Come check out the STEAM exhibit in the foyer of the library! STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, ART, and math. The concept builds on the traditional STEM fields by adding an art component. STEAM has gained traction around the country, most recently with budding organizations supporting art and science and regionally with Stanford’s symposium titled “Art Meets Technology.” Work in STEM fields require left brain thinking through problem solving, critical thinking, logic, and numbers. By inserting art into STEM, the right brain is exercised by using creativity. The Rhode Island School of Design supports stemtosteam.org, which explains that by combining science and art, our solutions become truly innovative and novel.
Stop by the library to see our STEAM exhibit!
To read more about STEAM, check out “From Science in Art to the Art of Science” from Nature. Also check back for STEAM commentary from our STEM students at the library!
A new and innovative online resource is now provided at the Gellert Library for the Psychology department! The educational video database called Films on Demand connects NDNU to a collection of films produced by different networks such as BBC, ABC, TED, History: Education, and many more. Faculty and staff can show these films and class and even link the videos to Campus Portal!
There are currently two collections of films for the psychology department that are geared towards Psychology and Guidance & Counseling. This is a fun way to help a library patron research and learn about psychology in all of its spectrum ranging from Career Development to Social Psychology to Mood Disorders and other psychological interests. More Info will be coming soon!
For all you visual learners out there, good news for you! NDNU’s very own Gellert Library is expanding their horizons with new resources for the science department. The library has recently subscribed to JoVE, a Science Education Database filled with videos on different General Laboratory Techniques which demonstrate how to use standard pieces of laboratory equipment essential in many experiments, as well as how to perform basic laboratory functions. So instead of having to go to the trouble of explaining how to do a certain procedure numerous times, it’s all at the click of a button. You can play the video as many times as you need and assure yourself at the same time whether or not you are doing things correctly. For those of you who struggle to understand things through text, this may be a great way to get the same information you read and be able to understand it better.
This database will be available in early January of 2014 as a resource for all science students (or any other students interested). So check it out!
By: Annais Acosta
Please stop by the reference desk to say hello to the newest addition to the library team, Erin Sanders! She joined us about two weeks ago from Chicago, IL where she worked at the Chicago Public Library as a Science and Business Librarian. She’s nice, crazy smart, and can help you find the perfect book or scholarly article for your assignment. Please give her a warm welcome into the NDNU community.
The library recently purchased an MCAT study guide and 5 MCAT subject review books (verbal reasoning review, physics, organic chemistry, general chemistry, and biology). The guide and review books are on reserve and are located behind the circulation desk. They must stay in the library and are available for 5 hours at a time. But, no worries – you can check them out as many times as you need to.
If you’re thinking about Medical School and taking the MCAT, stop by the library!
November first is a day for aspiring writer’s to both fear and love. Today marks the start of NaNoWriMo and a month of little sleep, lots of caffeine, carpal tunnel, and tears. To counteract the unfortunate side effects of NaNoWriMo, several students of the English department have formed a small group to minimize the tears, and encourage bonding between students who share the common lust for words. Participants of this world-wide event have taken on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel (the word count is actually closer to a novella length) by the end of the month of November. To reach their lofty goal, competitors must write an average of 1,667 words a day.
The competition is internal. Having a deadline can give a writer the drive that they need to complete their novel. To “win” NaNoWriMo, a competitor must meet the 50,ooo word mark by November 30th. There is no prize though the official website does give WriMo’ers the option of purchasing a “winner’s” shirt.
Some say novels take years, NaNoWriMo’ers believe that what’s important is getting the novel out of their head and onto paper, no matter the quality of the writing. Editing comes later.
Good luck to those participating! Your end result may be rather unfortunate (that’s why God invented December) but you now have the bragging rights of a novelist!
Keep the words flowing,
STEM and AMSA are partnering up to bring awesome events and information to students who want to pursue a career towards the medical field. AMSA (American Medical Student Association) is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA helps you explore if medicine is truly right for you. Here’s a list that AMSA provides if you’re a club member:
- Community Service Opportunities
- Premed Conferences
- Help through out the Admission Process
- Prep for the MCAT with their test partner, KAPLAN Test Prep
- Develop creativity and leadership skills
- Create a new network
* Membership fee is $10.00 for the Premedical NDNU Chapter.
- UCD Pre=HEalth & Pre-Medical National Conference
- Breast Cancer Prevention Week
- Discussion with Doctor’s
- Information on PPACA & Health Reform
- Charity walks, to benefit: Diabetes American Association; Relay for Life
- And more….
*Meetings Once-a-month 6 pm (1st Tuesday)
STEM is will be releasing the following MCAT practice books next week
MCAT Complete 5 Book Subject Review
Cracking the MCAT 2013-2014
By: Maria Marban