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Ed Eckel

I am a engineering and applied sciences librarian at Western Michigan University.
Ed Eckel has written 227 posts for World of Engineering

Chronicle of Higher Ed – Re-Engineering Engineering Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an interesting article on innovative ways to improve undergraduate retention in engineering. Fischman, Josh. “Re-Engineering Engineering Education.” Chronicle of Higher Education Blog. February 19, 2012. Access via http://chronicle.com/blogs/percolator/re-engineering-engineering-education-to-retain-students/28745 Advertisements

NY Times article – Scientists create transistor from single atom

The New York Times’ John Markoff reports on the research of a group of physicists at Purdue University and the University of New South Wales who have successfully created a transistor from a single atom of phosphorus embedded in a substrate of silicon. Markoff, John. (2012, February 19). “Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a … Continue reading

Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering (MIT)

Students in electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have set up voluntary reading groups to discuss scholarly technical papers in their fields.  Read about the URGE (Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering) program here, and look at their wiki here.  Initiated by electrical engineering/computer science senior Cathy Wu, these groups meet … Continue reading

SciVerse Hub site now available to general public

For researchers who do not have access to university science and technology databases, there are other options for searching the literature besides the omnipresent Google Scholar.  Elsevier (which brought you ScienceDirect and Scopus) has now released the Sciverse platform – SciVerse Hub. This search site which links together the Scopus and ScienceDirect databases, as well … Continue reading

Scholarly article template – courtesy of Wicked Anomie

Just discovered this wonderful template for writing a scholarly article or thesis/dissertation, posted by the pseudonymous Wicked Anomie.  It includes the basic questions your research (and your writing) needs to address, and how to structure your writing rhetorically. URL: http://wickedanomie.blogspot.com/2008/03/academic-manuscript.html    

Scitopia search engine to go dark December 31

I am bummed to read a recent email announcement by the Scitopia partner societies (the people who brought you the Scitopia science/technology search engine) that the Scitopia search site will be taken down after December 31, 2011.  Apparently the site (created by IEEE in partnership with a number of scholarly societies) was not being used … Continue reading

Mobile Science and Engineering Apps – databases

Mobile Science Resources – databases etc. in mobile app formats ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications: http://pubs.acs.org/page/tools/acsmobile/index.html IEEE Xplore: http://m.ieeexplore.ieee.org/ JSTOR: http://mobile.jstor.org/ MD Consult Mobile: http://m.mdconsult.com/ OSTI Mobile:  http://m.osti.gov Coverage includes Energy Citations Database, DOE Information Bridge, ScienceCinema, DOepatents, and DOE Green Energy. PubMed Handhelds: http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov/nlmd/pubmed/index.html – “Note that PubMed’s has been around a while … … Continue reading

SPIE Open Access Journals

I just discovered that the optics and photonics professional society SPIE has two open access journals in its SPIE Digital Library.  These are as follows: SPIE Letters (Virtual Journal) – ISSN 1948-7541 http://spiedigitallibrary.org/spieletters/ Open access from 2005 to the present. Provides access to rapid communications from the six SPIE journals. SPIE Reviews – E-ISSN: 1946-3251 … Continue reading

Tele-Present Water – Sculpture By David Bowen

My wife, kids and I drove to Grand Rapids this weekend to attend the ArtPrize city-wide art fair for a day.  My favorite thing of the whole day by far was David Bowen’s dynamic, kinetic sculpture Tele-Present Water.   A drifting, moving matrix of wires and tubing gently undulates in a wavelet formation that gets its … Continue reading

IEEE Computer Society Books in IEEE Xplore

The IEEE Xplore database now includes 25 recent books in the IEEE Computer Society Press series. Here is a sampling of titles available to you in PDF format from our subscription: Web Application Design and Implementation: Apache 2, PHP5, MySQL, JavaScript, and Linux/UNIX Software Testing: Testing Across the Entire Software Development Life Cycle Software Management … Continue reading

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