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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A Day to Celebrate!
If you check today's date 3/14 you will notice that it resembles a famous number: pi or 3.14159... So today is Pi Approximation Day.
For more information on this historic number go to:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article350972.ece
Happy Pi (approximation) Day!!!

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Monday, March 06, 2006

60 Seconds With..(drum roll)...Me!

The very nice folks at Institute of Physics sent me a survey last summer as part of their "getting to know librarians" series. I completed the survey and here it is!

Enjoy...
http://journals.iop.org/sixty/46

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

What's Happening to Peer Review???

Two articles (at least) have recently appeared discussing the peer review process. One makes a case for the whole process being broken. The other offers a new twist to it.

"Is Peer Review Broken?" by Alison McCook
The Scientist, vol 20 (2), pg 26.
http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/2/1/26/1/
Submissions are up, reviewers are overtaxed, and authors are lodging complaint after complaint about the process at top-tier journals. What's wrong with peer review?

"Journal lays bare remarks from peer reviewers" by Emma Marris
Nature, vol. 439, 9 February 2006, page 642 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v439/n7077/full/439642b.html
Cloak of anonymity shed by new publication. Editors of a journal launched this week are out to revolutionize peer review. By publishing signed reviews alongside papers, they hope to make the process more transparent and improve the quality of the articles.

(the link to the Nature article may require Drexel authentication)

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Science Commons

Science Commons devotes its legal and technical expertise to help scientific researchers make the best possible uses of new communication technologies for purposes of scholarly communication.

What is it?
Science Commons is a project of the non profit corporation Creative Commons. Science Commons was launched in 2005 with the generous support of the HighQ Foundation and Creative Commons. It receives additional funding from the Omidyar Network and the Teranode Corporation.

Who runs it?
It is overseen by members of the Creative Commons board; including MIT computer science professor Hal Abelson, intellectual property experts James Boyle, Michael Carroll, and Lawrence Lessig, and lawyer and documentary filmmaker Eric Saltzman. Bioinformatics entrepeneur and metadata expert John Wilbanks is the Executive Director of the project.

What does it do?
"Our goal is to encourage stakeholders to create areas of free access and inquiry using standardized licenses and other means; a 'Science Commons' built out of voluntary private agreements."

To find out more go to: http://sciencecommons.org/

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Something New from Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Web Site!

EEVL Xtra is a brand new, free service which can help you find articles, books, the best websites, the latest industry news, job announcements, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, teaching and learning resources and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.

EEVL Xtra cross-searches (hence the ‘X’ in Xtra) over 20 different collections relevant to engineering, mathematics and computing, including content from over 50 publishers and providers. It doesn’t just point you to these databases, but ‘deep mines’ them, so you can search them direct from EEVL Xtra.

I hope to have the link added to our list of databases on the Libraries' web site soon.

Check them out at: http://www.eevlxtra.ac.uk/spp/portal/

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Mathematics in Films and TV

This site provides a list of cinema films, and some television series, which contain any kind of reference to mathematics or real mathematicians. Each entry describes the context of the reference to mathematics and rates the treatment of the subject within the film. Many entries contain links to web sites on related topics. Users of the web site are invited to submit information to add to the list. There is also a short biographical directory of real mathematicians who have been portrayed in the movies.

With this list you could plan a math movie marathon and rag on "Hollywood" math...

Check it out: http://world.std.com/~reinhold/mathmovies.html

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Friday, October 14, 2005

New from the GAO

HIGHER EDUCATION

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Programs
and Related Trends

Officials from 13 federal civilian agencies reported spending about $2.8
billion in fiscal year 2004 for 207 education programs designed to increase
the numbers of students and graduates or improve educational programs in
STEM fields, but agencies reported little about their effectiveness.

Highlights: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d06114high.pdf





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