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Open Access Advocate Speaks to Impact of OA on Graduate Success

The program is free with pizza and drinks provided to attendees.

What: Open access advocate and SPARC representative Nick Shockey discusses the impact of OA on graduate students, universities and other public research institutions. This event is free and open to the public.

When: 12-1:30 p.m.,Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Where: Perry Castañeda Library (PCL 2.500), The University of Texas at Austin.

Background: As the core informational resources needed to succeed beyond the undergraduate experience have become less accessible to those wanting to continue their education, graduate students from around the world are increasingly coming together to promote open access to research.

While in Austin to meet with legislators, Nick Shockey — Director of Programs & Engagement for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition — will visit The University of Texas at Austin to talk about his work with student groups around the world and share concrete ideas for how graduate students at the university can advocate for increased access to the work they create through the creation of open access (OA) policies. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to be part of an international effort to improve the way research is shared and elevate their own research profile.

Open access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. OA is closely related to open data and open education — parallel movements designed to increase access to and reuse of both data and educational resources.

What are the new OA requirements at various granting agencies? How would a university OA policy improve overall research at UT?  And why does OA matter? Shockey will touch on these questions and more for attendees who want to have a better understanding of or get more involved with the issues surrounding broader access to public research.

The program is free with pizza and drinks provided to attendees.

To help us accommodate everyone, please RSVP to the Eventbrite page by Friday, March 27.

For more information on Open Access, please visit or

the art of Pi

This year’s Pi Day (March 14, 2015) corresponds to the first five numerals of pi (3.1415).

To celebrate this happy numerological event, the Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library will host a virtual exhibition on The Art of Pi, opening on Tuesday, March 10.

How to Participate

  1. Participation is limited to UT Austin students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Submissions can actually display some of the digits of pi or have been created using pi.
  3. While you retain ownership, by submitting artwork to this exhibition you grant unrestricted permission to the UT Libraries to display photos of your work in print and online. Should the UT Libraries choose to display your artwork, you will be credited as the creator.
  4. The UT Libraries reserves the right to decline to accept or display artworks.
  5. Email digital photos (attachment size limit is 20 MB) of your pi-related art—paintings, prints, knitting, crochet, embroidery, tattoos, sculptures, photographs, etc.—by Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to The Art of Pi,
  6. For submissions to be accepted, your email MUST INCLUDE—
    1. Your name
    2. Your UT EID
    3. the medium (oil, crochet, etc.) of your work
    4. a brief description of your artwork and/or how you used pi in your creative process

“Science Study Break: Addiction.”

Science Study Break: Addiction, 10/2

EVENT: “Science Study Break: Addiction.” The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2011.

WHERE: Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL 2.312) at The University of Texas at Austin.

BACKGROUND: The University of Texas Libraries fires up another season of Science Study Break with a peek into the world of drug abuse in the medical profession.

In conjunction with Natural Sciences Week, director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center and Pfizer Centennial Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Dr. Carlton Erickson discusses the science of addiction, using scenes from House, M.D., Nurse Jackie, ER and other medical dramas.

“Science Study Break: Addiction” happens on Tuesday, October 2, at 6 p.m. in Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL 2.312) at The University of Texas at Austin.

This event is free and open to the public, and there will be free pizza from Austin’s Pizza (while it lasts).

Pop culture and the academy collide as Science Study Break features relevant faculty and experts from the University of Texas at Austin discussing the reality and fantasy portrayed as fact in science-themed television and movies. Science Study Break is hosted by the University of Texas Libraries and supported by the University Federal Credit Union.

Warning: Engineering Library is Awesome…at the Library Fair

If you weren’t at the Library Fair in front of PCL today, you most certainly missed out on a good time. Not only were you unable to identify the “Sharks with Lasers on their Heads” warning sign, but you also missed out on UT library frisbees, t-shirts, bags, stickers, cotton candy, PENS AND PENCILS people! Needless to say, fun times were had by all. Some even left the booth with tears in their eyes mumbling something about “life changing experience” and “best time I’ll probably ever have.”

Don’t fret though. You can always join us next year, and you can come hang out with your local, friendly engineering librarians in the meantime. Ask us questions. We’ll give you answers. It’ll be glorious.

Or you can just cry yourself to sleep every night because you missed the Warning Sign Identification Game, aka “Highway to the Danger Zone.” That’s what I’d be doing if I were you…

Artstream Ceramic Cup Library

The Fine Arts Library is excited to be the first library in the country to host the Artstream Ceramic Cup Library.

The collection contains 41 cups from 13 nationally known potters, and all the cups can be checked out for a week by current UT faculty, students, and staff.

The Fine Arts Library is having a reception for the exhibition on Friday, March 4 from 5-7, and Lisa Orr, a local potter and Artstream participant, will be speaking about the Artstream project at 5:30 pm.

Additionally, Lisa and local potter, Ryan McKerley will be giving a ceramics demonstration on Monday, March 7th at 9 am in the Ceramics Studio in the ART Building, room 2.410.

Fine Arts Librarian, Karen Holt, will be blogging about the exhibition happenings on the Artstream blog and the cups will be on display until March 31st.

UT Libraries Hosts Crunch Time

UT Libraries Hosts “Crunch Time”

As the crunch of semester-end deadlines approaches, the UT Libraries will promote the availability of drop-by assistance at in-person service points, consultations with subject librarians, and Ask a Librarian IM and email services with “Crunch Time.”

The event spans November 9-11 in PCL, the Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library, and the Physics Astronomy Mathematics Library.  Get help with your research assignment, enjoy a sweet crunchy treat, and take a fun quiz about service options for the chance to win a prize.

For more details and links to time-saving handouts, please visit:

MIT professor speaks about nanotechnology (10/14/10)

Thursday October 14, 2010

Description: Professor Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus presents a talk titled “The Promise of New Materials Through Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,” which will focus on recent advances in nanomaterials and on how such nanotech research can transform our lives.

Professor Dresselhaus is an Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT, the highest honor that can be bestowed on MIT faculty. She is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of carbon science and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1990. She is the co-author of four books on carbon science and has received 23 honorary doctorates worldwide. Her research interests are in electronic materials, particularly in nanoscience and nanotechnology, with special emphasis on carbon-related materials (fullerenes, carbon nanotubes).

This event is hosted by the Materials Research Society (MRS) Student Chapter, with support from the Texas Materials Institute (TMI). This talk is part of the chapter’s Materials Education Initiative project, which aims to introduce students and faculty to novel materials science research. The talk will be followed by a reception for Professor Dresselhaus in the connector lobby adjacent to ACE 2.302.

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Location: Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

Admission: Free and open to the public

2010 Engineering EXPO career fair: September 21-22

This two-day event attracted 225 employers and 4,000 students in 2009.

EXPO continues to grow each year, making it one of the largest student-run career fairs in the nation.

EXPO is an excellent opportunity for students and employers to speak informally about available positions.

Whether you are a student looking for an internship, co-op, or full-time position, or a recruiter searching for some of the best engineering talent in the country, we hope you can join us September 21-22 at the Frank Erwin Center.

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“Fuel”: Renewable energy documentary screening announced

“Fuel”: Renewable energy documentary screening announced
Description: This week’s Sustainable Development Film Series installment is the critically acclaimed documentary “Fuel,” which explores society’s unsustainable addiction to nonrenewable energy sources, and the important opportunities biofuels and other renewable energy sources offer as alternatives.
Time: Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Goldsmith Hall (GOL), Room 3.120
Admission: Free