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The Stanford Chemistry Department's Student Activity Committee, the Stanford Chemistry Department, and the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library are co-hosting ACS on Campus at Stanford which will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 8:30am - 6:30pm in the Huang Engineering Center, Room 300 (Mackenzie Room). 

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend.  You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants.

Ebola

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the deadliest ever. To find out more about Ebola, see the pages issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (including a response plan), as well as the MedlinePlus Web Topic on Hemorrhagic Fevers. For articles and more, try the "Special Reports and Hot Topics" link from the database Access World News for a special report on Ebola, and the Lane Medical Library.

Cover image of Radioactive

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a tale of love & fallout by Lauren Redniss which is part of Stanford's 2014 Three Books Program is available in Cubberley Library's Curriculum Collection.  Check out other books on science for children and young adults that are also part of this collection.

Violin bridge

The Brompton’s Book of Violin and Bow Makers, by Jon Dilworth, is a biographical dictionary of violin (and viola, viola, ‘cello and bass) makers as well as bow makers in Europe and the United States.  Jon Dilworth, violin maker and connoisseur, spent many years collecting this information in part through his association with Amati Instruments Limited, in the form of note cards, photographs, and digital files. The work builds upon the corpus of knowledge of lutherie (the art and craft of making fine stringed instruments) established by earlier seminal works such as Henley’s Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers, Vannes’ Dictionnaire universel des luthiers, and Lütgendorff’s Die Geigen und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart.

Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty by Austin Sarat, published by Stanford University Press

Whatever your opinion on the death penalty is, there is no doubt that the three mishandled executions this past year (most recently this week in Arizona) were an unpleasant reminder of the complex nature of the law itself. Legal Scholar Austin Sarat, author of Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, published by Stanford University Press, discussed the subject on NPR's Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. Sarat provided historical context and an unbiased explanation of the current state of the death penalty in America.

Tape container for Wind (1961)

The Archive of Recorded Sound is delighted to announce that the Richard Maxfield Collection (ARS.0074) can now be listened to online, via the collection's finding aid on the Online Archive of California. This collection features nine distinct works by electronic music composer Richard Maxfield, composed between 1959-1964, four of which are believed to be previously unpublished (Dromenom, Electronic Symphony, Suite from Peripateia, and Wind). Additionally, as Maxfield frequently produced unique edits of his work for each performance, many of the open tape reels that form this collection include alternative edits to those previously published, such as the tapes for Amazing Grace which feature three different versions of the work. 

Happy Birthday to Aldous Huxley, born July 26, 1894!

“There are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors of perception.”
-Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley is widely known as the author of Brave New World, The Doors of Perception, and Island. Did you know he was also the grandson of scientist Thomas Henry Huxley, a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for Pride and Prejudice (1940), lectured on the “Human Potential” at The Esalen Institute in the 1960’s, and was once Eric Arthur Blair’s French teacher at Eton College before Eric went on to write 1984 and Animal Farm with the pen name George Orwell?

Special Collections at Stanford University Libraries has a sketchbook, which Huxley used when he was 17 years old. Dated March 7-July 6, 1912, it is possible that Huxley brought the sketchbook along with him during his travels through Marburg, Germany before attending Oxford University in the fall of 1913.

Altmetric donut

Save the date!  Two workshops on Altmetric will be offered on Monday, August 4, 2014.  One aimed at library staff will be held from 1:30-3:00 PM and a second one for library users will be held from 3:15-4:15 PM.  The speakers for both sessions are Sara Rouhi, Altmetric, and Kortney Capretta, Digital Science (Altmetric's parent company).

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