Blog taking a break!

January 11, 2008

The Smith College Young Science Library Blog will be taking a break during the Spring 2008 semester. Stay tuned for new posts in the fall!

Also, Rebecca Pappert, the library’s Science Reference Librarian, will be leaving the College as of January 11, 2008. We wish Rebecca much luck as she continues her career at the University of Virginia.

Have a great semester everyone!


Fall Chrysanthemum Show!

November 13, 2007


It’s that wonderful time of year again when the Smith College Botanic Garden has its Annual Fall Chrysanthemum Show! Stop by the conservatory or check out the WEBCAM!

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New Computers in the Science Library!

October 26, 2007

During this busy time of the semester, I often spot students waiting in the wings to grab a computer on the first floor of the library. Due to the increase in computer use over the past year, we have added addition computers in the basement!

Here’s what we have:

  • First floor:
    13 computers for Smith student/faculty/staff use
    3 computers for Five College students/faculty/staff
    1 computer for public use
  • Basement:
    5 computers for Smith student/faculty/staff use
  • Second floor:
    2 computers for Smith student/faculty/staff use

Printing is available on the first and basement levels.

Questions? Ask-A-Librarian!!!

Astronomy Department Star Party!!!

October 18, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

  • What: Astronomy Department Star Party
  • When: 8:30-9:30 pm
  • Where: Roof of McConnell Hall
  • Who: All are welcome!

The Astronomy Department will be having a star party this Thursday, October 18, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Come see the moon and stars through the telescopes on the roof of McConnell Hall. All are welcome–dress warmly!

Field Notes on NPR

October 17, 2007

Looking to learn more about the natural history of New England? Listen to Field Notes on our local NPR station (88.5 FM, WFCR), which airs Monday mornings.

Michael Marcotrigiano, Director of the Botanic Garden here at Smith College, was interviewed recently by Laurie Sanders about interesting mechanisms of seed dispersal.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Science Events this week!

October 15, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

  • What: Discussion on graduate opportunities and careers in Psychology and Neuroscience
  • When:12:15 pm
  • Where: McConnell B05
  • Who: Dr. Christina Wllliams


  • What: Hormones and Cognition: Are male-female differences qualitative or quatitative?
  • When: 4:00 pm
  • Where: McConnell 103
  • Who: Dr. Christina Wllliams, Duke University (hosted by Richard Olivo and Margaret Anderson)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

  • What: Math at IBM
  • When: 12:00 pm
  • Where: Math Forum (Burton 3rd floor)
  • Who: Brenda Dietrich, Director of Mathematical Sciences at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center,


  • What: Study Away Information Session for SEA (Sea Education Association)
  • When: 4:00 pm
  • Where: Bass 102
  • Who: Kimberly Gniadek


  • What: Reclaiming the Future
  • When: 7:00 pm
  • Where: Graham Hall
  • Who: David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus of Geography at University College London

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

  • What: Duke University Graduate School Info Session
  • When: 4:15 pm
  • Where: Bass 102
  • Who: Lisa Rattray, Admissions Officer for Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
  • Refreshments will be served


  • What: Economics Department Lecture: “Are ‘Smart Taxes’ the Answer to Global Climate Change”
  • When: 4:15 pm
  • Where: Stoddard Auditorium
  • Who: N. Greg Mankiw, The Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2003-2005. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in New Keynesian economics

Thursday, October 18, 2007

  • What: LUNCHBAG: “Can Undergraduates do Interdisciplinary Work?
  • When: 12:00 pm
  • Where: Bass 102
  • Who: Virginia Hayssen, Biological Sciences (ES&P) and Leslie King, Sociology (ES&P)

Lunch will be provided

  • What: Neuroscience Presentation of the Major & Minor…Come get connected!
  • When: 12:15 pm
  • Where: McConnell 404

Lunch will be provided . . . bring a beverage

Friday, October 19, 2007

  • What: Presentation of the Geology Major and Minor
  • When: 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Where: Sabin-Reed 101A
  • Who: Come meet the faculty and learn about what they teach. Find out what research opportunities are available.

Lunch will be provided

  • What: Fluorescence Microscopy: Visualizing light emitting molecular markers
  • When: 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Where: Sabin-Reed 411
  • Who: Judith Wopereis, CMI

In fluorescence microscopy light emitting stains are used to visualize the localization, concentration or movement of one or more selected molecules or organelles within a sample. Optical components and applications will be discussed in this workshop designed for anyone intending to use the fluorescence microscope in their research or teaching.


September 25, 2007

I heard this interesting story on NPR yesterday afternoon – a scientist’s quest for the Doomsday Yawn. That is, a yawn *guaranteed* to make others yawn.

Read a small description of the report and listen to the full story HERE.

While listening (and I am really not kidding) I yawned SIX times! Ha!

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