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…

UC San Diego Library Launches “Showcase Your Bookface” Contest

Channel your literary creativity and artistic spirit into creating your best bookface! Bookface is the growing trend of matching your face or part of your body to a book cover to illustrate a melding of life and art. The top five entries will receive a $20 Audrey’s Café gift card!

We encourage those interested in participating to browse and explore book covers for inspiration at the UC San Diego Bookstore, local bookstores, public libraries. 

Contest Details

Timing: Monday, February 5 (12:01 a.m. PST) – Wednesday, February 28 (11:59 p.m. PST)

How to enter:

  • Find the perfect book cover to capture your #Bookface.
  • Follow our Instagram page @ucsdlibrary then upload your entry to your Instagram account with the hashtag #GeiselBookface in the caption.

Who can enter: Current UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  

For the official rules and guidelines, click here. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, technical quality, and compliance with the contest rules.

Tips:

  • If the face on the book cover is the same size as your face, hold the book close; if smaller than your face, hold the book further away.
  • Get your friends involved (hold the book, take the picture, or have them pose with you).

Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora

Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora Exhibit
February 1-28, 2018
Geisel Lobby (near east wing)

An exhibit of Fantastic Fans of the African Diaspora is featured February 128 in Geisel Library on the UC San Diego campus for Black History Month.

Among the items on display in three flat cases near Geisel’s east wing (main floor) are hand-held paper fans from North America popular throughout the 1900’s. The fans were distributed throughout churches and at civic assembly meetings to keep cool and relay information. These fans were a particularly important advertising tool for the African-American community. Black-owned businesses could be advertised on one side of the fan and an inspirational message or uplifting graphic on the other.

Also on display, vintage  fans featuring iconic images and inspirational messages of the Civil Rights Movement, woven fans from the African continent, and souvenir fans from many nations relaying the African diaspora.

For more information about the exhibit contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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.

Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure

Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure – with Martin Haas
Wednesday, February 7 • 5:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

All HLHW events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Martin Haas

On Wednesday, February 7, the Holocaust Living History Workshop series will feature UC San Diego professor emeritus Martin Haas who will share the tragic history of his family’s death and his experience in court where he came face-to-face with the man who was involved in his family’s murder.

In 2009, Haas participated as a co-plaintiff in the Bavarian Superior Court case against the Ukrainian-born Ivan Demjanjuk, a U.S. citizen who had participated in the mass-extermination of European Jews during World War II. What does it mean to come face to face with a man who was involved in the murder of one’s family? Does a belated reckoning such as the Munich trial permit true closure?

In this talk, Haas relates the tragic history of his family and shares his experience in court. Born into a Dutch-Jewish family, Haas spent WWII in hiding with a Catholic family. In 1946 he was adopted by a distant relative and emigrated to Israel where he would earn a degree in electrical engineering and serve three years in the Israeli Army. He subsequently studied biophysics at UC Berkeley and obtained his Ph.D. in biology. In 1981 Haas joined the UC San Diego faculty as professor of biology and oncology.

 For more information, visit our website at library.ucsd.edu/hlhwFor information about accessible parking on campus, click hereMore information about parking on campus.

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!

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes against Humanity”
With Award-Winning Author, Philippe Sands
February 28, 2018 • 7:00 p.m.
Hojel Auditorium
Sponsored by Michelle and William Lerach

On Wednesday, February 28, the HLHW series will feature Philippe Sands.

An extraordinary tale about human rights and their adversaries sits at the heart of  Sands’ book, East West Street. A professor of law and director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently about international law for leading newspapers. He was prominently featured in My Nazi Legacy, a documentary released in 2015.

This event will be held in Hojel Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with a reception and book signing to follow. Copies of East West Street will be available for purchase at the event from Warwick’s. RSVP is required at hlhw_sands_eventbrite.com.

Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940-1970 Exhibit

Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940-1970 Exhibit
February 1 – 28, 2018
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing

A group of Tuskegee Airmen in uniform standing in front of a military plan

In honor of Black History Month, the UC San Diego Library is hosting the Tuskegee Airmen and the Great Western Migration, 1940-1970 Exhibit.  The story of the Tuskegee Airmen who settled in the western United States often gets lost in the telling of the larger Tuskegee Airmen narrative. The western migration is one of the most pivotal moments in African American history as people sought out better economic opportunities and an escape from racialized violence in the south.

African Americans left the southern United States in record numbers during the Second Great Migration, a period spanning over thirty years between World War II through the emergence of the Black Power Movement in the late 1960s to the early 1970s.  An estimated five million African Americans left the south between the early 1940s to the late 1970s.  This massive movement of African Americans is estimated to have been more than twice the size of the first Great Migration that occurred during the early 20th Century through World War I. It reshaped the social, political, cultural, and economic future of not only African Americans, but also the United States

The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators in the US Military, were an important part of this migration story.  Their western migration was similar to many other African American service members who left the south in significant numbers after their military service during the three decades.  They moved west for economic opportunities in the growing defense industry, military bases, and other industries that had recently opened up opportunities for African Americans.  They also moved west seeking an escape from the brutality of southern racism.

The exhibit will cover three main time periods from 1940-1970:

  • World War II
  • The Western Migration of African Americans
  • The Emergence of the Black Middle Class in the Western United States

This traveling exhibit is on loan from the UC Riverside Library. The Special Collections & Archives houses the notable Tuskegee Airmen Collections.

To learn more, check out the following resources from the UC San Diego Library’s collections:

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Winter Writing Series Features Dream Delivery Poet, Tarot illustrator, and Russian Flash Fiction Writer


UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming  readings from Mathias Svalina, Cristy C. Road, and Linor Goralik. The writing series are free and open to the public!

Mathias Svalina – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 pm

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, including The Wine-Dark Sea, Wastoid, & Destruction Myth. His writing has been widely published & anthologized, & has received awards from The Pushcart Prize, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, & New Michigan Press, among others. In 2006 he co-founded the small press Octopus Books, for which he continues to be an editor. He started the Dream Delivery Service in 2014 & has traveled around the country delivering dreams every day to subscribers in various American cities including San Diego. The Dream Delivery Service has held residencies with MCA Denver, MOCA Tucson, Austin Modern, & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been profiled on BBC World News, & NPR’s Morning EditionRead more…

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Saturday, April 7, 2018
Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor, west wing

Southern California cultural institutions are currently celebrating Latin American and Latino/a art through Pacific Standard Time, a collaborative effort initiated by the Getty Foundation. From San Diego to Santa Barbara, museums, libraries, and galleries are mounting exhibitions about ancient or pre-modern worlds, others are hosting studies of individual artists in the modern and contemporary environments.

The UC San Diego Library has chosen to draw on one of its strengths and explore Latin American and Latino/a artists’ books published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The artists hail from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, and the United States.  All of the works exhibited are drawn from Special Collections & Archives, which houses the Library’s extensive collection of artists’ books.

Artists’ books go beyond the traditional book format in their wide-ranging use of materials and methods of presentation. Artists’ books may be accordion, scroll, box, sculpture, painted, or any other form. They can be in a variety of media. The subject matter can be anything, and they may be unique or mass produced. Books selected for this exhibition provide examples of the richness of the artists’ books collection in the UC San Diego Library as well as acknowledge the significance of Latin American and Latino/a resources to the UC San Diego community.


“Celebrating Pacific Standard Time at UC San Diego Library”
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Monday, April 2, 2018 
Geisel Library, first floor

A complementary exhibit highlighting Latin American and Latino/a art from the Library’s Arts Collection is on view near the Media Desk on the 1st floor. The Library has pulled together publications from the Arts Collection including related exhibition catalogues, museum catalogues, monographs, and other print documentation. Enjoy!

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