Paying tribute to U-M research achievements in science

February 6, 2013
Kira Landenberger, Grad Student Research Asst, Chemistry, at the 2012 Science Covers Celebration
Kira Landenberger, Grad Student Research Asst,
Chemistry, at the 2012 Science Covers Celebration

Much scientific research is published, but only the best articles are represented on the front covers of journals. For the last five years the University of Michigan Library, partner to researchers across campus, has celebrated U-M authors and scientists by displaying framed and mounted journal covers that highlight such articles. This year 18 new covers will grace the walls of the Shien-Ming Wu Current Periodicals Room in the Shapiro Science Library.

Nicolai Lehnert, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics (LSA), claimed two science covers this year: the March 2012 issue of Dalton Transactions and the May 2012 issue of Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. He says, “It is always gratifying to be chosen for a cover, since this indicates that the work published in the paper has some significance, and, in the eyes of the editor, is worth being highlighted.” He added that it is also very nice – and motivating – for students who have been involved in the work.

Mark Hunter, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (LSA and SNRE), is one of this year’s honorees for an article that appeared on the cover of the May 2012 issue of Restoration Ecology. “I knew that Nate Haan had taken some very beautiful pictures during the field work,” Hunter said. He submitted Haan’s best photos along with the article in the hope that one would make the cover, saying “It's always worth a shot, especially when field biology provides such potential for interesting photographs.”

The library played a role for both of these researchers. “I'm a very heavy user of the U-M library,” said Hunter, “It's essential for my research and I use it nearly every day.” Lehnert noted that, “Scientific work without a library is simply impossible.”

On Tuesday, February 19 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the 6th Annual Science Covers Celebration will take place in the Shien-Ming Wu Current Periodicals Room on the third floor of the Shapiro Science Library. Paul Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, and Elaine Westbrook, Associate University Librarian for Research, will speak at 4:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. To help with planning, you are encouraged (but not required) to RSVP by February 12 to Shannon Szalay at or 734-764-3577.

The Science Covers project is made possible by the Shien-Ming Wu endowment fund, given to the library by Daisy Wu, former Director of Science and Engineering Libraries, in honor of her late husband, a U-M professor of engineering.

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