You are cordially invited to drop-in at the Lewis Science Library’s electronic classroom and learn about the content and features of BioRad’s spectra database called “KnowItAll U” (where U=University) this Thursday, Oct. 16, between 10 am and 2 pm. The e-classroom is on the 2nd floor, Room 225. Dr. Greg Banik of Bio-Rad Informatics will be here to demonstrate this product.

In 2008 the Library subscribed to KnowItAll U—only then offered via subscription to academic institutions—which provides Web access to over 1.3 million spectra (including those from Sadtler) and includes structures and chemical property information. The database includes IR, UV/Vis, NMR, Raman and mass spectra. A Windows version is available as well and can be used for database creation and more sophisticated searching. The web version is available at Scroll down on the webpage, click “Yes, I agree”, and try out the Advanced Search option.

There will be refreshments and door prizes.

We would appreciate it if you would register at so we can gauge the number of attendees in advance, but this is optional. Please feel free to come and stay as short or as long a time as you wish.

I hope you will be able to join us on Thursday.

Juliette O. Arnheim

Chemistry Librarian

Lewis Science Library

Princeton University

(609) 258-6173

NSF-funded climate humanitarian program abruptly terminated

“Citing budget constraints, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) announced this week it will shut down its Center for Capacity Building, a small group of experts headed by Dr. Michael “Mickey” Glantz, a 35-year veteran of NCAR and a well-known champion of helping human beings adapt to climate change. The Center was dedicated to assisting communities in Asia, Africa, and other areas less fortunate than the US in dealing with the societal impacts of weather and climate. The abrupt announcement was met with vociferous protest within the social science community and amongst colleagues in the climate policy arena. What does this move say about overall support for the role of social sciences in climate research and policy development?”

ClimateScienceWatch, is the newsletter for “Promoting integrity in the use of climate science in government”.

Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008.

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The United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have produced a useful website, ENERGYSTAR, which gives practical information on how we all can save energy. There is advice or tips for products, buildings and plants, new homes and home improvements. There are links to news and podcasts.

Source: an email from Robert Sheneman at the Princeton Plasma Physics Labs.