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Cushing/Whitney Medical Library 75th Anniversary Kickoff

25 January 2016 - 4:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by Janene Batten) Over the course of 2016, the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will be celebrating 75 years since its founding.   The Medical Library’s anniversary kick-off event on Friday was a great success. Harvey Cushing himself made a special appearance. He was available for photographs with everyone, including these 3 students. Everyone enjoyed the cake, which featured the Library’s 75th logo.  The Library has also begun to collect audio snippets of people's recollections of the Library. We will soon begin to update the library's Facebook page with these stories. You are welcome to attend any of the variety of 75th Anniversary Events which are open to our patrons and friends. If you have a special memory, please share your story . And as the year progresses, come back and read the impact that the Library has had on others.

Call for donations of Second Year Show videos/DVDs

25 January 2016 - 11:48am by Andy Hickner

The Medical Historical Library is looking for videos/DVDs for the Medical School’s Second Year Shows.  We tend to get requests for the shows on at least yearly, when the current Second Year Show is in production. While we have some of the shows, we don’t own the last few years (2011-2015) and very little before 2005.  If you own a Second Year show, please considering donating (or allowing us to make copies) of the show for our Archives.  

Winter 2016 exhibit: "Contra Cocaine and Other Works by Robbie Conal, Guerrilla Artist"

25 January 2016 - 11:30am by Andy Hickner

The powerful, gritty political posters of Robbie Conal are seen on city streets and the walls of major museums. This selection includes "Contra Cocaine," 1988, which addresses the introduction of crack cocaine into the U.S. via Los Angeles in the 1980s and "Freedom From Choice," 1992, on a woman's right to abortion information in publicly funded clinics. From Conal's series of political portraits, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner appears in "Wealth Care," 2011. The exhibit is open to the public and runs Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Friday, April 1, 2016.

Contest Winners for "Discovering the Beauty of Science"

13 January 2016 - 4:08pm by Andy Hickner

(by Rolando Garcia Milian and Terry Dagradi) Last summer we invited Yale biomedical researchers (undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, associate researchers, etc.) to share results from their work where they felt the images produced in search of science crossed over to art.  We thank all of you who submitted and appreciate your willingness to share with the community.  The images were reviewed by a committee including New Haven sculptor Gar Waterman, Sarah Fritchey (Curator / Gallery Director at Artspace New Haven), and Dr. Derek K. Toomre, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the YALE 'CINEMA’ Laboratory. Together, they selected many of the images currently on exhibit in the foyer of Cushing/Whitney Medical Library as well as the three 1st Honor awardees. The 1st Honor Awardees are: Marco Onorati, Department of Neurobiology Neurons in a Dish, 2015 Juror comments: “Neuron: Good rendition, dreamy quality”  “The fantastic crystalline structure in the center of this composition is very powerful. The sense of pull and energy is so forceful that it almost suggests a big bang moment.” (Click to view larger image) Neurons differentiated in a dish from stem cells.  Microphotograph, fluorescence.    Mustafa Khokha, Department of Pediatrics Frog Head, Year: 2015 Juror comments: “Great composition and detail.”  “Just a cool thing, whatever it is” (Click to view larger image) Xenopus laevis tadpole (frog). Brain (green) and Actin (red) and nuclei (blue) View from the back of the head over the Imaged with Leica Sp8 Confocal by Helen Rankin Xenopus Cold Spring Harbor Course.   Kate Henderson, Department of Pathology Stones Dreaming, 2013 Juror comment: “My favorite - love this one - fabulous color and pattern” (Click to view larger image) Abstract digital composition of microscopy endocrine images. Image description: I create environments from natural elements to give people a sense of place, describing emotional essence and energy that connects us to each other and everything around us. My images both describe and celebrate the intrinsically aesthetic structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things. I invite the viewer to see and feel the world both within us and around us, experiencing the macro vs microelements common to all. Painting-with-cells is how I describe the cyto-Illusions series. I start by using microscope images of human cells and also images of abstraction “found” in nature. Through layering and manipulation techniques, I create an image that mirrors micro images on a macro level. On one level the images are a colorful abstraction that allow the viewer to freely explore and experience the image on their own. Many images are suggestive of a specific element such as water, but others are more environmentally placed. On another level the images are about the reality of nature; cells of disease, the growth structure of plants, and the patterns of light filtered through the leaves.   The Viewers’ Choice Award This was determined by all those who voted (404 votes total) on an exhibition album created on the Medical Library Facebook page. Laura Pappalardo – Department of Neurology Astrocytes display robust intracellular calcium response in model of astrogliosis, 2013 (Click to view larger image) Astrocytes, a non-neuronal type of cell in the brain and spinal cord, respond to central nervous system insult through the incompletely understood process of reactive astrogliosis, which is a hallmark in pathologies such as multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. While the ramifications of astrogliosis are debated, it is agreed that in its extreme forms, this process leads to the formation of a scar, which is long-lasting and can inhibit the regeneration of injured neurons. While the molecular drivers of astrogliosis are an area of active investigation, a clearer understanding is needed. Here, we show that after a scratch injury, there is a robust intracellular calcium response, which propagates through the syncytium of confluent astrocytes (red indicates high intracellular calcium). This calcium transient leads to downstream signaling that can regulate the astroglial response to injury. We are currently working to investigate the mechanisms behind this phenomenon, paying particular attention to voltage-gated sodium channels. Color scale represents the ratio of fluorescent signals induced by 340 and 380 nm excitation in cells loaded with Fura-2 AM. Scale bar, 50 ╡m. In collaboration with Stephen Waxman, Joel Black, Mark Estacion, and Omar Samad.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library celebrates 75 years

13 January 2016 - 2:04pm by Andy Hickner

Join us as the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library celebrates 75 years of being YOUR library. We are planning a year long program of exciting events. Mark your calendar for these highlights and watch for additional events, exhibits and information. January 22, 2016, 3-5pm 75th Anniversary Kickoff Party April 6, 2016, 4pm Associates Lecture and Reception, Immune system in health and disease. Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov June 3, 2016, 3pm Special Presentation, Harvey Cushing and John Fulton: Two Icons of the Roaring Twenties Bonded by Medicine and Books.  Dr. Dennis D. Spencer and Dr. Gordon Shepherd October 5, 2016, 3-5pm 75th Anniversary Gala

Beaumont Club Lecture on "Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease" Exhibit, Friday, January 15

12 January 2016 - 10:35am by Andy Hickner

On Friday 1/15 at 5pm, the Beaumont Club is sponsoring a lecture about the Library's exhibit “Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease: Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884.”  The lecture will be given by Jean Bolognia, MD, and Irwin Braverman, MD, both of the Department of Dermatology, and Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Medical Library. More details are available on the School of Medicine calendar.

What's a guide? And how can Yale library guides help me?

11 January 2016 - 3:12pm by Andy Hickner

Librarians at Yale have developed numerous online guides for Yale users.  Here at Yale, our guides can provide a number of things, including: Research guidance for a particular Yale course; Instructions on how to research a subject; Documentation for a research tool or service; or Instructions on accessing and using collections or resources. You might find different guides of particular interest based on your role and field, for example: Medical Education Services for faculty who teach at the School of Medicine; and NIH Public Access Policy, for researchers who receive NIH funding and the staff who support them. Get started exploring our full list of guides in the field of medicine, or browse all Yale guides including on topics outside the health sciences. 

Exhibit: "Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present"

6 January 2016 - 12:20pm by Andy Hickner

  What is deafness? From a medical perspective, deafness is an audiological condition that might be resolved through hearing aids or cochlear implants. But from another perspective, to be Deaf (often spelled with a capital “D”) is to belong to a culture, with a shared language and identity. This exhibit explores how people have understood deaf communication and Deaf culture since the seventeenth century, with displays on the history of education, medical interventions, sign languages, and popular culture. This exhibit runs Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Friday, April 1, 2016.

Qualtrics, an online survey tool

21 December 2015 - 5:48pm by Andy Hickner

(by Denise Hersey) If you need to create a survey as part of your research, you now have access to Qualtrics, an online survey tool which is HIPPA-compliant.  Qualtrics allows you to create surveys with a myriad of different question types and report options.  You can also collaborate on surveys with colleagues at Yale and share results and data.  Qualtrics is easy to use, but Yale medical librarians can also provide you with support.  
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