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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.

April 30, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: Recovering Curiosity from the Jaws of Death

April 7th, 2014

April 30th, 2014 at 4:30pm
Magdy Bareh, Autonomy and Fault Protection Group Supervisor and Rajeev Joshi, Flight Software Systems and Development Engineer, will present “Recovering Curiosity from the Jaws of Death”.

On the Martian surface, the MSL Curiosity Rover was nearly lost due to a series of faults that culminated in the worst day any operations team could ever imagine. Come hear the tale of the how the operations team discovered and diagnosed the anomaly, and averted disaster.

For information on the JPL Stories series click here or contact Teresa Bailey at 4-9233.

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April 24, 11:30-12:30, TED Talk Thursday at the Hub

April 3rd, 2014

This is Take Our Children to Work Day. Whether you took or child to work today or not, come to the Hub and listen to a few TED Talks presented by those under the age of 20.  You will be amazed by these young people.

We know you can always watch TED Talks from the comfort of your office or home.  Coming to the Hub and watch with others, you never know what conversation and ideas you may get from the face-t0-face encounters.  So bring your lunch and come to the Hub!

We are always looking for new ideas and hosts for the TED Talk Thursday program. If you would like to share some of your favorite TED Talks, or be a host in coming months, please contact Dudee Chiang ( at the JPL Library.

April 24, 9:00-11:00, Bring Our Children to Work Day

April 3rd, 2014

The JPL Library, Archives, and Records Section will once again participate in the Lab-wide 2014 Bring Our Children to Work Day on Thursday, April 24.  There will be games, experiments, and snacks at the Hub.  Check back here for more details.

Apr 1, 11:30-12:30, Expore IT Workshop@Hub, Connect and Collaborate Using JPL Gateway

March 28th, 2014

Evan Chan of the Office of the CIO and Emily Schneider of Human Resources will discuss connecting and collaborating with JPL Gateway Tuesday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

JPL Gateway offers a suite of tools that can be used to connect with peers throughout the Lab as well as securely collaborate by sharing documents and data. Chan and Schneider will explain how Gateway can boost your team’s productivity and discover the HR/OCIO collaboration that will change how Gateway is used in the near future.

This event is an Explore IT Workshop from the Information Technology Directorate/Office of the CIO.

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