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Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (CCE): Newsletter

Library information and resources for the CCE Division at Caltech. Resources for this guide were originally compiled and maintained by Dana Roth.


Library News

The Top Tips & Tricks Most ChemDraw Users Don't Know - April 14, 11:00 a.m. PDT
Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily search through disparate files and locations for your chemistry data, reuse and repurpose your work, and report on your chemistry research in a more efficient and streamlined way? Pierre Morieux, Ph.D., aka the ChemDraw Wizard, will share the latest user-acclaimed tips that can boost productivity and accelerate your chemistry research communication. Join us for a live webinar to learn how to create and share publication-worthy reports in just a few clicks.
Register here!

ACS - Preparing Students for Collaborative Work Beyond Graduation - April 15, 11am PDT
With the growing interdisciplinary nature of science, increasingly diverse workforce, and pandemic-induced changes in the workplace, the ability to collaborate and work effectively in teams is more important than ever. Understanding employer expectations and the process of obtaining skills is informing new approaches for developing students’ team skills.
Register for Free!

Research Information Town Hall - April 15, 12pm: Please join us on Zoom for a Research Information Town Hall on Thursday, April 15 from 12–1pm to discuss the findings of our Caltech Ownership of Research Information survey, the data sharing and management requirements of funders such as the NSF and NIH, and recommendations for core campus data services. The report represents our analysis of the survey results, the concerns we have identified for data and code produced at Caltech, and our recommended next steps in addressing these issues.  We look forward to discussing the report with all Caltech researchers at this upcoming Zoom town hall.
Read the Ownership of Research Information report
Register to attend the Town Hall

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) FINAL EVENT - April 19, 5pm: Come watch the finalists in Caltech's 2021 3MT Competition compete for over $5,000 in prizes!!!
Register to watch the final competition LIVE!

Library Services During COVID-19: Pickup window hours at Sherman Fairchild library are Monday - Friday 12pm-4pm, Saturday 11am-2pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. Please see our COVID-19 Services page for more detailed information.

Library Classes

Finding U.S. Maps Online (Zoom Session)
Wednesday April 14, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:00am - PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED

Are you looking for geological or topographic maps online? This class will show various websites where you can find free maps online used in the geological sciences. We’ll show colorful detailed geologic maps, as well as historical and current topographic maps for the United States. You will learn how to navigate these sites to find exactly what you are looking for. Highly recommended if you are new to the geological sciences, but all are welcome.

You And Your Thesis (Zoom Session)
Wednesday April 21, 2021 - 2:00 - 3:30pm - PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED

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. This class is limited to current Caltech faculty, students and staff with a valid email address.

Introduction to Zotero (Zoom Session)
Wednesday April 28, 2021 - 2:00 - 3:00pm - PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED

Are you writing a research paper or ready to start your thesis? Looking for an easy way to collect, organize, share, and cite sources? 'Introduction to Zotero' may be just the quick-start session you need. Zotero is an open-source, community-developed citation manager similar to EndNote. Demonstrations will include importing citations into Zotero from academic sources, making bibliographies, using Microsoft Word with Zotero, sharing citations, and other topics as audience interest dictates (and as time allows).

Check out our full list of classes - new offerings will be added throughout the term!

Recently Added Titles

Chemistry / Biochemistry

Computational materials, chemistry, and biochemistry: from bold initiatives to the last mile
In Honor of William A. Goddard’s Contributions to Science and Engineering
(Shankar et al., 2021)
Print ||  Electronic This book provides a broad and nuanced overview of the achievements and legacy of Professor William (“Bill”) Goddard in the field of computational materials and molecular science. Leading researchers from around the globe discuss Goddard’s work and its lasting impacts, which can be seen in today’s cutting-edge chemistry, materials science, and biology techniques. Each section of the book closes with an outline of the prospects for future developments.

An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 2nd Ed (Swendson, 2020) [Ebook]
Throughout the book, there is a strong emphasis on computational methods to make abstract concepts more concrete.

Now Available - ACS InFocus Series!
Titles include Machine Learning in Chemistry, Alternative Careers in Science, Metal-Organic Frameworks, and more on the way.
Please note these ebooks are not available as downloadable PDFs. For information on offline access and more please visit the InFocus Series FAQ.

Biology / Medicine

Biomolecular feedback systems (Del Vecchio and Murray, 2015) [Ebook]
Provides an accessible introduction to the principles and tools for modeling, analyzing, and synthesizing biomolecular systems.

Engineering / Materials Science

Continuum mechanics of solids (Anand and Govindjee, 2020) [Ebook]
Presents a unified treatment of the major concepts in Solid Mechanics for beginning graduate students in the many branches of engineering. The fundamental topics of kinematics in finite and infinitesimal deformation, mechanical and thermodynamic balances plus entropy imbalance in the small strain setting are covered as they apply to all solids.

Professional Development

The scientific attitude: defending science from denial, fraud, and pseudoscience (McIntyre, 2019) [Ebook]
In this book, Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude”—caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why even a failed theory can help us to understand what is special about science.

The science of diversity (Weissmark, 2020) [Ebook]
Reveals the theories, principles, and paradigms that illuminate people’s understanding of the issues surrounding human diversity, social equality, and justice.

Super courses: the future of teaching and learning (Bain, 2021) [Ebook]
Education expert and bestselling author Ken Bain tells the fascinating story of enterprising college, graduate school, and high school teachers who are using evidence-based approaches to spark deeper levels of learning, critical thinking, and creativity—whether teaching online, in class, or in the field.

Using focus groups to listen, learn, and lead in higher education (Danner, 2018) [Ebook]
Presents an easy-to-use 6-step guide to help leaders in higher education listen to and learn from their stakeholders in order to enhance decision making. The big questions facing institutions today--especially those surrounding access, affordability, and accountability--require more than dashboards. Metrics and quantitative data alone do not offer lasting solutions and improvements. Using qualitative methods to listen to the voices of those involved, especially students and staff, is critical. Focus groups constitute the most appropriate, rigorous, and relevant qualitative research tool for this purpose, and one that is cost-effective and builds community when conducted using the ODU Method described in this book.

Programming, Data Analysis, and Visualization

More titles coming soon!

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