Category Archives: School of Advanced Manufacturing , Engineering, and Applied Technology

Manufacturing Week, October 1st-5th

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Your United States Census Bureau is celebrating Manufacturing Week! On their website they are showcasing lots of great infographics and the data products they offer to support manufacturing research and development.

Manufacturers contribute the data, so this is a very cool kind of ROI. It is all free, open-access, and will be of interest to anyone working in or studying this sector.

Did you know Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin have the highest percentage of employees in the manufacturing sector? Did you know that manufacturing contributes 6 of every 10 U.S. export dollars?

Read more …

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States

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The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape

Call number: QK 115 .D68 2018  View Record in IvyCat

The organization of this book is praised as uniquely useful; your reviewer agrees! While providing a wealth of details based on extensive trials and natural settings, the entries in this guide allow for at-a-glance assessment of species. Sustainable landscaping is a hot topic, and this book will assist professionals or amateurs to choose major plantings with confidence. Includes sources and index.

New Applied Science books: on Teaching STEM, Energy, and Wildfires

 

Teaching and learning STEM: A practical guide

1118925815By Richard M. Felder and Rebecca Brent; foreword by Barbara Oakley.
Call number: Q181 .F45 2016
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Part of our Faculty Development Collection. The authors each have taught STEM for decades and supervised junior faculty development. Their strategies “don’t require revolutionary time-intensive changes in your teaching, but rather a gradual integration of traditional and new methods.” This book is realistic, and its insights resonate with the lived experience of teaching, particularly when discussing the different cognitive styles, learning needs, and educational backgrounds that college teachers must meet. Especially valuable are their suggestions for using technology in hybrid courses and flipped classrooms, and for assignments that develop crucial work-place skills in students: self-directed learning & problem solving, critical and creative thinking, high-performance teamwork, and communication skills.

Energy: A Human History

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By Richard Rhodes.
Call number: TJ163.2 .R56 2018
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Relevant to our Agriculture, Engineering Technology, and Homeland Security/Public Safety programs, this book is also of broader interest. It is written for a general audience but is extensively footnoted and has a 50-page bibliography; it also contains many useful diagrams and primary sources. Richard Rhodes – winner of the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards for his science writing – “highlights the successes and failures that led to each breakthrough in energy production: from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal combustion to electricity and the harnessing of wind and sunlight … Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges in its wake … this half-forgotten knowledge can inform our way tomorrow” (publisher).

Firestorm: How wildfire will shape our future

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By Edward Struzik.
Call number: SD421.34.N67 S77 2017
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Relevant to our Agriculture and Homeland Security/Public Safety programs, and for argumentative writing on social issues. “Journalist Edward Struzik visits scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and introduces the scientists, firefighters, and resource managers making the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century. Wildfires can no longer be treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers are becoming too great and costly. Struzik weaves a heart-pumping narrative of science, economics, politics, and human determination and points to the ways that we, and the wilder inhabitants of the forests around our cities and towns, might yet flourish in an age of growing megafires.” (publisher)

Blue Light sees through Fire

The National Institute of Standards and Technology just posted a blog about new fire science technology. Actually, it’s a new application of old science: using blue light filters to see through the distorting glare of fire, as used in glass making and other industrial processes. NIST’s blog includes a link to the open-access paper describing the experiment. Currently it is being used in materials testing, and its application in fire fighting is under consideration.

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New books for Manufacturing and Applied Technology

We are excited to announce updated resources on applied technology – there are more to come! These works place technologies in their social context as well as covering the supporting science. They will be useful throughout our curricula.

 

hom_volume_oneBuilding the World: An Encyclopedia of the Great Engineering Projects in History. Compiled by Frank P. Davidson and Kathleen Lusk Brooke. Greenwood Press, 2006. 2 volumes. View record in IvyCat

Covers the world’s major engineering marvels chronologically, from Solomon’s temple to Boston’s Central Artery tunnels. Each entry begins with essential factual points, then covers the project’s foundational history, cultural context, planning, building, and world-wide significance. Primary sources are included for each entry along with a bibliography for further reference. Useful for general studies as well as our applied technology courses, this is in our Reference collection for use in the library. “Feats of ‘macro-engineering’ are a testament to the creativity and foresight of engineers, architects, governments officials, and diplomats. Who came up with the ideas for these projects, and how did they see them through to completion? What obstacles needed to be overcome for these structures to be built? What impact did such projects have on the economy and culture of their societies? The encyclopedia, Building The World, answers all of these questions, showing how central these great feats are to the history of civilization.” (publisher)

97803164392681How Things are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew Terranova and Sharon Rose. Revised edition, updated. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2018. View record in IvyCat

Another encyclopedia, covering smaller-scale engineering. “For anyone curious about the nuts and bolts of human ingenuity, How Things Are Made is a fascinating exploration of the process behind the manufacture of everyday items … from guitars, sunscreen, and seismographs to running shoes, jet engines, and chocolate … contains informative step-by-step text along with detailed but easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams, and sidebars to tell the stories behind the things we sometimes take for granted.” (publisher)

9780393246315_198Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World. Joshua B. Freeman. W. W. Norton, 2018.  View record in IvyCat

A quick tour through important moments in the history of industrial production, from the 1720s to the present. Covers major theories of industrial production and their social impact. 75 pages of footnotes point to a wealth of primary sources, but written for a general audience. “Celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman … whisks readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam … offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies” (publisher).

 

New Agriculture Books

A Botanist’s Vocabulary: 1300 Terms Explained and Illustrated. By Susan K. Pell and Bobbi Angell.

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This book has been added to our non-circulating Reference collection, in support of our Agriculture program. “A Botanist’s Vocabulary gives gardeners and naturalists a better understanding of what they see and a way to categorize and organize the natural world in which they are so intimately involved. Through concise definitions and detailed black and white illustrations, it defines 1300 words commonly used by botanists, naturalists, and gardeners to describe plants.” (publisher)

Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden. By Allen Branhagen.

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Branhagen is a regional expert and director of horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City, MO; the book comes encrusted with encomiums from plant scientists throughout the Midwest. “Features the best native plants in the heartland and offers clear and concise guidance on how to use them in the garden. Plant profiles for more than 500 species of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, ground covers, bulbs, and annuals contain the common and botanical names, growing information, tips on using the plant in a landscape, and advice on related plants. You’ll learn how to select the right plant and how to design with native plants. Helpful lists of plants for specific purposes are shared throughout. This comprehensive book is for native plant enthusiasts and home gardeners” (publisher)

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. By Dan Egan.

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This book is a model for science reporting. It won the J. Anthony Lukas Award, the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, Special Merit Citation and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It is relevant to both our Agriculture and Environmental safety programs. Egan draws on interviews with residents, scientists, government officials, and historical documents; the notes and bibliography cover 23 pages.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come … In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis or the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available water, The Death and the Life of the Great Lakes is a powerful paean to what is arguably our most precious resource, an urgent examination of what threatens it and a convincing call to arms about the relatively simple things we need to do to protect it.” (publisher)

 

We’re moving from Books 24×7 to Skillsoft Books

Our database Books 24×7 has become Skillsoft Books, with a dramatically improved user interface. The collection behind that interface has expanded, and we are not aware of any popular titles being dropped.

Ivy Tech users can access Skillsoft Books immediately, and continue to access Books 24×7 until May 12th, to lessen impact on this semester. Changes will be made to our Library guides and website during this time, and Professors will need to change links to Books 24×7 in their course materials for future semesters.

Skillsoft books does not require a separate user account like Books 24×7. Instead, you  will be prompted to log in using your IvyTech username and password.

Users who have created Personal Folders in Books 24×7, for collections of frequently-used titles, will need to recreate these collections in the new Skillsoft portal. This is easy, but somewhat time-consuming as you must search each title and add it. Here’s how:

Log in to Books 24×7 and open your Personal Folders. On the toolbar, click the export button and in the dialog box choose the file format you prefer.

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You will be prompted to save the file to your device. Open the file on your device. The Excel file has the titles in one column; Word has them in a list. In either, the titles are hyperlinks back to Books 24×7.

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Searching these titles in Skillsoft is the easiest way to recreate your list. Open and log in to Skillsoft Books, and type your first title in the search box at the top. From the results list, click the Launch button next to your title and choose Save from the drop-down menu.

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You will be prompted where to save it; choose New Set, give it a title, and add any other information you want. Only the title is required.

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This Set will now appear when you click on the My Shelf icon at the top of the Skillsoft home page. Simply click on the title to open the list of saved titles, which can be books, videos, or presentations.

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From the My Shelf menu, you can also use Add Learning Event and save a group of resources to it.