Warning: library account phishing scam

There have been reports of a phishing email that appears to be coming from the University Library, warning of expired account which will be “closed automatically” if you do not take immediate action.  It provides a link to a “login page” to reactivate your account.  This is a scam intended to steal your University log-in information.   Please do not follow the link.

If you are curious about your library account status, you can access your patron account  by logging in to to either VuFind or in Voyager Classic.  VuFind uses a user name and password that you create; Voyager Classic uses your borrower ID (the barcode number on your ICard beginning with 2011…) and last name.  Both systems allow you to request and renew materials and check your account status.  If you have no blocks on your account, your library account is in good standing.  In your VuFind account, you can set preferences for pickup location for requested library materials.

If you do experience problems with your library account, contact the University Library’s  Central Access Services Department, by phone 217-333-8400 or email.  Institute staff with questions about their account or other library matters are encouraged to contact us.

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Funding Available for Environmental Technology Demonstrations

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2016.  This solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations.  PRE-PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 12, 2015.

Detailed instructions are on the ESTCP website: https://serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/ ESTCP-Solicitations/Environmental-Technologies-Solicitation.

DoD organizations (Service and Defense Agencies) may submit pre-proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Environmental Restoration – Technologies to address the reduction of the Department’s current and future liabilities through cost-effective management and remediation of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water, as well as the treatment of wastewater on fixed installations.
  • Munitions Response in Underwater Environments — Technologies to address the reduction of the Department’s current liabilities due to unexploded ordnance and discarded military munitions at underwater sites.
  • Resource Conservation — Technologies to support the sustainability of installations and training and testing areas.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Technologies to reduce, control, or eliminate the sources of wastes and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Call for Proposals (CFP) from Federal Organizations Outside DoD are seeking pre-proposals for environmental technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments

WEBINAR – JANUARY 16:   ESTCP Director Dr. Anne Andrews and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson will conduct an online seminar “ESTCP Funding Opportunities” on January 16, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  This briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  To register, visit https://cc.readytalk.com/r/bjmshmowuzug&eom.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the ESTCP Support Office at partners@hgl.com or 703-736-4547.

Coming Soon!
The FY 2016 ESTCP Installation Energy Solicitation is due out on or about February 5, 2015.

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A Touch of Clay Helps Prevent Fish Disease

Read the full story from the Agricultural Research Service.

A type of clay used in cosmetics, medicine, and papermaking may be just what aquaculture farmers need to fight columnaris—a costly and deadly bacterial disease that affects freshwater finfish worldwide.

Agricultural Research Service scientists have discovered that adding this clay, called “kaolin,” to water significantly improves the survival rate of channel catfish with columnaris disease, which is caused by the bacterial pathogen Flavobacterium columnare. Columnaris affects many commercially grown fish species, but few preventive methods or therapies are available to treat it, says Benjamin Beck, a fish physiologist at ARS’s Harry K. Dupree Stuttgart [Arkansas] National Aquaculture Research Center.

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NAL Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Via an e-mail from the Agricultural Research Service.

By Kim Kaplan
January 13, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

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NSF Research Coordination Networks RFP

The National Science Foundation’s is soliciting proposals for Research Coordination Networks, to support information and idea sharing among researchers.

“The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, collaborative technologies, and development of community standards for data and meta-data are especially encouraged. “

Full proposals are due March 02, 2015; no letter of intent is required.  Awards of up to $500,000 over five years are possible.

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Climate Data App Challenge

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA have partnered to offer a challenge to citizen scientists to develop applications that could help us cope with climate change. This challenge comes with prizes of more than $35,000. The challenge kicks off December 15, 2014 and runs through March, 2015.

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RFP: Great Lakes Water Levels

The Integrated Assessment Center and Water Center at the Graham Sustainability Institute are proposing an Integrated Assessment on Great Lakes Water Levels.  The purpose of the assessment is to develop information, tools, and partnerships to help decision makers address the challenges and opportunities posed by water level variability. With a focus on Lakes Michigan-Huron and Erie, including the Lake Huron to Lake Erie corridor, the assessment will identify and evaluate environmentally, politically, socially, and economically feasible adaptive actions and policy options.

Refer to the Water Levels IA plan for background information and additional details about the project and approach.

Planning Grant Request for Proposals

To support this work, the Graham Institute will fund up to ten planning grants at a level up to $10,000 each. The planning grant work should focus on the feasibility of conducting an interdisciplinary, place-based analysis of options to respond to water level variability that will contribute to the IA. Planning grants will last for six months and run concurrently between March and August 2015. The schedule is as follows:

  • RFP Release: December 1, 2015
  • Informational Webinar: December 17, 2015
  • Deadline for Letters of Intent: January 6, 2015
  • Deadline for Planning Grant Proposals: February 2, 2015
  • Announcement of Awards: March 2, 2015

For complete details, review the Request for Proposals.

A webinar to explain the purpose of this initiative as well as to answer questions regarding the RFP will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Click on the Webinar Registration button to register.

For more information, please contact John Callewaert, IA Center Director at (734) 615-3752 or jcallew@umich.edu.

[Via the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute]

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Troll-Proofed Defensive Patent License Launches With 23 Patents From EFF Cofounder

Read the full post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In the movement toward patent reform, the Patent Office, Congress, and the courts aren’t the only targets for change. Individual and corporate patent owners have steps they can take to reduce the harmful effects of software patents and disempower patent trolls, largely through alternative licensing schemes.

We’re excited to announce the first set of patents released under one such scheme, the Defensive Patent License (DPL). The 23 patents, owned by EFF cofounder John Gilmore, were created by Pixel Qi, a startup that aimed to advance low-power LCD screens. With these patents under the DPL, anyone can license them royalty-free as long as they license their own patents (and commit to licensing future patents) under the same terms—even if they don’t have any patents at all.

The Defensive Patent License, pioneered by a team at NYU and Berkeley law schools with support from EFF, sets out to create an environment where patents aren’t bludgeons for offensive litigation campaigns, abused by companies to engage in expensive lawsuits and by trolls to threaten true innovators. Inspired by free software and free cultural license, the DPL allows for patent-owners and developers to benefit from openly sharing their portfolio.

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Eos.org from AGU

Eos.org is official! From Mary Warner, Assistant Director, Business Management, at the American Geophysical Union,

Eos.org is a fully interactive Earth and space science news website whose mission is to inform and engage the worldwide community of scientists and those in allied and applied disciplines. It is open to all and free of charge. I invite you to check out Eos.org now.

Sign up to receive weekly email updates of Eos content.

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USGS Launches California Drought Visualization Site

Read the full post in CivSource.

The record drought in California has prompted the US Geological Survey to launch a new data visualization website that gives the public more detailed information about the scope of drought in the state. The website is part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative. That project is designed to improve access to data and open exchange of water information in order to get a better picture of existing water resource issues and develop sustainable solutions through open data.

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