New Resource : Pharmaceutical Substances

The library now has a subscription to Pharmaceutical Substances, a reference resource with more than 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is updated biannually.

The default search box allows keyword searching. After clicking on the Advanced Search button, users can draw a structure or reaction on the right side of screen and search by structure or reaction. To return to keyword searching from the advance search page, simply type in the keyword in the search box before the search button on the right top of the screen.

Pharmaceutical Substances is listed on the Health Sciences Resources A-Z page. We’re very interested in hearing how you like this new database. Email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or call (319) 335-9151. Don’t forget you can also find SciFinder on the A-Z page, which is a more comprehensive database of literature, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.thieme

Happy Women in Engineering Day!!

National Women in Engineering Day June 23, 2015

National Women in Engineering Day
June 23, 2015

Last year the National Women in Engineering Society (WES) ) set up Women in Engineering Day to celebrate its 95th anniversary! WES started after World War I in 1919, when the many women who worked in engineering and technical roles during the war campaigned to save their jobs when the war ended and the jobs they held during the war went to returning soldiers.

Women have long played an important part in the areas of science and engineering, but the majority of women are nearly unknown. Sarah Guppy, 1770-1852, invented a method of making safe pilings for bridges; Icie Macy Hoobler, 1892-1984, was a biochemist doing research into nutrition, specifically mothers and children; Emma Perry Carr, 1880-1972), Chair of the Mount Holyoke College chemistry department in 1913, championed collaboration between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students; and Irene Joliot-Curie, 1897-1956, much less well-known than her mother, Marie Curie, she won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. She also made many contributions in the study of radioactivity.

Girls Coming to Tech. Engn Lib TA157,5 B59 2013

Girls Coming to Tech.
Engn Lib TA157,5 B59 2013

In Girls coming to tech! a history of American engineering education for women, Amy Sue Bix explores the “gendered history” that has prevented women in the United States from finding their places in the predominately male technical world. Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) admitted women from its opening in 1869, believing that men were being prepared to become intelligent, successful farmers and mechanics, therefore it was essential that women be educated in a manner that would “qualify” them to understand and “discharge their duties as wives & farmers of mechanics.”

Women began working with computers as soon as they were developed. In her book Recoding gender: women’s changing participation in computing, Jane Abbate discusses the early contributions of women to the computing world – from Colossus in Bletchley Park (think Alan Turring) to the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) in America – and how both used teams of women to operate them. For a fascinating look at how women with mathematical training moved into being “human computers” see the DVD Top Secret Rosies. It is the history of women recruited to be the “Rosie the Riverters” of mathematics for the U.S. Army. They used differential equations to figure trajectories for bombs and ammunitions, were a vital part of the war effort and were the earliest computer programmers.  Their contributions were mostly overlooked by those in charge, including not being invited to a celebratory dinner. Abbate also explores how computers and programming became more “masculine” during the 1960s and the number of women in computing has declined since the mid-1980s.

Recoding_genderIn Gender and computers: understanding the digital divide it is suggested that some of the features that have been added to current computer programs in order to “make learning fun,” may, in fact, be a reason that girls are more reluctant to go into computer science. Those features seem to be more in line with the way boys learn and process than they are with how girls often learn and process. Studies have found that, in general, when using computers to learn, boys prefer to learn with action games, flashing lights, loud noises and competition. Generally, girls prefer to use computers as a “learning tool” with direct and frequent feedback and with words, not noise and exploding icons. An example of a learning game directed more at males is Demolition Division.

There are, however, a number of women in the world of computer gaming. In 1979 Roberta Williams, the co-creator of Graphical Adventure Games and her husband, Ken, formed the company On-Line Systems (now called Sierra). Dona Bailey is the first woman to design an arcade game while she worked at Atari. Soon after the release of the arcade hit, Centipede, she disappeared from the gaming world, later admitting that it was the pressure and criticism from her male counterparts that drove her from the business. Amy Briggs is the creator of the first adventure games for girls. The first female – and the world’s oldest competitive gamer – is Doris Self. She entered the competitive gaming world in 1983 when she was 58.

We here at the University of Iowa are fortunate to have a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) student organization on campus. WISE Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. They organize K-12 and community outreach activities, plan professional development opportunities, and provide service to local organizations. Each year the WISE Ambassadors have organize a Science and Engineering Extravaganza for third through sixth grade girls, help with local science fairs. In 2014 the UI WISE organization donated a wide variety of resources to the Lichtenberger Engineering Library.  The donation includes books and DVDs. DVDs include NOVA and Frontline programming, the television series design|e2, and many others.

There is also an active Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter in the UI College of Engineering. They attend and network at conferences, and also have outreach events to help kids learn about engineering.

 

RESOURCES:

Top Secret Rosi

Top Secret Rosies. Engineering Circ Desk Video Rcord 31971 DVD

Rayner-Canham, Marelene F. 2001. Women in chemistry: their changing roles from alchemical times to the mid-twentieth centuryPhiladelphia, PA : Chemical Heritage Foundation.

WIPO Patentscope. Pocketbook. Publication Number: 2358983. Application Date: 10.08.1942

Bix, Amy Sue. 2013. Girls coming to tech! : a history of American engineering education for women. Cambridge, Massachusetts : London, England : The MIT Press.

Abbate, Janet. 2012. Recoding gender : women’s changing participation in computing. Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press.

Top secret Rosies: the female computers of World War II. DVD. 2010. PBS.

Cooper, Joel. 2003. Gender and computers : understanding the digital divide. Mahwah, N.J Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Demolition Division. 2014. MathPlayground.

The most important women in the history of video games. 2015. about tech.

 

OTHER RESOURCES:

Halpern, Diane F. Sex differences in cognitive abilities.2012. New York. Psychology Press.

LinkSWE : magazine of the Society of Women EngineersJournal. New York, N.Y. The Society.

Women in history: mothers of invention – first women to file for American patents. 2015.  about money.

Women’s progress in science and engineering since 1973 (Infographic)June 11, 2015. livescience.

Why it’s crucial to get more women into science. November 8, 2014. National Geographic.

NASA girls and NASA boys: change the world through STEMJune 15, 2015. Women@NASA.

How many women inventors are there? 2015. about money.

National Women in Engineering Day. 2015. National-Awareness-Days.com

This company proves you can hire more women in tech right now. No more excusesJune 18, 2015. Huff Post Tech

Mary Kies – Patenting Pioneer. 2015. About.com Inventors.

Posted in Uncategorized

Learn to manage your citations with Hardin Library’s EndNote Basic workshop Wednesday, June 24, 1-2pm

EndNote Basic is a web-based citation management software that is freely available to UI students and staff.
EndNote Basic allows you to:

  • import citations
  • organize and format citations for papers and articles

Hardin Library is offering two sessions this summer:
Wednesday, June 24th, 1:00-2:00pm (Location: West Information Commons)

Register online for either workshop or by calling 319-335-9151.

No time for a class?  Use our help guide which includes video tutorials.

 

New Resource: Pharmaceutical Substances

The library now has a subscription to Pharmaceutical Substances, a reference resource with more than 2,600 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is updated biannually.
The default search box allows keyword searching. After clicking on the Advanced Search button, users can draw a structure or reaction on the right side of screen and search by structure or reaction. To return to keyword searching from the advance search page, simply type in the keyword in the search box before the search button on the right top of the screen.
Pharmaceutical Substances is listed on the Health Sciences Resources A-Z page. We’re very interested in hearing how you like this new database. Email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or call (319) 335-9151. Don’t forget you can also find SciFinder on the A-Z page, which is a more comprehensive database of literature, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences. thieme

Posted in Uncategorized

Hardin Undergoing Specialized Cleaning

cleaning liftThe “upper reaches” of Hardin Library will be undergoing deep-cleaning beginning June 15 and continuing until June 30.  A hydraulic lift has been brought into the library so that the upper ledges, windows, and vents can be reached.  Furniture may also be shifted for a day or two to allow access to the areas being cleaned. We are sorry for the noise and disruptions this will cause, but these areas of Hardin have not been cleaned for at least 15 years, so it needed to be done.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu or 319-335-9870.

Posted in Uncategorized

Hardin Undergoing Specialized Cleaning

cleaning liftThe “upper reaches” of Hardin Library will be undergoing deep-cleaning beginning June 15 and continuing until June 30.  A hydraulic lift has been brought into the library so that the upper ledges, windows, and vents can be reached.  Furniture may also be shifted for a day or two to allow access to the areas being cleaned. We are sorry for the noise and disruptions this will cause, but these areas of Hardin have not been cleaned for at least 15 years, so it needed to be done.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Janna Lawrence, Deputy Director, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu or 319-335-9870.

Posted in Uncategorized

I could not clear expenses at home so I am better off here, till business revives at the North

Joseph Culver Letter, June 13, 1865, Page 1Office Chief of Artillery, District of Middle Tennessee.
Nashville, Tenn., June 13th 1865.
My Dear Sister:

Yours of June 5th reached me a few days ago. I had heard before the arrival of your letter of my new niece, Maggie I hope is better by this time. I wrote her a few days ago.

“Why don’t I come home right away” you say, “if I can only make enough to clear expenses?” This is the reason – I could not clear expenses at home. So I am better off here, till business revives at the North. Next Spring I intend going into some business that will promise at least permanancy What that will be, I am not sure. Until that time I don’t know what I will be engaged in. I have made application for a military appointment, but can not expect to get it as there is now a great surplus of Officers in the Department (Adjutant General’s) to which I applied.

I begin to look for Battery “M” here. I think it will be along this week. I have not heard from it for some considerable time. I hope the boys will all get home before the 4th of July. What preparations are being for the celebration this year? Do you anticipate a “galorious” time. I presume it will be the grandest gala day America has ever seen. There will be wild rejoicing and deep bitter mourning.

I received a letter a few days since from Cousin Lizzie Donaldson and she siad the regiment in which her Brother James went out, was daily expected home and all of his Company were safe but him. He was the only man lost out of the Co. during the war. Lizzie and her mother have gone to Cambridge and Wheeling on a visit.

Find me Tom’s address, if you have it. I’ve lost track of the scamp entirely.

Write me very often, Mollie, and keep me posted in the particulars of the natural increase of population in that section.

With much love
Ever your aff. Brother
W J Murphy

No word from Frank yet.

Posted in Uncategorized

Learn to manage your citations with EndNote Desktop

EndNote is a reference management tool that helps you
  • gather your references in one place
  • organize them, and then
  • insert them into papers and
  • format them in a style of your choosing.
This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.
Our next session is
Monday, June 15th, 10:00 – 11:00am (Location: East Information Commons)

EndNote Desktop is available free for UI affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students.

No time for the class?  See our guide.

Posted in Uncategorized