SEL Exhibit at the UC – Before & After

An exhibit space in the University Center (UC) across from the Art Gallery now hosts a new Science & Engineering Library (SEL) exhibit. 

All SEL reference staff contributed to the exhibit, which illustrates how library resources can make a real difference in students’ research papers.  It will be on display from November 30, 2009 through Friday, December 11, 2009.

The display is designed to move students’ C- papers (on the left) through the central cloud of library resources, which will transform students’ work into the A+ papers (on the right).

This is the third in a series of three exhibits that have been on display throughout the Fall semester.

See more at SEL Exhibits.

SEL Exhibit – Open Problems: So You Want to Be Famous?

The Science & Engineering Library presents an exhibit called “Open Problems: So You Want to Be Famous?” and curated by Jan Figa.

The focus of this exhibit is a special collection of 23 Open Problems due to David Hilbert which he announced at the Second International Congress in Paris on August 8, 1900.

An open problem is any known important question that can be accurately stated and is unsolved.

Hilbert’s problems were designed to serve as examples for the kinds of problems whose solutions would lead to the furthering of disciplines in mathematics. As such, some were areas for investigation and therefore not strictly “problems.”

At the turn of the millennium celebrated Field’s Medal winner Steve Smale created a list of 18 challenging problems one of which is known as the Poincaré conjecture, solved by Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman in 2002. The Poincaré conjecture carried a  million dollar bounty by the Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts (CMI). However, Perelman refused the prize as well as bypassing the traditional journal publishers, and posted the articles at arXiv (, a free and open journal archive hosted by Cornell University Library.

Perelman’s approach mirrors that of 10,000+ scientists who communicate their ideas for rapid dissemination using any available means, preferably open access. Scientific progress demands unfettered access to cost-effective organized information resources. Scientific desktop publishing has been utterly inexpensive since the 1990s, and begs the question why commercial publishers still have a strangle hold on the scientific journal literature, thereby curtailing global scientific production. To address that question we have to look at tenure trappings, copyright claws, and institutional inertia.

To see photos, visit the SEL Exhibits page.

SEL Exhibit at the UC – Introducing SEL

An exhibit space in the University Center (UC) across from the Art Gallery now hosts a new Science & Engineering Library (SEL) exhibit.  

All SEL reference staff contributed to the exhibit, which introduces new students to what we have to offer them in the library.  It will be on display from June 15, 2009 through Friday, June 26, 2009.

The exhibit was designed to welcome students to the university during the new student orientation period and to show the “face” of the library, so the exhibit features a colorful collage of people, places, resources, and services. 

This is the first in a series of three exhibits that will be on display through the end of the Fall semester.

We are in good company as there are also exhibits by the Honors College and Multicultural Affairs being shown.

See more at SEL Exhibits.

SEL Exhibit – What Hath Technology Wrought?

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines sustainability as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged”. [viewed 3/25/09]
Wikipedia explains that sustainability “in a broad sense is the ability to maintain a certain process or state”. [viewed 3/25/09]

It seems everyone is jumping on the band wagon of sustainability.   Many people who were disinterested in saving the environment by recycling aluminum cans, plastic water bottles, plastic sacks, clean waste paper are now turning green.  They were disinterested perhaps because it was too much trouble, their neighborhood did not have a recycling program or a recycling program cost too much.  Public/private industry, businesses, schools, colleges, and universities  are jumping on the “green” band wagon.   In my humble opinion, they should have jumped on it years ago.   People were concerned about sustainability and environmental responsibility years and years ago, but these folks were called “tree huggers” and ridiculed.   As a long-time recycler, I attempt to conserve and sustain where I can.  I have given thought to “stuff” in our home and in the workplace and elsewhere.  I think of all the inventions that have come down through the ages and think where is all the obsolete, broken down stuff now?   Where are all these patented new-fangled gadgets (“as seen on TV”), toys, etc.?   Could they be in our homes taking up valuable space, in someone else’s home waiting to be repaired or restored (as in one man’s junk is another man’s treasure) or are they in the landfills of the world?  I hazard to guess all of the above.   As I checked the Science & Engineering Library for books on sustainability, conservation, technological innovation and its effect on our future, I found that engineers are prime movers and shakers in the sustainability movement.   I salute Engineers with this exhibit.

To view pictures of this exhibit visit SEL Exhibits.

SEL Exhibit – Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

National Geographic’s Genographic Project is coming to UT Arlington, as part of the OneBook/Conversations Program.

Population geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells will present a talk called “Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project” on Monday, November 3 at 4:00pm in the Rosebud Theatre.

In conjunction with this visit, the Science & Engineering Library announces an exhibit, curated by C.D. Walter and bearing the same title as Dr. Well’s talk.

About Dr. Spencer Wells

Dr. Spencer Wells is a leading population geneticist, author, and documentary filmmaker who has dedicated much of his career to studying humankind’s family tree and closing the gaps in our knowledge of human migration through DNA. He now serves as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and the Director of the Genographic Project, the nonprofit initiative collaborating with hundreds of thousands of participant’s world wide to gather and analyzing the world’s largest collection of anthropological DNA samples in order to tell the story of humanity’s ancient journey from Africa.  Dr. Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin going on to pursue his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his post-doctoral training at Stanford University.

SEL Exhibit – Happy 100th Birthday, Tin Lizzie!

 On September 27, 1908, the Model T Ford rolled off an assembly line in Detroit, Michigan.   The Model T put the world on “wheels”.  Since this momentous occasion, the world has changed.  One might ask, “for better? or for worse?”  Well, I suppose that is in the eye of the driver or beholder, depending on one’s perspective.   I am Barbara Howser, curator of this exhibit.  The Tin Lizzie, so-called because the populace at the time found it to be a “dependable servant”.  Lizzie was a contemporary slang word used to describe a trustworthy and reliable servant.  Today, the populace depends on the descendants of the Tin Lizzie to an extent that Henry Ford probably never dreamt.  We have gone from the Tin Lizzie to the hybrid and electric vehicles.   Corn is being used to fuel our need for speed to get from here to there.   Innocent people are killed with VBIEDs (Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices).  The books included in the exhibit offer a look back at automobile history, how the car influenced our culture, how engineers & scientists are working to find ways to fuel our cars, and how cars are used as weapons.

See the SEL Exhibits page for exhibit pictures.

SEL Exhibit – Alma Singer’s Wilderness Survival

The Science and Engineering Library presents a new exhibit, which serves as a companion to the OneBook/Conversations program at UTA.

I’m C.D. Walter, the exhibit curator, and my hope is that Alma Singer’s Wilderness Survival relates the Conversations theme of “connections” to science and engineering fields.

The theme of “connections” appears in many science and technology topics, such as computer networking, neural networks, self-organizing systems, GIS, ecology, and geometry. There are also collaborations (connections) among two or more disciplines (bioengineering, complexity theory, bioinformatics, etc.).

I believe connections between technical and social fields can produce tremendous results. Viewing complex problems through multidisciplinary lenses can produce solutions a specialist may never consider.

The great scientists and inventors of the past rarely worked in a vacuum—they were often true renaissance men, studying in depth such diverse fields as philosophy, history, the fine arts, music, multiple languages, and literature. Genius relies not solely on intelligence, but also creativity.

I hope the future scientists and engineers (and the current researchers and instructors) become participants in this multidisciplinary, cross-campus program called OneBook/Conversations. Read The History of Love. Attend some of the events.

Maybe you’ll find a few connections to your own work.

(For more involvement in the OneBook program, explore the website, check out the book resources, read the blog, and join the discussions on the Facebook group.)

SEL Exhibit – Television Technology… Where Will You Take Us Next?

A new exhibit begins today in the Science & Engineering Library, curated by Mariann Medina.

Here is a description from the curator: “The May SEL exhibit showcases our resources related to a current event – the move from analog TV to digital TV.  Thanks to the engineering work done in the area of television by students and faculty just like you, the march of technological progress continues.  The resources displayed in the exhibit show not only items to support digital TV and its use via HDTV, but it also showcases items that show the history of television and the things that came before.  While some of you may not remember watching the original broadcasts of “I Love Lucy” on one of the first commercially available televisions, we can probably all agree that television has come a long way.  The question is, what comes next?”

Comments are on. Please share your ideas about where television technology is taking us.

SEL Exhibit – SEL Earth Day Participation

Sustainability in the Science & Engineering Library

Texans worth their salt, know the bluebonnet is our state flower. The blooms turn to seed resulting in new blooms next season for later generations to see and admire.

The Science & Engineering Library has mounted an exhibit in conjunction with Central Library and the Architecture & Fine Arts Library to promote awareness of the University of Texas at Arlington involvement in sustainability in all areas of the university community.

Just like bluebonnets which when left alone, turn to seed pods to form a fresh crop the following spring, we, as citizen of the earth must be good stewards of what has been given us.   Across disciplines, sustainability is a prime research area.  The University has been recognized as a leader in sustainability research and sustaining the environment of the campus and community.

New Exhibit — 2007 Nobel Laureates in Science

Join us in congratulating the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureates in Science. The exhibit is curated by our newest librarian, Mariann Medina.

  • Medicine
    Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evan,  and Oliver Smithies
  • Physics
    Albert Fert and Peter Grűnberg
  • Chemistry
    Gerhard Ertl

And hats off to our faculty and students here at UTA whose research may one day earn them a trip to Sweden to receive their own Nobel Prize…

SEL Exhibit — Celebrating Geography Using GIS

SEL invites you to visit a new exhibit, curated by Barbara Howser.

Whether you are biology major with a career goal of becoming an environmental scientist, civil engineering major focusing on transportation research, or environmental engineering graduate student focusing on water and wastewater treatment and modeling, the technology of GIS can bring geography to life for you and show others why geography IS important to them.

See for information about other SEL exhibits.

SEL Exhibit — Supramolecular Chemistry

The Science & Engineering Library presents Supramolecular Chemistry, an exhibit dedicated to the memory of Dr. Dmitry M. Rudkevich and curated by Antoinette Nelson.

Dr. Rudkevich taught in the chemistry department since the fall of 2001, specializing in supramolecular chemistry of gases and volatiles, and synthetic nanochemistry and materials.  His work was important for its wide-ranging applications in creating a cleaner environment and a more accurate, safer delivery of medication. He sought to bring chemistry to a larger audience by providing solutions to practical problems and “demonstrate an innovative approach to chemistry education at all levels.”

We hope this tribute helps to mourn his early loss and celebrate his many achievements. His warm smile and friendly wave will be missed.