New Popular Science Reading – February 2018

Here are some books we’ve just added to our Popular Science collection.

The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel Library Building West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf, arranged by call number so you can browse by topic.

Many of the books under the “On Order” tab already have links to records in Roger, so if there’s one on that list that catches your attention, you can place a Request on the book and be the first one to read it when it arrives.

Book covers from new popular science books

Library Sponsors Hackathon for Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality

HackXR
36-hour VR/ AR Hackathon
February 23-25, 2018
CSE Building, UCSD (EDU3)
Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 16
Register: hackxr.io

The student-run Virtual Reality Club at the University of California San Diego is launching the university’s first-ever hackathon devoted exclusively to software programming for what they call ‘Extended Reality’ (XR) applications.

The 36-hour hackathon will run over three days from 7 p.m. on Friday, February 23 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 25. The event will take place in and around the VR Lab located in the basement of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) building on the UC San Diego campus. The cutoff for registration is February 16, 2018.

“Until now, most hackathons have focused on general software programming, while making room for some hackers who wanted to develop virtual-reality applications,” said HackXR director Anish Kannan, a senior majoring in Computer Science and officer of the VR Club. “We thought it was time to devote an entire hackathon to the growing ranks of students who are developing not only virtual worlds for virtual reality (VR), but also for other points on the spectrum of virtual environments including augmented reality and mixed reality.”

HackXR is open to students from any university (with ID), but organizers are planning to cap participation at 100 entrants because of a limit on the number of XR-related systems available to support all competitors. Available hardware, space, computers, and computer peripherals will include HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts, Microsoft Hololens, Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, Samsung Gear VRs, Google Daydreams and Google Cardboards (for viewing VR programs playing on a smartphone). Mentors will also be available to help participants get mixed-reality software including ARCore and ARKit working on students’ smartphones. Read more…

Materials Science & Engineering Database (new)

UC San Diego now has access to ProQuest’s Materials Science & Engineering Database. This is a single platform to search across multiple MSE databases, including Earthquake Engineering Abstracts and Engineered Materials Abstracts (both already licensed by UC San Diego),  METADEX, Corrosion Abstracts, Environmental Engineering Abstracts, and Ceramic Abstracts, plus full text coverage 2,000+ journals.

Featuring content from 1962 to present, the database supports materials science research, covering topics such as metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and biomaterials and dealing with areas such as corrosion, biotechnology, recycling, sustainability, materials testing and selection, metallurgy, energy and fuels, and new technologies. To support engineering research, the database provides easy access to millions of bibliographic abstracts for deep coverage of engineering research, including civil, mechanical, environmental, earthquake, biomedical, and transportation. Sources go beyond scholarly journals to include grey literature like patents, conference proceedings, government reports, and more.

Let Loose in Seuss: Graduate Student Open House

Geisel Library Open House for Graduate Students
Friday, February 23 • 6-8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Heads up, graduate students! You’re invited to a special after-hours event in Geisel Library. Come check out our space without the crowds and explore some of the great resources and spaces available. Meet and socialize with librarian research specialists, enjoy free food, sample beer, and participate in a scavenger hunt (don’t forget to bring a valid ID). We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Winter for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free.

For more information and to register please go to:
http://library.ucsd.edu/visit/library-workshops/index.html

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am

***Information Management Series***

Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am  Read more…

New Popular Science Reading – January 2018

New year, new books added to the Popular Science collection.

The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel Library Building West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf, arranged by call number so you can browse by topic.

Many of the books under the “On Order” tab already have links to records in Roger, so if there’s one on that list that catches your attention, you can place a Request on the book and be the first one to read it when it arrives.

Book covers for some new popular science books.

Geisel Library’s 8th Floor and Tower Restroom Renovations Continue to Move Forward in Winter 2018

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library continues to move forward as Winter Quarter kicks off. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Winter Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor  is expected to reopen in Spring Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 are expected to be completed in late Spring Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

Library’s Online Services Available During Campus Holiday Closure 2017-18

While ALL UC San Diego Library buildings will be closed during the campus holiday closure, access to most of our online resources will be unaffected. Information about the various Library services available during the closure can be found at lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure. Faculty, students, and staff can access Library-licensed online resources via the campus VPN.

Instructors who plan to offer Library-supported course reserves during winter quarter 2018 should submit requests at https://reserves.ucsd.edu/ares/ as soon as possible. Requests submitted after December 20, 2017 may not be available for student use until after winter quarter instruction has begun.

As noted on the Library Hours web page, all UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED from Saturday, December 23, 2017, to Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Library buildings will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season!

Brace Yourself — 3-D Technology Helps Sea Turtle Thrive

Birch Aquarium teams up with the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab to 3-D print a brace for its Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Birch Aquarium has teamed up with the Library’s Digital Media Lab to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This gap, along with an abnormal curve of her spine and paralysis of her back flippers, is likely due to trauma experienced in the wild before she was rescued.

When she arrived at Birch Aquarium in 2014, the juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle weighed just 74.5 pounds. She has since thrived, gaining more than 130 pounds.

“That growth has really exacerbated her condition. Without our intervention, the sea turtle could have gastro-intestinal and urogenital systems complications,” said Jenn Nero Moffatt, senior director of animal care, science and conservation for the aquarium. “We teamed up with the Digital Media Lab at Geisel Library to create a brace that will prevent the shell from curving further downward and will promote more normal growth. It’s our goal to prevent further complications and keep her as healthy and happy as possible.”  Read more…

Project Euclid Journals – Access Restored

Update – Project Euclid has fixed their server problem and UCSD users may again access the mathematical/statistical literature we’ve licensed on that platform.

The mathematics and statistics journals found on Project Euclid are not accessible today due to server problems at Cornell. They expect the site to be functioning by tomorrow November 15, 2017.

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