Tag Archives: Public Safety

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.

431https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2018/07/nist-unblinded-me-science-new-application-blue-light-sees-through-fire

Welcome to Spring term 2018!

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Yes, it is spring — in the academic calendar at least.

The Library’s mission is to help you have the most successful semester ever! We would like to extend a special invitation to Dual Credit students (and teachers) to use our resources. Research assistance is just part of what we offer:

Do you need computer access? Read more

Do you need help navigating IvyLearn or MyIvy? Our staff will guide you. We also assist with using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; using different browsers; email; printing and scanning documents.

Looking for a quiet place to read or study? Read more

Looking for a tutor? We host the CAE English and Math tutoring on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Waiting for your textbooks? You can read Reserve copies in the Library. If you don’t see yours listed, use the online form in the link above to request it be added. Professors can add books to course Reserves at any time during the semester. Having a reserve copy available means all students can do the assigned readings.

We have several dozen new books on current issues. Each is shelved in the area relevant to the issue covered, but you can search the series titles in IvyCat: Thinking Critically, Issues in Society, Digital Issues, Cell Phones and Society.

We have over 150 databases that our vendors update, so instructors should check the resources and links you have used in the past. Our librarians are skilled in searching and a consultation will save you time. If we don’t have a book or article, our Inter-Library Loan clerk will request a copy you can borrow.

Have time for some recreational reading? Browse our local and national newspapers, popular magazines, or new bestseller print books. This month’s titles include poetry, mysteries, and science fiction.

National Bicycle Month

May is National Bicycle Month, with several events observed in Fort Wayne, including National Bike to Work Day and the Ride of Silence honoring those killed and injured while bicycling.

Bicycle safety awareness is emphasized during this month. Have you heard of the Dutch Reach?

Government agencies provide excellent resources for bicycle safety. At the sites listed, you can find best practices for cyclists and motorists, initiatives to make bicycling safer, tools for educating children in bike safety, and statistics on injuries.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists
Federal Highway Administration https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/
The Medline database is a great resource for any public safety topic. Medline uses Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for targeted searching. The Ivy Tech Library provides a user-friendly interface: find Medline (EBSCO) in our A-Z List. When you enter your search term bicycle safety also select suggest subject terms. This shows you the correct terms to use, how the topic relates to other topics, and allows you to target statistics, trends, injuries and other data sets.