Engineering and Science Library
Newsletter - April 2009

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Summer Hours
April 27th-August 16th

Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-7:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: CLOSED*
Sunday: 12noon - 4:30pm

*Stauffer will be open on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.


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Knovel books
provides full-text, online access to hundred of reference books and databases in major engineering areas. Many titles come with interactive tools that allow you to work on engineering and scientific data and create your own tables and graphs.

This month Knovel has added works from five new publishers to its database.

    American Oil Chemists Society
    Cambridge University Press
    Synapse Information Resources
    Water Environment Federation

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Encyclopedia of Earth

The Encyclopedia of Earth has the goal of providing one authoritative information source about the Earth, its environment, the creatures that live on it, and how people interact with and respond to all of the above.

Articles are edited and maintained by experts in their respective fields, and they cover a diverse range of topics, usually related to ecological or environmental concerns. Maintained by the Environmental Information Coalition, a group of scientists and educators.

Oral History of Human Genetics: The Intelligent Archive

The Oral History of Human Genetics is a ollection of oral history transcripts on the history of human genetics. As of April 2009, only a few of the oral histories are available, but they are very detailed and contain supplemental material such as timelines and related papers. Also provides a bibliography, chronology of human genetics (1900-2000), and project background. This ongoing project is a collaboration between historians of science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Johns Hopkins University.

Comments, questions, suggestions, articles, for/about the newsletter, can be sent to:

Internationalizing the Curriculum
2009 Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum
Monday, April 27, 2009, 9:00 - 4:00
Policy Studies, Room 202

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Nasser Saleh and Michael White, librarians in the Engineering & Science Library, are two of the presenters at the cross-faculty teaching forum.

Nasser Saleh will make his presentation "Towards One Big International Library: Should we Internationalize an International Practice?" at 11:30am in Policy Studies, room 554.
Michael White will make his presentation "Helping Students Connect with International Interdisciplinary Research: The Invisible College Revealed
" at 2:00pm in Mackintosh Corry, room 214.

Click here for more information, or to register

SLA's Top 100 Journals In
Science and Medicine

In conjunction with Special Libraries Association's Centennial, the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division conducted a poll to identify the 100 most influential journals of Biology & Medicine over the last 100 years.

The top 100 titles are listed on the SLA centennial website, and the top ten titles will be announced on June 16th.

April 26 - World Intellectual Property Day

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This year World Intellectual Property Day celebrates the role of intellectual property (IP) systems in promoting the development of environmentally friendly technologies.

Types of IP include patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights. Queen's University researchers are working on many technologies that will benefit the environment. These include fuel cells, green chemistry and more efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

To learn more about intellectual property and green innovation, visit the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and World Intellectual Property Organization or drop by the Engineering & Science Library to see our display of IP-related books and patented products. For information on searching patents, visit our patent research guide .

Engineers Without Borders
Coming to Queen's

An Engineers Without Borders Queen's launch day was held on campus on March 31st. Information about the chapter will be posted on their website.


New Books

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A love of the land : selected writings of John Fraser Hart
G116 .H37 2008
"Whether sheep farming in the British moorlands, the history of the Cotton Belt in the American South, or the industrialization of livestock production, Hart vividly narrates the age-old story of humans and their deep ties to the land, as he deftly blends facts and analysis with engaging anecdotes of his and others' experiences."

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Swimming against the tide : African American girls and science education /
Sandra L. Hanson
Q183.3.A1 H367 2009
"They looked at us like we were not supposed to be scientists", says one young African American girl, describing one openly hostile reaction she encountered in the classroom. In this significant study, Sandra Hanson explains that although many young minority girls are interested in science, the racism and sexism in the field discourage them from pursuing it after high school. Those girls that remain highly motivated to continue studying science must "swim against the tide".

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Sustainable agriculture and food security in an era of oil scarcity : lessons from Cuba / Julia Wright
S477.C9 W75 2009
When other nations are forced to rethink their agricultural and food security strategies in light of the post-peak oil debate, they only have one living example to draw from: that of Cuba in the 1990s ... this book examines how the nation successfully headed off its own food crisis after the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc in the early 1990s.

New Books
See a list of titles received in the the last month

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