The Leclanche Cell: Notes from the Oesper Collections, No. 24, January/February 2014

The Leclanché cell as depicted in Benjamin’s 1893 treatise on the voltaic cell.
The Leclanché cell as depicted in Benjamin’s 1893 treatise on the voltaic cell.

 

The 24th issue of Museum Notes highlights the Leclanché voltaic cell in both its original wet-cell form and modern dry-cell form. This cell is the basis of most of our current everyday batteries from the D-cells used in traditional flashlights to the smaller AAA-cells used in many of our everyday electronic devices.

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Elliston Poetry Reading, November 22, 2013, Denise Duhamel

The next reading in the Elliston Poetry Room will be by poet Denise Duhamel.

November 22, 2013, 4:00 PM, Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Denise Duhamel is the author of several collections of poetry, including Girl Soldier (1996), How the Sky Fell (1996), Kinky (1997), The Star-Spangled Banner (1999), Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (2001), Mille et un sentiments (2005), Two and Two (2005), Ka-Ching! (2009), and Blowout (2013).

Look for recordings of this presentation soon in the digital collection, The Elliston Project: Poetry Readings and Lectures at the University of Cincinnati.

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Neil Armstrong: Engineer, Pilot, Astronaut, Teacher; the Neil Armstrong Commemorative Website

Neil Armstrong at UC
Neil Armstrong teaching at the UC College of Engineering, in 1974

Did you know that Neil Armstrong was a professor at the University of Cincinnati after being the first man to walk on the moon?

To further preserve Armstrong’s accomplishments and specifically celebrate his years from 1971-1979 as a professor and researcher in aerospace engineering at the university, the UC Libraries created a dynamic commemorative website.

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The Bunsen and Grove Cells : Notes from the Oesper Collections, No. 23, November/December 2013

An actual surviving example of the Grove cell and a spare ceramic spacer.
An actual surviving example of the Grove cell and a spare ceramic spacer.

 

The 23rd issue of Notes from The Oesper Collections highlights the famous Grove nitric acid cell and its later modification by Robert Bunsen which made it into a standard commercial and laboratory source of electrical energy for more than 50 years.

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The Cincinnati Review Emerging Poets Festival, Panel and Reading, November 8, 2013

The next reading in the Elliston Poetry Room will be by poets Shara Lessley, Collier Nogues, Nathaniel Perry, and Marcus Wicker for The Cincinnati Review Emerging Poets Festival.

A panel will take place on November 8, 2013, 2:00 PM, in the Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library, immediately followed by a reading at 3:00 PM in the same location. Both the panel and the reading are free and open to the public.

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The Elliston Project Digital Archive Scholarship Workshop, November 9, 2013

In May of 2013, we received a UC Faculty Development Council Grant to run a series of five workshops in order to help us determine the best ways to use The Elliston Digital Audio Archive for instruction and research. The third of these lectures will take place on November 9, 2013 and will be led by Tanya Clement. This workshop will explore research opportunities for scholars of poetry and digital archives.

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New Digital Repository for Scholarly Works of Faculty and Students Will Enhance Teaching, Learning, and Research

The University of Cincinnati has embarked on a project to build a next-generation UC digital repository, and has joined two new consortia that will greatly advance the creation of this new repository. The initiative is being led by the University of Cincinnati Libraries in partnership with UCIT, the Office of Research, and the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), the initial partners in what is expected to be a university-wide effort.

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The Elliston Project Digital Archive Pedagogy Workshop, October 5, 2013

In May of 2013, we received a UC Faculty Development Council Grant to run a series of five workshops in order to help us determine the best ways to use The Elliston Digital Audio Archive for instruction and research. The second of these lectures will take place on October 5, 2013 and will be led by Kenneth Sherwood. This workshop will develop our understanding of how this digital audio archive can function in the literature classroom and the poetry workshop.

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Central Parkway and The Making of a "Grand Boulevard" = Adventures in the Subway and Street Improvements Digitization Project

By Angela Vanderbilt

The primary task of the Rapid Transit Commission and the 1917 Bauer Bill (Senate Bill 264, which authorized the formation of a commission for the design and construction of a rapid transit system) was not the construction of the subway alone, but the construction of Central Parkway, the “grand boulevard” that was to replace the Miami & Erie Canal. The Commission was also tasked with the secondary subway project to ensure that the Parkway was built, since the one could not commence before the other was underway, a means of ensuring the success of both.

When it was first proposed in a 1907 report, written by landscape architect George Kessler regarding the development of a city park system for Cincinnati, Central Parkway was meant to rival Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue and the grand boulevards of Europe, to be landscaped and lined by stately brownstones and mansions. Accented by decorative lampposts, fountains, trees and shrubbery, the new boulevard was to provide a park-like atmosphere for Cincinnatians, with sidewalks to stroll and benches on which to relax and enjoy the scenery of the Parkway as it wound its way north from Walnut Street in the downtown business district to Lundlow Avenue in the residential neighborhood of Clifton.

Ludlow Avenue Dam
Ludlow Avenue Dam, May 4, 1920

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