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EdTalks@Upstate 2016 No. 3

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
On behalf of Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development please check out the newest EDTalks@Upstate, videos of our own faculty presenting an abbreviated version of their recent talk at the Faculty Educator Development Seminars. EDTalks@Upstate can also be accessed from the Faculty Affairs website,  when you have time and interest.

In this video, John Epling, Jr, MD, MSEd,  Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Family Medicine, discusses “Why Do WE Care About Objectives So Much?” Dr. Epling emphasizes the important links between good learning objectives and how we teach, and how we assess our learners. He describes how to write objectives, and provides a framework for organizing any instructional session. At times light-hearted (see what he does with ping pong balls), his talk serves as an example of his key points, and ends with specific action plans that will help YOU! ( 23 min.) This seminar was presented on February 23, 2016.


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Celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Who doesn’t love a celebration? #NLW16 Next week, celebrate your favorite library!

This year’s National Library Week theme is Libraries Transform, reminding everyone that today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people.

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library. SUNY HSL Librarians are here for you 6 days a week, and the library is typically open over 100 hours a week! We offer computer labs & classrooms, study rooms & quiet zones, therapy dogs, puzzles, coloring books & rotating art displays, we’ve got something for everyone! Have you checked out the Health+Wellness or Bestsellers collections? New books are added monthly. And if we don’t have it, we can order it from a quick delivery library and send it right to your office via inter-campus mail (learn more). The Family Resource Centers at Golisano  & the Cancer Center also offer library resources and services.

2. Show your support for libraries on social media. Follow the HSL on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags#NLW16 and #LibrariesTransform to join the celebration on social media.

  • Add the Libraries Transform Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.
  • Because fillintheblank #LibrariesTransform Promotion- during National Library Week create your own Because Statement. Just fill in the blank telling why libraries matter to you or your community.
3. Learn what you’ve been missing, set up an appointment with a Reference Librarian! From completing a class assignment, researching a personal consumer health issue, or for a peer review of search strategies (check out this PubMed Commons post), we’re here to partner with you to meet your information needs.






President’s Week Wellness Events

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Join Pathways to Wellness as we celebrate President’s Week Wellness:

Monday 4/11, 12 noon: Join SU for a  walk starting on Irving Ave in front  of Weiskotten Hall.

Tuesday, 4/12:, 11:30-1pm: Stretching to New Heights with a New President! Join Doctorate of Physical Therapy students  Joe and Niomi as they  help you  stretch at the small cafe.
Sponsored by Pathways to Wellness.

Join the Think Green Committee 4/22 for Earth Day at the HSL

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

The Think Green Committee will be at the Health Sciences Library on Earth Day to educate the community about  Upstate’s Recycling Initiatives and other eco-friendly tips for your home. Join us for giveaways, and get your Think Green Cup for $7! Read up on why you should own a Think Green Cup.

Learn more about Upstate’s Think Green Committee.

What: Earth Day event by the Think Green Committee

Where: Upstate Health Sciences Library

When: Friday, 4/22, 11AM-1:00PM







Upstate Art Club opening reception tonight, 4/6

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

The Upstate Art Club returns with its third annual show at the Health Sciences Library. This year features 22 artists from the Colleges of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and Health Professions with media spanning photography, oil, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, ink wash, sculpture, and more! This year also features a new initiative: portraits of dogs waiting for adoption at local shelters. It’s a wonderful showcase of Upstate student talent, and many works are also for sale. The opening reception is Wednesday, April 6th from 5-7pm, with desserts provided by Mrs. Kelder’s Cakes. Please come by any time during the month of April to view the pieces and support the students in their professional (and artistic) goals.

Healthy Pet Project is April 8

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The Healthy Pet Project will offer The Prepared Pet Owner: The Basics Friday, April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 3508 Setnor Academic Building. Information to be presented include pet basics, how to be a prepared pet owner, how to maximize your pets potential for good health, how to assess your pets health, how to avoid common hazards and how to prepare for an emergency. Designed for new or seasoned pet owners, this course will help you prevent avoidable problems and maximize your pets potential for good health. The presentation parallels pet concerns with people concerns, and explores how to improve health for everyone. There will be time to share personal stories and ask questions. To register, contact Cristina Pope at or 464-7086.

Participants will receive a pet first-aid kit. The two-hour course is a required prerequisite for our Advanced First Aid Course, which teaches important skills such as CPR, and mouth-to-snout breathing. This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Follow the Healthy Pet Project on Facebook. April Book of the Month

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

PsychOnline Book of the Month: April 2016

Title: Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Edited by Robin L. Hansen, M.D., and Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D.

You can access the Book of the Month from the home page at

The accelerating advancement in research in neurodevelopmental disorders—including autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, and more—has enormous implications for clinical practice. Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides clinicians with up-to-date information on the impact these advances have on the standard of care in the range of disorders commonly encountered by both primary and subspecialist physicians.

Replete with tables, illustrative figures, key points, and suggestions for further reading, Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders helps clinicians meet the challenge of providing the most up-to-date and effective care for their patients.

You’ll have access toAutism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders as a PDF download for the month of April at

Join us for Wikipedia + Health on April 6th

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Presentation and discussion led by Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports® 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
2231 Weiskotten Hall
Upstate Medical University
Refreshments provided

Wikipedia has been the world’s most popular source of medical information for most of its 15-year existence. Who manages this information and how? Please join us for a tour of Wikipedia’s health content and a discussion about its impact and potential for distributing accurate and up-to-date information to a worldwide audience.

Interested in helping to improve Wikipedia’s health content? Bring a laptop or tablet with you! The discussion will be followed by a one-hour hands-on “edit-a-thon” to get you started.

For more information, contact:
Amy Slutzky – UPSTATE Health Sciences Library
(315) 464-7091 /

Sponsored by Consumer Reports.

Healthiest Nation 2030 – National Public Health Week April 4-10, 2016

Monday, April 4th, 2016

What can the Upstate Health Sciences Library offer YOU to support research and work in the field of Public Health?

In recognition of the American Public Health Association‘s annual National Public Health Week, April 4-10, 2016 -

Here are a few resources to support Public Health:

The Upstate Health Sciences Library liaison to the CNYMPH program is Virginia Young (

Please contact Virginia for assistance with Public Health research.


TED Talk Speaker & Author Pico Iyer

Friday, April 1st, 2016

In our busy world, it’s easy to fantasize about a paradise beach vacation or a relaxing retreat to an exotic destination when we constantly keep ourselves busy. In the TED talk “The Art of Stillness,” Pico Iyer argues that what we are really yearning for is a simple opportunity to be at peace with the mind.

Hear the Talk

At the start of his talk, Iyer points out two paradoxes of the modern age: we use more time-saving technology yet feel like we have less time and we can contact people from all corners of the globe yet we keep less contact with ourselves.  Working as a travel writer, Iyer has discovered in his experiences that sometimes the real adventure is looking within yourself for stillness, rather than getting caught up in the chaos of daily life. Iyer shows how there are simpler methods to unwind and recharge than buying a lavish vacation home or visiting a far off destination. Meditation, yoga, taking a day off of work, listening to music before you go to sleep, or even an “Internet Sabbath” by going completely offline for a period of 24-48 hours are great ways to clear the mind. The art of sitting still is really about taking the time to figure out what truly makes us happy, by taking a break from the distractions that try to tell us what will make us happy. In order to obtain true happiness, Iyer explains, we need to learn how to be appreciative and attentive by sitting still long enough to listen to what moves us and what we desire most.

Read the Book

In the book inspired by the talk, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere; Iyer accounts different people who have taken a leap into stillness ranging from a PhD scientist turned Tibetan monk to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Take a mini vacation into The Art of Stillness by picking up this TED Original in the Health Sciences Library today!