Workshop: Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis of Declassified CORONA Satellite Imagery

Corona Workshop 2018 flyer

The UC San Diego Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability at the Qualcomm Institute and the UC San Diego Library are hosting a free workshop May 15 – 16, 2018 that will explore the technical aspects and research applications of declassified, Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery. In operation from 1960-1972, the CORONA satellite program collected over 860,000 images across the entire globe, all of which are now publicly available through the USGS. These extraordinary, high-resolution images preserve a unique picture of the world as it appeared a half-century ago, and have become a critical research tool in archaeology, environmental science, geography and other disciplines. The workshop is led by Jesse Casana, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. The workshop will take place in the Geisel Library.

Workshop: Acquisition, Processing, and Analysis of Declassified CORONA Satellite Imagery

Funded by the Corona Atlas project itself, this will be a great opportunity to learn about this dataset and the methods that the instructors have developed to analyze it. Please see the attached flyer and distribute to any of your staff and students that might be interested.

Registration is required as space is limited. For more information and registration, visit the website.

Walk-In Expert Consultations Now Offered at the Digital Media Lab

We’re excited to announce that the Digital Media Lab is piloting a new program to offer walk-in expert consultations with our experienced student staff!  Starting Tuesday, May 2 and extending through the end of spring term, the DML will offer walk-in expert consultations for select software and workflows.

Tuesdays from 2 to 10 p.m. with DML Assistant Janice Zhao. Get help with:

Janice Zhao is a 4th year Computer Science student with wide technical skills and an affinity for artistic 3D modeling and digital physics simulations.

Schedule an appointment with Janice here.

Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with DML Assistant Alex Chen. Get help with:

Alex Chen is a 4th year Product Design Major who loves photography and customizing his own gear with 3D printing.

Schedule an appointment with Alex here.

HERSTORY: The Legal History of Chinese-American Women

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel

Between Two Consensus: The Spanish Civil War in the Current Spanish Novel
Wednesday, May 2 • 3-5 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Sponsored by the Literature Department, History Department and UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

In the last few years, many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War appeared in the literary market in Spain. This was a strange phenomenon: the society that was born after Franco’s dictatorship was a society without memory. The democratic Spanish society that was born during the so-called “Transition” was based on silence and oblivion agreements. In this context, the Spanish Civil War turned into a taboo: it could open old wounds and it could wake up the old ghosts of the war. The Transition spirit urged the Spanish people to look ahead, towards European progress and modernity. But, suddenly, the society changed and started to look back. In the year 2000, the “Asociación por la recuperación de la memoria histórica” (Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory) was founded, and many novels dealing with the Spanish Civil War were published. It was great news; apparently, literature had started to fight against the silence and oblivion established during the Democratic Transition. Seemingly, these novels broke the Transition agreements. However, when we start to read these novels we realize they do not question the Transition agreements, they also strengthen them. This presentation will analyze how these novels reproduce two consensus: the Transition consensus and the Neoliberal consensus.

Sign Up for a Spring Quarter Geisel Library Tour!

UC San Diego Library tours showcase the wide variety of study spaces, library collections, technologies, equipment, and amenities offered within Geisel Library, and offer an introduction to the many services its staff provide. Services and spaces offered in the nearby Biomedical Library Building are also mentioned. Tours are approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Tours for Spring, 2018:

Registration is now open.  Tours are available every Wednesday and Thursday at 1:00 pm until May 30th. Available times will change each academic term.

Visit the Library Tours information page for more details. 

Specialized Tours:

Tours of the Biomedical Library Building (BLB) may be available for scholars with research interests related to health sciences. Tours conducted by subject librarians can be available during the week for UCSD classes, departments, and Visiting Scholars. Contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu for details and arrangements.

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Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey and Win Prizes!

Every student has a voice, let your voice be heard! The UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES)  is an official UC survey conducted every two years at all nine general UC campuses. The survey is a vital tool in learning about student experiences on campus, and how staff can improve undergraduate life. Campus staff and decision makers were alerted about affordability and diversity issues at UC San Diego following a study of the survey results. The Undergraduate Experience Survey has made an impact. Did you know the Triton Food Pantry was created after findings from UCUES?

When you complete the survey, you’re entered into prize drawings that include $40 Visa gift cards and a $250 Grand Prize. Several drawings will take place throughout the survey period, so the sooner you complete UCUES, the more chances to win. UCUES is also giving away four iPads and one Apple Watch each day during the first week of May for a total of five Apple prizes (one per day).

The next UCUES will not be offered again at UC San Diego until spring 2020. This will be your last opportunity, for some time, to have your voice heard through the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey.

Complete the survey today!

JSOE Research Expo – Library Prize Winner

Congratulations to Andrei Pissarenko, this year’s winner for “Best Use of the Engineering Literature,” an award given out by our engineering librarians every year at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo. Andrei is a 3rd year PhD student in Marc Meyers’ group in MAE.

A Simscape Based Mesostructural Model of Skin Mechanics (abstract)

Andrei Pissarenko, with his poster.

Andrei Pissarenko, with his poster.

A Look Back at 30 Years of History: The Beginning of CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center

  

For 30 years, UC San Diego’s CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center has provided survivor support services and prevention education for campus sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Back in 1988, the center was known as the Student Safety Awareness Program and was staffed by one full-time employee and two student interns. Despite being a small team, CARE (Campus, Advocacy, Resources and Education) at the Sexual Assault Resource Center had a big impact. The program was one of the first holistic and stand-alone campus victim services programs within the UC system.

To celebrate their milestone anniversary and to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the UC San Diego Library has teamed up with CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center for an exhibit that will highlight official announcements, press clippings, reference manuals and training materials that illustrate the evolution of this vital program on campus and violence prevention as a national movement. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, April 10 through Thursday, May 31 in Geisel Library West, 1st Floor, near the Research Assistance Desk.

SAAM events on campus include Succulents for SAAM April 17, Friends Supporting LGBTQIA+ Survivors April 18, Denim Day April 25, and more! A full calendar of events can be found hereRead more…

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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.

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