Archive for August, 2009

Mapping Virginia Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis

Mapping Virginia Communities Workshop: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis

Richmond: October 9th, 2009

Computer Services and Training – 1516 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 100 Richmond, VA, 23230

More Info/Registration: 

Audience:  Beginners, students, anyone interested in mapping their community. 
Already taken this workshop?  Now offering ArcGIS Training: Refresher and Advanced Classes (see website for more information)

Participants will learn to use ArcGIS 9.3.1

Digital Therapy Luncheon

Posted on behalf of the Scholar’s Lab:

Please join us on Wednesday, September 2 at noon in the Scholars’ Lab as we introduce our new Graduate Fellows in Digital Humanities, Elizabeth Bollwerk of the Anthropology department and Scott Spencer of the History department, as well as our Digital Scholarship Award recipients, Wendy Hsu of the Music department and Matthew Munson of the Religious Studies department.  The Scholars’ Lab is eager to support innovative work by young scholars and is excited to collaborate with these four Ph.D. candidates during the coming year.

Each student will speak briefly about his or her research, and a lunch will be served

“Digital Therapy” Faculty/Grad Luncheon

Wednesday, September 2nd at Noon in the Scholars’ Lab.

 The Scholars’ Lab will explore the theme of “Space and Place” for the coming academic year and will host a series of speakers and workshops on this topic.  To learn more about our upcoming events, please visit  The Scholars’ Lab is located in Alderman Library, just past Greenberry’s.

Joseph Gilbert
Head, Scholars’ Lab
Digital Research & Scholarship
University of Virginia Library
434.243.2324  |

Research Computing Lab Short Courses

The Brown Library Research Computing Lab is pleased to announce its schedule of fall short courses and events.  These include (but are not limited to) topics such as Matlab, parallel computing, tools for discovering patterns in data, LaTeX, SAS and managing the research data lifecycle.  You can find more information on the RCL Short Courses web page.

Who You Gonna Call?

Having trouble with your laptop or software?  Earlier this month, the University of Virginia’s Department of Information Technology and Communication debuted “4HELP@UVa,” a service providing ’round-the-clock technical support, 365 days a year.  The service has a new phone number: 924-HELP (-4357), or just “4-HELP” on Grounds. University community members can also get help via live chat, e-mail (, through an online request form, and via remote desktop troubleshooting. A new self-help Web site is planned for October.
For questions about Library resources, databases, items you have checked out, connecting to library resources from off-Grounds, etc., contact the Library via phone, chat, IM, text or E-mail.  Details at our “Ask a Librarian” web page.

DNA for Microchips

Excerpt from ASEE First Bell, August 18, 2009:

 CNET (8/18, Crothers) reports, “On Monday, IBM researchers and collaborator Paul W.K. Rothemund, of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), announced an advancement of a method to arrange DNA origami structures on surfaces compatible with today’s semiconductor manufacturing equipment.” Spike Narayan, a manager in the Science & Technology division of IBM Research, stated that “the cost involved in shrinking (chip) features to improve performance is a limiting factor in keeping pace with Moore’s Law and a concern across the semiconductor industry.”      NewsFactor Business Report (8/18, LeClaire) reports that the “scientific advancement…could make way for the semiconductor industry to build more powerful, faster, tinier, more energy-efficient computer chips.” Rothemund and the IBM researchers “reported an advancement in combining lithographic patterning with self-assembly. This method of arranging DNA origami structures on surfaces compatible with today’s semiconductor manufacturing equipment could reduce production costs.”    PC Advisor (8/17, Shah) reported, “Big Blue is researching ways in which DNA can arrange itself into patterns on the surface of a chip, and then act as a kind of scaffolding on to which millions of tiny carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles are deposited.” That network, said IBM scientists, “could act as the wires and transistors on future computer chips.”   ITnews (8/18, Williams), and Silicon Republic (8/17, Kennedy) also reported the story.

Knovel Search Widget

Knovel WidgetA Widget is a tiny application, almost like a mini-website, that you can run on your computer desktop, or on the web. Knovel’s Search Widget is your direct connection to the technical handbooks, materials databases, and interactive tools available on the Knovel Library of online references, databases and analysis tools.  Interested?  Download the Knovel widget here.

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