A hands-on practical workshop in Mouse Genome Informatics

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:49

On October 7 at both Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and West Campus, the Medical Library will sponsor an upcoming workshop in Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI,  MGI is the international, informational database for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic and biological data to the research community to facilitate the study of human health and disease.  

Click here for further info.  The workshop is free but registration is required.  Register here for the workshop at the Medical Library, and here for the West Campus workshop.  


Tips for new students: Booking study rooms, off-campus access, computing help

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:31

This week the library welcomes incoming students of the YSM class of 2018.  We felt it was a good time to highlight a couple of pages with useful information for new students:

Welcome, and stay tuned for more helpful tips.

Labor Day hours

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:25

The Medical Library will be open from 11am - 4pm on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).

Preview the Medical Library's new responsive website design

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:55

Medical Library users are invited to explore and test our new responsive website design, which we hope to launch in early September.

The new design is intended to provide users a better experience on devices with smaller screens, while retaining the look and feel of the current design.   The main changes include:

  • Special layouts that adjust based on the width of your browser, making the site easier to read and use on smartphones and tablets; and
  • Eliminating the rollover navigation menus at the top of the current homepage, and the "Inside the Library" section further down the page

Your feedback on the new design is crucial.  Please contact me with any concerns, suggestions or comments.  You can reach me by email at, by phone at 203-785-3969; or in person at room 11 YML B.  

(UPDATED) Fall hours for Finn, the Medical Library's therapy dog!

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:06

Many of you have already met Finn, the Medical Library's therapy dog, & his mom Krista Knudson.  

Finn's normal hours will resume on Sept. 5th 1-3PM every Friday. His scheduled vacation days are September 12th and November 7.  

Special Notice: Renovations and noise until September 2nd

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:00

The Medical Library experienced some water damage on the lower two floors. Teams have jumped into action to repair the damage, however, the noise level in the library will be high between 8:30am and 5pm until September 2nd. The Medical Library will remain open during these renovations and quiet study space may be found in the Historical Library and the Morse Reading Room. The Cushing Center has escaped damage and is open to the public. Please bear with us as we act accordingly to preserve our precious collections and spaces. 

Scheduled maintenance for Medical Library websites - August 12 at 7am

Posted in: by Andy Hickner on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:57

The Medical Library websites* will undergo maintenance to their content management systems on Tuesday, August 12 at 7am.   We expect service will be restored by 7:30am.  During the maintenance, users will still be able to access key library resources such as PubMed and UpToDate as well as the main Yale University Library website.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Please contact Andy Hickner at or 203-785-3969 with any questions or concerns.

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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: 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: 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


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