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Mar 22 / James Van Loon

National Academies report on ethics in engineering education

A recent report from the National Academy of Engineering profiles 25 activities and programs at U.S. universities deemed exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students. The report is freely available for download (registration required) at this link.

Nov 23 / James Van Loon

Thu 12/3 Reuther Brownbag: Labor Relations in the Earthmoving Equipment Industry

Jason Kozlowski, assistant professor at West Virginia University, will present an overview of his current research at a brown-bag lecture at noon on Thursday, December 3, in the Reuther Conference Room of the Walter P. Reuther Library.

Professor Kozlowski’s study examines deindustrialization in cities in which earthmoving equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has operated, analyzing the impact of changes in work processes, location of industrial production, and industrial conflict upon the industry, workplace cultures, and the surrounding communities. Utilizing historical records from the UAW’s Agricultural Implements collection at the Reuther Library, this research shows plant closures as not an endgame in themselves, but part of an ongoing and dynamic restructuring of work, workers, and communities.

See the event listing for further information.

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.