Every day, scientists and engineers on campus do amazing things. You are doing amazing things. We want to highlight and share the work you do, and we want to offer you some cash* along the way.
Beginning this April, the Digital Science Center is hosting a competition on Instagram for the best science and engineering images from the Columbia community. To enter, post a picture to Instagram, tag @columbiascience, and make sure to use the month’s hashtag theme in the caption/comments field. It’s that easy! You can post/tag as many pictures as you want! Winners will be selected after the end of the month, and then we’ll announce the following month’s theme when we announce the winners.
Take a minute to snap a picture of your amazing research so it can be shared with the entire Columbia research community.
The theme for April is: #experiment – the concept can be applied broadly, so show us whatever ‘experiment’ means to you!
Columbia University Libraries Presents: Behind the scenes at Elsevier:
How to Get Your Article Published
An Author Workshop with Ann Gabriel,
Publishing Director at Elsevier
DATE: Monday April, 7th 2014
TIME: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
LOCATION: Davis Auditorium
Join us on Monday, April 7, and learn how to get your work published. This session will help you understand how the peer review process is critical to getting your work published and will provide a publisher’s perspective on:
how to get an article published
what happens once you submit the article
what makes published articles successful
This is your opportunity to ask all these questions directly to the source!
The Digital Science Center at Columbia has a 3D printer.
3D what? Huh? Why? How?
Yes, a 3D printer. That is, you design 3D objects on the computer, using a broad variety of software, from 3D Studio Max and Maya, to Sketchup and AutoCAD, and the printer can bring them to the physical world for you. There are lots of 3D software offered by the DSC both on Macs and PCs (full list here). Furthermore, all of the computers within the DSC are equipped with a 3D mouse meant to enhance your experience and increase productivity.
How it works? Skipping the crazy technical details, think about the following analogy: you are frying a pancake cake. You add a layer of batter in the frying pan and wait until it cooks, then you cook another layer, and another one and so on until you have enough layers to make it look like a cake. Two important things to note are that while 3D printing each layer is printed on top of another and the layers need not have the same shape, which is why you can create much more complex designs than just … cakes. Read more about the process here.
So what now? The Digital Science Center is accepting designs from all students and is going to print the best ones, free of charge. Whether it is a brain model (Fig.1) or a filtration apparatus (Fig.2) you can submit anything! Once submitted, the designs with the most votes will get 3D printed. But there’s more: upload an original model (you must craft them yourself) by December 16, 2013, and be entered to win an Arduino, a quadcopter, or one of three Raspberry Pis! Full contest rules are available here.
The new version of CLIO – CLIOBeta - is now available for testing and use via the Libraries homepage, http://cliobeta.columbia.edu/. CLIOBeta will become the newest version of CLIO on June 3rd. CLIObeta has greater flexibility in subject searching, as elements of the record can be searched and combined in a variety of ways.
This is a crucial time for your feedback as we progress through the various stages of our assessment and redesign process. Please let us know what you think of these changes!
BrowZine: From April 15th to May 15th Columbia University will have trial access to an app that delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad (Android and iPhone support planned for the future). BrowZine presents journals that the library already subscribes to formatted appropriately for the iPad. Articles accessed through BrowZine may be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. BrowZine works with the campus proxy server, giving you access to your favorite journals on your iPad.
Science@Columbia: Science and Engineering in Social Media (Re-blogged from the EVPR Newsletter)
Jeffrey Lancaster, the Libraries’ Emerging Technologies Coordinator (and GSAS ’11), recently introduced a new platform for shar-ing advances in science and engineering research at the University. Jeffrey launched his Science@Columbia Tumblr blog (columbiascience.tumblr.com) last year as a way for Columbia’s science and engineering faculty, staff and students to share infor-mation about their research within the increasingly socially-connected world. Science@Columbia’s tagline is: “Are you a scientist? Are you at Columbia? Tell me about it”. Through this blog, members of Columbia’s science community can contribute pictures, audio clips, videos, text and other information about their research. Researchers can also spread the word about recent publica-tions and award recipients, and staff can share information about upcoming seminars, networking events and dissertation defenses…
…Since its inception in February 2012, the Science@Columbia blog has had more than 600 posts and more than 8,500 page views from 44 states and 77 countries. Other science and engineering bloggers are beginning to visit Jeffrey’s site and re-blog some of his most interesting posts. Most notable were the photos of Ralph Holloway’s physical anthropology lab in Schermerhorn Hall, which have been liked and reblogged more than 100 times during the last 11 months (http://columbiascience.tumblr.com/tagged/physical-anthropology).
For more information about Science@Columbia, please visit http://columbiascience.tumblr.com/
We wanted to inform you of some changes that will be happening in the coming months to some of our online library tools. Early this summer the library will be launching a new version of CLIO and the Libraries website.
The new version of CLIO, CLIOBeta - is now available for testing and use via the Libraries homepage at: http://cliobeta.columbia.edu/. CLIOBeta will become the newest version of CLIO in early June. The new CLIO uses open source software and is being built locally in cooperation with other research libraries, including Stanford, Virginia and Johns Hopkins. This open source platform will allow us to be more responsive to user feedback.
CLIObeta has greater flexibility in subject searching, the new CLIO will also retrieve article content and, in the future, will enable combined searching of the Law Library catalog. Other notable improvements include no limits on the number of records returned and no more time-outs after periods of inactivity. CLIObeta will continue to change in the coming months including the addition of an advanced search. Older versions of CLIO will be available for some time after the June launch of the newly designed CLIO. We will offer more information about CLIO versions in the coming months.
This is a crucial time for your feedback as we progress through the various stages of our assessment and redesign process. Please let us know what you think of these changes and we will continue to relay important changes and information to you.
All The World’s Primates is a comprehensive resource for researchers, students, and anyone interested in primates. It illustrates the entire diversity of the primate order, covering all of the 413 primate species recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as all of the known subspecies.
Many ways to search for primates
Detailed data about each taxon are in the tab bar, where you can choose Conservation, Diet, Life History, Behavior, Social System, Habitat, Physical Measurements, or Citations.
There are several querying tools available within the Data Mine tab. The first searches all articles, forums and blogs for a search term. The second tool searches the database for primates that meet a given set of criterion.
There is an extensive multi-language Glossary if you aren’t familiar with some of the terms used. Present glossaries include English, Japanese, Vietnamese and French. More are expected.