Author Archives: Sue Vazakas

About Sue Vazakas

Science/Engineering Librarian and devoted reader.

Problem Sets and Solutions

You have homework due in calculus or orgo, but you’re having trouble following the steps about how to solve certain kinds of problems. The library has books full of worked problems and their solutions in many areas of science and … Continue reading

Sick of Studying, Need a Movie?

If I NEVER see another midterm again, it will be TOO SOON. I’m tired of Netflix and I’m IN the library — what movies do *they* have? Lots – over 11,000. On the advanced search screen, don’t do anything except … Continue reading

Chocolate — At What Price?

Chocolate. Just typing the word makes me happy (and hungry). We want to eat chocolate. We’re supposed to eat it. But the world’s cocoa supply is in danger. One reason is that every year about a third of the cocoa … Continue reading

All of the July’s*

It’s July. How many “July” things do the JHU libraries have in their catalog? Let’s find out. On the library home page, you can search for things. But we kindly allow you to choose to put in a few words … Continue reading

The Road That Shriver Built, and a Surprise

Have you ever been reading or researching something and found a fact that relates to you personally? This happened to me just last week! Down on A Level, a book title caught my eye: The Decisive Blow Is Struck turned … Continue reading

JHU Alumni — Mythbusters Just for You!

You’ve graduated: congratulations! How does your new status affect how you can use the library? Here is information that will help you. You can enter the library IF you show the guard some form of photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, … Continue reading

Research Remix: They Came From Ocular Space!

What if artists and researchers got together to talk, and then the artists created art based on the science and engineering and medicine that they heard about from the researchers? Welcome to Research Remix, another amazing project from your friends … Continue reading

What’s New on C Level?

Your favorite bricks-and-mortar location for science, engineering, and medicine — that’s C Level, of course — has made some changes. Let’s discuss. I went to the shelf where I always find the books that I use, but they weren’t there. … Continue reading

Go To Other Worlds This Weekend

JOHNCON IS HERE! Yes, this is news worth shouting. Prepare for the non-stop extravaganza that will be JohnCon 2015 (April 10-12). JohnCon is the annual convention of JHU’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (HopSFA). It’s held in Levering Hall, continuously … Continue reading

Why Can’t Some People Donate Blood? Is That Fair?

Are the guidelines used to screen potential blood donors discriminatory? This question will be the subject of the talk given at this year’s Undergraduate Conference in Public Health, the theme of which is “Giving Life to Public Health.” The keynote speaker … Continue reading