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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

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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

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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
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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.

Adventures in Analysis of Large Biomedical Datasets, Apr. 16 at 3PM

rcc-graphicThursday, April 16, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

Andrey Rzhetsky, Professor in the Department of Genetic Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology & Computation Institute. His research is focused on computational analysis of complex human phenotypes in context of changes and perturbations of underlying molecular networks.

Focusing on autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, this talk will touch the following questions:  How can understanding of genetics and epidemiology of disease be advanced through modeling and computational analysis of very large and heterogeneous datasets?  What are the bottlenecks in analysis of complex human maladies?  How can we model and compute over multiple data types to narrow hypotheses about genetic causes of disease?  How can collaborations across multiple fields of science bring translational results to initially purely academic studies?

Contact: Research Computing Center 773-795-2667

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

Endnote Workshop Tuesday, April 7, 12–1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the desktop version of 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.

Reserve group studies with improved Book a Room system

University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff looking to book a group study can now do so with an improved version of the Library’s Book a Room system.

The new version of Book a Room, launched March 26, has a streamlined design and new features that make finding and reserving a room faster, easier, and more secure:

  • Users can now book rooms using their CNet ID and password, eliminating the need to confirm booking requests via a separate email.
  • Users can now filter rooms based on the number of people in their group.
  • An improved mobile interface lets users view the same room grid on mobile devices as on laptop and desktop computers.

For more information, visit How to Book a Room. Or contact us with comments and questions.

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.

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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.

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