11/13: UC Libraries & IT@UC Host Ohio Supercomputer Center workshops


UC Libraries and IT@UC Research and Development are pleased to present a 1-hour workshop that will provide an introduction on the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) resources and how to use them.

The workshop will be offered Friday, Nov. 13, on both UC’s East and West campuses, at the following times and locations:

Topics include:

  • What is OSC?
  • How can OSC help you?
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) concepts
  • Introduction to OSC’s HPC services
  • How to get access
  • Governance; how you can participate
  • Environment (operating system, connection methods, etc.)
  • Introduction to non-interactive computing
  • Data storage services
  • Scientific applications

This workshop is open to anyone who might be interested in learning about OSC resources. To register for a workshop, visit www.osc.edu/nov13 .

Contact Jane E. Combs, IT@UC Research & Development director, at combsje@ucmail.uc.edu with questions.

Wireless displays for collaboration @ Chem-Bio Library

Picture of display monitor

Chem-Bio Library wireless display monitors

The Chemistry-Biology Library, 503 Rieveschl Hall, now has two large display screens available for wireless projection and group collaboration.  These are on the upper level of the library, near the historic electron microscope.

Using a touch panel on the wall, choose from two options to project from your personal device:

  • Apple TV – MAC, iOS devices
  • AirMedia – PC, Android, MAC, iOS devices (does notsupport streaming video)

New wireless display for collaboration, CEAS Library

Wireless display monitor

Wireless display monitor in Baldwin 850F study room

The CEAS Library, 850 Baldwin Hall, now has a large display screen available for wireless projection in group study room 850F.  Using a touch panel, choose from several options to project from your personal device:

  • Apple TV – MAC, iOS devices
  • AirMedia – PC, Android, MAC, iOS devices (does not support streaming video)
  • Miracast – Android, PC devices (does support streaming video)

Study room 850F seats up to 3 people comfortably, and it can be reserved in advance.  Enjoy!

American Institute of Physics (AIP) e-journals active

E-journals hosted on the American Institute of Physics’ Scitation platform, including titles from AIP and other professional societies related to physics, are once again active.

See the full list of subscribed titles and years of coverage.  Access these titles at http://scitation.aip.org/content/publications.

With this new local subscription, UC researchers can now access the full package of AIP journals and conference proceedings, including new-to-UC titles such as Biomicrofluidics.  UC users also have access to selected journal titles from other societies, such as Medical Physics and journals of the Acoustical Society of America and AAPT.

Contact Ted Baldwin with questions: Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu or 513-556-4211.

SciFinder: Use “Other Sources” link to locate full-text

New name for full-text link in SciFinder

Important tip & update for SciFinder users! The database has changed its former “Full Text” links to the non-intuitive phrases “Other Sources” and “Link to Other Sources” on the brief and full record displays, respectively. The links still function the same as before, but are now represented by these new phrases.  Contact Ted Baldwin with questions, Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu or 513-556-4211.


Brief display (results list):
screen snap of other sources button


Full record display (after clicking on article title):
screen snap of other sources button

Upcoming workshops: SciFinder, Reaxys, Mendeley & ChemWorx

workshopsGeethika Weragoda, Graduate Assistant at the Chemistry-Biology and Chemistry PhD student, will present several workshops in Langsam Library classroom 475 in the coming weeks.

Learn about using SciFinder & Reaxys for research in chemistry and related sciences, and about collaborating/managing citations with Mendeley & ChemWorx.  Each workshop will be offered twice.

Note: later this semester, we will also present workshops on LaTeX, RefWorks, Python scripting, and Screencasting.  Current schedule at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/ceasworkshopsspring2015.

Please register for these workshops at http://webcentral.uc.edu/hslclass/home.aspx.


Reaxys & SciFinder Basics: Substance & Property Searching
Wednesday  01/21/2015               10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Monday  02/02/2015                    10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Reaxys & Scifinder are search tools designed to retrieve chemical reactions, substance data, literature references, and other related information. These databases cover all aspects of chemistry and life sciences, including biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, medicine, and related disciplines. This workshop introduces several ways to search for information, including chemical structure, formula, and physical property parameters. Please register for your own account on each system before attending the workshops. Information on creating accounts can be found at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/reaxys and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/scifinder.

Reaxys & Scifinder Advanced: Search Reactions & Plan your Synthesis
Monday  01/26/2015      01:00 PM — 02:00 PM
Tuesday  02/03/2015      09:00 AM — 10:00 AM

Gain hands-on experience with advanced search techniques in the Reaxys & Scifinder search tools. Topics: 1) drawing tools for chemical reaction searching, 2) Creating alerts (e.g.: Keep-Me-Posted in Scifinder) and email notifications, 3) Using Reaxys & SciFinder to plan a synthesis project and share it with colleagues.  Note: If you are not familiar with drawing tools, you are encouraged to attend the “Reaxys & SciFinder Basic” workshop or to review the related database guides: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/reaxys and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/scifinder.


Citing & Collaboration Tools: Mendeley & ACS ChemWorx

Tuesday  01/27/2015                      10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Wednesday  02/11/2015               10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Learn about Mendeley & ChemWorx, two citation & collaboration tools designed for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. As available as both desktop and web-based versions, these tools help you establish access groups and communicate within these groups. Topics: 1) Install of ChemWorx & Mendeley, 2) Input & organize your citations, 3) Add bookmarks to your web browser, 4) Generate citations & bibliography.  Related information: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/mendeley and http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/chemworx.

GMP Library late opening: Fri 1/9/15

On Friday, January 9 from 7 am – 11 am, work will be underway to restore normal electrical power to Braunstein Hall.  Temporary generators used to power the building in the interim will be shut off.

Since there will be no power supply to Geology-Math-Physics Library (located in Braunstein Hall) the Library will be opening at 11 am.

Contact Ted Baldwin, Director of Science and Engineering Libraries, with questions: 513-556-4211 or Ted.Baldwin@uc.edu.

Recordings of High Performance Computing Workshops (OSC)

Ohio Supercomputer Center



On October 19, UC Libraries and UCIT co-sponsored two High Performance Computing workshops, taught by staff of the Ohio Supercomputing Center (OSC).  Workshop titles: Intro to High Performance Computing at OSC (basic session) and Conquering the OSC Batch Environment (advanced, hands-on session).  Streaming recordings, slides, and workshop details are now available at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/hpc.

Questions?  Contact Jane Combs, UCIT / Research and Development, combsje@uc.edu or Ted Baldwin, UC Libraries / Science and Engineering Libraries, baldwitw@uc.edu

10/9 High-Performance Computing Workshops: Ohio Supercomputer Center

Ohio Supercomputer Center




UCIT and UC Libraries are partnering with the Ohio Supercomputer Center to offer two High Performance Computing (HPC) workshops on Thursday Oct. 9 in 475 Langsam Library (UC west campus).

Interested researchers, students and staff can register at http://webcentral.uc.edu/hslclass/

Introduction to High Performance Computing at OSC, 9:00am-12:00pm

Topics will include:

  • HPC concepts
  • Hardware and Software available at OSC
  • Getting allocations and accounts
  • How to connect and log in
  • How to move data on and off the systems
  • Introduction to batch processing
  • Storage and file systems

Conquering the OSC Batch Environment, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Topics will include:

  • The basics:  Batch Environment, batch file format, job submission, job status, return files
  • Optional resources:  Nodes, cores, memory, accelerators, processing time, software, etc.
  • Our virtual waiting room:  The PBS batch system
  • How to manage jobs
  • How to use batch jobs to perform parallel processing
  • Useful environment variables related specifically to the batch system.

Any questions can be directed to Jane Combs, UCIT (Research and Development), combsje@uc.edu or Ted Baldwin, UC Libraries (Science and Engineering Libraries), baldwitw@uc.edu