Friday, September 13, 2013

Ball State Libraries recently purchased a few modules of, a resource that has a lot to offer anyone interested in how the human body works mechanically.

You can access this resource directly through the above link or find it on our Databases page under the Health subject area (see image below).

Video and 3D animations that you can turn, add/remove layers, and isolate specific structures in real-time. Fact sheets, handouts, images, and even quizzes can also be found in There are also tutorials and How to use ATV PDF to get you started.

University Libraries purchased the modules listed below outright so that we own full rights to access and usage. They can be accessed through our proxy server.

The modules:
- Anatomy for Exercise
- Anatomy for Otolaryngology
- Anatomy for Yoga
- Audiology
- Functional Anatomy
- Interactive Learning Activities for SLP 
- Speech Language Pathology
- Sports Injuries: Foot 2/e

Other online anatomy resources from BSU Libraries

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wireless/laptop printing

Print from your laptop (or any computer) to certain print release stations in the University Libraries including the Science-Health Science Library printer (bsu-printer-9).

You can print from anywhere that you can access the Ball State wireless network. In other words, you can print to one of the Libraries printers from you wireless laptop on- or off-campus and from you desktop computer at home. If you can access the Libraries website, you can print to the University Libraries.

Here's how:
  1. Go to
  2. Enter your BSU username and password to login
  3. Select a print release station (bsu-printer9 for the Science-Health Science Library)
  4. Click on Choose File to select the file you want to print. Click on Submit.
  5. Select page setup options. Click Continue.
  6. Wait while your job is processed. When the green bar appears, your print job is ready to be printed at the release station you indicated.
For more information read the Wireless Printing FAQ.

  • You must be logged into the BSU secure network to use the wireless printing service.
  • You do not have to be in one of the Libraries to print.
  • To cancel a print job: Print jobs automatically time-out after 90 minutes OR you can go to the computer you sent the print job from (this will not work from the printer release station), open the printer control panel, and select cancel print job from the menu.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day, 22 April

Earth from space (NASA)
The first Earth Day occurred 22 April 1970 all over the country. Gaylord Nelson, the creator of Earth Day, gave a speech in Denver, Colorado on that day, making sure that the concept of "environment" included not only clean water and air but poverty, hunger, and urban blight as well.

Since then, Earth Day has continued to be a rallying point for environmentalists and the newer "green" movement. Earth Day Indiana will be held at White River State Park in Indianapolis on Sat., 27 April 2013.

On BSU campus today, the movie Thin Ice-The Inside Story of Climate Science is being shown in the Architecture building, room AB014-015 at noon.

More Info...
Gaylord Nelson


Subject guides

Books in BSU Libraries

Videos in BSU Libraries
  • Earth Day Director: Rhonda Fabian; Producer: Jerry Baber DVD Video 8415 (Educational Resources)
  • Earth Days by Robert Stone DVD Video 9248 (Architecture Library)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Interesting information on a boring insect: Tree felling & emerald ash borers

from the Global Invasive Species Database
Due to the threat of the emerald ash borer (EAB or agrilus planipennis Fairmaire 1888), Ball State began an aggressive program of felling 50-100 ash trees this year (2013) in hopes of eventually saving 250 of the 625 ash trees on campus.

The EAB is a beetle that comes originally from Asia and whose larvae have a taste for ash tree cambium (ie the layer of wood under the bark that produces new growth). Like most invasive species, it has little or no natural predators here.

Aggressive measures are necessary because EAB infestation is hard to detect before damage to the trees is irreparable. Felling trees suspected to have larvae in them and trees with a higher risk of infestation (like the ones cut down at the corner of Riverside and Tillotson) and injecting insecticide (usually imidacloprid) into the trunks of healthy trees is currently the best known practice for preventing the spread of these beetles. The insecticide treatment can last up to 2 years, hopefully giving enough time for the infestation to bypass the area or run its course.

More information...

emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis  (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) - 1460072
EAB larvae

Ball State resources

Call numbers/Subject headings:
  • Beetles (coleoptera) QH541-596, QL581
  • Forest canopy ecology QH541.5.F6
  • Insects/Entomology QL461-599.82
  • Insecticides SB951.5-SB951.54
  • Insect pests SB818-SB945
  • Trees (botany) QK474.8-QK480
  • Trees (disease & pests)/Forest health SB761-SB767
  • Trees (sylviculture) SD391-SD410.9
Department of Biology, Ball State U.

Facilities Planning and Management, Landscape Services and Environmental Health and Safety, Ball State U.

General Information

Agrilus planipennis from the Global Invasive Species Database

Ash tree identification guide from Michigan State University Extension

Distinguishing ash trees from other common trees (PDF), MSU Extension Bulletin E-2892, New May 2003

emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire 1888 from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Emerald Ash Borer: The Green Menace, 2009 (PDF) from USDA division APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Treatment & Prevention

A Highly Effective Tree Injection Method Using Imidacloprid for the Control of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)US Forest Service

Distribution of trunk-injected 14C-imidacloprid in ash trees and effects on emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) adults (PDF) D. Mota-Sanchez et al. / Crop Protection 28 (2009) 655–661

Forest health protection - emerald ash borer, US Forest Service

Insecticide options for protecting ash trees from emerald ash borer (PDF), Emerald Ash

Thursday, March 14, 2013

3.14 (pi)

It's Pi Day, March 14th (3.14).
Celebrating the 4,000+ year old ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. (For more information, go to the links after Pi.)

Pi to 7,519 digits: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609433057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548074462379962749567351885752724891227938183011949129833673362440656643086021394946395224737190702179860943702770539217176293176752384674818467669405132000568127145263560827785771342757789609173637178721468440901224953430146549585371050792279689258923542019956112129021960864034418159813629774771309960518707211349999998372978049951059731732816096318595024459455346908302642522308253344685035261931188171010003137838752886587533208381420617177669147303598253490428755468731159562863882353787593751957781857780532171226806613001927876611195909216420198938095257201065485863278865936153381827968230301952035301852968995773622599413891249721775283479131515574857242454150695950829533116861727855889075098381754637464939319255060400927701671139009848824012858361603563707660104710181942955596198946767837449448255379774726847104047534646208046684259069491293313677028989152104752162056966024058038150193511253382430035587640247496473263914199272604269922796782354781636009341721641219924586315030286182974555706749838505494588586926995690927210797509302955321165344987202755960236480665499119881834797753566369807426542527862551818417574672890977772793800081647060016145249192173217214772350141441973568548161361157352552133475741849468438523323907394143334547762416862518983569485562099219222184272550254256887671790494601653466804988627232791786085784383827967976681454100953883786360950680064225125205117392984896084128488626945604241965285022210661186306744278622039194945047123713786960956364371917287467764657573962413890865832645995813390478027590099465764078951269468398352595709825822620522489407726719478268482601476990902640136394437455305068203496252451749399651431429809190659250937221696461515709858387410597885959772975498930161753928468138268683868942774155991855925245953959431049972524680845987273644695848653836736222626099124608051243884390451244136549762780797715691435997700129616089441694868555848406353422072225828488648158456028506016842739452267467678895252138522549954666727823986456596116354886230577456498035593634568174324112515076069479451096596094025228879710893145669136867228748940560101503308617928680920874760917824938589009714909675985261365549781893129784821682998948722658804857564014270477555132379641451523746234364542858444795265867821051141354735739523113427166102135969536231442952484937187110145765403590279934403742007310578539062198387447808478489683321445713868751943506430218453191048481005370614680674919278191197939952061419663428754440643745123718192179998391015919561814675142691239748940907186494231961567945208095146550225231603881930142093762137855956638937787083039069792077346722182562599661501421503068038447734549202605414665925201497442850732518666002132434088190710486331734649651453905796268561005508106658796998163574736384052571459102897064140110971206280439039759515677157700420337869936007230558763176359421873125147120532928191826186125867321579198414848829164470609575270695722091756711672291098169091528017350671274858322287183520935396572512108357915136988209144421006751033467110314126711136990865851639831501970165151168517143765761835155650884909989859982387345528331635507647918535893226185489632132933089857064204675259070915481416549859461637180270981994309924488957571282890592323326097299712084433573265489382391193259746366730583604142813883032038249037589852437441702913276561809377344403070746921120191302033038019762110110044929321516084244485963766983895228684783123552658213144957685726243344189303968642624341077322697802807318915441101044682325271620105265227211166039666557309254711055785376346682065310989652691862056476931257058635662018558100729360659876486117910453348850346113657686753249441668039626579787718556084552965412665408530614344431858676975145661406800700237877659134401712749470420562230538994561314071127000407854733269939081454664645880797270826683063432858785698305235808933065757406795457163775254202114955761581400250126228594130216471550979259230990796547376125517656751357517829666454779174501129961489030463994713296210734043751895735961458901938971311179042978285647503203198691514028708085990480109412147221317947647772622414254854540332157185306142288137585043063321751829798662237172159160771669254748738986654949450114654062843366393790039769265672146385306736096571209180763832716641627488880078692560290228472104031721186082041900042296617119637792133757511495950156604963186294726547364252308177036751590673502350728354056704038674351362222477158915049530984448933309634087807693259939780541934144737744184263129860809988868741326047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More information...
books at the University Libraries
online resources
the Indiana Pi Law
it's also Albert Einstein's birthday

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Daylight saving time 2013

 from WikiMedia Commons

So, when exactly do we reset our clocks? And is it forward or backward one hour?

Daylight Saving Time can be very confusing. Read below to help end your confusion! [The chart on the left plots the times of sunrise and sunset (with DST adjustment as separate lines) in Greenwich, GB for 2007.]

Short answer
For the Spring- On Sunday, 10 March, 2013 at 2:00am, you should set your clock forward one hour to 3:00am.

For the Fall- On Sunday, 03 November, 2013 at 2:00am, you should set your clock backward one hour to 1:00am. (Remember "spring forward, fall back...").

Easy answer: Most people who go to bed earlier than the wee hours of the morning simply set their clocks back/forward one hour before they go to bed on Saturday.

Detailed answer: Go HERE.

For more information...
Daylight Saving Time from WebExhibits

World Clock for Indianapolis DST

National Geographic on DST

US Naval Observatory on DST

Figure out what time it is in the United States at

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nearest flyby in recorded history: Asteroid 2012 DA14

2012 DA14 size relative to the shuttle
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is hurtling toward Earth and will be at its closest approach at 2:24pm on 15 February 2013, just after Valentine's Day.

Is this the end? Is it a planet-killer? Will we go the way of the dinosaurs? No, sorry, the asteroid will miss us and some of you will still need to buy some chocolates and/or flowers if that is your thing.

**LIVE full coverage webcasts of the flyby:**
ADDENDUM: Meteor strike in Russia injured more than 400 people, 15 Feb. 2013. According to Don Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program "This bolide event probably had nothing to do with the upcoming close Earth approach of asteroid 2012 DA14"
Some facts:
  • 2012 DA14 will pass within 18K miles of Earth between the geosynchronous satellites and the ISS (the moon orbits at 239K miles) making this the closest approach of an asteroid to Earth in recorded history
  • It is 50m long (one half this size created the 1-mile across Meteor Crater in Arizona 50K years ago) or half a football field
  • If it were to hit Earth (which it is NOT), the blast would roughly equal that of the Tunguska event in 1908
La Sagra Observatory tracking images

General Information on Asteroid 2012 DA14
Asteroid 2012 DA14- Earth flyby reality check from NASA
Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby News from NASA
Close Flyby: Asteroid 2012 DA14 infographic from
La Sagra Observatory discovers very near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 from The Planetary Society blog
NASA's Near Earth Object Program Close Approach Tables

Library Stuff: Books & Videos
De Villiers, Marq. The end : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
--GB5014 .D48 2008                                                        

Hallam, A. (Anthony). Catastrophes and lesser calamities : the causes of mass extinctions Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
--QE721.2.E97 H345 2004

Koppes, Steven N. Killer rocks from outer space : asteroids, comets, and meteorites. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., 2004.
--523.5 K83KI  (ED_YOUTH    ED-RES)

Peebles, Curtis. Asteroids : a history. Washington [D.C.] : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.
--QB651 .P44 2000

Plait, Philip C. Death from the skies! : these are the ways the world will end. New York, N.Y. : Viking Penguin, 2008.
--QB638.8 .P53 2008                                                      

Sumners, Carolyn. Cosmic pinball : the science of comets, meteors, and asteroids. New York : McGraw Hill, 2000.
--QB721 .S85 2000

Weinreich, Eitan. Asteroids [videorecording] : deadly impact by the National Geographic Society. Produced by Nina Parmee.
--DVD VIDEO 8298                                                          
US Government Reports & Documents                                                                  
The global exploration roadmap [electronic resource] / International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG). Publication info: Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, [2011]
--NAS 1.2:EX 7/5

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Near-Earth object survey and deflection analysis of alternatives [electronic resource] : report to Congress
--NAS 1.2:EA 7/20                                                        
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science and Technology (2007). Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.Near-Earth objects (NEOS) : status of the survey program and review of NASA's 2007 report to Congress: hearing before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, November 8, 2007.
--Y 4.SCI 2:110-72  (GOV_US      MICROFORMS)

Planetary fact sheets [electronic resource]. Greenbelt, MD : National Space Science Data Center, 2002.
--NAS 1.2:P 69/13/  

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science. Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. The threat of near-earth asteroids : hearing before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, Committee on Science, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, October 3, 2002.
--Y 4.SCI 2:107-89  (GOV_US      MICROFORMS)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Charles Darwin & Darwin Day

Charles Robert Darwin: b. 12 Feb, 1809 – d. 19 Apr, 1882
One of the great names in history on par with that of Einstein or Copernicus, his ideas changed our worldview at a fundamental level challenging us to think about ourselves and the universe we live in very differently.

On February 12th, 1809 C.E., Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England. In 1831, he took his famous 5-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle where he observed the dramatic variation of species in the Galapagos Islands- particularly the finches.

He did not invent the theory of evolution. The idea that species evolved (or "transmuted") from one for to another had been around for some time before Darwin. What he did was to document evidence for it better than anyone previously and work out a theory for how it functioned: the theory of natural selection.

At the same time, Alfred Russel Wallace came up with the same mechanism for evolution and nearly beat Darwin to the publishing house. Wallace graciously stepped aside to let Darwin take the lead in putting forth this theory to the world.

February 12th is Darwin Day. A day of celebration initiated by Darwin, a science education group, advocating the celebration of science- "our most reliable knowledge system."

Want to know more?
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