Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Who Owns My Body, Capstone Event, GBR

Save the date for the 2010-2011 Go Big Read Capstone Event, Who Owns My Body and Where is it Now? April 15-16, 2011.

This free, two-day capstone event of discussions, lectures and films will explore questions surrounding the body as property, as well as the ways in which the current landscape has and hasn’t changed since the days of Henrietta Lacks. Visit this link to view the agenda. All sessions will take place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Town Center.

Friday highlights include a keynote lecture from Ruth Faden, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the controversies raised in the Skloot book and a showing of "Made in India" to be followed by a moderated discussion.

On Saturday, panelists Alta Charo, Pilar Ossorio and Norm Fost will explore whether Henrietta Lacks and her cells would meet with the same fate in today's environment. Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities at George Washington University, will deliver a keynote lecture, "Henrietta Lacks Beyond Her Cells: Race, Racism, and American Medicine."

Complete the registration form if you plan to attend either or both days.

The capstone event has been co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UW Law School, the UW-Madison Libraries and WARF.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Science Expeditions 2011 (April 2)

Are you looking for something fun to do with friends and family this coming weekend? If so, then consider venturing out to Science Expeditions 2011 when UW-Madison hosts an exciting day of hands-on Exploration Stations and "Science Spectaculars"--special demonstrations and lectures.

All events are free and open to the public. This year, many of the events will be hosted at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery with free trolley shuttle to satellite locations.

This is a great way to check out campus science venues including the Geology Museum, the Botany Greenhouse and the Primate Center Learning Lobby, among others.

View the Science Expeditions schedule for the day and directions on how to get there.

See the press release.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lights Out! Earth Hour 2011 (March 26)

Imagine what would happen if we all did it at the same time?! By participating in Earth Hour and putting out the lights, we can reflect upon the night sky and upon some strategies for how we can reduce and/or reinvent our energy consumption.

Earth Hour, as observed in the United States, will happen on March 26, 8:30PM local time.

The, go beyond the hour—and explore suggestions for taking action and reducing your energy use.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Edible Book Contest and Festival

Sink your teeth into a good book--an edible book, that is, with UW-Madison’s 4th Annual Edible Book Festival! The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held, Tuesday, April 12 from 4:00-6:30 PM (Memorial Library, Room 460).

As part of the fun, the libraries encourage all aspiring food artists, (bakers and book enthusiasts) to participate by crafting their own edible books. An edible book is an entry made of edible materials, with the subject pertaining to books in shape or content. In the past, those participating have worked with cake, Jell-o, cheese, matzo and more. In addition to the Judges' Choice and People's Choice awards, prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best entry by a family, a group, a student, and an individual.

If you are interested in contributing an "edible book", please fill out and return the application form found on the festival page.

The deadline for submitting an application form is Monday, March 28; submit the form by email or mail to Kristina Glodoski.

Attn - Edible Books
Memorial Library
c/o Kristina Glodoski
728 State Street, Room 166c
Madison, WI 53706

This event is sponsored by UW-Madison's Memorial Library Public Relations Committee and Librarians’ Assembly.

Zotero Development Workshop (April 11)

Do you need to make Zotero work for you? And, as a Zotero user, would you like to contribute to the development community?
If so, campus libraries are sponsoring a Zotero Development Workshop, in several sessions, on Monday, April 11, 2011. (More information about Zotero).

Join Zotero community developer, Avram Lyon, to learn more about Translator Creation, Citation Style Language, the Zotero API, and using Zotero for your own scholarly endeavors.

Session times and locations:

Translator Creation, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Room 126, Memorial Library

Translators allow Zotero to detect and pull in citation information from web sites, including library catalogs, databases...you name it. The great thing is that if you create a new translator or make changes to an existing one, these updates can be bundled with subsequent Zotero releases to help others with their scholarly endeavors. You can also use the translators you create locally on your computer.

Citation Style Language, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Room 126, Memorial Library

CSL is an XML language that allows you to create new citation and bibliographic styles. Many of the styles you know and use now within Zotero are created by community developers. If you need one that is not currently present in Zotero's CSL library, you can create your own - and this portion of the workshop will show you how to do that.

Mashups using Zotero's API and Leveraging Zotero for new scholarly endeavors, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Room 126, Memorial Library

This session will show talk about manipulating parameters to feed various items and collections into other applications like Omeka, Wordpress, Googlereader, or one you create yourself! Some neat possibilities with Zotero include the crowdsourcing of transcription, metadata creation or the cleaning up of "bad" metadata as a group project.

In order to fully participate in these workshops, we ask that participants are comfortable with HTML.

Please email Anne (aerauh@engr.wisc.edu) if you plan to attend.

With thanks to Anne R for the content of this blog post.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Acta Horticulturae, Now Online!

Steenbock Library is pleased to announce that campus libraries now supply access to the online edition of Acta Horticulturae. With deep archival access to 1963 (Volume I), Acta Horticulturae online supplies full-text to the proceedings from ISHS symposia (International Society for Horticultural Science) and the International Horticultural Congress.

Access the online editions by running a Journal Title search (Acta Horticulturae) from the Journals tab on the Libraries home page or follow this link.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Friends Book Sale (March 23-26)

The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries will host its semiannual used book sale, March 23-26, in Room 116 of Memorial Library.

A preview sale, with $5.00 admission, will be held from 5:00 until 9:00 PM, Wednesday, March 23. The regular sale, which is open to all at no charge, will be held from 10:30 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, March 24-25.

On Saturday, March 26 (10:30 AM – 2:00 PM), you can bring a bag and fill it for $3.00.

For more information on the sales, including how to donate books or volunteer for the spring book sale, please call 608-265-2505, e-mail the Friends, or visit the Friends book sale page.

Pie for a Pi

Mathematicians, among others, observe Pi Day today due to Pi being 3.14 (or extended as, 3.1415926535...) or otherwise, as March 14. While you could commemorate the occasion with some clever calculations, I might suggest another formula. Check out some pie titles from Steenbock’s cookbook collection!

A few slices:

Author: Clarkson, Janet, 1947-
Title: Pie: A Global History
Publisher: London: Reaktion Books, 2009.

Author: Cherkasky, Lisa, 1956-
Title: The Artful Pie: Unforgettable Recipes for Creative Cooks
Publisher: Shelburne, Vt.: Chapters Pub., c1993.

Author: Olstein, Judi.
Title: Desserts: Pies, Cakes, Puddings, Tarts, Crêpes, Sorbets, Ice Creams & Cookies for the Sweet Tooth in All of Us
Publisher: New York: Triangle Group, 1993.

For assistance finding these and others, speak with your librarians.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Top 100 Women, Writing and Academia

Continue your reflection upon International Women’s Day (yesterday, March 8) with a review of the accomplishments of 100 women making their way in writing and academia. This list, and reflection upon the contribution of each woman, has been compiled by editors and contributors to the Guardian.

Speak with your librarians should you need assistance locating the texts produced by these remarkable women.

And, visit the Top 100 page for additional content about inspiring women in other fields of endeavor.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Follow Your Guide

Campus librarians create Research Guides to assist library users with finding recommended databases to the research literature and to other useful information available on a particular discipline or topic.

Steenbock librarians have created research guides to reflect the academic areas that the library serves with its collections--including such disciplines as agro-ecology, consumer science, forestry, life sciences communication, veterinary medicine, and wildlife ecology among others.

Among some of our newer guides are the following:

Friday, March 04, 2011

Film Farther, Wisconsin Film Festival (Mar 30-Apr3)

The annual Wisconsin Film Festival, March 30 – April 3, brings Madison audiences some of the finest examples of independent, local and international film-making. Advance tickets will go on sale beginning March 5 (online or at the Festival Box Office, Memorial Union) and running until March 29. After this date, online ticketing will no longer available but tickets to some shows may be purchased from the box office and at each theater for films playing at those respective locations.

Festival venues--campus, public and independently-owned theaters in the heart of Madison--are conveniently within walking distance from one another which makes it possible to catch more than one film each evening.

The Festival is presented by the UW-Madison Arts Institute, with the assistance of the UW Department of Communication Arts and UW, community and local corporate support.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Undergraduate Research Awards, Apply Now!

College Library invites students to apply for its annual Undergraduate Research Awards. The awards celebrate excellence and creativity in using the library to complete an undergraduate research project.

(Examples may include a literature review for a lab study, the use of primary sources in a historical research paper, or the background research for a creative arts project).

Up to three Library Research Awards and one Research in Progress Award will be presented at the Undergraduate Symposium. (The Research in Progress Award is intended for projects that will not be completed before the award deadline).

Winners of Library Research Awards receive a cash prize of $300. The winner of the Research in Progress Award receives a cash prize of $150.

(Please note: The Financial Aid Office may need to modify your aid package if you were to receive outside aid, such as this cash prize).

The deadline to apply for the 2011 library research awards will be April 5, 2011.

How to Apply--the process:

1. Meet with a librarian or attend a drop-in information session to review and discuss your research.

2. Reflect on the various tools and strategies used to locate relevant materials.

3. Write a 600-800-word essay describing your research strategies and reflecting upon your experience--noting the successes, difficulties, and surprises you encountered.

4. Submit an application, a statement of faculty support, a final version of your project, and the essay.

Drop-in information sessions will be offered in the student services area on first floor (College Library) during the following days/times:

  • Monday, March 7, (5:00-6:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, March 23, (4:00-5:00 PM)
  • Monday, April 4, (5:00-6:00 PM)

For more information, contact Kelli Keclik or Carrie Kruse.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Chicken and Vegetables

Get your chicken and veg when the School of Medicine and Public Health hosts a free, public lecture on raising poultry and produce in your own backyard.

Matt and Susan Smith from Blue Valley Gardens and Dan Marleau from Ebling Health Sciences Library will review the basics of successful vegetable growing and the pleasures of rearing urban chickens, respectively.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 3 (noon – 1:00 PM) in Room 1309 of the Health Sciences Learning Center.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Green Fire, Madison Premiere (March 4, 6)

Mark your calendar for a screening of Green Fire, a feature-length documentary film about the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The film is narrated by Curt Meine, Nelson Institute alumnus and Leopold Scholar. Madison screenings will be hosted by two locations detailed below, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (March 4) and the Barrymore Theatre (March 6).

New! The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery has been sold out, but tickets remain for the Barrymore Theatre.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM, (Reception to follow screening)
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Town Center (1300 University Avenue)

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM, (Reception to follow screening)
Location: Barrymore Theatre (2090 Atwood Avenue)
Tickets: Available through Barrymore Theatre, $8 advance ; $10 at the door

The Madison premiere screenings are sponsored by the following:
Barrymore Theatre
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
Steenbock's on Orchard
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
First Business Bank
Foley and Lardner, LLP
Dane County Pheasants Forever
Gathering Waters Conservancy
The Prairie Enthusiasts
University of Wisconsin Arboretum
Wegner LLP