Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars (or where do heavy elements like gold come from)

Professor Bob Benjamin, Physics Dept., will talk about “The First Detection of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars: When an Irresistable Force Meets an Unmovable Object” at 7 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 20, in Upham Hall 140. Come to hear about how astronomers came to discover neutron stars, to predict that such mergers should happen, their unsolved mysteries, and what we have learned recently.

You can learn more about related topics with Andersen Library! See, for example, “Gravitational waves: Whispers of neutron stars and the big bang” in the book Secrets of the universe: How we discovered the cosmos (3rd-floor Main Collection, QB982 .M87 2009; summary at Google Books), articles such as “Wolf–Rayet stars, black holes and the first detected gravitational wave source” (New Astronomy, 2018, vol.58, 33-46,, and news sources announcing the recent observation of colliding neutron stars a few days ago, such as the audio and transcript from “Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars,” heard on NPR’s All Things Considered on Oct. 16, 2017.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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New Stuff Tuesday – October 17, 2017

Post Grad Audiobook cover

Post Grad:

Five Women and Their First Year Out of College

by Caroline Kitchener
read by Amanda Dolan
HD6053.6.U5 K58 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Post Grad is an account of the trials and tribulations of five Millennial Generation women. Kitchener tells about herself and also follows four of her female classmates over the course of the year following their graduation from Princeton. Their careers include: writer, documentarian, singer, programmer, and aspiring doctor. Kitchener writes of their challenges, setbacks, and successes in their independence, relationships (both of the familial and romantic kind), mental illness, finances, and more in this nonfiction book. She also takes a look at the broader sociological context of their post-college graduation year.

If you enjoy this book and also like novels, you may also appreciate:

  • Mary McCarthy’s 1963 novel The Group about four Vassar students during the 30 years after their graduation (Main Collection PS3525 .A1435 G7 1963)
  • Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’ 2004 novel Citizen Girl about a young woman who enters the business world post graduation and struggles to earn her dream job in spite of a host of co-workers who refuse to acknowledge her abilities (use UW Request to borrow)
  • Mei Ng’s 1998 novel Eating Chinese Food Naked about a young woman returning to her family’s home in Queens after graduating from Columbia University who confronts her emotions, parents, and sexual maturation as she comes to grips with post-college life (use UW Request to borrow)
  • J. Courtney Sullivan’s 2009 novel Commencement about four women who meet as college freshmen and over a period of six years experience both happiness and disappointment as they to find fulfilling relationships, deal with family change, and pursue successful careers (use UW Request to borrow)

Post Grad is an MP3 CD that you can download onto your device or play in your CD player.

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Book Sale – October 2017

This month we are featuring travel related materials, including vintage travel guides, atlases, non-English fiction and dictionaries. We also have materials related to travel through time, not just space. These include history books, Minneiskas (UW-Whitewater yearbooks), Wisconsin Blue Books, and bound volumes of National Geographic from the early 20th century. As always we have a smattering of materials in other subject areas, and this month these include law and health.

Come on over and peruse the books! They are $1 each until October 23, when the price drops to $.25 each.

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New Stuff Tuesday — October 10, 2017

Play Anything Cover Image

Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, & the Secret of Games
by Ian Bogost
BF408 .B566 2016
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Bogost, a philosopher and game designer, writes about everyday life and the strategic way that everyone should approach mundane tasks. He argues that if we treat grocery shopping like playing sports (that is, accepting the seemingly arbitrary rules and restrictions inherent in games as also applicable to mundane tasks) we can learn to “play anything” by having fun interacting with the world around us. He hopes that by following his advice we can learn to interact with the world and the things in it in ways that give us feelings of comfort, not boredom or frustration.

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New Stuff Tuesday – Oct. 3, 2017

Hum if you don't know the words

Hum if you don’t know the words
by Bianca Marais
PR9199.4.M3414 H86 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

There are so many levels of “not knowing” in this book, and it all combines to make a heartbreaking and funny and very satisfying book. The girl child, Robin, not knowing how to deal with her parents’ death, or why her black caretaker’s experience with the South African gold mines is so different from her own, or how her self-centered decisions will echo down into others’ lives, or how love and joy will eventually come back to her from the most unexpected sources, if she lets it. The woman, Beauty, in the agony of not knowing what is happening to her own daughter, and not knowing if she can reconcile that eventual knowledge with her own ideals about how to address the apartheid regime. Many of the adults have little to no knowledge of the secret internal life of Robin as well as some other kids in the book (which led to some of the most humorous scenes, in my opinion).

For me, this was also a very compelling personal story to introduce me to a historical time period that I knew very little about prior to this reading – the Soweto Uprising of June 1976.

The narrative alternating between Robin and Beauty makes this a more interesting and multifaceted read, and all the supporting characters are well-rounded and enrich the story.  I was happy to read recently that Marais is planning a followup novel with the same characters. Highly recommended.


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New Stuff Tuesday – September 26, 2017

Spaceplane HERMES

Spaceplane HERMES: Europe’s Dream of Independent Manned Spaceflight
by Luc van den Abeelen
TL795 .A24 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

It’s a little early in the semester to be thinking about far away escapes, but this new arrival may spark the thought. Spaceplane HERMES tells the story of how Europe aspired and planned for independent manned spaceflight. Planning began in 1975 for the development of a small ten ton spaceplane to be launched on top of a rocket which would give Europe the capability for shuttling crews between Earth and space stations. While poor organizational and management choices, and unexpected geopolitical changes (German reunification for one), recession, and the Challenger accident were among the many factors that played a role in the end of the program in 1993, space enthusiasts, engineers, makers and dreamers will find this a fascinating read.

Locate articles from the period in publications such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Nature, and Wall Street Journal by searching Research@UWW.

Visit the European Space Agency website for and introduction to the project and additional video documentary.



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T3: Wireless Printing


There are two ways to print from your laptop computers and personal devices to any General Access lab printer on campus. This only works for files 25 MB or less in size.

  1. Email the file as an attachment to
    • Use your email address!
    • Use this method from your mobile devices
    • Go to the nearest print-release station, log in using your NetID and password, and release your job
  2. Upload the file(s) to
    • Make sure your computer is connected to the campus wifi
    • Navigate to
    • Log in to PaperCut with your NetID and password
    • Click on Web Print
    • Select Submit a Job and follow the steps to upload the file
    • Go to the nearest print-release station, log in using your NetID and password, and release your job
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Summit of Faith – October 2-5

Summit of Faith

This Fall, the Young Auditorium is sponsoring A Summit of Faith, based on the 13th Century encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt. The unusual meeting between these men is featured in Paul Moses’ book, The Saint and the Sultan: Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace.

Four enriching events make up the program, which speaks to both the historical event that brought Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil together in the 13th Century as well as contemporary Christian-Muslim relations.

The Saint and the Sultan author talk, Paul Moses
Monday, October 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The Sultan and the Saint Movie Premiere
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

A Summit of Faith Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble – Il Poverello: the Life and Legacy of St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Most events are free, but tickets are required and are available now at the Young Auditorium Box Office in the Center of the Arts.

If you’d like to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, Sultan Malik al-Kamil, or the Fifth Crusade, see Research@UWW, Andersen Library’s discovery tool.

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State of the City and School District (Whitewater)

Would you like to learn more about the City of Whitewater and the local school district?

On Thurs., Sept. 21, at 7pm, the League of Women Voters of the Whitewater Area will host Whitewater City Manager Cameron Clapper, who will talk about the State of the City of Whitewater (including future projects and goals), and Whitewater Unified School District Administrator Dr. Mark Elworthy, who will talk about the state of the school district (including what the district has been doing as a result of last year’s referendum). Both talks will be held in the Municipal Building’s Community Room (312 W Whitewater St., Whitewater).

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Melanie McManus talks about hiking the Ice Age Trail

Author Melanie McManus will talk about her journey hiking the Ice Age Trail on Thurs., Sept. 21, at 6pm at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (431 W Center St, Whitewater).

Her 2013 journey, which began at the western end of the Ice Age Trail in Interstate State Park, St. Croix Falls, is recounted in her memoir, Thousand-Miler: Adventures hiking the Ice Age Trail (short excerpt available online from the Wisconsin Magazine of History). But the book is about more than becoming a “Thousand-Miler” (someone who hikes the entire 1,200 miles of the National Scenic Trail). It’s also about the places and people encountered along the way (some segments of the trail actually go along community streets, although most of it is off-road hiking terrain).

Copies of her book will be available for purchase. The talk is free and open to all.

Andersen Library can help you learn more, with books such as Ice Age Trail companion guide, 2011: More than 100 detailed segment-by-segment descriptions to help you connect with the thousand-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail (3rd-floor Main Collection OVERSIZE, QE697 .M361 2011), Ice Age Trail atlas: 105 detailed color hiking maps to help you connect with the thousand-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail (3rd-floor Main Collection OVERSIZE, QE697 .M36 2011), and Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail (3rd-floor Main Collection, QE697 .S545 2008). Additional interesting and practical information, including maps, tips for preparing for a hike, and recommended day trip routes, is provided online by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, the U.S. National Park Service, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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