Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ready for Winter Shutdown

The readers have gone, with freshly printed boarding passes.
Book returns - emptied, all items checked in and organized.  Shelving comes later!
Plants - watered.
Last week's journals - shelved.
Wayward items gathered from tables and nasty neglected food items deposited in a trash receptacle outside the library.  Ick.

Computers - after much crawling under tables, shutdown and unplugged.
Printers & copiers - off, thank goodness.  No complaints today, yeah.

Newly reupholstered chairs, looking so plump, await the return of students in January.  We are ready!  The library reopens January 2.  A restful, restorative winter break to all.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Recent Student and Faculty Publications in Chemistry and Biology

Thomson Reuters Web of Science reports several new publications by Oberlin College students and faculty.  Last names of Oberlin-affiliated authors are in bold font:

  • Chivers, P. T., Benanti, E. L., Heil-Chapdelaine, V., Iwig, J. S., & Rowe, J. L. (2012). Identification of ni-(L-his)(2) as a substrate for NikABCDE-dependent nickel uptake in escherichia coli. Metallomics, 4(10), 1043-1050.  Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Peter Chivers and four former Oberlin students as co-authors.
  • Moran, S. D., Decatur, S. M., & Zanni, M. T. (2012). Structural and sequence analysis of the human gamma D-crystallin amyloid fibril core using 2D IR spectroscopy, segmental C-13 labeling, and mass spectrometry. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134(44), 18410-18416.   Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Sean Decatur.
  • Rosenthal, M. F., Murphy, T. G., Darling, N., & Tarvin, K. A.  (2012). Ornamental bill color rapidly signals changing condition. Journal of Avian Biology, 43(6), 553-564.   Associate Professor of Biology Keith Tarvin, with Nancy Darling, Professor of Psychology and Malcom Rosenthal (OC '09).
  • Zuber, S. T., Muller, K., Laushman, R. H., & Roles, A. J. (2012). Hybridization between an invasive and a native species of the crayfish genus orconectes in north-central ohio. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 32(6), 962-971. [To be deposited in the OhioLINK EJC]  Assistant Professor of Biology Angela Roles with Professor of Biology Roger Laushman and alumni Sierra Zuber and Katherine Muller. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite

Just yesterday, new images were released of our planet by night, captured by the new NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP Satellite which was launched last year. Check out this article, embedded with incredible images and videos, from NASA's webpage to learn more.

Interested in this subject?

For more on remote sensing and observations of earth from space, check out the following titles in the Science Library:
Earth Observations from Space: the first 50 years of scientific achievement
Our Changing Planet: the view from space

Additionally, the following are available online as electronic resources:
Exploring space, exploring earth
Advances in earth observation of global change

Copulation in the Animal Kingdom (and beyond!)

This week the Oberlin SIC (Sexual Information Center) brings us their annual Safer Sex Week to promote sexual awareness, education, and positivity. As often as issues of sex and sexuality are discussed in the context of humanities here at Oberlin, there are countless relevant topics to explore within the natural sciences. So, I present to you, from the Oberlin College Science Library, this blog post to introduce you to just a few of the interesting texts we have on our shelves!

To get you started, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach, is a both scientifically engaging and utterly entertaining read if you'd like to pick something up for fun and learn about historical and current research that's been conducted on the topic of human sex.

For all you neuro majors out there, if you're interested in the neuroscience and endocrinology behind sexuality, Biological Substrates of Human Sexuality would provide a great look into the most recent findings in this field.

Moving beyond human sex and sexuality, if you have an interest in insects, marine fishes, plants (regarding mate choice, or an introduction to their reproductive biology, perhaps), crustaceans, animal homosexuality, monogamy, or hermaphroditism, we have plenty to fuel your curiosity!

Finally, if you're in the mood to watch a movie this weekend (because, let's face it, reading period and finals are almost here and you're running out of down-time...) check out our DVD shelf for The Botany of Desire, based on the book by Michael Pollan. This may be somewhat of a stretch for this blog entry but definitely worth mentioning, as it explores the concepts of sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control in the context of four plants that are tied closely to our lives.