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Photo Contest: Finding Balance

What does balance look like to you?

Share your vision at the Brill Fall Open-House, Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Science, and Information.

The Brill Science Library is looking for pictures that illustrate balance- visual, environmental, spiritual or otherwise!

The photos will be on display at the Brill Science Library, September 28-October 12.

Contest Rules:

  • Submit up to 5 photos either by emailing them to liechtep@muohio.edu or by dropping off your 8.5 x 11" prints at the Brill Circulation desk by September 23rd.
  • All submissions will be displayed in the library and on the Open-House blog.
  • Winners will be announced at the Brill Fall Open-House on September 30th.
  • Judging is anonymous and the judges decisions are final.
  • Submissions will not be returned.

Brill Fall Open-House - Exploring the Roof of the World

Exploring the Roof of the World: Culture, Information, and Science

Join us at the Brill Science Library for a journey to Tibet! It’s a great opportunity for students (and faculty!) to learn more about the resources and technology Brill offers and broaden their understanding of Tibet. Some students may even get extra credit for attending (speak with your professor first). There will be prizes, coffee, and cookies!

When: September 30th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Brill Science Library
More information is available on our blog.

Thursday is the day for the Women's Read-In!

The Women’s Read-in is in its 4th year at the Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short minute passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome! The event this year will be held on Thursday March 25 from 11am-3pm in the IMC area of King Library (ground floor).

Sign up to read here!

We will be having two themed “hours” at the read-in.
Spectrum is hosting an hour on LGBT literature: 12-1 pm
WiSDEM is hosting an hour on Women in Science literature: 1-2 pm

Check out the display case of resources on women in science at the Brill Science Library.

display case of books on women in science

4th Annual Women's Read In!

The Women’s Read-in is in its 4th year at the Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend. We invite everyone to celebrate the literary works of women by selecting a short minute passage to share -- poetry, prose, letters, or portions of a novel. Original work is also welcome! The event this year will be held on Thursday March 25 from 11am-3pm in the IMC area of King Library (ground floor).

Sign up to read here!

We will be having themed “hours” at the read in. Our themed hours for this year will be one on women in science and another on LGBT literature.

We generally have an attendance of well over a hundred people for the Read-in.

It really is a great event - a great chance to gather together and read and listen to writings by and about women.

Penn[sylvania] on the picket line

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

View our GoodReads bookshelf to get inspired.


Miami University Libraries's women-authors book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Try your luck with January's Question of the Month (there is a prize)!

January's Question of the Month is up and ready to be answered at the Brill Science Library. Check out the display in person at the Brill Science Library, or online at our blog.

One correct submission will be drawn to win a $10 gift certificate to one of several local Oxford venues.

Did my professor put my textbook (course notes, etc.) on course reserve?

Welcome back! Now that the new semester has started, lots of people are wondering if their professors made their textbook, course notes, or other material, available through the library. These materials can be available either electronically or in print form.

If you’re wondering too then watch this video to find out how to check.


Finding Course Reserves from Miami U. Libraries on Vimeo.

Some professors are still bringing stuff to the libraries to be put on reserve. If you don’t find what you’re looking for now, try asking your professor about it, or searching again later. Print materials can be checked out at the appropriate circulation desk (for example at King or the Brill Science Library). You can use the material in the library for two hours.

Using Google Earth to track Santa?

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is tracking Santa using Google Earth. Check out their webpage and see if Santa has made it to your neighbourhood yet!

Google Earth is a really neat free program you can download from Google. Google Earth allows you to view a 3-d representation of the globe (and space) with maps and satellite imagery.

You can also follow Santa's journey using Facebook, Twitter, and Picasa.

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving!

When you're eating your Thanksgiving dinner, you probably don't think about chemistry. I didn't either... not until this year. I found this blog entry today from the American Chemical Society's ByteSize Science blog.

The video talks about the following Thanksgiving topics:
• How does the pop-up timer in a turkey work?
• Why do muffins rise, even when made without yeast?
• Which antacids neutralize the most stomach acid?

Thanksgiving and Chemistry: What's the connection? from ACS Pressroom on Vimeo.

Brill Question of the Month

Brill Science Library has their November Question of the Month up on their blog and in the library. Put your thinking cap on to win a $10 gift certificate to somewhere in Oxford!

  1. What is the "rule of three" in awarding the Nobel Prize?
  2. What are the three kinds of RNA (riboncleic acid) involved in the biochemical process of translation?
  3. Provide a citation for a research paper about ribosomes which was:
    • written by a Miami faculty member
    • OR written by the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Laureate who earned his PhD in Ohio

Make sure you get your answers in by November 30th to be eligible for the $10 gift certificate to anywhere in Oxford (your choice)! To submit your answers, come on in to the Brill Science Library or fill in the form here and submit your responses to mulibrarytrivia@gmail.com.

How Darwin allowed us to understand the meaning of life (from a fungal perspective)

Dr. Nicholas Money will be giving a talk at 3:45 on Friday, September 18th, 2009 at the Brill Science Library. This talk will tie in to Brill's Fall Orientation on the same afternoon (1-5). Dr. Money's talk will incorporate his research into Darwin's theory of evolution.

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