Scholars’ Den Artist – Brandon Hall

July 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio

Brandon Hall’s work will be on display in the second floor Scholars’ Den Gallery through the end of September.

Artist Biography:

Brandon Hall is a hard working artist of many trades who places equal emphasis on both aesthetic value and concept. After graduating in 2001 from West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY, Brandon was accepted to study Illustration at The Maryland Institute College Of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. During his career at MICA Brandon trained with some of today’s most prestigious and innovative Illustrators. From this training, Brandon began to develop a unique process of working that fused mixed media and collage art making techniques through the use of both two-dimensional and three dimensional elements. He then proceeded to further his education and went on to receive his Masters Degree from MICA in Art Education. During this time Brandon was faced with a great life challenge.

In April of 2006, weeks before receiving his Master’s Degree, Brandon fell ill and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). In June 2006 Brandon was announced to be in remission of his cancer, but would have another 2 1/2 years of intense chemotherapy to keep the Leukemia from returning. Brandon soon ventured back to Upsate New York where he continued his treatments at the Regional Oncology Center at Upstate University Hospital. Unable to work full time due to his rigorous daily treatment schedule, Brandon saught refuge in his artwork and continued his experimentation with media and texture developing a new body of work.

Over the years Brandon has shown his work in a variety of spaces across the upstate New York and Baltimore/Washington area. In the spring of 2006 Brandon’s work was published in a California based “zine” entitled “Robotics II”, where he had the pleasure of working with some of California’s finest artistic voices.

Today, Brandon remains in remission from his cancer and has spent the last five years working as a middle school art teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Currently working out of his home in Camillus, NY, Brandon is actively pursuing gallery exhibitions across the New York State area.

 

If you are interested in displaying your artwork at the Health Sciences Library, contact Olivia Maggio at maggioj@upstate.edu or 315-464-7200.

New Releases added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

This month, sixteen online lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection.

All the lectures can easily be assigned for viewing by students and uploaded to Blackboard.

Access link: www.hstalks.com/access/
On campus, you should be automatically authenticated. Off site, log in with your Novell credentials and use the following if asked for a username and Password:
Username:  UPSTATE
Password:  MEMBER

New Talks Added to Series: Vaccines

Replication-competent viral vectors

Dr. Farshad Guirakhoo, Vaxess Technologies, USA

Malaria vaccine development – part 1 of 2

Dr. Ashley Birkett, PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, USA

Malaria vaccine development – part 2 of 2

Dr. Ashley Birkett, PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, USA

Respiratory syncytial virus vaccine development

Prof. Peter Openshaw, Imperial College London, UK

HIV vaccine development

Dr. Patricia Fast, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Vaccine adjuvants – part 1 of 2

Dr. Derek O’Hagan, GSK Vaccine Research

Vaccine adjuvants – part 2 of 2

Dr. Derek O’Hagan, GSK Vaccine Research

Developing tuberculosis vaccines – challenges and strategies – part 1 of 2

Dr. Thomas Evans, Aeras, US

Developing tuberculosis vaccines – challenges and strategies – part 2 of 2

Dr. Thomas Evans, Aeras, US

Herpes simplex virus vaccines

Prof. Lawrence Stanberry, Columbia University, USA

New Talks Added to Series: Nanomedicine

Nanotechnology platforms for cancer, and beyond

Dr. Mauro Ferrari, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA

Fabrication of nanomedicines for precisely controlled combination therapy

Dr. Hélder A. Santos, University of Helsinki, Finland

Hard tissue nanomedicine – significance of nanostructures

Prof. Huinan Liu, University of California at Riverside, USA

New Talks Added to Series: Human Population Genetics II

Biological and cultural influences on disease

Dr. Connie Mulligan, University of Florida, USA

An overview of human migrations

Prof. Mark Jobling, University of Leicester, UK

New Talks Added to Series: Topical Talks

HLA class I antigen defects in malignant cells – functional and clinical relevance

Dr. Soldano Ferrone, Harvard Medical School, USA


Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash Because Of Security Concerns

July 15th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter
Firefox has blocked Adobe Flash Player Plugin 18.0.0.203 (click-to-play) because of security concerns.
Why was it blocked?
Old versions of the Flash Player plugin have known vulnerabilities. All users are strongly recommended to check for updates on our plugin check page.
How can I work around this?
Many library resources use the Flash player. If you are impacted and need to enable Flash, please try a different browser, or update your Adobe Flash player by visiting https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

Details of the block can be found at Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/p946

 


TED Talk: The Power of Introverts- check out the book

July 1st, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

TED Talk speaker: Susan Cain

Co-Founder of the Quiet Revolution, Susan Cain has become an activist of sorts for introverts.  In her 2012 TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts,” she explains how in a world where action is favored over contemplation, people look towards  leaders who are charismatic and outspoken, and group-think is encouraged in education and the workplace, introverts are often undervalued and not utilized to their full potential.

As much as 1/3-1/2 of the world’s population can be characterized as introverts. That means that almost half of all people, under the right working conditions, could rise as leaders and contribute more effectively on tasks with their peers. Cain explains how unlike extroverts who thrive in group work, introverts work much better in quiet, low-key environments. Under these conditions introverts have actually proven to be more intelligent and yield better, more thorough, results than extroverts. Introverts can also rise to become better leaders, Cain refers to Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi, because they tend to be more open to others’ ideas.

The take away message from Cain’s talk is not that we need to stop collaborating and all work in solitude, but rather the world needs to be more accommodating towards people who work better alone. She calls for a more balanced society where both types of people have access to an environment that allows them to succeed.

To learn more about this topic, check out Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t stop Talking in the Health Sciences Library today!

Also, click the following link to view the TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?language=en


Clinical Medicine ebook collection added from ScienceDirect

June 18th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter
The following ScienceDirect ebooks have been added to the HSL site:

Summer Artist – Katya Bratslavsky

June 9th, 2015 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio

Katya Bratslavsky’s paintings are on display now in the Health Sciences Library through the end of July.

Artist Biography

Katya is a self taught artist who has been painting since early childhood. She cannot imagine a single day without the colors, brushes and canvases and puts all her effort and inspiration into her vibrant art. Being a free thinker and experimenting with new techniques and gel mediums she creatively applies the paint to the canvas using her imagination only as a way of expressing her ever changing mood. She is not afraid of bright colors or variable textures. Painting comes naturally to Katya who is continually seeking out new ways to refine the depth and energy of her art.

Katya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and lived in Moscow until she moved to the United States with her family when she was 17 years old. She holds a masters degree in educational psychology and statistics. Katya is married with three children and currently resides in Syracuse, New York. When she is not with her family she spends every free moment painting.

Katya’s paintings have been featured in several exhibitions since 2003 and are currently found in numerous private collections in the United States and around the world.

 

Contact the artist: www.katyabratslavsky.com 518-429-8811

Interested in displaying art at the Health Sciences Library? Contact Olivia Tsistinas maggioj@upstate.edu

June 19th Webinar: The effects of pediatric obesity on drug disposition

June 8th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. Recent studies show nearly 18% of children in the U.S. ages 6-11 and nearly 21% of those 12-19 are obese. 1, 2 When treating these patients, are you confident you understand how their weight and physiology might affect drug therapies and dosing?

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information is committed to bringing you practical information to help you safely and appropriately treat obese pediatric patients. Whether you are treating patients directly or helping define policies and best practices for your organization, you’ll want reserve an hour to review key topics with pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist Brady Moffett, PharmD, in the webinar “Drug Disposition in Obese Pediatric Patients.”

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. ETto explore:

  • The epidemiology of pediatric obesity and the impact of pediatric obesity on the healthcare system
  • Changes in patient physiology, as they relate to drug disposition, that may occur in obese pediatric patients
  • Strategies for dosing of medications in the obese pediatric patient

REGISTER HERE.

1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. “Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012.” Journal of the American Medical Association 2014; 311(8):806-814.
2. National Center for Health Statistics. “Health, United States, 2011: With Special Features on Socioeconomic Status and Health.” Hyattsville, MD; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.

Test drive PsycBOOKS Database & Harvard Review of Psychiatry free for June

June 6th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Ovid if offering free access to featured resources for the month of June.
How do I get access? To test drive your complimentary access to databases and journals for the month of June, click on the “Test Drive Free” link and fill out the form. You will receive a confirmation email with a user name and password. You can then log into Ovid® and access the resource until the end of the month.

PsycBOOKS Database
During June access PsycBOOKS, a unique full-text database of books and chapters from the American Psychological Association (APA).
Test Drive Free

Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Access this renowned, authoritative source for scholarly reviews and perspectives on important topics in psychiatry for the entire month of June!
Test Drive Free


The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection – new series on Vaccines

June 6th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

This month, thirteen online lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, as part of a new series on Vaccines edited by Dr. Wayne Koff from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, USA. Henry Stewart Talks: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection features over 1,500 online lectures by leading world experts.

SUNY Upstate has full access to all the lectures.

Access link: http://hsl.upstate.edu/hstalks
On campus, you should be automatically authenticated. Off site, you may be asked for a username and Password.
Username:  UPSTATE
Password:  MEMBER

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

 

New Added Series: Vaccines

History of vaccines

Prof. Stanley Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania and Sanofi Pasteur, USA

Vaccine manufacturing – part 1 of 2

Dr. Don Gerson, PnuVax, Inc, CA

Vaccine manufacturing – part 2 of 2

Dr. Don Gerson, PnuVax, Inc, CA

Recommendations of the U.S. advisory committee on immunization practices

Prof. Jonathan Temte, University of Wisconsin, USA

Dengue vaccine development: l. status

Prof. Scott Halstead, International Vaccine Institute, Korea

Dengue vaccine development: II. problems to be solved

Prof. Scott Halstead, International Vaccine Institute, Korea

Biodefense and special pathogen vaccines in development – part 1 of 2

Dr. Gerald Kovacs, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, USA

Biodefense and special pathogen vaccines in development – part 2 of 2

Dr. Gerald Kovacs, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, USA

Cancer vaccines – part 1 of 2

Prof. Cornelis Melief, Leiden University Medical Center, NL

Cancer vaccines – part 2 of 2

Prof. Cornelis Melief, Leiden University Medical Center, NL

Vector mediated immunoprophylaxis

Dr. Bruce Schnepp, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Future directions for vaccine discovery – part 1 of 2

Dr. Chris Wilson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Future directions for vaccine discovery – part 2 of 2

Dr. Chris Wilson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

 

Specially commissioned talk by Prof Kim Lewis:

Teixobactin kills pathogens without detectable resistance

Prof. Kim Lewis, Northeastern University, USA


A Nobel laureate’s practical advice for young scientists

June 5th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Over the years, there’s been much practical advice offered to young scientists in the PLOS Ten Simple Rules Collection.

Now here to answer the quintessential question, “How do you win the ultimate prize in scientific achievement?” is Richard J. Roberts’ article Ten Simple Rules to Win a Nobel Prize. Dr. Roberts is the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and a PLOS author.

The result is a bit of fun and, at the same time, makes some important points. Some of the rules may surprise you.
Read now: 10 Simple Rules to win a Nobel Prize