2 Free e-books from O’Reilly: Hacking Healthcare & Open Government

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Other O’Reilly e-books are accessible on Safari  through our UCSD library subscription.

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The Library’s website is undergoing reorganization

We are updating our web site as part of a larger library reorganization. In the coming months the “branch library” pages will go away, but the resources, services, and collections will continue to be available via the Library home page– http://libraries.ucsd.edu/
For now, you can still get to the former “S&E Library” home page here: http://scilib.ucsd.edu/
See our FAQ for more information– http://libraries.ucsd.edu/locations/faq.html

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Liangfang Zhang, One of “35 Innovators Under 35″

This week, Liangfang Zhang (NanoEngineering) was named one of “35 Innovators Under 35” by MIT Technology Review. As one of the “Pioneers,” he was recognized for his work with natural membranes in drug delivery systems:

Zhang derives red-blood-cell membranes from blood samples and uses them to coat polymer nanoparticles. Because these particles look like red blood cells on the surface, they can fool the immune system; loaded with drugs, they serve as robust and long-lived drug carriers. An unexpected bonus: they can also act like nanoscale sponges to suck up toxic proteins produced by infectious bacteria or introduced by snake or insect venom. If the particles flood the bloodstream, they will divert most of the toxin away from actual cells.

Jacobs School of Engineering press release: Liangfang Zhang Makes MIT Technology Review’s Annual Innovators Under 35 List

Some recent articles from the Zhang Research Group:

Fang, R.; Hu, C-M.; Chen, K.; Luk, B.; Carpenter, C.; Gao, W.; Li, S.; Zhang, D-E.; Lu, W.; Zhang, L.* “Lipid-insertion enables targeting functionalization of erythocyte membrane-cloaked nanoparticles“, Nanoscale 2013, in press.  –OPEN ACCESS

Gao, W.; Hu, C-M.; Fang, R.; Luk, B.; Su, J.; Zhang, L.* “Surface functionalization of gold nanoparticles with red blood cell membranes“, Advanced Materials 2013, 25, 3549-3553.

Hu, C-M.; Fang, R.; Copp, J.; Luk, B.; Zhang, L.* “A biomimetic nanosponge that absorbs pore-forming toxins“, Nature Nanotechnology 2013, 8, 336-340.

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New University of California Open Access Policy

From the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication:

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.

The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty and as many as 40,000 publications a year. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications.

Faculty on three campuses (UCLA, UCI and UCSF) will begin depositing articles in eScholarship on November 1, 2013. Progress on deposit implementation will be reviewed during the following year. Deposit of articles by faculty on the remaining campuses is expected to begin on November 1, 2014.


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Origami contest winners

S&E’s origami contest was a success!  The entries were impressive, all of them showing skill and creativity.  You can see photos of all the entries here.

Grand Prize — Sarah Oliason for “Dimpled Model with Curls”

Applications Category — Laura Widholm for “Hidden Heart Box”

Open Category
1st Place — Nick Oldberg for Dodecahedron with Five Equilateral Pyramids on Each Pentagonal Face”
2nd Place — Sarah Oliason for “Dimpled Model with Curls”
3rd Place — Laura Widholm for “Florist’s Dozen”
Honorable Mention — Hyunjin Cha for “Many Roses”
Librarian’s Favorite — Julie Dang for “Book Owl”

Original Category
1st Place — Anna Ly for “Blue Heart”
2nd Place — Reiney Adams for “Rorschach Origami 2: 1 Blind Mouse and the Farmer’s Wife”
3rd Place — Lynne Swerhone for “Diving Penguin”


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From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami

A lecture by Robert J. Lang

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
2:00-3:30 pm
Science & Engineering Library Events Room
Geisel Library, 1st Floor, East Wing

The the S&E Library proudly presents this lecture, the last in a series of events collectively called Engineering Origami. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of IEEE in making this event possible.

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The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, Dr. Lang will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems – specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you’ll see, too. As often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. Dr. Lang will discuss examples of how origami has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register here.

Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 45 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 14 books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but keeps his toes in the world of lasers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics from 2007–2010. He received Caltech’s highest honor, the Distiguished Alumni Award, in 2009 and in 2013 was elected as one of the inaugural Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.


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The art and science of origami – Spring events at the S&E Library

The Science & Engineering Library is pleased to present a series of events during the Spring of 2013
which we’re collectively calling Engineering Origami.
Please join us for one or all of these exciting activities!

 Origami Contest – Enter your origami creation in our Spring Origami Contest.  Deadline for submissions: May 10.

Between the Folds – Join us for two screenings of this stunning documentary on the art of origami and contemporary origami artists.  May 1 and May 7.  Details here.

Exploring Origami – Drop by the S&E Library and make origami with Bruce Gemmell, local origami enthusiast and teacher at the Reuben Fleet Science Center.  May 6.

Robert Lang Lecture – Engineer and origami artist will speak on “From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami.”  May 22.

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Library Award Winners at JSOE Research Expo

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Science & Engineering Library’s Award for Best Use of the Literature at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo. Each won a $125 giftcard for the UCSD Bookstore, and their posters (along with others from the Expo) will be on display in the S&E Library through the Spring Quarter. Each is shown below receiving her prize from Mary Linn Bergstrom, Head of the S&E Library.








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Learn to make origami at the S&E Library

Back by popular demand!  If you missed this last week, here’s another chance to get your origami on!

Drop in and make origami with Bruce Gemmell, San Diego origami artist and teacher at the Reuben Fleet Science Center.  Bruce makes folding origami easy, with step-by-step instructions and plenty of encouragement.  Whether you’re new to origami or an expert, come learn, talk, fold, and de-stress.  This is the first in a series of events collectively called Engineering Origami  which we’re presenting during Spring Quarter.

Monday, April 22, 2013
Noon – 4:00 pm
Near the entrance to the S&E Library

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Publish Open Access in RSC Journals At No Charge

What’s RSC’s Gold for Gold?

  • The UC Libraries are partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support authors who want to make their article open access (OA), but don’t have the funding to pay the normal article publication fee (between $1600-$4000).
  • RSC’s Gold for Gold program offers voucher codes that enable UCSD researchers to publish their paper in an RSC journal as a Gold OA article, at no charge. The article will then be available to any reader even if they don’t have a subscription or access through a library.

Why Open Access?

  • Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – with no barriers to access.
  • Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read.

Who Is Eligible?

  • You must be UCSD affiliate (Student, Staff, Faculty).
  • You must have an article that has been accepted for publication in an RSC journal and has received final approval for publication (not previously published).
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from UCSD Library.

How It Works?

  • Once your article has been accepted, please complete this form (http://goo.gl/FkJZ5) to request your voucher. Further instructions will be provided when you receive your voucher code.
  • We have a limited number of voucher codes, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Rules:

  • Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication.
  • Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013.


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