UT Gardens’ Blooms Days Festival and Marketplace 2009

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Unique garden goods, live musical performances, workshops, children’s activities and more make the UT Gardens’ Blooms Days a great destination for more than just gardeners. Blooms Days has become a summer tradition, drawing families, students, and Knoxville natives to experience the splendor of the gardens. The event will run Saturday, June 27, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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PLoS 10% discount on publication fees

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Reminder: UT authors receive a 10% discount on PLoS publishing charges because UT is an institutional member.

Core principles of PLoS are available.

Funding to cover the PLoS publication fees is available from the UTK OA Fund on Main Campus.

In the UTIA?  Contact your Dean or Director of Research for funds.

Researchers can also build funding for the publication fees for Open Access journals into grant proposals on the front end.

A video from UT Arlington on working with librarians to find scholarly publishing options is available on YouTube.

To find author-friendly journals, consult this poster by Susan Payne.

For more information contact Peter Fernandez (pfernan@nullutk.edu)  or Ann Viera (annviera@nullutk.edu) , Pendergrass Library, 974-7338.


UT Press Overstock Book Sale, June 26, UT Conference Center

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On Friday, June 26th, the University of Tennessee Press will hold a Scratch & Dent & Overstock Book Sale. Most books will be priced $5 for paperbacks and $10 for hardcover.

The sale will take place in the UT Press lobby, located in front of Suite 110 of the UT Conference Center Building, 600 Henley Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books will be priced as marked — first come, first served. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Tom Post, University of Tennessee Press publicity manager, at (865) 974-5466.

Library helps solve atomic bomb mystery on “History Detectives”

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Microfilmed patent documents in UT’s Hodges Library helped PBS’s “History Detectives” resolve a mystery relating to the invention of the atomic bomb.

Episodes of “History Detectives” attempt to solve historical puzzles submitted by viewers. In an upcoming program, a contributor is certain that his father worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. His father refused to talk about his war assignment, except to say that he sold his patent to the U.S. government for a single dollar. Along with the patent, the contributor has a letter from the Atomic Energy Commission stating that his father’s patent had been declassified.

According to Harvard doctoral student Alex Wallerstein who is one of the experts consulted in the episode, the Manhattan Project generated over 5,600 inventions relating to the atomic bomb, resulting in some 2,100 patent applications filed in secret with the U.S. Patent Office. Many of those secret patents have now been declassified, allowing the “History Detectives” to unravel the father’s wartime secret.

Was this invention used to build the atomic bomb? To find out, watch the Manhattan Project episode of “History Detectives” 9 p.m., Monday, June 29, on your local PBS station.