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Happy 2015!!! 

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

Library Instruction Sessions

Please call me (x6093) if you would like to schedule a library instruction session for your students.  These sessions can be tailored for the paper or project that your students are working on.   

Book/DVD Orders

Ordering stops in March.  If there is an item that you would like to see made available in the library's collection, please send me the title and ISBN number.

New Databases

We have two new databases, The Cochrane Library and Cochrane Clinical Answers.  The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases in medicine and other healthcare areas that summarize and interpret results of medical research.  Clinical Answers are evidence-based answers to clinical questions that support health professionals in decision making. The databases can be found by using the Article Databases link found on the library's home page and searching by Title.


Selected New Books/DVDs



Call Number

Road Rage

Francis, Amy (ed)

TL152.3 .R63 2014

Road Vehicle Automation


TL152.8 .R63 2014


Kuiper, Gabrielle, et al

HF5415.1255 .K8513 2014

Digital Signal Processing with Field Programmable Gate Arrays

Meyer-Baese, Uwe

TK5102.9 .M48713 2014

Digital Signal and Image Processing using MATLAB, Volume 1: Fundamentals (ISTE)

Blanchet, Gérard et al

TK5102.9 .B536 2014

Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future

Boyle, Godfrey

TJ808 .R42 2012



T173.8 .W65 2012

Advances in Powder Metallurgy: Properties, Processing and Applications

Change, I., et al. (eds)

TN695 .A338 2013



Web Sites of Interest

Wolfram Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine

Previously covered by the Scout Report in 2009, Wolfram Alpha, “the computational knowledge engine” is more astonishing than ever. The interface is deceptively simple. Just type what you want to know into the text field. For instance, “How many Buddhists are there?” returns not only the number of Buddhists worldwide (369 million); it also breaks the numbers down by country and provides a colorful world map. Another example: “health care Germany vs U.S.” returns a range of facts, figures, and graphs, including the amount each nation spends per person on health ($3,577 vs. $7,274). These are just the shallowest examples of what Wolfram Alpha can do, so its worth exploring with your specific needs in mind. [CNH]

National Crash Analysis Center

According to the National Highway and Traffic Administration, about 3.5 million people have died in traffic accidents since 1899. Even with a steady decline of traffic fatalities, just over 30 thousand people still die on the roads every year, and millions more are injured.  That’s where the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) comes in. On the site, readers can explore Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics, Highway Safety and Infrastructure, and Simulation and Advanced Computing. Readers should also be sure to check out the reports of cars the NCAC has tested. To get there, select 2012 Toyota Camry Model Posted under Recent Highlights on the main page. Scroll down to view reports on everything from the Geo Metro to the Chevrolet S10 Pickup, complete with graphs, charts, descriptions, and photographs of the crashes and analyses. [CNH]

Measurement Science for Complex Information Systems

We live in the midst of astonishingly complex systems. From ecologies to  earthquakes, from transportation networks to computational clouds, our days  are defined by the networks in which we are intertwined.  Yet, as sudden  weather disasters and unexpected economic upheavals prove, we’re still  pretty bad at predicting complex systems. This is the very problem that the  Measurement Science for Complex Information Systems lab at the National  Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) aims to understand. The  website opens with a great introduction and summary of the project,  including what the “new idea” and the “technical objectives” are.  Along with descriptions of the applied mathematical and hard science measures used by NIST, there are numerous links to Related Publications and Related Presentations. [CNH]

Humanitarian Engineering at Mines

The Humanitarian Engineering program at the Colorado School of Mines trains students to "co-create just and sustainable solutions for communities." As the site explains, too often engineers design projects without listening closely to what communities, especially poor communities, really want. The program educates students toward a number of outcomes, including collaborative identification of problems and building technologies that promote just and sustainable solutions. Readers can explore the program by Events, Program, Partners, Publications, and an In the News section with links to articles about the program, faculty, and students. Of special interest, readers may also link to an excellent ten minute video of the program's work in Honduras in the winter of 2007. [CNH]

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