Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References


The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Fall for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free. For more information on how to register, click here.

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

PubMed: The Basics
Wed, Nov 8, noon – 1:30 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Wed, Nov 15, noon – 1:30 pm

***Information Management Series***

Wed, Oct 18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zotero – Drop-in Clinic
Wed, Oct 18, noon – 12:30 pm

EndNote Online
Mon, Nov 6, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Tues, Nov 14, 10:00 – 11:30 am

EndNote Desktop
Thur, Dec 7, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Poetry Reading: A Celebration of Jerome Rothenberg

A half-century after its initial publication, poet Jerome Rothenberg’s brilliant anthology, Technicians of the Sacred, has been revised and expanded, and newly issued by the University of California Press.

The UC San Diego Library will host a celebration of Technicians of the Sacred on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room with a reception to follow. Rothenberg and five other poets—Rae Armantrout, Ben Doller, Sandra Doller, John Bloomberg-Rissman, and Wai-lim Yip—will read from the volume.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the late 20th century, Technicians of the Sacred has exposed generations of readers to the multiple possibilities of poetry throughout the world. This new edition provides readers with a wealth of newly gathered and translated texts from recently reinvigorated indigenous cultures, bringing the volume into the present and further extending the range and depth of what we recognize and read as poetry.

An emeritus professor of visual arts and literature at UC San Diego, Rothenberg has published more than 80 books, spanning poetry, translation, and assemblage. His extensive personal and professional archive is held in Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.

Celebrate Armenian Culture with Library’s One Book, One San Diego Pop-Up Exhibit

The UC San Diego Library has joined the San Diego County Library, the San Diego Public Library, KPBS and other partners in celebrating the 11th year of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program. 

A pop-up exhibit in Geisel reveals the nomination process of One Book, One San Diego and features this year’s selection, The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. The display located in Geisel West, Floor 2 also includes the titles selected for this year’s One Book companion programs: One Book Sin Fronteras selection (La Bastarda de Estambul by Elif Shafakin), One Book for Teens (I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached), and One Book for Kids (My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo).

The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding story of love and war where a young American volunteer, Elizabeth, travels to Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during WWI. There she meets a young Armenian engineer, Armen, who has lost his wife and daughter, and the two fall in love.

The goal of the One BookOne San Diego program is to encourage residents across the region to join in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book while examining how themes presented in the book relate to our daily lives and local communities.

Other events including book discussions, film festivals, and cooking classes will be presented throughout the county to celebrate this year’s One Book, One San Diego selection. For a calendar of events and information about the program, click here.

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.

DML Projects – Animation (using Flash and Wacom Cintiq Tablet

Posted On: May 25, 2016

Even with top of the line equipment and software animation is an incredibly time consuming process. Watch Digital Media Lab assistant Virginia Velasquez draw, animate, and color a 30 second short (sped up 6000%)

For questions or comments email DMLtech@ucsd.edu or visit us in Geisel Library

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More 3D Printers!

Posted On: April 23, 2016

The Digital Media Lab has acquired 2 more Makerbot Replicator 2s and added them to the study room reservation system.


For questions or help making reservations stop by the DML or email DMLtech@ucsd.edu

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DML Projects: Beta Fish Puzzle

Posted On: March 18, 2016

Our DML assistant Crystal used Photoshop to draw and model the fish slices, 3D printed them, then pulled the pieces off while they were still hot to make the fins flowy and natural looking.

Stop by and visit the Digital Media Lab in Geisel 2nd floor East wing, or send questions and comments to DMLtech@ucsd.edu

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Mobile Whiteboards and Markers

Posted On: March 16, 2016

Want to draw out diagrams or work out equations visually? There are now multiple mobile whiteboards in the  East Learning Commons  and the West Commons near the Research Assistance Desk for student use while studying. Students may check out white board markers and erasers in the East Commons on floor 2 or at the Media Desk on floor 1.

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DML Projects: Sculpting the Sun God

Posted On: March 1, 2016

Our newest employee Jorenne Flores took a crack at replicating the Sun God in a program called Meshmixer.

Send questions and comments stop by the DML or email  DMLtech@ucsd.edu

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Think Only of Today: A Documentary about the Life of Holocaust Survivor Max Garcia

Posted On: December 16, 2015

Jews boarding a deportation train at Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands.


Think Only of Today traces the life of Max Garcia from his childhood in Amsterdam, through the Holocaust, and finally to his immigration and life in the United States. Born in 1924, Max was interned in Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz and later Mauthausen. The documentary, which follows Max’s ordeal through war and incarceration, also explores the effect of the Holocaust on succeeding generations. Interviews with Max’s children and grandchildren reveal the different ways individuals from each generation have grappled with the burden of such a searing experience.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at HLHW@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661. More information can also be found at http://lib.ucsd.edu/HLHW.

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