Vacuum Technology, Big Science & China

From today’s PhysicsWeb Alerts (, Physics World, IOP),
here are a couple of headlines and topic sentences:

  1. Big science needs vacuum innovation (Jul 30) Vacuum technology will be crucial to the success of many large experiments of the future. Joe Herbert outlines some common challenges faced by scientists.
  2. Big science and China hold future promise (Jul 30) The next 10 years will see the launch of a number of large and impressive physics experiments that will push the limits of vacuum technology.

IEEE News, July 2007


What’s new @ IEEE

  1. Visit IEEE’s revamped website:
  2. IEEE Xplore is now offering training options: There are downloadable tip sheets and “animated self-paced tutorials that give end-users a thorough overview of the digital library.” Find these under “Digital Library Training” on the Client Services Center site.
  3. The IEEE Job Site and have been updated.
  4. Register for free online tutorials. Here is the schedule and registration form.

Engineering Open Choice for IMechE (UK) Authors>Professional Engineering Publishing launches new open access service – 23 Jul 2007

Professional Engineering Publishing (PEP), the publishing arm of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK, has launched a new open access service, Engineering Open Choice, for the engineering community.

Engineering Open Choice gives authors the option of having their published research made available free to anyone throughout the world, on an open access basis. The service is designed to satisfy the needs of the community – authors, funding bodies, readers – who want research material to be made available on an open access basis. It is available to authors of all papers accepted for publication upon payment of a standard fee.

The service will be available in all journals published by Professional Engineering Publishing, particularly the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. All articles will be peer-reviewed to the highest standards, professionally produced, and made available both in print and online at Engineering Open Choice gives authors the option to choose how they want their research to be published.

New Database

Princeton University users have now access to logo.gif, a database providing international coverage of journal articles, selected web sites and patents in sciences and social sciences, with citation tracking for 1996+. Scopus incorporates the h-index as a means to evaluate research performance, including graphs that enable users to interpret the value of the h-index by displaying publication and citation trends over time.

Nature Insights : The Large Hadron Collider at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider – Free access to articles
Vol. 448, No. 7151 (19 July 2007)

In 2008, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will come into operation at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland. The highest-energy accelerator ever built, it heralds a new era in particle-physics research, in which we hope to complete the standard model and even go beyond, into a new realm of physics.

Source: Nature Alert []

New National Academy of Engineering President arrives in July

New NAE President Arrives.

Charles Vest begins a six-year term as the new president of the National Academy of Engineering this month. Vest, a mechanical engineer, is president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Elected to the NAE in 1993, he has participated in a number of National Academies studies, including the landmark 2007 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, which focused on the key role science and engineering play in U.S. innovation and international competitiveness.


The link contains links to the press release, a Statement from Charles Vest, and the NAE Homepage.

Source: What’s New@The, July 13, 2007

Acoustical Society of America Digital Library

Acoustical Society of America Digital Library

The ASA Digital Library includes technical articles from journals and magazines published by the Acoustical Society of America since its founding in 1929. Papers are available from the highly cited Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the other publications in ASA’s collection including JASA Express Letters, Acoustics Research Letters Online, Noise Control, Sound—Its Uses and Control, and Standards on Acoustics. Abstracts of papers presented at meetings of the Society since 1929 are also included. Papers published in JASA Express Letters and Acoustics Research Letters Online as well as abstracts of meeting papers are open-access and may be read and downloaded without subscription.

Source: Issue 152, Internet resources newsletter, from Heriot-Watt University Library, July 2007