Top French Cooking Expert & Author Anne Willan to Discuss “One Soufflé at a Time” on Nov. 7

Anne Willan, one of the world’s leading authorities on French cooking, will visit the University of California, San Diego on November 7 to discuss her new memoir, “One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France.” Willan will be discussing her book at 5 p.m. at the UC San Diego Faculty Club with her coauthor, Amy Friedman. The event is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, and is free and open to the public.

20131031-anne-willanGuests at the event will be able to sample libations and hors d’oeuvres from recipes included in the book. In “One Soufflé at a Time,” Willan, who founded and runs the celebrated La Varenne Cooking School, tells her story of the food-world greats—including Julia Child, James Beard, Simone Beck, Craig Claiborne, Richard Olney, and others—who changed how the world eats and who made cooking fun.  She also writes about how a sturdy English girl from Yorkshire was able to overcome the highly closed male world of French cuisine, and then went on to found and run her now legendary cooking school.

Following their talk, Willan and Friedman will be on hand to sign copies of their book. The UC San Diego Bookstore will have books available for purchase.

20131031-frenchcookingWillan, a recipient of the James Beard and Bon Appétit Teacher of the Year awards, is the author of more than 30 cookbooks, including most recently “The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook,” which won the Jane Grigson Award for outstanding literary writing. Willan was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame this year for her outstanding body of work.

Willan’s visit is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and its Special Collections & Archives, the repository for the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) Culinary Collection, which includes more than 6,000 books, cookbooks, manuscripts, and other materials documenting culinary history dating back to the 17thcentury.

20131031-OneSouffleAbout the UC San Diego Library

Ranked among the nation’s top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, and public service missions. As the intellectual heart of the UC San Diego campus, the university library provides access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge and information needs of faculty, students, and members of the public. Each day, the Library’s vast resources are accessed nearly 90,000 times through the Library’s main Web site. For more information: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/

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Libraries Receive Mellon Grant for Next Phase of WEST Project

Researchers can be assured that the scholarly record will be preserved for future generations through a coordinated system of trusted print archives held at libraries throughout the western United States.

20131023-grantThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of California Libraries a three-year grant to continue development of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed shared print repository program for retrospective journal archives. More than one hundred libraries participate in the Trust, including UC libraries such as UC San Diego, Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, and other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC).

Investigators for the WEST initiative are Laine Farley, executive director of UC’s California Digital Library and Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. Under the second phase of the WEST program, participating libraries—including UC San Diego Library—will continue to consolidate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations.

During the initial three-year project (Phase 1, 2011-2013), selected WEST “Archive Builders” actively processed approximately 150,000 volumes from 8,000 journal runs (current and previous titles), to allow recovery of the space occupied by potentially millions of corresponding volumes now held in duplicate by partner libraries. During the next three-year project (Phase 2, 2014-2016), WEST will complete two more archiving cycles processing approximately 120,000 additional volumes. WEST will also assess the archiving program and conduct strategic planning with members to identify potential new services for subsequent years and refine the business model to transition to a sustainable, member-supported model.

The governance committees for WEST include an Executive Committee and an Operations and Collections Council composed of representatives from member institutions. They continue to oversee the operation and development of WEST. The California Digital Library (CDL) at the University of California serves as Administrative Host for the WEST program. Primary project staff includes Emily Stambaugh (WEST Program Manager and UC Shared Print Manager,) Lizanne Payne (WEST Planning and Systems Consultant,) and Danielle Watters Westbrook (WEST Collections Analyst and UC Shared Print Collections Analyst.)

The WEST project has developed a robust framework for shared print archives based on risk management principles to ensure long term retention of journal backfiles. Archive Holders in the Trust makes the collections and retention commitments visible at the national/international level.

About the UC San Diego Library

Ranked among the nation’s top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, and public service missions. As the intellectual heart of the UC San Diego campus, the university library provides access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge and information needs of faculty, students, and members of the public. Each day, the Library’s vast resources are accessed nearly 90,000 times through the Libraries’ main Web site. For more information:http://libraries.ucsd.edu/

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New Library Channel Launched on UCTV

Thanks to a new partnership with the University of California’s award-winning television station, the UC San Diego Library has launched a new channel on UCTV:http://www.uctv.tv/library-channel/ The new channel offers content on a wide range of Library activities, including special events, lectures, programs, collections, and other Library efforts. The initial Library Channel lineup includes videos of: the Library’s recent Dinner in the Library event, with author Jay Parini discussing the 13 books that changed America; UC San Diego Psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, who presented his findings on the Rorsach tests administered to the Nazi leadership at our Holocaust Living History Workshop; UCSD Political Scientist Steve Erie talking about San Diego’s leadership challenges and missteps; and the Library’s efforts to build an archive documenting San Diego’s technology history. Programming from the Library channel will be accessible from a portal on our home page, from UCTV’s home page, on UCTV, and on iTunes and YouTube. Please tune in regularly to see what we are up to!

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About the UC San Diego Library

Ranked among the nation’s top public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, and public service missions. As the intellectual heart of the UC San Diego campus, the university library provides access to more than 7 million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge and information needs of faculty, students, and members of the public. Each day, the Library’s vast resources are accessed nearly 90,000 times through the Library’s main Web site. For more information: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/

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Four Undergraduates Receive Library Research Prize for Outstanding Research Skills

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego, whose research topics ranged from Bronze Age artifacts and micrometers to college admissions practices and the symmetry of protein structure, have been awarded the 2013 Undergraduate Library Research Prize.

Douglas Myers-Turnbull (Marshall), 1st Prize winner in the Life & Physical Sciences category.

Douglas Myers-Turnbull (Marshall), 1st Prize winner in the Life & Physical Sciences category.

Kathleen Huggins (Muir), 1st Prize winner in the Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities category.

Kathleen Huggins (Muir), 1st Prize winner in the Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities category.

Co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the UCSD Alumni Association, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the annual prize includes cash awards of $1000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/ Arts/Humanities, and Physical and Life Sciences.

“These students clearly demonstrated the outstanding research skills needed to excel at a major research university such as UC San Diego,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the University’s Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “This year’s winners have set the bar pretty high for future student researchers. They have learned that good academic research does not happen without careful, studious, and strategic library research. Undergraduate research is such an important part of our students’ education, so we are pleased that we can continue to support and recognize—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—these achievements.”

To be considered for the Undergraduate Libraries Research Prize, students must be nominated by faculty members and must participate in either the annual UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Conference held in the spring, or in other university programs that foster and recognize student research and scholarship. The Undergraduate Research Conference is one of three major undergraduate scholarly meetings that the Academic Enrichment Programs coordinate each year that afford students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to present findings of research conducted under the guidance of UC San Diego faculty members.

“This year’s Undergraduate Library Research Prize winners have demonstrated impressive  intellectual prowess,” said Alan Houston, the University’s interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. They have taken full advantage of the Library’s abundant resources. We are delighted to applaud their efforts!”

“The Library provides the needed infrastructure for serious research at a university like UC San Diego,” said Armin Afsahi, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs at UC San Diego. “Consequently, it is very gratifying to see our students’ ability to expertly utilize the Library’s rich and diverse information resources.  I know this skillset will help in their current as well as  future success, both in and their academic careers and beyond. Alumni Affairs is honored to collaborate with the Library and Student Affairs in recognizing this year’s prize winners.”

David Artis, dean of Undergraduate Research Initiatives for Student Affairs, said that his office was very pleased to be involved in the Library Research Prize, and he continues to be very impressed with the caliber of the student researchers.

Andres Albarran (Sixth), 2nd Prize winner in the Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities category.

Andres Albarran (Sixth), 2nd Prize winner in the Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities category.

The 2013 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners.

The 2013 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners.

Allen Pei (Revelle), 2nd Prize winner in the Life & Physical Sciences category, with Professor Joseph Wang, his faculty advisor.

Allen Pei (Revelle), 2nd Prize winner in the Life & Physical Sciences category, with Professor Joseph Wang, his faculty advisor.

“First, the quality of the work is consistently excellent; second, the recognition of these students generates excitement about research among all undergraduates; and third, it highlights the way so many units at UC San Diego collaborate to support the aspirations of our students.”

In the Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities category, first prize went to Kathleen Huggins, a Muir College senior, for her project, “Breaking the Ingot out of the Mold: A Practical Approach to Technological Ceramics.” She was nominated by Thomas Levy, professor of Anthropology. Huggins’ research centered on critically examining a collection of metallurgical artifacts from a Late Bronze Age copper production center located in Southern Jordan, where she traveled with a research team. Professor Levy noted “Kathleen’s ability to engage scholarly materials at the graduate student level is impressive. The texts she has selected have been solid background material for the beginnings of archaeological research.”

Second prize in this category was awarded to Andres Albarran, fourth year student at Sixth College, nominated by Frances Contreras, Ethnic Studies professor. His research centered on college admissions practices and public policy in California. Members of the prize jury agreed with Professor Contreras, who noted “These efforts are above and beyond the average undergraduate and exemplify his unique research skills and tenacity that will serve him well as he transitions to graduate school.”

First prize in the Life and Physical Sciences category went to Douglas Myers-Turnbull, fourth year student at Marshall College, whose research project was titled “Symmetry and Protein Fold Space.” His work focused on the computational analysis of the symmetry of protein structure, an investigation which is important to research in evolution, protein structure, human disease, and drug discovery. Myers-Turnbull was nominated by Phillip Bourne, CSE (bioinformatics) professor, who noted “Douglas has shown marked resourcefulness in identifying relevant and meaningful prior literature. Moreover, he has developed a consistent and thorough methodology for using these resources to aid our understanding of the results.”

Second prize went to Allen Pei, third year student at Revelle College, nominated by Joseph Wang, professor of Nanoengineering/Applied Mathematics. Pei’s research, “Towards Water-Driven Micrometers,” focused on developing and fabricating advanced nanomachines and nanomotors that could self-propel in water without external fuels. Wang noted that “Allen’s work is extremely novel and cutting edge and he shows extremely high potential for his future pursuits in research.”

Ranked among the nation’s top 25 public academic research libraries, the UC San Diego Library plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, and public service missions. As the intellectual heart of the UC campus, the university library provides access to more than seven million digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge and information needs of faculty, students and members of the public. Each day, the Library’s vast resources are accessed nearly 90,000 times through the main Web site. For more information:http://libraries.ucsd.edu.

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