Monday, March 26, 2018

Brody WorkLounge Takes a Corner

Something new in the library - give it a try!  The Brody WorkLounge, by Steelcase, was delivered during Spring break.  It might become your new favorite.  Let us know what you think.  Leave a comment here or email the Science Library.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Books! So many, fantastic reading options. Take a look.

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So many new books have arrived in the past two months that we can't keep up with presenting them on our tumblr account.  Here are just two of the new book covers to entice you to view more, and look them up in OBIS.  Better yet, stop in the library and peruse the new book shelf!
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See many more book covers in a PowerPoint presentation.  Go ahead, judge a book by its cover.  Then come read it!

Recent publications: faculty, students and alumni in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Listed below are publications from Oberlin College faculty, students and alumni, as indexed in The Web of Science during the past four weeks.  Oberlin affiliated authors are indicated in bold font: 

Fitzgerald, Stephen. A. (Professor of Physics), Shinbrough, Kai '17 ; Rigdon,  Katharine H. (current senior) ; Rowsell, Jesse L. C. (deceased, Assistant Professor of Chemistry); et al.  (2018). Temperature-programmed desorption for isotope separation in nanoporous materials. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(4), 1995-2001. 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11048 (subscriber access)

Krasnoshchekov, S. V., Schutski, R. S., Craig, Norman C. (Emeritus Professor of Chemistry), Sibaev, M., & Crittenden, D. L. (2018). Comparing the accuracy of perturbative and variational calculations for predicting fundamental vibrational frequencies of dihalomethanes. Journal of Chemical Physics, 148(8), 084102. 10.1063/1.5020295 (open access)

Journal cover, from Science Direct (Elsevier)
Oberdick, S. D., ...  Hunt-Isaak, Ian '17 ; Pan, Hillary '17; Ijiri, Yumi (Professor of Physics); et al. (2018). Spin canting across core/shell Fe3O4/MnxFe3-xO4 nanoparticles. Scientific Reports, 8, 3425. 10.1038/s41598-018-21626-0 (open access)

Yan, M., Fritsch, P. W., Moore, Michael J. (Associate Professor of Biology), et al. (2018). Plastid phylogenomics resolves infrafamilial relationships of the Styracaceae and sheds light on the backbone relationships of the Ericales. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 121, 198-211. 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.01.004  (access at OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Communicating science: two new books just received

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Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, is the guest editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2017.   Jahren is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences.  Included among the essays is "Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream," by Kathryn Joyce (Huffington Post).  It is an all too timely account of sexual harassment and hostility targeting women who work for various national and state agencies that protect America's natural heritage.

An essay by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe, also appears in this volume.  "A Song of Ice" (from The New Yorker) recounts her visits to Greenland, where the effects of global warming are extraordinary and devastating.

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All of the essays, as always in this series, are important reading.  Borrow the book over Winter Term - an essay a night will get you through the month of January with a lot to ponder.

Learn more about the science of science communication with this new handbook from Oxford University Press.  A key question considered in the handbook is: "What can we know empirically about the impact of the full range of scientists' linguistic choices and potential alternatives on public debate?"  Given the importance of scientific literacy (or at least realistic perceptions of scientists' work) for a healthy, just society, David Kirby's chapter on "The Changing Popular Images of Science" is very instructive.

Find these books on the new book shelf.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elemental Haiku, by Mary Soon Lee

Haiku embedded within the Periodic Table, Aug 4. 2017.  Brilliant!  How did we miss this earlier?  Find more, and write your own on Twitter, #ChemHaiku

http://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/
If you need inspiration, check out The elements : a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe / Theodore Gray ; photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann or
The secret life of the periodic table : unlocking the mysteries of all 118 elements / Dr. Ben Still.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recent publications: Craig, Moore, Peters, Roles, Schmidt

Acryloyl fluoride, Chihuahuan desert gypsophiles, crayfish genome skimming, catchment sediments, autophagy pathway: key topics of recent publications. Oberlin faculty and student authors are identified in the first line of each paragraph below.

Krasnoshchekov, et al.
Norman C. Craig, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. 

Krasnoshchekov, S. V., Craig, N. C., Koroleva, L. A., & Stepanov, N. F. (2018). Anharmonic vibrational analysis of s-trans and s-cis conformers of acryloyl fluoride using numerical-analytic van vleck operator perturbation theory. Spectrochimica Acta Part A-Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 189, 66-79. 
Michael J. Moore, Associate Professor of Biology; Zoe Feder ’17; Helene Tiley, Junior. 

Muller, C. T., Moore, M. J., Feder, Z. Tiley, H. & Drenovsky, R. E. (2017). Phylogenetic patterns of foliar mineral nutrient accumulation among gypsophiles and their relatives in the Chihuahuan desert. American Journal of Botany, 104(10), 1442-1450. 
Maureen Peters, Associate Professor of Biology.

Hsieh, P. N., Zhou, G., Yuan, Y., Zhang, R., Prosdocimo, D. A., Sangwung, P., . . . Jain, M. K. (2017). A conserved KLF-autophagy pathway modulates nematode lifespan and mammalian age-associated vascular dysfunction. Nature Communications, 8, 914. 
Angela J. Roles, Assistant Professor of Biology.  

Grandjean, F., Tan, M. H., Gan, H. M., Lee, Y. P., Kawai, T., Distefano, R. J., . . . Austin, C. M. (2017). Rapid recovery of nuclear and mitochondrial genes by genome skimming from northern hemisphere freshwater crayfish. Zoologica Scripta, 46(6), 718-728. 
Amanda H. Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Geology.

Neilson, Schmidt, Bierman, et al.
Neilson, T. B., Schmidt, A. H., Bierman, P. R., Rood, D. H., & Gonzalez, V. S. (2017). Efficacy of in situ and meteoric be-10 mixing in fluvial sediment collected from small catchments in China. Chemical Geology, 471, 119-130. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Estrogens and the Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

New publication from Professor of Neuroscience Jan Thornton:

McGregor, Claire, Alexander Riordan, and Janice Thornton. "Estrogens and the Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Possible Neuroprotective Mechanisms." Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, vol. 47, 2017, pp. 19-33, doi:10.1016/j.yfrne.2017.06.003.

From the abstract: "We review the relationship between estrogens and brain derived neurotrophic factor, neuroinflammation, NMDA receptors, GABA receptors, and luteinizing hormone. Exploring these pathways may enable novel treatments for schizophrenia and a greater understanding of this devastating disease."

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/frontiers-in-neuroendocrinology

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Translating Science Symposium, Friday September 29

The libraries have been highlighting science journalism, science writing, and science media all week long, to promote the symposium happening tomorrow.  Take a look at the science library tumblr and the main library twitter #translatingsciencesymopsium - so many good resources to feature, one week certainly can't do justice to the abundance of great science writing available online and in print.

Here is one more recommendation that can't fail to please: The Best American Science and Nature Writing, an annual series that can be found in the science library.  Check out a volume!
http://www.hmhco.com/at-home/featured-shops/popular-series/best-american-series/ba-science-nature

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