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The world's oldest scientific publisher, The Royal Society of London, announced today that they will launch a new open access journal that will cover the entire spectrum of science and mathematics.

Royal Society Open Science (RSOS) will be the first in their  family of journals that will publish research in all the sciences -- life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and computer science. RSOS will publish all high quality work received without conventional restrictions on scope, length or impact that are commonly imposed by traditional journals. Additionally, RSOS will welcome research article submissions that may be difficult to publish elsewhere, for example, reports that include negative findings.

More information about the new publication launch here.

[messages re-posted from the SLA Physics Astronomy Math list serve]

Mark Newman, the Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics at University of Michigan, recently published "Computational Physics with Python" (2012). 

Eric Ayars (California St. Univ, Chico) has reviewed this in the Jan/Feb "Computing in Science & Engineering", pp. 6-7, 2014.

Rather than use a mainstream publisher, Newman published this on the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (a relatively new Amazon company, Newman owns the rights and maintains control over his work). 

This well-reviewed, 500+ page, much needed text is also available for libraries book purchasing systems for $48, and new and used paperbacks are available via Amazon for $33-$40.  Other physics texts published in recent years can average around $150-$200.

See also the author's willingness to share the online content.  Based on how high the demand is for python material, it's likely the print format will be perpetually checked-out for the first few years it's available in your library.  I'm not particularly interested in writing commercials for an Amazon subsidiary,
but if monograph funds are being depleted quickly this spring, it's newsworthy that this is available for $40 (or less).

(and one response)

Also worth tracking is iPython Notebooks ... that are increasingly being used for teaching purposes.
There are also some books out that have .pynb equivalents, see

(these threads are being left unattributed out of respect for the authors posting the messages in a semi-private listserve setting.)


Friday, May 31, 2013

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Graduate Student Lounge (Basement of Main Building) 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join us for May Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research. Each speaker prepares a 10-15 minute presentation about their research followed by a moderated discussion. Lunch is provided. Featuring: Josa Hanzlik PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering "What Do Retrieved Medical Devices Tell Us?" Danielle Greenwell PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Communications, Culture and Media "The Role of Active Reflection for Millennial Students in Service Learning" Abby Dominy PhD Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Science "Turtles in a Different Light: Visual Ecology and Mating Behavior in the Diamondback Terrapins" Moderated by Dr. Alisa Morss Clyne, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department Can't make it? Connect with us via Blackboard Collaborate: Please fill out the form at the link below if you would like to nominate a speaker or be considered to speak at a future program:


Sandra Golis

Yearlong project spotlights Mathematics of Planet Earth

Throughout 2013, mathematics educators and institutions are taking part in the Mathematics of Planet Earth project (, a worldwide effort to promote awareness of the ways in which the mathematical sciences are used in modeling the earth and its systems – both natural and manmade. More than a hundred scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations have banded together to encourage research and heighten awareness of the essential role played by mathematics in facing the challenges to our planet.


Most recently, this theme has been incorporated into April’s Mathematics Awareness Month, with this year’s theme of Math and Sustainability ( The Math Awareness website features a range of activities and resources that can be used at all levels to empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to help society address sustainability issues.

With all the interest in "big data" these days, I was just alerted to this blog that might be of interest.  For example it "showed that NSF-funded astronomy grants produce papers for up to 15 years!"  A lot of bang for the buck (being a bit punny here).  Check it out:


cover of Wildlife conservation in a changing climate /edited by Jedediah F. Brodie, Eric Post, and Daniel F. Doak.
Other: Brodie, Jedediah F.(Jedediah Farrell)Post, Eric S.(Eric Stephen)Doak, Daniel F.,1961-
Call Number: QL82.W553 2012
ISBN(s): 9780226074627 (cloth : alkaline paper)
0226074625 (cloth : alkaline paper)
9780226074634 (paperback : alkaline paper)
0226074633 (paperback : alkaline paper)
9780226074641 (e-book)
0226074641 (e-book)
cover of Extremophiles :sustainable resources and biotechnological implications /edited by Om V. Singh.
Other: Singh, Om V.
Call Number: QR100.9.E987 2013
ISBN(s): 9781118103005 (cloth)
1118103009 (cloth)
cover of The boreal owl :ecology, behaviour and conservation of a forest-dwelling predator /Erkki Korpim{232}aki and Harri Hakkarainen.
Author: Korpim{232}aki, Erkki.
Other: Hakkarainen, Harri.
Call Number: QL696.S83K67 2012
ISBN(s): 9780521113717
cover of Tabulate corals from the Givetian and Frasnian of the southern region of the Holy Cross Mountains (Poland) /by Mikolaj K. Zapalski.
Author: Zapalski, Mikolaj K.
Call Number: QE778.Z36 2012
ISBN(s): 9781444367126

cover of Good science, bad science, pseudoscience, and just plain bunk :how to tell the difference /Peter A. Daempfle.
Author: Daempfle, Peter.
Call Number: Q175.D174 2013
ISBN(s): 9781442217263 (cloth : alk. paper)
144221726X (cloth : alk. paper)
9781442217287 (ebook)
1442217286 (ebook)
cover of Understanding and applying research design /Martin Lee Abbott, Jennifer McKinney.
Author: Abbott, Martin,
Other: McKinney, Jennifer,1969-
Call Number: Q180.55.M4A236 2013
ISBN(s): 9781118096482 (cloth)
1118096487 (cloth)
cover of Science communication :a practical guide for scientists /Laura Bowater and Kay Yeoman.
Author: Bowater, Laura.
Other: Yeoman, Kay.
Call Number: Q223.B69 2012
ISBN(s): 9781119993131 (cloth)
111999313X (cloth)
9781119993124 (pbk.)
1119993121 (pbk.)

In the print issue of Chemistry World, January 2013, vol 10, n. 1, page 12 (online Nov. 27, 2012), Phillip Broadwith writes about the controversial use of the h-index to rank chemists.  The h-index was developed by Jorge Hirsch, physicist, in 2005 as an objective method to measure a researcher's productivity.   Henry Schaefer and Amy Peterson of the University of Georgia (Athens) have been using the h-index to rank chemists for the last five years.  They have garnered much criticism from the discipline.  Many believe that too much emphasis on a single metric for measuring academic productivity.  Schaefer and Peterson will cease publishing this ranking after this year.  Read it online at:


On February 28th, all Library Reserves materials accessible through the Drexel University Libraries’ website will no longer be accessible to faculty and students. This includes electronic materials previously accessible with a course password. This is a part of our initiative to transition to Ares, our new reserves system that works as a plug in to Blackboard Learn. Library staff ask that faculty please review their library reserve items by the end of the month and request all items be made available through the Ares electronic forms in Blackboard Learn.


No digitized materials or holdings will be lost in this transition! Laura Chance, Library Reserves Coordinator, will continue to have access to all course listings and uploaded materials, such as digitized book chapters and other electronic materials.. You may  review the Libraries’  Reserves page for more information on using Ares and submitting requests through Blackboard Learn:


Contact Laura if you have any questions or need assistance:


Laura Chance

Library Reserves Coordinator
W.W. Hagerty Library


cover of Large scale geometry.
Author: Nowak, Piotr W
Call Number: QA613.N68 2012
ISBN(s): 3037191120
cover of From Stein to Weinstein and back :symplectic geometry of affine complex manifolds /Kai Cieliebak, Yakov Eliashberg.
Author: Cieliebak, Kai,
Other: Eliashberg, Y.,1946-
Call Number: QA665.C54 2012
ISBN(s): 9780821885338 (alk. paper)
0821885332 (alk. paper)
cover of Case studies in Bayesian statistical modelling and analysis /edited by Clair L. Alston, Kerrie L. Mengersen and Anthony N. Pettitt, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Other: Alston, Clair.Mengersen, Kerrie L.Pettitt, Anthony(Anthony N.)
Call Number: QA279.5.C367 2013
ISBN(s): 9781119941828 (cloth)
1119941822 (cloth)
cover of Nonlinear system identification by Haar wavelets /Przemys{177}aw {226}Sliwi{226}nski.
Author: {226}Sliwi{226}nski, Przemys{177}aw.
ISBN(s): 9783642293955
Author: Mitrea, Marius.
Other: Wright, Matt,1980-
Call Number: QA379.M58 2012QA1.A82 no.344
ISBN(s): 9782856293430 (pbk.)
2856293433 (pbk.)

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