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Dig Deeper: Outstanding Faculty Research Award Recipient, Dr. Giorgi Japaridze

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On Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m., an Outstanding Faculty Research Award lecture featuring this year’s recipient Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, professor of computing sciences will be held in the Reading Room of Falvey Memorial Library. Dr. Japaridze will discuss the extensive research that led him to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015.

Tailored for a general audience, Dr. Japaridze’s talk “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” will give an overview of the new line of research introduced by the speaker several years ago, named “Computability Logic.” In the same sense that traditional logic is about providing a systematic answer to the question “What is (always) true?” Computability Logic is about providing a systematic answer to the more general question “What can (always) be computed and how?” This is a long-term program for rebuilding logic into a comprehensive formal theory of computability. Light refreshments will be served.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the office for Research and Graduate Programs (ORGP), is free and open to the public.

To read up on Dr. Japaridze’s topic of research, check out the links below, selected by science librarian Alfred Fry.


Dig Deeper

Dr. Japaridze’s page on Computability Logic:

http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~japaridz/CL/

Game Semantics for Linear Logic?
http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~japaridz/CL/gsoll.html

Graduate Course Lecture Notes
http://www.csc.villanova.edu/~japaridz/CL/clx.html#Lecture_notes

“In the beginning was game semantics” by Giorgi Japaridze
http://arxiv.org/abs/cs/0507045

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computability_logic


Dig Deeper resources provided by Alfred Fry, science librarian.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/20)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

SAVE THE DATE…

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring Giorgi Japaridze, PhD. Tuesday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Reading Room. Dr. Japaridze will discuss the extensive research that led him to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015. Tailored for a general audience, Dr. Japaridze’s talk “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” will give an overview of the new line of research introduced by the speaker several years ago, named “Computability Logic.” In the same sense that traditional logic is about providing a systematic answer to the question “What is (always) true?” Computability Logic is about providing a systematic answer to the more general question “What can (always) be computed and how?” This is a long-term program for rebuilding logic into a comprehensive formal theory of computability. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

APA Workshop: Tuesday, April 21, 4:00 p.m., Room 207. Come learn the basics of citing all types of documents: books, journal articles, and websites. Bring your laptop or Mac and get ready to show APA who’s boss! This workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff.
Register by contacting Barbara Quintiliano (or just drop in) If you can’t make this session, book an individual session with Barbara. Click and reserve a time slot:https://barbquin.youcanbook.me/

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading: Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m., Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

Workshop for Chicago Style Footnotes and Bibliographies: Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 p.m., Room 207. Are you confused by the different formats required by Chicago-Style for footnotes and bibliographies? Are you unsure about how and when to use “ibid.”? Answers to your questions are just around the corner. Come to Falvey Memorial Library for a quick introduction to Chicago-Style rules for footnotes and bibliographies. For more information, contact history liaison librarian Jutta Seibert.


ACADEMIC NOTE

We are proud to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award Winners!

Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova. The Villanova Community is invited to join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. for the Falvey Scholars 2015 Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony in which the award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.


“My father has it…I have it… my sister has it…”

What is it? What does the internet have? It’s the new Star Wars trailer, of course. At this writing, and in less than 24 hours, over 18 million viewers have taken in the internet tease of director J.J.Abram’s brief second sneak peek into his vision of the Empire, “The Force Awakens”. Fans are poring over it for clues into the story continuation. Why are the stormtroopers wearing shiny metal instead of white? Why does the light saber have three beams? And how long do we have to wait to get a B-B8 toy in our Happy Meal!? He’s so roly-poly!!

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/star-wars-episode-vii-teaser-analysis-2015-4#ixzz3Xa12gtjR


woodstownTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

This behemoth of a book would make any Viking proud. Woodstown: a Viking-Age settlement in Co. Waterford is considered “the definitive report on the archaeological excavations undertaken at the ninth-century Viking settlement at Woodstown, on the south bank of the River Suir, less than ten kilometres upstream from Waterford city’s Viking Triangle.” A weighty tome filled with detailed drawings, photographs, and charts – it’s sure to please any archaeologist.


EBOOK WEEK
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Green Press Initiative (GPI) is a non-profit program which takes a collaborative approach towards working with publishers, printers, paper manufacturers and others in the book and newspaper industries to minimize social and environmental impacts, including impacts on endangered forests, impacts on climate change, and impacts on communities where paper fiber is sourced. According to the organization, paper production requires large quantities of energy, making it the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

In commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 22, we will feature an ebook, one of hundreds of thousands available to Falvey patrons. User interface, licensing polices and access vary from publisher to publisher – and we’re the first to admit that it can be confusing – so feel free to contact a librarian when you need help navigating or downloading any e-resources you find in our catalog.

In order to access ebooks, enter your desired search terms as usual. When your results are returned, go to the “Refine Search” function in the right column, and click the “Internet” choice. This will then return only digitally accessible items.

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Today’s ebook is How to write a Thesis, Umberto Eco’s wise and witty guide to researching and writing a thesis, published in English for the first time.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Chewie, we’re home.” – Han Solo


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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Foto Friday: Celebrating our Student Employees

(l. to r.) Jackie Aran, Casey Bordelon, Becky Whidden, Access Services Specialist, and Grant Hoffman.

(l. to r.) Jackie Aran, Casey Bordelon, Becky Whidden, Access Services specialist, and Grant Hoffman.

On Wednesday, April 15th, the Library hosted a pizza party in honor of our student employees. We greatly appreciate their many hours of dedication and service.

Safe travels over the summer, and we hope to see many of you again next year!

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Put Down the Phone!

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


It’s a hard truth to face, but maybe now’s the best time to face it: our phones waste our time. And we’ve got three weeks left; time’s a premium we can’t afford to waste! This is, in a word, “crunch time,” although people who aren’t currently enrolled in courses have an adorable habit of calling it downhill—but that’s just not true. It’s, frankly, a pretty steep climb.

(The drop off, however, is pretty rewarding—a cannonball into the cool lake of summer.)
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It’s always around this time of the semester I realize just how addicted I’ve become to media, social and otherwise. It’s never a surprise, either—for years now, my paper-writing schedule almost always devolved into one paragraph followed by ten cat videos, then one paragraph followed by fifteen minutes of Reddit. Not very productive. Sure, I’d get everything done, but at a cost—I’d pay dividends in lost sleep and overwhelming panic as the deadlines taunted me!

Perhaps this is the time to try and break the cycle. A couple little changes could produce a huge boost of productivity.

If you have no self control…
Seems counterintuitive, sure, but you can use technology to force yourself off of technology. Try apps like StayFocusd (Chrome extension), RescueTime, and Focus Time. Decide how hard you want to be on yourself based on how you see yourself wasting time.

If you have some self control and need to reward yourself…
Divide your work hours between intense focus and a few minutes of media reward. If you have the self-control to manage this sort of work habit, then you probably don’t have that bad of a productivity issue. Still, I wouldn’t go above a 50/10 minute ratio of work to fun.

If you need a drill sergeant…
Try the app Carrot. Heh, heh, heh. This might not be suitable for everyone. Carrot is “the A.I. construct with a heart of weapons-grade plutonium,” so that should give you a hint.

If you want to go cold turkey, because you’re crazy…
Turn your phone off. Don’t click on your internet browser. Good luck.

If you need to go old school, because there’s no way you can avoid clicking on your internet browser…
Write half of your paper by hand, print articles, or only study from textbooks for a huge chunk of time. Work in the library and don’t bring your devices.

You got this. Godspeed.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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Nomnomnomatology: And the winner is….

Team Brownies is the 2015 Nomnomnomatology winner! And the crowd goes wild!

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Mmm… I can smell it from here. The smell of a winner.

What a surprise win. If you’ve been following my predictions, you’ll know I pegged French Fries to go all the way. Had shirts and hats made and everything!

You were the chosen one! You were to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in chocolate!

But no hard feelings to Brownies, our ultimate chompion. Guess the library attracts some sweet tooths, eh? Or perhaps the desire for a little sugar is strong here at the end of the year.

As for the contest for a private study suite for late night hours finals week, Mihir Shah is the lucky winner! Mr. Shah and six of his lucky friends will be served a yummy feast of the final four winning foods (brownies, fries, ice cream, and Reese’s Cups) and have private access to a suite in the library for the week, just in time for finals. Mr. Shah has been contacted and graciously accepts his delicious prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Nomnomnomatology and our private study suite drawing. Remember to check back throughout the year for more fun promotional events!

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: When the weather’s this nice, how do you get your studying done?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “When the weather’s this nice, how do you get your studying done?

RS8790_DSC_3074-scrJulia Rose Clarke —“I like to do it outside, like on the bench here … I was outside of Café Nova yesterday because it was really nice. … I would just do readings outside. If I had to write an essay I might do that inside, but readings I can get done outside.”

 

 

 

 

RS8794_DSC_3078-scrJane Richter—“Oh, it’s really difficult. I try to do my more difficult things inside and focus on doing all my readings outside so I can actually focus. It’s more free thinking that I like to do outside whereas structured thinking I’ll make myself go inside.”

 

 

 

 

Julian ChavezJulian Chavez—‘I think it’s important to first see what the weather has to offer and enjoy it, indulge in it for a while. … I find it most effective, before your day even starts, to write down some of the things you need to get done and to put a realistic time for anything … even though lunch may go an extra hour than you expected, at least you know you can go back to the list you created in the morning  … “I need to get this done sooner rather than later” I think, planning your day before it’s even a nice day is a good start.’

TrainerThomas Trainer—“not very well … I’m on the track team, so I do get to be outside everyday … not that I wouldn’t want to be outside anyway. This weekend was especially difficult … I took a few quick study breaks … with friends. … It’s been tough especially since I’m working on senior thesis, so it’s nose to the grindstone. I just have to force myself to make a goal for each day.”

 

 

161-1113tm-vector2-2991Yi Zhou—“There are works that you have to get done.  Once I’m done with the work, then I can do whatever I want. Before that, I need to study.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS8801_DSC_3085-scrRachel Malloy—“I tend to take a break and go outside for a little bit and then come back inside. I alternate so that I get a taste of the nice weather but also get something done ‘cause I can’t actually do work when I’m outside.”


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President Lincoln Assassinated 150 Years Ago

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On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the first American president to suffer this fate. Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, had met with General Ulysses S. Grant and the Cabinet that morning and planned to attend with his wife and others a comedy, “Our American Cousin,” at Ford’s Theater that evening. In the afternoon he and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, took a carriage ride followed by dinner. Mrs. Lincoln complained that she had a headache and wished to stay home; President Lincoln said he was tired, but needed entertainment and planned to go to the theater with or without his wife. After a brief visit to the War Department, the president returned to the White House for Mrs. Lincoln. Accompanied by Major Henry R. Rathbone and Clara Harris, Rathbone’s fiancée, the group arrived at the theater after the play had started.

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President and Mrs. Lincoln and their guests were seated in a decorated box at Ford’s Theater and John Parker, a guard, was stationed outside the box. Unfortunately Parker left his post and, during the third act of the play shortly after 10 pm, John Wilkes Booth, a famous American actor, entered the box and shot the president in the back of his head. The gunshot rang out; Booth climbed over the balustrade of the president’s box and jumped onto the stage where he brandished a dagger and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Thus always to tyrants!)” Although he had caught a spur in the draperies decorating the box and landed so awkwardly that he broke a leg, Booth was able to escape from the theater, setting off a massive manhunt that lasted until April 26. On that date John Wilkes Booth and an accomplice, David Herold, were captured in a tobacco barn near Bowling Green, Virginia. Herold surrendered; Booth was killed.

A young doctor in the theater audience, Dr. Charles Leale, examined the president shortly after Booth shot him, and it was decided that Lincoln be carried across the street to William H. Petersen’s boarding house rather than be transported the greater distance to the White House. Over six feet tall, Lincoln was laid diagonally across the bed in the small first floor bedroom of a government employee. Lincoln’s personal physician, Dr. Robert King Stone, was summoned although three doctors had accompanied Lincoln to the Petersen House. In the hours before Abraham Lincoln died over 90 people visited the Petersen House. Lincoln’s son, Robert, was brought to the house and remained there until his father died. Mrs. Lincoln was there, periodically visiting her husband, then retreating to a nearby room.

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At 7:22 a.m. on April 15, President Lincoln died, having never regained consciousness. When informed of his death, Mrs. Lincoln said, “Oh, my God, and have I given my husband to die?” Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton said, “Now he belongs to the ages.” Lincoln’s body was placed in a temporary casket and transferred to the White House. Andrew Johnson was sworn in as president. On April 18 Lincoln’s body lay in state in the East Room of the White House. After a funeral the following day, he was laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda. On April 21 his body was taken to the railroad station in Washington to begin the long journey – 1,654 miles – to Springfield, Ill. At various locations along the route to Springfield, the train’s scheduled stops were published in the local newspapers. At those stops, the coffin was placed on a hearse and taken to an appropriate public building for viewing by the public. Finally, on May 4 he was buried in Springfield.

The final military engagement of the Civil War occurred on May 12, a skirmish at Palmito Ranch, Texas, although Robert E. Lee had surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the war.

On June 30, 1865, eight assassination conspirators were convicted and on July 7 they were executed. John Wilkes Booth, who had actually fired the bullet which killed Lincoln, had been dead since April 26.


Dig Deeper:

“A Doctor’s View of the Lincoln Assassination.” Interview with Blaine Houmes, M.D.

Timeline by Clark Evans, Library of Congress historian.

Eyewitness from the National Archives

Lincoln’s Assassination (2014). Edward Steers, Jr.

The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory (2010). Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds and Frank J. Williams.

The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence (2009). William C. Edwards and Edward Steers.

When the Bells Tolled for Lincoln: Southern Reaction to the Assassination (1997). Carolyn L. Jarrell.

The Assassination and Death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, at Washington, on the 14th of April, 1865 (1865). Abott A. Abott.

The Conspirators:
American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (2004). Michael W. Kauffman.

The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (2008). Kate Clifford Larson.

The Riddle of Dr. Mudd (1974). Samuel Carter.



imagesArticle by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


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Foto Friday: Librarian Retrievers!

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Nellie, The Seeing Eye puppy currently being fostered by Library Events & Outreach Specialist Laura Matthews, has been a frequent visitor to the Villanova campus. As you can see, Nellie has taken a special liking to Life and Health Sciences Librarian, Robin Bowles. We think it’s because she has mad respect for how well Robin can retrieve the latest research data and info for patrons.


Photo by Joanne Quinn.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/10)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Theology Department Meeting. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m in room 205. Questions? Contact: karen.cunningham@villanova.edu

Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review Session. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: Linda.hauck@villanova.edu

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lisa Sewell, PhD,associate professor of English and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Tuesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in room 205. Dr. Sewell will read from and discuss her newly published collection of poetry, Impossible Object, which won the first annual Tenth Gate prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.


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The first of two lightning rounds of #NomNomNomatology has begun! The final four are duking it out. Be sure to vote for the winningest foods in some intensely delicious match-ups right here, or vote in person at the front desk in Falvey!
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THAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

unlikely entrepreneursThe excerpt below best represents the “major issues in the history of medicine, women’s history, and immigration history” addressed in Unlikely Entrepreneurs by Barbra Mann Wall.

“In 1877, Sister Lidwina Butler sat in the dimly lit steerage compartment of a trans-Atlantic sailing vessel, her thoughts no doubt shifting between the Ireland she left behind and the New World she would soon embrace. Few in this last great wave of Irish immigrants could have foreseen that this youthful nun would one day become the administrator of a major Catholic hospital.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Write a Poem Today!

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


While planning what to write about today
I looked upon the calendar and thought,
It being April, I should write a poem
For Poetry Month; Thursday’s blog should rhyme!

Turns out rhyming is pretty hard to do,
Instead you’ll have to humor this blank verse.
And catch the times my lines are not ten beats
Since I am not so hot at matching feet.

You should try to do this, too; not easy,
But who cares? A challenge is good for you.
It’s poetry month—there’s no better time!
Maybe you can make yours a little rhyme.

The coolest thing about poetry is
How forms and patterns make it so much fun
To be creative with a direction—
And have a roadmap to beat writer’s block!

If you want to learn more about writing
Poetry, or anything, check the stacks.
This book looks pretty good; I’d read it.
Here’s a collection of poetic forms!

Then there’s spoken word and songs and rap—
All ready for your thoughts and words to join
The party. So give it a shot today!
Be a poet, write a poem, sing a song!

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Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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