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Rock fractures

Faculty retire, projects end, and the outputs of important research languish on forgotten hard drives and servers. It happens all the time. But retiring Professors Atilla Aydin and David Pollard wanted to be sure it didn't happen to them. For 25 years they co-directed the Stanford Rock Fracture Project (RFP) in the Geology and Environmental Sciences Department, but they were concerned about the long-term availability of the research outputs of that project once they retired. 

Until they found out about the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).

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The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) met outside Shepherdstown, West Virginia at the National Conservation Training Center on September 1-2, 2015.  The full report of the meeting including the Powerpoints from the subcommittees and lightning sessions are available on the NGAC Website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. 

On July 23rd and 24th, 2015, Stanford's Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics (CEHG) and Data Management Services co-sponsored a Software Carpentry Workshop on Stanford University campus. Software Carpentry is a non-profit volunteer organization focused on teaching researchers core computing skills for getting more done in less time and with less pain. The workshop had twenty-one participants, including graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, who all gathered in the teaching corner of the Branner Earth Sciences Library for two intense days of learning.

Theremin demonstrating his instrument, Stanford University, 1991

Earlier this year, I reported on recent work the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS) had undertaken to preserve video footage of Leon Theremin's visit to Stanford in 1991. In addition to participating in a symposium during his visit, hosted by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Theremin was also the guest of honor at a concert held in Frost Amphitheater on September 27, 1991 during the Stanford Centennial Finale Weekend. The video footage preserved by the ARS earlier in the year unfortunately only included part of this notable concert. It was found to be missing some key performances, including an arrangement of Rachmaninov's Vocalise, featuring Theremin's daughter Natasha Theremin playing the vocal parts on her father's instrument, accompanied by Max Mathews conducting the orchestral parts with his radio batons. This footage was presumed lost...until now. 

New Resources in Branner Library

Following is a listing of new print and e-books recently added to the Branner Earth Sciences Library.

  1. Robert F. Austin, David P. DiSera, Talbot J. Brooks. 2016

  2. John R. Jensen (University of South Carolina). 2016

  3. Noel P. James (Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada,, Brian Jones (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E3, Canada, 2016

  4. Damian Nance (The Ohio State University), Brendan Murphy (St. Francis Xavier University). 2016