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January New Books List

January 29th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Curious about the new books added by PSE this Fiscal Year? The New Books list will be updated monthly and posted to the blog near the end of each month. The most recent PSE New Books list dated 01/28/13 is now available.

NAE Grand Challenges For Engineering

January 28th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Global Grand Challenges Short Video Competition

Areas of Interest:Environment, Education, Energy, Healthcare, Understanding Engineering

Project Type:Contest/Award

Latest Update: January 17, 2013
Primary Contact: Nicole Flores


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Global Grand Challenges Short Video Competition

The Global Grand Challenges Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US, and China. The summit will bring together leading international thinkers and innovators to explore new approaches to solving some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, on themes ranging from sustainability to health care, from driving growth and employment to protecting our planet.

In conjunction with the Global Grand Challenges Summit, each of the academies is running a short video competition for entrants 18-27 years old in the US, the UK, and China. Each competition will have its own judging process and prizes. Each academy will select its own competition winner to be screened at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, UK on March 12-13 2013. The winning contestants (maximum of two representatives per video) will be invited as guests to the Summit.

This short video competition is calling for creative entrants to produce a video highlighting the importance of engineering and how engineers can collaborate with other professions to solve (a) one of the challenges articulated by the National Academy of Engineering in its NAE Grand Challenges for EngineeringTM program or (b) a challenge within one of the related Summit themes: Sustainability, Education, Enriching Life, Technology and Growth, Resilience.

The video should include data that supports ideas presented.

The competition is open to short videos (no longer than two minutes) of all production techniques and genres, such as drama, animation, documentary, experimental or artist video, and hybrid work. The video may be shot with a full crew or with a mobile phone, it may be serious or amusing. However you choose to produce your video, it should be thought provoking.

Eligible entries, whether selected as a winner or not, may be made available through the Global Grand Challenges Summit’s dedicated YouTube/Vimeo channel.

Deadline for submissions is midnight February 3, 2013, EST.

Sponsored by:

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Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

January 24th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

    The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
    This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

    Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
    Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

    You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
    Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
    You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

Get your voucher code

    After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
    Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
    Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

    Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
    Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


    Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
    or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

Synthesis Update from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

January 24th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

Synthesis Digital Library Update for December, 2012

The following new titles were published in December. 

NIH Public Access Policy: Jan. 15, 2013 Webinar for Compliance Officials

January 9th, 2013 by Robert Heyer-Gray

The NIH is holding a live broadcast “to assist grantee institutions with guidance and resources related to the NIH Public Access Policy, upcoming changes,tools, and how non-compliance will affect awards.”

Though authors and investigators are invited to attend, the webinar’s focus is compliance officials at grantee institutions.  Registration is required. The webinar will be recorded for future viewing. (NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-016)

For additional information about the NIH Funding Public Access Mandate, see the UC Davis Library Research Guide on the topic.