Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For now, Strategies for organic drug synthesis and design by Daniel Lednicer, is our only 'QV'. I'm sure this seems like a very modest development to those of you who don't manage libraries, but it caused me to take notice as we unpacked the new books! Now I'm looking forward to receiving books in the other new call number sequences at the end of the Qs:
QW-QX Microbiology, Immunology, Parasites
QY-QZ Pathology, Clinical pathology
All of these topics were formerly lumped into QR (or with chemistry in QD) or with medicine (R, RM), so the additional LC class assignments will make browsing the entire collection of immunology books, for example, a bit more complicated in the future. But it should do a very nice job of bringing together newer materials in the interdisciplinary subject of biochemistry.
This development is minor compared to the leap from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress classification back in 1974. Ah, change! Information and library management is all about change, as human knowledge expands and scholarly communication evolves.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Early in his speech, Pres. Obama targeted the swine flu outbreak, saying: "our capacity to deal with a public health challenge of this sort rests heavily on the work of our scientific and medical community. And this is one more example of why we cannot allow our nation to fall behind."
The President then made this commitment: "I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than three percent of our GDP to research and development. We will not just meet, but we will exceed the level achieved at the height of the Space Race, through policies that invest in basic and applied research, create new incentives for private innovation, promote breakthroughs in energy and medicine, and improve education in math and science. This represents the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in American history."
Friday, April 24, 2009
Can science-turned-art be turned back into science? The Gonzo Scientist asks readers to view the final outcome of the 2009 AAAS/Science Dance Contest and see if they can figure out which dance was based on which scientific research article. See the videos, take the challenge.From Science News this week. See SCIENCE News Summaries: Volume 324, Issue 5926, April 24 2009.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
On April 22 keep in mind at least that your day-to-day survival is completely dependent on circumstances far too numerous to list. We aim for independence while ignoring the balance required to maintain the charade. You are here because there are plankton in the ocean, worms in the soil, bees in the pollen, and clouds in the air. Gravity, star dust, oxygen and carbon, caribou, mushrooms, dung beetles and water... all connected, contributing, making the whole so much more than the sum of the parts.
We, you, us - the people - are in the thick of it, of course. Not above, aside, or apart, but a part. We can be the part that works to the keep the whole together, or the part that tears it asunder. April 22, 2009 - the 39th Anniversay of Earth Day - is a good day to strive for the former.
Join the Countdown to the 40th Anniversary, and be part of the Green Generation.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed finding that six greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that can threaten public health — a first step toward regulation. Read the story by Jeff Brady.
Related story in the Washington Post, March 24, 2009: EPA Presses Obama to Regulate Warming Under Clean Air Act.
The RPN5 Subunit of the 26s Proteasome Is Essential for Gametogenesis, Sporophyte Development, and Complex Assembly in Arabidopsis.
Adam J. Booka, Jan Smallea,1, Kwang-Hee Leea, Peizhen Yanga, Joseph M. Walkera, Sarah Caspera, James H. Holmesa, Laura A. Russob, Zachri W. Buzzinottic, Pablo D. Jenikb,c and Richard D. Vierstraa,2
a Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin
b Department of Biology, Oberlin College
c Department of Biology, Franklin and Marshall College
"Right now Congress is considering legislation to increase the amount of electricity production from renewable sources like wind, solar and "biomass" -- organic matter that can come from sustainable sources, but could also come from natural forests and grasslands. Biomass can be an important part of the solution, but we need strong safeguards to ensure that it comes from sustainable crops and does not involve destroying forest habitats or turning them into cropland and sterile tree plantations." Take action.
Related 2009 hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
More resources in the library's catalog on biomass for fuel and energy.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
You can find out by plugging a Kill-A-Watt energy monitor into the outlet, then plugging your device into the energy monitor.
There are 14 Kill-a-Watts in both Main and the Science libraries. Provide the name of your dorm when checking out the device, and your dorm earns points in the Ecolympics competition. The loan period is 4 days. First come, first served.
Walk around the corner toward the north entrance to the Science Center Commons and you'll find a display of softly glowing globes, illustrating current energy consumption in each dorm. At this moment, Barrows and Harkness are both a lovely shade of green (good!) while Price and Bailey are glowing red (not so energy efficient).
Kill-A-Watt devices are offered for sale over the internet (possibly locally, too; try Watson's). Search google and there are plenty of options. iKitchen.com has a good price.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Recent books on atmospheric chemistry are on display in the library's front window, along with a list of Dr. Nathason's recent publications. Three of the most recent indexed in Science Citation Index are listed here, and can all be accessed at the American Chemical Society Publications web site:
- Park S, Burden DK, Nathanson GM. 2009. Surfactant control of gas transport and reactions at the surface of sulfuric acid. Acc Chem Res 42(2):379-87.
- DeZwaan JL, Brastad SM, Nathanson GM. 2008. Evidence for interfacial [FDCl](-) in collisions between DCl and F- in KF-glycerol solutions. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112(39):15449-57.
- DeZwaan JL, Brastad SM, Nathanson GM. 2008. The roles of salt concentration and cation charge in collisions of ar and DCl with salty glycerol solutions of NaI and CaI2. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112(8):3008-17.