Discover Life in America on display in the Alcove

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Pendergrass Library invites you to enjoy high resolution images  from Discover Life in America’s  All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory from Oct – Dec 2010.

Discover Life in America (DLIA) is involved in a quest to identify and understand all the species of life within an 800-square-mile ecosystem in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  DLIA researchers seek knowledge about the components, abundance, and diversity of life, from spiders in the soil to slime molds in the forest canopy.  The primary tool of DLIA is the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) which brings scientists from around the world to inventory the estimated 100,000 species of living organisms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The project develops checklists, reports, maps, databases, and natural history profiles that describe the biology of this rich landscape to a wide audience.  DLIA’s mission is to help the ATBI identify and develop resources and partnerships to conduct the inventory and related educational activities.

The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory is one of the world’s biggest and most ambitious science projects, aiming to decipher the mysteries of the Smokies’ intricate ecosystem by finding and cataloging every species of plant, animal and microorganism in the park.  Since species collecting began in 1998, the ATBI has uncovered over 900 species new to science, as well as over 6,500 species that are newly documented to exist in the Smokies.  The ATBI project involves hundreds of “citizen scientists”, or volunteers, to collect specimens for the scientists to analyze, keeping the project cost-effective.

By completing this comprehensive inventory of species, The National Park Service managers are able to use this basic knowledge in their critical decision-making.  The data resulting from this project allows for park management attention to be focused on organisms and habitats with special needs as well as more efficient maintenance of healthy populations of species and their ecological surroundings.  It also provides a baseline record for the examination of global factors such as acid rain, climate change, and pollution-knowledge that is essential for this national park’s biodiversity to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.  To learn more about Discover Life in America and the ATBI project, visit www.dlia.org.  The ATBI is supported, in part, by funding from The National Park Service through Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.




Student Art in the Library: call for submissions

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The UT Libraries seeks submissions to the next Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The exhibition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at UT Knoxville. Cash prizes will be awarded. First Prize is $300; Second Prize, $150.

Artworks selected this fall will be installed in January and will remain on view through the spring semester in our Student Art in the Library exhibit space in 135 Hodges Library. All 2-dimensional works will be considered, including drawing, graphic design, printmaking, photography, ceramics or painting.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 3.

For more information and complete instructions for submitting your artwork, visit www.lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary/




Documentaries in the Library: “Mixing, Mashing, Copyright Smashing: Fair Use in the Digital Age”

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Starting on September 14th, the Fall 2010 Documentaries in the Library series will begin. The theme for the semester is “I want it now!: Information in the Digital Age.” All events are at 7pm and are free and open to the public! We hope to see you there!

NC17=XXX: Censorship in Entertainment

September 14th
Documentary: This Film is Not Yet Rated
Discussion Leader: Chuck Maland

Top Secret: What your Government doesn’t want you to Know

September 28th
Documentary: Secrecy
Discussion Leader: Tim Byrne

Patriot Act…With Liberty and Justice for All?

October 12th
Documentary: Unconstitutional: The War on Civil Liberties
Discussion Leader: Cindy Welch

Mixing, Mashing, Copyright Smashing: Fair Use in the Digital Age

October 26th
Documentary: RIP: A Remix Manifesto & Don’t Download this Song
Discussion Leader: Gary Pulcinelli

Are you TRIPpin’? Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights or You, Too, can Patent a Plant!

November 9th
Documentary: Future of Food
Discussion Leader: Joanne Logan

The News: Who’s Watching the Watchmen?

November 23rd
Documentary: News War
Discussion Leader: Barbara Moore




Join us for Ag Day Saturday September 25th

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The Institute of Agriculture is hosting its annual Ag Day on Saturday morning, starting at 8:21 a.m hours before game time, on E. J. Chapman Drive. Ag Day is a street fair, open to anyone, held to promote the work of the Institute’s various departments as well as general awareness of agricultural trends and how agriculture affects daily life.

Click here for more information on Ag Day 2010




Enter the Sparky Awards video contest

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sparkyStudents: make a short video to show why open access to research matters to you and win an award!

SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, has put out a call for entries to the annual Sparky Awards. Prizes in the national Sparky Awards contest include iPads, iPhones, and iPods. The deadline for entries is May 27, 2011.

Last year, UT students submitted eight entries to the Sparky Awards. The UT Libraries held a screening of local entries and awarded its own prizes. (View last year’s local entries)

Your entry to OpenUp!, the 2011 Sparky Awards contest, could be a two-minute video or audio recording expressing your support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving. Open Access is free, immediate, online access to the published results of scholarly research, combined with the rights to use and re-use that scholarly work.

Visit the Sparky Awards website.




Student Art in the Library: call for submissions

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student-artThe UT Libraries seeks submissions to the next Student Art in the Library juried exhibition. The exhibition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at UT Knoxville. Cash prizes will be awarded. First Prize is $300; Second Prize, $150.

Artworks selected this fall will be installed in January and will remain on view through the spring semester in our Student Art in the Library exhibit space in 135 Hodges Library. All 2-dimensional works will be considered, including drawing, graphic design, printmaking, photography, ceramics or painting.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 3.

For more information and complete instructions for submitting your artwork, visit www.lib.utk.edu/artinlibrary/




Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson to read, Sept. 27

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cemerson-smallClaudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, will read from her work at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., Monday, September 27, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. A reception in the Mary E. Greer Room (258 Hodges Library) will follow the reading.

Emerson’s four books, Pharaoh, Pharaoh (1997), Pinion, An Elegy (2002), Late Wife (2005), and Figure Studies (2008), were published as part of Louisiana State University Press’s signature series, Southern Messenger Poets, edited by Dave Smith. Late Wife won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, New England Review, and other journals. An advisory and contributing editor for Shenandoah, Emerson has been awarded individual artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and was also a Witter Bynner fellow through the Library of Congress. She was awarded the 2008 Donald Justice Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Emerson is Professor of English and Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Claudia Emerson’s reading is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Department of English and the UT Libraries. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947 or mkallet@utk.edu), or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (dannymar@earthlink.net).




Register to attend the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Career Fair

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This year’s CASNR Career Fair will be Wednesday, October 6, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in Hollingsworth Auditorium. Employers may register and pay online at the following site:
https://utk-csm.symplicity.com/events/2010CASNR.

The registration fee of $100 covers up to two representatives with a cost of $15 for any additional representatives. UT Departments who wish to reserve a table may do so at no cost by completing the registration form. Please refer any questions to Emily Gray at ecgray@tennessee.edu.