Thursday, February 28, 2013

UW Libraries' Blood Drive (March 5)

The Libraries invite eligible donors to stop by Memorial Library, Room 116 (from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM) on Tuesday, March 5 to donate a pint through the American Red Cross.  This second annual blood drive is held in memory of a late staff member for whom this form of giving was near and dear. 

For additional information about how to donate, phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the Red Cross Website (search sponsor code: uw libraries). All blood types are desired and necessary. Donors will be asked to present a blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID to check-in.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those needing your donation.

Blood Drive in Memory of Maureen Grant
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 5 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Place: UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 116, 728 State Street

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Madison Reads Leopold (March 2)

Visit the UW Arboretum for a special public reading from Aldo Leopold’s seminal treatise on life in the natural world and conservation ethos, A Sand County Almanac, among other essays, Saturday, March 2 (beginning at 9:30 AM).

Scheduled readers include Madelyn Leopold, Scott Craven, Ron Seeley, Marie McCabe, and Stuart Levitan, among other students, naturalists and leaders from community organizations.

The "Madison Reads Leopold" events are free and open to the public.  Beginning at 1:00 PM, singer-songwriter, Tim Southwick Johnson will perform a special musical interlude of compositions inspired by Leopold.

The Arboretum Visitor Center is located at 1207 Seminole Highway.

For more information about these events, phone the UW-Arboretum Visitor Information Desk (608-263-7888) or visit the Website.

View the campus press release.

For related interest and inspiration, do review photos and text from the digitized Aldo Leopold Archives!

Monday, February 25, 2013

By Jove!

Campus Libraries enjoy access to selected sections from the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
JoVE is a peer reviewed journal that publishes its biological research in a video format so that reproducibility and transparency are enhanced.
It is this video format that enables the user to examine a lab technique and to understand some of the intricacies of the experiments utilized by the research.

Our access includes the following sections:
JoVE General
JoVE Clinical & Translational Medicine
JoVE Neuroscience
JoVE Immunology & Infection

Access JoVE via the E-Journals List (browse A-Z list for complete title--Journal of Visualized Experiments) or by running a journal title search using the Journals tab from the Libraries home page (search by abbreviated or full title).

Share Steenbock on Instagram

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I guess an Instagram photo is worth at least a couple of likes. 

At Steenbock Library, we have just created an account on the filter-friendly mobile app, and we're very excited for what its potential can be. Whether you first heard about the newest social media craze being referenced in a rap song, an article in the Huffington Post, or seen a photo on Facebook, it sure looks like Instagram is here to stay.

Now here at the library, not only is the account going to be used to connect students to the library, I believe that it can show the university and the world, that there are more to libraries than we think. Before joining the ISIP Program (Information Specialist Internship Program) which is part of the UW Library System, I was truly unaware of how much work goes into the library.  After being in the program for two semesters now, I can attest to the interesting and important work the librarians at this school do and hopefully our Instagram will shed some light on this.

So if you have any suggestions for photos or just want to follow someone new on Instagram, remember to look up ASK_Steenbock, give us a like, and talk about what you want to see from us next.

With thanks to ISIP Intern, Matthew J, for this blog post.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Green Porno

Are you in the mood?  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, take a look at how the mating game is played with an amusing, yet informative, series of very short films. 
In each Green Porno film, actress Isabella Rossellini interprets the reproductive behavior of marine and terrestrial animals and insects.  

Challenge your knowledge of the birds and the bees and visit the site to view the films and the creative process behind-the-scenes.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Peace Corps Info Table (Feb 13)

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your agriculture, environment or development skills to good use abroad?  If so, consider joining the Peace Corps!  UW-Madison is one of the top campuses supplying the world with volunteers--to the sum of 103 volunteers, currently, in 47 countries.

Stop by Steenbock Library on Wednesday, February 13 (noon-2:00 PM) to pick up some information and to chat with Peace Corps volunteers who have returned from the field.  Get your questions answered!

Look for the information table across from the library’s entrance, second floor. (You can also plan to visit the campus office).

Life is calling. How far will you go?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The Mating Game, Darwin Days 2013

"Life only exists because it can reproduce - and living organisms have sure found some odd ways to do it!"*

In the spirit of Valentine's Day and Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12), the Crow Institute invites you to celebrate by exploring the Mating Game.  Get it on and mark your calendar for its annual Darwin Day(s), February 14-16, 2013.

The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery will play host to a series of lectures and science stations, free and open to the public, that explore the science of evolution.

The UW-Madison Darwin Day(s) website supplies the schedule of events, speakers and themes, and a list of teacher resources.  See also the Facebook page!

New this year will be a special movie night, Thursday, February 14 (Union South Marquee): Evolution Shorts:  Love and Sex in the Natural World.

"There is grandeur in this view of life... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."--Charles Darwin

* From the Darwin Day 2013 site.

Study Abroad Advising for Biology Majors

Are you a declared biology major interested in studying abroad with International Academic Programs?  This month, Steenbock Library is pleased to collaborate with the Institute of Biology Education (IBE) and International Academic Programs to host a special dual-advising series. 

Here is your chance to meet with an IAP study abroad advisor AND an IBE biology major advisor AT THE SAME TIME!
Click, here, to schedule a dual appointment.

Advising sessions will be held in Study Room 108 (on the first floor of Steenbock Library) during the following dates:
  • February 7:  9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • February 11:  2:30 - 5:00 PM
  • February 20:  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Note: This series is provided as one of the pilot programs for the Biology Commons Project--a Joint Educational Innovation Project by the IBE and Steenbock Library.
Visit this link to the proposal to learn more!

With thanks to Jessica N for the content of this post.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Garden Expo (Feb 8-10)

Plant, tend and harvest with the annual Garden Expo! The Expo will be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center, February 8-10, 2013.  The Expo features exhibits, seminars and hands-on workshops for the gardener and landscaping enthusiast. Many of the presenters and hands-on consultants are staff with UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Ticket prices, on-site, are $8.00 for a single day, $12.00 for two days and $17.00 for three days (advance ticket savings and a discount coupon are available from the Website). Admission proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television. See what’s new for 2013--including, again this year, the special Garden to Table dinner.

Factor Steenbock Library into your garden planning.  The library receives seed catalogs that can be found and browsed near the first floor vending area. Additionally, the library maintains an extensive collection of books about gardening, organic gardening, landscape design, composting, floriculture, and pest management, among other related topics.  Consult with library staff for assistance locating and using these collections.