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Two news stories on recent library acquisitions

Manet cat etching

There have been two news stories in the last couple of days about exciting new acquisitions here in the Stanford University Libraries. Yesterday there was a piece in The Dish about a book that the Art & Architecture Library has purchased that features an original 1869 etching by Edouard Manet. And in today's Stanford Report there's a story about a collection of 800 maps showing California as an island that's coming to the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections and that will soon be available digitally.

San Francisco's new poet laureate is Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía

To kick off this year's San Francisco International Poetry Festival, Mayor Ed Lee announced yesterday that the city has a new poet laureate: Alejandro Murguía. Murguía, professor of Latino/Latina Studies at San Francisco State University, is the city's sixth poet laureate.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles by Alejandro Murguía available here in Green Library.

The San Francisco Public Library has on its site a chronology of the city's poets laureate.

Science and Exploration in Antarctica: Reflections on the Heroic Age and Beyond

Antarctica panel discussion

University Librarian Michael A. Keller cordially invites you to attend a fascinating panel discussion.

2012 marks the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition to Antarctica; Scott and his men reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to discover that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the prize. Scott and his party perished on the return route. Recently, studies of Scott's expedition and other explorations of the "Heroic Age" have re-emphasized the scientific contributions made by these pioneers.

The study of both the human and scientific history of Antarctica thrives at Stanford: Continuing Studies Lecturer and bibliophile Joan Boothe has studied the history of human exploration of the Antarctic and is author of The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in Antarctica's Peninsula Region (Regent Press, 2011) and collected the print culture of Antarctic exploration. Nick Clinch, a Stanford graduate, attorney, and accomplished alpinist led the first ascent of Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica in 1966. Alan Cooper, an emeritus geophysicist with the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and consulting Professor in Geological and Environmental Sciences has led efforts to collect seismic data from Antarctica. Rob Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, has studied ancient seafloor sediments under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet to find evidence of Earth's past climate – and clues to our future climate. Edward Larson is a visiting professor of law at Stanford University and author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science (Yale University Press, 2011). Larson is the University Professor of History and holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is the recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Joan Boothe's book will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Sonia Lee if you would like to attend:, 650.736.9538

Parking is free on campus after 4:00 pm.
Closest parking may be found on Galvez St., Serra St., or in the Oval (top of Palm Drive)
This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Bender Room, Green Library

It's the birthday of Eadweard Muybridge

Muybridge race horse

It was on this date in 1830 that photographer Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston upon Thames, England. Muybridge emigrated to the United States and in 1855 settled in San Francisco, where he worked first as a bookseller and then as a photographer. In 1872 former governor of California Leland Stanford commissioned Muybridge to settle with photography the question of whether all four of a trotting horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time.

You can read about the photos that resulted—and about the stormy relationship between Muybridge and Stanford—in this Stanford Magazine article.

Today's Google's Doodle celebrates Muybridge's photography, which laid the technological groundwork for motion pictures.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles and photos by Eadweard Muybridge.

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