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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.

Oct 31 / James Van Loon

ANSI launches online portal for standards incorporated by reference

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an online portal to provide the public with free access to private-sector standards that have been incorporated by reference into U.S. Government regulations.

Read the complete announcement here.

Aug 16 / James Van Loon

Internet posting of technical standards results in infringement lawsuit.

Three U.S. standards-developing organizations (ASTM, NFPA, and ASHRAE) are suing an internet publisher in U.S. District Court for trademark and copyright infringement for posting safety and technical standards. The ABA Journal provides this article about the lawsuit and the defendant’s contention that the standards lost copyright protection when incorporated by reference in federal or state regulations.

May 9 / James Van Loon

Trial of Books24x7 continues through May 19.

The library system is currently running a trial of Books24x7, a searchable collection of ebooks including over 2900 titles from reputable engineering publishers.

This resource will be available through May 19, and can be accessed from on-campus via this URL: It is not available off campus during the trial period.

Please try this resource out, and send any feedback you have to me (

May 7 / James Van Loon

“High Quality Research Act” would impose new criteria for NSF awards

An article in Science magazine details a bill before the US Congress which would alter peer review and create new criteria for awards granted to researchers by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Online access to this article is available to WSU affiliates through this link.

Feb 20 / James Van Loon

Curl Up With a Good Science Book!

This guide from the Library of Congress – Science Reference Section lists a selection of science book award winners and nominees.

Nov 16 / James Van Loon

Special issue of ​Science on Biomaterials

The 16 Nov 2012 issue of the online magazine Science contains a number of articles on Biomaterials, covering topics such as:

  • China’s recent efforts in the field of tissue engineering
  • Modeling approaches for developing tissues and tumors
  • “Bioprinting” of scaffolds

Online access to this issue is available to WSU affiliates through this link.

Oct 12 / James Van Loon

NSF press release on advancing materials research

This press release from the NSF details the first awards granted under the Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program.  The DMREF program, which is administered by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and Engineering (ENG) Directorates, has funded 14 projects with an initial investment of just over $12M.  The projects are intended to yield a range of new developments in materials for a variety of applications, including new lightweight/rigid polymers; highly durable, multi-layered materials for aircraft engines and power plants; new data storage technology based on spin electronics; composites for converting heat to electricity; novel designer glasses; membranes that function as well as biological counterparts; and new techniques to develop exceptionally hard coatings.

Aug 24 / James Van Loon

NSF report on R&D spending by businesses in the United States

A recent press release from the National Science Foundation (NSR) announces a report of CY2008 R&D spending by US businesses.  The report analyzes R&D spending by business sector (Health/medical, defense,…) and by source of funding (business vs. government sources).  The health and medical field (driven largely by funding from companies in the pharmaceutical and medicine industries) was the leading sector of R&D spending.