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Z $3M Prizes for Math

From today’s NYT: Yuri Milner, the Russian entrepreneur, philanthropist and self-described “failed physicist” who made a splash two years ago when he began handing out lavish cash awards to scientists, announced Thursday that he was expanding the universe of his largess again: This time, he will begin handing out $3 million awards to mathematicians. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/science/3-million-prizes-to-go-to-mathematicians.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

Mini e-books on scientific topics

Woodward Library has access to two collections of short electronic books (50-120 pages) from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Our newest purchase is the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences which covers topics such as biotechnology, cell biology, genomic and molecular medicine, integrated systems physiology and stem cell biology. In addition, we have continued access to […]

UBC researchers named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Three UBC researchers have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Three UBC ecologists who study the natural world at very different scales–from marine ecosystems, to plant and soil systems, to microbial communities–have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest […]

November 27 FIREtalk: Learning Machines

Are you a graduate student at UBC? Consider attending or presenting at the next FIREtalk, “Learning Machines” – of particular interest to science students! Description from the Research Commons website: When: Wednesday, November 27, 4-6 pm Where: Koerner Library, Room 216 What are some cutting edge applications of computers and machines that help improve human […]

Applications for 2014 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award now open

UBC Library is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Established by the Library in 2010, this Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. The recipient will be announced in early 2014 and will receive a framed certificate and $2,000 […]

Today in math – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was born (1884)

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was born when an international conference in Washington, DC, decided “to adopt the meridian passing through the center of the transit instrument at the Observatory of Greenwich as the initial meridian for longitude.” From our MAA friends.

Think computer was first? Try “comptometer”!

Today back in 1887, patent #371,496 issued for the “comptometer,” the first adding machine “absolutely accurate at all times.” It was invented by Dorr Eugene Felt of Chicago; a model was constructed in 1884. From MAA – On This Day in Math

Systematic Review Search Methodology workshop

Embarking on a Systematic, Synthesis, Scoping or Realist Review? Applying for a CIHR grant? Need to know what the search process for locating studies is about? The Systematic Review Search Methodology Workshop may be for you. This 90 minute session will provide an overview of the process for locating relevant studies and recording the methodology. […]

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