Distinguished Speaker Series – UO Association for Women in Mathematics

The UO Association for Women in Mathematics invites the UO community, and especially undergraduates, to attend a talk by Angélica Osorno from Reed College.

Title: Why should we care about category theory?
When: Nov 12th 4pm
Where: Condon 301

One of the first mathematical concepts we learn as children is counting, and when we do so, we think of counting the number of elements in a specific set. Soon after, we forget about sets and we just consider the abstract numbers themselves. This abstraction simplifies many things, but it also makes us forget about some structure that we had when we were thinking about sets. That structure can be encoded by a category. In this talk we will describe certain concepts in category theory, and you will realize that in most of your mathematics classes you have been working with categories, you just didn’t know about it.

There will be plenty of examples that will show that category theory provides a unifying language for mathematics, and that many constructions are more naturally understood when they are seen through the categorical lens.

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SciFinder Seminar and Demonstration

Kaushik Patel, Applications Specialist from CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society will be presenting a seminar and hands-on demonstration on What’s New with SciFinder.

Location: Science Library room B90
Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 3 – 5 pm

This seminar will focus on demonstrating new features and content that has been added to SciFinder in the last year:

  • experimental procedures from select journals and patents
  • grouping/analysis options for reaction answer sets
  • pricing & availability information for chemical vendors
  • bioactivity & target indicators for substances

He will also review the following topics:

  • query building and analyze/refine tools for structure/reaction searching
  • Markush substance searching
  • SciPlanner for synthetic route planning

There will be time for a Q&A session at the end of the seminar.

Kaushik Patel holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a M.Sc. from UCLA. His graduate work was in the field of supramolecular chemistry as it pertains to materials and drug delivery. Before starting at CAS, he worked at Sigma Aldrich Materials Science as a Global Product Manager covering Organic and Printed Electronic Materials, Nanomaterials and Polymer Science.

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Winter 2013 Science Library Newsletter

Science Library staff continue to enhance the current physical space, plan for the new science library, develop programs and build our collections. Below are highlights of our recent activities.

New Science Library

Thank you to everyone who brought their thoughts and ideas on the new facility to the New Science Library workshop on January 22. Your feedback is very important in designing the new facility. We are continuing to work on the design phase of the project as we await funding details.


Media:Scape in the Science Library just hours after it was installed

Furniture Demos

To help plan for the new library as well as to enhance the current space we are experimenting with a variety of furniture options. Steelcase has loaned us 30 “Node” chairs for us to try out in classroom B90C&D during the winter 2013 quarter. Steelcase will run assessment at the end of the trial period to gather student and faculty comments on the chairs. More information about the chairs can be found on the Steelcase website.

Steelcase has also loaned to us for a short period of time a Media:Scape table with two monitors. This table allows up to six laptops to be plugged in at one time. Screens from two laptops can be displayed at one time with easy toggling between the remaining laptops.

Facility Enhancements

Additional electrical outlets will be installed in the floor of classroom B90 C&D over spring break.


We have purchased the Royal Society of Chemistry back files for 1841-2007. We have also purchased the Springer eBook collection going back to 2006 in Astronomy and Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Mathematics.

Highlighted Resource

NSF proposals now require a data management plan.  Everything you always wanted to know about these plans can be found on our data management webpage at: http://library.uoregon.edu/datamanagement/index.html


As a test of possible programming for the current facility as well as the new science library Chemistry and Physics are holding drop in tutoring in room 15A for a total of 35 hours per week. Computer Science is also holding drop-in tutoring sessions in the Klamath computer lab – Klamath XX. We would love to hear your comments and those of your students on how these sessions are working.

Workshops and Classroom Instruction

During fall quarter 2012 we offered classes on Excel, bibliographic management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Papers) and data management. If you would like to arrange for one of these classes or to have a subject specialist speak to your class on resources in your subject area please contact us.

New Staff

The newest edition to our staff is Megan Henning. Megan is responsible for overseeing students at the circulation desk and processing interlibrary loan and Summit requests.

Megan Henning, Resource Sharing Specialist

Megan Henning, Resource Sharing Specialist

Non-Traditional Circulating Materials

New items available to check out include a small portable projector, portable white boards and a USB universal phone charger.

Database Trials

Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research. Tools to sort, refine and quickly identify results help you focus on the outcome of your work. Scopus is a competitor to Web of Science which the Science Libraries currently subscribe to.
Trial Expires March 16, 2013.
Submit comments about this database here: http://library.uoregon.edu/node/2705.

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Fall 2012 Science Library Newsletter

We have made a number of improvements to the Science Library over the past year to provide a more welcoming environment and better service to Science faculty, staff and students. We continue to look for ways to make our space inviting and useful. As always, we welcome your suggestions . Below is a summary of our recent activities:

Program Offerings

New!  Cross-disciplinary workshops offered by Science Library reference staff

Beginning in week 6 of the fall 2012 term, Science Library reference staff will hold general subject workshops for students and faculty on topics such as Excel and bibliographic management software (Mendeley, for example). Below is the schedule for our first three sessions.

Friday, November 2, 1:00 – 2:00, Science Library room B90: “Manage Your World, Manage Your Citations, and Manage Your Bibliographies: Bibliographies Made Easy” (Demonstration)
Sign up: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4ZpHiI7252fFHvL

Friday, November 9, 1:00 – 2:00, Science Library room B90: “Excel”
(Demonstration & Hands-on)
Sign up: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b7dcAAxDNAiPh89

Wednesday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:00, Science Library room B90: “Bibliographic Management Software Drop In.” Let us help you set up YOUR laptop for Zotero, Mendley and Papers.
Sign up: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3ksQpWqD7WYbQQR

Remember that our reference librarians are available to provide other workshops and training for your classes, help with research questions, and give guided individual or group tours of the library.

Charles Darwin Exhibit

From October 22 through November 30 we will feature a four-banner display entitled Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory which explores Charles Darwin’s vision—“from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.” The display will be located near the Science Library circulation desk and was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the NIH Office of History Equipment.

New at the Circulation Desk

We now circulate power cords, non-graphing calculators (in addition to graphing calculators), universal phone chargers, a small projector, a small HD camcorder, an engraving device, and several separately-checkable mice and (Dell) laptop chargers.


A free-use, stand-alone camera book and document scanner has been installed near the circulation desk. Scans can be emailed or uploaded to a thumb drive.

Two more public computers have been added, bringing our total to 27 (22 PCs and 5 Macs).  All of our computers have a broad range of useful software. We have a new 3D monitor with a PlayStation 3 Bluray player on a rolling stand that can be reserved and checked out.

New printers were installed over winter break last year and you can print from your laptop via Wi-Fi. Black and white copies now cost $.08 and color copies cost $.25, all payable via Campus Cash on your UO ID.

Books and More

We recently acquired a selection of programming manuals from the McKenzie Hall computing help center. The books are shelved in the middle of our main reading room in a general subject order.


Academic Search Premier recently dropped some of the journals that it covers. While most of the lost content was not in the sciences you may come across the occasional article that is unavailable. Remember that you can use Interlibrary Loan to request these items.


Last fall we reorganized the reference collection and were able to exchange our floor-to-ceiling reference stacks with lower stacks. The result is that we now have a beautiful view of the atrium and more natural light in the library.

Over spring break we installed new carpeting in the reference area and around the atrium windows. In response to student demand we have also installed more electrical outlets along the west wall of the library. We have also rearranged the stacks to allow for more individual and collaborative seating.

We have moved the reference desk to the circulation desk counter to make room for exhibition space and for additional study space.

Ongoing Services and Equipment

You can check out reserve materials, laptops, graphing calculators, Tandberg video conferencing equipment, books, journals, DVD’s, video games, and video game players. We have a physiology/anatomy study room, two reservable classrooms and two reservable group study rooms.

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Support open access to taxpayer-funded research articles

Are you ready to support open access to publicly funded research? There are many compelling arguments in its favor (for instance herehere, and see links in shared post below). If you’re ready to take action, here’s an easy and simple step you can take to advocate for change: sign the online petition to require free access to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.

Below is a post from Heather Piwowar on her Research Remix blog that provides some other informative links, and gives a few details about to the petition.

It is on a front page of Wired, detailed in today’s Guardian, has lots of twitter buzz, and is described in a no-holds-barred video.

If we get to 25k signatures in 30 days — and the goal is to blow that out of the water — then the petition goes to Obama’s desk for a response.  This is a HUGE opportunity to bring real research results to highschools, the Galapagos, our parents, startup companies, ourselves when we are between jobs…. not to mention better research opportunities through increased access to text mining etc.

Imagine if all of the research papers you wanted to read were available, full text, for searching by hand and with computers?  It is huge.  It is done right now by the NIH for preprints, with no demonstrable financial hardship to the research system… the plan is to extend this successful program to all federal agencies, including the NSF.

Anyone of any citizenship can sign.  This isn’t just a researcher’s issue… tell your friends and family.

Please sign, and spread the word.  More info.  Here’s how I asked my mom to sign, in case that helps 🙂

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New books in physics, astronomy

The physics book : from Olbers’ paradox to Schrödinger’s cat : from the big bang to quantum resurrection, 250 milestones in the history of physics / Clifford A. Pickover
QC7 .P49 2011

A new perspective on relativity : an odyssey in non-Euclidean geometries / Bernard H. Lavenda
QC173.55 .L38 2012

Advanced topics in quantum field theory : a lecture course / M. Shifman
QC174.46 .S55 2012

Advances in spectroscopy and imaging of surfaces and nanostructures : symposium held November 29-December 3, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. / editors, John Cumings … [et al.]
QC450 .A38 2011

Alone in the universe : why our planet is unique / John Gribbin
QB632 .G75 2011

Amorphous and polycrystalline thin-film silicon science and technology – 2011 : symposium held April 25-29, 2011, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. / editors, Baojie Yan … [et al.]
QC611.8.P64 A467 2012

An invitation to quantum field theory / Luis Alvarez-Gaume
QC174.45 .A48 2012

Atoms in intense laser fields / C.J. Joachain, N.J. Kylstra, and R.M. Potvliege
QC793.5.E628 J63 2011

Black holes, wormholes, and time machines / Jim Al-Khalili
QC173.59.S65 A4 2012

Conical intersections : theory, computation and experiment / editors, Wolfgang Domcke, David R. Yarkony, Horst Koppel
QC451 .C751 2011

Cosmos close-up / Giles Sparrow
QB44.3 S63 2011

Exploring Mars : chronicles from a decade of discovery / Scott Hubbard foreword by Bill Nye
QB643 .H83 2011

High-intensity X-rays–interaction with matter : processes in plasmas, clusters, molecules, and solids / Stefan P. Hau-Riege
QC482.S3 H38 2011

Introductory nanoscience / Masaru Kuno
QC176.8.N35 K86 2012

Isaac Newton’s scientific method : turning data into evidence about gravity and cosmology / William L. Harper
QC178 .H28 2011

Jets from young stars IV : from models to observations and experiments / P.J.V. Garcia, J.M. Ferreira (eds.)
QB466.J46 J46 2010

Kinetic Boltzmann, Vlasov and related equations / Alexander Sinitsyn, Victor Vedenyapin, Eugene Dulov
QC175 .S56 2011

Large-scale perturbations of magnetohydrodynamic regimes : linear and weakly nonlinear stability theory / Vladislav Zheligovsky
QC809.M3 Z44 2011

Mathematical analysis of deterministic and stochastic problems in complex media electromagnetics / Gary F. Roach, Ioannis G. Stratis, Athanasios N. Yannacopoulos
QC760.4.M37 R63 2012

Modern introduction to particle physics / by Fayyazuddin, Riazuddin
QC793.2 .F39 2012

Nuclear physics with polarized particles / Hans Paetz gen. Schieck
QC794.6.S3 P34 2012

Observational astronomy : techniques and instrumentation / Edmund C. Sutton
QB43.3 .S88 2012

Optical techniques for solid-state materials characterization / edited by Rohit P. Prasankumar, Antoinette J. Taylor
QC176.8.O6 T43 2011

Physics and metaphysics / by Alexander Mitjashin
QC6 .M458 2011

Quantum field theory : a bridge between mathematicians and physicists / Eberhard Zeidler
QC174.45 .Z45 2006

Quantum mechanics : its early development and the road to entanglement and beyond / Edward G. Steward with a contribution by Sara M. McMurry
QC173.98 .S75 2012

Strongly correlated systems : theoretical methods / Adolfo Avella, Ferdinando Mancini, editors
QC611.92 .S77 2012

The astronomy revolution : 400 years of exploring the cosmos / edited by Donald G. York, Owen Gingerich, Shuang-Nan Zhang
QB15 .N486 2012

The astrophysics of planetary systems : formation, structure, and dynamical evolution : proceedings of the 276th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Torino, Italy, October 10-15, 2010 / edited by Alessandro Sozzetti, Mario G. Lattanzi and Alan P. Boss
QB600 .I552 2010

The construction of the heavens : William Herschel’s cosmology / Michael Hoskin with astrophysical notes by David Dewhirst and Wolfgang Steinicke
QB36.H6 H719 2012

The German Physical Society in the Third Reich : physicists between autonomy and accommodation / edited by Dieter Hoffmann, Mark Walker translated by Ann M. Hentschel
Q49 .G225 2012

The main business of natural philosophy : Isaac Newton’s natural-philosophical methodology / Steffen Ducheyne
QC16.N7 D83 2012

The new quantum age : from Bell’s theorem to quantum computation and teleportation / Andrew Whitaker
QC174.12 .W49 2012

The sun, the stars, the universe and general relativity : proceedings of Sobral 2009 / edited by S.E. Perez Bergliaffa, M. Novello, R. Ruffini
QB460 .S86 2011

Time-dependent density-functional theory : concepts and applications / Carsten Ullrich
QC20.7.D43 U45 2012

Using SI units in astronomy / Richard Dodd
QB14.2 .D63 2012

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New geology books

Advances in rock dynamics and applications / edited by Yingxin Zhou, Jian Zhao
TA706 .A38 2011

Check dams, morphological adjustments and erosion control in torrential streams / Carmelo Consesa Garcia and Mario Aristide Lenzi, editors
TC549 .C54 2010

Diversity and dynamics of the mammalian fauna in Denmark throughout the last glacial-interglacial cycle, 115-0 kyr BP
QE881 .A25 2009

Riddle of the feathered dragons : hidden birds of China / Alan Feduccia
QE871 .F43 2012

Structural geology algorithms : vectors and tensors / Richard W. Allmendinger, Nestor Cardozo, Donald M. Fisher
QE601.3.M38 A45 2012

Studies on fossil tetrapods / edited by Paul M. Barrett and Andrew R. Milner
QE841 .S78 2011

The 2 ka eruption of Misti Volcano, southern Peru : the most recent Plinian eruption of Arequipa’s iconic volcano / by Christopher J. Harpel, Shanaka de Silva, Guido Salas
QE523.M58 H37 2011

The end-Cretaceous mass extinction and the Chicxulub impact in Texas / edited by Gerta Keller, Thierry Adatte
QE689 .E53 2011

The geology of Thailand / edited by M.F. Ridd, A.J. Barber and M.J. Crow
QE298 .G45 2011

The Permian Rotliegend of the Netherlands
QE674 .P457 2011

The phylogeny of post-Palaeozoic Asteroidea (Neoasteroidea, Echinodermata) / by Andrew Scott Gale
QE783.A7 G35 2011

The SE Asian gateway : history and tectonics of the Australia–Asia Collision / edited by R. Hall, M.A. Cottam and M.E.J. Wilson
QE634.S644 S4 2011

Thrust fault-related folding / edited by K. McClay, J.H. Shaw, and J. Suppe
QE606 .T569 2011

Vesuvius / Gillian Darley
QE523.V5 D37 2012

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