December 6th, 2013
Did you know December 9th-15 is Computer Science Education Week? It is organized by code.org, a non-profit organization promoting computer science education for all, but with special emphasis for K-12 schools. The date is chosen in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
The main event for the week is “an hour of code.” Check out their web site on how to learn and teach coding. This is a good opportunity to grow the next generation of computer scientists and programmers. The resource is available beyond the Computer Science Education Week.
December 6th, 2013
Elsevier, one of the major publishers for scholarly journals, has created several websites to support and help with researchers in their publishing career.
- Early Career Resources: Designed with early career researchers in mind, it contains an extensive collection of guides, videos, and recommended readings related to research and publishing.
- Ethics in Research and Publications: Understanding the ethical boundaries in scientific research and publishing is a key step in making sure an author’s work gets off to the right start. This site contains a downloadable toolkit, videos and webcasts covering topics from plagiarism to research misconduct.
- The Training Webcast site has useful tips and tricks on a range of valuable topics, for example: ‘How to get published’, ‘Getting your paper noticed’, and “The Impact Factor and Other Bibliometric Indicators”.
The JPL Library provides links to the above page as a service to our research community only. This is not an endorsement to the publisher or the web sites.
November 25th, 2013
Following is a list of important journals in atmospheric science and meteorology. The JPL Library provides subscriptions to all of them.
You can set up a Table -of-Content alert for each of the above journals. For setting up alerts or any other questions, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk, ext 4-4200 or email library.jpl.nasa.gov, for assistance.
November 21st, 2013
On November 21, Tony Freeman, Manager of the JPL Innovation Foundry, selected three TED Talks, and about 20 people gathered at the Hub to watch them together.
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction — that now may not be so fictitious.
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data, gathered in new ways.
The next TED Talk Thursday will be held in January 2014, and Tony will select another set of Talks to share. TED Talk Thursday is open to all, and anyone interested in hosting future sessions please contact Dudee Chiang at JPL Library, email@example.com, for more information.