Psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale Deciphers Psyche of Nazi Leaders in New Book

AnatomyofMaliceCoverAfter World War II came to an end in 1945, the mass killing and sheer devastation wrought by the Nazis off the battlefield began to emerge in shocking detail. Some 11 million civilians—both Jews and non-Jews, including about 1.5 million children—were killed during the Holocaust. When the Allies convened the international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, American psychiatrist Douglas Kelley and psychologist Gustave Gilbert conducted extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests, in an attempt to grasp and shed light on the psychological profiles of the Third Reich leadership.

University of California San Diego Psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, equipped with the tools of modern psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience, takes a fresh look at the unsettling findings in his new book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals (Yale University Press, May 2016). Dimsdale, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry will discuss and sign copies of his book on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at a talk sponsored by the UC San Diego Library. The event is open to the public and will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on the UC San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Bookstore will provide copies of the book for purchase. The event is free of charge but reservations are suggested and can be made at: AnatomyOfMaliceDimsdale.eventbrite.comRead more…

New Popular Science Books – May 2016

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection, including Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.

Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

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New Popular Science Reading – March 2016

Just in time for spring break.

Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

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Book publishing that’s Open Access and high quality? Consider Luminos from UC Press.

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UC San Diego authors in the market for a publisher should consider Luminos, the Open Access (OA) publishing program for scholarly monographs from UC Press. Luminos titles go through the same rigorous selection and peer review processes as all other UC press books and are published in both digital and traditional formats. The digital editions of all Luminos-published titles are available free of charge to anyone in the world, which makes them widely accessible to readers regardless of their home institution’s library budget and ideal for assigned course readings in the age of prohibitively high textbook prices. The traditional print copies are available for purchase, review copies, and other publicity such as conference booths.  Both versions will be identical in content and layout, but digital editions can also include live links and interactive multimedia such as audio, video, or maps.

In the OA model, publishing costs are shifted from the final product’s readers to the content creators, in this case: the author and UC Press. Authors are not paid royalties, as any revenue from print sales helps offset the costs of the OA digital editions. UC Press calculates the cost of OA monograph publishing at approximately $15,000; the author’s contribution for University of California faculty, books based on UC dissertations, and books in series where the editor is UC faculty is $5,000.

To support this venture, UC San Diego Library will cover the (full) author fee of $5000 for UC San Diego authors’ accepted books. For more information, contact Annelise Sklar (asklar@ucsd.edu), the Social Sciences Collection Coordinator.

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire

Join the Library for a discussion and book signing with Mark Hanna, Historian & Author of Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Faculty Club, The Lounge

Light refreshments will be served.

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire_LARGEMark Hanna is an associate professor of History at UC San Diego, and one of the nation’s top authorities on pirates. Hanna is the author of the new book, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire (2015, University of North Carolina Press). In his book, he sheds a fresh light on pirates, traditionally depicted as fearless adventurers on the high seas. He examines the crucial role that pirates played on land by contributing to the commercial and economic development of port towns in early America and the British Empire. Hanna’s earlier work, The Pirate’s Nest: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charles Town, 1670-1740, challenged prevailing interpretations of piracy and also harnessed the phenomenon of piracy to illuminate the history of early America in the Atlantic world.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, contact Mariah Fellows at mfellows@ucsd.edu or 858-534-0533. For directions and parking information, click here.

New Popular Science Reading – January 2016

Some Popular Science reading to start off the new year. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to get a call number. The books are shelved on the main (2nd) floor in the Geisel West Wing, near the Research Assistance Desk and New Books shelf. If the one you want is checked out, just place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and held for you when it’s returned.

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November’s New Popular Science Titles

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned.

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New Popular Science Reading – October 2015

Recent additions to our Popular Science Collection. Browse the new titles online, then click the book cover to see if the book’s available. If not, you can place a request in the catalog to have the book recalled and have it held for you when it’s returned. See anything that looks good?

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Organic Reactions (new resource)

This summer the UC San Diego Library licensed the Wiley major reference work/database Organic Reactions.

Organic Reactions is a series of critical reviews focusing on 240,000+ important and useful synthetic reactions, “…much more than a surfeit of primary references; they constitute a distillation of an avalanche of information into the knowledge needed to correctly implement a reaction.”

Each review includes:

  • A critical discussion of the featured type of reaction, including mechanism, scope and limitations, applications to synthesis, and comparison with other methods.
  • A step-by-step guide to performing it, enabling the user to successfully repeat the process quickly.
  • Dedicated compilations of information about each reaction including extensive tables that catalog all published examples of the reaction in the literature, as well as safety and procedural guidance to help ensure safety and success in their execution.

You can search the series by standard bibliographic fields like author, title and full-text/keyword, as well as:

  • Chemical name, molecular weight or formula, reaction keyword (browse or search), catalyst, solvent, temperature, yield
  • Use the MarvinSketch editor to draw or import structures and reactions.

Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook (new resource)

The UC San Diego Library has acquired the latest edition of Mechanical Engineers’ Handbook from Wiley. This reference source covers key areas in engineering, perfect if you need an overview of unfamiliar topics. The articles cover the basics while providing references to key resources for further reading.

Volumes and sample articles:

  1. Materials and Engineering Mechanics
    Stainless Steels, Smart Materials, Quantitative Methods of Materials Selection, Nickel and Its Alloys, Stress Analysis, Vibration and Shock, Acoustics, Introduction to the Finite-Element Method.
  2. Design, Instrumentation and Controls
    Reliability in the Mechanical Design Process, Life-Cycle Design, Reliability int he Mechanical Design Process, Electric Circuits, Data Acquisition and Display Systems, Mathematical Models of Dynamics Physical Systems
  3. Manufacturing and Management
    Production Processes and Equipment, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Coatins and Surface Engineering, Engineering Economy, Total Quality Management for Mechanical Engineers, What the Law Requires of the Engineer
  4. Energy and Power
    Thermodynamics Fundamentals, Heat Transfer Fundamentals, Mechanics of Incompressible Fluids, Biofuels for Transportation, Liquid Fossil Fuels from Petroleum, Solar Energy Measurements
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