UC San Diego Physicist Flexes ‘BICEP’ to Introduce Controversial New Book

Brian Keating discusses how his work on a telescope at the South Pole led to a story about the world’s most prestigious award

In 1895 Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite sat at a desk in Paris and secretly wrote out his last will and testament. In that document, the man known to many as “the Merchant of Death” stipulated that his vast wealth be distributed in the form of yearly prizes to those who “have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.” In the following years, the Nobel Prize would become the world’s most prestigious honor. Each December, thousands of the world’s elites arrive in Stockholm to dine on reindeer with the King of Sweden in celebration of the achievements of humankind.

Yet, as the University of California San Diego’s Brian Keating explains in his new book “there’s something rotten in Sweden.” Voted one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month, “Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor”  is described as a shot across the bow from Keating and a plea to reform the award that has captivated generations, but often comes at a high price.

Keating will be reading and discussing the book at several events in southern California, including a conversation at UC San Diego on April 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Atkinson Hall Auditorium, co-hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and the UC San Diego Library, a source for several of the historical photographs in the publication. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All books purchased at the event will receive a limited edition gold-plated bookmark, commemorating the book launch. Seating is not guaranteed. RSVP, here. Read more…

Spring Beach Party

Bring your friends and enjoy playing in the sand, free snacks and raffles for prizes! Join us in the Seuss Room, Monday, April 23, from 3pm – 5pm, to attend this new event and celebrate the season with your friends.

Contact LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu with any questions you may have about our de-stress events.

A Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Health Disparities

 

Celebrate Out and Proud Week! On April 26th, 2018 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room, The UC San Diego Library, the LGBT Resource Center, and the UC San Diego LGBT Staff & Faculty Association invite you to hear from UC San Diego health care providers about their experiences serving our community and issues relating to disparities in LGBTQ health service.

Data shared in a 2015 position paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine*  identified some of the key challenges in LGBT healthcare policy and delivery:

  • LGBT people have lower overall access to care, and are less likely to be insured than their heterosexual counterparts.
  • Transgender people face additional challenges to accessing care including stigma and high cost of trans-specific care. As a result, 50% have injected hormones through illegal means.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons are approximately 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder than heterosexual men and women.

Please join our lunchtime presentation and discussion. Learn about a range of topics including San Diego County physicians’ attitudes toward LGBT patients, mental health disparities in the LGBT community, clinical support for transgender children, and providing culturally competent HIV care. Panelists will present for approximately 10 minutes each, and there will be a Q&A session to follow.

Our panelists include:

  • Gregory E. Koch, Psy.D., Psychologist at UCSD’s Muir College
  • Maja Marinkovic, MD, Co-Director of the Gender Management Clinic at Rady Children’s & Endocrinologist
  • Chris Matthews, MD, Director of Research Infrastructure, Owen Clinic and Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Amy Sitapati, MD, Medical Director, La Jolla Internal Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine

A light lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Korey Brunetti (kgbrunetti@ucsd.edu) or Alanna Aiko Moore (aamoore@ucsd.edu) for further details.

 

Triton Day Geisel Library Tours

Congratulations to all the UC San Diego admitted students. The Library is excited to meet you!

Geisel Library and Biomedical Library will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Triton Day (Saturday, April 14, 2018).

Register now on the Triton Day website for the opportunity to tour the Geisel Building and learn about the many academic services and student support initiatives the UC San Diego Library has to offer to incoming and continuing students.

For questions, please contact the tour coordinator, Serafin Raya, via email at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

New Writing Series Features Fiction Writer, Native American Poet and UC San Diego faculty

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming readings from Brian Evenson, Lily Hoang, Meliza Bañales and Layli Long Soldier. The events are free and open to the public!

Brian Evenson — Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 p.m.

Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection “A Collapse of Horses” and the novella “The Warren.” He has also recently published “Windeye” and “Immobility,” both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel “Last Days” won the ALA-RUSA award. His novel “The Open Curtain” was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Persian, Slovenian and Turkish. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.  Read more…

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication

A Talk with Brian Nosek: Improving Openness and Reproducibility 
in Scholarly Communication
Thursday, April 19 • 2-4 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Shifting the scholarly culture toward open access, open data and open workflow is partly an incentives problem, partly an infrastructure problem, and partly a coordination problem.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization working on all three. Central elements of COS’s strategy are to provide policy, incentive, and normative solutions that are applicable across institution, funder, publisher, and society stakeholders, and to provide efficient implementations of those solutions with open-source public goods infrastructure that is branded and operated by the communities themselves (OSF).

Brian Nosek is co-founder and executive director of the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework. COS is enabling open and reproducible research practices worldwide. Brian is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit, a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. Brian investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Nosek applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature’s 10 and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence list. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

A Telescopic History of the Sri Lankan War

Author Samanth Subramanian and book covers for This Divided Island and Following Fish

A Telescopic History of the Sri Lankan War
Friday, April 20, 2018
Doors open at 3:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Please join us on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Writer Samanth Subramanian is a correspondent for The National and the author of two books of reportage, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast and This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, WIRED, Granta, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, 1843- Intelligent Life, Aeon, Mint, Travel + Leisure, and Caravan, among other publications. His longer reported articles occupy the confluence of politics, culture and history, examining the impact of these forces upon life and society; his shorter pieces include op-eds, cultural criticism, and book reviews.

This event is co-sponsored by the South Asia Initiative, UC San Diego Library, and the Indira Foundation.

For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Serafin Raya, via email at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy

Chicano mural at UC San Diego

Film Screening: Chicano Legacy
 Monday, April 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join us to view this short documentary on the power of students to make change. The Chicano Legacy Mural was commissioned at UC San Diego in 2011 as a response to racist incidents on campus. The film explores how the first ever permanent, minority inspired public artwork on campus has inspired students and its impact on campus life.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers Horacio Jones and Jorge Mariscal, and folks featured in the film, including Fnann Keflezighi.

Open to the public. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
For more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

2018 DIY Makers’ Day

DIY Maker's Day

DIY Makers’ Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The Library Sustainability Committee is hosting a DIY Makers’ Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials.

Maker stations include:

  • Make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Make your own button using recycled book covers
  • Make your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Plant a succulent
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis! Bring a totebag to help carry your materials.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

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