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Guest Post: Leonardo Marchini on Open Access

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During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.marchini_leo_051716_200x300_0

The third guest post is by Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative and Community Dentistry.

See his Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

I consider open access publishing a better way to share research findings, since by removing the financial barrier to access it allows for a larger audience to read and use the findings worldwide. It also allows for authors to share their publications more widely, by promoting it in research oriented social media and e-mailing it to groups of researchers in the same field, allowing for even more exposure.

However, most journals in my research field are not open access. In a recent work with a broader focus, I searched for a journal capable of reaching a larger audience and then selected an open access Journal with a higher than average impact factor in my field. The submission process happened as usual, and the peer review was intense, but the manuscript was accepted after a couple review rounds.

However, the publication fees for this journal would be a problem if I was not supported by the UI Libraries Open Access Fund. My experience with the Open Access Fund was amazing! I applied and got funded really fast!

Since then the article has been published and received great attention from the scientific community in many countries, as we had a lot of comments and requests for additional information through channels that would not be available for non-open access articles, like researcher networks. I hope it will reflect in more citations in the near future.

DIY Costumes That Will Light Up The Night!

Happy Halloween: Vol. 5


Been thinking about that perfect Halloween costume? Sure, you could go to a store or online and order something, but what fun would that be? You want something special – uniquely yours, right? We’re here to help you make your very own Halloween costume and light up the night!

Not sure how to get started with creating wearable tech and your own costume? We have Lilypad in our Tool Library! Lilypad is a set of sewable electronic pieces which will help you build soft interactive textiles. There is a small programmable computer, conductive thread, LED lights, battery and battery holder, conductive fabric and more – all you need to get started working with wearable tech! Make : Wearable Electronics will help you learn the skills you need! Once you get the hang of it – you can make your own light-up dress like the one Lupita Nyong’o wore at a Star Wars©  promotional event!

Butterfly Dress designed by Alexander Reeder

Butterfly Dress designed by Alexander Reeder


Perhaps you are going dressed as a “social butterfly.” What could be better than a dress with butterflies that actually flap their wings? If you are interested in wearable tech that utilizes motors, both Make: Wearable Electronics and Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists can help you learn to do just that!

Maybe a light saber more your style? makezine.com has several DIY lightsabers (from Padawan to Jedi Master!). With MaKey MaKey (available in our Tool Library!), you can make the light saber sounds!

Mjolnir - Thor's Hammer

Mjolnir – Thor’s Hammer


Always dreamed of being Thor? Check out this video and then read up on fingerprint scanners in Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics to see how the DIY Thor’s hammer is created! Visit instructables for more superhero LED wearables!


Whatever your costume ideas are we have the resources to help you really stand out!

Two of the many resources we have available to help you make that unique costume!

Two of the many resources we have available to help you make that truly unique costume!



Hartman, Kate. 2014. Make : Wearable electronics. Sebastopol, CA : Maker Media. Engineering Library QA76.592 .H37 2014

Light Saber. 2008. Scratch

Ulaby, Fawwaz T. 2015. Fundamentals of applied electromagnetics. Boston : Pearson Education, Inc. Engineering Library QC760 .U49 2015

Lupita Nyong’o wore a light-up dress programmed by young women, and it was stunning. June 16, 2016. The Viral Beat

Other Resources:

Cho, Gilsoo, editor. 2010. Smart clothing : technology and applications. Boca Raton, Fla : CRC ; London : Taylor & Francis distributor. Engineering Library QA76.592 .S63 2010

Tao, Xioming, editor. 2005.  Wearable electronics and photonics. Cambridge : Woodhead ; Boca Raton FL : CRC Press. Engineering Library QA76.592 .W43 2005

The Galaxy Dress. cutecircuit.com Date accessed Oct. 18, 2016

6 Ways to Light Up Your Halloween Costume. Make: Explore Maker Camp. makezine.com Date accessed Oct. 19, 2016

McCann, J. and Bryson, D, editors. 2009. Smart clothes and wearable technology. Oxford : Woodhead Publishing. Engineering Library TT497 .S58 2009b

Pedersen, Isabel. 2013. Ready to wear : a rhetoric of wearable computers and reality-shifting media. Anderson, South Carolina : Parlor Press. Engineering Library AQ76.592 .P43 2013.

Let’s Make DIY wearables wearables. instructables.com. Date Accessed Oct. 20, 2016

To code your own ZAC Zac Posen dress that Lupita Nyong’o wore:
Projects : Check out some of the amazing things you can do with code. Made w/Code Google Date Accessed Oct. 19, 2016


Watch the Presidential Debates!

myvote-my-voicePlease join the Libraries in collaboration with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the Communication Studies program in the Main Library this evening for the third & final Presidential Debate!

We’ve got pizza, popcorn, buttons, and cookies and plenty of activities for anyone who might need a break from studying (or from the debate)! We’ll be viewing the debate live in the Food for Thought Café so please join us, even for a few minutes!

Want The Perfect DIY Halloween Decorations?

Happy Halloween: Vol. 4




Halloween is getting closer and closer and you are planning that Halloween get-together… Looking for the perfect DIY Halloween decoration projects?

scary_pumpkinLooking for a classic scary pumpkin? How about one that lights up? Electronic Projects for Dummies will help you create the perfect scary pumpkins! You’ll end up with 2 pumpkins – one transmits an infrared beam and the second one lights up and plays a prerecorded message or sound. When someone walks between the two pumpkins and breaks the plane of the infrared beam, the 2nd pumpkin will light up and emit that evil laugh!  The chapter, Scary Pumpkins, takes you through the process, step-by-step,  complete with schematics, photos (some in color), parts list and detailed instructions!

What party would be complete without a moving eyeball picture? Haywired: Pointless (yet awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclined will help you make one! Pick out a picture of your favorite monster, zombie or ghoul – the parts and tool lists, step-by-step photos, schematics and concise directions will help you create your very own moving eyeball picture!! Perhaps you would also like to have one that smiles when someone approaches it? Haywired will show you how to make one! The example they show is of the Mona Lisa, but you can easily adapt it to a ghoul or monster with a toothless grin!scared_cat

Are you into paper projects? Learn to make a light-up paper cat with Paper Inventions : Machines That Move, Drawings That Light Up, Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll. The perfect time of year to make a black cat (or several!) to light up your Halloween party walls! It uses very few materials – construction paper, permanent marker, copper or aluminum foil tape, CR2032 coin battery, LED and a small binder clip! It will also show you how to create blinking and flickering effects for even more eerie decorations!

Interested in coming up with your own spooky decoration ideas? Don’t forget to check out what we have in our Tool Library!! We have Lilypad for making wearable tech (think of the costume you could make!), a MaKey MaKey kit – create a keyboard using a pumpkin and Hersey Kisses! Play around with the littleBits to come up with some fun circuit projects – and there is always the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, too!



For 10 more last-minute Halloween decorations, check out makezine.com. Spider-web balloons, packing tape ghosts, and a meat head…. Because what’s a Halloween party without an edible head….



With a MaKey MaKey (available in our Tool Library) you can make some small pumpkins (or gourds) scream!

No matter how you plan to spend your Halloween, remember to stop in and explore our resources which can help you make it more eerie!!


Boysen, Earl. 2006. Electronic projects for dummies. 2006. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley. Engineering Library TK7819 .M38 2006

Rigsby, Mike. 2009. Haywired : pointless (yet awesome) projects for the electronically inclined. Chicago, ILL : Chicago Review Press. Engineering Library TK99656 .R54 2009

Ceceri, Kathy. 2015. Paper Inventions : Machines That Move, Drawings That Light Up, Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll. San Francisco, CA : Maker Media. Engineering Library TT870 .C54 2015

Brown, Casey.  Oct. 31, 2012. Hershey Kisses, a pumpkin, and MaKey MaKey create and open source Halloween. Oct. 31, 2012. opensource.com

Branwyn, Gareth. Oct. 16, 2015. 10 Last Minute Halloween Decorating Ideas. makezine.com

Halloween Monster Alert!! How Will You Protect Yourself?

Happy Halloween: Vol. 3



It is nearly Halloween and goblins, mummies, zombies and monsters are everywhere!

How can you protect yourself??


There are several DIY projects that can help you detect those menacing monsters!

“Monster-B-Gone” can be built in 2-4 hours at a cost of about $30 to $40. Make : Technology on Your Time (v. 52, 2016 Aug/Sept) has step-by-step instruction (complete with color photos) that will teach you how to put it together, program it, and add upgrades (i.e. sound effects!). the perfect accessory to have with you as you creep through that haunted house….


Engineering Library TK7882.E2 G685 2012

Perhaps laser night vision is more your style. 101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius can show you how to create your own long-range laser night vision illuminator. There are pictures and clear, step-by-step instructions. The author, Brad Graham, does warn, however, about the dangers of working with lasers and the need for proper laser safety equipment.  This is part of an entire section devoted to “Peering into the Night,” and it may give you more ideas to help facilitate your monster detection!

Maybe you’d prefer a portable alarm system? 101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius has a portable alarm system that is “a simple yet effective security system that is perfect for temporarily protecting an area or building.” There is a parts list, photos, graphics, and complete instructions. And, if you aren’t worried about monsters and goblins, this alarm is perfect for protecting your luggage and valuables when you travel.

Do you have some basic electronic skills and about $30 to $45? More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius will help you create your own body heat detector! Could be useful when you are out searching for zombies (wait, do zombies give off body heat?). Don’t want to go search for zombies and monsters? This body heat detector could help you locate that run-away dog or cat! Full of illustrations, photos and complete instructions, More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius will help you create your very own body heat detector!

These resources should give your creativity a jump-start as you think about Halloween DIY projects!





Monster Detector. Make : Technology on your time. Volume 52, 2016 Aug/Sept.

Graham, Brad. 101 spy gadgets for the evil genius. 2nd edition. 2012. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics. Engineering Library TK7882.E2 G685 2012

Iannini, Robert E. 2006. More electronic gadgets for the evil genius. New York : McGraw-Hill. Engineering Library TK9965 .I253 2006

Guest Post: Open access journals, a valuable resource for researchers

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During the month of Open Access week (October 24-30, 2016) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.Leone~Jose

The second guest post is by Jose Pablo Leone, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology.

See his Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

My name is Jose Pablo Leone, I am Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Iowa. I have used the University of Iowa Libraries’ OA Fund a number of times and it has been a great resource. The staff at the Library is extremely helpful, they have helped me identify target journals and search the literature several times. Publishing articles in open access journals in my experience has been very gratifying. It allows for a much broader reception of the manuscript, many more researchers around the world are able to read it, making for a wider audience, and as a result of these you become more acknowledged by these researchers. In addition, I have found the free access and the self archiving features very valuable, this allows you to easily share your articles with your peers and collaborators. Researchers often struggle when they cannot access an important manuscript due to non-open access policies. In this regard, the opportunity to publish your work in open access allows creating potential collaborations with researchers that are focusing on your same topic in different countries. I have had the pleasure of being contacted by researchers about some of the articles I published open access and it has been a great experience. Another advantage of open access journals is that as your article gets more reads, it could also get more citations, making the impact of your manuscript stronger. Most journals also offer very user friendly tools to track the reception of your article, such as number of reads, downloads, citations, social media, etc. Finally, there are many misconceptions about open access journals that I would like to mention, for example, many people have the wrong concept that an open access article will not be cited in public databases such as PubMed, this is not true and depends on the journal rather than the open access policy or not. Some researchers believe that the open access journal will not have an impact factor, this is not correct, many open access journals do have established impact factors, however it is important to check this with each journal, as many of the newer journals will not have an impact factor yet. Lastly, some authors do not consider open access journals under the wrong impression that the article will not be peer reviewed, the reality is that submissions to open access journals do undergo a full peer review process and in addition, quite often the timing of this process is faster in open access journals.

Vieussens, Neurographia Universalis | October 2016 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room


RAYMOND VIEUSSENS (1641-1715?). Neurographia universalis. Lyons: Apud Joannem Certe, 1685

picture of Raymond Vieussens

The son of a French army officer, Vieussens provided his own support, studying philosophy at Rhodez and medicine at Montpellier. As physician to the hospital of Saint Eloy in Montpellier,performed over five hundred postmortem examinations.  He made a number of anatomical discoveries during these exams.

This well-illustrated compendium of the anatomy of the nervous system is based on these examinations and provides the most complete description of the brain and spinal cord to appear during the seventeenth century.

Vieussens was one of the first anatomists to dissect out the internal capsule, corona radiata, cerebral peduncles, and the pyramidal fasiculi of the pons. The twenty-two folding copperplates, printed on fine, thin paper, are in excellent condition in this copy.

brain_transverse_section_of_cerebral_hemisphere__wellcome_l0002346You may view this book in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.  Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

Have a Terror-ific Halloween!

Macaque Skeleton. On loan from the Museum of Natural History.
Happy Halloween: Vol. 2

The tress are changing color, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and the weather is getting cooler – and that means that Halloween is just around the corner! What better way to get in the mood than to stop in to the Engineering Library and check out the Terror-ific Halloween exhibit! Come and see the many skeletons (including a vampire bat!) and a jar of newts (anybody find the eye?).

Common Vampire Bat Mounted Skeleton. On loan from the Museum of Natural History

Common Vampire Bat Mounted Skeleton. On loan from the Museum of Natural History

Interested in exploring how engineering relates to the human skeleton?

As baby boomers are maturing, more and more are having knees, shoulders, and hips replaced, vision correction surgery, hearing aids, and more. For more information pick up Biomedical Engineering Principles of the Bionic Man.  In it, author George K. Hung brings together principles and techniques for the repair and replacement of organs and joints. It has contributions from leading scientists in various areas, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical engineering, orthopedic surgery, optometry and more. Biomaterials in Modern Medicine : the Groningen Perspective, edited by Gerhard Rakhorst and Rutger Ploeg, is written from a medical perspective and moves through the process of medical product development. It includes information about design of biomedical products, technology assessments, haemocompatibility of medical devices, and tissue and cell interaction with materials. It also discusses several cases studies dealing with these issues.

Lumbar Injury Biomechanics deals directly with spinal injuries, looking at a broad range of causes. Editor Jeffrey A. Pike covers everything from transportation injuries, falls, military injuries, sports and personal violence. This is a great resource for anyone interested in biomechanics accident reconstruction, and rehabilitation! If you are interested in prosthetics, Technology and Touch : The Biopaolitics of Emerging Technologies looks at the development of new touch technologies – from technologies we touch (i.e. keyboards, smart phones) to the technologies that touch us (i.e. prosthetics, smart clothing).

Macaque Skeleton. On loan from the Museum of Natural History.

Macaque Skeleton. On loan from the Museum of Natural History.

Look at these eye sockets!

Did you know that prosthetic eyes date back to at least 2,900 BC? The materials and technology have (obviously) changed a great deal since the beginning. The prosthetic eye has gone from being made out of clay, wood and ivory, enameled silver and gold, glass and now to polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plastic. Interested in learning more about ocular prosthetics? Clinical Ocular Prosthetics is a comprehensive look at ocular prosthetics and gathers information from ophthalmology, prosthetic eye and contact lens literature. The editors also tackle the psychological, anatomical and physiological aspects of eye loss, and includes patient evaluations, constructing prosthetic eyes, dealing with socket complications and more.

Besides the vampire bat and Macaque skeleton, and the jar of newts, the Museum of Natural History also lent us the casts of a rattlesnake, a bull frog and the skull of a red sheep. The University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences lent a replica of a human skull – complete (or incomplete?) with missing teeth! They also lent us a replica of leg and foot bones. Thank you to both the Museum of Natural History and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences!

Come in the Library, check out our exhibit, and start thinking Halloween!!


Terror-ific Halloween Exhibit 2016

Terror-ific Halloween Exhibit 2016



Hung, George K. 2010. Biomedical engineering principles of the bionic man. Singapore : World Scientific. Engineering Library RD130 .B565 2010

Rakhorst, Gerhard; Ploeg, Rutger, editors. 2008. Biomaterials in modern medicine : the Groningen perspective. New Jersey : World Scientific. Engineering Library R857.M3 B5727 2008

Pike, Jeffrey A. 2013. Lumbar injury biomechanics. Warrendale, PA : SAE International. Engineering Library RD768 .P55 2013 

Cranny-Frances, Anne. 2013. Technology and touch : the biopolitics of emerging technologies. Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan. Engineering Library T173.8 .C736 2013

Pine, Keith R. 2015. Clinical Ocular Prosthetics. Cham : Springer International Publishing. Engineering Library RE986 .P56 2015


It is ‘Leaf-Peeping’ Season!


It’s fall!

Don’t miss the trees turning those gorgeous colors!

Fall colors in Vermont. Photo Credit: Elissa C. Johnk

Fall colors in Vermont. Photo Credit: Elissa C. Johnk

The days are shorter and cooler and the trees are changing colors. Beautiful deep reds, oranges, and vibrant yellows…. So, how does that happen, and why in the fall?

Trees that change color are called deciduous (which means it sheds leaves annually) or broad-leaf trees, which have, obviously, broad leaves with a relatively large surface area. Leaves have two purposes – to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen (thank a tree for our fresh air!) and also to convert sunlight into energy for the tree. The large surface area helps the leaves gather more sunlight and therefore, more energy. The leaves “breathe in” carbon dioxide and “exhale” oxygen (for more information about this process check Plant Biochemistry by Florence K. Gleason with Raymond Chollet).

Leaves actually have several other pigments, besides green, which are always present – red, yellow, orange and even purple (beets, carrots, cherries!). The leaves on trees (and many plants) have so much green pigment, however, that the other colors aren’t visible – until fall, that is! The green pigment comes from chlorophyll which is used in photosynthesis (the complex process by which carbon dioxide and water are converted into carbohydrates by using the energy from the sun). The carbohydrates that are formed are then stored in the branches, roots, and buds of the trees.


A deciduous tree which has turned red stands next to a coniferous tree which remained green. Photo Credit: Carol Grow Johnk

We all know that, in the fall, days get shorter and cooler and the nights get longer – and cooler! Broadleaf trees are sensitive to sunlight – they need the sunlight to transform the chlorophyll. When there is less sunlight, the leaves make less chlorophyll, which means the trees become less green and the other pigments begin to become visible. Different types of trees have differing amounts of pigment – for example, trees with more anthocynins (the pigment responsible for the red and purple hues) will be more red than those with less.  Temperature, sunlight, and soil moisture also influence the quality of the fall colors. A spring and summer with ample moisture followed by a dry, cool, and sunny autumn will produce the brightest fall colors.

Why do leaves fall? Without chlorophyll to help them make energy, they are no longer needed. The energy that they have produced is stored in the tree. The other pigments also eventually break down – when there is even less light, or if they are frozen. The only pigment that then remains is brown (tannins), and at that point the leaves drop off. The tree then lives through the winter on the energy that it has stored. When the days begin to get longer and warmer, the tree grows new leaves and the process begins all over again.

(Why don’t coniferous trees – evergreens, firs, etc. – change color and drop their needles? Briefly, needles are smaller, more watertight, more wind resistant and are able to photosynthesize all year long. Since needles have a reduced surface area, they are harder to destroy – and less tasty for insects!).

For a short, easy-to-understand, explanation of why leaves change color in the fall, watch this SciShow Kids video!


Here are resources where you can find more information!

Beck. Charles B. An introduction to plant structure and development : plant anatomy for the twenty-first century. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press. Engineering Library QK641 .B38 2010

Gleason, Florence K. Plant Biochemistry. 2012. Sudbury, MA : Jones & Bartlett Learning. Engineering Library QK861 .G64 2012

Baranoski, G.V.G. 2004. Light interaction with plants : a computer graphics perspective. Chichester : Horwood Pub. Engineering Library QK757 .B37 2004

Deciduous vs. Coniferous. The Roaming Naturalist. Date Accessed: Oct. 5, 2016

The Science of Color in Autumn Leaves. 2011. The United States National Arboretum.

First man made, biologically functional Leaf that Turns Light and Water into Oxygen. 2014. youtube.com



Happy Leaf Peeping!!


Photo Credit: Elissa C. Johnk