Authorea – demo!

The Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell invite you to an upcoming demo on Authorea!



Wednesday, April 30th, 1pm

Clark 701

 All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served


Authorea: write and manage data-driven, interactive scientific articles in a collaborative environment. 

Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. Also, most authoring tools in use today are not designed for collaboration, and, as scientific collaborations grow in size, research transparency and the attribution of scholarly credit are at stake. In this talk, Aberto Pepe will present an innovative way to collaboratively author on the web data-driven articles — articles that natively offer readers a dynamic, interactive experience with an article’s fulltext, images, data, and code.  He will show how the Authorea platform (, which has been depicted as a hybrid between Google Docs and Github for scientific papers – allows scientists to collaboratively write rich data-driven manuscripts on the web.



Alberto Pepe, Authorea representative

Alberto Pepe is an Associate Research Scientist at Harvard University and the Co-founder of Authorea, an online collaborative platform to write scholarly papers. He recently obtained a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on scientific collaboration networks. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Pepe worked in the Information Technology Department of CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Pepe holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Astrophysics, both from University College London, U.K. He was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.


What’s the buzz over makerspaces?

Want to learn more about makerspaces?  Then this event will surely entice you!



Having fun with your science.

Friday, April 25th, NOON

Mann 160




Bring your lunch along to learn about the world of makerspaces!  Members of the Ithaca Generator will be on hand to talk about their experiences with 3D printing, robotics, biohacking, gaming and art installation.  All are welcome to attend this panel.

Co-sponsored by the Ithaca Generator and Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell.

Coffee Hour Book Talk – featuring Hod Lipson!


The Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries presents:

Coffee Hour Book Talk!

Featuring: Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering at Cornell.


Friday, May 9, 2014, 4pm

Carpenter Hall Library study space

Coffee and refreshments will be served.



TITLE:  The future of 3D printing

The promise and peril of a machine that can make (almost) anything.

ABSTRACT: 3D Printers – machines that can automatically fabricate arbitrarily-shaped parts, layer by layer, from almost any material – have evolved over the last three decades from limited and expensive prototyping equipment in the hands of few, to small-scale commodity production tools available to almost anyone. It’s been broadly recognized that this burgeoning industrial revolution will transform almost every industry, and every aspect of our lives. But how? And where will this technology go next? This talk will describe the underlying principles common all areas that 3D printing technology is transforming. We will then look at the evolution of additive manufacturing to see where it will go next. From printing arbitrarily complex shapes to creating new kinds of materials, and ultimately, moving from fabricating passive parts to printing active, integrated systems, including electronics, actuators and sensors. Will we be able to print a robot that will walk out the printer, batteries included?



BIO Hod: Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit










Coming soon – events on Makerspaces!

We’ve had makerspaces, 3D printing and gaming on our minds here in EMPS lately.  Stay tuned and save the date for the following programs!

Friday, April 25th – Brown Bag:  Join us for a panel and demonstration courtesy of the Ithaca Generator.

Friday, May 9:  Our bi-annual EMPS Coffee Hour Book Talk series, featuring Hod Lipson and the Future of 3D Printing.


More details coming right around the corner…

Math Library celebrates Pi Day

Tomorrow is March 14th, or 3/14 – also known as Pi Day in the math community.  To celebrate, the Math Library is showing the film Fermat’s Last Tango in the library conference room from 1-3pm.  No need to sign up – just show up to enjoy the film before heading upstairs for real pie!

UnknownHere is the full list of events from the math department, taking place in the 5th floor lounge:

- Pie eating contest, featuring a brave group of mathematics faculty and students as contestants to begin precisely at 3:14pm.

- Mathematical Puzzles involving pie (of varying difficulty levels) on the blackboards

- Free pie for all!


Preparing for an Industry Career: Resources, Tips, and Job-Search Strategies for Scientists

Are you a scientist wondering what careers exist outside of academia?  Are you interested in learning more about employers in your field, but don’t know where to start?  If so, you will want to join us for this presentation!

businesspicTuesday, March 25th

Clark 701

Noon-1:30pm (brown bag)



Tom Ottaviano, Business and Economics Librarian, along with Anne Poduska, Graduate and International Student Career Advisor and Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies will present on:

-          What does the term “industry” mean?

-          What resources can you use to learn about industries and employers?

-          How can you relate your graduate field, discipline and skills to actual jobs?


Hope to see you there!

Sponsored by Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries, the Graduate School’s Office of Inclusion and Professional Development, and Cornell Career Services

Public Speaking Resources

Last June, the EMPS Libraries hosted a mini-conference on public speaking skills, just for scientists.  As scientists, we are masters in the lab but sometimes we need a little help when it comes to networking and verbalizing our science.

If you missed or could not make our Public Speaking Conference last year, we have a LibGuide that covers the presentation topics of that day.  Topics include warming up with yoga, using improvisation and comedy as presentation skills, business meal etiquette, and elevator speeches.
Did we say elevator speeches?  This article in ASEE Prism discusses how engineers can benefit from elevator speeches.  It surely applies to all in the engineering, physical sciences and mathematics disciplines.

For designing powerful presentations, this LibGuide put together by our visual resources librarians covers the essentials – and more.

Finally, the grad school itself has some wonderful resources as well when it comes to navigating careers, public speaking and other academic advice.

If this all sounds good, stay tuned for our next workshop event – where business and science collide (more details forthcoming!)

Chemical Information for Chemists

The Physical Sciences Library is pleased to announce the release of a new title – one where our very own Chemistry Librarian, Leah McEwen, has contributed to!

Chemical Information for Chemists
Editor(s): Judith Currano, Dana Roth (C. 2014)

This title is designed to support anyone using chemical information.  Certain chapters focus entirely on structure searching and reactions, chemical patents and other types of specialized chemical information.

Congratulation, Leah!

New Library Resource in Engineering – Case Studies in Engineering Failures and Successes

The Engineering Library as acquired the following resource!
  Engineering Case Studies by Alexander Street Press
Includes over 250 hours of streaming video and text covering 50 well-known case studies of engineering failures and successes.  From nuclear disasters to oil spills, air and space disasters, structural collapses, and explosions, Engineering Case Studies Online includes documentaries, accident reports, experiments, visualizations, case studies, lectures and interviews from leading engineering institutions around the world.
Send any questions to Jill Powell, or

Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society

The Mathematics Library is pleased to announced the acquisition of a new eBooks package.  The Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society is a collection of books from 1950 of the Memoirs series.  It is devoted to the publication of research in all areas of pure and applied mathematics.

To find books in this package, search in the Catalog as keyword ” AmerMathSocMemoirsebk” .  Our eBooks listing on the website also has links to these eBooks as well.

Any questions?  Email