Two UCSD Libraries to Close Due to Budget Cuts

Because of significant and continuing budget cuts, the Libraries will close two facilities, the CLICS and IR/PS libraries, this summer. Later in the 2011/12 academic year, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Science & Engineering libraries will also be closed, and their collections will be consolidated into the Geisel and Biomedical libraries. On April 1, the Libraries were forced to close the Medical Center Library. The Libraries have sustained $5 million in budget cuts since 2008, and will need to absorb at least a $3 million cut for 2011/2012.

The closure dates are: CLICS – June 10, 2011; IR/PS – July 1, 2011.

For more information about library closures, consolidation efforts, and the impact on services and resources, go to:

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CSE Faculty Lecture: “Why Making Elections Trustworthy is a Computer Science Problem”

The Science & Engineering Library invites you to a lecture by Assistant Professor Hovav Shacham entitled “Why Making Elections Trustworthy is a Computer Science Problem”

Wednesday, May 25
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Science & Engineering Library

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.
Please register online at:

Abstract: Because of the messy 2000 Florida Presidential election, many jurisdictions turned to electronic voting machines. Yet even before, computer scientists had warned against computerized voting, and computer scientists led the successful advocacy effort that returned much of the nation to voting on paper. Today, computer scientists are arguing against the introduction of Internet voting. In this talk, Professor Shacham will explain why making elections trustworthy is a computer science problem, and what computer scientists are doing about it.

Hovav Shacham joined UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Fall 2007. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2005 from Stanford University, where he had also earned, in 2000, an A.B. in English. Shacham participated in California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s “Top-to-Bottom” of the voting machines certified for use in California. He was a member of the team reviewing Hart InterCivic source code; the report he co-authored was cited by the Secretary in her decision to withdraw approval from Hart voting machines.

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3 New Nat’l Academy of Sciences Members from UC San Diego

The National Academy of Sciences today elected three professors from the University of California, San Diego to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on U.S. scientists and engineers.

Herbert Levine, J. Andrew McCammon and David T. Sandwell were among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the academy today “in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
They join 89 current members of the UC San Diego faculty who previously had been named to membership in the academy, which was established by Congress in 1863 to serve as an official adviser to the federal government on matters of science and technology.

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The Art of Science Competition: Science Can be Beautiful

As the last of its 50th Anniversary events, the Science & Engineering Library is sponsoring The Art of Science Competition. All UCSD faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit digital images produced in the course of their research. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Faculty/Staff, and Students. First place ($100), second place ($50), and third place ($25) TritonCash cards will be awarded in each category. Images will be displayed in the S&E Library and on the library’s Flickr account.

Submissions are due by May 6.

Contest rules and submission guidelines:

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Library Award Winners at JSOE Research Expo

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Literature Review prize at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo: Eduardo Velasquez (“Health Monitoring of Interlaminar Delamination in Composites”) and Daniel Kagan (“Rapid Nanomotor-Based Cancer Cell and Nucleic Acid Detection”). They will each receive 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.


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April 19 UCSD Students Open Forum on Library Changes

UCSD Associated Students and the Graduate Student Association are sponsoring an Open Forum about Library Changes on Tuesday April 19th from 6:30-8pm in the Price Center Theatre. All students are invited to participate in an open forum with the University Librarian and the Associate University Librarian for User Services to discuss the campus budget situation and its implications for the UCSD Libraries.

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S&E Library celebrates UCSD women faculty in science & engineering

Profiles of 21 women faculty in the physical sciences and engineering are on display in the S&E Library in honor of Women’s History Month. Each woman’s profile includes her basic contact information, research areas, an article or book she considers her best work, and a personal statement about her unique career path. A companion lecture by UCSD Sociology doctoral student, Erin Cech, will take place on April 13. Erin’s research focuses on gender inequality in the sciences and her lecture’s title is, “Where Are All the Women in Science and Engineering?.” Registration is open.

Please stop by S&E to see the profiles on display through April 30, and join us on April 13 for Erin Cech’s lecture and discussion.

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S&E Students Celebrate Einstein’s Birthday and Pi Day

Over 70 students had their photos taken with Albert Einstein today in honor of Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day, which both fall on March 14. Students enjoyed a few moments of fun as they began a stressful finals week. Photos can be seen on the S&E Library’s Flickr page.

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Budget News – UCSD Libraries

As most of you know, the Governor of California has recently proposed a $500 million cut to the University of California’s budget for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year. To prepare for an anticipated $60 million cut, the campus has asked the Libraries to prepare for a $3 million budget cut, on top of the nearly $5 million in cuts the Libraries have absorbed to date.

The attached document describes the budget reductions suffered by the Libraries since 2008/09 and outlines the actions the Libraries will need to take to absorb an additional $3 million cut in 2011/12. This document has been shared with all campus Deans, Academic Affairs’ Department Chairs, the College Provosts, the Academic Senate leadership, the presidents of the Associated and the Graduate Student Association, and the Libraries staff in order to pave the way for the serious discussions we will need to have in order to downsize and rethink what we do and how we do it. The budget cut scenario outlined for 2011/12 includes further cuts to the collections budget and reducing the number of library buildings we staff and support from six to two.

I welcome your input on how we implement these changes over the next year, in order to focus on what will best serve our university community with significantly reduced resources.


Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian

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Wanted: Your Observations of Night Sky Brightness

The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by encouraging everyone everywhere to measure local levels of night sky brightness and contribute observations online to a world map. All it takes is a few minutes to participate between 8-10 pm, February 21 through March 6. Your measurements will make a world of difference.
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