- The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2001)
- The Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers (DVD, 2003)
- The Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King (DVD, 2004)
- The Lord of the Rings (DVD release of 1978 animated film)
- The Lord of the Rings. Pt. 1. The Fellowship of the Ring; Pt. 2. The Two Towers (Print Book)
- The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (Print Book)
- The Annotated Hobbit: The hobbit, or, There and Back Again (Print Book)
- The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Print Book)
- Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (Print book)
- Leaving Rivendell: Selected Songs and Poems from the Lord of the Rings (Streaming Audio)
- The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (Ebook)
- The Lord of the Rings: Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic (Print book)
- The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films : A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore’s Scores (Print Book and CD)
- The Film book of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the rings : over 130 pictures from the Fantasy Films presentation of The Lord of the rings, Part one, with a text based on the film script (Print book)
- Studying the Event Film : The Lord of the Rings (Print book)
Guest Author: Kai Weatherman
Summer naturally finds us spending more time outdoors, which provides a multitude of opportunities to observe the diversity of plant and animal species that inhabit Iowa. Unless you are already a professional naturalist, you may occasionally wonder about the identity of some species you encounter. If you’d like to satisfy that curiosity without lugging around a bulky field guide, consider checking out one of the many Bur Oak Guides available at the Sciences Library.
Most Bur Oak Guides are easy to carry laminated foldout guides (roughly the size of a folded roadmap) published by the University of Iowa Press. They offer a handy way to identify the most likely species of plant or animal you will encounter in a variety of Iowa habitats. There are guides for birds, butterflies, fish, frogs, grasses, mushrooms, orchids, and trees, to mention just a few.
Unlike the laminated foldout guides mentioned above, there are some titles in this series published as full-length reference books that offer more detailed treatment of their subjects. Among them is a trio of beautifully illustrated books co-authored by Sylvan Runkel that describe the wildflowers and plants of Iowa’s wetlands, woodlands, and tallgrass prairie.
Since the month of July finds so many wildflower species of the tallgrass prairie in bloom, I would be remiss if I did not mention An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants by Paul Christiansen and Mark Müller, which was published in the Bur Oak Books series, a companion series to Bur Oak Guides.
Whereas Runkel’s books on Iowa’s wildflowers offer full color close-up views of each species with narrative that includes brief natural history, this black-and-white illustrated guide places greater emphasis on plant morphology and provides detailed line drawings that provide a fuller picture of various plant parts critical to properly identify particular species. This title has the added benefit of being available in a free online version created through a partnership between the University of Iowa Press and the UI Libraries.
UI corresponding authors can now publish their journal articles Open Access and free of cost to them in any American Chemical Society (ACS) journal. The University of Iowa Libraries has entered into an agreement with ACS to bundle the cost of journal subscriptions and Open Access (OA) publishing. Under this three-year contract, UI authors can publish a significant number of articles OA with ACS. These articles can then be immediately read by anyone, anywhere, without the paywalls that traditionally accompany academic journals. For more information, contact Conrad Bendixen, or Leo Clougherty from the Sciences Library.
This arrangement is part of a larger effort by UI Libraries to reduce the cost of OA for individual researchers. Unfortunately, publishers often charge authors directly to pay for the cost of publishing OA journal articles. (For instance, ACS normally charges authors $4,500 per article for OA.) For faculty who don’t have grant or departmental funding, this can be prohibitively expensive. These costs have soared in recent years and are a significant barrier to making research open and freely accessible.
Are you looking for a quiet place to study on the north side of campus? The Sciences Library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and we have study booths, study carrels, and large tables that you can use for group or individual study. We have Legos, K’NEX, and coloring on hand for you in case you find that you need a study break. We have streaming music and feature films if you would like a different kind of escape. You can also check out our Finals Week Stress Relief Guide to find web comics, animal live cams, virtual nature tours, online puzzles, and more!
Join Iowa birder Linda Rudolph to learn how to get started with birding on campus and beyond! This is a free online program that will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT. All are welcome! To attend, go to https://tinyurl.com/IAbirds or https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99752137081
Linda Rudolph is a Coralville resident. She is a transplanted New Yorker, who retired from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as an inpatient clinical pharmacist. Since retirement she has become an active local birder. Linda currently serves in the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union as the Iowa Birds List Serve Co-Administrator. When she isn’t hiking local areas, she enjoys international travel for birdwatching. Linda has currently seen over 3,400 bird species.
Find the Sciences Library’s Kent Ornithology Collection, Birds of the World, Sibley Field Guides, and more birding books and resources on our birding guide.
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 contact Laurie Neuerburg at 319-467-0216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While there is no consensus among groundhogs this week about exactly when spring will arrive, there is the reminder that spring will come, and as Punxsutawney Phil would like us to know, “you’re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.” Check out the table below to see how groundhogs all over North America have faced (or not faced) their darkest shadows to bring us their prediction! Under the column “2021 Prediction,” you can find a link to an article or video of these famous whistle pigs and other prophetic creatures making their most recent forecast!
|Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, PA||6 more weeks of winter|
|Bay Beach Bobbie||Green Bay, WI||Early spring|
|Staten Island Chuck||Staten Island, NY||Early spring|
|Holtsville Hal||Long Island, NY||Early spring|
|Malverne Mel||Long Island, NY||Early spring|
|Dunkirk Dave||Dunkirk, NY||Early spring|
|Milltown Mel||Milltown, NJ||Early spring|
|Phoebe the Hedgehog||Manchester, CT||6 more weeks of winter|
|Buckeye Chuck||Marion, OH||Early spring|
|Woodstock Willie||Woodstock, IL||Early spring|
|Murray the Groundhog||Alton, IL||Took the day off?|
|Unadilla Bill||Unadilla, NE||Final prediction of early spring before retirement|
|Shubenacadie Sam||Nova Scotia, Canada||Early spring|
|Fred La Marmotte||Val d’Espoir, Quebec, Canada||Early spring|
|Wiarton Willie||Wiarton, Ontario, Canada||His prediction was replaced by a fur hat toss this year|
|Greta the Groundhog||Chimney Rock, NC||6 more weeks of winter|
|Queen Charlotte||Charlotte, NC||6 more weeks of winter|
|Sir Walter Wally||Raleigh, NC||Early spring|
|‘Stumptown Phil’ aka Filbert the beaver||Portland, OR||6 more weeks of winter|
|Mojave Maxine the tortoise||Palm Desert, CA||Early spring|
The 1993 film Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray is on DVD for checkout at the UI Libraries!
Iowa City Darwin Day celebrates the benefits of science for humanity, and all are invited to celebrate this year by attending virtual talks by prestigious scientists! All Iowa City Darwin Day events are free and open to the public.
Erich Jarvis’ talk “Evolution of Brain Pathways for Vocal Learning and Spoken Language” will be on Friday, February 12 at 12 PM CST. Erich Jarvis is a professor and head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language at the Rockefeller University. He uses song-learning birds and other species as models to study the molecular and genetic mechanisms that underlie vocal learning, including how humans learn spoken language. He chairs the international Vertebrate Genomes Project which studies how species are genetically related and how unique characteristics evolve. Jarvis also collaborates on a project to generate a new human pangenome reference that will represent over 90% of genetic diversity.
Dr. Jarvis is the 2002 recipient of the National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award and was awarded the Director’s Pioneer Award by the National Institutes of Health in 2008. He received the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award in 2019
Charmaine Royal’s talk “Race, Genetics, and Health” followed by a panel discussion will be on Friday, February 19 at 4 PM CST.
Charmaine Royal is a 2020 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. She is Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She is also core faculty in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, senior fellow in Kenan Institute for Ethics, and faculty in the Social Science Research Institute where she directs the Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching focus on ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of race and genetics and its policy implications and practical interventions.
UI Professor of History Mariola Espinosa
UI Visiting Professor of Law Phoebe Jean-Pierre
Dr. Brian Donovan , BSCS
Moderator: UI Associate Professor of Law Anya Prince
You are invited to the Sciences Library for a comfortable, quiet place to study! There are computer stations, study carrels, and booths with USB and outlets for phones and computers. If you have group work to do, there are tables and large mobile monitors to use for sharing your computer screen. The Sciences Library is located between Phillips Hall and the Biology Building on Iowa Ave. The building is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM for the Spring 2021 semester. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have hygiene stations available with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. A face covering is required, and yellow stickers mark off seats that are to remain unoccupied. The book stacks are open so feel free to peruse the shelves!
If you need help with your research, then you can meet with a librarian in a one-on-one research consultation to help you find books and articles that you need for a paper or project. You can search InfoHawk+ to find out what the UI Libraries has that you can use online or check out & take home, which includes print books, ebooks, newspapers, journals, and magazines (both print and online), DVDs and streaming videos. You can request that the library purchase something that we don’t have, or request to borrow something that we don’t have through Interlibrary Loan. You can access all of our ebooks, electronic journal articles, streaming videos, and online resources from off-campus by logging in with your HawkID.
You can ask librarians for help about research and using the library whenever you need it through chat, email, in-person, or by phone. Have a great semester! We’re glad to have you at the Sciences Library!
When you take a break from your studying, rest and recharge with online puzzles, science coloring sheets, wildlife live cams, and museum and nature virtual tours with the Sciences Library’s Finals Week Stress Relief Guide. You can put together a puzzle of the Andromeda galaxy, The Blue Marble view of Earth, a porcupine having a snack, or a peacock displaying its feathers. The science coloring sheets include Coloring Molecular Machinery: A Tour of the Protein Data Bank, Discovering Biology Through Crystallography, and images from the Biodiversity Library. Animal live cams from Explore.org, zoos, and aquariums can transport you to the sights and sounds of an African safari, a colorful, bustling coral reef, or a soothing waterfall. Immerse yourself virtually in the Badlands, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks, or attend an online tour of the Field Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the British Museum. If you need a laugh, you can find Bird and Moon, xkcd, and other science comics on the Stress Relief Guide!
Dr. Thomas H. Kent, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of Iowa, died November 21 as in-person classes at The University of Iowa came to a close for the fall 2020 term.
Dr. Kent was the youngest son of Frederick W. Kent, who played a key role in documenting life at the University of Iowa through his photography. Kent Park, the largest county park in Johnson County Iowa, was named after F.W. Kent
Dr. Kent was a man of many interests and talents. But to many in the state of Iowa and beyond he is arguably best known for his passion for birds and birding, an avocation he acquired with his father. Like his father, Dr. Kent began to wield a camera to photograph birds at a young age. Both Dr. Kent and his father had a penchant for documenting their encounters with birds in various locales as is described in the book they co-authored, Birding In Eastern Iowa : twenty-five years of observations from Iowa City (1949-1973).
Dr. Kent founded and served on the Records Committee of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union for 26 years, including 17 years as committee chair. He served as editor of the I.O.U. journal Iowa Bird Life from 1986 to 1989. He co-authored Iowa Birds in 1984 and Birds in Iowa in 1996, both of which describe the distribution and frequency of wild birds in the state. He was sole author of Annotated references to Iowa birds prior to 1900 updated from Bartsch (1899), and wrote over 160 articles on Iowa birds.
In 2014 Dr. Kent received the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology. ABA Board Member Carl Bendorf, who nominated Dr. Kent for this honor, noted on Dr. Kent’s passing that, “Tom’s contributions to Iowa birding can’t be overstated and he had an enormous impact on ornithology in Iowa.”
In 2013 the Sciences Library was the grateful recipient of a substantial portion of Dr. Kent’s collection of books on birds, which became the Kent Ornithology Collection. The collection consists of over 250 titles on birds and ornithology. Many of these books are field guides to birds in nearly all 50 states, not to mention places like Antarctica and Peru, while other titles focus on specific bird families or species. This collection is a resource not only to the University of Iowa community, but is also available to borrowers throughout Iowa from the interlibrary loan services of local libraries.
The contributions from individuals with diverse talents and interests in the University of Iowa community, as well as the state at large, have helped to build the rich and strong collections of the University of Iowa Libraries. We are truly grateful to generous benefactors such as Thomas H. Kent.
Many thanks to Kai Weatherman for writing this post.