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Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department

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English chemist and X-ray crystallographer, Rosalind Elsie Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

July 24, 2020

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose research was foundational to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, for which three male colleagues at King's College London won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.


Boxer pups

Puppy Training

June 23, 2020

The MarketWatch news portal reported on May 20, National Rescue Dog Day, that pet adoptions had “seen a spike” during the recent nation-wide lockdowns as people sought companionship, a distraction from the news, and a sense of purpose, among other stated reasons.


Book covers of recommended hydroponic gardening books

Hydroponic Gardening

May 08, 2020

The name hydroponics for the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients and a growing medium—i.e., without soil—was coined in 1937 by UC Berkeley scientists Dr. William Setchell and Dr. William Gericke.


Looking up at the dark, starry night sky with a telescope

Stargazing: Looking Up

April 13, 2020

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Stephen Hawking


book covers from 1993

Technology Graveyard: What a Difference 25 Years Make

October 12, 2018

The Science, Technology & Patents Department is participating in the Central Library Reopening 25th Anniversary celebration with a display of Science Department materials published in 1993.


Sanctuary Cities Map

Criminalizing immigration

January 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s January 25, 2017 executive action threatening the withholding of federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states has raised again, perhaps as never before, the issue of local law enforcement involvement in immigration enforcement in the United States.


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