Category Archives: General

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis goes online!

To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, Cambridge University Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication has announced Professor Hawking’s permission to make his thesis freely available and Open Access in Apollo. By making his PhD thesis Open Access, anyone can now freely download and read this historic and compelling research by the then little-known 24-year-old Cambridge postgraduate.

You can access the thesis here or the high-resolution one here.

You can also read a summary on Discover Magazine.

The Nobel Prize winners for 2017

The winners of the Nobel Prizes for the sciences in 2017 have been announced!

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves”.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”.

All illustrations: Niklas Elmehed.
Copyright: Nobel Media AB 2017

Where can you get your course text books?

Science course textbooks and reference books are located in the Reserves section at Lee Wee Nam Library.

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Please take note that you can borrow the books in the Reserves section for only 2 hours. If you hold the book for more than 2 hours, you will need to pay $0.50 per hour for every extra hour.

However, if you borrow these books 2 hours before the Service Desk closes on weekdays, and at 10 am on Saturdays, you can return them by 11 am the next working day.

You can find the list of the text books here.

Behavioral interview questions Big 4 accounting firms ask

Behavioral interview questions are common fare now and according to the Vault blog post, these companies are challenging interviewees with questions such as

1. Bad Grade Question: Tell me about a time that you received a bad grade on a school assignment and how you dealt with the situation
2. Regret Question: Describe a significant regret and what you learned from it.
3. College Major Question: Tell me about your process of considering different majors/career paths
4. Coaching Question: Discuss ways you have coached or mentored others, or helped others to accomplish their goal

The blog post contains a list of 22 questions. Check them out and find out if you are familiar with them.

Vault is a career information provider and publishes career guides covering topics such as resumes and cover letters. interviewing & networking tips.  The NTU Libraries has an active subscription to Vault resources (print, videos) and we encourage our users to create an account to personalise their access to Vault.

Apps for your job search

Kristina Rudic’s recommendations, as posted on Vault blog, included

  • Business Card Reader
  • Clear
  • Google Voice
  • LinkedIn
  • LinkUp
  • Pocket Resume
  • What Color is your Parachute?

Vault, subscribed by NTU Libraries,  provides career information, tips and guides on resumes, cover letters, internships, interviewing, networking, etc.   There are more than 50 career guides covering industries such as banking and finance, oil and gas, pharma and healthcare, and IT.