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Inspired by Curiosity: ebooks on Mars

Here is an updated list of ebooks related to Mars and Mars exploration.

All ebooks can be downloaded from within the JPL network. JPL subscribed and purchased ebooks are for JPL staff individual uses, and they can not be redistributed to others. If you want to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download from the JPL network, too.

Questions and comments about ebooks or any other resources or services, please contact Library Reference Desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov, or call ext 4-4200.

AGU Books are Online Now!

For over 85 years, American Geophysical Union has published books that are relevant to the professional needs of working scientists and to the larger Earth and space science community.  JPL Library is happy to announce that we have purchased the electronic book collection from AGU for our scientists and all JPLers. This collection contains more than 600 books published from mid-twentieth century to 2014.

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Ebooks on Creativity and Innovation

Here is a short list of ebooks on creativity and innovation.  All ebooks can be downloaded within the JPL network to a computer, then moved to a mobile device for convenient reading.  JPL purchased/subscribed ebooks are for JPL employees and contractors individual uses, redistribution is not allowed. If you would like to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download the books themselves.

Marking and Handling Pages Updated

The Marking and Handling section of the Beacon website has been updated for better ease of use and to comply with the updated JPL Rules and section H-12 of the Prime Contract. Each marking now has its own guide to detail when the marking should be used and the limitations on sharing and access. The Templates and Training section will also host PowerPoint presentations, one-page summaries, and other reference materials to make understanding document marking and handling easier. The updated site can be found at http://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/mh-about-contacts. For more information about Marking & Handling training, please contact Sara Tompson (Sara.R.Tompson@jpl.nasa.gov) or Dan Phipps (daniel.t.phipps@jpl.nasa.gov).

Feb 26, 11:30-12:30, Innovation in 3D Printing

‘Innovation in 3-D printing: A review of the recent Consumer Electronics Show’

JPL materials scientist and Caltech visiting associate Doug Hofmann will speak Thursday, Feb. 26 
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

3-D printing is one of the largest key disrupters in the current information technology decade and will continue to be for years to come. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show featured the largest-ever display of 3-D printing technologies aimed mainly at consumers or small companies.

Hofmann will focus on the emerging technologies related to 3-D printing that were displayed and how they might affect JPL’s near-term needs. The talk will also feature some of the 3-D printing work that is already being done at JPL.

The workshop is part of the Learn, Experience, and Participate (LEAP) Innovation series sponsored by the Office of the CIO.

Jan 29, 11:30-12:30, TED Talk Thursday

TED Talk Thursday is starting again in 2015! Here are a few frequently asked questions about TED and TED Talk Thursday.

Q: What is TED? What are TED Talks?

A: TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED Talks are short (usually less than 18 minutes), powerful presentations.

Q: What is TED Talk Thursday?

A: The JPL Library sponsors this event. Each month on a Thursday lunch time at the Hub, a host select three to four TED Talks to show, and moderates discussions related to any of the Talks. The whole event will last less than 60 minutes, and everyone at JPL is welcome to attend.

Q: Who is the host for the monthly presentations?

A: Any JPLer can be a host for the TED Talk Thursday. All one needs is the desire to share interesting presentations to others, and there is no need to be expert in the topic of the presentations.  Please contact Dudee Chiang (dudee.chiang@jpl.nasa.gov) at JPL Library for more details.

Q: What if I am interested in doing a TED-Talk like presentation? Can I do that at the Hub?

A: Sure, please contact Dudee to set up your presentation.

Q: Since the TED Talks are videos accessible from anywhere, why can’t I watch them from my office?

A: The idea of TED Talk Thursday is to have face-to-face meeting with other JPLers outside of your immediate work group. You never know what new ideas may come out of the encounters.

Q: Since it will be lunch time, can I eat at the Hub?

A: Sure.

Jan 28, 4:30-5:30, JPL Story: California's Drought: Are We In or Out?

On January 28th, 2015 at 4:30pm Bill Patzert, Climatologist, Division 32, will present:

California’s Drought: Are We In or Out?

“California’s history is written in great droughts,” Patzert says. As of December 2014, the ongoing California drought has turned more serious. Entering our 4th year of below-normal rainfall and snowpack, California faces its most severe drought emergency in decades. How did we get into this drought? Did a much advertised El Nino give us drought relief? How does drought impact the Southern California coastal marine environment? To find out how this story developed this winter, what happened to this drought and how we deal with future droughts, attend this talk!

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JPL Stories is organized by the JPL Library, Archives and Records. For additional questions, please contact the reference desk at library@jpl.nasa.gov or call ext. 4-4200.

Jan 7-8, 9:00-4:00, Desk Copy Exchange

Welcome to 2015! The next Desk Copy Exchange is scheduled for January 7th and 8th, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm  at the Hub on each day.

The JPL Library receives returned “desk copies” and occasional book donations from employees.  After adding the appropriate ones to the library’s collection, there are duplicate copies and slightly out-of-scope books remaining.  The “Desk Copy Exchange” is for all JPLers; come take a look and provide a new home to the books so that they are useful again!

There are books on programming languages, MS Office applications, sciences, engineering,and  business management.   The Exchange will be held on January 7th and 8th, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, or until all these books find new homes, whichever first.