Science News & Announcements

Extended Library hours December 4 – 6

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week.

Mansueto will be open Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours from Monday, November 30 until the end of finals on Friday, December 11.

For a full list of library hours, see

Library offers guides for data management and author identifiers

Data Management

The Library has created a guide to help researchers with Data Management issues such as how to write a Data Management Plan (DMP) and Data Repository and Storage Options available.

Why manage your data?

Many funding agencies such as the NSF now require that researchers write a data management plan in order to receive funding. Preserving your data also ensures it will be available in the long term. In addition documenting and managing your data saves you time because it will be easier to use in an organized and understandable form. Putting your data in a repository and letting the repository handle any requests about it also saves you time that you can focus on your own research.

Author Identifiers

We also offer a guide to creating and using Author identifiers, including ORCID IDs. Creating an ORCID ID gives you a persistent, unique numeric identifier that links together all of your research work, including any name changes over the course of your career. It distinguishes you from others with the same name and ensures that your work is attributed to you. It also makes it easy for others to locate all of your research, since it is all linked by an identifier.

Crerar Library hosting webinar – Instructional Design for Medical Librarians

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Location: Kathleen Zar Room, John Crerar Library, 5730 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
Cost: Free
Register: Complete this form

The Crerar Library is pleased to host the Medical Library Association’s upcoming webinar, Instructional Design for Medical Librarians, led by Max Anderson, instructional designer at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC).  In this session, you will learn about instructional design principles, the working life of an instructional design professional, how to incorporate library resources and various tools that will help keep you or your faculty on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

Max Anderson

Max Anderson

Anderson provides training and support for UIC’s teaching faculty in the facilitation and use of educational technology and holds an appointment in the Department of Medical Education at UIC as an instructor. He holds a master’s in library and information studies from Florida State University and a master’s in learning technology from the University of North Texas. Previously, he was assistant library director for educational technology for the Rush University Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

Maps, directions to campus, and parking information are available here.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.  Information on Assistive Listening Device

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists” on November 12, 2015

The PubMed for Scientists webinar led by NCBI staff will demonstrate how to efficiently search biomedical literature in PubMed, including: how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow a search, find full text articles, and set up an email alert for new research on your topic. The webinar will be archived on the NCBI YouTube channel.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Registration URL:

Your librarians can also teach you how to search PubMed efficiently! Let us know if you’d like us to come to your next lab meeting or departmental meeting for a PubMed refresher. We can also meet in one-on-one consultations. Contact us at

NIH aims to enhance reproducibility, transparency of research findings

The NIH’s October 9 notice, Implementing Rigor and Transparency in NIH & AHRQ Research Grant Applications, announces updates to the application instructions and review language for most research grant applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2016.  The purpose of the updates is to “enhance the reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency.”

The updates include:

  • Revisions to application guide instructions for preparing your research strategy attachment
  • Use of a new “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment
  • Additional rigor and transparency questions reviewers will be asked to consider when reviewing applications

Read the full notice at

Special issue of Organometallics dedicated to Prof. Hillhouse


Cover image from Organometallics, 2015, 34 (19)

The October 12, 2015 issue of Organometallics honors former University of Chicago professor, Gregory Hillhouse.  Prof. Hillhouse is remembered not only as a talented chemist, but also as a gourmet chef, dedicated basketball fan, sometime artist, and always mentor to young chemists.   The special issue is featured on Twitter.

All About Endnote (Desktop Version), Thursday, October 15, 12-1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the bibliographic software EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

Workshop: Introduction to the Research Computing Center, Oct 6 2-3:30 pm

Dr. H. Birali Runesha, Assistant Vice President for Research Computing and Director of the Research Computing Center

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is a centralized service that provides high-end computing and visualization resources to researchers at the University. This presentation will discuss services offered by the RCC and provide information on how to get a computing or storage resource allocation, the Cluster and Consultant Partnership Programs, and an overview of the computational resources and performance of RCC’s computing infrastructure. The hands-on component of this workshop will begin by giving you the opportunity to create an account on Midway, a high performance computer that serves the UChicago research community with approximately 5000 Intel Sandy Bridge processing cores, Nvidia GPUs, and large amounts of shared memory. Attendees will be able to use their RCC accounts to compile code, submit jobs using the SLURM batch scheduler, explore the software module system, and learn about rcchelp, a custom online documentation system.

Level: This is an INTRODUCTORY level course, for people with little or no experience in the topic.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session.

Register here.

A Bold Experiment: the Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago

yerkes telescope

Exhibit Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium

Exhibit Dates: September 21, 2015 – March 31, 2016

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago’s founding, Crerar Library looks back at the establishment of the natural sciences at the University. The early University built programs in the physical and biological science from the ground up. They recruited eminent scientists and designed innovative laboratories and facilities for their often groundbreaking work. These achievements in discovery and teaching have had lasting impact on the sciences.
Crerar exhibits website.

New food and drink policy provides Library patrons with more options

New Library food polciesAs the result of a new Library food policy, hungry patrons are now free to eat snacks in many campus Library spaces and have additional designated space for eating meals in Regenstein.

The new policy has been approved by the faculty Board of the Library and the Library Student Advisory Group and permits patrons to eat snacks in most parts of the Library, with the exception of a few designated food-free spaces. Meals and messy or smelly foods will still be permitted only in designated Meal Zones. The policy applies to the Crerar, Eckhart, Mansueto, Regenstein, and SSA libraries, as well as the D’Angelo Law Library, which has had a similar policy in place since 2008.

In Regenstein, where the Ex Libris Café is often fully occupied at peak meal times, the A Level has been designated an additional Meal Zone.

To help protect Library collections and to provide spaces for users who wish to avoid the presence of food entirely, a few areas have been designated food-free, including the Mansueto Grand Reading Room, the Regenstein bookstacks, and the Crerar Lower Level West compact shelving. In addition, no food or drink is allowed in the Special Collections Research Center. Covered drinks will continue to be allowed everywhere except Special Collections.

The new food policy is designed to help the Library maintain an environment that is welcoming and comfortable, as well as supportive of study, research, reflection, and scholarly collaboration.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to take an active role in making the new policy a success. This includes cleaning up and disposing of their own food waste in appropriate trash receptacles and notifying staff of spills, as well as asking others to abide by Library policies or reporting violations to Library staff.

See the Library’s food and drink policy for more information, including a complete list of Library spaces where snacks or meals are allowed.

Updated September 17, 2015

Students in Ex Libris

Students in Regenstein’s Ex Libris Cafe (Photo by Jason Smith)