The What's New section of the library website and WUSTL Reader are both carrying an article about SCOAP3 this month. The same article will appear in a future issue of Off the Shelf, the WU Library's publication.
SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. A ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, SciVal enables rapid comparison of scholars, research groups and peer institutions based on multiple metrics - scholarly output, national and international collaboration, field weighted citation impact, citations per publication, etc. I will be doing a trial of this product February 4-18. Come by if you would like me to demonstrate the service. More info:
The Physics Discoveries section of the National Science Foundation (NSF) website brings together a "panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support." Indeed, it is quite a panoply and visitors will enjoy scrolling through the dozens of resources presented here. The projects profiled include new gene sequencing, celebrations of Marie Curie's birthday, space turbulence studies, and quantum computing. Each of these resources includes a press release, video coverage related to each project, and a set of additional websites. Visitors can also print out relevant materials and share these links via a range of social media tools.
IOP Publishing (IOP) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) announced the launch of the Astronomy Image Explorer (AIE). The AIE provides quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of images, illustrations, graphs, charts, and videos that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and is available free online to scientists and the public alike. Please visit the site at http://astroexplorer.org for more information.
2014 Breakthrough Prizes Awarded in Fundamental Physics - The names of the 2014 Breakthrough Prize winners in Fundamental Physics were unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. The prize aims to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes transformative achievements in the field of fundamental physics, with a special focus on recent developments. The 2014 winners, sharing the $3 million prize, are:
Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge, and John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.
The Physics to Go site invites the casual visitor to "explore physics on your own." Providing an assortment of great resources, it does just that. The site functions as a monthly mini-magazine and offers a collection of more than 1000 websites, physics images, and activities. A well-designed site, Physics to Go is divided into sections including Physics in Your World, From Physics Research, and Worth a Look. This last section is a fun place to start, as it offers up a realm of brief profiles such as "Johannes Kepler: The Laws of Planetary Motion" and "The Brightest Supernova Ever." If intrigued by these first two, visitors will love the dozens of additional profiles featured here. Additionally, the From Physics Research area contains profiles of current physics research, copiously illustrated, along with links to original research and commentary. If so desired, users can search the entire archive dating back to 2004.
Washington University has institutional access to a flexible online tool to help researchers generate data management plans. Developed by the California Digital Library and a group of major research institutions, the DMPTool is designed to help researchers:
Create ready-to-use data management plans for specific funding agencies
Meet requirements for data management plans
Get step-by-step instructions and guidance for a data management plan
To access the DMPTool, visit: https://dmp.cdlib.org/institutional_login and select "Washington University in St. Louis" from the drop down menu. After signing in with your WUSTL Key, this tool will step you through the process of writing a data management plan. WUSTL's University Libraries and Office of Sponsored Research Services have partnered to provide support for data management. For more information about data management and storage, contact: Cynthia Hudson, MALIS, Digital Data Outreach Librarian, WUSTL Libraries, firstname.lastname@example.org and the Library guide: Managing your Data.
Nature, October 17, 2013 has a special
section on Impact: The Search for the Science that
Matters. Every government and organization that funds research wants to support science that makes
a difference — by opening up new academic vistas, stimulating innovation, influencing public policies or directly improving
people's lives. But separating the best from the rest has never been harder. This Nature special issue examines,
through journalism and comment, how the impact of research is traced and measured — and asks whether today's evaluation
systems elevate the most influential science.