions from both members of the Wikimedia community and from those outside it are welcome.

    Explore Polymers - Chemical Heritage Foundation

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has put together a historical perspective on polymers. Explore the historical timeline of polymers, the "faces" of polymers, and a directory of various resources.

    [About CHF]

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) serves the community of the chemical and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past, educating the present, and inspiring the future. CHF maintains a world-class collection of materials that document the history and heritage of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries; encourages research in CHF collections; and carries out a program of outreach and interpretation in order to advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society.

    Chemistry Information Software

    The EngLib blog shared an announcement of some new software for chemistry information.

    • Elsevier MDL and TEMIS launched the Chemical Entity Relationship Skill Cartridge, a software application that "identifies and extracts chemical information from text documents."
    • ChemAxon announced the lauch of a free cheminfomatics toolkit, a "FreeWeb" package to "provide its chemical editing, viewing, search, property calculation and database management toolkits at no cost to freely accessible web resources being operated for non-commercial purposes".

    Los Alamos Technical Reports on the Federation of American Scientists Web Site

    Thousands of unclassified technical reports that were published on the Los Alamos National Laboratory web site and then removed from public access have now been reposted on the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) web site.

    The Los Alamos reports were archived by researchers Carey Sublette and Gregory Walker. Over the past year FAS has added more and more of the collection, which comprises an enormous 8.5 gigabytes of data, to the website.

    Many of the documents have enduring if narrow scientific value, judging from the requests we regularly receive for various titles. Others are principally of historical value. Still others hold both scientific and historical interest.

    For example, the 1947 study entitled "Blast Wave" (LA-2000, a 19 MB PDF file) includes original scientific papers by Hans Bethe, John von Neuman and Rudolph Peierls -- but also by Klaus Fuchs, who would be convicted in 1950 of spying for the Soviet Union.

    [About Federation of American Scientists]

    The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) was formed in 1945 by atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project. Endorsed by nearly 60 Nobel Laureates in biology, chemistry, economics, medicine and physics as sponsors, the Federation has addressed a broad spectrum of national security issues of the nuclear age in carrying out its mission to promote humanitarian uses of science and technology.

    ECN & ACN to Merge in 2006

    Shared on the CHMINF-L listerv was news that European Chemical News (ECN) and Asian Chemical News (ACN) will be relaunched as ICIS Chemical Business on January, 9, 2006, with increased coverage of Middle East and Asia. The video announcement is available for viewing.

    By checking the E-Journal Portal, the Case community will see that access to Asian Chemical News and European Chemical News is available through Business Source Premier. Hopefully, the new title will be made available through the same database.

    Post-Katrina Tulane Cutting Majority of Their Engineering Programs

    Inside Higher Ed on December 12th published Professors Left Behind by ‘Bold Renewal’. Tulane is shutting down 4 of their 6 engineering programs, saving only biomedical and chemical engineering programs. Over 200+ faculty members may teach through June of 2007, which was the deadline given to current students to complete the cut programs.

    Tulane's statement is available to read about the full details.

    The university will focus its undergraduate, professional and doctoral programs and research in areas where it has attained, or has the potential to achieve, world-class excellence.
    [About Inside Higher Ed]
    Inside Higher Ed, the online source for news, opinion and career advice and services for all of higher education.

    SOURCE web site (for the CASE community)

    For the engineering, mathematics, and statistic students that utilize my web site, this forwarded message will benefit you.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Sheila Pedigo, director of SOURCE
    Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2005 9:29 AM
    Subject: SOURCE Web site, Symposium, and Summer Funding

    To: Case Students, Faculty, and Staff,

    At last! SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) has a Web site: http://www.case.edu/provost/source
    You also can find it quickly by linking onto the "Research at Case" on the home page and then linking onto SOURCE.

    STUDENTS: I ask you to please help me recognize your accomplishments in research and creative endeavors by sending me updates, and I will insert them in the "recognition" section. As always, if you want individual assistance, please contact me. I am happy to work with you.

    FACULTY & STAFF: I also encourage you to inform me of our students' accomplishments. I invite you to share your own experiences with undergraduate research and creative endeavors either as a mentor OR as an undergraduate.

    I want to call your attention to the Symposium link. This year's Symposium and Poster Session, Intersections, will be on April 20, 2006. The deadline for abstracts is March 20, 2006. I encourage all of you who are involved in senior capstone projects and other research and creative projects to present your work. I want to especially encourage humanities and arts students to consider presenting their work. You don't have to present a poster! Meeting rooms are reserved in Thwing Center for you to present your capstone (and other) papers. I also want to work with performance students about possibilities for presenting your work.

    SOURCE summer funding applications will be online after January 1, 2006. The deadline for applications for SOURCE summer funding is Wednesday, March 8, 2006.

    If you have additional questions or require more information, send e-mail to sheila.pedigo@case.edu

    PerX, Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch

    The PerX project will develop a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities. This pilot will be used as a test-bed to explore the practical issues that would be encountered when considering the possibility of full scale subject resource discovery services. See About PerX for more information.

    So far 2 deliverables have been produced:

    As I explore the Repository list in more detail, I will share that information as well.

    Biological Informatics

    Thanks to the Engineering Resources blog for sharing information about the Biological Informatics Blog.

    BiologicalInformatics.info is a Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. It is designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for biological informatics (health informatics, neuroinformatics, biodiversity informatics and biomolecular informatics).

    The Virtual Private Library™ is powered by Subject Tracer Bots™ that continuously search, monitor and update for custom virtual library subject(s) that are listed as an unique ontology subject tree and directory including resource utilization of blogs, wikis, listserv® and news aggregators.

    Science Collaboration & Death of Buckyball Discoverer

    I came across this blog entry that highlighted the benefits of conducting science experimentation in an "open source" environment where the "discovery process" is shared. In addition, it highlighted a few lifetime achievements (buckball discovery and the Center for Nanoscale Technology and Science) of Dr. Richard Smalley who recently died at 62.

    IEEE Xplore now offers RSS feeds

    IEEE Xplore digital library has added RSS feeds for new issues of all IEEE journals. Feeds are available individually from each journal's main page in IEEE Xplore. To see one example, visit the Proceedings of the IEEE main page.

    RSS feeds can also be found through the Table of Contents Alerts service, which continues to offer notification by email.

    IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

    Advances in Nanotechnology - Links Updated

    The Scout Report (Volume 11, Number 44, November 4, 2005) has put together a collection of various nanotechnology web sites.

    NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology Comes to an End - Links Updated

    The NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology published by the Internet Scout Project will come to an end with Volume 4, Number 12 (June 17, 2005).

    [From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology]
    With this edition, the Internet Scout Project ends the NSDL Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology after four years of publication. We are very excited about our newest NSF National Science Digital Library-funded effort, the Applied Mathematics and Science Education Repository (AMSER), a new four-year project that will link community and technical colleges to online applied math and science resources via a web portal and complimentary services. Our goal is to make AMSER the same kind of high-quality source of information about online resources that the NSDL Scout Reports have been.

    If you have questions about AMSER or an interest in using AMSER in your classroom, please e-mail info@amser.org, or watch for information about the project on the Scout website where you can also find information about subscribing to our flagship publication, The Scout Report.

    Knovel Roll-Out Kit - Updated Entry

    Knovel has created a Roll-Kit that includes suggested announcements, field guides, print materials, search examples, and other training materials.

    CASE's subscription can be accessed directly from www.knovel.com or the research database list.

    ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGR)

    The ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGR) is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in the U.S. and Canada. DGRweb, the searchable online version of the DGR, is now available free of charge. New to DGRweb 2005 are the upgraded interface and functionality which allow advanced searches of both faculty and institutions.

    [About DGR]
    The directory:

    • lists universities with names and biographical information for all faculty members, their areas of specialization, titles of papers published within the last two years; and contact information.
    • provides a statistical summary on departments including numbers of full- and part-time faculty, postdoctoral appointments, graduate students, and master’s and doctoral degrees granted.
    Inside you will find information on:
    • 665 academic departments
    • 10,858 faculty members
    • 88,983 publication citations
    and listings for:
    • chemistry
    • chemical engineering
    • biochemistry
    • medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry
    • polymers and materials science
    • marine science
    • toxicology
    • environmental science

    For the CASE community, the link for ACS Directory of Graduate Research has been added to the Library Catalog and the Research Database List.

    Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry

    The Scout Report (June 24, 2005, Volume 4, Number 13) showcased Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry.

    While Interactive Concepts in Biochemistry is a companion website to Dr. Rodney Boyer's Concepts in Biochemistry (2nd edition), which CASE does not own, it is still a nice multimedia web site for instruction in biochemistry.

    In addition to sections that correspond to each of the book's chapters, the web site offers many opportunities for learning. It offers Concept Reviews with quizzes for elementary kinetics, logarithms, pH & buffers, Redox reactions, and thermodynamics. The web site contains various interactive animations, such as cell structure, cloning, glycolysis, or photosynthesis. Using Chemscape Chime plug-in, the web site offers interactive structure tutorials in various topics, such as DNA or kinesin. The web site also includes articles on "cutting edge" topics and various web links for further exploration.

    Adopt & Deploy: The Myths (Technology & Education)

    Vijay Kumar, assistant provost and director of academic computing at MIT, provided his Top 10 List - Adopt & Deploy: The Myths in the October 1st issue of Campus Technology.

    See full article for more information.
    10. Myth: Technology is the reason educators adopt technology.
    9. Myth: Technology plans should be driven by IT needs and dreams.
    8. Myth: We need whole new technologies specifically for education.
    7. Myth: Available technologies, with no changes, can be used for education.
    6. Myth: Infrastructure is key, so it

    Einstein Light

    The Scout Report (Volume 11, Number 44, November 4, 2005) shared a web site called Einstein Light.

    [From the Scout Report]

    The basic mission of the Einstein Light site is to present a brief overview of Einstein’s theory of relativity and its relationship to the work done by Galileo and Newton. This of course means they must address such thorny topics as time dilation and length contraction.
    The web site uses a combination of flash modules, explainations with or without the use of mathematics, and related links. The web site was created by the University New South Wales, and has endorsements from Science and Scientific American magazines.

    New Open Access Journal - Speech and Audio Processing

    UPDATE: Name already changed to EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing.

    As shared by Peter Suber on Open Access News, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal is available called Speech and Audio Processing.

    [From Aims & Scope]

    The aim of “Speech and Audio Processing” (SAP) is to bring together researchers and engineers working on the theory and applications of speech and audio processing. SAP will be an interdisciplinary journal for the dissemination of all basic and applied aspects of speech communication and audio processes.

    The journal will be dedicated to having original research work, but will also allow tutorial and review articles. Articles will deal with both theoretical and practical aspects of speech and audio processing.

    New Open Access Journal: EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing and Bioinformatics

    UPDATE: Name has already changed to "EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology".

    Hindawi Publishing Corporation is preparing to published a new open access journal called EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing and Bioinformatics.

    [Aims & Scope]

    The overall aim of EURASIP JSPB is to publish research results related to signal processing and bioinformatics theories and techniques relevant to a wide area of applications into the core new disciplines of genomics, proteomics, and systems biology. The journal is intended to offer a common platform for scientists from several areas including signal processing, bioinformatics, statistics, biology and medicine, who are interested in the development of algorithmic, mathematical, statistical, modeling, simulation, data mining, and computational techniques, as demanded by various applications in genomics, proteomics, system biology, and more general in health and medicine.

    Vending Machines

    This entry is not specifically engineering related, but it is Friday and some engineering and/or business students might find it quite interesting.

    I guess in Japan, if you can buy it, it can be found in a vending machine. Here is a web site that is collecting photos of Japanese vending machines. The site says there are "5.6 million vending machines which works out to be one for every 20 people in Japan." Some of the machines distribute eggs, fishing equipment, alcohol, porn, and beetles.

    New Biological Science Awareness Tool - Faculty of 1000

    BioMed Central now publishes a new web site called Faculty of 1000. Faculty of 1000 is the next generation literature awareness tool. It is a revolutionary new online research service that will comprehensively and systematically highlight and review the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of a faculty of well over 1000 selected leading researchers.

    Articles are categorized in subject areas, including biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell biology, chemical biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics & genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, neuroscience, physiology, plant biology, and structural biology. In addition, users can browse the "Top 10", "All Time Top 10", "Most Viewed", or the "Hidden Jewels."

    [About Faculty of 1000]
    Faculty of 1000 will be run by scientists for scientists, and will provide a rapidly updated consensus map of the important papers and trends across biology.

    Faculty of 1000:

    • Provides scientists with a continuously updated insider's guide to the most important papers within any given field of research
    • Highlights papers on the basis of their scientific merit rather than the journal in which they appear
    • Offers the researcher a consensus of recommendations from well over 1000 leading scientists
    • Systematically organizes and evaluates the mass of information within scientific literature
    • Offers an immediate rating of individual papers by the authors' peers, and an important complement to the indirect assessment provided by the journal impact factor.

    Science Reporting to the Public: Science and the Media

    Organized by Division of Chemical Information (CINF)

    At 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 26-30, 2006

    This symposium deals with the presentation of scientific information to the public. Potential topics include case studies of science reporting; the methods used in selecting topics for science reporting and for explaining them to the non-specialist audience; ethical issues in science reporting; the portrayal of science and scientists (especially chemistry, chemists and the chemical industry) in the popular media, etc.

    If you are interested in being a speaker for this symposium, please submit an abstract via the ACS OASYS system. A direct link to the CINF sessions is below: http://oasys.acs.org/acs/231nm/cinf/papers/index.cgi

    The deadline for abstract submission is November 23.

    Please excuse duplicate posting.

    Chuck Huber
    Symposium Chair
    Chemical Sciences Librarian
    Davidson Library
    University of California Santa Barbara

    CINF E-News - Goes Open Access

    CINF E-news, a publication of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Information, is now available open access with the hope it will reach to additional chemical information professionals.

    In addition, from the latest issue (v.7:1, Fall 2005), comes the announcement of the CINF-IO Informatics Scholarship for Scientific Excellence.

    The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) funded by IO Informatics is designed to reward graduate students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence and to foster their involvement in CINF.

    Five scholarships valued at $1,000 each will be given out at both the Spring and Fall ACS National Meetings in a given year for a total of $10,000/year. Additionally, the winners will receive an annual license, free-of-charge, of IO Informatic's software Sentinent for their academic institution. The grants have been awarded for the first time at the 230th National Meeting of ACS in Washington, DC.

    The first three winners of the CINF-IO Scholarship Award are:
    Kunal Aggarwal, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, Ivan Tubert-Brohman, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, and Jérôme Hert, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield.

    Applicants must be enrolled at a certified college or university. They have to present a poster at the respective National Meeting. Abstracts for the poster have to be submitted according to ACS rules on or before the deadline for electronic submission using OASYS (http://oasys.acs.org/oasys.htm). Point to the division (CINF) and select Poster session. Applications are accepted for the 2006 Spring ACS Meeting in Atlanta (March 26 - 30, 2006). The deadline for submission an abstract is November 23, 2005. Additionally, a 2,000-word long abstract describing the work to be presented has to be sent in electronic form before February 1st, 2006, to the chair of the selection committee at ggrethe@comcast.net. Any questions related to applying for one of the scholarships should be directed to the same e-mail address.
    Winners will be chosen based on content, presentation and relevance of the poster and will be announced at the meeting. The content shall reflect upon the student's work and describe research in the field of chemoinformatics and related sciences. Winning posters will be marked "Winner of the CINF-IO Informatics Scholarship for Scientific Excellence" at the poster session.

    Changes in Scientific Academic Libraries

    Chemical & Engineering News (October 10, 2005, v.83:11, pp.52-53) highlighted the major issues facing academic chemistry libraries in an article called The 21st-Century Chemistry Library. The developments discussed, such as digital media, usage of storage facilities, competition for space on academic campuses, cost of scientific publications, etc. are issues relevant to all scientific libraries, and libraries in general.

    Many of the services and resources discussed in the article are available to the Case community: laptops for circulation within KSL, collections in a storage facility close to campus, electronic journals and books, and an Engineering librarian available in the Case School of Engineering.

    Biometrics Being Developed for Airports

    Siemens is developing a biometric process for checking-in and boarding flights at the Frankfurt Airport.

    The press release also offered some other links which were quite interesting:

    Searching the "Deep Web"

    Many Internet search engines do not have access to documents stored in databases, because in order to gain access, it requires online forms to be completed. Google or Yahoo only index a very small percentage of the web.

    A company called Glenbrook has developed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to complete online forms in order to gain access to "deep web" documents. See the Seattle Times article on September 5th called Safecrackers open up the "deep Web" for more information.

    As applications are developed comparable to this, I expect we will see more copyright lawsuits and potentially more information would be accessible only by subscription to protect from this deep collection of data.

    New Case Publication: Entropic Characterization of Mixing in Microchannels

    Entropic Characterization of Mixing in Microchannels
    Marco Camesasca and Ica Manas-Zloczower
    Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106
    Miron Kaufman
    Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115

    Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
    Vol: 15, Issue: 11, November 01, 2005 pp. 2038-2044


    A methodology for rigorous mixing assessment in microchannels is presented. The analysis is based on numerical simulations of flow in different geometries coupled with mixing assessment using entropic measures. The results show enhanced mixing efficiency for the staggered herringbone micromixer by comparison with a mixer with straight diagonal ridges and a lack of mixing in a non-patterned channel. These results are in agreement with published experimental data.

    Availability for Case Faculty, Staff, & Students:

    Broadband Adoption in the United States: Growing but Slowing

    Pew Internet & American Life Project has published a report that demonstrates that broadband access is growing, but the rate of growth is slowing down.

    The report argues that, while broadband adoption has grown quickly in recent years, there are reasons to believe that it is slowing. The report develops a model of broadband adoption that hypothesizes that the intensity of online use is the critical variable in understanding the home high-speed adoption decision and the trajectory of the adoption curve. Using national survey data from 2002 and 2005, the paper shows that the role of online experience in explaining intensity of internet use has vanished over this time frame; the explanatory effect of having a broadband connection has grown. This suggests that relative to 2002 there is not much pent-up demand for high-speed internet use at home.

    [Our Mission (Pew Internet & American Life Project)]
    The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.

    The basis of the reports are nationwide random digit dial telephone surveys as well as online surveys. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, academia, and other expert venues; observations of what people do and how they behave when they are online; in-depth interviews with Internet users and Internet experts alike; and other efforts that try to examine individual and group behavior. The Project releases 15-20 pieces of research a year, varying in size, scope, and ambition.

    Journal of International Medical Research - Open Access Journal Title

    Thanks to George S. Porter on the CHMINF-L listserv for sharing this announcement on this new open access journal. Journal of International Medical Research provides articles free on the Internet, because it operates under a page sponsorship fee system.

    [About Journal of International Medical Research]

    Founded in 1972, The Journal of International Medical Research has established itself as a leading journal for rapid publication of original medical, pre-clinical and clinical research.

    Clinical and pre-clinical studies are welcomed as are reviews, case reports, preliminary communications and studies on new indications or new formulations of established products. Post-marketing surveillance, pharmacoeconomic and managed care studies are also invited.

    Journal supplements for symposium proceedings, summaries of presentations or collections of medical, pre-clinical or clinical data on a specific topic are published and enquiries from potential sponsors of these are welcome.

    All medical areas will be considered for publication including animal pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, toxicology, teratology and clinical trials.

    Immunome Research - New Open Access Title

    Thanks to George S. Porter on the CHMINF-L listserv for sharing this announcement on this new open access journal. BioMed Central has started publication of its newest open access journal title, Immunome Research.

    [About Immunome Research]

    Immunome Research is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, online journal integrating traditional laboratory research with the latest technologies, including genomics, bioinformatics and mathematical modelling.

    Immunome Research is a journal of the International Immunomics Society (IIMMS). The journal aims to provide a focal point for the field of Immunomics, which lies at the intersection between traditional laboratory research and the latest research technologies. It thereby includes the sub-speciality immunoinformatics, as well as the application of large-scale genomics to the immune system. Rapidly expanding areas of particular interest include the predicting of MHC-peptide binding, mathematical modelling of viral/host interactions, and the use of gene expression arrays to model immune system pathways.

    To date there has been no specialty journal covering this new and rapidly expanding domain. Researchers published their immunomics research either in general immunology journals or in bioinformatics journals. These journals generally do not have ready access to expert reviewers with knowledge in both domains - i.e. traditional immunology and bioinformatics/modelling. Furthermore, researchers interested in reading more in the area cannot easily access or find relevant articles, which are sprinkled across many different journals. The International Immunomics Society (IIMMS) has a rapidly growing membership that has expressed the need to have a high quality specialist journal to provide consistent standards to the field and provide a focal point for growth of this area.

    Chemical Market Reporter Online

    Chemical Market Reporter is one of the key resources used to find chemical prices. The print version no longer carries the chemical prices, and has been reduced to industry and market news.

    The online version has been made available for the Case community. To search chemical process and profiles, access the online version of the Chemical Market Reporter, by using this link. It requires you to enter your Case Network ID in order to attain the password for the resulting web site. The password will change periodically for security, so this procedure is recommended each time a person needs access. The company is working on an IP recognition solution, but Case's numerous IP addresses were too much for their system to handle properly.

    Electronic journals may be listed in the Library Catalog, but for the most complete list please see the E-Journal Portal. The E-Journal Portal includes journals from within databases or available by open access, that are not list in the Library Catalog.

    Is 50% of all scientific papers in error?

    EngLib on August 31st, 2005, shared information on an article which suggests that 50% of all scientific papers present the wrong conclusion.

    The New Scientist contained a short article with a summary and some commentary. The original article, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, can be found on PLOS Medicine's web site.

    [About PLoS Medicine]

    PLoS Medicine is an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal published monthly, online and in print, by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization. The inaugural issue was launched on 19 October 2004.

    Origin of BLAST and the Explosion of Bioinformatics

    The Scientist (v.19:16, p.21, August 29, 2005) has an article about the history of BLAST and how the code allows scientists to compare a gene sequence against GenBank. Some of the off-the-chart numbers include GenBank had over 40 million sequences at the end of 2004, and that the National Center for Biotechnology Information commits 158 two-processor computers to gene sequence queries.

    Environmental Health & Safety Research on Nanoparticles

    As reported in the August 31, 2005, Knowledgespeak Newsletter, the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) of Rice University and the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) have released a free online database covering scientific findings related to the risks and benefits of nanotechnology. The environmental health and safety (EHS) resource, the first of its kind in the world, aims to combine vast amounts of scientific content on the effects of nanoparticles.

    [CBEN Vision]
    This Center aims to shape nanoscience into a discipline with the relevance, triumphs, and vitality of a modern day polymer science. Both fields have at their core a complex class of materials, are highly interdisciplinary enterprises, and have enormous potential for spawning technology. Unlike polymer science, however, nanoscience is in its infancy, and its maturation into a discipline to rival polymer science is unlikely to happen spontaneously. The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology fosters the development of this field through an integrated set of programs that aim to address the scientific, technological, environmental, human resource, commercialization, and societal barriers that hinder the transition from nanoscience to nanotechnology.

    [ICON Mission Statement]

    ICON’s mission is to assess, communicate, and reduce nanotechnology environmental and health risks while maximizing its societal benefit.

    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.

    First Issue: IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

    The first issue of IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technologies has been published and is now available online through IEEE Xplore.

    Sponsored by seven IEEE societies and the Optical Society of America, this interdisciplinary publication covers the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of information displays and aspects of display technology that emphasize the progress in device engineering, device design, materials, electronics, physics and reliability aspects of displays and the application of displays.

    The first issue contains nearly 20 papers, covering key display technologies such as liquid crystal displays, plasma displays, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), polymer LEDs, three-dimensional displays, projection displays, and lighting technology.

    The table of contents and abstracts for all papers can be found here:

    IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

    IEEE Electron Device Letters - Backfile Complete

    Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954. The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from 1955 to 1987). Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains more than 1.2 million documents. To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:

    IEEE Xplore is available to the Case community and includes access to an amazing collection of IEEE materials directly to your computer.

    Employment/Salary Survey Results in Chemistry

    The most recent results of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Salary and Employment Survey were recently released in the August 1st edition of Chemical & Engineering News. This year was considered a "ChemCensus" year since all working members of ACS were surveyed.

    See some discussion of the results on www.chemistry.org. Some of the results include

    • Salaries show a modest increase with chemists who have not changed jobs.
    • Number of chemists out of work and seeking employment has dropped to 3.1%.
    • Percentage of respondents identifying themselves as “not white” has increased from 9.0% in 1990 to 14.2% in 2005.
    • Percentage of women in chemistry has also risen from 15% in 1985 to 25.1% today.
    • Median salary of $88,000 for men and $68,000 for women.
    • Percentage of chemists working in chemical manufacturing industries falling from 24.7% of the total in 1985 to 15.4% in 2005.

    Chemical & Engineering News is available in print and online access to the Case community.

    2 New Open Access Bioinformatics Journals

    Libertas Academica has started publication of 2 new open access bioinformatics journals.

    Cancer Informatics is a peer-reviewed, open-access research journal where those engaged in cancer research can turn for rapid communication of the latest advances in the application of bioinformatics and computational biological toward the discovery of new knowledge in oncology and cancer biology, and toward the clinical translation of that knowledge to increase the efficacy of practicing oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. See Cancer Informatics: aims and scope for more information.

    Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online will began publication in the near future. Evolutionary Bioinformatics is an international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on evolutionary bioinformatics. There is growing awareness that to understand organismal form and function, through the use of molecular, genetic, genomic, and proteomic data, due consideration must be given to an organism's evolutionary context - history constrains the path an organism is obliged to take, and leaves an indelible mark on its component parts. Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online publishes papers on all aspects of computational evolutionary biology, and evolutionary bioinformatics. See Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online: aims and scope for more information.

    [About Us - Libertas Academica]

    Libertas Academica was launched in late 2004 when it was becoming increasingly apparent that the old, subscription-based, scholarly journal publishing model was rapidly being overtaken. Real advances in technology and its widespread availability combined with authors and librarians increasing frustrations at the established journal publishing business meant that significant changes were about to take place.

    Libertas seeks to combine the very best of conventional journal publishing with the newest technology and freshest thinking in the area of OpenAccess journals. We also wish to expand the OpenAccess model to include text books.

    New Web Site on Audio Electronics

    According to Knowledgespeak on August 23rd, EE Times has launched a new web site called Audio DesignLine.

    [About Audio DesignLine]

    The Audio DesignLine delivers critical technical information focused on the needs and interests of audio electronics engineers and engineering managers. Audio DesignLine is your source for hands-on how-to details, product announcements and reviews, expert advice and analysis, insights into industry trends, and critical news. Our coverage includes:
    • Portable Audio

    • TV and Home Entertainment

    • Satellite/Digital Radio

    • Automotive Audio

    • Audio Signal Processing

    EE Times, Electronic Engineering Times, is available in print or e-format for the Case Community through the Kelvin Smith Library.

    Engineering Education - 2003-04 Year in Numbers

    Each year the American Society for Engineering Education puts out a publication called Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges that details the state of engineering education. The book also provides a listing for all college enrollments, degrees awarded, faculty, and research expenditures at the undergraduate and graduate levels for Engineering and undergraduate level for Engineering Technology.

    Where did Case Western Reserve University fall in the study's rankings?
    • # 16 in Biomedical Engineering Degrees Awarded by School (46)
    • # 45 in Chemical Engineering Degrees Awarded by School (36)
    • # 45 in Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded by School (43)
    • # 34 in Engineering Doctoral Degrees Awarded by School (53)
    • # 17 in Percentage of Doctoral Degrees Awarded to Women by School (22.6%)
    • # 39 in Doctoral Degrees Awarded to Foreign Nationals by School (29)
    • # 42 in Engineering Research Expenditures by School ($41.7 million)

    IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles

    Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

    From IEEE announcement on August 10, 2005:

    IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

    Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954.

    The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from
    1955 to 1987).

    Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains nearly 1.2 million documents.

    To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:

    IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting

    IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

    IEEE Electron Device Letters

    New Safari Tech Books Available

    Case Western Reserve University is a member of OhioLINK and shares in all the resources of this academic consortium.

    From What's New at OhioLINK (August 10, 2005):

    Twenty-nine e-books have been added to Safari Tech Books Online, a collection of more than 3,150 e-books covering computer science, information technology and related fields. In addition, Safari now offers standard and customizable RSS feeds for new and top titles. Users can find out when a new title is added to the collection, when a new title is added to a specific e-book category in the Safari Tech Books Online Collection or you can create a custom feed. See http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com/?mode=tools for details.

    Some of the latest additions to the Safari Tech Books Online collection include:

    • Adobe Reader 7 Revealed: Working Effectively with Acrobat PDF Files
    • Novell ZENworks 6.5 Suite Administrator’s Handbook
    • SAMS Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days Fifth Edition
    • Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition
    • 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide
    • Adobe® Creative Suite 2 Classroom in a Book®
    • Killer Game Programming in Java
    • Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Third Edition
    • Java Puzzlers: Traps, Pitfalls, and Corner Cases
    • Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps, Second Edition: A guide to iLife ’05, .Mac, and More!
    • iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
    • Perl Testing: A Developer’s Notebook
    • Making a Movie in Premiere Elements: Visual QuickProject Guide
    • Microsoft® Office Project Server 2003 Unleashed
    • Show Me! QuickBooks® 2005
    • eBay Hacks, 2nd Edition
    • A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming
    • Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design
    • .Net Gotchas
    • Visual Quickpro Guide PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites, Second Edition
    Whether you need a quick tech tip or have an immediate hardware or software problem to solve, turn to Safari Tech Books Online for e-books from 15 top tech publishers. This collection is available to all students, faculty and staff at OhioLINK member institutions and is accessible via any Web-enabled computer.

    Five New IEEE Journal Titles in 2006

    Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

    IEEE Announces Five New Journals for 2006
    26 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE has approved five new technical journals for publication in 2006, covering topics such as computational intelligence, vehicular technology, product safety engineering and information forensics. These journals will focus on emerging "breakthrough" technologies that can have a tremendous impact on industry as well as everyday lives. Titles will be available through the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform and various IEEE online collections, as well as by individual subscription.

    IEEE Journal on Product Safety Engineering
    Newly invented and manufactured electrical devices, particularly complex systems designed for human interaction, often pose a serious threat to the safety and well-being of their operators if they lack proper safety regulations. From fire protection to software safety, the imperative to maintain product security is at an all time high due to the rapid growth of technologies in the field of electrical engineering. Due to this growing imperative, a new forum dedicated to the enhancement of product safety has opened its doors for the sharing and development of new ideas and innovations.

    IEEE Journal on Product Safety Engineering is a round-table for this forum, providing an opportunity for concepts and theories to converge and evolve out of a world-wide foundation. As stated in the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society's constitution, the journal offers disparate key concerns surrounding the theory, design, development and implementation of product safety engineering for equipment devices used in scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and residential arenas.

    The journal will focus on the following main topics:
    * Process control and automation equipment, robotics and laser optics systems, information technology equipment, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, networking systems-cabled and wireless, and software reliability for industries
    * Medical devices and instrumentation
    * Household appliances and other products for consumers
    * Automotive, aeronautical, subspace, and underwater transportation systems
    * Weapons systems, vehicles, and communications systems for military equipment
    * Design safety topics

    IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine
    Computational intelligence is a multi-faceted discipline dedicated to the shared knowledge of design, theory, development, and application of biologically and linguistically motivated computational models.
    Computational intelligence consists of a plethora of topics, such as neural networks, connectionist systems, genetic algorithms, evolutionary programming, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems. The arena of interest that these subjects have combined to produce is overflowing with the demand for new outlets in which to merge and expand into newer, more advanced theories and innovations.

    IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine is dedicated to serving this growing demand by acting as a production-base for application oriented papers pertaining to computational intelligence. Each issue will encompass the most up-to-date information on the subject, including the latest research, knowledge, and technological innovations in the field.

    The journal will focus on the following main topics:
    * Applications oriented development
    * Successful industrial implementations
    * Design tools
    * Technology reviews
    * Computational intelligence education
    * Applied research

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
    The future of automotive power and design depends greatly on the theoretical and practical knowledge of experienced professionals in the field of transportation, particularly those dedicated to the advancement of automotive electrical and electronic systems. Dependency on these systems is escalating due to the rising need for energy and cost-efficient fuel systems and battery powered engines. The ever-present need for an outlet into which new theories and technologies can flow and merge is crucial to the evolution of vehicular transportation systems.

    IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine is a tool for engineers in the automotive transportation profession to utilize and expand on the most up-to-date research in the field. The magazine will consist of peer-reviewed articles covering the latest advances in the field, as well as the operational aspects of electrical and electronic engineering relevant to motor vehicles and associated land transportation infostructure. Some of the topics that the magazine covers will include the components, systems and motive power for propulsion and auxiliary functions, mobile radio technologies for terrestrial vehicular services, and land transportation components and systems used in both automated and non-automated facets of group transport technology. The magazine will also dedicate topical tutorials, surveys, and complete coverage of these subjects, as well as practical applications-oriented coverage of developments in varied fields of interest.

    IEEE Computer Architecture Letters
    Computers in the past were designed solely for one-on-one human interaction. Today, the science of computer architecture is taking computing to the next level by examining the effects of computer interaction with other computers. Through the selection and interconnection of their various hardware components, computers do not act merely as individual processors, but as conglomerate systems that meet better performance and cost efficient needs than do individual systems.

    IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, a journal devoted specifically to the knowledge and advancement of computer architecture, is committed to publishing the most up-to-date, innovative and peer-oriented data in unti- and multi-processor computer systems, architecture, microarchitecture, workload characterization, performance evaluation and simulation techniques, and power-aware computing.

    The journal will focus on the following main topics:
    * Microprocessor and multiprocessor systems
    * Microarchitecture and ILP Processors
    * Workload characterization
    * Performance evaluation and simulation techniques
    * Complier-hardware and operating system-hardware interactions
    * Interconnect architectures
    * Memory and cache systems
    * Power and thermal issues at the architecture level
    * I/O architectures and techniques
    * Independent validation of previously published results
    * Analysis of unsuccessful techniques
    * Network and embedded-systems processors
    * Real-time and high-availability architectures
    * Reconfigurable systems

    IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

    Information forensics and security pertains to the importance of the diverse theory and design aspects that currently surround computer security issues and technologies. It provides a focal point for the critical research and data behind information forensics, security, surveillance, and systems applications, as well as important contributions made to these fields by mathematics and other disciplines.

    IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (previously announced) will provide a new threshold for the growing industry of information forensics and computer security to cross and expand in coming years. The periodical will offer the most current ideas and technologies surrounding coding, hardware, agents, signal processing, fingerprinting, steganography, metrics and validation, damage assessment, tracing code, and data mining for digital forensic evidence and digital watermarking.

    The journal will focus on the following main topics:
    * Cryptography and network security
    * Digital information forensics systems
    * Biometrics
    * Multimedia security and content protection
    * Attacks and countermeasures
    * Trustworthy design and implementation
    * Digital rights management

    About the IEEE:
    IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

    IEEE Announces Plan To Digitize All Of Its Journals Back To Volume One, Issue One

    This announcement was recently posted on various scientific & library-related listservs.


    25 Early Years of Flagship Journal, Proceedings of the IEEE, Online Today

    June 29, 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE this week announced that it has completed the first step in its plan to digitize all papers from its technology journals, back to each title's first issue.

    Added to the IEEE online collection earlier today were more than 12,000 papers and articles published in the Proceedings of the IEEE from 1963 to 1987. The journal's contents from 1988 through the current issue are already available in digital format. Papers dating back to the first issue of the journal, published in 1913 as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers (the name of an IEEE predecessor organization), will be online in early 2006.

    The IEEE digital collection now consists of nearly 1.2 million documents. Included are papers from more than 120 IEEE journals, 900 active IEEE standards, and the proceedings of 400 annual conferences. The majority of the content dates back to 1988; content from select publications back as far as 1950 was added in 2003.

    "IEEE has made a commitment to digitizing our entire journal backfile, along with past editions of many of our conference publications," said Barbara H. Lange, Director, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "This is the first step in a two-year plan to bring our historic, scholarly content to new generations of researchers and practitioners."

    "These first 25 years embody a tremendous repository of papers by visionaries of the electrical engineering profession," said Jim Calder, Managing Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE. "This collection represents a critical evolutionary period that chronicles the development of today's information age. There are literally thousands of authors included here that many people will instantly recognize as leaders in their fields and important contributors to our current level of understanding of technology. And perhaps the best part of this story is that anyone can now have instant access to the words of these outstanding IEEE contributors of the past."

    The added content from the Proceedings of the IEEE is available to subscribers of the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, which provides access to all IEEE online content. IEEE members with online subscriptions to the journal may access these papers. The papers are also available individually for online purchase. Abstracts and searchable metadata are available to all users.

    Proceedings of the IEEE issues from 1963 to the present may be found online at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5

    For more information, visit IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online delivery platform, at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.

    About the IEEE:
    IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

    Computing Reviews Hot Topic - Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights

    Computing Reviews published its third Hot Topic: "Managing the Unmanageable: Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights." Hot Topics is a series of essays focusing on emergent areas of computer science. Each of the Hot Topics includes links to related web pages, articles and books, and will be updated on a regular basis.

    Written by Professor Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Connecticut, the Hot Topic focuses on cryptography's role in managing the dissemination of digital content in ways that protect the rights of the creators. This form of digital rights management (DRM) must consider both the needs of the producer and consumer, and the field of cryptography promises to provide effective solutions. The core of digital content distribution is the packaging that surrounds the content, as it can be used to protect the content. An encryption system secures the content from unauthorized or compromised keys, and thereby prevents illegal content reception. In addition, watermarking and fingerprinting protect against ownership hijacking and unlawful redistribution. "With the recent Supreme Court decision concerning copyright violations, a Hot Topic essay on cryptography is more relevant than ever," says Mary-Lynn Bragg of Computing Reviews.

    About Reviews.com:
    Founded in 1999, Reviews.com is a New York-based publisher of reviews focusing on academic and professional literature. Its first titles are community-based services that provide reviews of articles and books in specific academic disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.reviews.com

    IEEE Xplore & Apple Safari Incompatible

    Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

    IEEE Xplore has been fully tested for use in Internet Explorer and Netscape for the Mac platform. In addition, all search functions (such as Basic Search, Advanced, Author, and CrossRef) work properly in Safari. IEEE is aware that the browse functions do not work in Safari, and continue to work to resolve that issue. As a result, Safari is not currently one of our recommended browsers for accessing IEEE Xplore.

    The recommended platforms and browsers for IEEE Xplore can be found at these locations:
    FAQ - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_faq.jsp#4
    Release Notes - http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/guide/g_oview_notes_20.jsp
    IEEE Publications Online site - http://www.ieee.org/products/onlinepubs/news/0804_01.html

    IEEE Xplore Update

    Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

    Below is an update from IEEE on some upgrades that have been made.

    IEEE Xplore Upgrade Provides New Tools for Researchers

    Access to IEEE Standards, Publications, and Bibliographies Enhanced in IEEE Xplore 2.1

    21 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- IEEE today released several new research options for its IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

    IEEE Xplore is the online delivery system which powers IEEE online subscriptions for organizations and individuals, including collections like the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library. It contains more than 1,100,000 documents from IEEE journals, magazines, transactions, and conferences, all active IEEE standards, and journals and conference proceedings from Europe's Institution for Electrical Engineers (IEE).

    "This release of IEEE Xplore 2.1 incorporates feedback that we have received from users since the launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0," said Barbara H.
    Lange, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development.
    "The new features enhance the bibliographic information both for individuals and institutional subscribers."

    New features available through IEEE Xplore 2.1 include:

    * The metadata of all current book titles from Wiley-IEEE Press and Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press are now available to all users as an optional search criteria. Books located through this search may be purchased through a link to the John Wiley and Sons web site.

    * The display of bibliographic information has been enhanced on various pages throughout the site. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and part numbers (identifies periodicals issues and conference proceedings volumes that have multiple parts) are now displayed on all tables of contents, search results, Abstracts, and AbstractPlus pages.

    * Individual IEEE Standards are now available for purchase and immediate download directly through IEEE Xplore.

    * A new, downloadable OPAC list of journal and conference details contains the start date, end date, ISBN and ISSN for all titles, and will be updated regularly.

    For full information on these and other features of IEEE Xplore, visit:

    About IEEE Online Collections

    IEEE online collections provide corporate, academic and governmental institutions with access to IEEE's publication database through a range of information-based products, including:

    * The IEEE/IEE Electronic Library, a comprehensive subscription collection offering more than 1,100,000 documents from the IEEE and the Institution of Electrical Engineers since 1950.

    * The IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package, a collection of the 120 IEEE journals, magazines, transactions and letters published by IEEE's 39 technical societies.

    * The IEEE Proceedings Order Plans, a flexible way to obtain IEEE conference proceedings.

    * IEEE Enterprise, which provides desktop access to articles and papers from IEEE magazines, journals, transactions and conference proceedings, at three price levels.

    For more information on IEEE online collections, visit:

    About the IEEE:

    IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 360,000 members in approximately 170 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, has more than 1.1 million technology documents online, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

    Looking up File Extensions

    The File Extensions web site is a good resource for researching which software application is needed to utilize a file.

    New Executive Director for IEEE

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) announced the selection of Jeffry W. Raynes, CAE, as its new executive director.

    With more than 365,000 members in over 150 countries, the IEEE is the world's largest professional society dedicated to the advancement of technology. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at www.ieee.org.

    AutoTechnology magazine goes free online

    AutoTechnology now offers a free online version. The only catch is they did not use html or Adobe PDF, but require a user to use the free Zinio Reader.

    [About AutoTechnology]

    This bimonthly publication dishes out a full spread of information that´s sure to interest you if you are responsible for automotive development, engineering or production. Packed with articles and news on current topics in the international automotive industry, written by practicing specialists.

    Interviews with engineering managers and decision-makers as well as reports from the various branches of the industry and the presentation of innovative products round off the wide range of subjects.

    AutoTechnology is the official magazine of FISITA, the world body of automotive engineers.

    U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Education Center

    The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Education Center is a web site designed with various activities, including lessons, games, and science experiments. This web site would be a great resource if you are working with any elementary or high school students, and need some ideas to introduce science activities.

    New Title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

    Through the Kelvin Smith Library, the CASE community has access to all IEEE titles through IEEE Xplore.

    Annoucement of a new IEEE title - IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics focuses on knowledge-based factory automation as a means to enhance industrial fabrication and manufacturing processes. This embraces a collection of techniques that use information analysis, manipulation, and distribution to achieve higher efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and/or security within the industrial environment. The scope of the Transaction includes reporting, defining, providing a forum for discourse, and informing its readers about the latest developments in intelligent and computer control systems, robotics, factory communications and automation, flexible manufacturing, visionsystems, and data acquisition and signal processing.

    International Computer Science Institute

    The International Computer Science Institute is one of the few independent, nonprofit basic research institutes in the country, and is affiliated with the University of California campus in Berkeley, California. ICSI was inaugurated in 1988 as a joint project of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department and the Computer Science Division of UC Berkeley and GMD - the German Research Center for Information Technology. Since then, Institute collaborations within the University have broadened (for instance with the EE Division as well as other departments, such as Linguistics). The Institute also receives support from a range of international collaborations, US Federal grants, and direct industrial sponsorship. Throughout these changes, the Institute has maintained its commitment to a pre-competitive research program. The goal of the Institute continues to be the creation of synergy between world-leading researchers in computer science and engineering. This goal is best achieved by creating an open, international environment for both academic and industrial researchers.
    [About ICSI]

    Of special interest would be the information about current projects, including research in algorithms, AI, networking, and speech. In addition, publications of the group are described and may be available for download.

    Engineering Conferences International Symposium Series

    Engineering Conferences International is pleased to team with The Berkeley Electronic Press to provide conference organizers with a new publication option - a highly visible, rapidly disseminated outlet for conference materials. The ECI Symposium Series electronically publishes presented papers, peer-reviewed articles, and other materials (presentations, data sets, video files, etc.) associated with ECI conferences.
    [About ECI Symposium Series]

    The Engineering Conferences International is a Polytechnic University and Engineering Conferences Foundation Partnership and a follow on organization to the United Engineering Foundation Conferences. The program sponsors leading edge, interdisciplinary, international scientific/engineering conferences. The Engineering Conferences International is a partnership of the Engineering Conferences Foundation and Polytechnic University.
    [About ECI]

    Current topics include:

    • e-Technologies in Engineering Education: Learning Outcomes Providing Future Possibilities
    • Teaching Entrepreneurship to Engineering Students
    • Enhancement of the Global Perspective for Engineering Students by Providing an International Experience
    • Light Activated Tissue Regeneration and Therapy
    • Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning: Fundamentals and Applications
    • Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning - Challenges and Opportunities
    • Advanced Materials for Construction of Bridges, Buildings, and Other Structures III

    Caltech: Applied and Computational Mathematics

    This website from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) features "the interwoven fields of applied and computational mathematics." Highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the group's work draws on modeling, analysis, algorithm development, and simulation to address problems arising in the pure sciences and engineering. Students and faculty explore the mathematical properties of systems in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, materials science, fluid mechanics, and other disciplines. At the time of this report, the section offering Technical Reports was still under development. However, some of the individual researchers have links to websites (within the People section) with a list of publications, some of which are available to download free of charge. Abstracts of Colloquia at Caltech also provide the visitor an overview of topics that interest this group of researchers.
    [From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Volume 4, Number 12, June 17, 2005]

    ESource: PIER Technical Briefs

    ESource provides "unbiased, independent analysis of retail energy markets, services, and technologies." Its information services, such as publications, conferences, and consulting services are available through paid membership. However, this section of the website provides a selection of technical briefs free of charge. Access to these briefs does not require membership, although visitors are asked to fill in a short online form with their name and email address. The briefs are offered through funding from the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program and report on energy-efficient technologies. Some of the briefs available at the time of this report address topics such as Classroom Lighting, Small HVAC Savings, and Hybrid Lighting Fixtures. Each brief reviews the current problems related to each topic area, provides some solutions, and describes the benefits and applications for the technology highlighted in the brief.
    [From NSDL Scout Report for Math, Engineering, and Technology, Volume 4, Number 12, June 17, 2005]

    Current reports include:
    PIER-TB-1_Classroom Lighting
    PIER-TB-2_Small HVAC Savings
    PIER-TB-3_Modular Skylight Well Design
    PIER-TB-4_NightBreeze Cuts Peak Demand
    PIER-TB-5_Up with CFL Downlights
    PIER-TB-6_Residential Commissioning Guide
    PIER-TB-7_Heat-Pump Water Heaters: Reliable, Efficient
    PIER-TB-8_Commissioning of Air Handling Systems
    PIER-TB-9_Hybrid Lighting Fixtures

    Computer Vision Homepage

    The Computer Vision Homepage was established at Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 to provide a central location for World Wide Web links relating to computer vision research. Due to the success of the concept, we have broken the original monolithic site into a number of specific subpages. The emphasis of the Computer Vision Homepage is on computer vision research rather than on commercial products. The growth and continued usefulness of the this site depends on submissions and suggestions from everyone in the computer vision community.
    [From Mission Statement]

    What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer?

    Thanks to John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) for sharing this article about why people becomes engineers. From the March 2005 ASEE Prism, The Mechanics Of A Career - What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer? highlights the stories of 6 engineering educators.

    Information Bridge - Department of Energy

    The Information Bridge provides free access to full-text and bibliographic records of the Department of Energy research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics.

    [From Information Bridge web site]
    The Information Bridge consists of full-text documents produced and made available by the Department of Energy National Laboratories and grantees from 1995 forward. Additional legacy documents are also included as they become available in electronic format.

    New Journal - Small

    Wiley-VCH introduced a new publication in January of 2005, Small. Small is the new interdisciplinary journal for Nano and Micro Science and Technology. More product information or a sample issue is available.

    Open Access Computer Journals

    Theory of Computing is a new online journal dedicated to the widest dissemination, free of charge, of high quality research papers in all areas of Theoretical Computer Science. First article was published on February 9, 2005. Quantum Computing is published as a section of Theory of Computing.

    Logical Methods in Computer Science is a fully refereed, open access, free, electronic journal. It welcomes papers on theoretical and practical areas in computer science involving logical methods, taken in a broad sense. First article was published in 2005.

    Energy: A 21st Century Perspective

    I attended Energy: A 21st Century Perspective on Thursday, June 3rd. It really opened my eyes to the many scientific, economic, political, and social aspects of managing energy resources in the U.S. and throughout the world. The speakers focused on several topics, including economics of energy, technology development, coal, nuclear energy, hydrogen for energy, renewable resources, and fuel cells.

    Summary information will be appearing on the web site in the future, including actual power point presentations and a streaming video of the conference. As more information is shared, I will update my posting.

    Steven Koonin, Chief Scientist for BP, gave one of the most interesting presentations. (For a preview, see a similar presentation he gave to the Fermilab in April). One of the most striking slides of his presentation was how much energy the U.S. uses compared to other countries, and how little several contries, that are growing quickly, are using now.

    I did note some interesting comments from the speakers:
    1. The U.S. energy policies are not driven by the Department of Energy, as we all may think. EPA, Department of Transportation, etc. all have more effect on energy prices and utilization than the Dept. of Energy.
    2. U.S. prices for energy (gas, electricity, etc.) are still cheaper than other areas throughout the world, because the U.S. prices do not cover the environmental consequences as other countries have calculated into their prices.
    3. France's electricity is 70% nuclear power created. They also created "standard" power plants that greatly reduced contruction and operation costs (unlike the U.S. that created a different design for each power plant).
    4. Improperly operated or designed coal power plants give off more radiation than nuclear power plants.
    5. All agreed that we are already in a 20 year window in which drastic changes and decisions must be made to guarantee future energy supplies and environmental protection.

    Portal of Ceramic Property Resources

    The American Ceramic Society has compiled a list of free and fee-paid Ceramic Properties Databases.

    The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a 100-year-old non-profit organization that serves the informational, educational, and professional needs of the international ceramics community. [About ACerS]

    Chemical Market Reporter

    Chemical Market Reporter has removed its chemical pricing information from the print publication to a secured website. I have been working with the publisher to find a way for Case's faculty and students to continually have access to this title.

    The Case community can expect an announcement for electronic access to the web site in the near future.

    Introduction to Ceramics

    The American Ceramic Society has put together a brief .

    The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a 100-year-old non-profit organization that serves the informational, educational, and professional needs of the international ceramics community. [About ACerS]

    Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

    CASE now has access to the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.

    Placing specialists at the forefront of the nanoscience revolution, this reference identifies current challenges and development paths sure to influence fields ranging from materials and surface science, chemistry, and biomedicine to computer technology, information processing, and mechanical, optical, and electrical engineering

    New search engines for free scientific e-journals

    EEVL has announced the release of 4 new search engines that index freely available e-journals in engineering, mathematics, and computing. The EEVL search engines search over 250 free titles.

    [Source: About EEVL]
    EEVL is the Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing. EEVL's mission is to provide access to quality networked engineering, mathematics and computing resources, and be the national focal point for online access to information in these subjects. It is an award-winning free service, created and run by a team of information specialists from a number of universities and institutions in the UK.