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IET and BSI publish IET Wiring Regulations, 18th Edition
- 05 Jul 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has published the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations. Projected as an essential publication for all professionals working in the electrical industry, IET Wiring Regulations forms the national standard to which all new and amended electrical installations in the UK are to comply. The IET urges all electrical professionals to ensure they are familiar with the changes before the new requirements come into effect from January 2019.

Significant changes include: recommendations for Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) in AC final circuits, requirements for devices for protection against overvoltage, a change to the requirement for the methods of supporting wiring systems within buildings against their premature collapse in the event of a fire and a new Appendix focusing on energy efficiency.

Changes have also been made to the requirements for electric vehicle charging installations with PME supplies (the most common form of earthing in new installations) as well as new guidance for the design and erection of electrical installations that have local production and storage of energy for optimising efficiency.

The changes to BS 7671 come from the revision of international and European standards, of which the UK is obliged to take on the technical intent. JPEL/64 members represent the UK on many of these international committees and the content to be included is discussed in terms of the impact on UK industry, before a new update to BS 7671 is agreed and published.

BS 7671:2018 and the IET's popular suite of guidance are available from www.theiet.org/wiringbooks.

To accompany the 18th Edition, the IET is launching online training for the City&Guilds 2382:18 qualification. The only online training to be endorsed by City&Guilds for this qualification, the Full and Update courses both offer flexible learning, in their own time at own pace. Accessible via an app, the training also includes three, full, practice exams to fully prepare for the real thing.

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Thieme launches new MedOne Education platform, provides online learning, teaching, and research resource for institutions
- 05 Jul 2018

Medical and scientific publisher Thieme has announced the launch of its new MedOne Education platform, the latest interactive, state-of-the-art resource in the Thieme portfolio.

MedOne Education grants access to a collection of up-to-date 95 fully downloadable medical textbooks from Thieme's Color Atlases and Flexibook series. The new online platform replaces the Thieme E-Book Library, and features a wealth of expert information, concise instructional text, and stunning visuals: The textbooks cover full-colour anatomy, basic science, clinical sciences, and radiology.

Institutions can choose to additionally license access to Thieme's entire Anatomy collection including the 'Atlas of Anatomy' by Anne Gilroy. The opportunity to browse or peruse a diverse array of medical texts, images and videos makes MedOne Education a one-stop study companion throughout medical school for students and instructors alike. The institutional license provides a dynamic platform for continual learning, granting 24/7 availability to every student, instructor, researcher, and clinician affiliated with the institution. An individual access can be set up using a department license to make use of all the customisable features.

Users can explore Thieme's web-based compendium of medical textbooks and customize the experience with versatile viewing modes. They can easily expand images, watch videos, write notes, or leave the screen behind to download and print chapters. New e-books are frequently added to ensure content is up-to-date.

The MedOne App, available for Android or Apple devices, allows individuals to browse books online, download content for offline reading, and watch videos on the go. With its responsive design and automatic screen adaptation, users can transition between computers, tablets, and smartphones to access content.

Additionally, images and videos from all the textbooks in the MedOne Education platform are accessible. This means users can quickly find and compare images in their browser or download images directly to a PDF or PowerPoint file to enhance presentations. Legends and links referring back to sources facilitate inclusion of appropriate citations.

The MedOne@Home feature provides access to all the content in MedOne, at home or on the go. An internet connection is the only requirement to view content, create notes, and highlight text. The auto-syncing feature in individual accounts stores recently viewed content and bookmarks.

Users can also create their own customised content sets and collections from MedOne Education resources, external links or personal files. Playlists can be kept private or shared with others within an institution or beyond.

MedOne's intuitive search engine makes it easy to narrow searches. Users can filter out irrelevant information and focus on the most salient content for their needs.

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Frontiers in Physics launches new section on Soft Matter Physics
- 03 Jul 2018

Frontiers in Physics has announced the launch of a new section, Soft Matter Physics, led by Professor Jasper Van Der Gucht of Wageningen University&Research.

Soft Matter Physics deals with a wide range of physical systems such as polymers, gels and colloids. These systems can be easily deformed by external forces and their behaviour is governed by weak interactions at energy scales comparable to thermal energy.

According to the Specialty Chief Editor Professor Jasper Van Der Gucht, it is a relatively young, independent research field, bringing together researchers from polymer physics and chemistry, colloid science, statistical physics, biophysics, and mechanical engineering. While there are many journals focusing on a particular kind of soft matter system, there is a need for journals that cover the whole range of soft matter physics, emphasising their common features.

Soft Matter Physics is now open for high-quality article submissions and welcomes Research Topic proposals.

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Cambridge University Press launches digital textbooks on Cambridge Core
- 03 Jul 2018

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press (the Press) has launched digital institutional access to its leading Higher Education textbooks.

The release of digital textbooks on Cambridge Core, the Press's online platform for books and journals, comes in response to customer demands and marks an important step in a journey to provide a wide range of affordable and flexible access models to instructors, students, and institutions around the world.

The Press publishes a broad selection of current and pedagogically robust textbooks, designed to support the needs of instructors and their students in undergraduate and graduate courses across the sciences, engineering, mathematics, social sciences and humanities. Cambridge textbooks are developed with authors and academics working on the latest research and technological developments, enabling them to deliver stimulating and forward-thinking material coupled with a strong pedagogical framework and resources that support successful teaching and learning journeys.

The key features of textbooks on Cambridge Core include: access to over 300 leading Higher Education textbooks at launch with more to follow; unlimited concurrent users; annual access provided on a title-by-title basis; new editions available upon publication; extensive bibliographic reference functionality; and easy navigation and LMS integration.

Cambridge Higher Education textbooks will be available on Cambridge Core from July 2018 on an unlimited concurrent user basis, meaning no arbitrary limits or controls on usage across customer institutions. Titles are available on a flexible annual lease structure offering the option to provide access on a title-by-title basis instead of being obligated to purchase a larger collection.

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Credo releases The Credo FYE Guide and contest announcements
- 02 Jul 2018

Credo has released the final publication of The Credo FYE Guide: Practices for Enhancing Instruction, an interactive e-guide designed to help academic librarians supporting the first year experience.

Through trends overviews, case studies, activity guides, lesson plans, and more, the guide provides extensive resources for libraries, whether starting an FYE initiative from scratch or making tweaks to existing programs. In conjunction with the release of the e-Guide, Credo has announced two contests with grand prizes totalling $4,000 to recognise librarians making the greatest impact with their first-year students.

The Credo FYE Guide Activity Contest invites librarians to implement ideas from the guide during the Fall 2018 semester for a chance to win $1,000 towards travel and registration to 2019 The Association of College&Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Cleveland. Credo is also accepting nominations for the second annual FYE Innovation Awards. In partnership with the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University, Credo sponsors the contest to award one library and one librarian $1,500 each. The awards will be presented at the ACRL Conference in April, 2019.

With sections authored by high-profile librarians including Fresno State's Raymond Pun, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, and others, The Credo FYE Guide offers best practices and resources relating to Orientation, Collaboration, Information Literacy, Assessment, and Student Engagement. In addition to summaries of current trends and instructions detailing how to orchestrate programming, the guide also provides links to webinar recordings, open access tools, and relevant scholarly publications.

First-year experience initiatives are shown to have a profound impact on student success, ranging from persistence to GPA levels, and to graduation rates. Understanding the critical role libraries play in cultivating relationships with students and outfitting them with essential information skills, Credo has worked extensively to combine technology, reference content, and instructional materials to support librarians in their efforts. Credo has also worked to create spaces where librarians can see what their peers are doing, share best practices, and build upon successes. The guide is an extension of these endeavours, and as libraries put its ideas into practice this fall, the FYE Guide Activity Contest will serve as an exciting representation of librarians at the forefront of first-year experience programming.

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