Friday, 30 October 2009

Quick Reminder - Beilstein CrossFire

Just a quick reminder about access to Beilstein CrossFire. As of October 31st 2009 this service will no longer be available.

To access chemical abstracts use the SciFinder Scholar/SciFinder Scholar Web services. These provide access to more than 9500 journals and patent references (from over 50 patent-issuing organisations), including more than 26 million substance records and CAS Registry Numbers. The database is updated daily and information about the amount of data added can be consulted.

SciFinder Scholar/web allows you to search by:

  • Chemical substance or reaction;

  • Research topic;

  • Author name;

  • Specific reference.

If you need help using either service contact Denise Harrison.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Careers at Novartis

Calling final year students!

Novartis, a global leader in healthcare, is coming to the University on Monday November 2nd to talk about recruiting additional personnel as Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and Automation Engineers in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Microbiology.

They'll be presenting information about Novartis (who they are and what they do) as well as how the recruitment process works, from start to finish, and ending with a question and answer session. If you're interested in this line of work it'd be a good opportunity to find out more and get useful advice on the application process.

The event is open to final year students of chemical engineering; mechanical engineering; automatic control systems engineering; biology; microbiology and chemistry. To book a place email Mari Brazil, using the subject line Novartis, as soon as possible with the following details:

  • Full name;

  • Year of study (ie 3 or 4);

  • Degree subject;

  • Telephone contact number;

  • University email address.

Please note: If you have any queries please visit the Careers Service, 388 Glossop Road where staff are happy to assist you or see the website for further information.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Mass extinctions and volcanism

Café Scientifique are hosting an event on November 2nd on mass extinctions and volcanism. Paul Wignall (Professor of Palaeoenvironments at Leeds University) is an expert in the field of palaeontology and sedimentology and will be focusing the session on understanding the origins of mass extinction events. His research has taken him to some of the remotest parts of the world to consider the effects of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide on life crises and it'll be a good opportunity to further explore the latest research surrounding mass extinctions coinciding with huge individual eruptions.

Head to the Showroom Cinema restaurant for 7pm. Generally presentations last about 20 minutes followed by a short break and discussion with time for questions at the end. The event is free and open to the general public.

To read up on some of Paul's research have a look at the following:

  • Wignall, PB (2005) Volcanism and mass extinctions, In: Marti, J. and Ernst, G (Ed) Volcanoes and the environment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp207-226.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

BSOL finally gets its facelift

The British Standards Online database got its well overdue upgrade last weekend and now looks a little something like this:


I already like the look of this a lot more... mainly because the dreadful radio buttons have vanished and the search box split (unless you use the slightly unnecessary 'Quick Search' feature on the top- right of the full  browser window [not shown in image], which includes another search box with drop-down menu to switch between number and keyword).