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In our regular review of the Insitutional Repository, the pages with the most visits in March amongst the Science Faculty authors are:

Who will be in the top 3 for April? Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your reader to find out!

There are still places available on next week’s PatBase database of the month workshop. So book now to avoid disappointment!

Institutional repository logo

In our regular review of the Insitutional Repository, the pages with the most visits in February amongst the Science Faculty authors are:

Who will be in the top 3 for March? Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your reader to find out!

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 I tried out the TicTocs Journal Table of Contents service this morning. Wow. You can search 12,000 journals from 430 publishers and, faster than you can say Gail Trimble, Corpus Christi you have the TOCs matching your search terms.  It’s even faster to load relevant references into RefWorks.  You can retrieve the full text where we have a subscription and you can also import RSS feeds into your favourite feed reader such as Google Reader or BlogLines. Access is from www.tictocs.ac.uk. It is a free service but registering enables you to store your newsfeeds.

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National Science and Engineering Week runs from 6-15 March. To celebrate it we’ve set  up a display showcasing some of the research work and textbooks published by members of the Science and Engineering faculties. In addition to books you’ll see artifacts from pots to pillows and from doodles to didgeredoos. You can view the display on Level 3 of the Pilkington Library from now to the end of March.

In addition to the Library display there’s lots going on for NSEW locally personally my family are off to see an exhibition on Bees and complete the Science trail at Brocks Hill Visitor Centre (Google map), Oadby, Leicestershire this weekend. Click the logo to find out more about NSEW and other events.

The Maths, Stats & OR Network of the Higher Education Academy is inviting entries into its Plus new writers award.

If you can explain a mathematical topic or application in an engaging way for a general audience, then you could win an iPod, a subscription to the journal Nature, and signed copies of popular maths books.

Entries are open to school students, undergraduates and postgraduates as well as the general public. The closing date is 31 March 2009.

Good luck!

Hail all scientists

Tomorrow (12 February) sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Naturally, (pardon the pun) this event is attracting widespread attention.

Of course it is very appropriate to celebrate great scientists, but what about the equally brilliant but much lesser known variety? Yesterday (10 February) tucked away in the last few minutes of the Today Programme was a short piece about a little known scientist by the name of Paul Dirac.

Paul Dirac was the youngest theoretical physicist ever to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. According to the interview, it was Dirac’s “work that laid the foundations for string theory”.

So, as you go about your business tomorrow, spare a thought not only for the Darwins of this world but also the  Diracs.