Thursday, June 23, 2016

Indulging in nostalgia... the old Physics Reading Room and Kettering Science Library

Before the Science Center was constructed, the Physics Reading Room existed in the northeast corner of the second floor of Wright, and the Class of 1904 Science Library was crammed into the southeast corner of the first floor of Kettering (in the Chemistry wing of Kettering, razed after the north wing of the Science Center was completed).  Every summer, we were devoted to the tasks of preparing thousands of journal volumes for binding, transferring an equal number of older volumes to the old Carnegie Library for off-site storage, shifting the remaining collections and shelving the newly bound journal volumes on their return.  As the number of print subscriptions has dwindled from 365* to 65 (thereabouts), we are freed of the tyranny of shifting, always shifting, and the tedious labor of wheeling very full book trucks across the street, navigating doors, uneven sidewalks and thresholds, to maneuver in the elevator and the dark, musty stacks of Carnegie.  The Science Center is the perfect home for today's consolidated Science Library.  Come enjoy our lovely setting and peruse the new book area.  So many new books arrived in June!

*Why the decrease in print subscriptions?  They're all online, and oh so convenient.  We keep a core of titles in print that are really helpful for browsing - for learning awesome stuff about things you didn't know you didn't know.  It's a very different experience than simply finding that for which you're searching.  Pick up something new and you're sure to encounter a new idea, a fresh perspective, a spark for your imagination.  See you soon.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Too many to describe, come look!

The annual flood of new books arrived with the first week of June, as usual.  There are so many interesting titles!  Here are just a few, with links to OBIS for the full catalog record:

In our own image: savior or destroyer? The history and future of artificial intelligence.  OBIS

The new cosmos : answering astronomy's big questions.  OBIS

Hydrogen-bonded capsules : molecular behavior in small spaces.  OBIS

A world from dust : how the periodic table shaped life.  OBIS

Water as a social opportunity.  OBIS

Creating Africas : struggles over nature, conservation and land.  OBIS

Evolutionary medicine.  OBIS

The human advantage : a new understanding of how our brain became remarkable.  OBIS

Enjoy your summer reading!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Reading - inside or out?

Whether you prefer the sunny tables on the Science Center piazza or the cool comfort of the science library, the time for summer reading has arrived.  Browse the new books at our front window, where views to the north and south are seen simultaneously.  So many to consider:

Take a road trip with a Roadside Geology... guide book;
Tackle history of science with books on Kepler, the Royal Society, and Aristotle;
Learn what inspired Audubon and F. W. Taylor;
Enjoy little know facts about Melon and Fats;
Consider possibilities for REDD to mitigate climate change.

See you soon!

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.