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Happy Halloween and Mole Day!

Happy Mole day which is Oct. 23! We are also want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

We are celebrating them both together in our display case and around the library. Have you ever seen a 4 horned sheep? We have the skull of one. Have you ever seen a Frankenmole? We have one of those to. Come by and check out our new display.

Did you know?:

Avogadro is well known for his hypothesis known as Avogadro’s Law. His law simply states that at a fixed temperature and pressure, equal volumes of gases contain the same number of molecules.

What was the name of Dracula’s sidekick?  Igor

It would take over 19 million years to spend Avogadro’s number of dollars if the money were spent at the rate of one billion dollars per second.

Who was the first person to star as Frankenstein?  Boris Karloff

Counting at a rate of one atom per second, for 48 hours per week, it would take the entire population of the world 10 million years in order to reach Avogadro’s number.

Do you know how to make homemade fake blood? 1 c. Karo Syrup 1 tbls. Water 2 tbsp.

Red Food Coloring 1 tsp yellow food coloring. Mix them all together.

Enjoy these trivia and come take a look at the Sciences Library!






The Buzz about Bees…by Steve Hendrix

The Buzz about Bees

Display by Prof. Stephen Hendrix


Professor Stephen Hendrix has loaned us some of his bee specimans so that we can show the beauty of bees. The following is a bio on Prof. Hendrix. http://www.biology.uiowa.edu/faculty_info.php?ID=35 Please come and check out the books, bees and other items that are associated with bees. Thank you Professor Hendrix for loaning them to us.


Welcome to everyone from the Sciences Library!

Welcome back and a warm welcome to all of our new students this Fall!

Come and check out the Sciences library. We have three floors for studying, 22 computers, two big tables to study on, two computer areas, and bean bag chairs. We are also serving coffee so please come and join us.

Our hours are the following:

M-Th 9am – 9pm

F- 9am – 5pm


Sun 1pm – 9pm

Make sure you stop by and check out our library. It is very comfy and quiet!



Iowa Bird Photography By Kai Weatherman

Iowa Bird Photographs by Kai Weatherman

We are displaying some of Kai Weatherman’s beautiful pictures of birds in Iowa.  Please come and visit this colorful display.  

Kai is the library assistant to the Sciences Library.  The Paper birds in the case are done by one of our talented students Mary.  


New SciFinder Access Changing June 30, 2011





The University of Iowa Libraries will be moving to the web version of SciFinder.  Any University of Iowa faculty, staff or student wishing to use SciFinder must register to use the web version.     Access to the client version of SciFinder we currently use will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.

The web version of SciFinder — It’s the SciFinder you know and love, only better!

The web version offers:

  • Powerful features not found in the client version
  • Convenient access, anytime, anywhere
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Same CAS content you’ve come to expect

Be even more productive in your research process with the web version of SciFinder.


Only University of Iowa faculty, staff and students can register.  A campus e-mail is required for registration with the suffix “@uiowa.edu.” For more information, contact the Sciences Library, or go to this web page:  http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/chem


Web of Science not working with IE9

We wanted to let everyone know that Web of Science (Web of Knowledge) does not currently work with IE9. You will have to

use Firefox or Google Chrome.  The Library and ITC computers are still on IE8 so you should be OK there, at least for now.

What we heard from the the company is: “At present, Web of Knowledge is not compatible with IE9.  Product Development is

evaluating the situation but I don’t have a definitive date as to when Web of Knowledge will be compliant with IE9. A workaround

 is to click the Compatibility View toolbar button to display the website as viewed in Internet Explorer 8, which will correct

display problems like missing results, misaligned text, images, or text boxes.   This Compatibility View feature can be invoked by

either clicking on the button with the broken/torn page symbol, or via the menu sequence “Tools -> Compatibility View”,

within Internet Explorer. “


Summer Hours

The Sciences Library will have different hours because of the closing of Hardin Library as they go through repairs.

Hours are:

M-TH 9:00am-12 am

F 9am – 6pm

S 9am – 6pm

Sun 12pm -12am

Thank you and welcome Hardin!


Everything Blooming…

Everything is blooming at the Sciences Library! Our feature exhibit this month is Flowers. In the case we cover everything

from fossils, medicinal and pollinators. So please stop over to see the books we have on display. We would love to thank the

Paleontology Repository for the donation of the frog hopper, insects in the Dominican Amber and the different fossil leaves

that we have. The Pharmacology school donated the mortar and pestle that we are using.


Earth Day April 22, 2011

Earth Day April 22, 2011

Sciences Library is celebrating Earth Day! Our display has some of the different issues that our Earth faces every day.

We have actually taken over the whole library! The third floor covers the environment, second is animals and on first we

have all of them.  Please join us!


Einstein and Pi Day at the Sciences Library!

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. –Albert Eistein

We have a new display with Albert Einstein and Pi Day! Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference  of a circle to its diamerter. Pi Day is celebrated by math entusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…. we don’t have enough room to fit the whole number in.  So please join us and enjoy a slice of pie!  March 21 at 1:59 at the Sciences Library.