It’s a Pi(π) Day Celebration!!!


We’ll be celebrating Pi Day on March 9th – before spring break!!!

We’ll be celebrating in the Engineering Library and will begin to serve apple pie bites at 3:14 (when else?!) until 5:00 p.m. – or while supplies last! We will also have coffee and lemonade – did I mention the pie bites, coffee, and lemonade are free? Come early – these tasty bites go fast!

Is your mouth watering yet?

We’ll see you in the Engineering Library on March 9th,
3:14 to 5:00 p.m.
Be there or be square –
after all, you’d be irrational to not celebrate with us!

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Celebrate Iowa City Darwin Day March 3-4th

Celebrate Iowa City Dawin Day, a celebration of science and it’s contributions to humanity!  Darwin Day is sponored by The University of Iowa Libraries.

Schedule of Events

March 3rd-4th, 2017

(all events free and open to the public)

Friday, March 3
Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building
2PM Darwin Day Poster Session + Reception
3PM Anne Fausto-Sterling: “Acquiring Gender: From Baby in a Yellow Hat to Gender Identity and Expression”
3:45PM Richard Wrangham: “Self-domestication in bonobos and humans”
4:30PM Intermission/Reception
4:45PM Rosemary and Peter Grant: “In Search of the Causes of Evolution”

Peter and Rosemary Grant are Princeton University Professors Emeriti who have spent more than 40 years studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Islands. Among many other awards, they are winners of the Darwin-Wallace medal and the Kyoto Prize. The Grants are the authors of more than 100 scientific papers, and their work was the primary subject of the award-winning book “The Beak of the Finch” by Johnathan Weiner.

Saturday, March 4
MacBride Auditorium
9AM Opening Reception (coffee and pastries)
9:30AM Mary Kosloski: “Crushing crabs and sinistral snails: how a super predator changed snail shape”

The University of Iowa’s own Mary Kosloski is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. A paleoecologist, Dr. Kosloski studies how environments influence the evolution of animal morphologies, particularly among marine gastropods. Because her research deals with long- and short-term responses to environmental change, it is highly relevant to many present-day conservation and ecological concerns.

10AM Rosemary and Peter Grant: “40 Years of Evolution. A long-term study of Darwin’s Finches in Galápagos.”
11AM Richard Wrangham: “How cooking made us human”

Richard Wrangham is a Professor at Harvard University and founder of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. A biological anthropologist and primatologist, he is best known for his work on the role of cooking in human evolution and on the evolution of human warfare. He is the author of two popular science books, Demonic Males and Catching Fire.

12PM Anne Fausto-Sterling: “Evolution and Gender in the 21st Century”

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Professor Emerita at Brown University, is known for her work in various areas of evolution and development, including her criticism of the nature vs. nurture dichotomy, her study of the relationship between science and gender, and her research in the area of childhood gender differentiation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the author of three books, including Sexing the Body and Myths of Gender.


1PM Darwin Day Birthday Celebration (Hall of Birds)
2-5PM NCSE Teaching Workshop (106 BBE; “Darwin Day 2017 Teacher Workshop: Teaching NGSS Evolution Without a Budget” A 3-hour workshop addressing content and process with NGSS alignment- and an eye for supply costs


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Get started with a systematic review with our workshops this Spring

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review? We have two workshops to help you get started.

Step one-
Systematic Reviews: Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review         

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Jennifer Deberg, User Services Librarian, Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing

This class provides a framework for developing a literature search for a systematic review, including:

    • standards and criteria to consider
    • establishing a plan
    • registering a protocol,
    • developing a research question,
    • determining where to search
    • identifying search terms
    • reporting search strategies, and managing references.

 Tuesday, February 28, 1-2pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Step two-

Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching for the Health Sciences

This class focuses on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a health sciences systematic review. Topics include

    • techniques for developing search strategies
    • deciding which databases to search
    • how to seek out grey literature for a given topic
    • selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies
    • saving and organizing references.

Tuesday, March 7, 1-2pm, Information Commons East, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library

Sign up for these workshops or request personal appointments online.

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

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DIY: Light Up The Night At Your Formal!

Spring is right around the corner – those spring dances and formals aren’t far behind! Are you looking for the perfect, unique, attention-getting outfit? How about a DIY project?

Want your dress or suit to sparkle and light up the party? Make: Wearable Electronics will help you learn how to incorporate LED lights in your clothes. LilyPad was designed specifically for e-textiles and clothing and we have one in our Tool Library! It has all you need to get started!

Starboards are flexible circuits that can be sewn directly into garments. Creator Meredith Scheff also offers low resistance (2.5 ohms per yard) solderable conductive thread. It is a conductive thread that is also solderable and it strong enough to be used like regular sewing thread. Need to solder? We now have soldering irons in our Tool Library!

Space Face LED Galaxy Makeup

Wear Space Face Galaxy Light Up Makeup, inspired by the constellation Cassiopeia, and you could be the star of the evening. This spacey headpiece uses 5 FLORA NeoPixels.  Make: Wearable Electronics has an example to help you get started using this versatile module. It is wearable, sewable, easily wired, individually addressable, ultra-bright, multicolored LEDs – what’s not to love?

Butterfly Dress designed by Alexander Reeder


Or make that statement wearing 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!


Caution Tape Dress from HC : Her Campus


How about ABC (Anything But Clothes)? Perhaps the ultimate DIY clothing project? Found objects around the house can be combined into a one-of-a-kind outfit! Want some ideas to jump-start your creativity? How about garbage bags, balloons, shower curtains, sheets, cardboard boxes, and candy wrappers? A caution tape dress? Use your LilyPad skills to add warning lights. And, there is always the always-versatile duct tape, too! Check out Season 7 of Mythbusters for information about adhesion….


Whatever bright idea you have about that special outfit for that special dance – we’ve got the resources – information on everything from circuits and batteries to conductive materials and how to make your one-of-a-kind ideas wearable!


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

Lichtenberger Engineering Library. Tool Library.

Bonnington, Christina. May 29, 2011. Light Up Your Life with LEDs, Sewable Circuitry. Wired .

Ho-To: Space Face LED Galaxy Makeup. Make

It’s what’s inside the breadboard that counts (hint: it’s and Arduino). Sparkfun

Roberts, Dustyn. 2011. Making things move : DIY mechanisms for inventors, hobbyists, and artists. New York : McGraw-Hill. Engineering Library TJ147 .R56 2011

MythBusters. Season 7. 2011. Engineering Library Circulation Desk Video Record 37153 DVD

Anything But Clothes Party Ideas. Sept. 22, 2009. Craftster

Shore, Alex. Oct. 24, 2014. 5 ABC (Anything But Clothes) Halloween Costume Ideas. Her Campus at Emerson .


Other Resources:

Pedersen, Isabel. 2013. Ready to wear : a rhetoric of wearable computers and reality-shifting media. Anderson, South Carolina : Parlor Press. Engineering Library QA76.592 .P43 2013


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New Exhibit: Library Technology Through the Years

Library Technology Through the Years

The Sciences Library has a new exhibit, relating to this semester’s theme: Our Lives Online. The exhibit, “Library Technology Through the Years”, showcases items from the University Archives collection that have been made obsolete by new forms of media and online streaming. In our cases, you’ll find an antique typewriter, an Edison phonograph record, a Barbara Streisand 8-track, an Asteroids Atari game cartridge, and so much more. Check out our exhibit and take a walk down memory lane! How many of the items do you remember?

Library Technology Through the Years Library Technology Through the Years


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Faculty and Scholars: learn to measure your scholarly impact | Workshop Thurs., Feb. 23, 1-2pm @Hardin Library

Scopus and Web of Science databases are multidisciplinary and allow you to measure scholarly impact, with a focus on health sciences. Most citations that are in EMBASE are also in Scopus.

This hands-on session will demonstrate:

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Xiaomei Gu, Clinical Education Librarian, Adjunct Faculty in Pharmacy

1) how to quickly find the articles you need for you research or systematic review in each database
2) how to track an article’s cited and citing references in each database
3) how to find journal Impact Factors using the Journal Citation Index in Web of Science
4) how to determine an author’s H-index using Scopus.

Our next session is:
Thursday, February 23, 1-2pm, East Information Commons, 2nd Floor, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Register online.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program please call Janna Lawrence at 319-335-9871.

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