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Bock Wins George W. Goddard Award from SPIE

April 9th, 2014

James J. (Jamie) Bock, professor of physics at Caltech and senior research scientist at JPL, is the 2014 recipient of the George W. Goddard Award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.  SPIE selected Bock for the award in recognition of his development of sensitive bolometer arrays for studies of distant, dusty galaxies and the cosmic microwave background radiation, leading to their use on the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) on the Herschel Space Observatory and the High Frequency Instrument (HFI) on the Planck Surveyor spacecraft.

Click here to see a list of Bock’s papers from the SPIE Digital Library.  Here is the complete story from JPL Space.

EBooks from MIT Press Available From IEEE Xplore

April 8th, 2014

JPL Library has recently purchased the MIT Press eBooks Library, accessible from the IEEE Xplore platform. This is a collection of more than 500 books, mostly in the fields of computer sciences and engineering technology, including artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology, and electrical engineering.

Here are a list of books within the area of “computer software & hardware”:

Other areas of interest include:

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be searched and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  For more questions, contact the Library Reference Desk at, or call ext 4-4200.

ASM Handbook Online at BEACON

April 8th, 2014

ASM Handbooks Online™ is the industry’s best known and most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and materials technology.  It includes:

  • Peer-reviewed, trusted information in every area of materials specialization
  • The complete content of twenty-eight ASM Handbook volumes, several ASM Handbook supplements, and two ASM Desk Editions
  • Over 25,000 pages of articles, illustrations, tables, graphs, specifications and practical examples
  • Updated quarterly

A few selected volume titles are:

  • Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels, and High-Performance Alloy, Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Materials
  • Alloy Phase Diagrams
  • Powder Metal Technologies and Applications
  • Metallography and Microstructures
  • Fractography and Corrosions
  • Failure Analysis and Prevention
  • Materials Selection and Design

By the way, ASM stands for American Society for Metals.  However, it is an international society now, so it is known as ASM International now.  If you are interested in knowing the evolution from The Steel Treaters Club in Detroit from 1913 to ASM International, and the city where the headquarter located is actually called  Materials City in Ohio, you may want to read its brief history.

For more information about this and any other resources from JPL Library, you can leave a message here or email

Scientific American Online on BEACON

April 2nd, 2014

JPL Library is happy to announce that we have Scientific American online from 1993 to the present.  Older issues are available at the Library in print, micorfilm and microfiche formats.  Check the Journals A-Z list for a complete listing of years covered and format.