Science & Engineering Library, UMass Amherst

Science & Engineering Library, UMass Amherst Where the science and engineering people come to work, discover information, and hang with their peeps. But EVERYBODY is welcome. We specialize in engineering and science - but *all* are welcome at the "other" library on campus!
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A great place to study alone or work together - group study rooms, computers, wireless, printers, scanners, and printers. Plus great library staff!

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Massachusetts State Dinosaur
02/05/2021

Massachusetts State Dinosaur

In case you missed yesterday's announcement with the Museum of Science, Boston, the Podokesaurus holyokensis won our state dinosaur poll with over 60% of the 35,000 votes cast.

Special thank you Katharina Holzinger of Paleontologists and their Prehistoric Pets for this beautiful artwork of Dr. Mignon Talbot (Mount Holyoke College) and her discovery, the Podokesaurus holyokensis.

#mapoli #mastatedino

The 2021 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) meeting is virtual this year and anyone can register...
02/04/2021
Welcome to the 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting

The 2021 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) meeting is virtual this year and anyone can register for a FREE Public Event Passport to attend some of the sessions & workshops, including "Journals, Journals Everywhere, But We Should Stop and Think" on Wednesday, Feb 10 at Noon - our own SEL librarian Melanie Radik is one of the presenters!
Registration Link: https://purchase.aaas.org/order/549/1

Have you voted yet for a Massachusetts State Dinosaur? If not, you have until Friday, January 29 to vote in the poll fro...
01/27/2021
Vote on Massachusetts' State Dinosaur

Have you voted yet for a Massachusetts State Dinosaur? If not, you have until Friday, January 29 to vote in the poll from Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis!

www.tinyurl.com/MAStateDinosaur

Later this month, I will file legislation to designate an official "State Dinosaur" and I need your help! Twelve states have already designated an official "State Dinosaur," and with your help, maybe Massachusetts will be next. The dinosaurs up for consideration are Podokesaurus holyokensis and Anch...

Compound Interest makes colorful & interesting infographics explaining chemistry. Here's a link to their Chemistry Adven...
12/07/2020

Compound Interest makes colorful & interesting infographics explaining chemistry. Here's a link to their Chemistry Advent series. Happy Holidays to all!

I'm not doing a new #ChemAdvent this year... BUT I *have* updated the old Christmas chemistry one, so you can enjoy some Christmas #ChemAtHome highlights!

You can download and print the full set here: bit.ly/chemadvent2020

11/30/2020
UMass Amherst Libraries

Don't forget to check out the Libraries Instagram page each day this week for the chance to win a button set! https://www.instagram.com/umassamherstlibraries/

Happy last day of classes! For Finals Fun, the UMass Amherst Libraries are doing a button giveaway for UMass Amherst students. Starting on Friday, November 27, the first day of Finals Fun, you can win a prize pack of buttons from the Libraries. Follow the Libraries on Instagram, and check each day during finals (November 27-December 4, excluding Saturdays and Sundays) for a question post about how you study. Leave a comment on the post with your answer by 4:00 p.m. EST that day, and you will be entered in the giveaway. 1 random winner will be selected each day at 4:30 p.m. and notified via Direct Message on Instagram. Participants must be current UMass Amherst students to be eligible, and winners will be required to provide their UMass Amherst email and an accurate shipping address to the Libraries so the buttons can be mailed to them (the Libraries will be responsible for shipping costs). This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
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Transcript:
https://bit.ly/35SGZZL

Music:
"Recess," by TrackTribe, YouTube Audio Library

11/20/2020
UMass Amherst Libraries

Finals Fun is coming!!

Happy last day of classes! For Finals Fun, the UMass Amherst Libraries are doing a button giveaway for UMass Amherst students. Starting on Friday, November 27, the first day of Finals Fun, you can win a prize pack of buttons from the Libraries. Follow the Libraries on Instagram, and check each day during finals (November 27-December 4, excluding Saturdays and Sundays) for a question post about how you study. Leave a comment on the post with your answer by 4:00 p.m. EST that day, and you will be entered in the giveaway. 1 random winner will be selected each day at 4:30 p.m. and notified via Direct Message on Instagram. Participants must be current UMass Amherst students to be eligible, and winners will be required to provide their UMass Amherst email and an accurate shipping address to the Libraries so the buttons can be mailed to them (the Libraries will be responsible for shipping costs). This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
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Transcript:
https://bit.ly/35SGZZL

Music:
"Recess," by TrackTribe, YouTube Audio Library

Do you agree with the results for your home state?
11/18/2020
The Most Popular Thanksgiving Side In Every State - Zippia

Do you agree with the results for your home state?

Thanksgiving is one of only 10 federal holidays in the US. While some workers work holidays, the majority of workers can be thankful on Thanksgiving for a nice meal with their meals. This year, many businesses have announced they will not start Black Friday on Thursday- freeing more workers to enjoy...

To celebrate bird migration season, Paulina collaborated with Dr. Scott D. Fitzgerald, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomat American Col...
11/16/2020

To celebrate bird migration season, Paulina collaborated with Dr. Scott D. Fitzgerald, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomat American College of Veterinary Pathologists from the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Lansing, MI, to create this "For the Birds" patent coloring book. Download your copy here: https://works.bepress.com/paulina_borrego/56/

11/09/2020
www.umass.edu

College of Nursing 2020 Fall Seminar Series: Dr. Allison Vorderstrasse - Tuesday, November 10 at 12pm
https://www.umass.edu/nursing/news-events/events/college-nursing-2020-fall-seminar-series-dr-allison-vorderstrasse

Dr. Vorderstrasse will speak on "Behavioral Intervention Research in Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management Support: Trials, Tribulations, and Negative Results". She will discuss results, issues, and methodological concerns from two large behavioral trials in Diabetes and Heart Disease self-management and prevention. Questions that will be addressed include: Are RCTs appropriate in behavioral research and technology-based interventions? Do control groups that insist on 'equal attention' affect outcomes and approaches moving forward? What designs are best for behavioral research?

UMass Amherst Libraries
10/29/2020

UMass Amherst Libraries

Happy International Cat Day! Here are some of our staff members' cats working remotely.

UMass Amherst Libraries
10/23/2020

UMass Amherst Libraries

Happy Mole Day from the UMass Amherst Libraries! Mole Day is a science holiday that celebrates Avogadro's Number, 6.02 x 10^23. Want to learn more about moles and chemistry? Melanie Radik at the Science & Engineering Library, UMass Amherst is our chemistry librarian liaison, and can connect you to the expertise and resources available in the Libraries.

Link: https://www.library.umass.edu/about-the-libraries/liaisons/

Tuesday, October 20, 2:30-3:45pmUMass ECE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Seminar"My Experiences and Challenges i...
10/19/2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2:30-3:45pm
UMass ECE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Seminar
"My Experiences and Challenges in Pursuing an
Engineering PhD Degree" by Dr. Sandra Cruz-Pol

Abstract: In this talk I will share my personal career path and how it has allowed me to make some difference in the world. I will talk about some of the challenges of pursuing a doctorate degree (specially while being a Hispanic woman raising two little girls) and offer tips on how to deal with them. My experiences and adventures serving US agencies and other entities at national and international levels, as well as in the Academia, research and outreach activities, will be briefly presented. I hope that some of my experiences help you embark your own professional life path.

Monday, October 19, 11:15am-12:30pm"Aluminum Scandium Nitride Microdevices for Next Generation Nonvolatile Memory and Mi...
10/15/2020

Monday, October 19, 11:15am-12:30pm
"Aluminum Scandium Nitride Microdevices for Next Generation Nonvolatile Memory and Microelectromechanical Systems" by Prof. Troy Olsson

Abstract: Aluminum Nitride (AlN) is a well-established thin film piezoelectric material. AlN bulk acoustic wave (BAW) radio frequency (RF) filters were one of the key innovations that enabled the 3G and 4G smart phone revolution. Recently, the substitutional doping of scandium (Sc) for aluminum (Al) to form aluminum scandium nitride (AlScN) has been studied to significantly enhance the piezoelectric properties and to introduce ferroelectric properties into AlN based material systems. The properties achieved have profound implications for the performance of future 5G and 6G RF filters, piezoelectric sensors, piezoelectric energy harvesters, and for scaling the bit density of ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. This talk will present on the synthesis of highly Sc doped AlScN materials of the thickness and quality needed for applications in memory and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The material properties achieved will be reported and placed in the context of device specific figures-of-merit and competing material systems. Ferroelectric and electromechanical devices that utilize the unique properties of AlScN to achieve state-of-the-art (SOA) performance will be shown.

Tuesday, October 13, 2:30-3:45pm"Establishing the Essential Hardware Primitives for Quantum-Proof Secure Computer System...
10/09/2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2:30-3:45pm
"Establishing the Essential Hardware Primitives for Quantum-Proof Secure Computer Systems" by Dr. Michel A. Kinsy

Abstract: In the last three years, we have witnessed a raft of breakthroughs and several key milestones towards the development of general quantum computers. These advances do bring with them critical challenges to classical cryptosystems like RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman), ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography), and ElGamal. The strength of these algorithms rests on the hardness of integer factorization and discrete logarithm problems under the classic
computing paradigm, but not under quantum computing approaches. Thus, researchers have been actively investigating new algorithms and designs for cryptosystems for the post-quantum era. Among these techniques, designs based on Ring-learning with errors (Ring-LWE) thus far have proven to be the most promising approach.
In this talk, I will introduce a set of highly-optimized, parameterizable hardware modules to serve as postquantum primitives for faster design space exploration of post-quantum cryptosystems, especially, cryptosystems
using Ring-LWE algorithms. This post-quantum primitive set consist of the four frequently-used security components: the public key cryptosystem (PKC), key exchange (KEX), oblivious transfer (OT), and zeroknowledge
proof (ZKP). The PKC and KEX form the basis of most modern cryptographic systems. The OT is used in many privacy-preserving applications, e.g., DNA database and machine learning. Similarly, ZKP is used in a number of applications, for example, it has been proposed as an ideal candidate for next generation blockchain
algorithms. These primitives will serve as the fundamental building blocks and aid hardware designers in constructing quantum-proof secure systems in the post-quantum era.

Abstract:  As of 2020, CMOS image sensors enable the production of about 200 cameras every second around the world, or o...
10/05/2020

Abstract: As of 2020, CMOS image sensors enable the production of about 200 cameras every second around the world, or over 6 billion per year. In this talk, the big picture will be presented, from CCDs, to the invention of the CMOS image sensor at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 90’s, to its impact on society today. The Quanta Image Sensor, invented at Dartmouth, will be introduced. This new type of CMOS image sensor counts every photon that comes through the camera lens, one at a time.

Contactless printing (Black & White and Color) is available by appointment at the Science and Engineering Library. Print...
09/28/2020

Contactless printing (Black & White and Color) is available by appointment at the Science and Engineering Library. Printing costs are currently being waived. 1. Upload a document to UPrint (don’t hit the “Print” button!) 2. Make an appointment Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM to pick up your document at SEL: https://libcal.library.umass.edu/reserve/printatsel. When you arrive, please wear a mask and have your UCard ready, call our staff (545-1370), who will assist you with your document. Email [email protected]).

Celebrate the end of Peer Review Week 2020 with this infographic from Research Square.Peer Review happens in more than j...
09/25/2020

Celebrate the end of Peer Review Week 2020 with this infographic from Research Square.

Peer Review happens in more than just journal articles!

UMass Amherst Libraries and Student Success Outreach Announce Launch of “Trajectory: A Student Success Podcast” | UMass ...
09/25/2020
UMass Amherst Libraries and Student Success Outreach Announce Launch of “Trajectory: A Student Success Podcast” | UMass Amherst Libraries

UMass Amherst Libraries and Student Success Outreach Announce Launch of “Trajectory: A Student Success Podcast” | UMass Amherst Libraries

As fall semester 2020 approaches, library, faculty, and staff are working to provide alternative access to print course reserves. To support instructors and students over the next several months, we are utilizing different approaches to how we acquire course textbooks to ensure that students have ac...

08/31/2020
UMass Amherst Libraries

Contactless pickup is available at the Science & Engineering Library! When you arrive for your appointment and call to let them know you are there, SEL staff will bring your item to the table outside the 2nd floor entrance.

Beginning August 24, 2020, you can obtain books and other physical materials from the Libraries and Four Colleges through our contactless pickup service. Requested items for pickup are available at the W. E. B. Du Bois Library and the Science and Engineering Library, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Please make an appointment to pick up your item. Be sure to arrive wearing a mask and prepared to socially distance.

Link: https://libcal.library.umass.edu/
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Transcript:
https://bit.ly/3jqxkgy

Music:
"Venice Beach," by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, YouTube Audio Library

08/25/2020
UMass Amherst Libraries

UMass Amherst Libraries

The Libraries are online and ready to help you! While Library spaces are closed, paging and contactless pickup of library materials begins August 24. For more information, see our Resources for Remote Learning & Instruction and FAQs about Restoring Onsite Library Services.

Resources for Remote Learning & Instruction:
https://www.library.umass.edu/about-the-libraries/covid-19-updates/

FAQs about Restoring Onsite Library Services:
https://www.library.umass.edu/about-the-libraries/restoring-onsite-services
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Transcript:
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Music:
"Santo Rico," by Twin Musicom, YouTube Audio Library
Santo Rico by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

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Science & Engineering Library, Lederle Graduate Research Center Low-Rise Rm A273, 740 N Pleasant St, UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA
01003

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