Archive for November, 2010

Old School Hydrology

Old School Hydro: Modern and Historic Surveying Aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 4

3:00 p.m.

Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab

Max Edelson

Associate Professor

Corcoran Department of History

University of Virginia

During the summer of 2010, U.Va. historian Max Edelson gained a berth aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson as it charted the waters off the western Keys of Florida. For a week, he learned about modern coastal surveying and hydrography first hand and interviewed the TJ’s officers and scientists about their experiences using sonar-based sensing to measure the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To better get a grasp on the first rigorous colonial surveys of Florida created in the 1760s and 1770s, he enlisted some of the crew to recreate early modern methods by tracing the contours and measuring the depths of a harbor in Key West. When asked what they were up with their lead lines and sextants by puzzled crew mates, they replied, “We’re off to do some old-school hydro.” This talk describes the art and science of surveying and mapmaking in and around the Florida Keys across 250 years.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

Are You What You Eat?

Please join us in the Brown Science & Engineering Library for the following program, organized for Family Weekend.


“Are you what you eat? Assessing the diets of modern and ancient humans”


Friday, November 5

10:30-11:30 am

Brown Science & Engineering Library

Clark Hall


Fundamental to the understanding of human history is the ability to make interpretations about an ancient population based on limited information. Within artifacts can be information, for example, concerning incidence of disease, genetic defects, and nutrition. We have analyzed hair from both modern and ancient individuals to show a wide diversity in the levels of seafood, corn-fed beef, and other grains in diet. Using stable isotope tracers, new information regarding historical figures (George Washington, 1799 AD; Edgar Allen Poe, 1849 AD) to perhaps the most ancient of mummies, the Chinchorro of Chile (more than 5000 BC) as well as the Moche of Peru (500 AD) and the best preserved mummy, the Neolithic Ice Man of the Oetztaler Alps (3200 BC), has been deciphered. Not only can the understanding ancient human communities and their environments be accomplished, but insights into modern American diets have recently been established. Presented by Environmental Science Professor Stephen A. Macko.


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RefWorks for Research

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RefWorks for Research

Thursday, Nov. 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon,

Alderman electronic classroom.

Part of the new series: Taming Your Research: Free & Easy Tools for Managing the Wild World of Information.

Information is everywhere these days, and research can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a number of free and easy-to-use tools are available to help you navigate through the information that you find in the library’s catalog and databases, as well as freely available on the Web.

Faculty Author Series – Notes from the Ground

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Pavilion VII, West Lawn
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Featuring Benjamin R. Cohen
Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Technology & Society in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science

Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside

Cohen will discuss Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside (Yale University Press, 2009). This book focuses on nineteenth-century Americans engaged in the vital field of farming–particularly, yeoman, planters, politicians, and policymakers–and argues that their adoption of new scientific soil practices emerged less from the lessons of professional chemists than from an established understanding of work, knowledge, and citizenship. This is an important study of the relationship among people, science, and agriculture.

You are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

Nanoscience Talk

The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and the University Libraries Professional Interests Committee


Nanoscience: Current Applications, Future Possibilities, and Ongoing Research at UVa

Friday November 12, 2010
2:00 P.M.
Clark Hall
The Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library
Main Reading Room, West

Presentation Speaker

Lisa E. Friedersdorf, PhD

Managing Director, nanoSTAR Institute
Research Program Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research
University of Virginia

This event is presented free of charge and all University of Virginia students and faculty and members of the public are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

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