Friday, April 19, 2013

Undergraduate Research Award Recipients Announced

The selection committee chose four students to receive research awards in 2013.  They include: Mara Stewart for her research on changes in attitudes toward tobacco and marijuana during the first year of college for U.S. students; Andy Tay Kah Ping for his research in microfluidic diagnostic devices; Tess Becker for her research on the role of exogenous interferons in rhinovirus replication; and Abigail Mindock for her research on the switch from plastic to metal cutlery at Union South.

Mara Stewart worked with faculty mentor Dr. Megan Moreno, formerly an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Public Health, on a project entitled, “Investigating Changes in Attitudes, Intentions, and Behaviors toward Tobacco and Marijuana during U.S. Students’ First Year of College.” Mara is a member of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) and worked with that group on data collection for a study related to her current research. She leveraged an existing dataset to further explore her personal interest and developed a thorough knowledge of the research process along the way.  Mara worked with Heidi Marleau at Ebling Library to identify and evaluate nearly 100 sources from a variety of journals, books, and government websites to inform her literature review.  After analyzing her data, Mara wrote a full scientific manuscript on her findings and submitted her paper to the journal Tobacco Use Insights. This past fall, she learned that her paper was accepted for publication. 

Mara Stewart received her award from committee chair Kelli Keclik

Andy Tay Kah Ping worked with faculty mentor John Webster of the department of Biomedical Engineering on a project entitled, “Microfluidic Diagnostic Devices: Promises & Challenges in 21st Century India.”  Andy decided to focus his research on India after taking a two week trip there where he gained insights into India’s public health issues and how Microfluidic Diagnostic Devices might facilitate early detection of diseases like malaria and diabetes. His research included navigating through healthcare reports on India, conducting a literature review on Microfluidic Diagnostic Devices, and devising strategies for promoting their use in India
Andy Tay Kah Ping with award at the Undergraduate Symposium

Tess Becker worked with faculty mentor Dr. Daniel Jackson of the Pediatrics Department at the School of Medicine and Public Health on a project entitled, “Exogenous Interferons Reduce Rhinovirus Replication and Alter Airway Inflammatory Responses.”  Tess designed her own experiment to gain a better understanding of the role this treatment could play in supplementing the innate immune system in efforts to decrease virus-induced asthma exacerbation.  She began her research by performing an initial literature review to find an area she felt warranted further study.  After conducting her experiment, Tess performed additional literature searches in PubMed and Web of Science to find data from past studies that supported her claims and proved the significance of her findings. Tess’s manuscript is currently under review for publication at PlosOne.
Tess Becker and Kelli Keclik
 Abigail Mindock received the Research-in-Progress for her work with faculty mentor Cathy Middlecamp of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies on a project exploring the switch from plastic to metal cutlery at Union South. The goal of her research is to determine the environmental, economical, and social consequences of this switch. Abigail interviewed customers and employees at Union South to better understand opinions and expectations of both groups. After completing these interviews, a comprehensive review of the literature followed. The switch from plastic to metal silverware has already been implemented at Union South and is currently under further exploration.
Abigail McClintock with her Research-in-Progress Award

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 sixth year, the Undergraduate Research Awards have become an integral part of and will continue to be offered in conjunction with the Undergraduate Symposium.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

4th Annual Digital Salon

Now through Saturday, April 20, 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 4th annual exhibition showcases artistic and research-based projects that take digital form or are produced using information technology.

Podcasts, experimental videos, animations, graphic novels or essays, 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.

Three works were singled out for special merit, including:

Best in ShowTall Dark and Loathsome by Andrew Peck (Graduate student) - video essay. Andrew's project was created for Comm-Arts 609; Instructor: Eric Hoyt.

Honorable Mention: Bring Fractal to Figurative Art, Wanyi Chen (Graduate student)-  illustration/digital image. Wanyi is a second year PhD student in economics and this is an independent project.

Honorable Mention: Dyslexia, Maria Swanke (Undergraduate) - graphic essay.  Maria's project was created for English 100; Devin Garofolo, Instructor.

Dyslexia by Maria Swanke

For more information about the exhibition, see the Web site.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Improve CLUE - Help Needed!

First year students, College Library needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to participate in focus group discussions about your expectations for online learning modules. Your input will help us improve our library research tutorial, CLUECome tell us what you think and help us provide a better online learning experience for future UW students!
Snacks will be provided and participants will receive a $15 iTunes gift card.* The focus groups will be held in College Library 2191E and are scheduled for:
Monday, April 22, 3:30-5:00pm
Monday, April 22, 7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday, May 1, 3:30-5:00pm
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00-8:30pm

For more information, contact Trisha Prosise.

*Library student staff are not eligible to receive gift cards.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Parking Changes at Helen C. White

Beginning Monday, April 8, daytime and evening visitor parking is “pay on exit.” Instead of plugging a meter, visitors will pull a ticket upon entry into the parking ramps beneath Helen C. White Hall and then pay at a Pay-on-Foot Station or at the exit lane column when leaving the lot.

Visitor Parking available on Street Level:

  • All day, Sunday through Saturday
  • $1 per 30 minutes for the first 2 hours
  • $1 per hour thereafter
  • $12 maximum per day 

Visitor Parking available on Lower Level:

  • Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. until 12:00 Midnight
  • All day Saturday and Sunday
  • $1 per 30 minutes for the first 2 hours
  • $1 per hour thereafter
  • $12 maximum per day 

Pay on Foot Station locations:

  • Street level, inside elevator lobby, accepts cash and credit cards (MC or VISA)
  • Street level, north of entry/exit lane, accepts credit cards only (MC or VISA)
  • Lower level, north of pedestrian walkway, accepts credit cards only (MC or VISA) 

Restrictions: At any time the ramp is designated for use during a Special Event, posted parking conditions and rates apply. For more information, see the Transportation Services Web page.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Chairs (Soon) in Open Book

People may have thought that College Library removed all of the cushioned seating from Open Book as an April Fool's Day prank, but actually we're in the process of getting new chairs for the space! The new, more portable, chairs where supposed to arrive on Friday, April 5.  Unfortunately, the road construction project on Park Street has delayed delivery until a semi can make it through.  We're hoping the chairs will arrive the week of April 15.  Until then, please be patient and take advantage of the indestructible cube chairs instead.

Book Madness at the UW-Madison Libraries

Love the NCAA basketball tourney, but wish it was just a little more ... bookish? You're in luck. The UW-Madison Libraries are hosting the first annual Book Madness Tournament.
A brutal selection process resulted in a collection of 64 books - 8 divisions with 8 books each - going head-to-head to determine our favorite book.
Vote for your favorites in each round. Total votes will determine which books move on.
The eight divisions are:
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Sci-Fi
  • Classics
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Non-Fiction
Follow the contest on Twitter and Facebook to get updates as the tournament progresses and remember to vote in EACH round!

Fine print (There's ALWAYS fine print!)

  • One vote per person per pairing, please
  • First round voting begins on Thursday, March 21.
  • Voting for later rounds begins at approximately noon on these dates:
    • Round 2: Saturday 3/23
    • Round 3: Tuesday 3/26 (Sweet 16)
    • Round 4: Saturday 3/30 (Elite 8)
    • Round 5: Tuesday 4/2 (Final 4)
    • Round 6: Sunday 4/7 (Championship)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Red Bull Research Academy Unveiled

College Library is pleased to announce that after months of delicate negotiation, Red Bull USA has secured the naming rights to the 24-hour library at the University of Wisconsin. College Library will henceforth be known as the Red Bull Research Academy. Upon confirmation of the deal with university and library administration, Merle Andrews, head of marketing for Red Bull, released a statement confirming the company's commitment to caffeinated study. "With this merger, Red Bull expects to attain a new level of synergy in the energy drink/scholarly research crossover. Not only will Red Bull give you wings, it will now give you books, DVDs, video games, laptops, music, magazines, and much, much more." Carrie Kruse, newly-appointed director of RBRA, indicates that changes to the former College Library will be gradually implemented over time. "At first we'll see an increased number of Red Bull energy drink options in vending machines and  Red Bull will become the exclusive beverage of Open Book," she reports. "Over the next six months we'll be transforming the third floor quiet study into an extreme sports venue with skateboard ramps and a BMX course. We believe that students will embrace our definition of active learning."