Tuesday, October 30, 2012

International Game Day at Steenbock

Steenbock Memorial Library is celebrating International Games Day @ Your Library by hosting a game day!

This Saturday, November 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Steenbock will have a gaming area on first floor stocked with a variety of new and classic board games.  There will also be ice cream! 

So, if you're looking for a fun time and tasty ice cream treat, head to Steenbock this Saturday!

Scary Movie Night at Steenbock Memorial Library

To celebrate Halloween, Steenbock Memorial Library is having a scary movie night!

The evening will feature The Little Shop of Horrors, a humorous scary movie about a harmless little Venus flytrap that becomes a giant man-eating menace!  The movie will be shown on Halloween night, Wednesday October 31, at 7:00 p.m. and then again at 9:00 p.m.  The showings will take place on the first floor in the space near office room 119.  Snacks will be provided!

So, stop by on Halloween night and enjoy a showing of The Little Shop of Horrors!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Raise the Woof with Dogs on Call

What better way to relieve the stress of studying than to meet wet-nose to nose with a wiggling, wagging member of the canine corps, Dogs on Call?! "Dogs on Call" is a local member of Pet Partners--an organization devoted to improving human health through the existing bond between people and companion animals. These companion animals are specially-trained to gently-interact with their human counterparts in any number of environments including schools, hospitals, libraries and special-care facilities.

Steenbock staff welcomes Dogs on Call and their companion handlers to the library, Monday, October 29, from 6:30-8:00 PM. The dogs will be available for a pat near the front, main entrance to the library (second floor).

Please visit the sites for Dogs on Call and Pet Partners to learn more about their services.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Food Day with Slow Food UW

Celebrate Food Day 2012 with Slow Food UW!  National Food Day (October 24), as conceived by CSPI and a coalition of leaders in the movement toward just and sustainable food-ways, presents an opportunity to appreciate a good meal and to engage with the issues and policies that speak to heath, hunger, and agricultural practice. 
Slow Food UW events include:

When:  October 24 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)

Where: Slow Food UW Café (1127 University Avenue)

Eat Real!  Health + Sustainable + Affordable + Fair

Third Annual Prospective Graduate Student Online Chat

On October 23 from noon until 1:30 p.m., the UW-Madison Graduate School is hosting its third annual online chat for prospective graduate students.

This year's topic is entitled "High Impact Application: Make An Impression with your Graduate School Application."  The chat will be located at http://www.grad.wisc.edu/education/chats.  Prospective graduate students attending the chat may ask questions about the application process, how to write a statement of purpose, who to pick to recommend you, what the campus and Madison are like, and more.  Questions will be answered in real time by panelists representing the Graduate School and a variety of the programs it offers.

If you're a student considering graduate school, click on here on the 23rd to join the chat and ask your questions!

Friday, October 19, 2012


In keeping with this year’s Go Big Read selection, Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout, Ebling Library has organized an exhibit featuring articles, books and various ephemera from its collections and those from other campus libraries and the Radiology Department that speak to the history of x-ray technology, the occupational hazards of working with radiation and radioactive materials, and the legacy of the Curie’s research.

An opening reception will be held on November 1 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM in the Historical Reading Room/Third Floor Gallery.  Rumor has it that something "glowing" will be served!
Exhibit Information:
Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation and the Public Health
November 1, 2012 - April 1, 2013
Historical Reading Room and 3rd Floor Gallery

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Manage Your Research Data, Workshop

Are you frustrated by the challenge of organizing your research data?  Do you need to submit a data management plan as part of your grant application?  If you can say yes to either query, then save the date for a free, drop-in workshop at Steenbock Library devoted to examining some practical solutions that you can implement immediately.  

What:  Manage Your Research Data
When:  Thursday, October 25 (4:00 PM)
Where:  Steenbock Library, Room 105 (first floor instruction lab)

All workshops are free and generally include hands-on time to explore resources.  No reservations are necessary in order to attend. Questions encouraged.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Research Seminar for Undergraduates

Interested in biosciences? Considering graduate school?

UW alum and current University of Utah doctoral student Amelia Barber
will present her research on using zebrafish to model E. coli septicemia.

She will also share information on her decision to pursue a graduate degree, helpful tips for choosing a graduate program in the biosciences, and what her experience in graduate school has been.

If you are thinking about a research degree in the biological sciences,
come listen in and bring your questions!

Room 340, Steenbock Library. 2:30-4 pm.

Get Spooked for a Good Cause

Halloween at Olin House
Photo by Jeff Miller, from
October is here and Halloween is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate this ghoulish time of year than visiting a haunted house?  And better still, what if having a bit of Halloween fun can help others?

As advertised on eCALS, this year's annual UW Saddle and Sirloin Haunted House is a great way to enjoy an exciting Halloween adventure while supporting a good cause!  On October 18th and 19th from 7 - 10 p.m., the Old Horse Barn on 520 Elm Drive will be transformed into a
haunted house.  Admission is $1 or a non-perishable food item, and all
admission fares will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Southern Wisconsin.  Lights-on hours will be 7-8 p.m. for children (and
perhaps nervous grownups), and then from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. the lights
will go out and the hardcore haunting will begin!

So, if you look forward to a good hair-raising haunting at Halloween and
you want to help a good cause, be daring...your spooktacular experience
awaits at the the UW Saddle & Sirloin Haunted House.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrate Agriculture with a "Class-Grass" Concert!

Hey music lovers!  Here's an opportunity to experience a unique new spin on classical and bluegrass music with an agricultural flavor! 

The CALS Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems is co-sponsoring a pair of concerts on Saturday, October 13th at and Sunday October 20th that celebrate the culture of agriculture.  The first concert will be at 3:30 p.m. in St. Boniface Catholic Church at 105 Church Street in Lime Ridge (near Reedsburg), and admission will be $8 regular and $5 for students at the door.  The second concert will be at Mills Hall on the UW-Madison campus and tickets will be $10 regular and $8 for students at the door.

The concerts will feature the Graminy class-grass quintet.  CALS professor Michael Bell plays the mandolin, joined by Shauncey Ali with the fiddle and viola, Chris Powers with the guitar, Chris Wagoner with the fiddle, and Mary Gaines with the cello.  At these performances, Graminy will debut a new bluegrass piece entitled Germinations: A Bluegrass Symphony in D. 

For more information, check out the eCALS News post and the CIAS web page about the upcoming Graminy concerts. Co-sponsors include: the Wormfarm Institute, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin Farmer's Union and the Milk Marketing Board.

Print an event poster!

Monday, October 08, 2012

An Evening with Lauren Redniss (Oct 15)

Save the date to attend the free, Go Big Read author event.  Author Lauren Redniss’s public presentation is scheduled for October 15, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM in Varsity Hall, Union South.

Interim Chancellor David Ward and a review committee of campus faculty, staff and students selected Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout as the 2012-2013 common book selection for the UW-Madison campus. The Chancellor had invited the review committee to consider those nominated titles that explored aspects of "innovation" and "discovery". With its imaginative and luminous composition, Radioactive more than satisfies that charge as it examines the love, work, and legacy of Marie and Pierre Curie.

"Go Big Read" is UW-Madison’s common book program where students, staff and the community are invited to read the same book, then participate in a variety of related programs in-and-out of the classroom.
For additional information about how to access the book--including alternative formats, click here.

No tickets are required for the author event; it is FREE and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

RefWorks Subscription

UW-Madison Libraries will end its subscription to RefWorks on June 30, 2013.  While the Libraries are committed to providing support for citation management tools, a recent assessment of its budget has forced this decision to discontinue campus-wide licensing.  Please see a message from the Libraries’ Interim Director, Ed Van Gemert.

Steenbock and other UW-Madison librarians are available to provide assistance during this coming year to help you to select another citation management tool and to transfer your references from RefWorks.   

In order to assist you in this process, information about transferring records can be found on the pages to Citation Managers.  Information about other citation management tools, to which the Libraries will continue to provide support, can also be found on these same pages.

Look for free, drop-in workshops during this academic year to orient you to alternative tools.  Should the date and time for these particular workshops not work for your schedule, contact Steenbock librarians to schedule individual or small group sessions. 
 Please send your questions or concerns to Steenbock Library staff at asksteenbock@library.wisc.edu

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Live Coverage, President visits Campus

Should you not be able to join the crowd on Bascom Hill for President Obama’s address, we invite you to join us at Steenbock Library where a live stream of the event will be shown in Room 340.

Library staff will open the room at 2:00 PM with coverage to begin shortly thereafter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Banned Books Week 2012

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2012 (September 30-October 6).

Some of the most profound and inspiring works of literature have faced challenges to their access from groups or individuals who have felt threatened by their content. How many have you read? 

Check out the lists of the most-banned or challenged books by year or by decade (2001-2011). This data has been compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Monday, October 01, 2012

World Dairy Expo (Oct 2-6)

“Market Fresh”

The annual World Dairy Expo, hosted at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, provides an opportunity for producers, industry representatives, and members of academic and professional organizations to meet, compete, showcase and exchange ideas regarding all things dairy.

Information, for dairy enthusiasts who wish to attend this unique event, can be found at the Expo’s General Information page.