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A Fascination with Feynman

September 16th, 2011

If you are interested in the life of Richard Feynman, join novelist Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick as they discuss their new book, “Feynman, A Graphic Novel Biography.” Together they tell the story of this Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist, adventurer, and musician beginning with grade school in Long Island to his work in quantum electrodynamics, the Manhattan Project, and as a member of the Commission that investigated the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. They also talk about Professor Feynman’s passion for science and science education. Be prepared to be inspired by Richard Feynman’s exuberant life!

When: Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: Cecil H. Green Library, Information Center Classroom (Room 166)
Discussion and refreshments follow the talk. All are welcome to attend!

Sponsored by Dr. Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian, Science& Engineering Libraries

Missed this summer’s Branner geospatial workshops? There is one more scheduled for the end of this month!

GIS Data Creation & Management
Fri, August 26, 9am – 12pm
A65, Sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences building

This very hands-on 3-hour workshop will allow you to create and manipulate your own GIS data from scratch. Topics covered are: georeferencing of raster images, creation of vector data (digitization), importing GPS and table data into GIS and basic data management concepts in GIS (geodatabase vs shapefiles). Registration and other information is available online at: http://sites.google.com/site/stanfordgeospatialtraining/

For more details contact Lynn Yarmey or Patricia Carbajales

Engineering Library Workshop on Scopus and xSearch:
Do More Searching in Less Time

Learn about Scopus and the New xSearch tool for enhanced searching. Bring your lunch and join us for our continuing series of workshops. All faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend!

Searching of multiple databases in related disciplines uncovers articles, books and reports critical to your research. Demos will include a comparison of ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus and the new Stanford Libraries’ xSearch tool. E-mail alerts for subject, titles, and authors will also be covered.

Date: Tuesday, November 2, Noon-1pm
Where: Huang 203, outside the Terman Engineering Library

Date: Thursday, November 4, Noon-1pm
Where: Y2E2 Conference Room 105 (near the Coupa Café)

Date: Monday, November 8, Noon-1pm
Where: Y2E2 Conference Room 105 (near the Coupa Café)

To sign-up, click on this Google docs link and select the workshop you will attend : http://tinyurl.com/24ra3cb

Cookies will be provided.

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.

Old weather

October 19th, 2010

Using volunteers to transcribe old ship logs, environmental groups hope to use the data to model past weather patterns.  BBC radio recently aired a segment describing the project.

Introduction to GIS Workshops

October 15th, 2010

Patricia Carbajales, Branner’s Geospatial Manager, is offering two workshops next week on Introduction to ArcGIS. Both will be held at classroom A-65 located on the sub-basement of Mitchell Earth Sciences Building (http://earthsciences.stanford.edu/facilities/a65/index.php)

You must register with Patricia by emailing her at carbajales@stanford.edu.

The first one will be next Monday, October 18th, from 8:00am to 11:00am.
The second one will be next Friday, October 22nd, from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.

This is a three hour workshop that will get you started with GIS. It will be interactive with minimal lecture and lots of hand-on exercises. During the third hour you will be building your own map.

Come join us and learn some GIS!

Using RefWorks, Endnote and Zotero

Your University Libraries is offering two workshops on using RefWorks
citation manager. Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday October 12 OR Wednesday October 13
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Where: Huang Engineering Center, 475 Via Ortega
Room 203 - This room is just outside the Engineering Library.

Each session is limited to ***only 12 attendees*** due to room size. Additional sessions will be scheduled depending on demand. Please contact Stella Ota (skota@stanford.edu) to register.

Snacks will be provided.

All new sessions are also listed on the Terman Library blog at: http://lib.stanford.edu/englib

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!

Branner Library’s new exhibit features two vastly different atlases, one designed specifically for “the masses” and the other to be so exclusive that only “1 in 3.3 million people” on the planet will own it.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in England was formed in 1826 specifically to create works about a variety of subject matter, written in a plain manner and published at a reasonable price allowing for mass readership. The atlas on display is one of the last printed by the group from 1844.

Millennium House published “Earth” in 2008 and issued two editions: two thousand copies of the Royal Blue and one thousand copies of the Imperial Gold. The atlas is truly spectacular with 355 maps and over 800 photographs many of them taken by National Geographic photographers. Designed to impress, it certainly fulfills its mission.

Come by and take a look for yourself!

Welcome back to those students and faculty who are returning to the School of Earth Sciences and a hearty hello to those of you are new. We’re gearing up for the new school year. We’ll be in touch soon to tell you about upcoming workshops for citation management software, using our new xSearch tool and an introduction to GIS. In the meantime, our Branner 2010 Fall Newsletter will bring you up to date on our new resources. Best of luck as the new year gets off the ground.