Serendipity

24
Aug15

Professor of History Gerry Herman Retires After 50 Years at Northeastern

Posted by: Andrew Begley

Gravatar

Just try to name a University committee that Gerry Herman hasn’t been involved with over the past half-century. Handbooks and contracts? He reviewed them. Strategic Plans? He helped plan them. Technology and distance learning initiatives? He championed them.

Herman first called Northeastern home as a graduate student in 1965. Since then, he has been on the cutting edge of  incorporating media into the  study and teaching of history. He taught courses on topics ranging from Western and World History to the History of Flight and Space Travel. Herman has given new meaning to the term “University Service,” serving as University Copyright Officer (1988-2012), Special Assistant to the Provost (1979-1987), and Special Assistant to University Counsel (1987-2012) in addition to chairing a host of committees and task forces. Herman has also been integral to the success of Holocaust Remembrance Week, serving on the Holocaust Awareness Committee from 1983-2013. Professor Herman retired from the University on July 1, 2015, but his impact will surely be felt for many years to come.

Herman’s professional papers and records (the Gerald H. Herman Papers) are preserved in the Archives and Special Collections Department in Snell Library.

 

Herman teaching an honors seminar in 1984.

Professor Herman in 1975.

Herman and President Richard Freeland at the inaugural NUTV broadcast, April 1997.


Posted in: Archives and Special Collections, History, Serendipity

11
Jun15

Summer Reading Suggestions

Posted by: Emily Nehme

Gravatar

Now’s the time to start tackling your summer reading list! Whether you’re staying in town or going on an elaborate trip, you’re bound to have some down time. Why not spend that time taking advantage of Snell Library’s thousands of available books, e-books, journals, and more!

Snell Library staff have suggested some of their favorites to get you started:

 

The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken

Recommended by Ernesto Valencia

“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.”

 

 

 

Feynman
By Jim Ottaviani and Leyland Myrick

Recommended by Sarah Sweeney

“This is a lovely and fascinating graphic novel that illustrates bits and pieces of various works by Richard Feynman, the famous physicist.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder
By R.J. Palacio

Recommended by Jen Ferguson

“This New York Times bestseller, available in Snell Library’s Favat Children’s Collection, tells the story of Auggie, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Told skillfully from Auggie’s point of view as well as the perspectives of others in his life, this fast read will transport you back to the glories and agonies of childhood.”

 

 

 

 

 

Bagombo Snuff Box
By Kurt Vonnegut

Recommended by Mark Sivak

“If people are looking for a good book for a plane ride, I recommend Bagombo Snuff Box, which is a collection of short fiction by Kurt Vonnegut.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
By Carson McCullers

Recommended by Molly Dupere

“Set in Georgia in the 1930s,  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter follows four residents of a small town, each a loner and all struggling with feeling misunderstood within the confines of their lives. Independently, the four seek the company of another local, a def-mute who is himself an enigma in the town, but upon whom each character projects what they want him to be – a sounding board for what’s going on in their heads, often to heart-breaking effect. The plot is both simple and complex, and a must-read for any fan of Southern Gothic literature.”

 

 

Not what you’re looking for? Browse our collections online using Scholar OneSearch to find your new favorite read!

 

 

Posted in: Serendipity

28
Apr15

#SnellStudyTip Winners

Posted by: Emily Nehme

Gravatar

Congratulations to our #SnellStudyTip challenge winners: Hannah (@hannahlorick), Nyera (@nyny_93), Eric (@iEricYun), Emily (@EmzWeis), and Adam (@adam_mccook) 

Check out the tips that won these students a $10.00 gift card to the Northeastern Barnes & Noble!

Setting goals is the way to go!

 

Natural light is the best light

Just make sure the 5 minute break is only 5 minutes...

Go flash card wild on the 1st and 2nd floors (just be respectful)

We love how passionate you are about silence on the 4th floor

 

Congratulations winners! We’ll direct message you on Twitter and let you know when and where to pick up your gift cards.

 

They may not be winners, but these #SnellStudyTips deserve an honorable mention:

 

 

And although these aren’t exactly study tips, they made some good points:

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this challenge. Follow these #SnellStudyTips and ace those finals!

 

Posted in: Serendipity

24
Apr15

Finally, It’s Finals!

Posted by: Emily Nehme

Gravatar

After this long apocalyptic winter that buried Boston under an endless amount of snow


Since, you know, Boston relocated to north of the wall

 

I think we’re all kind of glad that it’s finally finals.


Well, some of us are

 

Sure, you have to get through a couple of research papers, lab reports, final projects, and exams…

 

But in just two short weeks it’ll be summer!


No more coats = No more responsibilities

 

And to help you get there, Snell Library has quite a few de-stressors planned for you so look forward to study breaks with goodies and giveaways and a special finals-themed twitter challenge!


Goodies…?

 

Speaking of the challenge… it’s not really a challenge. It’s actually really simple:

Starting on Tuesday (4/21), you can share your best study tip with @ClubSnell and use #SnellStudyTips on Twitter for a chance to win a $10.00 gift card to the Northeastern Bookstore! Five randomly selected study tips will be chosen and announced next Tuesday (4/28) afternoon and we’ll reach out to those lucky winners on more information about how to receive their gift card.

If you haven’t already, start following @ClubSnell on Twitter to keep an eye out for impromptu study breaks and to submit your #SnellStudyTip.

 

Happy Finals!

 

Posted in: Serendipity

25
Mar15

Language learning program trials: Try both out and let us know!

Posted by: Andrew Gaudio

Gravatar

Looking to learn a new language, or brush up on one you are already familiar with? Snell Library has trials to two language learning programs: Mango Languages and Pronunciator. (Log-in information below.) Mango’s trial ends on April 16 and Pronunciator’s ends on April 10. Try them out while you can!

Both programs offer similar features such as:

  • Key phrases and expressions in the target language
  • Narration by native speakers to show you how to pronounce each word
  • Cultural bits of information which help you get a sense of proper etiquette in the country where the language you are learning is spoken
  • Media in the form of radio broadcasts and films with subtitles to help you with your listening comprehension
  • Media can be played back at varying speeds to suit your level of comprehension
  • Exercises and quizzes to see what you have learned
  • Mango offers 63 languages, Prounciator offers 80

Now for the differences:

  • Pronunciator allows you to select any language as your source language and any language as your target language. If you choose German as your source language and Thai as your target language, you would be learning Thai with instruction in German.
  • Mango does not have mix and match capabilities, but it does offer English courses for non-English speakers of Polish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Armenian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Pronunciator will match the pitches of different vowels of words to music notes so you can hear the differing tones of different vowel sounds.
  • Pronunciator gives you the option of playing only the voice, the notes, or both the voice and notes.

 

Screenshot from Pronunciator’s Vietnamese course.

 

  • With Pronunciator’s writing tool, the narrator speaks a word or phrase in the target language, and you can write the word and insert vowels with diacritics using the virtual keyboard.
  • Pronunciator takes accurate diacritic marks into account. Red letters indicate that the diacritics are either incorrect or missing.

 

Screenshot of Pronunciator’s writing tool.

 

  • Mango color codes parts of speech in both languages to show the user which parts of speech in the language being learned correspond with those in the user’s native language.

 

Screenshot from Mango matching English words to Vietnamese words.

 

Pronunciator and Mango have apps available for mobile devices including iOS and Android devices: Pronunciator apps | Mango apps

 

The URL for the free trials are:

Pronunciator: learning.pronunciator.com/ne.php

Log in: ne

Password ne

Mango:connect.mangolanguages.com/northeastern-university-trial/try/f814b6af0

 

Try out both and let us know what you think!

 

 

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Serendipity