The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection new series on Tissue in Research

September 4th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

This month, sixteen lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection. Included in these is our new series on Tissue in Research edited by Prof. Ruth Chadwick from University of Manchester, UK. The series covers use, storage techniques, regulation and legislation and ethical issues related to using human tissues in medicine and research.

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New Series:  Tissue in Research

Legislation Governing Tissue Research

The ethics and regulation of cell and tissue therapies in the 
Dr. Mark Lowdell, UCL Medical School, UK

Legal and ethical issues in uses of stored tissue in human subjects research
Ms. Gail Javitt, John Hopkins University, USA

Regulation of assisted reproduction under the European Union tissues and cells directives
Prof. Edgar Mocanu, Rotunda Hospital, Ireland

Collection and Storage

Organ transplants as commodities?
Prof. Dr. Hub Zwart, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Biobanks, governance, and informed consent and individual control – a view from the United States
Prof. Ellen Wright Clayton, Vanderbilt University, USA


Human tissue and global ethics
Prof. Donna Dickenson, University of London, UK

Data protection in the European Union – part 1 of 2
Data protection in the European Union – part 2 of 2
Dr. Atina Krajewska, Cardiff University, UK


The principle of solidarity and its relevance for tissue research
Prof. Barbara Prainsack, King’s College London

Updated series: Topical Talks

Human tumor antigens as therapeutic targets of cancer
Prof. Ben Seon, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, USA

Updated series: Systems Biology

A systems biology approach to drug development
Dr. Birgit Schoeberl, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, USA

Updated series: Respiratory Infection

Non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease (NTM-PD)
Prof. Jakko van Ingen, Radbound University, The Netherlands

Updated series: Eukaryotic Gene Regulation

The transcription factor NF-Kappa B: an evolutionarily conserved mediator of immune and inflammatory responses
Prof. Sankar Ghosh, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

Updated series: Diabetes in Perspective

Type 1 diabetes: control and complications trials
Prof. John Petrie, University of Glasgow, UK

Updated series: Bone in Health and Disease

Pharmacotherapy of osteoporosis – part 1 of 2
Pharmacotherapy of osteoporosis – part 2 of 2
Dr. Michael McClung, Oregon Osteoporosis Center, USA features Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry

September 2nd, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

PsychOnline Book of the Month: September 2015

Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry
Edited by Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., and Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A.

You can access the Book of the Month from the PsychiatryOnline books homepage.

Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the full spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as those conditions that have significant neuropsychiatric components.

With the help of this highly practical manual, clinicians are empowered to evaluate patients and treat the neuropsychiatric aspects of a host of disorders. This meticulously referenced, thoughtfully illustrated, and elegantly structured volume deserves a place in both the beginning and seasoned clinician’s library.

You’ll have access to Clinical Manual of Neuropsychiatry as a PDF download for the month of June at

Ted Talk “How Electroshock Therapy Changed Me”

September 1st, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

TED Talk Speaker: Sherwin B. Nuland

Dr. Nuland was a successful surgeon and professor of clinical surgery at Yale School of Medicine and it wasn’t until he was able to overcome severe, life-threatening depression and obsessive thoughts that he became a New York Times best-selling author. In his 2001 TED Talk, “How Electroshock Therapy Changed Me” Nuland opens up about his firsthand experience with the disease, at a time where very few people knew he was struggling. Talking very candidly and with an element of vulnerability, Nuland recounts how electroshock therapy was a last ditch attempt to revive him, when full frontal lobotomy seemed like a more realistic option. Although the subject matter of his talk is serious and poignant, Nuland ends with an important message: “There is recovery, there is redemption, and there is resurrection.”

Watch the Talk

Watch his inspiring TED Talk!

As an author, Nuland writes about the overarching topics of death, life, and the human spirit, through exquisite details of his own narration as a longtime surgeon. In his most popular book, How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction, he uses the same honesty and integrity to talk about death in a demythologized sense. Immersed in the healthcare system where death is often seen as the enemy even more so than the disease, Nuland is able to withdraw truth from fear and delusion, and yet explain it in a way that is soothing to the reader.

Read the Book

Check out How We Die along with several other books by Sherwin Nuland from the Health Sciences Library today.

September 17 is Constitution Day

September 1st, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

To commemorate the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787 Constitution Day is observed September 17. In accordance with section 111 of Division J of Public Law 108-447 we celebrate!

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens”.

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For a free pocket size publication “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America” visit the Health Sciences Library on September 17th!

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Welcome Kim Nolan, new Information Resources Manager

August 25th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library welcomes our newest staff person, Kim Nolan. Kim is joining us as our new Information Resources Manager. She comes to the library with a background in Acquisitions, Resource Sharing and Collection Management.

Kim is from Auburn, NY. She received her bachelors in English Literature from Wells College, and her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

We are very happy to have Kim join our team. Please stop by and say hello to the newest face in the library!

AAPA Case of the Month: What is Causing this Patient’s Acute Abdomen?

August 13th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Case of the Month: What is Causing this Patient’s Acute Abdomen?

A 45-year-old man presented to the ED following 2 days of persistent vomiting. The patient’s medical history was significant for alcohol abuse (6 cans of beer per day) and a two pack-per day cigarette use since his teens. He denied illicit drug use. The patient had noted increasing fatigue with dyspnea on exertion, coinciding with the vomiting, but attributed these symptoms to his smoking habit. He had no previous surgeries, hospitalizations, or illness before his current symptoms. He displayed abdominal guarding and rebound tenderness to palpation.

Read the case FREE online – read the rest of the case facts, get the diagnosis, and learn how the case progressed. It’s the Case of the Month in JAAPA: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:
doi: 10.1097/
Case of the Month

Nominations for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

August 10th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

A message from the American Library Association:

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

How to nominate:

Nominations for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award are open through September 28.

In order to nominate a librarian, please answer the questions on the form at the bottom of the following page. Entries will not be accepted via email or mail.

Before you get started, we want to ensure that all nominations have the best possible chance of being considered, so we offer the following helpful tips to nominators:

  • You’ll need to submit the entire application in one session.  To make the process easier for applicants, we’ve provided a list of the questions (Word doc) so you can prepare your answers in advance.
  • Please keep in mind that after submitting your nomination, you will be not able to return to edit it.  If you feel your nomination has an error, please re-submit it.
  • If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible.  We have found that having so many points of view in a single nomination gives us a stronger sense of who the nominee is and how they have made a difference in the community.  However, nominators may send in individual nominations.

A reminder: Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Questions? Email Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator, American Library Association,

To nominate, complete the form at the bottom of the following page.

Cancer Center to host Guest Artist Gallery

August 4th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Upstate Cancer Center to host

Guest Artist Gallery Showing and Art Tour, Aug. 20

SYRACUSE…The Central New York community is invited to the Upstate Cancer Center’s first Guest Artist Gallery Showing and Art Tour, featuring works by local artists Jacqueline Adamo, Kathleen Deep and Nicora Gangi, Thursday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the cancer center’s 750 East Adams St., Syracuse location. Admission is free. Light food and drinks will be served. Free parking is available in the open lot across from the Cancer Center.

The Guest Artist Gallery is located on the second floor of the Cancer Center. The evening will include talks by the featured artists followed by a tour of the gallery’s quality art located throughout the Cancer Center. The gallery will feature new artists every quarter. Select items are available for purchase.

The Upstate Cancer Center is the region’s most comprehensive resource for cancer care. It offers the most advanced outpatient treatment, clinical research studies, and support services all in one convenient location on the Upstate Medical University campus in Syracuse, NY.

To attend the Guest Artist Gallery Showing and Art Tour, R.S.V.P. to Matthew Capogreco at, 315-464-3605 by Friday, Aug. 14.

Matthew Capogreco
Program and Events Coordinator

TED Talk “The Unheard Story of David and Goliath”

August 3rd, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

TED Talk speaker: Malcolm Gladwell

New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author, Malcolm Gladwell discusses perspective in his 2013 TED Talk entitled, “The Unheard Story of David and Goliath.” He starts by recounting the classic biblical tale of the 6 foot 9 giant warrior, Goliath in a one-on-one battle with David, a young Shepard boy. As the story goes, David is able to defeat Goliath by slinging a rock that hits the giant in his most vulnerable spot, right between his eyes.

Although this tale has become a classic metaphor for “improbable victories” as Gladwell puts it, what if this story isn’t what it appears to be? Gladwell entertains this question by shifting the perspective of the powerful warrior vs. the defenseless Shepard. He explains how David is far from defenseless with years of experience with a sling, defending his sheep from lions and wolves. He also points out how in ancient combat, slings were actually quite destructive with the stopping power of a .45 caliber handgun. Goliath is seen as less of an intimidating warrior and more of someone who suffers from acromegaly, a debilitating form of gigantism. In other words, the source of the giant’s apparent strength is actually his greatest weakness.

In his latest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, Gladwell further investigates the misconceptions surrounding apparent strengths and weaknesses, and explains how to turn apparent disadvantages into success stories.

Described as, “Gladwell’s most provocative book yet….. David and Goliath challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, drawing upon history, psychology, and powerful narrative talent to rethink how we view the world around us and how to deal with the challenges life throws at us.”

-Susanne Jaffe, Columbus Dispatch


Check out this No.1 International Bestseller in the Health Sciences Library.

Also, click the following link to view the TED Talk:

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 or 315-464-7200.