New Popular Science Books – June 2015

Start your summer break with some new books in 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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Artistic Display Brings Zooplankton Into Focus

UCSD student’s art show inspired by collaboration with the Jaffe Lab at Scripps

Original Article Written By: Brittany Hook, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Artistic depictions of zooplankton currently adorn the walls of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, as well as the entrance of the Biomedical Library, thanks to a showcase created by UC San Diego biology student and artist Elizabeth Stringer.

Stringer’s two-part exhibit, My Meditations End in Reverie, was inspired by the time she has spent working as a volunteer in the Jaffe Laboratory for Underwater Imagery and in the Physical-Biological Interactions Lab of biological oceanographer Peter Franks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a part of UC San Diego. The exhibit’s paintings and backlit photographs bring to life the mysterious world of zooplankton, microscopic animals that float near the surface in marine environments.

This project has allowed Stringer, a double major in human biology and studio arts, to combine her passion for science with the arts. “I use my art practice to express my own passion that I have for biology and to play and make sense of the biological facts swimming in my head,” said Stringer. Read more…

New Popular Science Books – May 2015

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection, shelved in Geisel 2 West. You can 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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Library Workshops – NCBI Resources, SciFinder, Patents, PubMed

This month’s hands-on workshops to learn more about some of the best resources for your science and engineering research. Classes are free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Note that some classes are in the Geisel Library Building, and others are at the Biomedical Library Building.

 

The UC San Diego Library is hosting a live-streaming webinar from the University of Michigan’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Discovery Workshops, which will be held May 5 & 6. Each 2.5-hour session consists of hands-on work emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources, using specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools. The workshops will be broadcast in the Biomedical Library’s Classroom 3, and computers are available.

Gene Expression Resources at the NCBI (register)
May 5 (Tues),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:00 – 12:30 pm

You will find, display and analyze microarray and sequence-based expression data that are stored in the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), Sequence Read Archive (SRA), UniGene, and Epigenomics databases to investigate the potential for expression of transcript splice variants and examine the levels of expression under varied experimental conditions as well as in different tissues and disease states. You will analyze Microarray data the on-demand GEO2R tool and will explore the precomputed transcript analyses that are displayed on the UniGene and GEO Profiles pages. You will explore genome-aligned RNA-Seq data through the Gene database’s sequence viewer displays and analyze raw RNA-Seq reads in the SRA database using NCBI’s SRA-BLAST service.

NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbiome to Human (register)
May 6 (Wed),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
10:00 – 12:30 pm

NCBI BioProject, BioSample, Genomes and Assembly databases Annotation products from the Eukaryotic and Microbial genome annotation pipelines Environmental and organismal metagenomes Accessing wgs data in the Sequence Read Archive (SRA) Specialized genomic and SRA BLAST services Downloading genome sequences and next-gen reads from the NCBI FTP and Aspera sites.


SciFinder Essentials for Chemists and Non-Chemists (register)
May 6 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1
10:00 – 11:30 am

SciFinder is one of the core information resources for exploring the chemical literature, but it’s not just for chemists. It can also be helpful to researchers in engineering, environmental sciences, physics, and radiology and other health sciences.

This hands-on workshop will cover the SciFinder essentials: topic and author searching, improving your search results, accessing the full text articles, and how SciFinder compares with other databases like Web of Science. You’ll also learn to search CAS Registry to find chemical substance information, and get an introduction to the built-in editor for drawing chemical structures and reactions.

Patents & Patent Searching (register)
May 13 (Wed),
Geisel Lib Bldg, Classroom 1
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Patents are critically important in protecting intellectual property and companies are investing fortunes in them to safeguard their inventions. It is estimated that between 2010 and 2012 in the smartphone industry alone, over $20 billion was spent on patent purchases and litigation. Without the protection afforded by patent coverage, technological innovation would dry up.

In this class, you will learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer, what to expect in the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn how you can work with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office to manage and protect your inventions. Finally, learn about free web search engines you can use to discover if your invention has already been patented. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, this class will give you valuable insight into how patents work.

PubMed Essentials (register)
May 14 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
11:00 – 12:30 pm

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials (register)
May 28 (Thurs),
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

SciFinder Essentials for Chemists and Non-Chemists Workshop (May 6)

SciFinder Essentials for Chemists and Non-Chemists Workshop

May 6 (Wed), 10:00 – 11:30 am
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 3
Register

SciFinder is one of the core information resources for exploring the chemical literature, but it’s not just for chemists. Since SciFinder indexes the literature in chemistry and related sciences it can also be extremely helpful to researchers in engineering (chemical, nano, materials science, bioengineering, MAE, etc.), environmental sciences, physics, and radiology and other biomedical sciences.

This hands-on workshop will cover the SciFinder essentials: topic and author searching, improving your search results, accessing the full text articles, and how SciFinder compares with other databases like Web of Science, PubMed and Reaxys. You’ll also learn to search CAS Registry to find chemical substance information, and get an introduction to the built-in editor for drawing chemical structures and reactions.

Library Research Prizes – JSoE Research Expo

Last week 200 engineering graduate students shared their research in the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo. The Library was pleased present awards for best use of the library literature to:

The Rudee Outstanding Poster Award went to Jinxing Li for Artificial Micromotors in the Mouse’s Stomach: A Step Towards In Vivo Use of Biomedical Micro-robots.

“My Meditations End in Reverie”

Elizabeth Stringer Exhibition

An art installation, My Meditations End in Reverie, by UC San Diego student Elizabeth Stringer is now on display through May. The exhibition is divided into two parts, located in both the Seuss Room Foyer within Geisel Library and in the Biomedical Library Building entry.

With an educational background as a double major in Human Biology and Art Studio Practice, Stringer has found herself within a world of growing rationalism  in contemporary science and society. By allowing this mode of thinking to be the guide of passion, she investigates the poetic microcosm, a private world of self  that is able to incorporate and convey the many facets of the world within a singular moment, which is more specifically contained within the informative  lens of research.  Read more…

New Popular Science Books – March 2015

Some recent additions to our Popular Science Collection over in Geisel West 2. You can browse our 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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February Workshops – PubMed, Refworks, and Patents

The Library’s Febrary workshops (complete list for Winter 2015)

PubMed Essentials
Feb 4 (Wed), 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
Register

This hands-on workshop focuses on what every user needs to know about PubMed, whether doing a search for a specific author or topic using keywords. Learn to focus your results with limits, become familiar with the features of the advanced search screen, and know how to use UC E-Links to easily get to full text articles.

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Feb 18 (Wed), 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Biomed Lib Bldg, Classroom 3
Register

Move beyond the basics to refine and expand your searching skills. Learn about MeSH terms and how to use them in a search. Use MyNCBI and its numerous tools to keep you updated and to customize PubMed for your most frequent types of searches. Great for the frequent searcher.

Patents & Patent Searching
Feb. 12, 2015 (Tues), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geisel Lib Classroom 1
Register

Patents are critically important in protecting intellectual property and companies are investing fortunes in them to safeguard their inventions. It is estimated that between 2010 and 2012 in the smartphone industry alone, over $20 billion was spent on patent purchases and litigation. Without the protection afforded by patent coverage, technological innovation would dry up.

In this class, you will learn how patents protect your intellectual property and what rights they confer, what to expect in the patent application process, how to read and interpret patent documents, and why international patents matter. Learn how you can work with the UCSD Technology Transfer Office to manage and protect your inventions. Finally, learn about free web search engines you can use to discover if your invention has already been patented. Even if you don’t have an invention on the drawing board, this class will give you valuable insight into how patents work.

Refworks
Feb 18 (Wed), 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Geisel Lib Bldg Classroom 3
Register

Learn how to organize your references and instantly format your research papers, articles, and other publications using APA, NLM and hundreds of other writing styles. You’ll also learn how to download references using your favorite research databases and library catalogs. Collaborate with other authors via the RefShare tool.

New UCSD Database – MarinLit (Marine Natural Products)

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The UCSD Library recently licensed the MarinLit Database. Once available only to individuals through the University of Canterbury, it was acquired in late 2013 by the Royal Society of Chemistry and now offered to campuses with a site license.

MarinLit is a text and structural searchable database of the marine natural product literature, with some unique search features and dereplication tools that are not available in our other chemical information resources. This database will be useful to anyone researching marine natural products at SIO, SSPPS, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. There are numerous ways to search the database, including:

  • Bibliographic Information: article title and citation, author, trivial name
  • Taxonomy
  • Location
  • Compound (for dereplication of newly isolated compounds): name, structure, molecular formula, mass, UV maxima, functional groups, NMR predicted shifts

If you have questions about using MarinLit, please contact Amy Butros (abutros@ucsd.edu) or Teri Vogel (tmvogel@ucsd.edu).

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