Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton Into Focus

UCSD student’s art show inspired by collaboration with the Jaffe Lab at Scripps

Original Article Written By: Brittany Hook, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.

Stringer’s two-part exhibit, My Meditations End in Reverie, was inspired by the time she has spent working as a volunteer in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imagery and in the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab of biological oceanographer Peter Franks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UC San Diego. The exhibit’s paintings and backlit photographs bring to life the mysterious world of zooplankton, microscopic animals that float near the surface in marine environments.

This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…

Mobile Whiteboards Available!

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Want to draw out diagrams or work out equations visually? There are now multiple mobile whiteboards dispersed throughout the Geisel East Learning Commons area for student use while studying. Students may check out white board markers and erasers from the Circulation desk in the front lobby of Geisel Library.

Innovative Library Spaces For Teaching Assistants and Apprentices

Meet up in the Library…

Teaching Assistants and Teaching Apprentices have the opportunity schedule office hours or drop in review sessions in the Library. Reservations are still available for the consultation cubicles in the East Learning Commons are still available for Spring Quarter.

Students, if you would like your TA to meet you in the Library, let them know about this service.

Visit our webpage for details http://libraries.ucsd.edu/services/ta-instructors/index.html or Learning Spaces Program’s Outreach Specialist Dorthea Stewart, at dsstewart@ucsd.edu or 858.534.8378 for reservations.

Space Offerings

The Geisel TA/Instructor Consultations Area currently offers a round table & 3 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.

The BLB Consultations Area is in Room 201, beyond the book stacks on the 2nd floor.  It offers a large table with chairs and a wall-mounted whiteboard in a small room.  While no computer is available, wireless and powered outlets are available.

We welcome any suggestions about additional equipment that might be useful in the spaces.

Nikon Lenses Donated for Tech Lending

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The Library Technology Checkout Program has received a donation of 7 high end Nikon 85mm and 135mm (with defocus) lenses, left over from a Google book scanning project.

We’ll be adding these and 5 new Nikon D7000s to our checkout program at the start of Fall quarter.

 

Send questions or comments to LSPtech@ucsd.edu

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Checkout Laptops @ Biomedical Library Building!

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There are 5 wireless equipped laptops available for checkout at the Biomedical Library Building! These laptops can be checked out by UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty for up to 3 hours at a time. For questions or assistance contact BLB front desk staff at (858) 534-3253

Copy Text from Online Images (In-Browser OCR)

 

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Text recognition is a hugely important capability, and it’s getting easier. Check out this new Google Chrome extension allowing text copying, translating, and even editing within a browser window.

https://projectnaptha.com/

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Geisel Library Lego Model

 

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A Scottish software engineer created this beautiful digital lego model of the Geisel Library. The model includes  117000 individual lego pieces (It’d cost tens of thousands of dollars to make in real life).

 

Check out the designer’s sites for videos and close-up interior pictures.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/401658

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=550407

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Missing: The Fate of the Nazi Concentration Camp Archives

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Don’t miss the final Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) of the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Seuss Room of the Geisel Library from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The workshop, The Fate of the Nazi Concentration Camp Archives, will feature J.J. Surbeck, a Swiss-educated attorney who served 16 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The ICRC was founded in 1863 as a private Swiss organization, striving to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and help reunite POWs and uprooted civilians with their families. In 1864, it persuaded governments to adopt the first Geneva Convention, the treaty that required armies to care for wounded soldiers, whatever side they were on.

With the Nazi conquest of most of Europe resulting in the displacement of millions of individuals, the British Red Cross and the ICRC began working together to trace victims of incarceration, forced labor, and relocation in 1943. This effort eventually led to the establishment of the

International Tracing Service (ITS), which is now a massive archive in Bad Arolsen, Germany containing 30 million records on the survivors and victims of the Nazi concentration camps.

Surbeck will discuss the inter-workings and history of the ICRC and the role it played in WWII. This event is free and open to the public. No reservation necessary. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the HLHW, which is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and Judaic Studies Program, please contact Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

‘San Diego Welcomes the World’ Salutes Centenary of Panama–California Exposition of 1915

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San Diego Welcomes the World, an exhibition of materials from the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal, and launched the City as an international venue. The construction of the Panama Canal was an immense engineering feat, dramatically cutting the distance and cost of international shipping by opening a passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It also proved to be an excellent opportunity for enhancing San Diego’s profile–as it would become the first port north of the Panama Canal on the West Coast of the United States.  The event also provided San Diego leaders with the impetus for transforming Balboa Park from an undeveloped, arid property, into a lush and distinctly Spanish paradise. The 1915 Exposition led to both the greening of Balboa Park as well as the creation of the park’s cultural institutions and stunning Spanish Revival architecture.

The exhibition, which is on display on the main floor in Geisel Library (2nd floor, West Wing) until July 5, 2015, includes images of some of the few permanent structures designed for the fair, including the California Tower and dome, the Cabrillo Bridge, and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Other items in the exhibit include souvenir books and postcards, newspaper articles, sheet music, a special student admittance pass, maps of the Canal, and more.

New Popular Science Books – May 2015

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection, shelved in Geisel 2 West. You can browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

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