Library resources intermittently unavailable

March 28th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library is  experiencing intermittent outages that may prevent access to our electronic resources. This issue was first reported on Thursday, and is continuing to cause intermittent outages for all online resources, as well as SelfServe. We are aware of the issue and are working with campus Information Management & Technology (IMT).  In some cases, refreshing the browser/reloading the page multiple times may resolve the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Additionally, EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while Ebsco performs network upgrades. The upgrade will impact Ebsco specific resources from Friday 9PM to 11PM EST.

Questions? Contact the library at 315-464-7091.


MDConsult access expired February 28th

March 5th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

MDConsult access ended in 2014 for all its subscribers, and here at Upstate, on February 28th.   MDConsult is being replaced with Elsevier’s next generation clinical and curriculum resource, Clinical Key.  The Health Sciences Library will not be subscribing to this product to due its very high cost of licensure.

Our goal is to retain as much of the book and journal content as possible on other platforms, please consult our libguide for alternative resources Access to several of the e-book titles are available through other e-book vendors, and the Library already had institutional subscriptions to many of the journals contained within MDConsult.  Access to several of the most heavily-used journals will still be available through links in the Journals A-Z list and the New York State Library.   We are investigating licensure of the Clinics – however articles from our print subscriptions are available for scanning and delivery via ILLiad request.

Please take a moment to complete a 2 question survey and make recommendations for ebook and clinic titles.

Contact Rebecca Kindon with your comments and questions at 464-7193 or

UpToDate user interface changes coming end of April

April 11th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The UpToDate user interface will have a new look at the end of the month. The user interface has been redesigned and enhanced with advanced search technology that will enable clinicians to find answers to clinical questions faster than ever.

  • Click here for an overview of the changes.
  • Click here to watch a brief video demonstrating the changes

UpToDate welcomes your feedback —  Customer Support team will be pleased to answer questions at


Scholars’ Den Art Exhibit – Len Nicholas

April 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio

The work of Len Nicholas will be on display on the second floor of the library throughout the summer.

Artist Biography:

Len Nicholas is a freelance Designer and concept artist with over 10 years of professional experience. His clients have included, Fisher Price, Spin Master, Honda, and Raymond Corp among others. Currently he is available for concept design, presentation rendering, control art, exploded views and mechanical design.

For more information visit the artist’s website:

Interested in displaying your art in the Health Sciences Library, contact Olivia Tsistinas at

The Health+Wellness Collection

April 8th, 2014 by Clare Rauch

The Health+Wellness Collection in the library provides a wide range of books on health and medical topics written in language that’s accessible for those of us who aren’t medical professionals. The book topics vary from asthma, to pregnancy, to early-childhood, to diabetes, to cancers, to cookbooks for different dietary restrictions and health conditions, and even information on the human brain and how it works.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

Heart disease accounts for one out of every four deaths in the United States each year. Regular exercise is commonly recommended to reduce the risk of fatal heart disease, and the other common recommendation is eating a heart healthy diet (low in saturated fat and sodium). The Low-Salt Cookbook from the American Heart Association provides delicious recipes that leave out the salt and the fat, but not the taste. Click here for the library location and contents of the book.





Have you felt that you weren’t getting the most out of your health care? Maybe your doctor rushes through your appointment time leaving no room for questions. Maybe you simply want your medical care to be the care you need, when you need it, delivered effectively and efficiently. Trisha Torrey, the author of You Bet Your Life!: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes, is a cancer survivor. Following some frustrating events, and several mistakes while beginning her cancer care, she eventually learned the medical system. Torrey provides her insights and research for patients and their caregivers in a clear, easy-to-follow book about getting the health care you need in an often confusing medical system. Click here for the library location and the contents of the book.


Stop by the Upstate Health Sciences Library to check out these and many other Health+Wellness Collection books.

April Show – SUNY Upstate Art Club

April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio



SUNY Upstate Art Club


The SUNY Upstate Art Club is a new club that was officially recognized by the CAGB in Fall 2013. The club is open to students of all colleges, and our goal is to foster an environment of creativity amidst everyone’s pursuit of higher education. To this end, we are actively working on securing an art room for student use, finding new ways to showcase student artwork (like this show in the library, huzzah!), and getting together for activities like figure or still life drawing. Regardless of whether art is a profession or “just” a hobby for members, it is an important part of our lives that we are happy to share with the campus.

To learn more about the club contact Karen Howard at


Artist Statements

Dipmoy Nath

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

― Dorothea Lange

The most interesting thing I like about photography is the fact that it captures a moment which is never going to come back, ever. And though it’s a still photograph about a subject, it is dynamic because each viewer perceives it differently. May be that is the most important aspect of this form of art which has attracted me for years now, and even with the busy schedule of my graduate work I try my best to find time for this passion of mine. I have been attracted to photography long before I had a camera. I loved the fact that one can put so many human emotions in one frame. My love for photography grew as I started realizing what I can do with that small miraculous object. After so many years and so many clicks, the hunger to take a good picture still grows steadily. My goal is to take my best picture and I keep telling myself that it is going to happen tomorrow. That is how I keep myself motivated. I believe each picture has a story of its own which I have tried to depict in the collection of the pictures I have presented here.


Dawn Lammert

At this point in time, with budgets constantly being squeezed or not expanded to meet current needs, the study of the arts in public schools is being sacrificed in order to teach to standardized tests.  For me, traditional art classes as well as music classes were always an integral part of my education and a natural presence in the curriculum.  I never thought to question or worry about the arts’ endangerment or even extinction.  I remember the excitement of going to the county courthouse to see my art-class work on display.  Each year I would look forward to using the media and attempting the projects of the class ahead of me.  In high school I chose to focus on drawing and painting.  I was always met with support and enthusiasm from teachers and the community.

Unfortunately, with undergraduate, graduate, and now medical school, the arts have been reduced to hobbies, and finished products had become a thing of the past.  And, sometime during my hiatus from the arts, they became a sacrificial target, and I, in my absence, an accidental accomplice to this trend.  Joining the Upstate Art Club has been a welcome reminder to take time during my busy week to appreciate art – playing the piano, painting, sketching, attending the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music concerts, and more.  There is something almost trance-like to painting in that I can be completely engrossed and focused on the next stroke and yet so removed from the noises and bustle of life around me. It is cliché to describe art as an “escape,” but I chose to work on a piece from a moment last spring that, for me, embodies the feeling of true relaxation and contentment.


Steve Reinheimer

Steve Reinheimer is a third year med student. In his forties he had congenital cataracts removed. After the second surgery he discovered 3D vision for the first time in his life. This modern medical miracle not only improved his ability to see physically, but changed his vision of the world and his place in it. Med School is one manifestation, another is his art. He has found in photography a way to share some of his new ways of seeing the world and his new vision of the people in it.

Work featured with poetry by: Elise Von Holten

A home designer, spiritual teacher, poet and mystic, Elise Von Holten has been a keen observer of life and writing her views for many years. Her work covers the vast arena of chronic debilitating pain, the antics of synesthesia, and the joys of dyslexia… She experiences doG on a daily basis and has the witnesses to prove it. Not a bad repertoire for the roller coaster ride called life.



Mani Yahyavi-Tajabadi

Painting and sculpting are mediums through which I explore the mythos of human conception and assert my aesthetic attitudes towards life. Human life and its journey is a regular subject of my paintings. My art matured as I began to realize the unity beneath the multitude of life’s expressions. I explore and attempt to depict the complex layers of life’s journey through abstract and surreal figurative forms. Both ceramics and oil paints require patience and thought of purpose and I have gained a depth of thought contemplating upon my subject.

For as long as I remember, I have sought to understand the prime connection between the exterior world and my internal states. I began painting at an early age and slowly came to understand the importance of art for society. For me, painting is an expression of internal ideas and emotions and a manifestation of my ability and desire to seek answers to the “why” through contemplation, in addition to the “how” and “what” through science and logic. With abstract representation, I can illustrate otherwise elusive connections between objects and ideas. This creative perspective is one of my most cherished tools with applications beyond painting, in medicine, science and health development.

At UC Berkeley I completed bachelors in both Molecular & Cellular Biology as well as Studio Art. I’ve had the privilege of studying ceramics with Richard Shaw and painting with Craig Nagasawa and many other talented artists, as well as continual support and inspiration from my father who is an incredibly talented painter. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I held an art studio within the largest artist community in SF at Hunter’s Point for two years, and exhibited at Galleries in Berkeley, Oakland and SF.


Karen Howard

My name is Karen KEZ Howard, and I make comics. When most people think of comics, some of the first things that come to mind are 1) newspaper comics, 2) funny comics, or 3) superhero comics. However, the medium of “comics” can refer to lots of styles of art, any genre of story, and any composition that includes sequential (time passes within a page) art. Specifically, I make long form graphic novels, which are basically illustrated novels. I love comics because they are a union of two of my favorite things: pictures and words. And I love graphic novels specifically because I like a juicy, long story, and I equally enjoy the visual portrayal of that story. So of course, I had to make my own and I started my first graphic novel as a webcomic (a comic viewed online) in 2004. Then, against my better judgment, I started another in 2011. They’re both very different works! The first one is a fantasy story that’s actually a comic version of a novel that I wrote. It is drawn as a full-page, full-color story, with lush backgrounds and scenery. The second is a post-apocalyptic, alternate Earth story, and it’s drawn in a strip format in a much simpler, grittier style. Both comics are hundreds of pages long, and they’re free to read online! I also dabble in scientific illustration, and when I get really, really bored, I sketch. All the sketches shown here were done during class. Shh, don’t tell my teachers.

Helen Yuan

My name is Helen Yuan and I am currently a second year medical student.  Since I can remember, art has been a significant part of my life, serving as a means of expression. I am an observer who seeks out the details in life and conveys it through my work. My work is very personal, inspired by everyday experiences and the people I love. I especially enjoy painting and working with color. My style of artwork can be described as realistic. The practice of medicine is also an art, and my goal is to be an amazing physician in order to help people in need.

Gina Micaroni

My name is Gina. I am a second year DPT student. I work mainly with graphite and focus on reproducing human character and form. And of course, I also appreciate a good Disney drawing (but honestly who doesn’t? ;). My drive to draw comes from many sources, largely music, human form, and — especially in graduate school — stress! Most of all, I enjoy the challenge of creating art. The pieces displayed here represent both finished projects and works – in – progress. In both cases, I hope to demonstrate my technique in capturing human emotion, relieving school stress, and just having fun.

Samantha Benn

Sketching is what really gets me to create something, sometimes the pencil just seems to take control of my hand, but my favorite things to draw are faces and people. I find them to be challenging to make them seem alive and right there, and I love a good challenge.

I like to create because it lets what comes from my mind to paper. When drawing things or people it poses a challenge and when I successfully complete a work I feel a sense of pride. I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t stop until it is just how I want it or envisioned it.

When I draw or paint I seek an outlet, it is the only way I can let go and completely get into it and not think of anything else. My sketchbook is me.

Art is my hobby. I do it to fill my spare time and recently I have been doing commission work for tattoos and personal, decorative art. I hope to continue to create art an sell some on the side as a hobby. I make art to make myself and others happy!

Chandrav De                        

Growing up listening to Dylan, Clapton, Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others; the world of music and the musicians fascinated me. They were an integral part of my life.  I listened to them on my ‘Walkman’ whenever and wherever but I wanted something more, something unique and more personal.

I was (and still am!) always on the look out to buy any t-shirts of my music idols. But growing up during 90s in India, it was next to impossible to find them due to unavailability or to the astounding price. I found the solution when I drifted from paper art to fabric art.

I started painting on t-shirts with fabric colors in the late 90s as a hobby. I prefer black and white portraits. They may look a bit like stencil drawings, but I have never used stencils for my projects. I paint everything free-hand. One of my very first paintings was that of Bob Dylan. Since then I have painted a number of t-shirts. I ventured out to paint some t-shirts for my sister which included colorful Disney characters.

These t-shirts are solely for personal use and gifts for my friends.

I am currently working on few other t-shirt projects along with my PhD project in viral pathogenesis.

Interested in displaying your art at the Health Sciences Library? Contact Olivia Tsistinas at

What’s your App-titude? NEW Micromedex app

April 7th, 2014 by Virginia Young

Welcome to What’s your App-titude

Our monthly post to share information about Health Sciences mobile apps!

Effective March 31, 2014, the Micromedex Drug Information app, which was previously free to any Apple device user, will be retired. In its place, we invite you to download the new version of the app, Free Micromedex Drug Reference for Internet Subscribers, available now in the iTunes® store. It functions exactly the same, and has the same content as, the prior app.

Download the new app today! 

To get started, you’ll first need your password. Follow the simple steps below to find this information:

  1. Open the SUNY Upstate subscription to Micromedex 2.0
  2. Click on the mobileMicromedex link near the top of the application
    micromedex mobile screen shot 1
  3. Write down your password; you’ll need this later (the password is case-sensitive)
  4. Then, on your mobile device, visit the iTunes store, search for Free Micromedex Drug Reference for Internet Subscribers, and download the app to your device
  5. Launch the app, enter your password, and you are on your way!

Contact a Librarian for assistance at 315-464-7091.

Micromedex Free Drug Reference Internet Subscribers mobile app coin

The Health Sciences Library wants to hear from you!

Tweet us your favorite app @upstatehsl #upstateapps

Post the app info to our Facebook page!

Leisure Reading collection featured selections

April 6th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Have you checked out our leisure reading collection? We offer over 250 current and past “bestseller” books. Our Bestsellers Collection is located in the front of the library near the Library Services Desk. Bestseller books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks with the option to renew. Browse the collection.

Bestseller selections include:

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
by Adam Makos
This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 –the American–2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17–and the German–2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
by Julia Angwin
“We see online ads from websites we’ve visited, long after we’ve moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what’s in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines. In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. Appalled at such a prospect, Angwin conducts a series of experiments to try to protect herself, ranging from quitting Google to carrying a “burner” phone, showing how difficult it is for an average citizen to resist the dragnets’ reach. Her book is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.” — Publisher’s description.

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.

Browse the Bestsellers Collection in the Library Catalog

ebook of the month: The Atlas of Emergency Radiology

April 2nd, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

AccessSurgery presents: The Atlas of Emergency Radiology

Authors: Jake Block, Martin I. Jordanov, Lawrence B. Stack, R. Jason Thurman

The Atlas of Emergency Radiology provides nearly 1500 carefully selected diagnostic images combined with succinct descriptions of the radiographic features of over 330 emergent medical diagnoses to facilitate its readers in acquiring this expertise. Each medical condition is presented in the following format: radiographic summary, clinical implications, and radiographic pearls. The radiographic summary succinctly describes the radiographic findings necessary to support the diagnosis. The clinical implications section provides a rationale to bridge the radiographic findings to the clinical findings. Each diagnosis concludes with 2-4 radiographic pearls, choice tips, or unique aspects about the condition. Chapters include:

 Book of the Month for April: The Language of Mental Health

April 1st, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Book of the Month: April
The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
By Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary text that synthesizes some of the most essential information for successful weight control:

  • The role of the environment, including diet, disordered eating, and portion control, in weight management
  • The National Weight Control Registry and the study of those successful at weight control
  • The importance of differentiating weight loss from weight loss maintenance
  • The qualitative and quantitative measurements of physical activity, including the role of exercise for maintenance of weight loss
  • The contribution of genetics to “the obesities”
  • Depression and obesity: cause or consequence?
  • Psychotherapeutic strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Medical and surgical treatment approaches and their effectiveness

Drs. Karasu have drawn from both professional and personal experience to write The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide To Weight Loss and Maintenance. Both had fathers who suffered from morbid obesity. One died at the age of 56, while the other lived to be 91. The authors’ professional curiosity led them to question how differences in environment, genetics, and overall physical and psychological health can affect one person’s longevity and another’s early passing.

You can access the Book of the Month from the homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page to find Book of the Month. From the Health Sciences Library website select Find Articles> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance as a PDF download for the month of April.

April 8 webinar: What are the risks pharmacists face with controlled substances?

March 25th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Webinar title: Dispensing controlled substances- what’s your responsibility?
Presenter:  Larry Cote Full bio
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2 p.m. EST

Register now.

How do you stop a helpful medication from becoming a danger or a crime?

Pharmacists know they have to be on guard when dispensing controlled substances and listed chemicals. But how much responsibility for misused or diverted controlled substances lies with the pharmacist, and how can healthcare professionals make sure they stay in control?
Join former DEA attorney and expert on laws regarding controlled substances Larry Cote for the webinar “Controlled Substances: Understanding Pharmacists’ Obligations and Risks” on Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will explore:
■ Your obligations as a pharmacist when dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances
■ DEA’s expectations of pharmacists and its enforcement approach to diversion
■ Concept of corresponding responsibility
■ Identifying red flags associated with diversion of controlled substances

Educational Webinar Series Presented by Lexicomp®, Facts & Comparisons® and Medi-Span®