Plan ahead for a research prize

Have a great research project from summer 2008, or something great in mind for fall or spring of this academic year?  Submit it for a chance to win up to $1,000!

The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research rewards excellence in undergraduate research projects that use library resources and demonstrate sophisticated library research skills on the part of undergraduate researchers.

Deadline for application is April 13, 2009, but now’s the time to start planning your submission.  Questions?  Visit the Library Prize website.

Open Access Day @ Berkeley

“Open access: unlocking the doors that once hid knowledge”

Open Access is a growing international movement based on the principle that publicly funded research should be freely accessible online, immediately upon publication. This first Open Access Day seeks to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access. Its founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for Free Culture, and the Public Library of Science. Join us for a lively discussion, a live streaming web-cast and more.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL EISEN (UCB), co-founder of Public Library of Science (PLoS) and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, will introduce the program and facilitate a discussion with audience members. PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available resource.

PROFESSOR PHILIP BOURNE (UCSD), founding editor of PLoS Computational Biology and Professor of Pharmacology at UCSD, will conduct a live, interactive webcast.

STUDENT VIDEOS selected from the “Voices of Open Access” series

Free food & drink!

LOCATION: FSM Café at Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
DATE: October 14, 2008
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
All are welcome to participate.

Sponsored by the FSM Cafe Educational Programs Series, UC Berkeley Library and Students for Free Culture.

Powder Diffraction File & CSDS Now Available

The Powder Diffraction File (PDF 4+) is now available on a workstation in the Engineering Library. The PDF 4+ database provides inorganic, bibliographic, diffraction, physical property and crystal data for more than 272,000 materials. Three methods of quantitative analysis are available:

  1. digital patterns as input to pattern fitting methods
  2. Reference Intensity Ratio method
  3. atomic parameters for input in Rietveld refinement

Tutorials for searching the PDF 4+ database are available from ICDD. Results of your searches can be downloaded to USB drives, CDs or floppy disks.

The Cambridge Structural Database System (CSDS) contains crystal structure information, chemical, and bibliographic data for about 400,000 organic and metal-organic compounds. CSDS is also available on the same workstation as PDF 4+ in the Engineering Library, as well as on the computers in the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library. UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff may also download the data and software to install the CSDS on their own computers.