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Student gets expert consultation at Software Carpentry Boot Camp, image by Amy Hodge

It seems there is a boot camp for just about everything these days. But have you heard of a boot camp for scientists that teaches best practices for writing and managing code? That's just what the organization Software Carpentry (SWC) is about. 

Global Game Jam poster, 2014

Global Game Jam

Members of the Stanford community are invited to help create a video game from scratch during the Global Game Jam (GGJ) January 24-26, 2014. The GGJ is a yearly 48-hour game design challenge in which teams from around the world share their passion for games, programming, and graphic design. The goal is for each team around the world to design, test, and develop a new game inspired by the Game Jam’s theme. This year’s theme will be announced during the opening video keynote at 5PM on January 24th. All members of the Stanford community are encouraged to participate regardless of their technical skills and prior game design experience.

For more information, and to register, please visit the Stanford University Global Game Jam website.

Event Details:
When: 5 PM January 24th to 5 PM January 26th.
Where: Meyer Library Room 184

Free Registration:
1) Visit the Stanford University GGJ Registration Website.
2) Click the "Join This Jam Site" button.
3) Create a GGJ Profile.
4) Register.

Stanford’s Global Game Jam team is sponsored by Stanford University Libraries (SUL) and Academic Computing Services (ACS). Please contact the event’s co-organizers, Academic Technology Specialist Carlos Seligo (moth@stanford.edu), and Academic Technology Lab manager Paul Zenke (zenke@stanford.edu), if you have any questions.

What’s Cooking at the UN? United Nations Day 2013

Join us to mark United Nations Day 2013!

What’s Cooking at the UN? Cookbooks, Food Programs and Policies of the United Nations
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Green Library, SSRC Seminar Room (Bing Wing, Room 121A)
 
Program:

• Welcome and Introduction of UN Day and the Food Theme

• Brief History of UN Food Programs (1906 to the present) through the library collections

• "Can I have your recipe?" -- UN cookbooks on display
 
• Let’s Eat! (time to enjoy the food from our library staff!)
 
For more information, contact Kris Kasianovitz (krisk11@stanford.edu).

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, will be appearing at Stanford University's Cemex Auditorium Wednesday October 9, at 7:30 pm. His visit is brought to us by the Stanford Storytelling Project, which will be choosing 2-3 students to come on stage and interview him about his writing and creative life.

Handler is the author of Adverbs, The Basic Eight, and most recently, Why We Broke Up. Under the name Lemony Snicket, he has also written two best selling series: "A Series of Unfortunate Events", and "All the Wrong Questions." He is also a screenwriter, composer, and the adjunct accordionist for the band The Magnetic Fields. His latest book, "When did you See Her Last", will be released on October 15.

Our library has some of Handler's books. You can find them in our Searchworks catalog. We also have a video game based on A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the movie. We also have one book that is credited to Lemony Snicket, and not to Daniel Handler.  How do you feel about that?

Viral Hate

In their new book, Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet, Christopher Wolf and Abraham H. Foxman (of the Anti-Defamation League) report on the growing problem of online hate, and possible societal responses to it. They emphasize the need to protect free expression while protecting personal dignity, and our responsibilities concerning Facebook and Google. Christopher Wolf will discuss these issues on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM in the Neukom Faculty Lounge at Stanford Law School. There will be a reception at 6:00 PM. RSVP is required for this event.

Stanford Safari students pose with Daniel Hartwig, University Archivist

The University Archives was pleased once again to participate in professor Bob Siegel's sophomore college class, "The Stanford Safari." Students learned about the purpose and scope of the Archives' operations and viewed select items from the University's history (yes, that's Leland Stanford's death mask).

Tomorrow, July 17th, at 7:30 PM, Professor James Cavallaro, Director, International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, at Stanford, will speak on "Drone Warfare? Civilian Harms and the Legal, Strategic, and Ethical Challenges," at CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center. He has done fieldwork on drone warfare in Pakistan, and has worked with Central American refugees and activists in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. This lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Stanford Summer Human Rights Program. For more on drones in Stanford Libraries, search Drone aircraft in Searchworks.

Victoria Stodden, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Columbia University, speaks at the afternoon panel discussion.

With the explosive growth in scientific publishing, access to scientific research papers and data has become an increasingly complex affair. Stanford's Forum on the Future of Scientific Publishing on June 27 brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to exchange information about open access to manuscripts and big data.

The Forum was held in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing expanded public access to the results of government-funded research.  The February 2013 memo requires federal agencies sponsoring more than $100 million in annual research expenditures "to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication... Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data." Furthermore, the memo states that data repositories could be maintained either by the federal government or “scholarly and professional associations, publishers and libraries.” The memo directed federal agencies to provide the OSTP with their draft policies by August 22.

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