Science News & Announcements

Fri., July 3 & Sat., July 4: all libraries closed

All campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 3, a University holiday, and Saturday, July 4, Independence Day.  Regular summer hours will resume on Sunday, July 5.

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

Spring quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to October 2

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due June 26 have been automatically renewed by the Library for summer quarter. As of June 15, all such items have a new due date of October 2, 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.

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.

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize winners announced

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students

Congratulations to Xavier Zahnle, Stephanie Bi, and Haozhe Shan, the winners of the 2015 John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students.

1st place winning paper
A Glimpse Into Our Future’s Past: Plastic Debris In the Stratigraphic Record by Xavier Zahnle

2nd place winning paper
Migrant Mysteries: An Elucidation of the Hispanic Health Paradox by Stephanie Bi

3rd place winning paper
Social Rejection and Health by Haozhe Shan

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The Studio in the Field: Exhibit Reception and Film Screening

The Studio in the Field: Techniques of Early Wildlife Photography. Reception and Film Screening Reception and Screening: May 27th, 5:00-5:30 pm in the John Crerar Library's Kathleen A. Zar Room.

Reception and Screening, May 27th, 5:00-5:30 pm

Location: The John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room.
Time: May 27th, 5:00-7:30 pm.

In conjunction with its current exhibit, The Studio in the Field: Techniques in Early Wildlife Photography, the John Crerar Library will be hosting a reception and film screening on May 27th, from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm. A guest lecture and introduction to the exhibit and films will be provided by Carl Fuldner, Department of Art History.

Refreshments to be served.

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Library Catalog & BorrowDirect offline, 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. Wed., 4/29

The Library Catalog and BorrowDirect will be unavailable between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29 due to scheduled systems maintenance.

The Library Catalog will allow searches, but holdings and item availability information will not be displayed, nor will service links associated with holdings and items. My Account will also be unavailable.

Direct searches of the BorrowDirect catalog will also be unavailable while maintenance is underway.

UBorrow will remain accessible during this time.

Celebrating Earth Day

The first Earth Day celebration, which took place 45 years ago, marked a turning point in American environmental consciousness. The environment’s inextricable tie to public health became increasingly evident throughout the 1960’s, and several events throughout the decade— including the the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Springthe 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and the 1969 People’s Park protests at Berkeley—prompted U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and several activists and labor organizations to raise funds for a nationwide day of awareness¹. Since the first celebration in 1970, Earth Day has grown into a worldwide celebration and day of awareness. By its 30th anniversary, over 180 nations and 500 million people participated in Earth Day celebrations¹.

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Workshop: Managing Your Research Documents

Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 27th, 12-1pm

Organizing and keeping track of research documents, whether pdfs, notes, images or other pieces of information, can be time consuming and difficult. Let us help you! This workshop will cover effective naming techniques for documents, citation and pdf management, note taking tools, alerts and feeds, and journal management apps. Register

IEEE Authorship Lunch: How to Publish with IEEE

This lunch session will give an overview of how to become an IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) author. A representative from IEEE will discuss tips on how to select an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference, organize a manuscript, and work through peer review; how successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted; and common mistakes and ethical lapses that will prevent your manuscript from being accepted. They will also discuss how IEEE Xplore Digital Library can help when writing technical papers, including how to stay up-to-date on the latest research using saved search alerts and set up personal project folders to organize your research. Lunch will be provided.  Registration required

Introduction to Zotero: workshop

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:001:00 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Zotero is a free citation manager that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

Participants are encouraged to bring their personal computers so that they may download and interact with the program.

To register, click on the link below.

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.
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Life Cycle of Scientific Publishing Workshop – Thursday, April 30

Join us at the Crerar Library on Thursday, April 30 as experts provide insights on the scientific publication life cycle. Hear from a managing journal editor about the nuts and bolts of the publishing. Learn what editors do and what they expect from authors. Gain insight as to what to expect as an author and what it takes to be a good peer-reviewer. Finally, discover how to manage your online researcher identity and methods to promote your work.

This workshop is designed for graduate students, post-docs, advanced undergraduates, and others interested in the inner workings of the publication process.

Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Zar Room, 1st Floor, Crerar Library
Fee: $20.00 (waived for current UChicago students, postdocs, and housestaff)
Schedule and Registration:

This workshop is held in conjunction with the 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication,” held on Friday, May 1 at the Crerar Library.