January 2012 Archives

Claremont Discourse Lecture: Nanotechnology For More Efficient Fuel Cells

4:15 PM, Wed., Feb. 1 -- Founders Room |
Prof. Adrian Hightower, Dept of Engineering, HMC

Fuel cells and batteries are likely to have a dominant role in the development of a sustainable global energy infrastructure. Batteries and fuel cells convert chemical energy to electrical energy through simultaneous electrochemical reactions at positive and negative electrodes. Electrochemical nanotechnology, which can exploit the properties of materials at the atomic scale, promises to be a leading contributor to the development of efficient fuel cells and batteries by providing materials tailored to particular electrochemical conversion processes. Professor Adrian Hightower, Harvey Mudd College Engineering Department, who has carried over his scientific research in nanotechnology to sustainability projects and sustainability education in California and West Africa, will discuss both the science and potential real world applications of nanoelectrochemistry for sustainability and renewable energy.

Vogue Archive Trial!

Now through March 9 we have a trial for the Vogue archive. This includes every issue from 1892-present!

Check it out via our Trial Databases page. And let us know what you think of this database at our Evaluation Page.

Exhibition of Photographs: Shantiniketan and Rabindranath Tagore

Where: Honnold/Mudd Library, 2nd floor
When: January 22 - April 15, 2012

The photography exhibition on Rabindrinath Tagore, brought to The Colleges by CGU Professor Deepak Shimkada, will open on Sunday, Jan 22nd, with a program and reception in the Founders Room and the exhibition area.

The historic photographs in this exhibition were made in the fall of 1929, by world famous London based photographer E.O. Hoppé as part of his epic photo-documentation of the Indian subcontinent. Further details on the exhibition can be found in this CGU press release.

For more information, contact Honnold/Mudd Special Collections, 909-607-3977, or spcoll@libraries.claremont.edu.

Complete run of Scientific American now available!

Exciting news! We now have the complete run of Scientific American via Nature Journals.

So that means the full-text of the journal (PDF) from 1845-present. Including cool stuff like this story from 1845 on Improved Rail-Road Cars. Yes, those "awkward and uncouth cars of '35" were terrible and these new cars can go "flying at the rate of 30 or 40 miles per hour." Is that possible? Can the human body even sustain that kind of speed?!

(Click on the image to read.)


CINE (open wifi network) no longer available in Honnold/Mudd as of 1/17/12

Current 7C students, faculty, and staff can log on to the Claremont or Claremont-WPA networks with your campus network username and password. Questions? Ask at the Services Desk on Mudd 2.

Study Carrel Reservations Start 1/17/12 at 8 a.m.

Reservations are taken in person. The line forms at the main library entrance (under the bridge). Bring the number of the carrel you want. Reservations are VERY limited and go very quickly so come early.

Congratulations to HMC Engineering Profs

Congratulations to three HMC engineering professors, Clive L. Dym, M. Mack Gilkeson, and J. Richard Phillips, winners of the 2012 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The award is presented by the National Academy of Engineering. According to the web site, "the focus [of the award] is on innovations such as curricular design, teaching methods, and technology-enabled learning that strengthen students' capabilities and desire to grow into leadership roles."

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