Sunday, May 29, 2011

Three new publications from science faculty

Articles by Dan Stinebring, Francis D. Federighi Chair in Physics, and Mike Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology, were published recently: May 17, 2011
Contemporaneous and recent radiations of the world's major succulent plant lineages.
Arakaki, Monica; Christin, Pascal-Antoine; Nyffeler, Reto; Lendel, Anita; Eggli, Urs; Ogburn, R. Matthew; Spriggs, Elizabeth; Moore, Michael J.; Edwards, Erika J.
Angiosperm phylogengy: 17 genes, 640 taxa.
Soltis, Douglas E.; Smith, Stephen A.; Cellinese, Nico; Wurdack, Kenneth J. ... Moore, Michael J., et al.
Effects of intermittent emission: noise inventory for the scintillating pulsar B0834+06.
Gwinn, C. R.; Johnson, M. D.; Smirnova, T. V.; Stinebring, D. R.
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 733 (1): Art. No. 52 MAY 20 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome to Alumni, Family and Friends of Grads!

OA Librarian Blog
The science library will be open for 17 hours during Commencement/Alumni weekend, and we look forward to greeting all visitors - especially former student assistants of the science library (and family and friends of our graduating seniors).  Stop in and make yourself at home!  Check out the science faculty & student publications display at our entrance, enjoy access to the Web from any of the 19 public Macs, and learn about open access journals in the sciences by following the link on the Science Library web page [Open Access Journals in the Find Articles box].

It isn't too early to start planning for Open Access Week.  Please share good ideas for promoting open access on campus.  I will be in the library on Sunday afternoon - be sure to say hello!  [Staff profile]

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Books Are All Shelved!

It's true, we've completely caught up with shelving all of the end-of-semester book returns.  At least until the next armload is deposited on the circ desk or dumped into the book return.  You can return books to the outside book drop (east wall of the library) anytime, so if the warm breeze, blue sky and brilliant sun have kept you happily engaged outdoors (and who could blame you?), drop off your library books anytime you remember - before you leave campus!

Summer reading possibilities are endless, if you're staying in Oberlin for the summer (even if you're going away but plan to return for fall semester!).  Take a look at the New Books list;  The Darwin archipelago caught my interest.  You're sure to find something appealing here!

If you really want the books currently checked out to you (for the summer), just stop by and let us update your patron record with your summer address.  Takes just a moment or two!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

On this day in 1925 - John Scopes arrested for teaching evolution

This comes from:

1925 - "John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.  In the famous 'Monkey Trial' the next month in Dayton, Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.  The verdict was reversed on appeal.  Ironically, Scopes was not a biology teacher (he was a physics teacher substituting for a sick biology teacher), and he was not even in school the day when evolution was taught."

The Scopes trial is considered in this recent book in the science library:
Galileo goes to jail : and other myths about science and religion / edited by Ronald L. Numbers.  Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.  The myth in this case being that the Scopes trial ended in defeat for anti-evolutionists - they won the case then (though lost on appeal), and continue to push anti-evolution legislation.  

Learn more about current efforts to challenge the teaching of evolution at the National Center for Science Education.