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Global Engineering Academic Challenge

It’s time again for the Global Engineering Academic Challenge! Starting today, Monday, October 10th, Elsevier will post a challenge question each Monday for the next 5 Mondays (5 questions total). Complete this interdisciplinary challenge with your instructors and peers by solving problem-sets based built around 5 transdisciplinary themes including Future of Energy, Future of Making, Future of Medicine.

Each week, the winner with the highest points will receive $100 to Amazon. The first place grand prize is an Apple iPad and the second place prize is a set of Sonos speakers.

Visit the Engineering Academic Challenge to begin!

RSC Historical Collection

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The Royal Society of Chemistry Historical Collection covers nearly 500 years of the development and evolution of the chemical sciences. Books, journals, letters, lecture notes, pamphlets, monographs, plus minutes and publications from learned societies are included. Some highlights of the collection:

  • materials on alchemy and early chemistry dating back to the early 16th century
  • materials on explosives and firearms dating back to 1598
  • materials formerly in the possession of the family of Sir Humphry Davy and containing items from Antoine Lavoisier, John Dalton and Justus von Liebig, among others
  • backfiles of the journal Education in Chemistry

To access the RSC Historical Collection, go to Historical books and papers or Society publications and minutes.

Maps and More 9/16/16: Introducing the Digital Globe

Please join us for the first Maps and More of the semester:
Introducing the Digital Globe
When: Friday, 9/16/16
Time: 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Earth Sciences & Map Library, 50 McCone Hall

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Sam Tepliztky.

Publish in RSC journals for free

RSC Gold for Gold

The UC Berkeley Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.

But you must act soon: the Gold for Gold program will only continue until March 2017.

The program offers voucher codes that enable Berkeley researchers to publish their papers in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as Gold Open Access (OA) articles, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

You are eligible if:

  • You are a UC Berkeley affiliate (faculty, staff, or student)
  • Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
  • You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Berkeley Library in 2016

The application form is available at http://goo.gl/GAUwr, and as noted above, vouchers must be used by March 2017.

Questions? Please contact Elliott Smith, Interim Chemistry Librarian, at esmith [at] library.berkeley.edu

NCBI bioinformatics tools: An introduction


A hands-on workshop introducing NCBI bioinformatics tools such as PubMed, Gene, Protein, Nucleotide, and BLAST:

  • Starting with a disease, syndrome, or process, identify the genes/proteins involved
  • Starting with an organism and a protein, find the protein sequence and gene coding region
  • Starting with a sequence, identify the gene/protein and source

The workshop will cover selecting the proper tools for your question, navigating through the interlinked NCBI databases, and saving your results.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7
  • Time: 12 – 1 pm
  • Location: Bioscience Library Training Room, 2189 VLSB (inside the library)

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Open to all interested students and researchers; no registration is required.

Questions? Contact esmith@library.berkeley.edu

New Student Tech Support Desk in Moffitt Library

As part of a project called Student Computing @ Cal, that was funded over the summer by the Student Technology Fund, a new technology help desk launched on Monday, August 22 today in Moffitt Library.

Undergraduate and graduate students can stop by and get help with their own laptops, phones, tablets or other personal devices.

Help includes, but is not limited to:

  • Setting up your AirBears2 key
  • Downloading Cal provided software, such as the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Removing viruses

The technology help desk is located on the back side of the ID check desk inside the main 3rd floor entry.

Hours are posted at: https://rescomp.berkeley.edu/units/moffitt/

Students can call or email for help when the desk isn’t staffed (or any time):

Fall Workshops


The science and engineering libraries are holding a series of workshops during Fall Semester that can help you get the most out of freely available as well as Berkeley subscribed resources. Workshops include:

Check out the full schedule with locations and times on our Events Calendar. All workshops are drop-in – no registration required.

DMPTool Updates for August 2016

The crew over at the University of California Curation Center (UC3) and the California Digital Library are working hard to continue to bring big updates to the DMPTool. First off, they’ve added new data management plan templates for the Department of Transportation and NASA. They’re busy working on adding DOD (Department of Defense) and NIJ (National Institute of Justice) templates, but if you’d like another template added, please let them know and send a message here.

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Additionally, they’re moving forward to create Machine-actionable DMPs. This means that institutions will be able to better manage their data; DMPs will be data mineable; and researchers can better discover data. Read more about the benefits of Machine-actionable DMPs at the DMPTool blog.

CINAHL Database

Check out our new database, CINAHL!

CINAHL covers a wide range of topics, such as nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines.

Content includes journal articles, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, book chapters, legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, research instruments, and clinical trials.

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Nature journals downtime

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Nature Journals site will be unavailable from 11:00pm on Friday, July 15 to 3:00am on Saturday, July 16.

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