BrowZine – Stay Current with Your Favorite Scholarly Journals

UC San Diego faculty, staff and students now have access to BrowZine. It’s a service that allows you to browse, organize, read and keep up with your favorite scholarly journals licensed by UC San Diego, either on your desktop/laptop via their website, or through an app on your mobile device. BrowZine covers arts, humanities, social science, engineering and science journals from hundreds of commercial, society, and university press publishers. The Library has licensed it through June 2017, at which point we will look at usage and feedback to determine whether to renew.

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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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JSOE Research Expo Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Library Research Prize at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo. Every year the science and engineering librarians award prizes to 2 graduate students for demonstrating the best use of the engineering literature.

 

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Jae-Young Jung (Materials Science)

Avoiding Brain Injury: A Comparative Analysis of the Woodpecker Skull

Advisor: Joanna M. McKittrick

Byeongkeun Kang (ECE)

Real-Time Sign Language Fingerspelling Recognition Using Convolutional Neural Networks from Depth Map

Advisor: Truong Nguyen

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Open Access Publishing Workshop (for Grads, Postdocs) – April 26

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Expand the reach of your scholarly work

Workshop for Postdocs and Graduate Students
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Horizon Room, Career Services Center

Register at https://libraryopenaccess2016.eventbrite.com

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Climate Change at the Crossroads Series Honors Scripps Science

63_ClimateChangeSeriesThe Library will hold a series of events this April in recognition of Earth Month 2016. The Climate Change at the Crossroads series salutes renowned climate scientists at the university’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography with three events that will shed light on different facets of climate change, including the need for a unified disciplinary approach, the impact of deceptive campaigns to confuse the public, and the importance of clear and accurate scientific communications. All events are free and open to the public, and will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library.  Reservations are recommended, see links below.

The Climate Change at the Crossroads series will kick off on Wednesday, April 6, with a talk by  Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a distinguished professor of atmospheric and climate sciences at Scripps on Bending the Curve of Climate Change: Why Do We Need an Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy? Read more…

Celebrating Earth Month 2016: Climate Change at the Crossroads

A Series Featuring Scripps Institution of Oceanography Climate Scientists

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Sea surface temperature anomalies on Nov. 12, 2015. Image: NOAA

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

A salute to the renowned climate scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography illuminating different aspects of climate change challenges—the case for a more unified approach that includes religious leaders and social scientists, the tools of deception, and the communications challenges faced by scientists.

Scripps Distinguished Professor of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences Veerabhadran Ramanathan at Scripps Pier. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Bending the Curve of Climate Change: Why Do We Need an Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy?

RSVP at climate-change-at-the-crossroads-april6.eventbrite.com

Scripps distinguished climate and atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan is known for his pioneering research on climate change and climate change mitigation, including his discovery that man-made gases and pollutants other than CO2 contribute to global warming and that taking action on them can result in a quick reduction in greenhouse gases. The recipient of the Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nation’s highest environmental honor, Ramanathan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and played a key role in advising Pope Francis and other religious leaders on climate change issues. He is also playing a leadership role in the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, in which the UC system has pledged to nearly eliminate its contribution to global warming. Read more…

Workshop: Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research

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There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work. Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

Topics covered:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Pre-Analysis plans
  • Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow.

This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows.

RSVP:  https://goo.gl/bIHJ5Z

LOCATION: San Diego Supercomputer Center in the Synthesis Center, La Jolla, CA 92093
DATE: Friday, April 29, 2016
TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The workshop will be led by April Clyburne-Sherin, Reproducible Research Evangelist at the Center for Open Science and coheads their training programs for reproducible research methods. She has an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph.

SCOAP3 Publishes 10,000th Open Access Article

SCOAP3 celebrates the publication of its 10,000th Open Access article. Since the start of its operation in 2014, the initiative has supported Open Access publication of High-Energy-Physics articles in 10 high-quality peer-reviewed journals. More than 18,000 scientists from over 90 countries have benefited from this initiative…

SCOAP3 – the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics is a partnership of 3,000 libraries (including the California Digital Library), funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries, together with 3 intergovernmental organisations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors by redirecting funds previously used for subscriptions.

 

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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Social media data now available via Crimson Hexagon

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Do you use social media posts as a data source? The Library is piloting (through September 30, 2017) a subscription to Crimson Hexagon, a web-based library of social media posts (updated in real-time) and social media analysis software platform. Posts can be searched using keywords and then either downloaded for off-line analysis with third party tools or analyzed using Crimson Hexagon’s data visualizations.

Data sources include:

  • Twitter: Full Twitter Firehose (all public tweets) through a direct partnership with Twitter beginning July 2010. Twitter content via the Gardenhose from July 2009.
  • Tumblr: Full Tumblr Firehose through a direct partnership with Tumblr beginning January 2015.
  • Google Plus
  • Blogs, for example blogspot.com.
  • Forums, for example reddit.com and yahoo.com.
  • Facebook
  • Instagram Hashtags
  • Reviews: Product-based reviews from consumer sites such as tripadvisor.com and amazon.com.
  • News: Fact-based articles by formal news organizations, such as CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.
  • Comments: Reader responses to blogs, news, and forum posts.
  • YouTube: Content from video descriptions and comments.
  • Weibo*: As of September 1, 2015, currently unavailable due to the Chinese Government has forcing SINA to suspend all data leaving China through any and all data delivery vehicles pending an official policy regarding foreign use.

For more information on using Crimson Hexagon, see our guide or contact Annelise Sklar (asklar@ucsd.edu), Social Sciences Collection Coordinator, or Tim Dennis (timdennis@ucsd.edu), Data Services & Collections Librarian.

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