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.