Science News & Announcements

New printing service coming to libraries and residence halls in August

In early August, a new printing service will be rolled out to campus libraries and residence halls. The service will introduce upgraded equipment for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing,as well as a new and improved software interface for web-based printing.  Microform scanners will also be upgraded as part of the new service, and an overhead scanner for bound materials will be added at the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Starting Friday, August 1, users will no longer be able to use the current web printing service or to add value to their cards using the current web revalue service.  Printing from library computers and from personal computers with print drivers installed will continue to work throughout the transition.  Current copy card machines will still allow users to add value to their current cards.  The Library encourages users to avoid adding value to current cards or purchasing new copy cards until after the new printing service is in place.

Starting August 4, the new equipment will be installed and the new web service will be launched at printing.uchicago.edu.  There may be brief periods in the week of August 4 when printing services are unavailable at a specific location while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment installed.

The cost of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing using the multifunction devices will remain the same as the 2013-14 prices for these services. Scanning at microform scanners and the new overhead scanner will cost the same as scanning at the multifunction devices: 2 cents per page.

Users who currently have an outstanding balance on their UChicago Card or recently issued library card will have the balance transferred to the new system automatically.  Users with older library cards or copy cards will need to ask for assistance in manually transferring any outstanding balance on their old card to a new card.

We appreciate your patience as the work to move to the new system is completed.  For more information about the upcoming changes, see printing.uchicago.edu.

“BLAST in the Cloud” webinar July 30th

NCBI will offer the webinar “BLAST in the Cloud” on Wed., July 30, from 2:00 – 3:30pm  CDT.  Since late June, web and standalone BLAST have been available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).  This webinar will show you how to log on to AWS and deploy the NCBI-BLAST Amazon Machine Image (AMI).  Prior knowledge of using web and standalone BLAST is required.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8126572163773355778.

Hanging sculpture Crystara temporarily removed from Crerar Library atrium

Image of Crystara

Surrounded by scaffolding, workers prepare to lower Crystara from the Crerar Library atrium.

For the next several weeks, visitors to Crerar may find that the main lobby feels a little emptier than usual. For the past 30 years, visitors to Crerar have walked under Crystara, a 30’ long aluminum and Waterford crystal sculpture by artist John David Mooney. Suspended above users as they made their way to the bookstacks and other library resources, the sculpture was designed to refract the sunlight coming in through the atrium skylight, changing the look of the entire lobby as the sun moved across the sky. Now, in order to repair the roof and replace the glass in the skylight, Crystara has been temporarily taken down.

Over four days, from July 7 to 10, workers lowered, disassembled, and moved the sculpture to the east side of the first floor. Work on the roof is scheduled to be finished mid-September, at which point the workers will return and the sculpture will be returned to the atrium. In the process, the new glass in the skylight should make Crystara gleam like new and help to fulfill the artist’s intention in a way viewers haven’t seen for years. 

After the break, see a slideshow featuring more pictures from the entire process.

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Friday, July 4: all libraries closed

In observance of the University holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4. Regular summer hours will resume on Saturday, July 5.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize winners announced

Congratulations to Elle Sullivan, Michael Begun and Sydney Reitz, the winners of the 2014 John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students.

1st place prize
REM Sleep: The Enigma that Remains by Elle Sullivan

2nd place prize
A History of Inconceivability by Michael Begun

2nd place prize winner
Starting with the Man in the Mirror: Psychopathy, Mirror Neurons, and the Legal System by Sydney Reitz

This year there was a tie for 2nd place.

The annual John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students honors the memory of John Crerar – industrialist and philanthropist whose estate established the John Crerar Library.

This competitive award for excellence and clarity in science writing acknowledges the ability of a University of Chicago College student to produce a paper, on a scientific topic, which is thorough in its arguments but accessible to a broad readership.

First Prize is $1500
Second Prize is $500

Crerar Library roof update #2: Lobby and first floor furniture removal

Starting on July 2, the next steps in the Crerar Roof replacement will begin with the removal of the lobby furniture, including the benches, chairs, and display cases, as well as the tables on the east side of the first floor reading room. On July 3, computer tables on the first floor will the removed, but will returned as soon as possible. The rest of the furniture will be returned once work has completed. CSIL classrooms and computers, seating behind the reference desk, and reference bookstacks will be unaffected.

The furniture removal is necessary to prepare for work on the lobby skylight. We apologize for the inconvenience. Additional study areas are available on the 2nd, 3rd, and lower levels. Please contact crerar-circulation@lib.uchicago.edu with any comments or questions.

Crerar Library roof update: gravel removal starts June 16

The next phase in the Crerar Library roof replacement project starts June 16th with the removal of the existing gravel on the roof. Work on the east side of the roof is scheduled for June 16th-24 and the west side for June 25-July 3, weather depending. The gravel removal is done via a large vacuum machine that generates a noise similar to an engine; please keep this is mind when settling on an area of study in the library on those dates. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please contact crerar-circulation@lib.uchicago.edu with any comments or questions.

Eckhart summer quarter hours

Eckhart Library hours will have the following hours for the summer quarter, June 23rd – August 30th.

Our hours are:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

For specific days or the hours for other campus libraries, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

 

Crerar summer interim hours

Crerar Library building and service desk hours will be reduced for Summer interim, June 14th – 22.

Building hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – 8am – 8pm

Circulation hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, June 15: Closed
Sunday, June 22: Noon – 5pm

The reference desk will be closed Saturdays, June 14 and June 21. For specific days or the hours for other campus libraries, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu. Summer quarter hours begin Monday, June 23rd.

Scientific Data: open-access publication with detailed dataset descriptions

Nature Publishing Group has launched Scientific Data, a new open access publication that, according to the publication, “aims to address the increasing need to make research data more available, citable, discoverable, interpretable, reusable and reproducible,” while also fulfilling some requirements of funder-mandated data management plans. 

More from the press release:
Data Descriptors, Scientific Data’s article type, are peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets, including the methods used to collect the data and technical analyses supporting the quality of the measurement. Data Descriptors are a combination of traditional scientific publication content and structured information curated in-house, and are designed to maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining. 

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