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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

Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis - Summaries of theory and Exercises Solved

Lacort, Mercedes Orus

QA278 .L33 2014

Computational Physics

Newman, Mark

QC52 .N49 2013

Extreme Realities


GE140 .J68 2014

Introduction to Computational Science: Modeling and Simulation for the Sciences

Shiflet, Angela B. et al

QA76.6 .S54143 2014

Mössbauer Spectroscopy: Tutorial Book

Yoshida, Yutaka et al

QC491 .T98 2013

State of the Planet's Oceans


GE140 .J68 2009

Women in Physics

Marshall, Jill, eds.

Q130 .W66 2014

The Mathematics of Paul Erdos 2

Graham, Ronald, et al (eds)

QA3.M423 2013


Web Sites of Interest

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]

The Quantum Exchange

The Quantum Exchange is a collection of information and resources for teachers of quantum physics. To get started, visitors can look over areas such as Featured Materials, Quantum Pictures, and Resource Categories. The Featured Materials area contains helpful items like Paradigms in Physics: Quantum Activities and a rather exciting quantum mechanics visualization project from the University of St. Andrews. Moving on, visitors can browse Quantum Topics that include bound state systems, multi-particle systems, and spin and finite dimensional systems. The site also has a great search engine for those with a specific topic in mind. [KMG]

Physics Frontline

The Physics Frontline blog covers the latest scientific news, analysis, and commentary on the intersection of physics with science policy issues, including innovation, energy, climate change, and nuclear policy. It's an initiative created by the American Physical Society (APS) as a public service and as a way to keep its own members in-the-know about pressing matters. First-time users can get started by looking over the Most Popular area to read some of the most compelling items here submitted on subjects such as nuclear power plant licensing procedures. The blog is updated about once a week and visitors can scroll through previous posts dating back to October 2009. Some recent posts of note include "America Can't Afford to Ignore Science" which offers a clarion call to those concerned about the future of science education. Finally, users can also check out a helpful tag cloud for items of topical interest, such as "advocacy" and "STEM." [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]

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