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Welcome Kim Nolan, new Information Resources Manager

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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?

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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.

TED Talk “The Unheard Story of David and Goliath”

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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:

Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash Because Of Security Concerns

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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

Details of the block can be found at Firefox:


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

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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:

Clinical Medicine ebook collection added from ScienceDirect

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

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

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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


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

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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:
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