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Holiday food drive to benefit IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services)

2 December 2016 - 3:53pm -- Andy Hickner

Food drive items

This year, the Library Staff Association (LiSA) will hold a food drive to benefit IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based agency that helps resettle refugees to CT and provide lifesaving support to assist in their transition to life in the United States. About 420 refugees will arrive in New Haven and surrounding towns in 2016, coming from a wide range of war-torn countries, including Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Your donations will go toward stocking the apartments of resettled refugees and the IRIS food pantry.

The food drive will run through December 16, with the Medical Library's box located in the foyer. 

Need some ideas of what to donate? Here are a few things that IRIS is always looking for:

White and Brown Rice (bagged/boxed)


Chickpeas (canned/dry)

Coffee Filters

Cannellini Beans (canned/dry)

Canned Fruit in 100% Fruit Juice

Canned Tomatoes 

Canned Vegetables


Shampoo & Conditioner



Salt & Pepper


Cooking Oil

Toilet Paper




$10 Grocery Store Gift Card

IRIS cannot accept any food products containing meat. 

Holly Grossetta Nardini appointed Associate Director

1 December 2016 - 8:54am -- Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher)

Holly Grossetta NardiniPhoto credit: JoAnne Wilcox

Following a national search, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s (CWML) own Holly Grossetta Nardini was appointed Associate Director of the library. Holly first joined the Yale University Library in 1992 as assistant to the University Librarian, Penny Abell. Two years later she transitioned to the CWML as reference librarian and as the library’s first webmaster. She left Yale in 1996 when she was selected as an Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. She returned to Yale in 2000 as YUL’s Service Quality Improvement Director, before once again transitioning to the CWML in 2003 to help launch the library’s liaison program. Most recently Holly has served as the coordinator for the library’s systematic review service, while also providing research support to the departments of Radiology, Ob/Gyn, Ophthalmology, and Pediatrics. 

In her new role Holly will provide leadership and vision for both the library’s research and education services and its technology and innovation initiatives and programs. She will assist the director in overall leadership and management of the Medical Library, and will help set strategic priorities and goals to ensure the delivery of exceptional services, collections, research tools, and innovations to our users.

Please join me in congratulating Holly on her new position, and in thanking her for her remarkable service to the library. She assumed her new responsibilities on November 1st, and will be transitioning to her new role over the coming months.

Harvey Cushing, Between Scrapbook and Scalpel

16 November 2016 - 1:27pm -- Andy Hickner

(by Melissa Grafe)

Did you know that pioneering neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing was, in a sense, a scrapbooker? His scrapbooks and diaries document aspects of his life and medical practice, and were the basis for some of his published research. Come see an exhibition on this topic prepared by Rebecca Straub, an art history graduate student, at the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor on Yale's main campus.  The exhibition is on view until April 28th, 2017, and is part of a larger exhibition showcasing "Student Research at Yale University Library.”

Photograph of Leonard Wood’s head showing previous incisions

Photograph of Leonard Wood’s head showing previous incisions

Beginning in his youth, Cushing kept diaries and filled them with watercolor sketches, letters he received alongside his penned observations, neatly trimmed newspaper articles, and other ephemera to craft a personal history with scraps of paper and paste. He was an avid collector well before he assembled the 2,200 case studies that make up his Brain Tumor Registry, now held in Yale’s Cushing Center, or the thousands of books that form the basis of the Medical Historical Library at Yale.

Drawing by Harvey Cushing of the incisions and tumor location on Wood’s head

Drawing by Harvey Cushing of the incisions and tumor location on Wood’s head

The exhibition focuses on Major General Leonard Wood, a Rough Rider in the Spanish American War and huge political figure in the 1910s-20s. He was also one of Cushing's most famous patients, and Cushing's friend. The Leonard Wood scrapbook, 178 pages in total and assembled by Cushing himself, documents both the medical history and the social importance of Major General Leonard Wood (1860–1927). Over the course of Wood’s life, Cushing operated on him twice. Cushing’s first operation on Wood in 1910 was also the first successful operation ever on a parasagittal meningioma, and set the way for Cushing’s successful career in neurosurgery.  In August 1927, Wood died just hours after an operation Cushing performed in an attempt to remove the  recurrent meningioma. The hemorrhage which killed him was unforeseen, and left Cushing shaken from so great a loss. The scrapbook contains medical records pasted alongside telegrams, letters, and newspaper clippings that describe Wood’s political successes in the wake of a bid for the Republican nomination for president. “He was a great man,” Cushing wrote in 1937. “We never lost a patient after operation that so upset me.”  

Learn more about Harvey Cushing and his patients by visiting the Cushing Center, home to the brain and tumor specimens that make up Cushing’s Brain Tumor Registry  The Cushing Center is located in the sub-basement of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, and is open to the public.

Library staff recognized with Lorimer Award

14 November 2016 - 11:27am -- Andy Hickner

Staff receive Lorimer award
Photo credit: Michael Marsland

Holly Grossetta Nardini and Lei Wang, along with Jan Glover (center) who nominated the pair, accept the Linda Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service at the home of Yale University President Peter Salovey on November 10, 2016. The team was recognized for their innovative search tool, the Yale MeSH Analyzer, which streamlines the development of search strategies for the biomedical literature and has now been used 14,383 times since its release in October 2015.

Artist/Activist Sue Coe describes her HIV-AIDS drawings during a visit to Yale University

24 October 2016 - 3:55pm -- Andy Hickner

(by Susan Wheeler)

Mary (and Sue) from Cushing/Whitney Medical Library on Vimeo.

Sue Coe came to Yale for the opening of “The AIDS Suite, HIV-Positive Women in Prison and other works by artist/activist Sue Coe” on September 15 and gave an impromptu discussion of her drawings on display at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. 

The exhibit, on view through January 18, introduces seven large drawings by Sue Coe selected from among thirteen drawings acquired by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library in 2015. These new works related to The AIDS Suite, 1994, are exhibited with prints by the artist which were acquired over the last decade.  Previously acquired drawings from the series Through Her Own Eyes on HIV-positive women in prison, 2006, are also on view.  

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Her graphic work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and is in the permanent collections of major museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Watch other excerpts from Coe's talk at the links below:

Reader's Advisory: "Darkness Visible," Depression Screening Month, and the Styron-Yale connection

17 October 2016 - 10:21am -- Andy Hickner

Darkness Visible by William Styron"In depression this faith in deliverance, of ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come—not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul." 

-- William Styron

If you're a Yale Health patient, you probably received an email announcing "October is Depression Screening Month."

Many, if not most, of the readers of this post will have either struggled with depression at one point or have helped a loved one battle the disease. When a close family member suffered an episode of major depression a few years ago, I did a lot of reading on the topic.  One of the most vivid and eloquent first-hand accounts of depression is Darkness Visible:  A memoir of madness by the great novelist William Styron. 

Styron and his family lived in Connecticut, and it was to Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) where Styron was admitted, suicidal, at the nadir of his depression in 1985.  In part thanks to the care he received at YNHH, Styron was able to recover and went on to document his experience.  While the story of depression told in Darkness Visible is terrifying, Styron argues that there is hope for the suffering patient:

"To most of those who have experienced it, the horror of depression is so overwhelming as to be quite beyond expression, hence the frustrated sense of inadequacy found in the work of even the greatest artists... If our lives had no other configuration but this, we should want, and perhaps deserve, to perish; if depression had no termination, then suicide would, indeed, be the only remedy. But one need not sound the false or inspirational note to stress the truth that depression is not the soul’s annihilation; men and women who have recovered from the disease—and they are countless—bear witness to what is probably its only saving grace: it is conquerable."

You can borrow a copy of the book from Yale University Libraries using Quicksearch.  

New at Yale: Covidence, a tool for systematic reviewers

3 October 2016 - 4:10pm -- Andy Hickner

(by Holly Grossetta Nardini)

Covidence interface

The Library recently licensed a web-based tool to streamline the tedious task of producing systematic reviews. Covidence has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that makes screening articles faster, while still following the recommended protocols for producing systematic reviews. It even works on mobile devices, allowing you to chip away at screening during small windows of time. To use Covidence, contact your medical librarian to open an account. At least one member of the research team must be based at Yale, but Covidence allows for seamless collaboration across institutions. Including a librarian on the research team will improve the quality of the literature search, which is the foundation for a systematic review. Consult our Systematic Review Service page for details. 


(2 X 2) 2 High-throughput Data Analysis Workshops X 2 on NCBI Public Databases.

19 September 2016 - 10:09am -- Rolando Garcia-Milian

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has organized these four workshops, two of them on high-throughput data analysis tools and two on NCBI public databases. Although these are free and open to any Yale affiliate, registration is required due to limited seating.  

Title:      NGS Data Analysis in Partek® Software: Onsite Workshop

Registration: http://schedule.yale.edu/event/2819565


Morning Session (Overview, Hands On: Analysis on RNA-Seq Data): 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Free access to Partek Flow is provided by the Yale Medical Library. Register for an account here

This session will start with an overview of Partek Software solutions followed with a hands on RNA-Seq Data Analysis in Partek Flow. Topics will include how to use statistical tests to identify differentially expressed transcripts and alternative spliced genes among sample groups, how to generate a list of genes of interest and identify high level biological trends using Gene Ontology.

  • Import data (fastq, bam, text format)
  •  Perform QA/AC (Pre-alignment QA/AC, Post-alignment QA/QC)
  • Trim bases
  • Alignment
  • Gene/transcript abundance estimate (E/M)
  •  Differential expression detection (GSA, ANOVA)
  • Filter gene list
  • GO Enrichment Analysis
  • Visualization
    • Quality score distribution
    • Base composition
    • PCA scatterplot
    • Dotplot
    • Volcano plot
    • Hierarchical clustering
    • Chromosome view

Afternoon Session (Open Lab; Q&A): 1:30PM – 4:00PM

We hope to see you there!

Date & Time:     9:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday, September 29, 2016

Location:           C-103, SHM, 333 Cedar St

Campus:           Medical School

Presenter:          Eric Seiser, PhD, Field Application Scientist, Partek Inc.


Title: Broadcast. Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST

Registration: http://schedule.yale.edu/event/2832345

Description: This workshop will be broadcasted from the Taubman Health Sciences Library, Univ Michigan, and provides an introduction to the NCBI molecular databases and how to access the data using the Entrez text-based search system and BLAST sequence similarity search tool. You will learn the varied types of available molecular data, and how to find and display sequence, variation, genome information using organism sources (Taxonomy), data sources (Bioproject) and emphasizing the central role of the gene as an organizing concept to navigate across the integrated databases (Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, dbSNP and other resources).

Location: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Simbonis Conference Room 101A, 333 Cedar St

Presenter: Peter Cooper, Ph.D. of the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Date/time: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Title: Broadcast. A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST

Registration: http://schedule.yale.edu/event/2832347

Description: This workshop will be broadcasted from the Taubman Health Sciences Library, Univ Michigan and highlights important features and demonstrates the practical aspects of using the NCBI BLAST service, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world. You will learn about useful but under-used features of the service. These include access from the Entrez sequence databases; the new genome BLAST service quick finder; the integration and expansion of Align-2- Sequences; organism limits and other filters; re-organized databases; formatting options and downloading options; and TreeView displays. You will also learn how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer BLAST, an oligonucleotide primer designer and specificity checker; the multiple protein sequence alignment tool, COBALT; and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic context for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

Location: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Simbonis Conference Room 101A, 333 Cedar St

Presenter: Peter Cooper, Ph.D. of the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Date/time: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Title:      Make new discoveries with your OMICs data: Hypothesis testing and assumption-free exploration

Registration: http://schedule.yale.edu/event/2832289


10AM- Noon:

  • Exemplary workflows for different experiment designs
  • Hypothesis testing and Assumption-free data exploration
  • Working with annotations, dynamic and interactive plots

Input data: any matrix multivariate data (RNAseq, Microarrays, Proteomics, miRNA, Metabolomics, Lipidomics, methDNA, Mulitplex and FACS, Clinical data, Biomarkers, etc.), as well as publicly available GEO data, gene sets files, gene ontology. Complete list is available here.


Getting started session – take advantage of a trial access for Yale! Have a look the info uploaded to the Yale Library folder, including presentation, case studies, tutorials, etc.

Qlucore tools allow researchers to perform advanced visualization, exploration and statistical analysis of omics data with the help of an intuitive GUI. Targets of interest can be further explored in terms of biological insight using GO and GSEA.  Unmatched speed, immediate visual feedback, continuous visualization, and synchronized views significantly shorten both data-to-result and query-to-discovery times.

By combining right annotations with statistical methods, data selection tools, and the eliminated factors function, a very broad range of different experiment designs can be analyzed with exceptional productivity. This solution draws upon both innovative and classical approaches, fueled by best-in-class industrial and academic research.

Qlucore Omics Explorer helps you advance your research by:

  • boosting the speed of your analysis at least by 50%
  • generating new ideas, hypotheses, and giving you a new prospective on your data, and questions you ask of it
  • helping recognize significant insight that is specific to biological process, disease, or function, as well as assumption-free exploration
  • keeping your projects on track with simple QC checks on every step
  • providing publication ready graphics, and intermediate results for collaboration.

Qlucore Omics Explorer is used by big commercial companies as well as major research organizations and Universities across Europe and US. (e.g., Boehringer Ingelheim, Roche Diagnostics,  AstraZeneca, DFCI, BWH, Harvard, MD Anderson, MSKCC, MedImmune, Novo Nordisk, etc.).

Date & Time:     10:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday, October 27, 2016

Location:           C-103 - SHM 333 Cedar St

Campus:            Medical School

Presenter:          Yana Khalina-Stackpole, PhD, Business and Support manager, Qlucore

’The AIDS Suite,’ HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe

12 September 2016 - 12:16pm -- Andy Hickner

A drawing from "The AIDS Suite"
A drawing from "'The AIDS Suite,' HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe"

YaleNews recently profiled the Library's upcoming exhibition of “’The AIDS Suite,’ HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe." As YaleNews' Mike Cummings reports, "The exhibit... features 27 drawings and prints by Coe, whose work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone":

Coe’s artwork is represented in the collections of major museums, including (the) Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

Five of the large-format drawings on display are from “The AIDS Suite,” a series of drawings she made from 1993 to 1994 based on her experiences observing patients of Dr. Eric Avery, an artist, activist, and psychiatrist, on the AIDS ward of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. 

Join us this Thursday, September 15 for a conversation with Coe and Dr Avery at 5pm in the Medical Historical Library.


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