Did you know that you can check out many of the textbooks used on campus from the Library? You can look the books up here by course number, course name, or you can try a keyword search. Then take your student ID to the Library Circulation Desk and tell the person at the desk what book you need. Most textbooks check out for 2 hours at a time (some longer), and some, but not all, can be taken out of the Library. Just be sure to get the book back on time so other students can use it too.
If you need help looking up your textbooks, or if you have any other questions, please be sure to Ask a Librarian.
We are excited to announce the 2016 STEM lectures here in the library. These lectures are hosted in partnership with the Math Department and Science & Business Subdivision.
“X-ray crystallography: Shining a light on protein structure.”
Sept 15th, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Proteins carry out many important cellular functions such as cellular signaling, molecular transport, and catalysing metabolic reactions. The structure of a protein can often give useful insights into how it carries out its function. X-ray crystallography is a technique used by biologists to determine the atomic structure of proteins. I will describe the technique and show some examples of how a protein’s structure reveals insights into its function. David B. Neau, Ph.D. is Staff Scientist, Northeastern Collaborative Access Team, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University
“How do you measure stuff you can’t see?”
Nov 1st, 11am (or 12:30), Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Adam Keil is chemist who detects very small amounts of stuff that might potentially have a very big impact on the world around us. From atmospheric gases in the Arctic to explosives in airports, Adam has worked with universities, governments, and corporations to develop methods and machines for the detection of trace amounts ‘high consequence’ materials. It takes some math, some science, some engineering, and sometimes some luck to find particles at one-millionth of one-millionth of a paperclip. Join Adam as he explains his work and how he got there–both to you and to himself! Adam Keil, Ph.D. is an atmospheric chemist whose doctorate is from Purdue University. He works as a consultant. This event is part of the STEM series.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering!
Nov 15th, 12:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.
While tomorrow night’s opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will certainly be artistic, today’s Olympics lack another kind of artistry that was in place for four decades. From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics included artistic events along side the sporting ones. Over the years, a total of 151 medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, sculpture and literature for works that took their inspiration from sport.
In 1912, the first gold medal for sculpture was awarded to American Walter Winans for his bronze piece, American Trotter. This was Winans’ third Olympic medal however, having already won two for the sport of sharpshooting.
In 1948, a silver medal was won by John Copley for his engraving Polo Players. This made him the oldest ever medal recipient. He no longer holds that title, since the art competitions have been removed from the Olympic record. The 151 medals awarded for arts also no longer count in current countries’ medal counts.
The Olympic art events saw varying levels of popularity over the years. Their removal from the games came about for a different reason though. The Olympics were always meant to be a showcase of the best amateurs from around the world. It was decided that art could no longer be included because the artists were in fact professionals, earning their livings from their works.
Congratulations to MVCC’s Marketing and Creative Services Department! Their design work for our Graphic Novel Symposium won an Award of Excellence in the 2016 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Award Competition. The UCDA annually recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions. Nearly 1,100 print entries were evaluated and only 174 awards were granted. This nice recognition for the work of our designers. They make us look great!