Monday, May 02, 2016

Jason Belitsky and undergraduate research profiled by OhioLINK

OhioLINK frequently highlights researchers at OhioLINK institutions, illustrating the essential contribution of OhioLINK resources and the consortium's importance for successful research and teaching in the state.  Associate Professor of Chemistry Jason Belitsky is featured on the OhioLINK news page this month, with a focus on work in his lab on melanin and its potential role for water filtration - work that continues to involve student researchers.
"Through the research OhioLINK supports [with library resources], Belitsky and his students have found the same chemical in your hair that determines its color could soon be used to filter water."  Read more.

Friday, April 29, 2016

New publication by Wiscons, Zeller and Rowsell
Wiscons, Ren A. ('15); Zeller, Matthias; Rowsell, Jesse L. C.  2016. Anion Exchange in Cationic Frameworks: Structures of Channel-Forming Triarylpyrylium Tetrafluoroborate Salts.

CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, 16 (4):2201-2210; 10.1021/acs.cgd.6b00005 APR 2016
subscriber access at American Chemical Society Publications

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Summer road trip? Take along a roadside geology guide.

Three new Roadside Geology books arrived in this week's new book shipment:

  • Roadside geology of Colorado
  • Roadside geology of Oregon
  • Roadside geology of Utah

 joining the 30 or so books for other states in our collection.  These books are a great way to learn more about the physical environment you may be speeding through, and are a good excuse to stop and appreciate the locale - to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

While you're considering landforms and formations, you could also identify birds, mammals, reptiles, snakes, invertebrates...  the library is brimming with helpful guides, both regional and world-wide in focus, to animals in various ecosystems.  Plants, too, for that matter!  Any currently enrolled student (as well as faculty and staff) who will be returning in the fall is welcome to borrow books over the summer.  Just ask!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Crayfish conquistadors, salamanders and ovarian cancer biomarkers: presentations by A. Roles, A. Blackman, and R. Whelan

New publications/presentations from Oberlin authors (noted in bold text), as indexed in Web of Science:
Freshwater conquistadors: The influence of hybridization and watershed structure in the invasion of the rusty crayfish into the native range of the congeneric Sanborn's crayfish in north-central Ohio.
Roles, Angela J.  (Assistant Professor of Biology)

Session abstract, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative-Biology (SICB).  January 3-7, 2016; Portland, OR

Do salamanders respond morphologically to introduced species?
Blackman, Augie R. (current junior); Novarro, A. J.

Poster Abstract, Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative-Biology (SICB).  January 3-7, 2016; Portland, OR

Identification of nucleic acid aptamers for ovarian cancer biomarkers using multiple selection modes and high-throughput sequencing.

Whelan, Rebecca J. (Associate Professor of Chemistry); Kapur, Arvinder; Felder, Mildred; Shallcross, Jamie (OC '14); Patankar, Manish S.

Abstract B42: AACR Special Conference: Advances in Ovarian Cancer Research: Exploiting Vulnerabilities; October 17-20, 2015; Orlando, FL

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day interview with Lab Girl author Hope Jahren

Catalog record in OBIS
NPR Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke this morning with geobiologist Hope Jahren about her book Lab Girl (now in new book processing, heading to the science library).  Jahren spoke eloquently about her experience of being the only female in her field (and lab) and the challenges that presented, as well as her commitment to guiding young women through similar challenges with more support and encouragement than she received.  As a scientist who studies plants, seeds and soil, she also expressed beautifully the role of trees in ecosystems, and implored listeners to plant a tree and "choose wisely."  A tree becomes a companion through life, doing so much for all forms of life in its environs.  To paraphrase, Jahren concluded by stressing, "I'm not saying, 'save the trees;' rather, that trees can save us."  Listen.

Jahren's words are a reminder to continue nurturing the tiny lilac tree I planted last year around Earth Day.  I'm happy to see it is sprouting new leaves this spring, sheltered on the south side of the house.

Read about trees in a changing environment (ebook with the same title) at SpringerLink.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fascinating stuff on the new book shelf

What's on the new book shelf?
murder, skeletons, misinformation
spectroscopy, nerves, sexual selection
geophysics, genome, Jurassic plate rotation...
and so much more.

It never fails - a shipment of fantastic reading arrives just at the point in the semester when everyone is thoroughly engaged in required reading for courses and papers or stretched to the limit by rehearsals, performances, lectures and athletics.  April is so full of life, challenge and opportunity - come see your opportunities for yet more wonderful reading, just added to the new book shelf.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Laskowski contributes to "Insights" section of J Exp Bot
Scheres, Ben and Marta Laskowski, Professor of Biology. 2016. "Root Patterning: It Takes Two to Tangle." Journal of Experimental Botany 67 (5): 1201-1203. [review].  "The mechanisms that pattern lateral root primordia are essential for the elaboration of root system architecture, a trait of key importance for future crop breeding. But which are most important: periodic or local cues? In this issue of Journal of Experimental Botany (pages 1411-1420), Kircher and Schopfer manipulate growth direction to demonstrate the importance of both sources of patterning information."

Access at publisher's site or
OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center