Science is predicated on trust. Confidence in the ethical and responsible conduct of others is the basis of scientific work. A new exhibit at the Science & Engineering Library features some of the elements of scientific integrity: data management, collaboration, publication, whistle-blowing, and social responsibility. Also featured are several prominent cases of scientific fraud, including Korean stem cell fraud, falsification of data by a Lucent Technologies researcher, and Piltdown Man. Books from the S&E Library’s collection on scientific ethics can also be viewed. This is a partner exhibit to the SSHL display on plagiarism. Through January 2009.
Scientific Integrity Exhibit
Books on Scientific Ethics
Visit the S&E Library and see posters describing the projects underway by Teams in Engineering Service (TIES). TIES is an innovative service-learning academic program putting UCSD undergraduates and their technical and creative skills to work for San Diego non-profit organizations. Multi-disciplinary teams of UCSD students design, build and deploy projects that solve technology-based problems for community partners. Projects include a grocery shopping assistant for the visually impaired, environmental education for middle schoolers, an electronic medical records project, a campus of the future, and more. Please stop by and take a look. Posters will be on display through January 2009.
Last Thursday the American Chemical Society – Student Affiliates held their 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Among the awards given that night was one from the S&E Library for best use of the literature, which was awarded to Margaret Yandell. She will receive a $125 bookstore giftcard, and her winning poster will be on display in the library starting next week.
Characterization of the ROS Generating Capacity and Radical Content of Combusted Particulate Matter
Margaret A. Yandell
Principal Investigator, Kimberly A. Prather
The Science & Engineering Library celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and achievements this month with an exhibit featuring prominent scientists, inventions, and achievements of Asian and Pacific Island origins. Come read about the technology of gunpowder, silk, ceramics, the outrigger canoe, Korean metallurgy, and other inventions. Read about prominent Asian-American Nobel Prize winners Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Physics), Tsung-Dao Lee (Physics), Steven Chu (Physics), H. Gobind Khorana (Medicine), and Samuel C.C. Ting (Physics). And find out about the many achievements of UCSD’s own Y.C. Bert Fung, founder of the Department of Bioengineering and recipient of numerous awards. Through the end of Spring quarter.
Stop by the S&E Library and take a look at these new and continuing exhibits–
Balsa Wood Tower
A team of six undergraduates in Structural Engineering won first place in the Fifth Annual Seismic Design Competition, held in New Orleans in February. The winning structure, a balsa wood tower, was constructed to withstand simulations of three significant 20th-century earthquakes. More information. The tower is on permanent display at the entrance to the S&E Library, along with the team’s poster. Congratulations to team captain Ruben Soto and his fellow team members: Palak Shah, Carolina Margarito, Jennifer Heredia, Michelle Yokota and Jorge Ortiz.
MAE 156A Robot
The winning robot in Dr. Nate Delson’s Fall 2007 MAE 156A class is also featured in S&E. Built by team members Anson Brune, Chau Nguyen, Geoff Rosenberg, and Bryan Urquhart, the robot senses the heights of a row of blocks and plots them on a grid. Sounds simple, but take a look! Through Spring Quarter.
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Your carbon footprint is a measurement of the relative impact of your individual actions on global climate change. The average American’s carbon footprint is the equivalent of 27 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Compare that to the worldwide average of 5.5 per person. Come to the Science & Engineering Library as we celebrate Earth Week and see which lifestyle factors influence your carbon footprint. Our Earth Week display also includes information about Green Engineering, (a web-based carbon footprint calculator), and a listing of Earth Week events at UCSD. A selection of S&E books on climate change is also on display. Through May 2.
Mathematics Awareness Month
April is Math Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Mathematics and Voting.” Learn about the role math plays in voting methods, and how the outcome of elections can vary drastically depending upon which method is used. How will your vote be counted this November? More info.. Also on display is a series of 13 “Mathematical Moments” – how math affects our everyday lives and the technology around us, e.g. solving Sudoku, eliminating spam, searching the web, predicting storm surge, and more. Math majors will also be interested in an accompanying display on careers in mathematics. Through May 2.
Engineering Expo Posters
Graduate student posters from the Jacobs School of Engineering Expo are on display, including the two winners of the “Best Use of the Literature” awards. Through Spring Quarter.
In the ‘spirit’ of the SunGod Festival, we’ve created a display in the Science & Engineering Library that highlights the science of beer and wine. Come to S&E to read about the processes for making beer and wine, and see photos of beer crystallization under a microscope. We’ve also pulled out related books from our collection for additional reading.
In addition to the SunGod Festival, we’re also celebrating two other UCSD events, both of which reflect the Science and Engineering focus of the campus: The Junkyard Derby and the Watermelon Drop. Please stop by and enjoy them all during May and June.
April is Math Awareness Month – and this year’s theme is Math and the Brain. The S&E Library is exhibiting several books on various mathematical and computational applications and imaging of neurons and the brain. And see the full-scale poster on our display panel on the 2nd floor, courtesy of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), along with relevant SIAM News articles on advances in neuroscience & mathematics.
Math, Computer Science, and interested Engineering students – Did you know that SIAM grants free memberships to UCSD students because of our Academic membership? Grad students may fill out the application at the SIAM student site and undergrads should contact the UCSD Math Department to have your name sent to SIAM.
Where will the S&E Librarians be Thursday morning?
Hanging out at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo, of course!!
We’ll be checking out the grad student posters and selecting 2 posters to award Best Use of the Literature. Prize this year: $125 bookstore gift certificate.
And for something new this year, presenters will also be able to display their posters in the library (S&E Library Showcase) for Spring quarter. We’ll be handing out invitations during the poster session.
Student engineering posters from two groups are on display in the Science & Engineering Library through January. The student chapter of IEEE is displaying posters on the IEEE Robo Magellan Project, the Student UAV Project, and the IEEE Natcar Project.
In addition, nine posters from the TIES (Teams in Engineering Service) program can be seen in various locations on the main level of S&E. Stop in and take a look!
Exhibit for the National inventors Month is up on display.
The exhibit features some of the the greatest inventions and inventors in Science and Technology with historic photos and drawings of the original inventions on a collage.
Featured books on display include everything you need to know about patenting your invention/s.
Play fun games or test your knowledge by taking a quiz.