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Library newsletter for the Chemistry department.
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Fall Sabbatical

I will be on sabbatical Fall 2014.  During this time Kathy Payne will be teaching/coordinating my subject-specific instruction sessions.  Her email address is  Her phone number is 801-626-6511. Please don't hesitate to contact her to schedule a session.  I will continue to order books/DVDs for my subject areas during this time, so please send orders directly to me via email.  I will also stop by the library to retrieve orders that you send through campus mail.  


Large Format Printer

The library has a large-format printer that is available for both faculty and students.  Cost is $5 per linear foot for projects with an educational purpose.  Please set an appointment with Lonna Rivera ( or Jay Jex ( to print your project.

Laptop Checkout

Laptops are available for checkout at the library's circulation desk (lower level, west side).  New laptops can be checked out for 5 hours, while older laptops have a 3-day checkout period. 

Reserve Books

If you have an extra copy of the textbook(s) that you are using this semester, I would encourage you to put it/them "on reserve" for students.  The form to do so can be found at


Selected New Books



Call Number

Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old

Allen, Joseph, et al

BF724 .A385 2009

Extreme Realities


GE140 .J68 2014

Social Networking: Mining, Visualization, and Security

Panda, Mrutyunjava et al

TK5105.7 .S63 2014

State of the Planet's Oceans


GE140 .J68 2009

The Basics of Occupational Safety

Goetsch, David L.

T55 .G5848 2015


Web Sites of Interest

Mahjong Chemistry

Stetson University and AT&T have teamed up to create this rather engaging mahjong mashup to help budding chemists hone in on their skills. From this website, visitors can access this game which helps them learn about correct oxidation numbers and compounds. Visitors will note that the program reshuffles the slides each time, which is a nice way to keep things interesting. On the top of the page, visitors can scroll through the different iterations of the game and they can also click on the Show Hint tab if things are getting tough. [KMG]

The Oesper Collections

Created as part of the University of Cincinnati's Digital Collections initiative, the Oesper Collections bring together rare and curious items from the long and storied past of chemistry. In the Apparatus Museum area, visitors can look over unique items including flasks, adapters, clamps, condensers, corks, and much more. The Virtual Tour is truly astonishing and visitors can take a variety of 360-degree views among some of the most remarkable items in this archive. Moving on, the Books & Journals area contains wonderful treasures and writings from Sir Humphry Davy, Antoine Lavoisier, and Joseph Priestly. The site is rounded out by a series of Museum Notes, which highlight various personages who have been featured in these collections over the years. [KMG]

The DNA Files

The DNA Files are a series of award-winning radio programs hosted by John Hockenberry with consultation from a panel of expert scientists. From 1998 to 2007, the Soundvision team produced nineteen one-hour radio programs that explored the science of genetics, along with its ethical and social implications. On this site, visitors can take an aural trip through their work by listening to the programs in full, exploring the transcripts by keyword, or looking over the Big Ideas section. All of the episodes can be found within the Radio Programs section, including "Designing the Brain," "Minding the Brain," and "Beyond Human." Moving on, the site also includes a Community Outreach area that brings together projects providing resources that help educators use the programs more effectively in the classroom. [KMG]

PLOS Blogs Network

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a wonderful project that brings high-quality scientific research to anyone with an Internet connection. On this site, visitors can explore three different drop-down menus: Staff Blogs, Blogs Network, and Community. Staff Blogs offer readers a variety of chatty and interesting internal blogs, such as PLOS Biologue, along with several dozen independent blogs, such as Mind the Brain. Next up, in Blogs Network, readers will find a plethora of blogs written or commissioned by members of the PLOS Journals editorial staff with topics ranging from DNA science to paleontology. There’s a little bit of everything here, and savvy visitors might opt for helpful word tags to focus in on posts of note. [KMG]

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