We’re Puttin’ the Blog Back Together!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  To be honest, things seemed to be going well and then our organizational unit got all its social media centralized and I felt more than a bit frozen out.  The goal of the blog is changing a bit as well.  Instead of a view from a department head … this will be a view from a sci/tech librarian that is living the transition and what I see developing around me.

I’ll be heading to DC for a meeting on Bibliometrics and Research Assessment organized by Chris Belter of NIH. So, bibliometrics services, long in place in other parts of the world, will soon be a service that we’ll try here at Carnegie Mellon.  We’ll probably work closely in some way with the University of Pittsburgh.

I believe our Research Data Management efforts are poised to really take off as well.  The big difficulty seems to be how to maintain these efforts at a high level of quality.


New Physics Books in the Roger Sorrells Engineering & Science Library

A Student’s Guide to Einstein’s Major Papers / Robert E. Kennedy.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2012.  QC16.E5K46 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Students-Guide-Einsteins-Major-Papers/dp/0199694036/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345141859&sr=1-1&keywords=Student%27s+Guide+to+Einstein%27s+Major+Papers

The Infinity Puzzle : Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe / Frank Close.  New York: Basic, 2011.  QC174.45.C56 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Puzzle-Quantum-Orderly-Universe/dp/0465021441/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345142170&sr=1-1&keywords=Infinity+Puzzle+%3A+Quantum+Field+Theory+and+the+Hunt+for+an+Orderly+Universe

Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systems : Organisms, Ecosystems, the Earth / Ichiro Aoki.  Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012.  QC318.E57A65X 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Entropy-Principle-Development-Complex-Systems/dp/0123914930/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345137282&sr=8-1&keywords=Entropy+Principle+for+the+Development+of+Complex+Biotic+Systems+%3A+Organisms%2C+Ecosystems%2C+the+Earth

NMR Spectroscopy of Polymers: Innovative Strategies for Complex Macromolecules / Edited by H.N. Cheng, Tetsuo Asakura, and Alan D. English.  Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 2011.  QC463.P5N58 2011  http://www.amazon.com/NMR-Spectroscopy-Polymers-Innovative-Macromolecules/dp/0841226679/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345137493&sr=1-1&keywords=NMR+Spectroscopy+of+Polymers%3A+Innovative+Strategies+for+Complex+Macromolecules

Electronic and Nuclear Dynamics in Molecular Systems / Yuichi Fujimura and Hirofumi Sakai.  Singapore: World Scientific,  2011.  QC689.5.L35F85X 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Nuclear-Dynamics-Molecular-Systems/dp/9812837221/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345137653&sr=1-1&keywords=Electronic+and+Nuclear+Dynamics+in+Molecular+Systems

The Rise of Nuclear Fear / Spencer R. Weart.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2012.  QC773.W44 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Nuclear-Fear-Spencer-Weart/dp/0674052331/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345141996&sr=1-1&keywords=Rise+of+Nuclear+Fear

Particles and Fundamental Interactions : An Introduction to Particle Physics / Sylvie Braibant, Giorgio Giacomelli and Maurizo Spurio.  Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.  QC793.2.B73 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Particles-Fundamental-Interactions-Introduction-Undergraduate/dp/9400724632/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345137891&sr=1-2&keywords=Particles+and+Fundamental+Interactions+%3A+An+Introduction+to+Particle+Physics

Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 171 / Edited by Peter W. Hawkes.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2012.  QC793.5.E62A3 VOL. 171 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Advances-Imaging-Electron-Physics-171/dp/0123942977/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345141451&sr=1-1&keywords=Advances+in+Imaging+and+Electron+Physics%2C+Volume+171

Fowler-Nordheim Field Emission: Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures / Sitangshu Bhattacharya and Kamakhya Prasad Ghatak.  Heidelberg: Springer, 2012.  QC793.5.E627B43 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Fowler-Nordheim-Field-Emission-Semiconductor-Nanostructures/dp/3642204929/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345141635&sr=1-1&keywords=Fowler-Nordheim+Field+Emission%3A+Effects+in+Semiconductor+Nanostructures


Welcome Robot!

The Sorrells Library is hosting a robot from our Robotics Institute.  The Robot will be learning our floor plan, sometimes used in a teleo-operated mode, and (we hope) interact with people in the library.  He’ll be spending more time in the library in the near future.  Now this is a transition, eh?!!  Find out more about the Cobots in general at:  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~coral/projects/cobot/.

New Title in Synthesis Digital Library – Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering

As announced by the publishers Morgan & Claypool:

Crafting Your Research Future: A Guide to Successful Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Science & Engineering
Synthesis Lectures on Engineering
May 2012, 168 pages, (doi:10.2200/S00412ED1V01Y201203ENG018)
Charles X. Ling
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Qiang Yang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


What is it like to be a researcher or a scientist? For young people, including graduate students and junior faculty members in universities, how can they identify good ideas for research? How do they conduct solid research to verify and realize their new ideas? How can they formulate their ideas and research results into high-quality articles, and publish them in highly competitive journals and conferences? What are effective ways to supervise graduate students so that they can establish themselves quickly in their research careers? In this book, Ling and Yang answer these questions in a step-by-step manner with specific and concrete examples from their first-hand research experience.

Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Preface / Basics of Research / Goals of Ph.D. Research / Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans / Conducting Solid Research / Writing and Publishing Papers / Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing / Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis / Life After Ph.D. / Summary / References / Author Biographies

Critical Acclaim for Crafting Your Research Future

“Ling and Yang summarize the practical aspects of the expectations for the modern graduate student. They will all benefit.” — Randy Goebel, University of Alberta

“It will be tremendously useful to post-docs and graduate students alike (and perhaps even some junior faculty!).” — Adrian M. Owen, Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair, Western University

“Want to have a successful research career? This is a nice guide and companion!” — Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mobile Pairing Appears for a Number of Science/Engineering Resources

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve been hearing of a service called Mobile Pairing.  This message from Lori Sprague of the AMS introduces us to the Mobile Efforts of the society:

“The American Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the implementation of Mobile Pairing for all of its electronic products – MathSciNet, eJournals and eBooks.

Mobile Pairing allows authorized users to ‘pair’ their mobile devices – tablets, laptops, smartphones – with their host institution’s subscriptions/electronic purchases.  Once ‘paired’, the user will have access to AMS electronic products without having to be connected to the host institution’s network.  The pairing will last for 90days.

For more information about Mobile Pairing, please visit http://www.ams.org/publications/mobilepairing.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Lori Sprague
Manager, Sales Administration
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence, RI  02904


This announcement was followed by a note to the PAMNET listserv by Jill Lagerstrom that made us aware of Annual Reviews providing a similar service:

“Hi PAM and Happy Friday to you all.

I just ran into this for the first time today:

If you have a mobile device, you can “pair” it with an institutional subscription to Annual Reviews. Once you do this, you can have off-network access for six months. Are any other institutional content providers doing this? Am I the only one who didn’t know about this? I haven’t tried it yet…

Instructions are here:


Jill Lagerstrom
Chief Librarian
Space Telescope Science Institute Library
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
410 338 4961″

Then Christina Pikas wrote:

“You can do it with Web of Science, too. http://wokinfo.com/about/mobile/
I didn’t know this until someone from there posted in a comment on my blog.”

Then there was a mention that IOP had a Mobile Pairing product.  SPIE and SIAM will soon have this new service.  So, rev up those smart phones and tablets!  The summer of 2012 is almost here!

How to build a fully functional Star Trek Starship Enterprise in 20 years – Electronic Products

This is a perfect post for the Friday before a holiday weekend.  We will expect your evaluations by Tuesday morning.  🙂

How to build a fully functional Star Trek Starship Enterprise in 20 years – Electronic Products.

New Physics Books in the Roger Sorrells Engineering & Science Library

Introduction to the Theory of the Early Universe Hot Big Bang Theory / Dmitry S. Gorbunov and Valery A. Rubakov.  Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2011.  QB991.B54G6713 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Theory-Early-Universe-Bang/dp/9814322245/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336418205&sr=1-1

Mapping of Parent Hamiltonians : From Abelian and non-Abelian Quantum Hall States to Exact Models of Critical Spin Chains / Martin Greiter.  Berlin: Springer, 2011.  QC1.S797 VOL. 244 2011  http://www.amazon.com/Mapping-Parent-Hamiltonians-non-Abelian-Critical/dp/3642243835/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336418373&sr=1-1

Semiclassical Approach to Mesoscopic Systems : Classical Trajectory Correlations and Wave Interference / Daniel Waltner.  Berlin: Springer, 2012.  QC1.S797 VOL. 245 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Semiclassical-Approach-Mesoscopic-Systems-Correlations/dp/3642245277/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336418501&sr=1-1

Mathematical Physics : With Partial Differential Equations / James R. Kirkwood.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2013.  QC20.7.D5K57 2013  http://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Physics-Partial-Differential-Equations/dp/0123869110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336418660&sr=1-1

Particle Swarm Optimisation : Classical and Quantum Perspectives / Jun Sun, Choi-Hong Lai, and Xiao-Jun Wu.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2012.  QC20.7.M27S86 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Particle-Swarm-Optimisation-Perspectives-Scientific/dp/1439835764/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336418877&sr=1-1

Transport Properties of Fluids : Their Correlation, Prediction and Estimation / Jurgen Millat,John H. Dymond, and C.A. Nieto de Castro.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2005.  QC151.T73 2005  http://www.amazon.com/Transport-Properties-Fluids-Correlation-Prediction/dp/0521022908/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336419063&sr=1-2

The New Quantum Age : From Bell’s Theorem to Quantum Computation and Teleportation / Andrew Whitaker.  Oxford, UK: Oxford, 2012.  QC174.12.W49 2012  http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Quantum-Age-Teleportation/dp/0199589135/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336419229&sr=1-1

Applied Photometry, Radiometry, and Measurements of Optical Losses / Michael Bukshtab.  Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.  QC397.5.O77B85 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Photometry-Radiometry-Measurements-Springer-Sciences/dp/9400721641/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336419378&sr=1-1

Mathematical Analysis of Deterministic and Stochastic Problems in Complex Media Electromagnetics / G.F. Roach, I.G. Stratis, and A.N. Yannacopoulos.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2012.  QC760.4.M37R63 2012  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Mathematical+Analysis+of+Deterministic+and+Stochastic+Problems+in+Complex+Media+Electromagnetics

Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics, Volume 170 / Edited by Peter W. Hawkes.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Academic, 2012.  QC793.5.E62A3 VOL. 170 2012  http://www.amazon.com/Advances-Imaging-Electron-Physics-Volume/dp/0123943965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336420049&sr=1-1