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Silent Computer Lab Opens

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until May 20.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the library reference desks on each floor of the library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your classes!

Jump-start your research

Try Credo Reference topic pages! Credo is a huge online collection of encyclopedias and other reference materials. The Topic Pages gather together encyclopedia entries, images, videos (when available), and also include a cool interactive mind map of each topic. Some of the topic pages even include links to related materials in open access book and journal collections. Have your library card ready to use Credo Reference from home.

COD Photography Showcase, Tuesday, May 3

The COD Photography Program invites you to celebrate our advanced and graduating student photographers at the 2nd Annual Exposed Photography Showcase. Come and see our talented students and their portfolios on Tuesday, May 3rd in SRC 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m. Awards will ​be given that evening to the best college and high school portfolios.

We hope to see you there!

Game Development Portfolio Show, Monday, May 2

Video game joystickOn Monday, May 2, from 4pm-6pm in SSC2201, the COD Computer Information Systems department will be hosting their first annual Game Development Portfolio Show. In this show, student participants will show off games and game prototypes they have built throughout this school year. Students will describe their development process, and talk about game programming, game design, and game animation.

All are invited to attend. Students who are either first year gaming students, or are unsure what technology career path they would like to take may especially be interested in this show.

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What Does the Data Say?

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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows how misrepresented/misunderstood data from a scientific experiment can change our lives in fundamental ways. Titled "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: Analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)," the article details how the Minnesota Coronary Experiment shaped our understanding of the recommended diet for heart health. The authors of the study recommended a diet that swapped animal based-fats for vegetable oils, arguing that this would lead to improved heart health. Their recommendation is still part of the American Dietary Guidelines.

However, as the authors of the recent BMJ article chronicle, the full data from the Minnesota Coronary Experiment shows that the recommendation was not supported by the results of the experiment. In fact, while the cholesterol levels of those who ate the low fat and low cholesterol diet using vegetable oils did go down, there was an increase in mortality for those same patients rather than the expected reduction in mortality. "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis" therefore not only illustrates the importance of re-testing experiments to make sure that the conclusions are valid, but it proves the importance of critically evaluating every article, even scholarly ones, from research design down to the data set when available.

Read the full scholarly article "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)" by Christopher E Ramsden, et al. in the British Medical Journal.

Read a popular summary "This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published" by Peter Whoriskey in The Washington Post.

Silent Study Space

Silent Zone signAs you enter the home stretch of the Spring semester, you may need a quiet place to study where you can focus on your work, free of noise and other distractions. If so, head to the Library's upper level and our Silent Zones where cellphones and all conversations are not permitted.

Look for the red Silent Zone signs throughout the Library's upper level, or use our upper level map to guide you to silent areas. SRC 3126 on our upper level has individual workstations in a separate room and is also a silent study area.

Questions? Call the Library Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364 or Ask a Librarian.

Spring Break Hours

TulipsThe Library will be open throughout Spring break with reduced hours. However, we will be closed Sunday, March 27, for Easter.

Library hours over Spring break are as follows:

Saturday, March 19: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 20: 12 noon - 6 pm
Monday, March 21 - Thursday, March 24: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 25: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 26 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 27: Closed

See the Library's Hours & Closings page for our complete hours and closings information.

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: twitter:aidanmorgan

AlphaGo Artificial Intelligence System Defeats World Go Champion

Google's AlphaGoIn a development that could have far reaching societal and technological implications, a Google-sponsored artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion of the board game Go, 4-1 in a 5 game series. Considered a much greater challenge than beating a human at Chess, creating a computer program that can beat humans at Go demonstrates the incredible capabilities of current advanced Artificial Intelligence systems. Cade Metz writes in Wired magazine, "this path to victory highlights the power and the mystery of the machine learning technologies that underpin Google’s creation—technologies that are already reinventing so many online services inside companies like Google and Facebook, and are poised to remake everything from scientific research to robotics."

So what does it mean when a machine can beat humans at what is considered to be one of the most difficult strategy games on Earth? Do humans need to be more worried about being overtaken by cyber-overlords? Maybe or maybe not. This week, Gizmodo published a useful discussion about some of the most important issues currently facing the AI-human relationship. Only time will show how this plays out, but there is no denying AI is already at an advanced stage of reasoning and decision-making, and it may soon reach a level of intelligence we consider "human."

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Gender and Science: Who Does What Scientific Work?

The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted a story about a forthcoming article in Academic Medicine about gender and science. The researchers, including Cassidy Sugimoto of the IU Bloomington School of Informatics, discovered that women are "disproportionately performing the experimental work involved in producing science — the pipetting, the centrifuging, the sequencing. Men, meanwhile, are more likely to be credited for analyzing data, conceiving experiments, contributing resources, or writing the study." The authors analyzed 85000 articles published from seven of the PLOS journals to reach this conclusion. The article also contains a fast summary of other key studies that analyzed gender and science.

Read the full summary in the Chronicle here.

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New Books on the Magic Wall

newMAgicWall.jpgHave you visited the Library's Magic Wall lately?

If you enjoy ebooks or audiobooks, the Magic Wall is your place to discover popular fiction and nonfiction. Just download the Axis360 App to your Android, Kindle Fire or iOS Device and select from hundreds of bestselling title.

Some our newest additions include:

  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Kimberly Barker (now a movie staring Tina Fey!)
  • Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Head to http://cod.axis360.baker-taylor.com soon - these bestsellers get checked out fast!

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