Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Search Engine for data and statistics


There’s a new search engine on the block and it’s called:  The search engine is designed to search specifically for data and statistics on the web. This focus on finding data is what distinguishes it from Google and Bing. ‘Data search’ is, in effect, a new class of search.

A great feature of this search engine is its preview capability. If you hover your mouse over the icons to the left of the results, you get a view of the result’s content. This is particularly welcome if the results are in large PDF or Excel files – which you’d otherwise have to download and open.

There are two other benefits to using Zanran. Firstly you tend to get a broader overview of the subject you are researching. So, for example, a search on ‘child obesity in London’ shows not only the statistics for London overall, but also the data for many London boroughs, and comparisons with other parts of the UK.

Secondly, even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you may well find relevant material or an interesting source. The sites that Zanran will find are high quality. (Low-quality sites don’t generally contain graphs and tables.)

Zanran is not intended to replace Google or Bing – but it’s a more useful tool in some cases.

The service is currently in beta. Try it now – it’s free!

Two science faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

Two Columbia professors have been named members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to NAS, in recognition of "distinguished and continuing achievements in original research," is considered one of the highest honors a scientist or engineer can receive.

Michael E. Goldberg is David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior in the Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology, and the director of the Mahoney-Keck Center for Brain and Behavior Research at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

James Manley is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Life Sciences and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

For more info see: this article.

Congratulations also go to  to Professor Louis Brus on receiving the 2011 Peter Debye Award and to Professor Nicholas Turro on receiving the Arthur C. Cope Award from the American Chemical Society. More on that here.

Congratulations Class of 2011!

Columbia University Libraries wish to congratulate the class of 2011!  Congratulations Graduates!

Soon-to-be-Alums, remember: Library access can be lifelong affair! 

Access to licensed electronic databases continues for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date.

Recent alumni will be able to enter the libraries for a period of thirty days after the date of graduation using their student ID cards. After thirty days, alumni must obtain an alumni card in the Library Information Office in Room 201 of Butler Library.

Please visit our Alumni & Friends site for more information.

We wish you all success in your future endeavors.

New Nature journal: Nature Climate Change

naturenature climate change

Columbia now subscribes to the new Nature Journal: Nature Climate Change

 Nature Climate Change is a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the impacts of global climate change and its implications for the economy, policy and the world at large.

 We also subscribe to a host of other Nature Journals including the following:


Nature biotechnology

Nature cell biology

Nature chemical biology

Nature chemistry

Nature Climate Change

Nature communications

Nature genetics

Nature geoscience

Nature immunology

Nature materials

Nature medicine

Nature methods

Nature nanotechnology

Nature neuroscience

Nature photonics

Nature physics

Nature protocols

Nature reviews in… Cancer, Drug discovery, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular cell biology, and Neuroscience

Nature structural & molecular biology

and don’t forget we also subscribe to Science :)