Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Science and the Rio Olympics

from Marlbrooks biomechanical analysis video below
Zika? Water pollution in Brazil? Biomechanics of Olympic athletes? Want to know more about some of the issues happening at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games from the point of view of science?

University Libraries has information.

Random facts to get you started (sources: see links below):
  • False starts in track are signaled when a runners applies pressure to the starting block within 100 milliseconds of the electronic gun which is faster than a human’s nervous system can react
  • Time keeping clocks used in the Olympics measure to the 1000th of a second
  • Fast pools” are engineered to reduce turbulence so that swimmers can swim faster by making the pools deeper (3 meters),
    • having lanes proportionate to the pool width (the wider the lanes the better – 2.5 meter lanes for an 80 meter pool is standard),
    • source: Wikimedia Commons
    • having side troughs that help prevent waves from rebounding back into the pool,
  • lane line markers convert wave energy into spin rather than letting waves pass into other lanes
  • Zika virus
    • can not only pass through a mother’s placenta to the fetus but may also be sexually transmissible
    • Zika mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are active during the day which renders malaria netting ineffective (malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles) are active at night)
  • Fecal matter in Guanabara Bay is 198 times higher than the legal US limit
  • 55 rivers and 8 million residents in 15 nearby cities bring over 18,000 litres of sewage per second into the bay

MORE INFORMATION: Ball State University Libraries Resources

Call number ranges, subjects, & keywords
  • Biomechanics, human mechanics, sports medicine, sports performance, biophysics RC1200-1299, QP303
  • Water quality, environmental quality, groundwater quality
    • Purification, wastewater treatment/management TD400-699
    • Pollution research TD420 
    • GovPubs: EP 11.2:600 (EPA reports on soil analysis etc), I 19.42/4-4 (regional water quality reports)
    • Microbiology QR1-502 
    • Virology, virus HE 20 (SuDoc), QR200-502
  • Disease theory, etiology, pathogensis RB151-214; general patholgy RB1-17
  • Look up these call numbers on your own:
  • Use CardCat or OneSearch to find books, articles, DVDs, and more in the Libraries' collection
Selected books & theses 

EVEN MORE INFORMATION: Websites & Articles

Friday, June 10, 2016

Printing from storage devices

On the heels of color printing services coming to the Science-Health Science Library, another new service is now being offered: library users may now print files directly from their flash drives or SD cards using the Ricoh copy machine.

This service is not part of the print allocation of 500 pages per semester. Instead, this will work like the current copy machine service where copies are paid for at the time of printing via the vend machine by cash or copy card (copy cards can be purchased from the Science Librarian for exact change of $1).

  • Black and white prints: $0.10 per 8.5"x11" area ($0.06 per page with a copy card)  
  • Color prints: $0.25 per 8.5"x11" area 
Other points to remember:
  • Supported file formats: PDF, JPG, and TIFF. Any Word, PowerPoint, or other documents will need to be converted to one of these formats before they can be printed.
  • Drive formatting must be in FAT or FAT32
  • Non-standard or compressed files may not print
  • Memory devices with security features (eg password protection) may not be accessible.
How to print from your storage device:
  1. Go to any Ricoh copier.
  2. If necessary, press the "Energy Saver" button to wake up the device.
  3. Insert storage device (either flash drive or SD card) into the appropriate slot on the left side of the touch screen panel.
  4. On the touch screen, press the "Printer" icon.
  5. Find and press the button labeled "Print from Memory Storage Device."
  6. On the next screen, press the large button picturing your type of storage device.
  7. A list of the files and folders on your storage device will appear. Select the file or touch the folder to open it and then select the file.
  8. If you want to change the defaults printing settings, press the button on the right side of the screen labeled "Detailed Settings" to configure and confirm settings.
  9. Press the "Start Printing" button.
  10. If you have not already inserted money or a copy card (copy cards are for sale from the Science Librarian for $1 in exact change) in the vend unit (aka "coin box"), you will be prompted to do so before your file will print.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Color printing has landed

That's one small step for color, one giant leap for the SHSL.

We are very happy to announce that on Friday, 27 May 2016, color printing arrived in the Science-Health Science Library (SHSL).

After many years of this being our most frequently asked question, this service is now available through our copy machine for the same fee as color printing in Bracken: $0.25 per 8.5"x11" area. Paper sizes available are letter (8.5"x11"), legal (8.5"x14"), and ledger (11"x17").

Here's how you do it:
  1. Login to a public access computer (PAC)
  2. Obtain a document to print
  3. From the print menu, select the COLOR_PRINT_SHSL printer (the default in the SHSL is printer 9) (NOTE: this is also where you set it to print double-sided if you want)
  4. A dialogue box will appear asking you to name your file
  5. Click PRINT
  6. Go to the copy machine - you may have to wake it up by pressing and holding the "energy saver" button
  7. Tap on the PRINTER icon
  8. Look for your BSU username on the bottom half of the screen, it should appear there as a button
  9. Tap your username button
  10. Find and tap your file's button
  11. Add money to the vend unit (ie cash/coins up to a $5 bill or copy cards)
  12. Press the START button on the copy machine
  13. That's it! Collect your print job from the copy machine
If you have any problems or questions, please ask at the counter or in the office.