Saturday, May 21, 2016

45th Class reunion discussion groups gather in science library

What a delight to see so many alumni in the science library!  We are very happy to host the discussion groups here - welcome to all.  

Monday, May 09, 2016

Craters, spherules and ancient terrestrial impactors

New publication from Geology Professor Bruce Simonson:

Spherule layers, crater scaling laws, and the population of ancient terrestrial impactors

Johnson, Brandon C.; Collins, Gareth S.; Minton, David A.; Bowling,
Timothy J.; Simonson, Bruce M.; Zuber, Maria T.

ICARUS, 271 350-359; 10.1016/j.icarus.2016.02.023 JUN 1 2016

Partial abstract:
"Ancient layers of impact spherules provide a record of Earth's early bombardment history. Here, we compare different bombardment histories to the spherule layer record and show that …the flux of large impactors …was likely 20-40 times higher than today." (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc.
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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Extended Hours for Reading Period

photo: Maya Iverson '12
Holy cow, how is this the last week of classes already?  Sure, February 1 and the start of the semester seem like ages ago... still, the first week of May feels SO early for the last week of classes.  As Reading Period begins this weekend, we will be open until 10 pm on Saturday.  That's the only extension of science library hours for Reading Period through Exams.

We're always willing to help, let us know if you have questions about finding sources for final projects and papers!  Contact Alison Ricker [aricker at], science librarian, or chat with ObieSci whenever the library is open.

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