Take a Journey in Science

Take a Journey in Science 2018 Welcomes All – 5th in the series

 What:  A series of lightning talks on high-interest topics in science that shape our understanding of the world.

They are short talks on high-interest topics in STEM Disciplines  presented by UA faculty.

When:  February 2018

Where:  Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering

Audience: All UA students.  Faculty welcome too.

How long:  Presentation about 10 minutes, plus Q&A

Schedule of presentations
Speaker Title of Talk Date/Day/Time
Sara Kaylor

Capstone College of Nursing

“Leadership Characteristics and Attributes of Baccalaureate Nursing” Feb. 01, Thursday,

11:00- 11:15 am

Claudia Mewes

Department of Physics and Astronomy / Center of Materials for Information Technology (MINT)

“Spintronics – let’s spin”

Feb. 08, Thursday,

2:00 – 2:15  pm

Fred Andrus

Department of Geological Sciences

“Making skeletons speak: records of climate change from Biominerals” Feb. 13, Tuesday,

11:00 – 11:15  am

         Qiang Huang

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering /Center of Materials for Information Technology (MINT)

“Nanotechnology – Things Behave Differently Down There” Feb 20, Tuesday,

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Sevgi Gurbuz

Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Nature-Inspired Bio-mimetic Design of Next-Generation Cognitive Radar” Thursday, Feb 22

3 -3:15  p.m.

Sponsor:  Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering.

Join the fun and learn about science

Contact:  Mangala Krishnamurthy, mkrishna@ua.edu, 205-348-2109

Take a Journey in Science Talks: Past Programs

Research News at UA

UA Research Facilities

Undergraduate Research and creative Activity Conference at UA

3 MT ( Three Minute Thesis)

WISE (Women in STEM Experience)

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Welcome to New Rodgers Librarian

Megan Carlton

Welcome to the newest librarian in Rodgers Library!  Megan Carlton joins us from the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  She hold a BS in Animal Science from MTSU and an MLIS from the University of Tennessee.  Megan’s professional interests include incorporating instructional technology into the classroom.

Megan is the Rodgers Library liaison to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Engineering.  She is available to faculty and students in those departments for research consultations and library instruction.  She can be reached at 348-2108 or jmcarlton1@ua.edu.

For a complete list of instruction options, please consult the Rodgers Library instruction guide.

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017


Total Solar Eclipse visible in the Continental US on August 21, 2017

Moon passes between the sun and the earth on August 21 and blocks all or part of the sun for several hours. On this day, all in  North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse, nature’s most amazing sights.  The last time  U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979. If we miss this one on August 21, the next total solar eclipse in U.S. will be visible on April 8, 2024.

Diagram showing the Earth-sun-moon geometry of a total solar eclipse.

Source:  NASA 

Visit Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering to check out books and other resources on the topic.   ex:  Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

For safe viewing tips, please  visit:  NASA , American Astronomical Society

Other sites of interest:

25 spots for watching the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S.

Southeastern Traveler

Dr. Isabel Hawkins (Astronomer and Project Exploratorium ) describes her experiences with eclipses and what to expect for the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

Lectures on Health Topics Winter 2016

UA’s College of Community Health Sciences is hosting a lecture series to explore medicine and health trends. Faculty will lecture on issues and advances in medicine and research, incorporating science, research, and clinical applications, with questions answered after the lectures. Attendees will learn ways the body works, hear about advances changing how we see disease and health; and find out which way cutting-edge research is headed. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Bryant Conference Center. All courses will be held at noon on each day.

Jan 14: Dr. Richard Streiffer          
Choosing Wisely: Picking the Best Medical Care

Jan 21: Dr. Joe Fritz 
The Beat Goes On: Atrial Fibrillation

Jan 28: Dr. Alan Blum
I Don’t Inhale: Cigs, e-Cigs, and Marijuana

Feb 4: Dr. Jane Weida
Family Medicine Cares: Helping Haiti Heal

Feb 11: Dr. Jimmy Robinson
Preventing Athletic Injuries in the Elderly

Feb 18: Dr. Anne Halli-Tierney
Delirium: I’ve Lost My Mind

Feb 25: Dr. Jason Clemons
Diabetes: Managing Your Sugar

Mar 3: Dr. Tom Weida
To Be or Not to Be: Health Care Reform

Highlight of 2015

Great fun was had by all at Rodgers Library’s 25th anniversary celebration in October.  Professor Alan Lane entertained our guests.  Thanks, Alan.



Photo By Layton Dudley

Alan Lane, a chemical engineering professor, becomes Doobie “Doghouse” Wilson, when he plays his blues and folk music in clubs around the area. CW | Layton Dudley

UA Libraries Launch New Web Site

This summer the UA Libraries launched a new Web site. The new site is a gateway to all the services, collections, and facilities offered by Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering as well as Gorgas, Bruno, McLure and Hoole libraries. The new site features responsive design making Web pages easy to read and simple to navigate. The site is convenient for use on both desktop and mobile devices. Using the search box at the top of the homepage, users can find a wide range of resources. Other boxes on the homepage show library hours and lead to key services and resources, such as databases, interlibrary loan, e-journals, e-resources, Ask-A-Librarian, the libraries’ catalog, and Scout, as well as a library staff directory. Information on events and news are also displayed. At the bottom of the homepage, links lead to some specific collections, helpful resources, and individual libraries. Enjoy our new Web site.

Lightning Talks on Topics in Science and Engineering

Rodgers Library is sponsoring a series of lightning talks by preeminent UA science and engineering faculty on high-interest topics in science and engineering that are shaping the future of the world. The talks last about ten minutes and will take place in Rodgers Library during February and March, 2015.

Schedule of presentations:

Alan Lane, Chemical and Biological Engineering “Dude, where’s my fuel cell car?” Feb. 5, Thursday, 11:00 am;

Patrick Kung, Electrical and Computer Engineering “Let there be light: LED applications from lighting to killing pathogens” Feb. 19, Thursday, 2:00 pm;

Yuping Bao, Chemical and Biological Engineering “Nanotechnology explosion: what are the benefits and risks?”Feb. 26, Thursday, 2:00 pm;

Paul Rupar, Chemistry “The evolution of polymers: from rubber duckies to polymer based solar cells” Mar. 5, Thursday, 2:00 pm.

Join the fun and learn about science.
Contact: John Sandy, Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. John.Sandy@UA.edu

Google Scholar – The Basics

Google Scholar is a subset of Google Web Search that supports search for scholarly literature. By searching Google Scholar from the Library’s home page, you will automatically have direct access, both on and off campus, to subscription articles already paid for through UA Libraries.

Features of Google Scholar
• Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
• Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
• Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
• Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
• Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

Google Scholar

Makeover at Rodgers Library 99% Complete

Welcome new and returning students to this UA Fall 2012 semester. The renovations at Rodgers Library are nearly complete, save for a few accessories that need to be mounted and/or configured. We are very excited and pleased with the renovated 1st floor of Rodgers Library. New furnishings, new group study rooms, new computers, new technology, we’ve got it all.  The redesigned south end of the Rodgers Library first floor houses multiple work tables and computers loaded with scientific software. The area is completely surrounded by windows, likely one of the best views on campus. If you have not already seen the new Rodgers library, come check us out – you won’t be disappointed. Incidentally, we have a new Science and Engineering Librarian (yours truly). I just finished a graduate Ph.D. chemistry program myself and know how challenging it can be to navigate library resources. We are all very much looking forward to helping you succeed with your classes and research. Roll Tide.

Academic Software Available in Rodgers

Rodgers Library offers a variety of specialized software on its computers. In addition to the normal suite of library and productivity software, several desktop computers are loaded with Maple, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, ChemBioOffice, MATLAB, Minitab, CHEMCAD, and Microsoft Visual Studio. The academic software is installed on several machines on the 1st floor in an area called “SciTech Software Lab.” And four Dell machines, loaded with academic software, are located on the 2nd floor. Departmental computer labs are still the best option for working on academic computing projects. But with Rodgers Library open more hours than departmental computer labs, students now have a choice of where to go when a class project requries use of specialized software.

UA Libraries Sponsor Book Collecting Contest

Do you love books?  Are you a book collector?  If so, you are invited to  enter the UA Libraries 2010 Book Collecting Contest.  Cash prizes will be awarded to contest winners.  Deadline for entries is March 31, 2010.  For contest rules and an entry form, consult our Web site.   Collections of contest winners will be featured in a display in Gorgas Library for six weeks after the contest ends.   Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to showcase your collection.  The entire UA community will enjoy!

Social Media Arrive

How we communicate with users is changing.  E-mail, once a favorite tool to stay in touch, is losing ground to Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, Delicious, Twitter, and other social media.  Always ready to try newer technologies, Rodgers Library has joined the rush to use social media.

Social media are about sharing and interaction – possibilities abound.  Social bookmarking with Delicious improves instruction and research and can enhance professional development. Students in a biology class may choose to bookmark references and share access to common reading lists, for example. For other students, Flickr offers an effective way to share photos depicting research activities with classmates.       

During the summer, Rodgers Library introduced its first blog, called R-Lib.  With R-Lib, we introduce new and popular resources, as well as changes in services, to faculty and others.  Since the blog is “interactive,” faculty are welcome to post and comment on the blog.

By fall, Rodgers Library was ready to roll out Twitter, another popular social media tool.  The goal with Twitter is to reach out to undergraduate students.  In real-time, “tweets” are posted on the Twitter site for the whole community to see and read.   Are seats open this week during late night 24/5 hours?  Well, yes, says a new post on the library’s Twitter page.

Social media are easy to access.  Students at UA find a link to Rodgers Library’s social media from the library’s homepage.  More creative students get the same content using a media feed directed to a personal laptop or smart phone.   

Visit Rodgers Library’s general guide.