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: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000469437.90443.cf
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, mmcfarlane@ala.org.

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 capogrem@upstate.edu, 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:  http://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath

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 (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: