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The San Jose Mercury News recently reported on the limestone used to face the buildings in the new Engineering Quad. The white limestone was all excavated from a single quarry outside of Paris. The same quarry used when building some of Paris’s most famous buildings such as the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, Bourbon Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral. Included in the article is a map showing the location of the 12 buildings on campus that used this stone.

Library Open House

September 21st, 2010

Come to the Library Open House on September 28th at Green Library from noon to 5pm. There will be music, videos, raffle prizes (including an Ipad and a Kindle), and giveaways (many free books).

* Learn about and see demos of our vast collections (books, films, data, e-resources, and more).
* Meet staff from the over 20 libraries on campus; see highlights of their resources.
* See a demo of our book-scanning robot.
* Tour Green Library with University Librarian, Michael Keller.
* See demos of various resources including SearchWorks, xSearch, RefWorks and Zotero.
* Hear University Librarian, Michael Keller present Thoughts on the Future of Stanford’s Libraries.
* Attend a curated visit of the new exhibition, Celebrating Mexico, a demo of SULAIR in Second Life, and more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mars Hemispheres

The newest mechanical visitor to Mars, the Phoenix Mars Lander, descends through the atmosphere on Sunday to land in the Martian Arctic. Dubbed the first of the “Scout Missions,” the lander will provide information that may answer questions such as: Can the Martian arctic support life, what is the history of water at the landing site, and how is the Martian climate affected by polar dynamics?

You can read more about the mission at the main project Web page. Local Bay Area events include:

* Mars: Fire & Ice at the The Crucible in Oakland. Live feed of the landing from NASA.
* Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland will host activities on Saturday and Sunday including a live feed of the event on Sunday afternoon.
* NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, will host a Sunday afternoon event with robotic demonstrations and pre-landing remarks from local scientists and engineers.

You can also watch the landing over the Internet by tuning into NASA tv at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Read this point-counterpoint on science blogging in the latest issue of Nature Geoscience*, and let us know what you think.

  • To Blog or Not to Blog by Gavin Schmidt
  • Minority Report by Myles Allen

    *available to Stanford readers via Branner Library.

  • Students! Maps to the ready!

    December 4th, 2007

    It’s time for the 2nd annual Bay Area Automated Mapping Association (BAAMA) Education award and mapping challenge. The competition is designed to support students in higher education using GIS both as a major field of study and in support of their own research fields. The top prize is $2,500 with a one-year membership in BAAMA, and a complementary entry to CalGIS in April, 2008 where you’ll present your work. Entries are due February 15, 2008. More information can be found at the BAAMA website. It would be great to have a Stanford student win this year!

    Wildfire imagery

    October 24th, 2007

    NASA Fire image, October 24, 2007

    Satellite imagery and digital mapping has changed the way we interact with and know about large-scale disasters. A case in point are the Southern California wildfires.

    The San Diego Office Of Emergency Services is releasing maps each day of the burn areas, the perimeters of the fires, and the evacuation areas.

    NASA has a series of satellite images showing the spread of the fires over the past few days over all of Southern California, one taken from the Space Shuttle Discovery as it rose into orbit on Tuesday.

    Google is offering content from KPBS, which can be loaded into Google Earth.

    The US Forest Service has released infrared imagery showing the locations and intensity of the fires in San Diego. I have yet to be able to access this imagery. My guess is the traffic has been so heavy that the site is down. Keep trying to get in over the next few days.

    Burma

    Satellite imagery has been released showing evidence of population relocations, refugee camps, and burned villages in the country of Myanmar. Private funding has allowed the AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights project to capture imagery of the country and compare it to older images of the same areas. The imagery is being used to verify field reports of human rights abuses across the country. Discussions of the reports are available from Reuters and MSNBC. The MSNBC article includes the imagery side by side for comparison.

    Image downloaded from the Perry-Castenada Library Map Collection.

    NEWS:
    The Branner fall newsletter is up on our site here. Click over to the newsletter for information about recent library purchases, changes in journal subscriptions and other news.

    ORIENTATION:
    An orientation session for new ERE students will be held this morning at 11 am in the Branner Teaching Corner.

    Look to the skies

    September 6th, 2007

    shasta fire

    Wondering about why the air is so thick? Yesterday we speculated that the smoke and haze were coming from the wildfire down in Henry Coe State Park, but the image above tells the true tale. You can see the smoke emanating from the northeastern part of the state in Plumas National Forest. To really appreciate why a fire so far away is making our eyes itch in Palo Alto, check out the movement of the smoke in the 1km animation for the Western US [via NOAA].

    More information from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection here. Another site called Inciweb describes the situation as follows:

    The Moonlight Fire has grown to 18,500 acres. The fire is located in the Northeastern Sierra Nevada, along the boundary between Plumas and Lassen counties, predominately on the Plumas National Forest. Containment is 5%.

    Fueled by winds from the north, the fire moved south today triggering mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

    You can subscribe to feeds from either of the sites above to get the latest news about this fire and California wildfires in general.

    AGU Digital Library News

    September 5th, 2007

    We made reference to AGU’s digitizing efforts in the spring. More news is available here. Looks like the historic content will be ready for 2008.