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Chemistry: Weekly Newsletter & New Books

Library & research resources for students in the Chemistry program at Caltech.

Weekly Newsletter & New Books

Library News

DIPPR Unavailable tomorrow 9/19: September 19th the DIPPR website ( will be inaccessible from 8 AM PDT to 2 PM PDT for a planned migration of the site to AIChE servers and domain reassignment.

Fall Term Textbook Adoptions CLOSED, Course Reserves due Friday Sept. 29th: The deadline for entering textbooks that will be required purchases for students has passed. If you still need assistance, please contact me.
The deadline for entering books for Course Reserve for the Library is Friday, September 29th. Any books that are requested for adoption will automatically be put on reserve. However, if you are NOT requiring your students to purchase textbooks, you must still request any books you would like to have available to them at the Library through Adopt A Text. Please note: even if you are using the same textbook as a previous term, the textbook still needs to be entered for this term. Please submit your requests by the posted deadlines to ensure that materials will be available in a timely manner to your students!

More Information about Course Reserves
More Information about Adopt-A-Text

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like assistance with either of these services.

New Wireless Networks Available in SFL: The Sherman Fairchild Library has been upgraded with the new IMSS wireless networks, Caltech Secure and Caltech Visitor. If you are using your own laptop in SFL, connect to the Caltech Secure network using your access.Caltech credentials. Currently, laptops for checkout at SFL are still on the old networks so as to provide compatibility across campus. They will have limited (if any) network access within SFL. For more information, please see the IMSS Wireless Network Refresh project page or visit the SFL Circulation Desk for more assistance.

New Version of Reaxys Coming Soon: Reaxys 2.0 will be made the default interface for Reaxys within the coming weeks. A specific date for the changeover will be announced when it is available. Classic Reaxys will still be available for use until the end of November, but will be discontinued by Elsevier after that time. Again, exact dates will be published when known. Once you have used Reaxys 2.0 in a browser, you may need to clear your browser cache to return to using Classic Reaxys. If you have any questions about the changeover, or how to use Reaxys (either version), please get in touch with me.

New Backfile Purchases - Helvetica Chimica Acta and Inorganic Syntheses: The Caltech Library has acquired the complete electronic backfiles for Helvetica Chimica Acta and the book series Inorganic Syntheses. Please note this does NOT include current issues at this time. They may be access directly through the following links:
Helvetica Chimica Acta, 1918-2015 - For current issue access, please request via DocuServe.
Inorganic Syntheses - Includes all volumes up to and including Vol. 36.

Library Instruction

Overleaf - Advanced Training, Wednesday 9/20, 1-2:30pm, Annenberg Lecture Hall

John Hammersley, co-developer of Overleaf, will offer some tips and tricks to make the most out of this collaborative, scientific writing platform. He will also give an update on the integration of ShareLaTeX with Overleaf. This session is meant for people who are already using these platforms. Bring your questions!

Register for this class!

You And Your Thesis - Wednesday, 10/4, 2-3pm, SFL 328 (Multimedia Conference Room)

This class will give a brief overview of techniques useful in the production and publication of Caltech electronic theses, including tips on formatting and submitting. It will also touch on intellectual property considerations and access, as well as thesis dissemination policies. Additional topics may include author identification (ORCIDs) and preservation of thesis-related research data.

More information:
Caltech Theses LibGuide

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Chemistry / Biochemistry

Ongoing Ebook Trials:

Elsevier Chemistry Titles

Engineering / Materials

More titles coming soon!

Professional Development

More titles coming soon!

Chemistry / Biochemistry (7/31/17)

Fundamentals of Classical Statistical Thermodynamics: Dissipation, Relaxation and Fluctuation Theorems (Evans, 2016) [Ebook]
Explains thermodynamics and generalizes the subject so it can be applied to small nano- or biosystems, arbitrarily far from or close to equilibrium. In addition, nonequilibrium free energy theorems are covered with a rigorous exposition of each one. Throughout, the authors stress the physical concepts along with the mathematical derivations.

Biology / Medicine (8/28/17)

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics of Macromolecular Systems (Bachmann, 2014) [Ebook]
reviews the statistical mechanics concepts and tools necessary for the study of structure formation processes in macromolecular systems that are essentially influenced by finite-size and surface effects. Readers are introduced to molecular modeling approaches, advanced Monte Carlo simulation techniques, and systematic statistical analyses of numerical data. Applications to folding, aggregation, and substrate adsorption processes of polymers and proteins are discussed in great detail.

Piecewise Deterministic Processes in Biological Models (Rudnicki & Tyran-Kamińska, 2017) [Ebook]
Presents a concise introduction to piecewise deterministic Markov processes (PDMPs), with particular emphasis on their applications to biological models. Presents examples of biological phenomena, such as gene activity and population growth, where different types of PDMPs appear: continuous time Markov chains, deterministic processes with jumps, processes with switching dynamics, and point processes.

Performance standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, 27th edition, M100 (CLSI, 2017)
Provides updated tables for the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute antimicrobial susceptibility testing standards M02-A12, M07-A10, and M11-A8.

Fundamentals of biomedical optics: from light interactions with cells to complex imaging systems (Boudoux, 2017)
Covers tissue optics as well as optical imaging system design concepts.

Computational Approaches to Protein Dynamics : From Quantum to Coarse-Grained Methods
Presents modern biomolecular computational techniques that address protein flexibility/dynamics at all levels of theory. An international contingent of leading researchers in chemistry, physics, and biology show how these advanced methods provide insights into dynamic aspects of biochemical processes. A particular focus is on intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which lack a well-defined three-dimensional structure and function as dynamic ensembles.

Engineering / Materials (7/24/17)

Sustainable Solvents: Perspectives from Research, Business and International Policy (Clark et al., 2017) [Ebook]
Explores the solvent life cycle, highlighting the challenges faced at various points, from production, through the supply-chain and downstream use to end-of-life treatment. Discusses the potential benefits that a green chemistry and bio-based economy approach could bring.

Professional Development (8/28/17)

Propose, Prepare, Present (Croll, 2013) [Ebook]
Every year, tens of thousands of companies—from industry giants to aspiring upstarts—apply to speak at conferences. What does it take to be chosen to speak, and to rock the mic when given the chance? This book takes you behind-the-scenes of the conference process, showing you how to submit, plan, and deliver a talk that matters.