The Schwerdtfeger Library News - June 2006

By Jean Phillips, Librarian

Remote Sensing Lecture Materials

The May Folly describes a series of workshops on remote sensing and applications of MODIS and AIRS being taught by CIMSS scientists. Those lecture materials are now a searchable series in the Library's Publications Database. For example, a title search on "CREST" or "New York" will bring up descriptions and links to all of the lectures and lab exercises used at the Environmental Remote Sensing: Lectures at CREST, City College of New York (CCNY), March 2006. Clicking on "Search" without entering any other text will provide a complete list of materials in the database. The idea is to maintain a copy of the lecture materials while providing continued access to workshop students and others.



Campus Wireless Access in the Library

By the end of summer we hope the Library's access to the campus wireless network is operational. DoIT staff will be in the building this June to do the site survey for the Library and the conference rooms on the third floor, followed by installation later this summer. We're excited to be able to bring this capability to all of our visitors.



ASLI's Choice Book Award Announced

At the AMS Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) presented the first ASLI's Choice Book Award to The Arctic Climate System, by Mark C. Serreze and Roger G. Barry, published by Cambridge University Press. This title was chosen for its comprehensiveness, organization, index, references, and web site.

ASLI also awarded two honorable mentions for 2005. Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, published by Cambridge University Press, won for its integration of meteorology and its effects on people and the environment. And Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, by Kerry Emanuel, published by Oxford University Press, was recognized for its integration of art, literature, and science.

AMS Executive Director Keith Seitter hailed the new book award: "Even in this world of electronic content, books continue to play an important role in our science, and this award helps to recognize authors and publishers in our community who produce high-quality books.

ALSI's Choice Award is given for the best book of the year in the fields of meteorology/climatology/atmospheric sciences. The deadline for nominations is 1 November 2006, with the next award to be presented at the 2007 AMS Annual Meeting and ASLI Conference in San Antonio, Texas. [from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society v.87, no.5, May 2006]


New Tools for Science Policy: Theory & Method

“As incredible as it may seem, science policy has few useful theories and no rigorous methods for assessing and improving the societal value of research. Public investments in science are almost always justified on the basis of desired social outcomes, yet we cannot even begin to answer questions about why one particular type or level of investment might be better than another for achieving a particular outcome. We cannot, that is, make even a rudimentary stab at determining whether our current research portfolio is anywhere close to optimal in terms of achieving the outcomes that society expects from it.”

Here is a collection of papers from the members of The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. [NSF SciTech Library Newsletter, April 19, 2006]



New E-Books and Reports

An Assessment of Balance in NASA’s Science Programs. National Academy Press, 2006.

The Condition of Education. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, 2006.

Federal Funds for R&D: FY 2003-05. National Science Foundation, 2006.

Issues Affecting the Future of the U.S. Space Science and Engineering Workforce: Interim Report. National Academy Press, 2006.

Principal-Investigator-Led Missions in the Space Sciences. National Academy Press, 2006.

Science and Engineering State Profiles: 2003-04. (NSF 06-314). National Science Foundation, 2006.

“Sensitive But Unclassified” Information and Other Controls: Policy and Options for Scientific and Technical Information (RL33303). Congressional Research Service, 2006.

She Figures: Statistics and Indicators. European Commission, 2006.



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