Science News & Announcements

The Body in 3D – a tour of the human body 3-5 p.m. April 17

Location: Kathleen A. Zar Room.

image of chestDrop by Crerar Library and watch a 3D video tour of the human body including the brain and other internal organs. Using images captured with contemporary medical scanning technologies this looping film will run every 5-10 minutes.

3D glasses will be provided.

Refreshments will be served.


Scopus Training – Biomedical and Physical Sciences: workshop

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Where: John Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Description: Learn how to use Scopus, an interdisciplinary, bibliographic database from Elsevier that indexes the contents of more than 21,000 publications. Scopus also features cited references and can be searched for articles that cite a specific article. This program will focus on using Scopus for research in the Biomedical and Physical Sciences. The training will be conducted by Rachel McCullough, Regina Heuglas, and Steve Quinlivan from Elsevier. Lunch will be provided by Elsevier.
Contact: John Crerar Library
Tag: Training, Staff, Graduate Students, Workshops, Student Events Calendar
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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New Library Catalog offers better electronic resource access for science users

The Library is implementing a new catalog this summer and it is presently available for beta testing at It provides many new features including a better display of electronic access for journals and ebooks.

Electronic access to both journals and books is now displayed in search results:

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The catalog also offers suggested search terms for search queries:

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Additional features include the display of the current availability of items on the search results page.

My Account features, such as emailing, saving, and exporting records are still be developed in the new catalog.  Unfortunately, lists created by users of the current Catalog and MyDiscoveries records saved by users of Lens cannot be migrated to the new Library Catalog.  The Library will soon post instructions on how users can export these records, and users will have at least until the end of June to do so.

Please share your comments with us on the feedback form, also available from the Catalog header. We are particularly interested in your feedback regarding visual design and layout, organization of results and records, ease and effectiveness of search construction, and the quality and ranking of results.

A short video introduction to the new catalog is also available as well as more information about the new catalog.



Science on the Screen – Your Inner Fish / Apr 3, 6:30 PM @ Logan Center

Your Inner Fish LogoScience on the Screen presents…

Episode One of the new PBS Series

Thursday, April 3, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall
915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL

Link to register at 

Your middle ear comes from the jawbone of a prehistoric fish. Your skin and hair can be traced to a shrew-like mammal that lived around 195 million years ago. As for your bad back–well, you can thank your primate ancestors for that. How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today?

Follow the scientific adventure story in Your Inner Fish, a new PBS series premiering April 9 at 10/9C that takes a fresh look at human evolution. Produced by Tangled Bank Studies and Windfall Films, the series is based on the best-selling book of the same name by University of Chicago paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin. Using fossils, embryos and genes, Shubin reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates – the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree. This program will feature the first episode of the three-part science series.

A discussion with Neil Shubin and the Field Museum’s distinguished service curator Lance Grande follows the 60-minute screening.

Extended Library hours March 14 – 16

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

Mansueto will be open all weekend until 12:45 a.m.; Crerar and Regenstein will be open until 1:00 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours until the end of finals on Friday, March 21.

For a full list of library hours, see

Cancelled – Scopus database training, Mar. 14 @11:30 am

This workshop has been cancelled.

Scopus Training for the Biomedical and Physical Sciences
Friday, March 14th at 11:30 in the Kathleen A. Zar Room, Crerar Library. 

Representatives of Elsevier’s Scopus database will be on campus providing training in using the Scopus database.  Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features  tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus includes research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Coverage of the database is global. 

Lunch will be provided by Elsevier.  Register here.

Updated March 11, 2014.

Data: Collecting, Using, Managing – Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, Apr. 25

“Data: Collecting, Using, Managing”
3rd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
April 25, 2014
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

Data is captured by computers and instruments on a continual basis, flooding researchers in images, video, audio, logs, simulations, and more. This data is crucial to research, teaching and learning at academic institutions around the world. Understanding the impact of data on researchers, libraries and institutions as a whole is critical to achieving long-term data preservation, appropriate sharing among communities, and enabling transformative new science. This symposium will provide participants with an understanding of how data is used in real world applications, as well as examples of collaborative efforts between institutions, groups or individuals specific to collection, use, access, preservation and overall management of data.

Schedule and registration information is available at:

Intro to OpenMP workshop, Feb. 28, 1-4 pm

Date/Time: 2/27/2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Crerar Library Computer Classroom

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


Don’t miss Your Inner Fish on PBS

YourInnerFishPBSThe 3-part PBS series, Your Inner Fish, based on Neil Shubin’s book of the same name, premiers April 9.  From PBS: “How did your body become the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today? University of Chicago anatomist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates — the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree.”

Find out more at

LWW journals now available through BrowZine

LippiBrowZine bookshelfncott Williams and Wilkins (LWW) journals that the Library subscribes to are now available on BrowZine. Enjoy browsing, reading, saving and sharing articles with BrowZine on your iPad.

For information about getting start with BrowZine, read this post.