Exhibit: Seeds of Change
Location: Noble Science and Engineering Library
Available: Through January 2013, during normal library hours
Description: The Seeds of Change exhibit celebrates desert adapted seeds and ancient crops of the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. View chiltepines, a tiny, round, hot, wild chile, which is native to North America and was cultivated to produce most of the chile varieties sold today. Marvel at Glass Gem corn, a multi-colored heirloom with vivid translucent kernels. This corn variety was developed in Oklahoma and is so remarkable that images of it have gone viral over the Internet. Learn about the tepary bean, a small bean, which holds the distinction of being the world’s most drought-adapted domesticated bean. And see a variety of gourds, so useful and versatile, that they’ve earned the title “earliest-known domesticated plant.”
All this and more will displayed at Noble library through January 2013.
Event: ”Who Owns Our Food (Seeds)?” with Bill McDorman
Location: Noble Science and Engineering Library Lobby, Tempe campus
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Description: To kick-off the Seeds of Change exhibit at Noble Library, Bill McDorman will discuss food and the implications of having ten companies own and control 75% of the world’s seeds. How does this affect local food security and the health of our region? More importantly what does this have to do with the nationwide drought and the treasure trove of seeds in the Native Seeds/SEARCH Seed Bank?
Since 1983, Native Seeds/SEARCH (Southwestern Endangered Aridland Resources Clearing House) has become a major regional seed bank and a leader in the heirloom seed movement. The seed bank is a unique resource for both traditional and modern agriculture. It includes nearly 2000 varieties of aridland adapted agricultural crops and wild relatives representing over 100 plant species and the agricultural legacy of more than 50 indigenous groups in the American Southwest and northwest Mexico. NS/S promotes the use of these ancient crops and their wild relatives by distributing seeds to Native American communities and to gardeners worldwide.
Join NS/S Executive Director Bill McDorman for a discussion on this vital topic and hear about the solutions as close as your own backyard!
Bill will also be instructing at the Seed School in Phoenix Oct 28-Nov 2. Registration details for the seed school are located at http://www.nativeseeds.org/index.php/events/seed-school/112-last-seed-school-of-2012.
ASU Libraries and the Confucius Institute are sponsoring two events in celebration of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon.
The first is an exhibition in Hayden Library. The exhibition highlights the role of the dragon in Chinese culture, the importance of the New Year’s celebration which begins the Spring Festival, and describes the Lantern Festival which closes the Spring Festival.
This exhibition is located on the lower concourse/entrance level of Hayden Library, just outside of the library instruction room C41, and will be on display through February 7th.
Second, ASU Libraries and the Confucius Institute are sponsoring the screening of Shanghai Park (with English subtitles), on Friday January 27 at 12:30 in the Memorial Union, Pima Room 230. University Librarian Sherrie Schmidt and the ASU Confucius Institute Director Dr. Madeline Spring will give a brief welcome.
Shanghai Park is subtly and deeply moving, and honestly captures the transitional lives of urban 20-something college graduates, already nostalgic and unsure of the road ahead. Immediately after the screening the ASU Confucius Institute, the School of International Literature and Culture, and the Chinese Flagship Program are sponsoring the ASU Chinese New Year Celebration in the Memorial Ventena Ballroom. All are welcome to attend.
Exhibit: International Year of Chemistry 2011 “Chemistry – our life, our future”
Location: Noble Science and Engineering Library, 1st Floor
Available: Through the end of 2011, during normal library hours
Description: The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry. As an initiative of the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), IYC 2011 promotes the contributions of chemistry to society and seeks to inspire a new generation of chemists.
The exhibit in the Noble Science and Engineering Library at the Arizona State University Tempe campus features chemically related research and resources from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Biodesign Institute, College of Technology and Innovation (Polytechnic campus), New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (West campus) and the ASU Libraries, celebrating various aspects of the International Year of Chemistry.
The online component features videos from researchers as well as supplementary online resources. http://libguides.asu.edu/iyc2011
Exhibit Partners: ASU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Tempe campus and the Biodesign Institute
Join the science book discussion and meet some interesting people in the process. This fall we will read books about chemistry in honor of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.
We will be discussing The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean and Marie Curie: A Life by Susan Quinn. Kean’s book delves into the mysteries of the periodic table and successfully combines history, science and entertainment. The second book by Quinn charts the discovery of radium through Marie Curie’s personal story of hardship, persistence and triumph.
The book discussion will be held at 7:30-900 pm in the Noble Library, Room 105, on the following days:
September 8: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, pages 3-199 (Introduction and Parts I-III)
October 13: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, pagest 203-346 (Parts IV – V)
November 10: Marie Curie: A Life by Susan Quinn
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Rene Tanner (email@example.com; 480/965-7190).
Visitors at Hayden and Noble Libraries will notice a lot of activity between July 28 and the middle of August: we’re moving out old furniture to make way for new chairs and tables that will arrive starting the week of August 1. When the project is complete we will have upgraded study space that will better suit students’ needs.
If your favorite study location is not available during this time, visit the Information Desk and we’ll be happy to help you find an alternative study location.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Just when you thought you could put the books down, René Tanner with ASU Libraries wants you to join a book discussion this summer. Three engaging science books will be discussed.
The first book, for June 9, 2011, is Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” It has a strong sustainability focus and is a memoir with some investigative reporting mixed in. The book chronicles the year Kingsolver and her family made a deliberate effort to eat locally.
The second book, to be discussed Thursday, July 14, 2011, is Nick Lane’s “Life Ascending.” “This book takes the reader on a journey through time from chemical reactions around underwater thermal vents to life on land. Along the way Lane chronicles 10 major evolutionary developments that created life as we know it.
The August 11. 2011 discussion will focus on “Journey to the Ants” by Bert Hölldobler (ASU, Foundation Professor of Biology) and E. O. Wilson. Journey to the Ants combines autobiography and scientific discovery to explain communication among one of the smallest and most numerous organisms on the planet.
The discussions, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30pm in room 105 of Noble Library. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Garage, located at Tyler Street and McAllister Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, or to R.S.V.P., contact Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://libguides.asu.edu/content.php?pid=207530
Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for life – without it, we could not grow our food nor build our bones. Yet our current use of P relies on mining it from the earth to make into fertilizer and then letting this fertilizer leach into our waterways and act as a pollutant. Some parts of the world are unable to access enough fertilizer to grow their food, let alone let it be wasted away into rivers.
Sustainable Phosphorus Summit is part of the Frontiers in Life Science workshop series sponsored by ASU’s School of Life Sciences. The Sustainable Phosphorus Summit will explore the complex dynamics of P as a limited resource and create a stage for discussion on P sustainability. International experts, including students and faculty from the SOLS will define the scale and scope of the “biggest problem you’ve never heard of,” and raise awareness of this problem. In Phosphorus, food and our future, artists and scientists have teamed up to explore our current use of P and how we can make it more sustainable. The exhibit features work by 20 teams of artists and scientists using a variety of media including painting, photography, collage, sculpture, illustration, multimedia installation, dance and music.
This conference will be held February 3-5 at the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus, with Art Exhibits at the Desert Botanical Garden and Step Gallery of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
To further research the concepts embodied in Sustainable Phosphorus, consult the Sustainable Phosphorus LibGuide created by ASU Librarians Olivia Sparks and Rene Tanner. This guide includes a list of relevant books from the ASU Libraries, links to related websites on the topic and more.
For more information about the conference, please contact the School of Life Sciences.