Monday, June 15, 2015

Climate change is all around. Get the facts.

Among the burgeoning collection of books on the new book shelf are many important and timely titles on different aspects of climate change.  Check them out!  Be the informed person who recognizes the difference between a climate change denier (a more accurate term than skeptic, in this context) and someone who understands the magnitude of this grave challenge to ecosystems worldwide.

Climate change, water and agriculture : towards resilient systems.

Climate, energy, and water : managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities.

Climate justice : vulnerability and protection.

Climate shock : the economic consequences of a hotter planet.

The politics of global climate change.

Climatology versus pseudoscience : exposing the failed predictions of global warming skeptics.

There are SO many more titles, in every subject area of the science library collection, on the new book shelf now!  'Tis the annual bounty of June deliveries to the science library.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rats on a gambling task tell us something about decision making in schizophrenia

A new publication by Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Tracie Paine:

Paine TA, O'Hara A, Plaut B, Lowes DC. 2015. Effects of disrupting medial prefrontal cortex GABA transmission on decision-making in a rodent gambling task. Psychopharmacology (Berl ) 232(10):1755-65

Partial abstract:  "Decision-making is a complex cognitive process that is mediated, in part, by subregions of the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC). Decision-making is impaired in a number of psychiatric conditions including schizophrenia. Notably, people with schizophrenia exhibit reductions in GABA function in the same PFC areas that are implicated in decision-making… [The data collected in this experimental study of rat cognitive function] provide proof-of-concept evidence that disruptions in GABA transmission can contribute to the decision-making deficits in schizophrenia."
Full text at OhioLINK EJC or SpringerLink.

Monday, May 18, 2015

And they're gone...

Science Library north reading area
Just like that, the semester is over, with nary an indication that every seat was filled just three days ago.  The stillness of the library the first morning after finals frenzy is not a surprise - but it feels strange, nonetheless.  Just a brief lull before alumni and commencement visitors fill the town!

Library Hours, May 18 - Aug 25

Mon - Fri 9am-12pm & 1-4:30pm
Sat - Sun  CLOSED

We will also be closed:
May 25, July 3 and July 13-15.

Friday, May 15, 2015

New Publications from Craig, Fitzgerald, Simen, and Woods, with alumni

Oberlin authors are noted in bold font.  Use Journal Finder to access these journals.

Craig, Norman C., [with former students:] Appiah, Kwabena J., Miller, Charles E., Seiden, Michael V, Varley, Joseph E. 2015. Reevaluation of matrix-isolation infrared spectra of the isotopologues of trans-diazene and attempts to prepare cis-diazene by photoisomerization. Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 310:3-7.

Demaison J, Craig, Norman C, Groner P, Ecija P, Cocinero EJ, Lesarri A, Rudolph HD. 2015. Accurate equilibrium structures for piperidine and cyclohexane. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119(9):1486-93.

FitzGerald, Stephen A., Schloss, Jennifer M., Pierce, Christopher J., Thompson, Benjamin, Rowsell, Jesse LC, Yu K, Schmidt JR. 2015. Insights into the anomalous vibrational frequency shifts of CO2 adsorbed to metal sites in microporous frameworks. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119(10):5293-300.

Freestone DM, Simen, Patrick, Balci F, Church RM. 2015. Optimal response rates in humans and rats. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Animal Learning and Cognition 41(1):39-51.

Mark, Zachary ’14, Yang H, Zimmerman A, Chen Y. 2015. Quasinormal modes of weakly charged kerr-newman spacetimes. Physical Review D 91(4):044025.

Standage D, Wang D, Heitz RP, Simen, Patrick. 2015. Toward a unified view of the speed-accuracy trade-off. Frontiers in Neuroscience 9:139.

Woods, Kevin. 2015. Presburger arithmetic, rational generating functions, and quasi-polynomials. Journal of Symbolic Logic 80(2):433-49. [current volumes are not available online to Oberlin users; use ILL]

Monday, April 27, 2015

From New York to South Africa: Publications from Simonson and Dorfler, Geology Department

New publications from Oberlin authors, as found in Web of Science:

geology.gsapubs.org/content/43/3.toc
Dorfler, Kristin M., Caddick, M. J., and Tracy, R. J., 2015.
Thermodynamic Modeling of Crustal Melting Using Xenolith Analogs from the Cortlandt Complex, New York, USA.  Journal of Petrology  v. 56, no. 2, p. 389-408.

Simonson, Bruce M., Goderis, S., and Beukes, N. J., 2015.
First detection of extraterrestrial material in ca. 2.49 Ga impact spherule layer in Kuruman Iron Formation, South Africa.  Geology  v. 43, no. 3, p. 251-254.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thoughtful authors for inquiring readers: activism, catastrophe, insurgency, and the ephemera of life on this lucky planet

The new book shelf is brimming with books full of big ideas to challenge your thinking.  Here are just a few titles to get you started:

So many wonderful books awaiting your discerning and thoughtful response!  Living on this lucky planet calls us to pay attention to what is important and what needs to be done to sustain life and a healthy, holistic environment.  These authors can help along the way.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Publication on Kerr black hole momentum by Assistant Professor of Physics Robert Owen

Recently published:  Lovelace, G; Scheel, MA; Owen, Robert, Physics & Astronomy Dept; Giesler, M; et al. 2015.

Nearly extremal apparent horizons in simulations of merging black holes.
Classical and Quantum Gravity 32(6):065007  [A journal from Institute of Physics @ IoPScience]

Partial abstract:
The spin angular momentum S of an isolated Kerr black hole is bounded by the surface area A of its apparent horizon: 8 pi S A. We show that the overspun surfaces are indeed superextremal: our lower bound on their Booth-Fairhurst extremality exceeds unity. However, we confirm that these superextremal surfaces are always surrounded by marginally outer trapped surfaces (i.e., by apparent horizons) with 8 pi S < A. The extremality lower bound on the enclosing apparent horizon is always less than unity but can exceed the value for an extremal Kerr black hole.

Access on the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center.