Elsevier celebrates International Year of Light 2015, collaborates in the production of documentary film - Einstein’s Light - 21 Jan 2015
STM publisher Elsevier has announced its collaboration in the film production of Einstein's Light which was first presented at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015) held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Einstein's Light explores how scientific imagination and innovation advance knowledge frontiers featuring Dr. Albert Einstein and Dutch Nobel Laureate Dr. Hendrik Lorentz as models. The film examines Einstein's discoveries as well as modern examples of scientific imagination and innovation, highlighting organisations on the front edge of discovery. It illuminates Einstein's quest to realise his General Theory of Relativity from his miracle year of 1905 to its finalisation amidst the horrors of the First World War, as he used the properties of light to guide his creative path.
The complete documentary can be viewed in cinemas across the globe in September 2015. The trailer was presented at the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015), held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Interested parties may view the trailer at https://vimeo.com/117005227.
Wiley-VCH and the Korean Chemical Society partner to jointly publish the Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society - 21 Jan 2015
Wiley-VCH, part of the scientific and technical publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and the Korean Chemical Society have signed an agreement to closely cooperate and jointly publish the Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society. The journal will be available online from volume 2015 in Wiley Online Library, one of the most extensive multidisciplinary collections of online resources, visited by 15 million users a month.
The Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society was founded by the Korean Chemical Society in 1980, with the aim to create an international, English-language forum to reach out to the chemical community worldwide. The journal publishes peer-reviewed reviews/accounts, articles, communications and notes covering all major fields of pure and applied chemistry.
The Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society is covered by the Science Citation Index and is included in all major abstracting & indexing services. Effective from Volume 36 (2015) all issues will be published online in Wiley Online Library; archive volumes (1980-2014) are available through the website of the Korean Chemical Society .
Dow partners with the American Chemical Society to improve chemistry teaching all over North America - 21 Jan 2015
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) are partnering to invigorate chemistry education and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the nation's schools.
Dow and AACT will work together to convene a series of teacher summits and create more than 750 lesson plans, multimedia resources, demonstrations and other high-quality chemistry teaching materials for use in K–12 classrooms. The work will be supported by a $1 million contribution from Dow to the AACT spread over a four year period.
AACT was launched in 2014 by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The partnership with Dow promotes the main goal of AACT—to provide its members with resources that foster top-notch chemistry instruction grounded in everyday life.
Dow's STEM mission is to build the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity. Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, including the AACT partnership, Dow strives to provide more resources to teachers, drive excitement in young people around STEM topics and increase the number of students who choose STEM majors, ultimately preparing these students to be successful in STEM careers.
In order to prepare these teachers for the challenges they face in the chemistry classroom, Dow and AACT will host a series of teacher summits in cities around the country, with the first summit occurring this summer in Midland, Michigan. Approximately 30 chemistry teachers from surrounding communities will attend the weeklong summit. They will work with Dow volunteers, known as Dow STEM Ambassadors, to identify improvement opportunities in K–12 classroom resources and develop lesson plans, multimedia presentations and other materials that better meet teachers' needs. As part of this effort, Dow STEM Ambassadors will help teachers incorporate career-based examples into their teaching resources, educating students on future potential career opportunities.
Lesson plans and other classroom materials developed at the Dow-AACT teacher summits will be available to AACT members via the association's website, www.teachchemistry.org.
OA journal Palgrave Communications publishes first papers - 21 Jan 2015
Palgrave Communications, the new high quality open access (OA) online-only, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary journal has published its first articles.
The papers, which are all free to access, span a wide range of disciplines including international studies, political science, theatre and performance studies, and operational research.
The first edition of the journal includes a commentary by Dr W. James Jacob, Institute for International Studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh, on interdisciplinary research trends in higher education. This is the first of several articles that will discuss interdisciplinary research, which is much needed to help tackle global challenges such as migration and water scarcity but can be difficult within the traditional culture of academia.
Palgrave Communications was launched after a global survey of academics in the humanities and social sciences, where 82 percent said that they would publish OA if the best or most appropriate journal were OA. 68 percent thought that their specific area of interest would benefit from journals that publish peer-reviewed OA. The journal offers immediate, free online dissemination of all published articles via a CC BY license1, and is committed to speedy peer review and publication.
Palgrave Communications is led by a large international, cross-disciplinary Editorial Board of leading researchers. The in-house Managing Editor, who oversees the editorial process, is Gino D'Oca.
Palgrave Communications is the first Palgrave Macmillan title to launch on a new publishing platform created by Palgrave Macmillan's sister company Nature Publishing Group. There are no restrictions on word limits: all articles that conform to the required editorial standards of the journal will be published regardless of length. The journal offers authors an enhanced digital publishing experience with industry-leading features such as article-level metrics, including data from Altmetric, and enhanced article layout and navigation.
Thieme selects TEMIS's Luxid Webstudio for thesaurus management - 21 Jan 2015
Semantic Content Enrichment solutions provider TEMIS has announced that scientific and medical publisher Thieme has chosen TEMIS's Luxid® Webstudio to help its teams manage their thesauri and terminologies. Luxid® Webstudio will help different departments of the group to manage, expand and customise the complex vocabularies they use to semantically enrich their content.
The Luxid semantic enrichment platform has already been in use at Thieme for several years in a whole range of projects to process content in domains such as radiology, veterinary medicine, nursing care, osteopathy and chemistry. With the acquisition of this additional Luxid® WebStudio module, Thieme will be able to manage multiple thesauri easily and autonomously.
In order to increase end-users' productivity in the context of everyday thesaurus management, Luxid® Webstudio provides them with advanced ergonomics as well as two more distinctive features enabled by the platform's underlying Natural Language Processing layer: Real-time Preview and Term Suggestion.
Real-time Preview enables users to verify in real-time how well their ontology applies to content, and to rapidly correct gaps from the same interface, for example by adding variants or adjusting extraction mechanisms.
Term Suggestion identifies concepts that are mentioned in the user's corpus but are not yet included in the ontology in order, thus facilitating thesaurus enrichment.
Edmodo and Cambridge University Press announce strategic partnership - 21 Jan 2015
Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and Edmodo, an e-learning platform for primary and secondary teachers and pupils, have announced a strategic partnership to encourage effective instruction and deeper student learning. With this partnership, both parties seek to bring premier educational content and technology to schools in the United Kingdom.
With changes to curriculum standards percolating across the globe, educators are being challenged to adapt while, at the same time, growing accustomed to a 21st century classroom environment. Through the partnership, teachers and pupils alike will benefit from a best-in-class solution that combines high-quality content and collaborative technology. A communication and resource-sharing platform designed for the classroom environment, Edmodo is used by more than 45 million educators, pupils and parents in over 190 countries.
Cambridge University Press has a global reputation for creating high-quality, accessible, and inspirational learning resources. As partners, the Press will create and distribute standards-aligned content to educators via the Edmodo platform. The companies will work in partnership with teachers, departments and schools on implementation and product customisation.
The first stage of the partnership will focus on delivering a tailored solution to schools in England as part of a progressive rollout. Cambridge's brand new content for the reformed linear GCSEs will be exclusively integrated with Edmodo's formative assessment tool, Snapshot. Built directly into the Edmodo platform, Snapshot allows teachers to easily gauge, on a regular basis, student performance on educational standards. The GCSE content will cover the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Combined Science & Computing.
University of Haifa opts for Ex Libris Alma - 21 Jan 2015
Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first early adopter in Israel of the Alma® library management solution. Haifa University will be replacing the Aleph® integrated library system. Alma will be integrated with the University Library's Primo® discovery and delivery solution - for which the library developed a Hebrew interface in cooperation with Ex Libris.
Provided on a SaaS basis, Alma automates and streamlines all library operations, including order management and acquisition, catalogue management, metadata management, and digitisation, for the full range of bibliographic resources - regardless of their location or format.
Haifa University was keen to adopt a cloud-based solution that would enable staff members to direct their resources towards supporting users in learning, research, and teaching.
New grants awarded to OCLC to support joint strategy, research and prototypes initiated by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums - 21 Jan 2015
OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, has received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to advance and sustain professional development and continuing education for information workers across the United States.
The grants will support continued work of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums to produce strategies for effective staff learning programs, and will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration among archives, library and museum organisations.
The Coalition was first convened in Arlington, Virginia, in March 2014, through an initial IMLS investment of $289,000, which supports work through March 2015. The Gates Foundation grant of $266,000, and supplemental funding from IMLS of $149,000, will bolster Coalition activities and extend them through October 2015.
The Coalition is now working to publish a joint strategy that will support the shared vision of cross-sector collaboration, and document a plan for well-coordinated, sustainable and effective continuing education and professional development for the field.