9th Floor News


Houston Cole Library, 9th floor, Science and Medicine

A Few New Titles for 9th Floor

Norton, Trevor
Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation
R 853.S44 N67 2011

Stepan, Nancy
Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?
RA 643 .S74 2011

Aczel, Amir D.
A Strange Wilderness: the Lives of the Great Mathematicians
QA 21 .A29 2011

Schwalbe, Michael
Smoke Damage: Voices From the Front Lines of America’s Tobacco Wars
RA 1242.T6 S33x 2011
More information: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4966.htm

Filed under: biology, books, Health, Library, Medicine, science

New Books on 9th

The 9th floor of the Houston Cole Library contains books in many science and health-related subject areas. The books we have gotten recently include these:

Eastoe, Jane, Victorian Pharmacy: Rediscovering Remedies and Recipes
RS 67.G7 E195 2010

Mednieks, Zigurd R., Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices
QA 76.76.A65 P7684x 2011
More information

Epstein, Paul R., Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do About It
RA 793 .E67 2011

Filed under: alerts, books, climate, Environment, Health, Library

Number of Facebook friends linked to size of brain regions, study suggests

Number of Facebook friends linked to size of brain regions, study suggests.

Filed under: Blogs, Links, online social networks

What is This?

The “this” referred to in the title is a QR code, short for Quick Response, a 2-dimensional barcode that can be used for a variety of purposes, including e-mail, Web links, and address book information. The codes  are appearing in magazine ads, stores and libraries.

I have posted some QR codes around 9th floor, in the call number areas that correspond to the ones on the Biology 103 Lab handout, available on the Web at http://www.jsu.edu/library/pdfs/handouts/BY103.pdf. If you scan the code with your smartphone’s camera using QR code reading software, it will display a link to the  URL for the handout.

Find QR code readers in the application store for your phone (iTunes Store, Android Market, Blackberry App World, etc.) by searching for QR. You may also find QR codes for various apps.

Filed under: JSU, Library

More New Books

Selected 9th floor featured new books are listed below. Check them out. (A little library humor. Very little, right?)

Russell, Matthew A.
Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Social Media Sites

QA 76.9.D343 R87 2011

Burton, Rob
Nursing: Transition to Professional Practice
RT 86.7 .N9425 2011

Battenhausen, Leo J.
Defeating Depression: the Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction
RC 537 .B3454x 2011

National Weather Service
Weather Spotter’s Field Guide : a Guide to Being a SKYWARN Spotter
QC 941 .W433x 2011
Also in electronic book format

Have you filled out the Houston Cole Library Mobile Device Assessment Survey?  The link is available in an e-mail messages. Students can opt to enter a drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card.

This blog post doesn’t look bad in the WordPress Android App, which I used to post the first part. My smartphone typing skillz are not up to those of our students’.

Filed under: alerts, books, Library

CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog

CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog.

Filed under: alerts, Health

Featured New Book

Parsons, Paul
The Science of Dr. Who
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Q 173 .P277 2010

According to Choice, “Parsons, a scientist and journalist, is an unabashed fan of Doctor Who and does a good job of making the convoluted plots and characters decipherable, even to non-aficionados, and of explaining the research and science, often cutting edge, that has even a change of making the plots possible… ”

More information on this book  from Johns Hopkins University Press

Filed under: books, Library, science

New 9th Floor Books

Some interesting books have arrived on the 9th floor recently. (Some recent arrivals may be on display on the lobby kiosk.)

Ouellete, Jennifer
The Calculus Diaries:How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
QA 303.2 .O94 2010

From the book’s website: “The Calculus Diaries is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage, diet, and the rides at Disneyland, to surfing in Hawaii, shooting craps in Vegas, and warding off zombies famished for tasty fresh brains.”

According to the Bio on this website, Ouellette is a recovering English major who stumbled into science writing.


Hosler, Jay S.
Art by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon.
Evolution: The Story of Life On Earth
QH 367 .H675 2011

From the book’s website:

“An accessible graphic introduction to evolution for the most science-phobic reader.”

Jay Hosler is a professor of biology at Juniata College and the author/illustrator of two graphic novels and several science cartoons. Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, illustrators of numerous graphic novels and comic books, live in Minneapolis.

Filed under: biology, books, science

Featured 9th Floor Book

One interesting thing about the 9th floor of the Houston Cole Library is the variety of subjects and viewpoints that are included in the science and medicine subject areas in the Library of Congress Q and R classifications housed here.

A recently arrived title is Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat:
Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University professor of psychology.  The call number is QL 85 .H47 2010.

See more about Herzog  and the book at the author’s website, the publisher’s website, or the professor’s Facebook page.

For more information, consult books in the LC subject area of Human-animal relationships, which encompasses other subject areas such as animal rights and animal welfare. To conduct  a subject search in our online catalog, select Subject from the Search By: menu to the right of the search box. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: alerts, biology, books, science, zoology

JSU Library Thanksgiving Holiday

Just a reminder that Houston Cole Library will close at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 23, and will reopen Sunday, November 28, for the regular hours of 3-11 pm. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Filed under: alerts, JSU, Library

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