Library News

  • Student Council and ITC Combine on Project to Reduce Energy Usage in Alderman

    Student Council’s Sustainability Committee recently headed an initiative to cut down on energy use by changing settings on Alderman Library computer screens to go black after 10 minutes of inactivity, rather than after an hour.

    Read the full article in The Cavalier Daily.

  • Quantum Levitation Photography Exhibit in the Physics Library

    Quantum Levitation: Traversing the boundaries between physics and design, is showing through spring 2015 in the Physics Library. This exhibit of photographs gives the viewer a rare glimpse into the unusual world of superconductivity, where some materials brought to very low temperatures create a quantum wave that expels magnetic fields, allowing for the amazing property of levitation.

    Quantum Levitation photos in the Physics Library

    Three photos from the exhibit: “Magnetic Fingerprint,” “Quantum Levitation,” and “Taking Flight.”

    The exhibit is part of a greater endeavor to foster a new kind of dialogue between physicists, designers, and graphic artists. It seeks to find new ways to present complex phenomena such as superconductivity to the public at large and, by doing so, to reimagine physics.

    Janet Rafner, a 4th year physics major and studio art minor, developed this photo exhibition as part of a summer internship working with the ‘Physics Reimagined’ outreach team at the University of Paris-Sud. Ms. Rafner conducts undergraduate condensed matter physics research and is an officer for both the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society. Ms. Rafner explains that she “enjoys the tangible experience of experimentation; using my own hands and employing the principles of aesthetics to make principles of physics more accessible.” She intends to pursue a career that integrates the arts and physics.

    Stop by the Physics Library Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 and 5 to view the exhibit.

    This exhibit displays contents created by the Physics Reimagined group at the Universite Paris Sud and The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France. Designed in collaboration with the students from the design school ENSCI-Les Ateliers. (A.Echasseriau & D. Meriaux) Photo credits: J. Bobroff, F. Bouquet, J. Quilliam, V. Huygues, C. Arene, J. Rafner. The exhibit: J.Rafner (UVA) in collaboration with Universite Paris Sud. We want to thank the Institute for Complex and Adaptive Matter (ICAM), Labex PALM and Societe Francaise de Physique for their financial support.

    Copyright: this project is made available under the Creative Commons License BY-NC-ND

  • Library Plans Open Access Week Events

    Each year, the University of Virginia Library highlights our support for open access publishing by participating in the annual, worldwide Open Access Week celebration.

    During October 20-24, 2014, the Library is hosting events and opportunities to increase awareness of options University of Virginia scholars have for providing the widest possible access to their research and scholarship.

    Read more here.