Archive for August, 2010

Library Mobile Web Site

The library’s mobile site was developed over a year ago.  The User Experience Team has been working to update the site and it is now ready for you to use.

The site has been revamped to include a new VIRGO search interface. The mobile catalog search closely resembles the basic keyword search in the desktop version of VIRGO, and you have the options to refine your searches by author, language, library or format. We have also added “Text a Librarian” as a footer to each page, so you can easily contact library reference staff.

Other information available from the site includes:

  • Hours of Operation
  • News and Events
  • Contact Information for Staff and Departments

U.Va. Library Administration is committed to ongoing development of the mobile site.   We’ll begin working on Version 2 of the site soon, and will be seeking input for features that will most benefit our users and represent the needs they have expressed.

In addition, U.Va. is developing an application for the U.Va. at-large mobile website for users of the iPhone and the Android.  The Library mobile website will be added as a “sub-app” within that application.

Please take a moment to check out the mobile site to familiarize yourself with it and let us know your feedback—using the “Email Us” option at the bottom of the page.

Hyperdense Materials

This article reposted from the August 27, 2010 ASEE First Bell:

Bacteriophages Used To Create Hyperdense Materials.

The Wired (8/26, Carmody) “Gadget Lab” blog reports that researchers in Angela Belcher’s Biomolecular Materials Group at MIT have used “bacteriophages to build – really, evolve – hyperdense materials from ionic particles,” and “this week Mark Allen, a postdoc in the group, outlined the use of a new cathode made with iron flouride.” Among the potential applications Allen discussed were “wearable battery packs for soliders, first responders, and civilians; tiny rechargable batteries for portable electronics including smart phones, laptops, and GPS; [and] unmanned aerial vehicles, which require lightweight, long-lasting power sources.”

Self-Lacing Sneakers

The following is reposted from the August 27, 2010 ASEE First Bell:

Taking Cue From Marty McFly, Nike Patents Self-Lacing Sneaker.

The Wired (8/26, Sorrel) “Gadget Lab” blog reports, “Nike has actually patented a self-lacing sneaker” similar to “Marty McFly’s amazing self-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future 2.” While the existence of the patent “is mind-bending enough…pretty much everything has made it in. The shoes will of course fasten themselves, but there are also LEDs a-glowing and a detailed breakdown of the batteries, circuits and control-systems. There is even a charging stand.” Wired includes a link to the patent.

Popular Science (8/27, Dillow) reports that the “cinching straps” in the shoes “work by concealing a tiny battery-driven motor in the heel, though the plans don’t specify the exact mechanism by which the wearer will signal the shoes to tighten up (the words ‘button,’ ‘switch,’ and ‘weight sensor’ are all buried in the text). It also leaves the door open for a variety of self-lacing gear, including ‘skates, boots, ski boots, snowboarding boots, cycling shoes, formal shoes, slippers or any other kind of footwear.'”

Surge in Biomedical Engineering

The following article is reposted from the ASEE Connections Newsletter for August 2010:


Biomedical engineering degrees have increased more than any other field over the past decade.  Respectively, they’ve grown by 215 percent, 193 percent and 256 percent at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels since 2000.

Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded
By School: 2009
1. Duke University 141
2. University of California, San Diego 136
3. Georgia Institute of Technology 134
4. University of Texas, Austin 102
5. Johns Hopkins University 100
6. University of California, Irvine 98
7. Boston University 96
8. Case Western Reserve University 93
9. University of Pennsylvania 86
10. University of California, Berkeley 85
11. Drexel University 72
11. Washington University 72
13. Arizona State University 69
13. University of Michigan 69
13. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 69
13. University of Southern California 69
17. Rutgers University 67
17. University of Virginia 67
19. Northwestern University 66
19. Texas A&M University 66
89 schools reported.


This article was provided by Engineering Trends. For more information, visit Engineering Trends at


Growth in Biomedical Engineering Degrees
by Degree Level
2000 – 1,156
2009 – 3,644
2000 – 476
2009 – 1,396
2000 – 203
2009 – 722

Digital Therapy Luncheon

The Scholars’ Lab in Alderman Library announces the first of its Fall 2010 events.  All UVa students and faculty are invited to attend.


Digital Therapy Luncheon: Introducing Our 2010/2011 Fellows


Scholars’ Lab

Please join us for tasty sandwiches, chips, and cookies and stimulating conversation as we welcome our new Grad Fellows and Scholarship Award Winners:

Tom Finger (Dept. of History)

Alex Gil (Dept. of English)

Jared Benton (Dept. of Art & Architecture’s Classical Archaeology Program)

Chris Clapp (Dept. of Economics).

Top Young Innovator

U.Va. Computer Scientist One of World’s Top Young Innovators, According to MIT Technology Review

August 27, 2010 — Kim Hazelwood, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35.

The magazine, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cited her work in developing a run-time adaptation tool that allows computers to rewrite software programs while they’re running.

A panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review selected Hazelwood from more than 300 nominees. The annual “TR35” list includes young researchers who are changing the world through medicine, computing, communications, nanotechnology and more.


Sources for Scholars

Please join us on September 10 for “Sources for Scholars” a pan-University gathering of representatives from over 25 groups, centers, institutes and initiatives from across Grounds.  We invite you to take the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the breadth of institutional support for scholarship and research at U.Va.;  meet and develop collaborations with other faculty from across grounds; discover new opportunities, support and resources; and perhaps find inspiration in the work that other faculty members are doing.

Sources for Scholars

10 September 2010

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Alumni Hall

  • 11:00 AM – Keynote address by Erwin Gianchandani, Director of the Computing Community Consortium
  • 12:00-2:00 PM – Open House and Lunch (faculty are welcome to come and go as they are able).

For individuals who register in advance, a limited amount of parking is available.

For more information and to register:

Sponsored by the Offices of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and the Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

Questions/comments: please contact Maggie Harden,

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