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By Terry Dagradi, Cushing Center Coordinator
Theresa Barden, a 9th grade student at Coventry High School, Rhode Island, visited the Cushing Center last year with her sister Mary Barden, a 4th year Yale medical student, and in her words "was amazed." Theresa decided to participate in this year’s National History Day, with the theme "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange,” and did her project on Dr. Harvey Cushing.
As the coordinator of the Cushing Center, I was happy to accept her request for an interview to answer questions regarding Harvey Cushing and the Cushing Tumor Registry.
The results of her work are in! See below, the photo of her impressive National History Day project.
"Thank you so much for your interview! I ended up placing in 1st for my division. (Senior individual exhibit). In the beginning of June, I'm going to Washington DC to compete in nationals. Thanks again!”
Theresa Barden - April 13, 2016
The Cushing Center is open for research!
The Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, is pleased to announce the following recipients of the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for 2016-2017:
Whitney Wood, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birbeck, University of London
A New Way to Birth? Herbert Thoms and the International Natural Childbirth Movement
Whitney Wood’s research explores the natural childbirth movement in Canada. As part of this research, Wood will be examining the Herbert Thoms papers (http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ru.0656), as Thoms was an international leader in the movement and produced quite a bit of material on the topic of natural childbirth. Whitney Wood is planning to come to the Medical Historical Library in Spring 2017.
Erin Travers, Doctoral Candidate, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Boundaries of the Body: The Art of the Anatomy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands
Erin Travers will be examining Dutch anatomies, particularly Jacob van der Gracht’s drawing book, Anatomie der wtterlicke deelen van het menschelick lichaem. These anatomies form the basis of her dissertation. She will at the Medical Historical Library July 18th-23rd, 2016.
Many thanks to the selection committee: John Warner and John Gallagher.
On June 3, 2016 the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library hosted a talk titled "Harvey Cushing and John Fulton: Two Founders Bonded By Science, Medicine, And Books." The focus of this event was a conversation between Drs. Dennis D. Spencer and Gordon M. Shepherd, moderated by Cynthia Tsay, YSM ’18. The panel spoke about the personal and professional relationship of these men, and touched upon the founding of the Yale Medical Library and how they worked together to make it a reality. You can now view the full video of the event online.
At the post-lecture reception, we also took a few photos of attendees with Harvey Cushing himself:
Dr. Cushing's great-grandson, Harvey Cushing
Dr. Frank Lobo and Sharon McManus
Dr. Dennis Spencer and Harvey Cushing
Library Curator of Prints and Drawings Susan Wheeler
L to R: John Gallagher, Cushing's great-great-grandson Kevin Cushing, Dr. Gordon Shepherd, Cushing's granddaughter Kate Whitney, Dr. Dennis Spencer, Cynthia Tsay
(by Katie Hart)
Librarians attending the Medical Library Association Annual meeting in May. Left to right: Andy Hickner, Denise Hersey, Nathan Rupp, Holly Grossetta Nardini, Rolando Garcia Milian, Mark Gentry.
You’re invited to a SCOPA sponsored Lunch & Learn at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library on June 8th at 1pm. Join us to hear recent presentations given at the Medical Library Association annual conference. Please feel free to bring a lunch or perhaps make a stop at the famous medical school carts. The four presentations we will be reprising for you are:
Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Medical Library Program to Support Biomedical Research in the 'Omics Era – Rolando Garcia-Milian (presenting), Janis Glover, and John Gallagher.
This presentation discusses the strategies used to design and implement our end-user bioinformatics support program. It also provides results on training, resources, tools, and services available to Yale biomedical researchers. Access the report here: https://works.bepress.com/rolando_garciamilian/12/ and our resources here: http://guides.library.yale.edu/c.php?g=295798&p=1972432
Putting the Pieces Together: Finding a Point-of-Care Solution for an Academic Medical Center – Denise Hersey (presenting), Mark Gentry, Janene Batten, Nathan Rupp, and Holly Grossetta Nardini.
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library assembled a task force composed of librarians, physicians, nurses, and hospital IT staff to compare and evaluate DynaMed Plus and UpToDate – two resources used at the beside to provide clinical care – and then recommend which product best meets the needs of our associated hospitals, informing the subscription renewal process for 2016-2017.
The Yale Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Analyzer: A New Tool for Search Refinement – Holly Grossetta Nardini and Lei Wang.
The presentation describes our MeSH analysis methodology, a technique that helps craft more comprehensive searches, and the use of a new tool that saves time by doing this analysis automatically. The Yale MeSH Analyzer helps refine searches, particularly those where indexing is challenging, by creating a quick, scannable grid of MeSH terms for easy review.
Using Omeka for Online Exhibits – Andy Hickner (presenting), Melissa Grafe, Kerri Sancomb, and Francesca Livermore (5 minute lightning talk).
Omeka is a web publishing platform for online exhibitions. Andy will describe how Yale University Libraries conducted a pilot of Omeka for the Libraries’ online exhibition needs and share lessons from our experience.
See you there!
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is delighted to announce the appointment of our new director, John Gallagher.
John joined the staff of the Yale Library in 1999 as a library services assistant in the Library Shelving Facility. He moved to the Medical Library in 2000 where he took the position of evening & weekend circulation supervisor, and was quickly promoted to the head of the circulation department. After completion of his Masters of Library Science in 2004, John was promoted again to the head of Access and Delivery Services. He was instrumental in pioneering and establishing the Scan on Demand service at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, which evolved into the Scan and Deliver service for the wider Yale Library system. He served as the library liaison to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and co-chaired the library’s joint Department Committee for Best Practices, a university-wide initiative to foster and promote better management/labor relations and collaboration through interest-based problem solving. During this time, John also chaired a management/labor Access Services Assessment Task Force that reduced check-in errors at all libraries.
As deputy director for Public Services and later associate director, John oversaw the completion of a number of major medical library renovations, including a complete renovation of the Medical Historical Library’s rare book stacks and staff areas, the construction of a Secure Reading Room, and the construction of the Cushing Center.
In 2012, John was selected to participate in the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ Leadership Fellowship Program. John's participation in this prestigious and highly competitive program gives testimony to the quality of his leadership abilities.
Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication commented, "John’s appointment is fantastic. Not only do we add a talented colleague to the library’s senior leadership team, but John’s career demonstrates the opportunities for career advancement at Yale University Library."
Even with all his responsibilities, John has an open door policy and welcomes staff to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings with him. John is a mentor, teacher, friend and leader. We welcome John as our new director!
The spring 2016 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available online. This issue has a particular focus on the work of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library as it marks its 75th anniversary this year. In addition to telling the story of the Medical Library, the issue profiles some of the current projects, resources, collections, and exhibits that are making an impact at Yale and in the medical community worldwide.
The Library will return to its regular hours starting May 20. This means we will close at midnight Sunday through Thursday, so plan accordingly! Remember, our 24/7 Computer & Study Space is always open, and accessible through an after-hours entrance when the library is closed.
(Guest post by the YSM, YSN, and PA Classes of 2016)
If you've visited the library recently, this unusual sculpture may have caught your eye as you entered. The 2016 Class Gift is a collective effort between the Yale School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Physician Associate Program. The gift is a tree sculpture made from molds of the limbs of first-year students in the 3 programs, and serves as a reminder of the collaborative process between the bodies of students and donors in the anatomy course. We invite everyone to write notes thanking the donors or describing what the service, donations, or anatomy course meant to them on ribbons and to pin them on the tree.
Maybe you've noticed a donation box in the library lobby. YSM students involved with AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) & ACOG (American College of Obstetrician's & Gynecologists) District I are gathering supplies for 2 organizations that provide supplies for survivors of domestic violence and other underserved women: The Women's Health Resource Center (NH) and The Women's Center of Rhode Island.
The Women's Resource Center would like diapers & wipes, which are essential supplies for mothers' health.
The Women's Center of RI would like:
- Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)
- Women's and infant's clothing & supplies (socks, winter boots, baby lotion)
- Cleaning supplies (dish soap, sponges, laundry detergent)
- Used cell phones to refurbish and give to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The supply drive runs this week, Monday through Friday.