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New Digital Backfiles for Entomology Journals

University Libraries recently acquired the digital e-journal backfiles for the Entomological Society of America (ESA) and the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC).

The ESA titles include Annals of the Entomological Society of America (1908-1999), Environmental Entomology (1972-1999), Journal of Economic Entomology (1908-1999), and Journal of Medical Entomology (1964-1999). With the addition of these backfiles there is now digital access to the full run of these titles.

The ESC titles include Canadian Entomologist (1868-2002) and Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada (1955-1997). The Memoirs ceased in 1997, but we have access to current issues of Canadian Entomologist.

- Bruce Leach
Biological Sciences/Pharmacy Library
Science and Engineering Library

Hydraulic Fracturing Subject Guide

A new subject guide is available on the OSU Libraries web site which contains resources about hydraulic fracturing, fracking, fracing, or hydrofracturing.

- Mary Scott

IE7, Firefox 3.0 No Longer Supported by PubMed

According to the NCBI web site, they will no longer support the Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3.0 browsers as of January 1, 2013.

This means that in order to search PubMed and other NCBI databases users will need to connect using another web browser.

A list of accepted browsers is available on the NCBI web site, all of which can be downloaded for free.

New Climate Change Science Resources

The National Academy of Sciences has developed two new resources (a booklet and a video) designed to help the public gain a better understanding of what is known about climate change.

The new resources are based on a number of independent reports from the National Research Council that represent the consensus of experts who have reviewed hundreds of studies describing many years of accumulating evidence.

The resources are free and downloadable.

-Mary Scott

Science Cafe: Teaching Evolution to Undergraduate

Science Cafe

Topic: Teaching Evolution to Undergraduate Nonmajors: An Uphill Climb
Date/Time: October 3, 2012 – 6:30pm
Location: Science & Engineering Library - Room 090/070 (basement)
Speaker: Susan Fisher, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Entomology

Summary:

In big body count courses such as Biology 101, it is typical for more than 50% of the audience to view the topic of evolution with hostility. And, while these students will not become scientists, they will become teachers and policy makers and voters. They therefore need to have at least an elementary understanding of evolution. The pedagogical question is how to reach this audience when most of them are predisposed to reject evolution out of hand before they even enter the class.

To this end, and working with the Center for Life Sciences Education, we developed a multi-pronged strategy for increasing understanding and acceptance of evolution. The major focus was to bring eminent scientists and theologians to Columbus to discuss the nexus of faith and reason. We also revamped lectures on evolution, required student papers on evolution and scored progress in meeting pedagogical goals using a standardized exam. Using these interventions, we were able to increase understanding and acceptance of evolution.

About our Speaker:

Susan Fisher has been a faculty member at OSU for 31 years. She has a BS in Botany (1977), MS inBiology (1979), and Ph.D. in Entomology (1981). Her research expertise is in environmental toxicology with emphasis on food chain transfer of persistent contaminants. She has also done a lot of research on control of aquatic nuisance species such as the zebra mussel.

She has taught a variety of courses at the graduate level, including: insecticide toxicology; environmental toxicology and chemistry; and environmental risk assessment. At the undergraduate level, she has taught Biology 101 for 10 years and more recently, she has developed new courses in diverse areas: Pests, Plagues, Politics and Poisons (cultural entomology); the Biology of Hope and Belief; Chemicals that have changed history.

 Location Information:

Science & Engineering Library (see on campus map)- Room 090/070 (basement). Food/drinks available via Terra Byte Cafe or vending on first floor. The Tuttle Park Place Garage has visitor parking. See costs and location information.

No RSVP is needed – just show up!:

- Daniel S. Dotson
Mathematical Sciences Librarian & Science Education Specialist

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Now Available: Clinical Key

The database Clinical Key contains content from several current Elsevier databases including MD Consult, First Consult, Procedures Consult, Clinics of North America and new content including nearly 900 eBooks.

The collection of journals available in ClinicalKey is growing every month, and currently includes more than 600,000 articles from more than 500 journals. ClinicalKey also has more than 20 million MEDLINE abstracts, which are retrieved each day from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

You can also access clinical trials. The number available is determined by the number available in the ClinicalTrials.gov database.

ClinicalKey includes:

  • Over 500 Elsevier medical and surgical journals
  • Selected third-party journals and content sources
  • Over 900 Elsevier medical and surgical reference books
  • Medical and surgical clinics of North America
  • First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs
  • Procedures Consult content and associated videos
  • Clinical Pharmacology drug monographs
  • Over 13,000 Elsevier medical and surgical videos
  • Guideline information
  • Elsevier and third-party published patient education

- Joe Payne

United States Interagency Elevation Inventory

The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory displays high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort between NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This resource is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, including lidar and IfSAR, and bathymetric data, including NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. This inventory was completed May 2012 and will be updated annually.

The information provided for each elevation dataset includes many attributes such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, and date of collection. A direct link to access the data or information about the contact organization is also available through the inventory.

 

-Mary Scott

eAtlas companion to World Bank Atlas of Global Development

This eAtlas, a new online companion to Atlas of Global Development, third edition, builds on the Atlas topics, allowing you to visualize and analyze a wider variety of data in greater depth, over a longer time period.
You can:

  • Map more than 175 World Bank indicators worldwide
  • Compare and view two maps simultaneously
  • Animate maps to show change over time
  • View all data in ranking tables and charts alongside maps
  • Export maps and data for use in presentations and more
  • Import your own data

The print atlas is in Gardner Family Map Room (Call no:  G1046.G1 A85 2007)\

-Mary Scott

Mississippi River Flows Backwards Due to Isaac

Strong winds and storm surge from Hurricane Isaac’s landfall forced the Mississippi River to flow backwards for nearly 24 hours on Tuesday, August 28.

The USGS streamgage at Belle Chasse, Louisiana, showed the Mississippi River flowing upstream at 182,000 cubic feet per second, surging to 10 feet above than its previous height. Average flow for the Mississippi River at Belle Chase is about 125,000 cfs towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more at the  USGS Web Site.

 

- Mary Scott

Census Bureau Releases New Version of TIGERweb

The U.S. Census Bureau announces the release of a new version of TIGERweb, a Web-based map viewer from the agency’s Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System (TIGER) database.

TIGERweb allows users to view and query census geographic areas and features such as roads, railroads, rivers, lakes and other larger bodies of water. It currently displays boundaries, names and codes for 2010 Census legal and statistical geographic areas, such as counties, cities, towns and townships, census tracts and urban areas. In addition, TIGERweb contains population and housing unit counts from the 2010 Census for each of the geographic areas.
http://tigerweb.geo.census.gov/tigerweb/default.htm

-Mary Scott
Geology, Geography, and Map Librarian

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