Schwerdtfeger Library News
October 1998


Science's Next Wave

Science's Next Wave has been made available to the UW campuses through a consortial agreement with other CIC institutions.  It is a weekly on-line publication that covers scientific training, career development, and the science job market.  The Next Wave is published by SCIENCE magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  It is a not-for-profit publication.  The Next Wave publishes features, news items, career columns, and perspectives in these areas;  job market news, career transitions, career and job-hunting news, family and career issues, women in science, science's big debates.  Scientists at different stages of their careers will find the site useful:  grad students, post docs, scientists in industry, faculty members,  undergraduates.  [Science's Next Wave,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1998.]

WWW Ethics Center for Engineering and Science

The WWW Ethics Center for Engineering and Science was established in the fall of 1995 under a grant (#SBR-9511862) from the National Science Foundation.  The mission of the Ethics Center is to provide engineers, scientists, science and engineering students with resources useful for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work life.  The Center is also intended to serve teachers of engineering and science students who want to include discussion of ethical problems closely related to a technical subject as a part of science and engineering courses, or in free-standing subjects in professional ethics or in research ethics for such students.  The Ethics Center has a distinguished group of advisors who consult on the development of the Center and who come from a variety of disciplines in addition to engineering and science.  [WWW Ethics Center for Engineering and Science National Science Foundation,  5 September 1998.]

You can also get to the Ethics Center from the Electronic Library.  Select, "Resources in the Electronic Library" then move to, "Reference Resources" and then to, "WWW Ethics Center."

JSTOR:  Journal Storage Project

JSTOR is a full-text database of more than 50 core journals in the fields of anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, and sociology.  Coverage begins with volume one of each title and usually continues through the early 1990s.  Graphs, photographs, and other images are included.

Approximately 300 institutions subscribe to JSTOR.  September 1998 marked the highest monthly usage of JSTOR.  There were 562,542 meaningful accesses recorded, 20% higher than the previous peak of 467,765 accesses in April 1998.  Meaningful accesses include journal-related files such as tables of contents and citations, accesses to article pages, number of articles printed, and numbers of searches performed.  Total accesses for the UW for 1998 equal 44,084.

From the main Electronic Library menu, click on "Resources in the Electronic Library," then go to "Electronic Journals, Texts, Images..." and then, to "JSTOR."


Catalog of Databases and Reports from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center--ORNL (.pdf, 68p.)

This report catalogues the titles, authors, years, and brief descriptions for databases and reports from the Carbon dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) at the Oak Ridge national Laboratory.  The reports, many of which are available on-line, focus on the greenhouse effect and global climate change.  The catalog is divided into US Department of Energy (DOE) reports, CDIAC reports, CDIAC numeric data and computer model products,a and databases.  Author and title indexes are available.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

Technology Counts '98--Education Week on the Web

Sticking to its goal of being "the" place on the World Wide Web for people
interested in education reform, schools, and the policies that guide them,"
Education Week on the Web (reviewed in the September 13, 1996 Scout
has just released a special report on the effectiveness of technology in
schools. In particular, the report addresses concerns that the presence of
computers in schools hasn't raised test scores. Technology Counts '98
considers the effectiveness of technology from several angles, namely:
"technology's impact on test scores and school climate" (based on how
students performed on the 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress
mathematics exam); ten case studies of "schools that are using technology
to foster goals of the education reform movement;" and third, a review of
state activities and suggested policies. This timely report offers "the
most recent national and state-by-state data on technology access,
capacity, and use."  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

Science Education News (AAAS)

Six times per year, Science Education News informs readers of science, mathematics, and technology education activities carried out by AAAS, its affiliates, and other organizations.  Other items of interest are included.  [NSF Library Newsletter, 10/9/98]

The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia

Jean Schneider, of the Observatoire de Paris, put together this no-nonsense
site featuring current information on the "detection and study of
extrasolar planets, including exobiology." Schneider's commitment to the
subject is clear with the inclusion of detailed scientific and technical
articles, a tutorial (by Arizona State University) on the detection of
extrasolar planets, and a hyperlinked bibliography of some 200 scientific
journal articles, books, and reports. A catalog of extrasolar planets (with
links to the scientific articles describing them) features dozens of
confirmed planets (or brown dwarfs) around main sequence stars or pulsars,
in addition to disks and unconfirmed objects. Whether you are a dedicated
amateur or pro (and read English or French), these pages are clearly
designed and well worth the orbit. [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

Cool Science for Curious Kids [Java]

Kids can explore animal classifications, dust particles in the air, the
stages of a butterfly's life, and which plant parts to use in a garden
salad, at this simple and well-designed site. With support from the
Precollege and Public Science Education Program of the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, five museums have contributed questions, activities, and
factual information on individual sections in Cool Science for Curious
Kids. Tips for parents and links to the contributing museums complete the
site. [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]
http://www.EngineeringJobs.Com/ is a wonderful resource for engineers seeking employment an employers looking for engineers.  Job seekers can explore over 100 career databases and companies; post resumes; send a resume to special recruiters; research companies; or explore the engineering tools, references, societies, and organizations.  Company pages are listed alphabetically.  Employers can review posted resumes or list job openings.
[Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

NOVA Online--Teachers

NOVA Online--Teachers offers science educators a starting point for lesson plans and scientific activities.  The hot Science section provides a multitude of activities that teachers can incorporate into their science curriculum.  Topics include animals, the human body, ancient cultures, space, earth, physics, and an odds and ends compendium.  Lesson Ideas and Teacher's Exchange allow teachers to share concepts and lesson plans.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

The Basics of Design Engineering

A product of Penton publishing, the Basics of Design Engineering is a wonderful introduction to this field of engineering.  The site is divided into eight chapters--Motion Control, CAD/CAM, Materials, Mechanical Systems and Components, Fluid Power, Electrical and Electronic Fastening and Joining, and Training/Outsourcing.  Each chapter is further broken into multiple sections making information easy to access.

Performance Computing

Miller Freeman Inc. furnishes this magazine, which is geared towards Unix users and provides recent news in the field of computing.  Contents of the online magazine are divided into seven main categories:  Features, Opinions, Columns, Reviews, a Buyer's Guide, new Products, and a highlights overview.  The site also features a weekly News column.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]


inScight is a joint project of Science (journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Academic Press.  inscight offers daily news features from the world of scientific research (produced by the Science newsroom).  Each daily feature links to related sites, including research updates, Academic Press publications, and other web resources.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

Life on Mars Revisited

1. Assessing Extraterrestrial Biomass
2. Researchers Assess Biological Potential Of Mars, Early Earth And
3. Meteorite Yields Evidence of Primitive Life on Early Mars--NASA
4. Life on Mars?--NASA
5. Life on Mars
6. Mars Global Surveyor Mission: Overview and Status
7. Mars Global Surveyor
8. Welcome to the Mars Missions, Year 2000 and Beyond!
9. Mars

When NASA researchers from the Johnson Space Center and Stanford University
announced they had found combined evidence in 1996 "that strongly suggests
primitive life may have existed on Mars more than 3.6 billion years ago,"
scientists buzzed with excitement at the possibility of life on Mars. Two
weeks ago, the discovery of rock-eating microbes one mile beneath the ocean
floor (published in the August 14, 1998 issue of _Science_) seemed to make
that possibility more likely. But last week, new evidence based on
geochemical models was discovered that indicates that, while basic
geological conditions on Mars may meet life's minimal requirements, the
biological potential of the red planet seems unlikely. The nine resources
listed above provide background information, specifics, and commentary on
the hunt for Life on Mars.

Two news articles, (1) "Assessing Extraterrestrial Biomass" from Access
Excellence and (2) "Researchers Assess Biological Potential Of Mars, Early
Earth And Europa" from EurekAlert!, report the new findings from the
University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. (3)
"Meteorite Yields Evidence of Primitive Life on Early Mars" documents
NASA's original 1996 discovery. (4) NASA's "Life On Mars?" homepage offers
background information on Mars meteorites, fact sheets, and Audio coverage
of the Life on Mars news conference. (5) (discussed in the
August 5, 1998 Scout Report for Science & Engineering--see
provides this special page that is devoted to Life on Mars including
background information on the planet, Pathfinder Journey coverage, and
details of the Mars debate, among other information. (6) These eight recent
articles from _Science_ magazine will be useful to those interested in the
scientific details of the Martian surface, Mars's thermal emissions, or
Martian topography. (7) NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab provides this spectacular
page, offering the latest images from Mars. Many previous pictures (in
color and black-and-white) are listed by theme/topic, release date, or MSSS
release number. (8) This site gives viewers a glimpse into current and
future Mars Missions, from Mars Pathfinder to Mars Surveyor 2001. Check the
Mars Exploration Education Program for curriculum information, fact sheets,
slides, and external links. (9) The National Space and Science Data Center
provides this site that lists Internet resources on and about Mars. Content
ranges from K-12 information to geophysics data, to spectacular color
images of the red planet.  [Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-1998.]

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