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Grant Wood’s American Gothic Repurposed and Several Anti-Smoking Acquisitions

19 August 2019 - 12:05pm by Melissa Funaro

Grant Wood’s American Gothic Repurposed and Several Anti-Smoking Acquisitions on view now at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. “American Gothic” is one of the best known works by an American artist. Iowa native Grant Wood was inspired by the small town Iowan home in Gothic Revival style and asked his sister and his dentist to pose for the painting as father and daughter residents of the well kept property.   To many viewers of “American Gothic” the scene was, and is, interpreted as a satire on rural life, but Wood avowed that the painting portrayed traditional American values, pointing out the residents’ resilience, fortitude and pride. The painting was first exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930 where it won a prize of $300. It remains on view at the Art Institute.   Currently on display in the medical library hallway leading to the rotunda are:   Bruce McGillivray's Recycling, An Iowa Way of Life, Iowa Recycling Association, 1988. Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2018   Marcia Cooper's We Can Live Without Nuclear Power, 1979. Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2018   S. Cooper's Crop Rotation Pays, no date. Screen print. Copyright Compass Points, Memphis, Tenn. Purchased through the Lucia Fulton Fund 2016   About our collection This year, sixty-seven posters were acquired for the Historical Medical Poster Collection, a few of which are currently on display in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The library regularly acquires posters, prints, drawings, instruments, manuscripts, rare books, and other objects and materials of interest in the understanding of medical and public health issues over time.  The library’s special collections holdings are available for use in classes and for study. To use these materials, contact the Historical Library or your departmental librarian.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library would like to thank Hongyu Liu and Tao Wang for their donation of the glossary “English-Chinese Glossary of Basic Human Anatomy.”

6 July 2018 - 11:31am by Melissa Funaro

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library benefits from the generosity of many donors. Our library’s founders, Doctors Harvey Cushing, Arnold C. Klebs and John F. Fulton, donated their collection of books to Yale on the premise that a new medical library is created.  Over the years, the library’s collections grew rapidly between gifts and purchases, often made from endowments that donors provided. Today, the tradition continues, as donations help ensure a rich collection of books and other materials. Recently we received a donation of three copies of a glossary titled “English-Chinese Glossary of Basic Human Anatomy,” a gift from the authors, Hongyu Liu and Tao Wang. If you are interested in donating materials or funds to the library, please take a look at this page! https://library.medicine.yale.edu/about/policies/gift  

Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor

21 May 2018 - 1:16pm by Melissa Funaro

    Easy Victims to the Dreaded European Visitor: Using Digital Humanities Tools and Archival Documents from Yale University and New Haven to Explore Local Knowledge during a Global Influenza Epidemic, 1889-1890   Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 11 a.m.   Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library 333 Cedar Street, New Haven   Please join us for a talk that combines digital humanities and deep research on a global influenza epidemic, drawn from Yale’s libraries and archives! Tom Ewing, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ewing is the 2017-2018 Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant recipient at the Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.  His research on the Russian influenza epidemic is also funded by a bilateral digital humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

High-Performance Workstation at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

9 March 2018 - 4:06pm by Melissa Funaro

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library offers a high-performance workstation with a suite of licensed and open source tools, such as BRB-Array Tools, Cytoscape, and Qlucore, to process, manage, analyze, and visualize data in a variety of formats. Available to anyone with a Yale netID, this workstation can be used for high-throughput data analysis, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis and any other type of data that requires powerful computing capabilities. The computer is located behind the library's Information Desk. If you would like access to this computer, please contact Rolando Garcia Milian at rolando.milian@yale.edu.

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is pleased to introduce our new therapy dog, Gracie!

9 January 2018 - 12:02pm by Melissa Funaro

Gracie will visit the library on Tuesdays from noon - 2:00 pm, starting on August 21, 2018. Gracie is a 9 years old Goldendoodle (part Golden Retriever and Poodle) and is a member of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program and K9 First Responders (K9FR), a Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS) organization.  Gracie and her handler, Lou Siegel will be at the Library most Tuesdays from noon to 2:00 pm.  Gracie’s therapy status is rated “Complex” which means she can handle noisy and populated areas. Melanie Zheng, Yale School of Medicine, class of 2021 and student library representative, said, “My classmates and I were all so excited to hear about Gracie's visits. Having a therapy dog come to visit regularly has been such a good way to de-stress in the middle of busy schedules. She is such a sweet dog, and we really appreciate the library for hosting her!"

"The Time is Now! The Many Faces of Diversity": A National Disability Awareness Month lunchtime workshop

25 September 2017 - 11:30am by Melissa Funaro

Join us on October 17th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Medical Historical Library (Sterling Hall of Medicine, L-wing, 333 Cedar Street) for a lunchtime workshop entitled, "The Time is Now! The Many Faces of Disability." The talk will be led by Dr. Cindy Miller, MD, Department of Radiology. Dr. Miller's workshop will focus on the relationship between disability and diversity, the definition of disability, the diversity within disability, and disability as a "process." Additionally, the discussion will include what Yale is doing well with respect to disability, and directions in which Yale could continue to move for improvement. The workshop is sponsored by DiversAbility at Yale (DAY) Affinity Group and in celebration of National Disability Awareness Month  This event is open to all members of the Yale Community. RSVP: https://goo.gl/vNBVvJ  

Drop-in Mindfulness Practice

20 September 2017 - 1:12pm by Melissa Funaro

Afternoon group meditation for the Yale Community Beginners or experienced practitioners, all are welcome Free, no equipment needed, no sign-up required! Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street Fridays 12:15-12:45 pm** SHM I-116 (I-wing) or L-300 (L-wing) For current information please visit Being Well at Yale. The meditations are led by either Anne Dutton, of the Yale Stress Center or Danielle Casioppo, of Being Well at Yale. Stay up to date! Join the Mindfulness on the Medical Campus listserv.

Beyond Impact Factor: How do I know which journal to publish in?

30 June 2017 - 12:04pm by Melissa Funaro

  When researchers consider where to submit an article, they often consider a journal’s impact factor.  The impact factor is a measure of the frequency an average article has been cited in a particular year. However, some journals, such as those not indexed by Thompson Reuters’ Journal Citation Report (JCR), or journals with less than three years of publication, will not have an impact factor.  Another option to view journal level impact is Scopus’s serials comparison tool lists the journals CiteScore, and various other journal metrics such as SNIP and SJR. In addition, Scopus can provide you with article-level information such as how many times an article has been cited by other articles.  You can access Scopus through the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s home page: http://library.medicine.yale.edu/ For more information on journal-level metrics of impact, check out this video tutorial. For a series of video tutorials related to this topic click here.

Book Swap! Oct. 3-14th, 2016

30 September 2016 - 10:09am by Melissa Funaro

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is hosting a Book Swap from October 3rd to October 7th14th, 2017. Bring a book, leave a book..... This event is coordinated by the Library Staff Association (LiSA) as part of Yale Celebrate Sustainability week.
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