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Jul 10 / James Van Loon

WSU Scholars Coop – Summer Brown Bag Series

Looking to learn more about APIs? Wondering how to incorporate copyright guidelines in the classroom? Want to learn more about the h-index or how to access library literature on your iPad? Join the WSU Scholars Cooperative during the month of July for a series of brown bags that will discuss new topics and applications to help you in your projects, instruction and research. All sessions will be held in the Simons Room in the Purdy-Kresge Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and are open to anyone who would like to learn more. No RSVP is necessary, just stop by!

See the flyer for details.

Sep 22 / James Van Loon

The SHARE initiative for research data management

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) initiative for the management of research output (including data) is discussed in an article by Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The article appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Information Standards Quarterly, but is also available online at the NISO website.  View the online article here.

Sep 11 / James Van Loon

Astrophysics lecture at UGL on Sep. 17

Wayne State University astronomer Dr. Ed Cackett will deliver a lecture entitled Neutron Stars: Humanity in a Sugar Cube on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.  The lecture accompanies the “Here, There, Everywhere” NASA traveling exhibit that is currently on display in the UGL

Read the full announcement on Dr. Cackett’s lecture here. 

Visit the online guide to the “Here, There, Everywhere” exhibit here.

Sep 5 / James Van Loon

Latest data from NSF on federal funding for basic research

The latest data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) indicates that federal funding of basic research at universities and colleges is essentially unchanged from FY2011 to FY2012.  The report also provides trends in funding of basic research broken down by:

  • character of work,
  • funding agency, and
  • field of science and engineering

See this NSF InfoBrief for further information and access to the detailed data.

Aug 29 / James Van Loon

UGL hosts traveling NASA exhibit “Here, There, Everywhere” in September

Beginning September 8 and running through the end of the month, the David Adamany Undergraduate Library will be hosting “Here, There, Everywhere (HTE),” a traveling NASA exhibit that illustrates how familiar phenomena on Earth and across the Universe are connected by basic physical laws. HTE was conceived, designed and generated by a team at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For further information about the exhibit, visit the online exhibit guide at this link.

Jul 28 / James Van Loon

DOE issues new statement on digital data management

The U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has issued a new statement on the management of digital data generated in the course of DOE-funded research. The statement indicates that data management plans (DMPs) will be required that describe how digital data will be shared and preserved; the DMP requirements will appear in DOE solicitations issued on and after October 1, 2014.

Read the full statement on the DOE site here.

Jun 4 / James Van Loon

NSF Open Government Plan 3.0 published

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published its Open Government Plan 3.0, a roadmap for the agency’s efforts to improve transparency, to better integrate public input into NSF programs and policies, and to seek out opportunities for collaboration with other agencies and with private institutions. The plan is in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2009 directive on open government.  Read more about the Open Government Plan 3.0 here.

Mar 11 / James Van Loon

NSF Strategic Plan for 2014 – 2018

The National Science Foundation’s strategic plan for 2014-2018, subtitled “Investing in Science, Engineering, and Education for the Nation’s Future” is now available at this link.

Nov 22 / James Van Loon

Researchers – get your ORCID.

A recent post in the Data Pub: Conversations about data blog from the California Digital Library does a great job at making the case for researchers to create their ORCID researcher ID, and how this differs from other services (Google Scholar, Research Gate and the like). Read the post here.

Nov 14 / James Van Loon

ASEE Phase 1 report on Undergraduate Education in Engineering

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has published a report on the first in a series of meetings to develop a new strategy for undergraduate engineering education that meets the needs of industry in the 21st century. The Phase 1 report, entitled Synthesizing and Integrating Industry Perspectives, summarizes a May 2013 workshop which “brought together representatives of industry and academia in an intensive exploration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in engineering today and in the coming years”, and which is the initial component of a multi-year ASEE/NSF study called Transforming Undergraduate Education in Engineering (TUEE).

The Phase 1 report is available here.