Archive for November 4th, 2009

Database of the Week: CSA Materials Research Database with Metadex

The CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX brings together in one place the majority of the leading materials science databases, with specialist content on materials science, metallurgy, ceramics, polymers, and composites used in engineering applications.  Everything from raw materials and refining through processing, welding and fabrication to end uses, corrosion, performance and recycling is covered in depth for all metals, alloys, polymers, ceramics, and composites.  Sources covered include over 3,000 periodicals, conference proceedings, technical reports, trade journal/newsletter items, patents, books, and press releases.

ProQuest Deep Indexing: Materials Science supplements the Materials Research Database with METADEX and related files with access to deep indexing for tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature for selected records.  Records from the database appear with searches of the Materials Research Database with METADEX and related databases to provide an additional path for discovery.

For additional information, please see the CSA Materials Research Database with Metadex Factsheet or begin searching the database at CSA Illumina.

The CSA Materials Research Database with Metadex is one of many information resources brought to you by the Brown Science and Engineering Library!  Ask for a demonstration of this database or about other resources that can help you work faster, smarter and better!

(Use of this database from this address restricted to University of Virginia users only.  Please contact a librarian for assistance, if you are having trouble connecting.)

Designing Effective Poster Presentations

Frederick W. Stoss, Associate Librarian for Biological and Environmental Sciences and Mathematics in the Arts and Sciences Libraries of the University at Buffalo, SUNY, offers a guide for those preparing poster sessions for talks, meetings and similar presentations.  Entitled “Poster Presentations – Designing Effective Posters” , this guide  provides an inventory of print and Internet-based resources for guidance and instruction for the presentation of scientific and technical information in the form of a poster presentation.  See:


Qualitative Data Talk

This Thursday, November 5th at 2:00 p.m., the Scholars’ Lab’s Dr. Nancy Kechner will guide participants through the basic principles of qualitative–or non-numeric–data acquisition and analysis using the popular N’Vivo application.  For more information on qualitative research, please visit the QSR (makers of N’Vivo) website:

Qualitative Analysis Using N’Vivo

Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.

in the Scholars’ Lab Classroom (Alderman Library 423).

 All talks in the Scholars’ Lab are free and open to the public.  For a full listing of events in the Scholars’ Lab this semester, please visit

Sustainability Talk

As part of the U.Va  Engineering School’s alliance with SAIC– Science Applications International Corporation- we are hosting a speaker series featuring SAIC leaders discussing the needs and constraints of the energy field.   

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the fourth lecture in the SAIC Sustainable Energy Future Speaker Series – Friday, Nov. 6  at 3 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering building, room 205. 

A Renewable Energy Future: Facts, Fiction and Potential by Joe Cohen

Many different predictions and projections of the future use of renewable energy have been developed since the 1970s, spurred by various geopolitical conditions and environmental concerns.  Meanwhile, renewable energy technologies matured to different degrees over that period, and market modeling capabilities have improved as well.  As momentum has recently increased toward building a greener and more secure energy future, a new generation of analyses has been conducted to look at the future potential for different renewable energy technologies and scenarios of energy supply and end use. 

The final energy lecture in this series will be held Dec. 4 in Rm. 50 at the Darden School of Business. For more information, call 924-3310.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

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November 2009