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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 life? What are the different approaches to the study and design of learning and intelligence? How can systems learn from data? What natural behaviors can be simulated by a machine? Can the brain be interpreted as a computer? How do our cultural perceptions of machines influence the way we interact with them? Where can speculative fiction and other works of the imagination take artificial intelligence?

More details at:
http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/fire-talks/2013-2014-fire-talks/learning_machines/

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 cash. All UBC faculty, staff and students are eligible.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 25, 2013. For more information or to download the application, please visit http://scholcomm.ubc.ca/news-and-events/award

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. It will also provide tips, techniques and tools for managing the process.

When? Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Where? Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

Please register at:  http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4420

UBC and the National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada September 18th, 2013

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UBC is suspending classes on September 18th so that faculty, students and staff can participate in the National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada that begins in Vancouver that day and lasts until September 21. This is a significant event. UBC is participating in many ways. You can see a list of events here. For more background information, please see: http://irsi.aboriginal.ubc.ca/ and https://confluence.library.ubc.ca:8443/display/SL/Aboriginal+engagement+resources+and+services

 

On September 18th, Woodward Library will participate by opening up the McKechnie Room at 9 AM and sharing the live-stream webcast of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s British Columbia event being held at the PNE in Vancouver. Full program is available here. In the McKechnie room there will also be some art supplies if you want to respond to the information you are hearing and create a collage or other artistic expression.

Today in Physics – Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator switched on at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. – September 10, 2008

Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator switched on at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.

Upcoming Workshops @ Woodward Library Sept-Oct 2013

Or under “Workshops & Events” on the UBC Library Website http://library.ubc.ca
Unless otherwise noted all workshops take place in Woodward Library Computer Lab (Room B25)
 
Introduction to Searching Pubmed
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Pubmed is a free interface to Medline, which is the premier database for the health sciences. Come to the introductory workshop to learn how to search Pubmed, including how to search using both keywords and MeSH subject headings, limit your results to specific types of studies, and quickly find articles relevant to clinical care.
 
Introduction to Medline via OvidSP for Health Science Research
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 2:00PM
If you’re doing health science research you need to know how to search in Medline, the premier database for the health sciences. This two-hour workshop provides a general introduction to searching Medline using OvidSP, including what content is included, searching using keywords and subject headings (MeSH), and limiting results to specific types of articles. The majority of the time will be spent doing hands-on activities.  
 
Native Health Database
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
A brief workshop on the Native Health Database – a boutique database from the University of New Mexico on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations. We’ll examine its strengths and its connections to Pubmed. Is it an effective way to begin research on aboriginal health? Is your research listed in the database? This workshop will be held in Woodward Library’s McKechnie room, which is located beside the reference desk. If you need any help please ask for directions at the front desk.
 
Citation Management Using RefWorks
Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
If you need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work, citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work. This hands-on workshop introduces briefly the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for using RefWorks, a popular citation management tool licensed by UBC Library.
 
Citation Management Using Mendeley
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 2:00PM – 4:00PM
If you need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work, citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work. This hands-on workshop introduces briefly the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for installing and using Mendeley, one of the most popular citation management tools.
 
Systematic Review Search Methodology Workshop
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 11:30AM – 1:00PM
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. It will also provide tips, techniques and tools for managing the process.
 
SciFinder
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Scifinder provides you with full access to the Chemical Abstracts database going back to 1907! Chemical Abstracts is one of the most comprehensive databases for chemistry and chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, electrochemistry, metallurgy and materials science and pharmacology.
 
Introduction to Grey Literature for Health Sciences
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Learn about searching for grey literature, including conference proceedings and abstracts, reports & publications, theses and dissertations, and other non-traditional publications.
 
Serious Google for Science
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
This workshop will focus on various commands and tricks that can make your Google searches more precise and efficient: using Google Earth and 3D buildings functions, reverse dictionaries, snippets search, Google trends, Google Maps, equations, creating alerts, image searches and of course Google commands.