Rebecca out of town: April 28- May 6

April 27, 2007

Greetings! It is that BUSY time of year when papers are being written, tests being taken and everyone is in a frenzy to wrap up the academic year!

I wanted to let you know that I will be out of town all next week, and will return on May 7th. If you have any questions or research needs, you can do the following:

Good luck, and see you soon!


Science Events this week!

April 16, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

  • What: EdGCM: Modeling the Global Climate
  • When: 12:00 pm
  • Where: Campus Center, Room 103/4
  • Who: Ken Mankoff, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Ken Mankoff is a computer scientist who has spent the past 10 years working for various universities on multiple space agency projects (NASA and the European Space Agency). His focus has been on data processing, analysis, and scientific visualization. He is currently employed by Columbia University and works at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC where he develops climate models.

  • What: Leonhard Euler’s 300th Birthday Celebration
  • When: 12:20 pm
  • Where: Burton Hall, Room 307

Join members of the Mathematics and Statistics department in celebrating Loenhard Euler’s 300th Birthday Celebration! There will be vegan and non-vegan cake, as well as Euler Jeopardy!

  • What: An Inconvenient Truth- Take Two
  • When: 7:00 pm
  • Where: Campus Center, Carroll Room

Come hear a presentation by one of the thousand people trained by Al Gore and The Climate Project. See new slides, hear new information about the climate change issue and its possible effects, and get a chance to ask questions. Presenter Ken Mankoff works at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University where he builds climate models and studies climate change.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

  • What: Experiences of teaching math in rural Columbia
  • When: 12:00 pm
  • Where: Burton Hall, Room 307
  • Who: Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy will speak about her experiences teaching in Colombia last semester.

Friday, April 20, 2007

  • What: Symposium in Honor of H. Allen Curran – the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Geology
  • When: 4:00 pm
  • Where: McConnell Hall, Room 103, reception to follow at College Club at 6:00pm

Symposium in Honor of H. Allen Curran on Friday, April 20, 2007, McConnel 103, at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Smith College Club at 6 p.m. Symposium speakers: Jen Christiansen ’95, Dr. Kelly Halimeda Kilbourne ’98, and Lila Eve gerald ’03. Sponsored by the Smith College geology Department, Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, Lecture Committee, Environmental Science and Policy Program, and the Five College Coastal and Marine Sciences Program.

For more news and events, check out the Smith eDigest!

Get your research groove ON!

April 8, 2007

It’s that nutty time of year when those last, large, looming assignments are in full gear. I have been meeting with many students lately about their research needs.

This post is to remind those of you performing research of a few things:

1. Relax!

Before you panic, step back and take a deep breath. Remember that you are the brightest and the best. Reread the assignment and move forward from there.

2. Get started TODAY!

Don’t wait until the last minute! We know you have several assignments and many other obligations. But, the longer you wait to start your research, the harder it may be to find appropriate resources. Allow enough time to receive items from the other Five Colleges or through Interlibrary Loan.

3. Know what you are looking for!

Before I start searching, I like to know exactly what I need to get started. Determine the following:

  • What is the assignment? (research paper, presentation, part of a portfolio for a semester long assignment)
  • What information do you need to complete the assignment? (i.e. information about the reproduction system of a zebra fish)
  • What TYPE of information is required? (i.e. how is the information packaged: books, journal articles, websites etc.)
  • 4. Before searching for information, organize you thoughts on paper.

    Use the following WORKSHEET to help organize those thoughts. To see an example of how to complete the worksheet, CLICK HERE.

    5. Search for information! (But, where???)

    Start at the libraries Subject Resource Guides (see subject list on right-hand side of page). We certainly don’t expect you to know where to look for information on a topic you are unfamiliar with. These guides provide a list of the best places to begin your research, from books to journal articles!

    6. Don’t struggle with your research!

    Librarians are available in all four of Smith’s libraries to help you get started with your research. Make an appointment TODAY. Also feel free to drop in at any of the libraries to get help on the fly.