Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Undergraduate Research Awards Announced

The undergraduate library research awards were developed to recognize the part of the research process that includes such efforts as seeking primary sources from the State Historical Society or conducting a comprehensive review of secondary literature to inform a research project; something that we often refer to as "library research."

The Undergraduate Research Awards selection committee selected two students to receive awards this year. The recipients are Natanya Russek for her research on inflammatory cell infiltration following a stroke and Brittany Cobb for her research on the 1914 meeting of the Society of American Indians that took place at UW-Madison.

Natanya Russek worked with faculty mentor Dr. Matthew Jensen, Associate Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine and Public Health, on a project entitled, “Histological Quantification of Inflammatory Cell Infiltration after Focal Cerebral Infraction: A Systematic Review.” Natanya used several library databases to find studies relevant to her research and developed criteria for inclusion in the review. She then worked with Dr. Jensen to identify the most important methods to highlight for their review. Once her final draft was completed, she submitted the paper to the International Journal of Neuroscience and the final submission was accepted for publication in August of 2013. Dr. Jensen wrote this about Natanya’s research: “Natanya demonstrated her creativity by iteratively crafting a tailored literature search strategy with guidance from research librarians, and she organized and presented her data and conclusions in a clear, informative, and nuanced manner.”

Brittany Cobb received the Research in Progress for her work with faculty mentor Dr. Larry Nesper of the Anthropology Department for her research on the 1914 meeting of the Society of American Indians that took place at UW-Madison. Brittany worked with librarians in the State Historical Society to comb through historic newspapers, ancestry databases, and probate records in order to write biographies about some of the people that attended the meeting. Dr. Nesper wrote that Brittany’s “research skills are growing more acute and her intuitions about the lives of Indian people at the turn of the century more developed.”

Campus librarians on the award committee used the Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Standards as the main criteria for assessing the applications for the awards. Now in its seventh year, the Undergraduate Research Awards have become an integral part of and will continue to be offered in conjunction with the Undergraduate Symposium. Kelli Hughes, of College Library, led the review committee, which included: Janice Rice from College Library, Lia Vellardita from Ebling Library, Jessica Newman and Lisa Wettleson from Steenbock Library, and Troy Reeves from the University Archives.

Natanya Russek & Brittany Cobb

Brittany Cobb, 2014 Undergraduate Research-in-Progress Award Recipient

Christopher Olsen, Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Kelli Hughes, College Library, presenting awards

Natanya Russek with her award-winning poster

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Digital Salon Showcased in Open Book

Now through Saturday, April 12, visitors to Open Book will see displayed student work submitted to the Digital Salon, an exhibition of new media sponsored by the UW-Madison Libraries and DesignLab. The 5th annual exhibition showcases artistic and research-based projects that take digital form or are produced using information technology.

Experimental videos, infographics, comics, websites, blogs, multimedia installations, posters and other new media work by UW graduate and undergraduate students are on exhibit in College Library’s Open Book (Room 1250), as well as in our online exhibit.

Four works were singled out for special merit, including:

Best in ShowThe Story by Jamie Jacobson (Undergraduate) - video. Jamie's project was created for Art 448 and tells a brief, nonsensical story meant to capture the feel of odd second hand bookshops and dusty old tomes.

Honorable Mention: The Ballet of Communication, Meredith Smith (Undergraduate) - Meredith's video was created for Comm Arts 220; Ashley Hinck, Instructor. 

Honorable Mention: Northern Lights, Lucy Hodkiewicz (Undergraduate) - digital illustration.  Lucy's project is a digital painting of the northern lights done using a drawing tablet and Photoshop.

Honorable Mention: The Translator, Jojin van Winkle (Graduate student) - video.  Jojin's project was created for Art 469; Greg Mitman, Instructor.

For more images see our Flickr photostream

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rain Ponchos Now Available

College Library is pleased to announce that they have added rain ponchos to the many items for sale in the vending machine located outside the Computer Media Center (CMC) in Room 2250. This offering was initiated by a comment card suggesting the library consider checking-out umbrellas. The more compact (and inexpensive) rain ponchos seemed an appropriate compromise. They are available in two colors - clear (for the fashion-conscious) and red (for die-hard Badgers).

So, the next time rain clouds gather and you want to keep your belongings and yourself dry, remember this option!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UW Book Madness continues

Participate in a different kind of March Madness by voting in each round of UW Book Madness throughout the time frame of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. If you submitted a bracket you can follow along the progress of your chosen titles, and if you didn't submit a bracket, vote anyway! Everyone is welcome to help pick the winners of each round.

Voting for each round begins at approximately noon on the following dates. Voting ends for each round at midnight the night before the new round begins.

  • Round 1: Thursday, 3/20
  • Round 2: Saturday 3/22
  • Round 3: Tuesday 3/25 (Sweet 16)
  • Round 4: Saturday 3/29 (Elite 8)
  • Round 5: Tuesday 4/1 (Final 4)
  • Round 6: Sunday 4/6 (Championship)

New Coffee Option Percolates Excitement

In our quest to anticipate every student need, College Library is pleased to announce that it is participating in a pilot project to install the campus's first "coffee bubbler" on the 3rd floor of the library. "Patron surveys have consistently revealed that they find it inconvenient to travel all of the way to the first floor to purchase caffeinated beverages from the Open Book Café," reveals Carrie Kruse, director of College Library. "Now students will be able to simply turn a knob and have steaming, 100% Arabica coffee dispensed from our coffee bubbler."

The device, installed outside of the WisCEL Center, Room 3250, also gives users the option to add cream if desired. According to Steve Frye, assistant director, "This being the dairy state, a lobbying effort by folks on the west side of campus, ensured that students would have fresh Wisconsin cream available on demand. Until such time as innovators in dairy science genetically cross Holsteins and hazelnuts, however, no flavored cream will be available."

The coffee bubbler was made possible through funds generated by the UW-Madison Libraries newly instituted revenue stream unveiled on April 1, 2014.