January 2nd, 2013
PNAS is the abbreviation for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It is one of the world’s most-cited multidisciplinary scientific journal. Since its establishment in 1914, it continues to publish cutting-edge research reports, reviews, colloquium papers, and actions of the Academy. JPL Library provides electronic access from the very first volume to current.
However, more than the content of the print journal, the online web site has several additional features:
- Alerts and Early Edition for the latest articles
- Multimedia contents such as Podcasts and Video Library
- Topical collections such as astronomy, engineering, mathematics, and physics
For Facebook and Twitter users, you can also follow PNAS on the social media of your choice.
For more comments and questions about PNAS, please contact the JPL Library reference desk either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext 4-4200. You can also leave a comment here.
October 11th, 2012
A French-American duo shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers. Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland opened the door to new experiments in quantum physics by showing how to observe individual quantum particles while preserving their quantum properties.
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) and American Physics Society (APS) have compiled biographies and achievements of the two scientists, they have also made papers from their journals available:
Contact the JPL Library Reference Desk (email: email@example.com or ext. 4-4200) for more information about the scientists, their papers or any other topics.
September 27th, 2012
The SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection of optics & photonics applied research. JPL Library has recently added its 160+ ebooks to our subscription, and SPIE has moved to a new platform in order to have more functionalities. This is a great time to visit the new SPIE Digital Library.
Highlights of the New SPIE Digital Library:
- Electronic books: topics range from guide to binocular, fiber optics, to remote sensing.
- Proceeding papers: more than 350,000 papers from 1962 to present.
- Journals: all nine journals from the earliest issue to present.
- Topical collections: pre-defined subjects clusters cutting across proceeding papers, journal articles, and book chapters.
- Video links: selected recent proceeding papers include links to videos or other media that were a part of the conference presentation
- Mobile applications: with a one-time set-up, users can access SPIE contents via smartphones or tablets.
For more information about SPIE Digital Library, contact the Library Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Reference Desk at ext 4-4200.
September 25th, 2012
Click on the title to access the ebook. Chapters can be downloaded and read on personal computer or mobile devices. For more questions related to ebooks, please contact Library Reference Desk at email@example.com, or call ext. 4-4200.
May 9th, 2013
Beat the Summer heat with movies at the Hub. The JPL Library and Archives is screening several movies during the Summer months. Here is a tentative schedule, check back for more details.
June 25 & June 27, 12:00-1:30 pm, “The American Rocketeer”
July 1 & July 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, “Explorer One”
July 9 & July 11, 12:00-1:00 pm, “Destination Moon”
July 16 & July 19, 12:00-1:30 pm, “The Changing Face of Mars”
July 30 & Aug 2, 12:00-1:00 pm, “Ring World: The Story of Cassini”
May 7th, 2013
Deborah Sigel (385) will give an informal talk on how engineers can become credentialed teachers in the public schools in LA County via the Regional Occupational Program (ROP). The ROP program encourages industry members, like engineers, to teach in their respective fields. As a result the credentialing process is streamlined from what regular educators go through. Requirements to become a teacher, the credentialing process, and local opportunities for engineers to teach engineering will be discussed.
Deborah is a mechanical engineer in 385. She has taught a high school engineering class at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta for the past 2 years, while working at JPL. She holds a Career Technical Education (CTE) preliminary teaching credential via the ROP program. For more information about the ROP program, please contact Deborah directly via JPL email.
April 9th, 2013
Advanced Google Searching: How to Improve your Search Results and Save your Time
You “google” all the times, but are you satisfied with the results you find? Do you usually just look at the first three results? If you don’t see what you are looking for, what do you do? Do you want to be more effective when you use Google? Are there tips for getting better results? If you are interested in any of these questions, this is the workshop for you.
The class will assume some familiarity with Google search, but will also cover a review of basic techniques. The focus will be on improving your search results, and ideas to save you time in finding hard to locate technical information.
At the end of the class, you will learn:
- Ways to improve the accuracy of your Google search results,
- How to find “hard to find” information,
- How to find the needle in a haystack,
- How to locate technical information,
- How to search for images.
April 9th, 2013
Dan Goods, Visual Strategist of Section 312 (Mission Systems Concepts), will speak Wednesday, April 24th at 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Hub, 111-104.
Bringing back extinct animals, 15 year olds inventing cancer detectors, human beatboxers… These are just some of the “Ideas Worth Spreading” that you might hear at a TED conference. Dan Goods has been fortunate enough to attend a few of these events over the years as a volunteer, attendee, and even showing artwork related to JPL missions. Come for a special showing of a few of this years unreleased talks. Learn the difference between TED and TED Active/Global/Africa/X events. And get some history and back story to this global phenomenon.
For information on the JPL Stories series, contact Teresa Bailey at 4-9233.