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The Engineering History of the Erie Canal: lecture by Dr. Sam Clemence on March 28, 2017

March 20th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

Dr. Samuel P. Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a talk entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Famous in song and story, the Erie Canal linked the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. The canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology. Following the canal’s opening in 1825, upstate New York became the equivalent of our modern day “Silicon Valley”. Its impact was extraordinary, both on the state of New York and the entire United States. It has been called the Mother of Cities, Pathway to an Empire, and the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dr. Clemence’s multi-media presentation will include songs, video, and animations that describe the planning, construction, and completion of the canal.

The Library Associates of the Syracuse University Libraries are pleased to present this unique lecture and reception in Bird Library, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University in 1977 as an associate professor. His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977. Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

Dr. Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977. He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over sixty technical publications. He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996. Dr. Clemence received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.

POLITICO Pro trial

March 20th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

Trial access to POLITICO Pro is currently available.

POLITICO Pro is a policy news reporting service that provides policy professionals and students the in-depth, real-time, and archived policy news essential for their research and awareness needs. POLITICO Pro provides dedicated coverage of 15 policy areas spanning the entire policy landscape and include: Agriculture, Budget & Appropriations, Campaigns, Cybersecurity, Defense, Education, eHealth, Energy, Financial Services, Health Care, Labor & Employment, Tax, Technology, Trade, and Transportation. POLITICO Pro specifically tracks news from a policy perspective, reporting on the key influencers (law makers, coalitions, agencies, corporations, committees, etc.) as well as the legislative, regulatory, and political impact of their actions, while offering critical intelligence and analysis on what’s to come next.

To access the database, point your browser to:
http://www.politicopro.com/

Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments. Please send them to Anne Rauh at aerauh@syr.edu.

Trial access is available through April 6, 2017.

Please note: Limited, on-campus-only access to this resource is provided by the vendor for the purpose of evaluating its usefulness and potential value to the SU community.

Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

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ARR/AIAS/ASO Spring Book Club event

March 20th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Architecture Student Association (ASO) and the Architecture Reading Room present its spring book club event on Thursday, March 30 at 5:15 p.m. in Room 202, Slocum Hall. The group, hosted by Susan Henderson, professor at the School of Architecture, will talk about Despina Stratigakos’ book Where Are the Women Architects?

For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? Where Are the Women Architects? tells the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

Despina Stratigakos’s provocative examination of the past, current, and potential future roles of women in the profession begins with the backstory, revealing how the field has dodged the question of women’s absence since the nineteenth century. It then turns to the status of women in architecture today, and the serious, entrenched hurdles they face. But the story isn’t without hope, and the book documents the rise of new advocates who are challenging the profession’s boys’ club, from its male-dominated elite prizes to the erasure of women architects from Wikipedia. These advocates include Stratigakos herself and here she also tells the story of her involvement in the controversial creation of Architect Barbie.

Despina Stratigakos is associate professor and interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the author of Hitler at Home and A Woman’s Berlin: Building the Modern City.

Refreshments will be served.

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20th Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium

March 20th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

Please join us for the 20th Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium on Friday, March 31 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114), Bird Library.

The French Colloquium provides the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate to share their recent research.

This event is sponsored by the Albert George Memorial lecture Fund (French Program), the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University Libraries, and the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor.

 

 

New resources recently added to Libraries’ collections

March 9th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

New ebooks offered by the Libraries include:

Also, the Libraries now offer online access to the journal Academy of Management Discoveries.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.