Find of the Week: Search for LaTeX code!

One of our favorite (ok, MY favorite) eBook and journal publishers, Springer, has LaTeX coding searching! Instead of trying to type an equation in google or another search engine, a searcher can enter the code for an equation and search within Springer publications. LaTeXSearch can find equations containing specific or similar LaTeX code, equations belonging to a specific DOI and equations belonging to articles with a particular word or phrase in their title.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Break on through to the other side!

Break Out of Your Library: Set Physics Loose with e-Books, Outreach, and Open Textbooks!

Science Outreach: Bruce Bailey, Associate Professor of Mathematics, UA & co-founder of The Physics Factory and the Arizona Mathematics Road Show

“The best thing about math is all the fun physics you get to do.” (He said it, I didn’t.)

When talking about the Warrington Perambulating Library, a friend suggested they get a physics bus & the rest is history!  The biggest challenge–COST!  In maintenance, supples, staff. It is a real labor of love. Opportunities in professional development & helping to build community strength (ex. Navajo Nation Math Festival/math circles.)

eBooks: Eric Pepper from SPIE & John Greivenkamp, UA College of Optical Sciences & editor of the SPIE Field Guides series

  • Spotlights: Concise, topically focused, mini-tutorials (on an application or technique).
  • Tutorial Texts: introductory learning texts
  • Field Guides: Concise quick-reference guides to key information that students, practicing engineers, and scientists need in the lab and in the field.

Important features of SPIE eBooks: No DRM, full pdf downloads, unlimited use, MARC records & counter stats.  Downside: can only rent/buy entire collection.

Cool thing? Free eBooks for high schools!

Field Guides are a great way to publish.  Right now there are ~35 on various topics (see link). Each is spiral bound, one page per topic. outline of key concepts, color highlighting & good bibliographies.  (Each title has sample pages. Check it out.)

“Free” resources to check out:

Fundamentals of Photonics

Optipedia: Wiki style free resource with fundamental concepts related to optics and photonics from SPIE Field Guides.

Open Education Resources: Cheryl Cuiller, UA OER Coordinator

Slides from talk

OER 101 Handout for faculty

Creative Common Licenses breakdown

I’m not really going to retype all my notes because her slides & handouts have most of it, including overviews of different OER libraries and sample books, but I did want to point out one thing she talked about during her lessons learned: When talking to faculty, focus on the student success angle. When talking to students, focus on the complete academic freedom angle and frame OER as a social justice issue!

Happy Birthday, Frankenstein’s Monster

The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project: Science Fiction as a Lens for Examining Science and Society Issues

2018 will be the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which is considered the first science fiction story and Shelly’s polemic on what was happening in the world at that time.

The speakers, Bob Beard and Peter Nagy, both from the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, talk about the projects they embark on for the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project as a tool to engage the public in conversations about science *in* society.

Why?

  • Transmedia–Frankenstein is reproduced in almost all forms of media
  • Intertextual reference–can be a story about the environment, loneliness, hubris, science ethics

(Transmedia is a 21st century skill. How we access the information effects how we evaluate it.)

 

Frankenstein 200

The project has 3 parts:

  1. Workbench has activities designed for use at home
  2. Footlocker is a tabletop kit for museums that will help learners develop STEM interest, developed digital literacy, and raise awareness of issues around science and society (example: use pool noodle & motor to design the Scribbler: who is responsible for writing on the table? The Scribbler or who was controlling the Scribbler?)
  3. ARGH–an alternate reality game that combines digital narrative with real world on/off ramps.

Takeaways & final thoughts:

  1. Science artifacts for critical reflection: make people think through the impact of their creations.Being accountable beyond what you best interests are.
  2. Science identity development through playful engagement.
  3. So much of our fiction can be a Frankenstein story!
  4. There are unexpected Frankenstein’s everywhere!
  5. There is an open edition of Frankenstein has lenses by disciplines. (Except I can’t find it! Comment here if you do!)