Four Students Win Library Research Prize

Congratulations to the 2014 Undergraduate Library Research Prize Winners!  ULRP2014Jessica Gross, Maarouf Saad, Jessica Knapp, Adam Simon (not shown)

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. Awards are given in two categories, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Physical and Life Sciences, to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and use of The Library’s resources in research undertaken at UCSD. We applaud this year’s winners for their intellectual prowess, and stellar critical thinking and research skills.

In the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities category, first prize went to Jessica Knapp for her project, “The Effects of Mental Illness on the Javanese Family.” Second prize was awarded to Jessica Gross for her project, “Religious Women as Apothecaries and Practitioners in Early Modern France.”

First prize in the Life and Physical Sciences category went to Maarouf Saad for his project, “Alcohol-Dysregulated MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis of Oropharyngeal Cancer.” And, second prize was awarded to Adam Simon for his project, “Synthesis of a Novel 2-Deoxystreptamine Mimetic: Building Blocks for Aminoglycoside Analogs.”

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.

 

 

Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered

ruthRuth Klüger was eleven years old when she and her mother were deported from her native Vienna to Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ “model ghetto.” Twelve grueling months later, she was deported to Auschwitz. After the war, Klüger emigrated to the United States where she became a professor of German literature. In 1992 she published her memoir Still Alive, one of the most successful and unconventional Holocaust memoirs ever written. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Klüger lives in Irvine, California, where she continues to write. At this event, she will be introduced by history professor Frank Biess.

Sponsored by Phyllis and Dan Epstein Co-sponsored by International House at UCSD

When: Wednesday May 14, 2014, 5 pmstill alive

Where: Great Hall at International House, UC San Diego

Who: free and open to the public – refreshments served 

Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Continues

UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Judaic1389.5 Holocaust B Studies Program, will present two final lectures in its “Journeys, Memories, Echoes” series. The HLHW is an educational outreach program whose aim is to broaden understanding of the past, to foster tolerance, and to preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Members of the campus community and the public have an opportunity to meet with survivors and scholars and to learn more about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest compendium of Holocaust video testimony.

On Wednesday, May 7th, Ian Hancock will talk about his ground-breaking research Porrajmos: The Romanis and the Holocaust. The Judeocide is by far the best studied aspect of the Nazi agenda of persecution and destruction, while other victims have received comparatively little popular and scholarly coverage. It is a little known fact, for example, that the Holocaust claimed anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million Romani lives. Hancock will address this tragedy the Romani and Sinti refer to as “the Devouring” (Porrajmos).

HLHW3_hancockbookHancock received his PhD from London University, and for the last four decades has taught English and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also the director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Center. Through his scholarship and activism he has successfully drawn attention to the centuries-long discrimination of the Romani and has helped to reassess the Romani identity within the Western world. He has represented the Romani people at the United Nations, served as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and is currently a state commissioner on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. Hancock’s published works include The Pariah Syndrome, We are the Romani People, and most recently, Danger! Educated Gypsy.

While the Porrajmos has generated relatively few written records, ever more Holocaust victims HLHW2_bookcontinue to come forward with their stories. On Wednesday, May 14th, Ruth Kluger will read from her best-selling book, Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered. Kluger was eleven years old when she and her mother were deported from her native Vienna to Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ “model ghetto.” Twelve grueling months later, she was deported to Auschwitz. After the war, Kluger emigrated to the United States where she became a professor of German literature. In 1992 she published her memoir, one of the most successful and unconventional Holocaust memoirs ever written. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Kluger lives in Irvine, California, where she continues to write.

This lecture is made possible by through the generosity of Phyllis and Dan Epstein. The lecturer will be introduced by UC San Diego history professor Frank Bless.

Please note times and locations: Parrajmos: The Romanis and the Holocaust will be held in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room on the UC San Diego campus. Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered will take place in The Great Hall. Both lectures are from 5 – 7 pm. Driving and parking directions are available on the HLHW website.

An integral part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop is the Visual History Archive. The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the Archive, which is administered by the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California. In addition to the over 52,000 original testimonies from Holocaust witnesses and survivors, additional video testimonies with survivors of the Nanjing massacre have recently been added. The testimonies are in the original Mandarin with English subtitles. Students and members of the public can access the Archive from any computer on the UC San Diego campus.

For more information about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact program coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or go to: http://library.ucsd.edu/hlhw. Training in the use of the Visual History Archive is available for individuals and groups upon appointment.

Porrajmos: The Romanies and the Holocaust

ian_hancockThe Holocaust claimed anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million Romani lives, a tragedy the Romani people and Sinti refer to as the Porrajmos, or “the Devouring.” Notwithstanding the scope of the catastrophe, the Romani genocide has all too often been minimized or ignored. A Romani-born British citizen, activist, and scholar, Hancock has been instrumental in raising awareness about this tragedy. For the past four decades, he has been a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the director of the Romani Studies program and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center. He has represented the Romani people at the United Nations, served as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and is currently a state commissioner on the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. At this special event Hancock will be introduced by Yale Strom, an expert in Jewish and Roma culture during and after the Holocaust.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Ethnic Studies

When: Wednesday May 7 2014, 5 pm     Where: UCSD Geisel Library Seuss room    Who: free and open to the public – refreshments served

Digital Farmworker Movement Documentation Archive Acquired

A rich digital archive documenting the UFW Farmworkers’ Movement in Central California from 1962 to 1993 has been acquired by the University of California, San Diego Library. The archive, which was developed by LeRoy Chatfield, includes a wide variety of information on the activities, accomplishments, challenges, and work of Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers who participated in the farmworker movement.

“In a world that has become increasingly digital, it makes perfect sense for libraries to acquire born-digital archives, especially when excellent opportunities like this present themselves,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Given the strengths of our collections in terms of California and Baja California history, the Farmworker Movement Documentation Archive is an outstanding addition to our holdings. LeRoy Chatfield has done a tremendous amount of important work in building this expansive website, and now, as part of the Library’s collection, it will be preserved and made broadly accessible to future generations of scholars and students.”

The Farmworker Movement Documentation Archive, which can now be accessed on the Library’s website, comprises thousands of items documenting the United Farmworkers’ (UFW) history and related events, including a timeline of significant milestones, oral histories, and manuscripts, as well as essays, and poetry penned by volunteers. Also included are 13,000 photographs, videos—including a short video on the farmworker union (NFWA/UFW) historic march to Sacramento in 1966—and a variety of art and images of cultural artifacts such as stamps, posters, paintings, and illustrations.

From 1962 to 1993, Cesar Chavez, founding president of the UFW, dedicated himself to organizing a farmworker movement in Central California. Although Chavez is renowned as an historic labor leader, Chatfield, a longtime Christian Brother and humanitarian who worked with Chavez from 1963 to 1973, said his vision began with, but stretched beyond the workers in the fields.

“Cesar Chavez’s vision for the farmworker movement encompassed far more than organizing a union,” said Chatfield. “His status as a revered icon has less to do with his union activities than with the personal sacrifices, commitment to nonviolence, and deep religious conviction that marked his life of service to impoverished farmworkers. I’m very pleased that his story—and the many stories of those involved in the farmworker movement—will now be maintained as part of the UC San Diego Library’s collections.”

Chatfield first met Chavez in 1963, and the two became close friends, bonding over their mutual commitment to and compassion for the farmworkers who labored in the Delano, California fields, picking grapes and other produce. Chavez asked Chatfield to work for him when the Delano Grape Strike began in 1965, and he continued to serve under his leadership until 1973, when he relocated to Sacramento.

Although Chavez’s death in 1993 brought an end to the farmworker movement, it reunited Chatfield with dozens of former UFW colleagues and brought back “floods of fond memories,” he recalled, “regarding my association with Cesar Chavez and his movement.” In 1994, Chatfield published a “private memoir” recounting his experiences with Chavez,Cesar 1968, now part of the Farmworker Movement Documentation Archive site. After he retired as executive director of Sacramento Loaves & Fishes in 2000, Chatfield became inspired to document the farmworker movement, after reading a New York Times article lamenting the fact that the history of much of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s had gone undocumented, with many stories lost to the dustbin of history.

“Thousands of people were actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement but barely a fraction of their stories were told,” said Chatfield. “Because so much time had passed, their stories would never be told and preserved for future generations. This fact made me realize that I too had been immersed in a similar movement, and I knew at least 50 others like myself who had been involved. I realized I was well positioned to document Cesar Chavez’s farmworker movement and began to feel obligated to do so.”

“The Farmworker Movement Documentation Project is a labor of love and commitment accomplished by one man—LeRoy Chatfield,” said Literature Professor Jorge Mariscal, director of UC San Diego’s Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts & Humanities program. “But like the farmworker movement itself, one man stands in for the hundreds of dedicated contributors whose words and images live on in the archive. This will be a major research and educational tool for generations to come. Brian Schottlaender and the UC San Diego Library deserve high praise for acquiring this one-of-a-kind treasure trove of California history.”

What started as the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project in book form, morphed into an online presence in 2004, when Chatfield was introduced to a young woman, Jennifer Szabo, who possessed the requisite web skills needed to organize and present all the materials Chatfield was collecting in a digital format.

“I had amassed a large amount of farmworker movement primary source documents and materials,” said Chatfield. “Moving this project to the Internet enabled us to include oral histories, videos, photographs, artwork, cartoons, and buttons—a veritable multimedia presentation of the farmworker movement, an historical documentation of a 31-year social movement and the largest website of its kind.”

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UC San Diego Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

This April, the UC San Diego Library will celebrate National Poetry Month by providing a space for poets, both published and unpublished, to share and talk about their work.  This is our first year doing this, and we are pleased by the amount of response. We have some local poets, as well as poets from as far afield as Ontario, Canada. UC San Diego Library would like to thank this year’s participants, and all poets, for keeping the craft alive.

For a live event honoring National Poetry Month please join us in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library on April 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a mini-marathon reading sponsored by the Department of Literature, the New Writing Series, and the UC San Diego Library.

 

Amanda Chiado:

Amanda Chiado is a writer and educator from Hollister, California. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers, Fence, Dusie, Cranky, and Line4.

Myron Michael:

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Myron Michael is a publisher, recording artist, and writing teacher. His poetry appears in a number of journals including Nanomajority, Toad Suck Review, Harvard Review Online, Eleven Eleven, Cave Canem XII, Spillway, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds (City Lights, 2009), and Fourteen Hills. His chapbook Scatter Plot won the 2010 Willow Books Integral Music Chapbook Prize, and he is co-author of Hang Man (Move Or Die, 2010). Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he considers the San Francisco Bay Area his second home.

Rachel Winchester:

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Rachel Winchester is a poet and choreographer in the second year of her Master’s Program for Dance at University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. In this video she talks about her early writing process, as well as reading some of her work

 

 Chris Vannoy:

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Chris Vannoy has been a staple of the San Diego, California writing and arts scene for the last twenty years. He has performed his work at a variety of venues: from gallery readings curated by Quincy Troupe, to Lollapalooza, to your average coffeehouse open mic.

 

 Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes:

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Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a Queer Feminist Colombian Mestiza; writer, scholar, artist, and political activist. Her performances, creative writing, and photography have been seen or are forthcoming in places such as San Francisco’s SomArts, Galería de la Raza, the SICK Collective, Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women, Brown and Proud Press, The Blue Lyra Review, The Progressive, Mobius: A Journal for Social Change, Yellow Medicine Review, From the Ground Up, and others. Her scholarship and advocacy are focused on human rights and social justice in Colombia and the United States. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

 Alex Bosworth:

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Alex Bosworth is a satirist, internet comedian, and spoken-word performer from San Diego, California. His collection of stories Chip, Chip, Chaw was published in 2012 by Renegade Muses Press. In this performance excerpt he has a little bit of fun with Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat.

 

Andrew Maranzanor (A. Razor):

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Andrew Maranzanor (A. Razor) is a spoken word performer from Lost Angeles, California. He is editor/publisher for Punk Hostage Press, an independent press out of Hollywood. The following poem was read in San Francisco, California at “Poems Under the Dome,” a poetry performance inside San Francisco City Hall

 

Alexandra Naughton:

Alexandra Naughton is a poet living in Oakland, California. The following videos were created to promote her book I Will Always Be Your Whore (Love Songs for Billy Corgan) released in 2013 from Punk Hostage Press. She describes the project as “More than fan fiction, this is the creation of a new pop culture.”

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The following two poet entries come to us from Wisconsin. Hippie Rick and Margaret Rozga took part in a demonstration in the Wisconsin capitol building where many of the protestors were arrested for participating in an act of civil disobedience involving ongoing singing, called The Solidarity Sing Along. Both poems were included in the anthology chapbook called Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin published in 2013. The proceeds were used for a legal defense fund for Solidarity Sing Along.

Hippie Rick performing the poem Sing On

Margaret Rozga performing the poem The State of Wisconsin

 

 Marissa Bell Toffoli:

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Marissa Bell Toffoli is an editor and creative writing teacher from Berkeley, California. She publishes interviews with writers online at Words With Writers. Marissa holds an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts and is the poetry editor for Exterminating Angel Press: The Magazine. Her e-chapbook, Under the Jacaranda, is available from TheWriteDeal.

 

JC Olsthoorn:

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JC Olsthoorn is a poet and painter born and raised outside of Montreal, Quebec and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. Writing poetry for close to forty years, John’s poems have been published in literary magazines and in a chapbook, ‘as hush as us’ (1980).

 

 D. Russel Micnhimer:

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Our last poet is D. Russel Micnhimer reading his work THE BEAUTY OF OREGON: A HEROIC CROWN OF SONNETS. A heroic crown is a poetic form which is concerned with a single theme. Each of the sonnets explores one aspect of the theme, and is linked to the preceding and succeeding sonnets by repeating the final line of the preceding sonnet as its first line. The first line of the first sonnet is repeated as the final line of the final sonnet, thereby bringing the sequence to a close.

Got data:? Announcing the Beta launch of openICPSR – ICPSR’s Public Access Data Collection

ICPSR recently announced that openICPSR has launched in its Beta form for use by member institutions. The service is found at: www.openicpsr.org

openICPSR is a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences. Because depositors pay to deposit research data and documentation, the service allows the public to access research data at no charge. openICPSR assists researchers in meeting requirements for public access to federally funded research data. It ensures that data depositors fulfill public-access requirements of grant and contract RFPs.

openICPSR will run in beta form through June 2014. During the beta period, researchers at member institutions are welcome to self-deposit data and documentation free of charge. Beginning in July 2014, the service will open to the public and the fee for self-deposits will be $600 US per project.

Please contact Annelise Sklar for the members-only promotion code.

Please note that professional curation deposits are not included in the openICPSR free offer. Researchers desiring professional curation with public access should contact ICPSR for a quote at deposit@icpsr.umich.edu or 734-647-2200.

openICPSR will continue to add functionality over the course of the next several months; however, self-deposits, when published, will indeed be available to the public, assigned a DOI, and cataloged. (One exception is the deposit of restricted-use data. These data will be accepted, assigned a DOI, and cataloged; however, restricted-use data will not be distributed until later in the year and then via our virtual data enclave (VDE) with a nominal charge to the data requester.)

Scopus Workshop, 3/12

Please join us for a workshop to learn how Scopus, a citation/abstract database of 50+ million records, with additional tools to track, analyze and visualize research. It’s strongest journal coverage is in science and engineering, but it also indexes social science, arts, and humanities journals.

Wednesday, March 12, 1-2pm, Geisel Library, Room 274
Registration link here, and seating is limited
Faculty, students, staff welcome

At the workshop you’ll learn how to use Scopus to:

  • Find the latest research in your field
  • Find other researchers doing work like yours
  • Find the best journal to submit your work
  • Find out who is citing your work

This workshop will also cover how to use Scopus to track, analyze and visualize research, how Scopus uses ORCID to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications, and how to use Mendeley as a reference manager to make the process of writing papers more efficient.

The UC Libraries have trial access to Scopus for 2014. Your feedback is essential in helping us determine if we can and should continue access beyond this year. We encourage you to try Scopus and send us your feedback.

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