New 3-D CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel

Posted On: October 31, 2016

The University of California San Diego’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, November 7 from 10 am to noon. The life-size CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, but it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. Ongoing hours of operation can be found here.

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An ancient cultural heritage site in the Egyptian city of Luxor as seen on the CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system.

The Geisel Library kiosk is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by UC San Diego archaeologist Thomas E. Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded.

“We have just completed the first year of our Catalyst grant,” said Levy. “The installation of the 3-D CAVEkiosk in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library marks the completion of a major research goal of the project, so our team is very excited about that. In addition to catalyzing cyber-archaeology work and providing virtual reality-equipped network bandwidth with which UC scholars can collaborate, share, store and visualize at-risk cultural heritage data, members of the campus communities and visitors to the kiosks can “travel” to cultural heritage sites and explore them as if they were there.” Read more…

Library Joins One Book, One San Diego for Anniversary Celebration

Posted On: October 25, 2016
Local author Zohreh Ghahremani to speak on Nov 3. for One Book event at Geisel Library

sky-of-red-poppiesThe UC San Diego Library has joined KPBS, the San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library, and other local partners in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program, an initiative launched in San Diego to encourage a shared reading experience focused on reading and discussing “One Book.” To commemorate the 10th anniversary, One Book sponsors are welcoming back many of the outstanding authors whose books were One Book selections over the last decade.

On Thursday, November 3, the UC San Diego Library will host a One Book event featuring author Zohreh Ghahremani, who will discuss the themes and issues presented in her acclaimed debut novel, Sky of Red Poppies, which was the One Book selection in 2012. Babak Rahimi, a professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at UC San Diego, will guide and facilitate the discussion with Ghahremani. The discussion will be followed by a reception, which will include traditional Persian food, music by the UC San Diego undergraduate ensemble, Sibarg, and a book signing with the author. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The Geisel Library event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To make reservations for the event, please visit www.RedPoppies.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if seats are available.

Sky of Red Poppies traces a unique friendship between two very different young women who form a bond in Iran during the turbulent and dangerous 1960s, when Iran was still ruled by the Shah. As the tale unfolds, the history and culture of Iran continues to shape their very different life experiences. Ghahremani, born and raised in Iran, moved to San Diego in 2000 after she decided to leave her career as a dentist in Chicago to become a writer. Her writing has won several awards, including 1st place in California Stories (2005) and San Diego Book Awards (2004), and Best Fiction at Santa Barbara Writers Conference (2004). Her latest novel, The Moon Daughter, was published in 2013.

For more information on One Book, One San Diego events in the region, visit: www.kpbs.com/onebook.

Rare Film from UC San Diego’s First Visit to China to be Screened Nov. 1

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Chancellor William McElroy (left) during UC San Diego’s inaugural trip to China in 1979.

Posted On: October 20, 2016

In the fall of 1979, just a few months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, the Chinese Ministry of Education invited the UC San Diego leadership for an official visit to hash out an agreement to enable the exchange of scholars and students between UC San Diego and Chinese universities.

The UC San Diego delegation, led by then Chancellor William McElroy, included a number of internationally prominent scientists, as well as Paul Pickowicz, an assistant professor of History and director of the university’s fledgling Chinese Studies Program. By all accounts, the visit was a clear success, laying the groundwork for many years of successive partnerships and exchanges between UC San Diego and Chinese universities and cultural institutions.

Earlier this year, and some 37 years later, Pickowicz—now a professor of History in the Division of Arts & Humanities and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on modern Chinese history—discovered a rare and all but forgotten 23-minute, 16 mm film documenting that inaugural visit, hidden away in his research archives. The choppy but fascinating film, was salvaged and restored—with color and sound—and transferred to a user-friendly DVD format by UC San Diego Library staff. The film was made by the Huazhong Institute of Technology in Wuhan, China, and was given to the university delegation as a gift.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the UC San Diego Library and the School of Global Policy and Strategy’s 21st Century China Center, will sponsor a public event featuring Pickowicz and the historic film screening. In addition, a panel discussion will be held with several faculty members who attended the 1979 China trip, including: Gay Lin, Lily Lin, Manuel Rotenberg, and David Wong. The 1979 film screening will be followed by a short film touching on the highlights of UC San Diego’s many collaborations with Chinese universities and cultural institutions over the last few decades. Read more…

Celebrating Open Access Week 2016

Posted On: October 18, 2016

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Campaign for Open in Action

Don’t miss the 2016 Open Access Week events! Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use that research as needed – is powerful. The Library is offering a week of interactive activities to learn more about Open Access and opportunities to take action. Click here to find out more about Open Access at UC San Diego.

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY (Film Screening and Discussion)

Mon. October 24 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger explores the life and controversial work of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz in this compelling documentary.


NIH POLICY ON RIGOR AND REPRODUCIBILITY

Wed. October 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | Biomedical Library, Events Room

Anita Bandrowski (Force 11, Neuroscience Information Framework, SciCrunch) describes reproducibility challenges, the new NIH Policy requirements, and summarizes changes to NIH application instructions and review criteria. The event will provide useful discussion and resources to help researchers in meeting criteria.


UPLOAD-A-THON

Wed. October 26 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Cramb Library CILAS (Institute of the Americas)

Learn about UC Open Access Policies. Upload your manuscript(s) to eScholarship.

RSVP at ucsd.libcal.com


RALLY FOR COMPLIANCE! COMPETITIVENESS! VISIBILITY! IMPACT!

Tues. October 25 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Geisel Library, Classroom 1

Thur. October 27 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Biomedical Library, Classroom 3

Hear the latest on UC Open Access Policies, UC’s repository – eScholarship, Peer J, UC Press OA initiatives, and Research Data Curation Services.

Hands-on opportunities to take action: get your ORCID, refine your Publication Management System profile, deposit a manuscript to eScholarship.

RSVP at ucsd.libcal.com

Digital Media Lab Projects: 3D Campus Map

Posted On: October 17, 2016

We finally figured out a way to rip data from google earth, much the way we would in real life. We took pictures from incremental angles and ran the photos through Agisoft Photoscan to stitch them back into a 3D model. The 3D model and texture are available on our sketchfab page.

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Email the DML at dmltech@ucsd.edu with any questions or comments.

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UC San Diego Students Receive Undergraduate Library Research Prize Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Award

Congratulations to the 2016 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners!

Four undergraduates at the University of California San Diego have been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Library Research Prize, co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the UCSD Alumni Association, and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Their research topics ranged from exploring the effectiveness of conventional pedagogy practices to designing mechanisms to study asteroids.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the award which recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences, Art, Humanities, and Physical and Life Sciences. They include a cash award of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

John Chisholm

In the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities category, first place was awarded to John Chisholm, a fourth-year student in Eleanor Roosevelt College who is majoring in International Studies Political Science. His research investigates the effects of Chinese foreign aid to Africa. He completed his honors thesis research under the guidance of his advisor, Professor Clark Gibson from the Department of Political Science. His advisor notes that “all the information that [John] used in the thesis came from the Library – paper books, [items] from interlibrary loan, and electronic databases and provided John with ideas to access data from institutions beyond UC San Diego, such as the World Bank’s development indicators.”

Treysi Vargas Ramos

Second place in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities category went to Artemio Olivas, a second year transfer student majoring in World Literature in Muir College. His research revolves around exploring the role of culturally relevant English courses taught by Latino and non-Latino faculty on the success of Puente students through designing a study of Puente students at the community college level for his McNair research project. His advisor, Frances Contreras, Ph.D., stated “I have been amazed at Artemio’s ability to grasp and master Qualitative research methodology as an undergraduate student. The research he has conducted is at the level of a graduate student.”

In the Physical and Life Sciences category, first place was awarded to Treysi Vargas Ramos, a third year student at Warren College majoring in Human Biology. Her research focuses on investigating treatments for certain types of cancer of the head and neck. Her faculty mentor, Weg Ongkeko, Ph.D., writes that “upon learning about the project, Treysi had immediately immersed herself in the literature in a quest to learn about these mysterious regulatory molecules.”

Kristine Khieu

Second place in the Physical and Life Sciences category went to Kristine Khieu, a second year student majoring in Bioengineering: Biosystems in Muir College. Her work centralizes around designing an instrument to chip away and collect samples from an asteroid. She is part of a four member team of engineering students who developed this for NASA’s 2016 Micro-g NExt challenge and received the opportunity for NASA scientists and engineers to test the prototype. Khieu noted that the research process was “dynamic and nonlinear” and consisted of utilizing the Library’s mechanical and aerospace engineering guide. She cited that her team combed through a wide variety of databases such as Web of Science and the Encyclopedia of Materials to create their final design, which was “grounded in the vast amount of research already conducted.”

To be considered for the Undergraduate Library 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 Office of Student Affairs Academic Enrichment Program coordinates 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.

Gift to Library Honors Legacy of Late Holocaust Survivor, Lou Dunst

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Lou Dunst

Posted On: October 10, 2016

Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger and resentment after his horrific experiences during World War II.  He had been left for dead in the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria when United States troops broke through the gates with a military tank. Soon after his liberation and recovery, Dunst made a conscious decision to turn the hate, violence and inhumanity that he had witnessed into feelings of peace, compassion and love.

Over the years, with prompting from his wife, Estelle, Dunst began sharing his story with others. By the time of his death in 2015, at the age of 89, the businessman and educator had spoken to thousands—from schoolchildren and community members to dignitaries and judges—sharing his philosophy of love and compassion to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happened again.

In honor of Dunst’s legacy of education and tolerance, Estelle Dunst has made a gift to the University of California San Diego, through the Lou Dunst Trust, in support of the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint program hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the campus’ Jewish Studies Program. The gift establishes the Lou Dunst Memorial Endowment, which will provide funding for the annual Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture.  The Dunst Lecture will be held as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop annual lecture series, in which Dunst had been a frequent participant. The workshop was established to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and to engage the community in thoughtful considerations of events surrounding the Holocaust and their continued relevance in the world today. Read more…

The UC San Diego Library Pays Tribute to Visual Arts @ 50

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Founding faculty member Harold Cohen created AARON, the first computer program designed to produce art.

Posted On: October 10, 2016

The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:

“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”

October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Program & Reception: November 4 3-5 pm Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art. Read more…

Lynda Claassen Receives Excellence in Stewardship Award

Posted On: October 10, 2016
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Photo Credit: Bob Ross Photography

Lynda Claassen, the UC San Diego Library’s longtime director of Special Collections & Archives, recently received the Excellence in Stewardship Award from the UC San Diego Foundation, in recognition of her long history of building and sustaining excellent relationships with donors to the Library.

During her more than 30-year tenure as director of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives, Lynda has become well-known for her collaborations—often over many years—with donors of gifts of rare and archival materials.

“There is no question that Lynda’s many efforts have raised the caliber of our distinctive collections and the reputation of the Library” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “But, more importantly, she has been committed to ensuring that the rare materials entrusted to us are properly cared for, in accordance with the desires of those donors who have given us their treasures for safekeeping and long-term preservation.” Read more…

NPR’s Ari Shapiro Shares Insights on News & Narrative at Dinner in the Library

Posted On: October 10, 2016

More than 160 UC San Diego Library friends and supporters attended this year’s Dinner in the Library, September 9, featuring award-winning NPR journalist Ari Shapiro, who regaled guests with his personal insights and experiences covering the news of the moment, from the wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Obama White House and the U.S. justice system.

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Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Ari Shapiro, and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender

This year’s Dinner in the Library, hosted by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, was a smashing success, breaking prior attendance and fundraising records, and featuring a number of new enhancements, including a popular champagne and dessert reception. The event raised $212,000, which will be used to support the Library’s collections, services, and learning spaces. One of the Library’s top priorities according to Brian Schottlaender is to raise funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, launched last year after the Library’s benefactor, Audrey Geisel, donated $3 million to help renovate and upgrade the learning and study spaces in the building, which was built in 1970. The renovation includes the 1st and 2nd floors which are the most heavily used, as well as the 8th (top) floor of the building, which boasts spectacular, panoramic views of La Jolla and beyond.

At the event, Chancellor Khosla announced his commitment to a $1 million matching grant for gifts made to Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, underscoring the significance of the Geisel renovation project to the campus. Read more…

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