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Recent JPL Publications

A new page has been added to the BEACON web site: “Recent JPL Publications.”  This page list papers published by JPL staff members during the most four weeks, links to full text articles are provided whenever possible.

The references are gathered from the Web of Science database. In addition to this page, JPL Library also maintains a “JPL Authors Database”, where journal and meeting papers from JPL authors from 2000 on can be found.

If you have questions or comments about the Recent JPL Publications page, the JPL Authors Database, or Web of Science, please contact the JPL Library Reference Desk at ext 4-4200, or email

CFR Covering NASA Link Available From BEACON

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.  Title 14, Aeronautics and Space, covers NASA. A direct link can be found on the BEACON Search Page, under Specialized Database.

Compendex Covers More Engineering Conferences

Compendex, the database for references in engineering and technology journal and meeting papers, has expanded its coverage for more conference proceedings. According to the publisher’s news release, it has added more than 1,000 conference titles, 6,000 conference events, and more than 400,000 conference papers from 2005 to the present!

For the past four to five years, conference papers account for about half of all references added to the Compendex database.  This conference-based content focused on disciplines such as engineering, computer science and some aspects of physics, where authors tend to present their findings at major conferences and move on, without submitting papers to academic journals.  More conferences took place outside the United States, especially those in Europe and Australia, have been added, broadening the international coverage of Compendex.

For more information about Compendex or any other JPL Library resource, please contact the Library at ext 4-4200, email, or leave a comment below.

Women Making History

Do you know who was Augusta Ada Byron? Valentina Tereshkova? Ruby Payne-Scott? Do you want to encourage more women in science and technology fields? March is Women’s History Month. Here is a list of electronic books on women in science, technology and leadership.  They can be downloaded and moved to your mobile devices for personal reading. If you want to recommend some of these books to your colleagues, please ask them to download the books themselves.

There are additional printed books on women in the various scientific and technology fields, and leadership and management skills for women in the workplace.  Come to the Hub (111-104) to see a current display and check out the books.

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 ( 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 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.