The Periodic Table in the Twentieth Century On View!

Posted in: by Melissa Grafe on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:23

The Periodic Table in the Twentieth Century:
Selected from a gift from William Drenttel (1953-2013)
Currently on view in the Medical Historical Library

Post and exhibit by Charlotte Abney, graduate student in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine

       For centuries, alchemists and chemists had created tables to organize the elements by their physical and chemical properties, though not until the mid-nineteenth century did scientists agree upon the basic modern conception of elements and atoms. In 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev published a table that organized the known elements by atomic weight into four vertical columns, so that elements with similar properties lined up horizontally in groups. Though several others had created similar tables, one of Mendeleev's primary innovations was the addition of blank spaces where properties did not line up evenly, anticipating elements yet to be discovered.
       The twentieth century saw not only the addition of those elements and more, but also the development of concepts from subatomic particles to radioactivity and quantum physics. As the common understanding of the nature of the atom changed, table designers changed its components and format to incorporate more information.
       Atomic number came into use following the work of Henry Moseley in 1913 and replaced atomic weight as the ordering principle of the table during the 1920s. Consensus among chemists, authors, and table designers took time to build, and even such lasting changes were incorporated unevenly and over several decades, including the designation and placement of the lanthanides and actinides, beginning in the 1940s; the division of the metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, in the 1950s; and placement of the noble gases on the right edge of the table, rather than the left, in the 1960s. Throughout the development of the standardized periodic table, scientists have also used other designs and formats that provide alternative or superior visualizations of various elemental patterns.
       The current version of the periodic table in common use no longer varies in its structural design. This standardization has allowed it to become familiar cultural shorthand for laboratory science and innovation, while its design elements have come to represent scientific thinking, the breakdown of ideas into fundamental elements, and the organization of concepts into groups and families.
       The materials in this exhibit are part of the recently donated collection of William Drenttel (1953-2013). A graphic designer with an interest in chemistry, Drenttel collected over 200 books, advertisements, collectibles, and other objects documenting the development of the periodic table and the incorporation of its components into graphic design spanning 150 years. The collection has come to the Medical Historical Library by the generous donation of Drenttel's wife, Jessica Helfand. The Medical Historical Library collects in medicine and the sciences, including chemistry.

A 1905 version of the Periodic Table

A 1905 version of the Periodic Table

BIOBASE Training August 15

Posted in: news by Andy Hickner on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:02

Interested in finding out what's known in the scientific literature about a particular gene, disease or drug? Want to apply that information to high-throughput data analysis? Interested in finding out about transcription factors related to your research? Learn to search the BIOBASE Knowledge Library (BKL) by topic or multi-gene data sets and how to analyze your high throughput data.

Date/time: Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9 AM – 3 PM
Location: The Anlyan Center Auditorium (N 107)
Presenter: Dr. Alex Kaplun, Field Applications Scientist, BIOBASE
Free and open to all Yale faculty, students, and staff but registration required.
Please register here:

Lunch will be provided for registrants.  Click here for further information

BIOBASE is licensed by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library for use by Yale affiliates. For more information, contact Rolando Garcia-Milian, Biomedical Science Research Support, at



Posted in: news by Andy Hickner on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:37

Browzine is now available at Yale!  BrowZine is a browsable newsstand of the library’s top journals, delivering thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. 

Get started in three easy steps:
1. From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
2. Open BrowZine and select our library from the list
3. Enter your credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus

Download Browzine

Renovated CRL reopens as the 24/7 Computer & Study Space

Posted in: news by Mark Gentry on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:28




The Medical Library Computer Resource Laboratory (CRL) has reopened with a very different look. We decided it deserved a new name - the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. The new name emphasizes the multiple purposes of the room and reminds our users that is accessible to anyone with a Yale University ID badge anytime, day or night.  Some of the changes you will see in the renovated space are:

  • All new furniture with more work space
  • Upgraded monitors on Windows computers
  • New software such as qualitative analysis software packages Atlas.ti and nVivo
  • Height-adjustable tables (great for laptop users)
  • A large wall-mounted monitor for collaborative work
  • COMING SOON! Soft seating for the area around the monitor

Entrance to the 24/7 Space is through the door just past the newspaper reading area whenever the library is open.  After hours entry is from the stairwell just outside the entrance to the Medical Library.  We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to this space.

Important Changes to the Printing/Copying System

Posted in: news by Mark Gentry on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:54


On June 24 we changed our printing/copying/scanning system from UniPrint to Papercut.  The interface for users on both the computer and the multifunction devices have changed.  The YPPS BluePrint service now uses Papercut exclusively throughout all campus locations.  

  •  Yale University users had the balance of their UniPrint accounts automatically transferred to a PaperCut account.  Anyone with a Yale NetID now has a Papercut (aka BluePrint) account.
  • YNHH staff or other non-Yale users with a Guest Account (an account that starts with ! ) will need to manually transfer the funds from their old UniPrint account to a PaperCut account.   If you don’t already have a Papercut account, you’ll need to set one up first.  Go to  the YPPS main page and navigate to the Papercut “Account Mangement” page to create a PaperCut account or transfer your UniPrint balance.
  •  There are two PaperCut print queues: BluePrint_BW … (aka \\\BluePrint_BW) and BluePrint_Color… (aka \\\BluePrint_Color)  If the default printer on your computer says YalePrint or UniPrint, you MUST change it to one of the PaperCut queues or it will go into the ether.
  • To print from your personal laptop you will need to install the PaperCut client from the Yale software library:
  •  Add value to your PaperCut account through the YPPS Website:

If there are problems with your PaperCut Account (e.g. funds did not automatically transfer from UniPrint or the balance seems incorrect, etc.) contact YPPS at or (203) 432-6560

Finn's July hours

Posted in: news by Andy Hickner on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 15:18

Mark your calendars!  Finn's hours this month will be July 11th, 10-11:30.

YaleLinks & Journal List: New Look

Posted in: news by Jan Glover on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:08

As you know, YaleLinks allows quick electronic access to journals and journal articles.  On Monday, June 23rd, there will be a dramatic change in the way the YaleLinks menu looks in order to access a journal or article.  However, the new YaleLinks menu has all of the same functionalities as before, allowing direct access to full text articles and linking out to Inter Library Loan (ILL).

If you use the A-Z journal title list you will also see a change in the way it looks. But again, there is no compromise to functionality.

We expect that the new interface will be easy to navigate, but if you encounter trouble while using YaleLinks, please contact the library at

Clinicians' Study Center Opens on the Saint Raphael Campus

Posted in: news by Mark Gentry on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:14


The “Clinicians’ Study Center” on the Saint Raphael Campus (SRC) of Yale-New Haven Hospital is officially open.  This space offers a quiet refuge for clinicians and trainees to read, write, study or access online medical literature.  The Study Center is located on the first floor of the Orchard Medical Building (Room E113) near the Orchard Street entrance.  The space includes ten new computers, a printer and additional table seating for more than a dozen.  There is a work area where librarians from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library can meet with users for  research assistance or training in the use of library resources and tools.  The Clinicians’ Study Center is open weekdays from 7am to 7pm with and is accessible with  your YNHH ID badge.  The space is open to medical staff, nurses, house staff and students in Yale programs (MD, PA, Nursing, Nurse Anesthetist).

Anyone from one of the designated groups unable to access the space should contact Patricia Verni  in the Saint Raphael Campus  Office of Dr. Peter Herbert: / 203-789-6297.

Upcoming classes in biomedical research tools

Posted in: news by Andy Hickner on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 07:58

Biomedical researchers, students, postdocs, mark your calendars for 3 new library class offerings coming this summer.  The classes are:

All classes will take place in the TCC at the Medical Library.   Registration is required for all classes.  Click the links above for further details and to register. 

Disruption in access to Cushing Center by elevator

Posted in: news by Andy Hickner on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:33

Elevator 2 will be out of commission from July 10 through August 27. The Cushing Center will be inaccessible by elevator during this time. We apologize for the resulting barrier to our users with physical disabilities.


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