COD Library Blog

Free Ebook on Science Education

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Want to check out the core standards for Science Education? The National Academies Press has issued A framework for K-12 science education: practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas, a free ebook. You can find the ebook in our catalog as well.

Here's the publisher description:

"Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of humanity's most pressing current and future challenges. The United States' position in the global economy is declining, in part because U.S. workers lack fundamental knowledge in these fields. To address the critical issues of U.S. competitiveness and to better prepare the workforce, A Framework for K-12 Science Education proposes a new approach to K-12 science education that will capture students' interest and provide them with the necessary foundational knowledge in the field."

In order to access the ebook, you'll need to create a username and password. Enjoy!


Valentines for Vets

The COD Photo Club and photography students are pleased to present "Valentines for Veterans" --FREE Portraits for ALL Military Families (Active, Reserve and Retired Servicemen and Women
are all welcome to participate).

Please email JoAnn Hartley at to make your appointment.


Replicability, Part 2

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Have we finally hit critical mass with concerns about replicability and fraudulent research? Just about a month ago, Science announced that it'll be working to find new ways to highlight the data behind published articles in 2015.

Check out the links below to get a sense of where the conversation is headed.

  • Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article summarizing instances of scientific fraud and replicability concerns.
  • Just this morning, NPR played a story talking about publication biases and how that affects research. Listen to the story here.
  • Read a fascinating article in Cancer Letter about Duke University brushing aside the concerns of a medical student who believed his lab was altering data. As the lab had received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and was involved in research to match cancer treatments to afflicted patients, this had a huge impact.

See the earlier replicability blog post.

Image Credit: "Research Data Management" by janneke staaks - Own work.

Citizen Science, Part 2


Looking for a way to help your students participate in scientific research? In addition to the sources mentioned in my earlier post, check out the Zooniverse, which lists projects in fields such as Space, Climate, Nature, Biology, and Physics.

Take a few minutes to explore current research projects such as classifying the surface of Mars, modeling Earth's climate using old shipping logs, or analyzing cancer data.

Questions? As always, contact me for more information.


Technology for Checkout

Blue snowball microphoneDid you know COD students, faculty, and staff can checkout a wide variety of technology including laptops, multimedia peripherals, and other devices from the COD Library? Visit our Technology for Checkout page and find out what we have available and how you can get it in your hands today!

Photo credit: Sergey Galyonkin (CC BY-SA 2.0)

New Books for the New Year

Looking for some books to read before the semester really heats up?

There are two new options here that might serve difference purposes in your teaching.

The first, Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters and More, might be an interesting resource if you're thinking of changing up class assignments. Want a cogent guide to how to help students learn to structure a paper presentation or a power point? Try assigning a chapter or so of this.

The second, Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists: Strategies Aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards demonstrates how teachers are being trained to teach science in the younger grades. No, this book won't be shaping next year's students. But in 2-3 years, it may be.


Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will be closed and have reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 20 and Jan. 13. We will also be closed Friday, Jan. 9, for staff development.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 4: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 5, - Thursday, Jan. 8: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan. 9: Closed for Staff Development
  • Saturday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 11: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 12, and Tuesday, Jan. 13: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Regular hours resume

For more information, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Open Access Week Reprise

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Want to follow up on October's in-service day by learning more about Open Access over break?

Check out Opening Science: The Evolving Guide on How the Internet is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing, a free ebook published by Springer. Chapters include topics such as blogging, publication in the sciences, and even reference management.

Any other questions? As always, contact me.