Research Services at Crerar

_DSC8687The Library supports your research, teaching and learning in a variety of ways, through support and services.  Please contact us!

Research Consultations

Subject-specialists provide in person consultations to both individuals and/or groups of any size.  Topics covered in a consultation can range from discussing information resources on a particular research topic to in depth searching of a database(s) to find information. A consultation is as an opportunity to discuss what the library can do to assist with research projects. We will come to your office or work space.

Instruction and Orientation

The librarians at the John Crerar and Eckhart Library provide instruction and orientation sessions to faculty, students and staff of the University of Chicago.  Instruction and orientation sessions are customized based on the research, teaching and learning goals of the audience.  Sessions can be hands-on in our computer lab, lecture style, a walking tour of the library or a combination of all three.  Course specific sessions are welcome.  A subject specialist will work closely with the instructor to develop a session to ensure it meets their objectives.

Literature review support

Librarians are available to assist faculty, students and staff with developing their literature search strategy, selecting databases and resources, and helping to find relevant material.

Reference Services

The Library provides reference support, assisting faculty students and staff with identifying and using electronic and print resources, locating specific material in our collection and elsewhere, and accessing electronic resources.  We provide these services via email, IM Chat, by phone and in person at the Reference Desk.  For in depth questions, librarians are available for consultations.

Citation Management Support

Librarians teach EndNote and EndNote Online in workshops and meet with individuals for one-to-one consultations.  Additionally, we provide support for Zotero.

Scan and Deliver

Scan & Deliver enables you to obtain scans of book chapters and journal articles in the general collections of the University of Chicago Library for your research.

UBorrow/Borrow Direct

“BorrowDirect enables you to search for and request books directly from the 10 major research libraries of the Ivy League universities, MIT, and the Center for Research Libraries, with combined collections of more than 50 million volumes.”

 “UBorrow enables you to search for and request books directly from 13 major research libraries, with combined collections of more than 90 million volumes.

Book a Room

Book A Room allows groups of 2 or more eligible users to reserve a group study in Crerar or Regenstein.”

Database Spotlight: Web of Science

Web of Science is database that searches and offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal articles. Its coverage includes all areas of science and technology, social science and arts and humanities. Because of this, it is a great place to begin research on interdisciplinary topics in the sciences.

Special features of Web of Science include:

 Cited Reference Searching

Cited reference searching allows you to find articles that have cited a previously published work. It is a great way to find related articles on your research topic and trace how the topic has been expanded on and improved over time.

Cited references are sorted alphabetically by cited author. References containing the same cited author are sorted alphabetically by cited work. References with the same cited author and cited work are sorted in reverse chronological order by cited year.

Web of Science also offers a tutorial: “What is Cited Reference Searching”. 

cited reference searching

Cited reference searching interface

 Analyzing Large Result Sets

 Web of Science also allows users to analyze large result sets (up to 500 results) by categories such as author, research area, source title and publication year. This feature offers a great way to see which journals publish on a topic, who has worked with other authors and which agencies fund work in a particular area. analyze results

Analyze results button

 analyze results

Results when analyzed by author


National Science Foundation Policy Plan for Public Access to NSF Funded Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently developed a plan, “Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries,” to increase public access to scientific publications and data from research they fund. This plan was written to be consistent with objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.

Requirements in the plan include “that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

  • Be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF;
  • Be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication;
  • Possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication;
  • Be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and
  • Be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements.”

 More information about this new plan is available on the NSF website.

Browzine – New Updates

browzine imageSince the University of Chicago began providing access to BrowZine in 2013, the innovative service has grown exponentially and is now supported across all iOS mobile devices. The app developer, Third Iron Advanced Technologies for Libraries, has worked tirelessly to broaden access and support to BrowZine. Significant updates from 2014 and 2015 include:

  • BrowZine can be easily downloaded in the App store.
  • Users may save up to 500 articles.
  • In-app support
  • New content and journals

More updates are on the way, including:

  • ILL integration
  • New bibliographic management support
  • BrowZine for the web

What is BrowZine?
BrowZine, an innovative app developed by Third Iron Advanced Library technologies, culls articles from databases, compiles them into complete journals, and arranges these journals by subject on a familiar, easy-to-use bookshelf. BrowZine is optimized for tablets but is available across all iOS devices. This multi-device functionality, combined with BrowZine’s intuitive interface, makes it a convenient and useful tool for those who wish to mobilize their research.

A personalized bookshelf makes it easy for BrowZine users to save their favorite journals and follow updates from these publications. Additionally, saving, sharing, and exporting articles is easy in BrowZine—BrowZine allows users to read saved articles offline, to seamlessly export articles to citation managers like Mendeley and Zotero, and to share articles via email or social media.

  • BrowZine is a fantastic way to read scholarly publications and optimize your time while on the go. If you have any questions about BrowZine or would like a guided a tour, please contact
  • This service will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on. Third Iron welcomes you to follow their progress on Facebook ( or Twitter ( and reminds you to watch for notifications on your device that an update to BrowZine is available.

American Institute of Physics (AIP) and American Physical Society (APS) journals temporarily blocked – workaround below

alert_3AIP and APS journals including Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review A–E are temporarily blocking and may be inaccessible.  If you are on campus, you can access these journals by erasing the string in the URL of the journal.  Off campus they are available using the VPN:  We are working to resolve this issue.

Unearthed from the archives

Yesterday, the Geological Society of London revealed that it had recently unearthed rare and important historical artifact: a first edition copy of a geological map first published in 1815. The map, a work of art in its own right, depicts the geology of England, Wales, and portions of Scotland and was created by the influential geologist William Smith.

Smith, often referred to as the “Father of English Geology,” traveled roughly 10,000 miles per year for 15 years to conduct research for his geological map. These years of travel and extensive study of fossils likely led him to one of his most scientific contributions: the principle of faunal succession. In essence, Smith realized that because fossils are layered in the earth one after another in a predictable, linear fashion, different rocks containing similar fossils are similar in age. Based on this principle, geologists have constructed a timetable with which to measure the relative age of rocks.


Foxfire and fungi: Solving a 2,300 year-old mystery

A 2,300 year-old mystery
An article published Thursday in Current Biology is rekindling interest in a well-known phenomenon— foxfire, or a glowing light emitted by decaying wood and certain species of fungi. The mysterious forest glow, sometimes referred to as “fairy fire,” was first observed thousands of years ago¹, when Aristotle described a “cold fire” light emanating from the woods. Later, in the first century, Roman thinker Pliny the Elder, described luminescent mushrooms on white wood in olive groves¹. In the following centuries, scholars remarked upon the luminescent properties of mushrooms and the cultural uses of these fungi—in the 1500’s, a Swedish scholar noted that Scandinavians used luminescent fungi for light during dark, winter nights, and in the 1600’s, a Dutch physician noted that Indonesian cultures used them as improvised torches². As recently as the 20th century, Micronesian cultures incorporated luminescent fungi into ritual dress and face paint².


RCC workshops: Three workshops on parallel programming from Intel

The Research Computing Center will be hosting three workshops on parallel programming from Intel during the month of May. All workshops will be held in the Kathleen A. Zar Room in the John Crerar Library. More information on the workshop topics, as well as registration links, are available in the workshop descriptions below:

Intel Software for High-Performance Parallel Applications
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

In this workshop, you will be introduced to Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition, a multi-component software toolkit to create parallel applications, with a focus on trace collection and analysis. You will also be introduced to Intel compilers, along with Intel’s performance and threading analysis tools, such as Intel VTune Amplifier, Intel Inspector, and Intel Advisor. Finally, you will be introduced to the Intel Math Kernel Library, a math library specially designed for high performance on Intel processors.

Register for this workshop here.


Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors: CDT 101
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library 

This one-day training provides software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors.

 The session will cover:

  • Intel Xeon Phi architecture: purpose, organization, pre-requisites for good performance, future technology
  • Programming models: native, offload, heterogeneous clustering
  • Parallel frameworks: automatic vectorization, OpenMP, MPI
  • Optimization methods: general,  scalar math, vectorization, multithreading, memory access, communication and special topics

Register for this workshop here.


Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors: CDT 102
Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

This one-day training provides software developers the foundation needed for modernizing their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. It builds on information attendees will have learned in the previous day’s workshop, CDT 101.

The session will cover:

  • Intel Xeon Phi architecture: purpose, organization, pre-requisites for good performance, future technology
  • Programming models: native, offload, heterogeneous clustering 
  • Parallel frameworks: automatic vectorization, OpenMP, MPI
  • Optimization methods: general, scalar math, vectorization, multithreading, memory access, communication and special topics

Please note: You must complete CDT 101 before taking CDT 102.

Registration open: The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication Symposium

The 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication, will be held on May 1, 2015, at the University of Chicago’s John Crerar Library.

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution. In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more. The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage. Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. 

Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem. The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it. 

Registration and full schedule at:

Zar Symposium 2015

The symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago and made possible through the support of the Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund.

Alert Winter quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to June 26

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due April 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for spring quarter. As of March 23, all such items will have a new due date of June 26, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary.

The automatic renewal is being performed because the functionality to manually renew items is currently unavailable in the Catalog. The Library is working to restore this functionality as soon as possible.

Users may view a list of all items out, including current due dates, via My Account.

For assistance, please contact Circulation or visit a Library circulation desk.

Eckhart Library interim hours, March 21-29

Eckhart Library will have reduced building and circulation hours for spring interim, March 21-29. 

Monday – Friday noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

POSTPONED: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: University of Chicago Edition

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A new date will be announced soon for this event.

On March 28, 2015 the University of Chicago Library will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Special Collections Research Center. The subject focus of the event is great women in University of Chicago history. Experienced Wikipedia editors and new users alike are welcome to participate. Librarians in Special Collections have chosen specific events, organizations, and people without existing Wikipedia articles to be created as part of this event.  As well as short articles that can be expanded upon. The list includes some notable names to be researched and added to Wikipedia: Georgiana Simpson, Gertrude Dudley, and Marlene Dixon. This is a great opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia but also learn about the role of women in shaping and sustaining the University. 

Those in attendance will be able to consult primary source material in special collections as well as print and electronic secondary sources to verify facts. Staff will be on site to offer help navigating online resources to help editors build new articles or enhance existing articles.

Wikipedia has a lot to offer and gain from working with the University Library. This event provides an opportunity to learn how articles are built and maintained and provide on-site access to databases and one-on-one assistance from reference librarians in navigating these sources. New users shouldn’t shy away from attending.

The day-long event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served in the afternoon. Come for all or part of the day. Registration required, please RSVP by 3/25/15. Email: or sign up on Facebook

Participants are asked to bring their own laptop and power cord.


New to Wikipedia?

Create an account on Wikipedia, if you don’t have one already.  There are a lot of benefits for doing so, particularly with collaborative events like edit-a-thons.  

Once your account is made, try running through The Wikipedia Adventure, an automated tutorial that will help cover some of the basics of using Wikipedia.  It takes about an hour to complete, and it’s an excellent resource for getting started.    

Crerar Library interim hours, March 21-29

Crerar Library will have reduced building and circulation hours for spring interim, March 21-29. 

Sunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 22  Closed
Sunday, March 29 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see

Celebrating Pi Day

As New York Times columnist Gary Antonick playfully pointed out this week, 03/14/15 only rolls around once every century, with the full sequential time arriving on 03/14/15 at 9:26:53. The “Pi Day of the Century” has made a significant splash in news media outlets, with the New York TimesPBS, and CBS, among others, reporting.

Why all the irrational celebration?

In 1988, a San Francisco physicist named Larry Shaw designated March 14th as a day to acknowledge and celebrate the irrational number, Pi. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting Shaw’s designation of March 14th as National Pi Day. Since Shaw’s 1988 designation, Pi Day has been celebrated worldwide, and typical festivities range from pie baking and eating competitions to writing Pi poetry and rap. True enthusiasts who wish to celebrate more than once a year often acknowledge Pi Approximation Day on July 22– Archimedes proved, in the 3rd Century BC, that the fraction 22/7 is a close approximation of Pi (an approximation that is still sometimes used by calculators).

Albert Einstein’s (1879–1955) birthday also happens to be March 14th, furthering the cause for celebration in mathematically- and scientifically-minded communities.

A brief history of Pi:

Archimedes was able to approximate the area a circle, πr², where r is the radius.  He accomplished this by drawing a polygon around a circle and inscribing a polygon within the same circle then calculating the areas of each.

Archimedes’ method for approximating the area of a circle.

The first calculation of pi was done by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes (287–212 BC). Archimedes was able to approximate the area a circle, πr², where r is the radius.  He accomplished this by drawing a polygon around a circle and inscribing a polygon within the same circle then calculating the areas of each (pictured left). The area of the circle was between these two. Archimedes was able to demonstrate using this method that pi is between 3 1/7 and 3 10/71. 

Euclid's proof that the ratio of the area of a circle is to the square of its radius is the same for all circles

Euclid, & Simson, R. (1829). The Elements of Euclid: Viz, the first six books, together with the eleventh and twelfth ; the errors, by which Theon, or others, have long ago vitiated these books, are corrected, and some of Euclid’s demonstrations are restored ; also the book of Euclid’s data, in like manner corrected. Philadelphia: Desilver.

Later Euclid (323–283 BC) the “father of geometry”   was able to prove that the ratio of the area of a circle to the square of its diameter is the same for all circles.  This proof appears in Book XII of his Elements.

Highlights from the Library’s collections:

Blatner, D. (1997). The joy of [pi]. New York: Walker and Co..

Posamentier, A. S., & Lehmann, I. (2004). [Pi]: A biography of the world’s most mysterious number. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.

Euclid, & Simson, R. (1756). The Elements of Euclid: Viz. the first six books, together with the eleventh and twelfth. In this edition, the errors, by which Theon, or others, have long ago vitiated these books, are corrected, and some of Euclid’s demonstrations restored. Glasgow: Printed by R. and A. Foulis


Want to learn more about Pi? The Library’s math and history of science research guides are an excellent place to start.


Lecture: Multilevel Feature Integration for Semantic Labeling of Images, Greg Shakhnarovich, March 10

Presented by the Research Computing Center

Multilevel Feature Integration for Semantic Labeling of Images

Greg Shakhnarovich, Assistant Professor, Toyota Technical Institute at Chicago

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 3-4:30 p.m. Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

Greg Shakhnarovich will speak about the problem of semantic labeling of images, one of the core problems in computer vision. Recent advances in computational learning methods, in particular deep neural networks, have led to a radical shift in this and other areas of visual computing. He will discuss the rapidly evolving state of the art for semantic labeling, and present his recent and ongoing work on leveraging the power of deep networks in a model that integrates information across levels of increasing spatial extent and complexity (the “zoom-out” framework). His talk will also address the computational challenges that arise in the context of training such models.

Biography: Since February 2008, Greg Shakhnarovich has been an Assistant Professor at TTI-Chicago, a philanthropically endowed academic computer science institute located on the University of Chicago campus. He also hold a part-time faculty appointment at the University of Chicago Department of Computer Science. Prior to coming to TTI-Chicago, Greg was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science of Brown University where he worked with Michael Black. He received his PhD at MIT where he worked at CSAIL with Trevor Darrell on computer vision and machine learning. Greg’s thesis topic was Learning Task-Specific Similarity.


For more information contact RCC at or 773-795-2667

Workshop: Python for HPC, Wednesday March 11th 1-3PM

Location: Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

Presented by the Research Computing Center

 The Python programming language and its software ecosystem have become ubiquitous in scientific and research computing. This workshop will discuss issues and techniques relevant for using Python in a HPC environment and RCC’s Midway cluster in particular. Participants are expected to have a general familiarity with Python but no special expertise is required.

Topics covered:
* Python and libraries installed on Midway
* How to install your own libraries and manage your environment
* Checkpointing and restarting
* Parallel programming using multiprocessing, mpi4py, and Cython


Register here.

Webinar: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy – PMC Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv, Mar. 5

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, NCBI will host a webinar outlining how to use My NCBI to report public access policy compliance for NIH grant holders. Topics will include the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.

To register for this Webinar, go here:

Text from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Tips for publishing your research

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has put together a series of videos called “Publishing Your Research 101″ that covers important aspects of the publication process.  The series is meant to  “helps authors and reviewers understand how to get a manuscript accepted, respond to reviewer comments, navigate ethical considerations, and improve their manuscript submission process experience.” Done in 10 short videos,  it includes topics such as:

How to Write a Paper to Communicate Your Research

Selecting Peers to Suggest as Reviewers

The Basics of Copyright and Fair Use

ACS has also published a special issue of editor tips called “Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication”. It includes 20 papers about the process of publishing and includes topics such as:

How to Make Your Next Paper Scientifically Effective

The Impact of the Impact Factor

Overcoming the Myths of the Review Process and Getting Your Paper Ready for Publication

Cite with a Sight

 More help with scientific writing and citing is available on the Library’s guide: Citation and Writing Resources, Citation Management Tools and Fair Use.

Workshop: Introduction to OpenMP, Wednesday, Feb. 25

Wednesday, February 25, 1–3 PM, Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

Douglas Rudd, Research Computing Center

This workshop will give a brief introduction to shared-memory parallel programming using the OpenMP standard. It is designed to give people with little to no parallel programming experience knowledge of basic parallel programming topics, examples of applying OpenMP to existing problems, and strategies for avoiding common errors and pitfalls. The tutorial will begin with an introduction to the concept of parallel programming and a discussion of how to identify problems that may benefit from parallelization. This will be followed by an introduction to the OpenMP API, with an emphasis on parallelizing existing serial codes. Examples in both C and Fortran will be provided.  

 Prerequisites: Familiarity with C, C++, or Fortran.

Register here.

Lecture: The Future of the Planetarium – Mark SubbaRao, Feb 23

Presented by the Research Computing Center

Mark SubbaRao, Space Visualization Laboratory Director at the Adler Planetarium

Monday, February 23rd, 2:00-3:30PM

Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room

The first planetarium was developed over 90 years ago.  Today thousands of planetaria exist all across the world.  This talk will argue that the future of the planetarium is to make the transformation to a big data visualization facility.  After reviewing the state of the art in planetarium visualization the talk will conclude with a invitation for University researchers to visualize their data sets at the Adler Planetarium.

Speaker Biography:  Mark SubbaRao is the Director of the Space Visualization Laboratory at the Adler Planetarium.  He received his bachelors degree in engineering physics at Lehigh University and his Ph.D from Johns Hopkins University in astrophysics.  His Ph.D thesis concerned the characterization and evolution of the luminosity function of galaxies.  After obtaining his degree he worked as a post doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey a project to make a 3D map of the Universe.  He has led the development of major exhibition galleries at the Adler such as “The Universe:  A Walk Through Time and Space” and has also produced, written and directed a number of stereoscopic videos and full-dome planetarium shows.  These include the planetarium shows “Welcome to the Universe” and “Cosmic Wonder.”  His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television.  He was part of a team that created a first-prize-winning visualization in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.  He was also on a team that was awarded the best visualization at XCEDE 2013.  Dr. SubbaRao chairs the international Planetarium Society’s Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, which seeks to realize the potential of the planetarium as a scientific visualization tool.

For more information contact RCC at or 773-795-2667

Write-In for science honors students

The science librarians at the Crerar Library invite all students participating in a science honors program to a “Write-In” at Crerar.  Come together with other honors students for an afternoon of dedicated research and/or writing time.  The Write-In provides a quiet space free of distractions, free pizza, and science librarians to answer questions regarding citations and resources.

DATE: Sunday, February 22, 2015

TIME: 12:00-4:00 PM

LOCATION: Kathleen A. Zar Room, 1st Floor, Crerar Library

RSVP to Deb Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction & Outreach, at, indicating your program of study.

Workshop: Endnote Online or Zotero, Feb. 19, 12-1PM

When: Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:001:00 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Citation managers are powerful, time-saving tools that help you manage your research. They can also help you format your papers in MS Word by creating bibliographies, citations, and footnotes automatically in the style you choose, such as APA or Chicago.

This workshop will compare how EndNote Online and Zotero – two popular citation managers – allow you to save, share, and cite information. In order to provide a side-by-side comparison of tools, the format of this workshop is demonstration rather than hands-on training.

Contact: John Crerar Library
More info:
Tag: Workshops, Training, Graduate Students, Staff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
Information on Assistive Listening Device

COMSOL 5.0 workshop, Feb. 17, 1-4 PM

COMSOL 5.0 and Application Builder Workshop
Mian Qin, COMSOL, Inc.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

 Join us for this unique opportunity to advance your skills in multiphysics simulation. This half-day workshop begins with a walk-through of the fundamental modeling steps in COMSOL Multiphysics. Attendees will then have the chance to set up and solve a simulation through a hands-on exercise, guided by a COMSOL expert. You will leave with new skills to work on your own applications using your free, two-week COMSOL trial.

  • Discover the capabilities and features of COMSOL Multiphysics and get a quick overview of the add-on products
  • Learn the natural workflow of the COMSOL Desktop user interface through which all physical phenomena are set up
  • See how to efficiently create and modify your models, and optimize your designs, step-by-step
  • Experience the speed and ease of modeling in the COMSOL environment, shown through a hands-on multiphysics simulation example
  • Learn to convert an existing COMSOL model into an app using the COMSOL Application Builder
  • Set up and solve your first simulation
  • Have a conversation with a COMSOL specialist about your application area
  • Start your two-week free trial and work through your own simulations helped by the COMSOL Technical Support Team
  • Try the Application Builder for designing COMSOL applications

Prerequisites: A computer running Windows is needed for the Application Builder. To participate in the hands-on session you will need to bring a laptop to run a free two-week trial license of the COMSOL software. If you are unable to bring a laptop, we’ll ask you to pair up with another attendee during the hands-on part of the workshop.

Register here.

Sweet science at the John Crerar Library

February 14th: Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is a holiday that brings out strong sentiments. The flurry of gift-, flower-, card-, and candy-exchanging observed today is, in fact, nothing new– a rise of the American middle class in the mid-19th century brought these traditions and customs to the fore.  Food, and especially candy and confectionery items, became inextricably tied to Valentine’s Day after the American Civil War, when the U.S. economy witnessed a decrease in the price of sugar and a subsequent rise of the confectionery industry.

The John Crerar Library is home to a veritable treasure trove of cookbooks, both vintage and modern. This Valentine’s Day, we have chosen to highlight some of the library’s more “vintage” confectionery cookbooks. To the left, you will find two recipes selected directly from our turn-of-the-century holdings, and below, the products of these recipes made nearly a century after their original publication.

Lovers' Layer-Cake, baked February 11, 2015. Lovers' Layer-Cake and Cocoa Fudge, baked February 11, 2015.





More from these cookbooks:

Title Page: Choice Recipes, by Maria Parloa. Published 1899.

Walter Baker & Co's Vanilla Chocolate Color Label

Walter Baker & Co's Breakfast Cocoa and Baker's Chocolate. Color Labels.

Walter & Baker Co's German Sweet Chocolate, Color Label

Cover: The Everyday Cake Book, by Gertrude Paul. Published 1921.





More at The University of Chicago Library:

Sweet Home Chicago: Chocolate and Confectionery Production and Technology in the Windy City

Selected Valentine’s Day Readings

GSA Bulletin historical issues online from 1890 to present


Image from C. H. Hitchcock, “Geology of Oahu,” Geological Society of America Bulletin, January 1900, v. 11, p. 15-60, doi:10.1130/GSAB-11-15

The Geological Society of America has completed digitizing the earliest years of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, extending access online back to 1890.  These historical issues are included in the Library’s subscription to th GSA Bulletin on the GeoScienceWorld publishing platform.  

University of Chicago students, faculty and staff can see a list of all the available full text PDF issues of the GSA Bulletin by visiting the GeoScienceWorld site.