Archive for March, 2012|Monthly archive page
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What happens when a bat drops a half-eaten banana in a pig pen is southeast Asia? For Contagion, it means a pandemic bigger than the 1918 Spanish Flu. This movie explores the modern reaction by government, society and individuals when faced with a world-wide epidemic. A business traveler in Southeast Asia comes into contact with a new viral infection that she brings to the U.S. The virus is spread during her layover in Chicago on her way back to Minneapolis. The film basically shows 3 perspectives for dealing with or handling the illness. The first, and really the government perspective, centers around the Centers for Disease Control and its personnel and how their rules and regulations are carried out – or not – and their reaction to the contagion. The second is the personal and individual effect on a family unit coping with death, loss, boundaries and the disintegration of societal morals and norms. The last perspective, and probably the least explored or presented is the direct overall global effect of the pandemic on society. We get glimpses of looting and mass graves but it all felt much more peripheral than central. All in all it is an interesting movie and when I asked a local global health expert how realistic it was, she indicated that although it is a Hollywood rendition, it had a firm basis in reality. Rent or stream it when you get a chance – it’s worth a viewing.
John D. Jones, Education & Reference Department
An ancient proverb posits that water is the world’s first medicine. For this year’s Visibly Human Symposium on April 5th starting at 2:30 pm in the Shore Family Auditorium, Nighthorse-Campbell Building, the Health Sciences Library and the Program for the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare invite you to join us in considering the primacy of water as sustainer of life, and its role in the health of our communities and of our region.
Our featured speaker will be photographer and writer Peter McBride, author of the book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict. Peter will share with us his work documenting water-related issues in our arid, Western region, with the Colorado River as both example and metaphor. Following the presentation will be a book signing and reception that will start at 3:30 pm.
Co-sponsors for Flowing Through Conflict include:
- Aurora Water;
- CU Denver Chancellor’s Task Force on Sustainability;
- Colorado Foundation for Water Education;
- Dept. of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Media, CU Denver;
- Water for People; and
- Western Waters Policy Project, Natural Resources Law Center, CU Boulder.
The Visibly Human Symposium is an annual spring season event sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities’ Program for the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Our Symposium’s overarching theme is a consideration of the ways in which the human body is used, represented, and perceived in the processes of health sciences education, research and clinical care. Our “touchstone” is the Humanescence sculpture in the Health Sciences Library’s atrium, which is based on the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project.
Will you have an opportunity to travel, study, research or teach somewhere around the world? Many academic careers involve one or more of those opportunities. Times have changed and living abroad with technology means that staying in touch with home should be easier than ever. “Prof. Hacker” guest columnist Jason Mittell wants to help you avoid some of the tech challenges you may encounter. One lifesaver: your VPN connection with our campus, which will help circumvent the odd restrictions that pop up in other nations.
Are you considering the tablet technology format in preparing your courses?
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus blog reports that tablet ownership has tripled among college students.
New tools make self-publishing of electronic course readings more convenient, and tablets offer opportunities for engagement with students in the classroom. Research is still mixed on whether iPads or tablet style devices have a positive or negative effect in classrooms, but their presence warrants attention as faculty consider how technology can play a role in learning.
Mr. Beall, a Metadata Librarian at the Auraria Library, defines predatory journals as open-access publishers “that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.”
Mr. Beall was recently interviewed for a Chronicle of Higher Education article on the subject. (Free registration or subscription may be required).
[Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]
An article in the Science Policy Forum published in February finds that major journals coerce authors to cite articles in their own journal, in an effort to bolster their Journal Citation Reports Impact Factor. Authors cite a statement from an editor to illustrate the situation: “you cite Leukemia [once in 42 references]. Consequently, we kindly ask you to add references of articles published in Leukemia to your present article.” (p. 542) Comments on the article reflect that “anticipatory obedience” often occurs in the article submission process, such as citing articles from the same journal when another could have been used or even adding out of context data to enhance the number of citations from the same journal.
Scholars in many disciplines rely on journal impact factors as one measure of quality. Impact factors are also cited in the promotion and tenure process. Skewing impact factors via the process of citation coercion compromises the reliability of such rating systems.
[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]
Beginning some time on Friday, 3/9/2012 Anschutz Medical Campus users in Pubmed and other databases will start to see a new icon for our Article Linker service.
If you have questions or comments about either the new icon or the Health Sciences Library’s Article Linker service, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Health Sciences Library is happy to announce Lori Williams as the new Student Email Coordinator. In her new position here at the HSL, she will be assisting students with email, troubleshooting and maintaining the computer workstations in the library, and work with other departments on campus to resolve email issues for student users. Her previous experience includes many years at a local non-profit organization providing support for desktop PCs and Macs including installing software, troubleshooting printers, smartphones, and the phone system as well as monitoring and maintaining email servers and networks. Lori is originally from Seattle, Washington. In her free time, she enjoys xeriscape gardening, working to improve her backyard pond, and playing with her dog, Allie, a Beauceron.
Ruby L. Nugent, Education & Reference Department
George Catlin’s The Breath of Life, or, Mal-Respiration: and its Effects Upon the Enjoyments & Life of Man (New York: John Wiley, 1861) is a minor work by a major American artist and ethnologist with no medical training.
George Catlin (1796-1872) was originally educated as a lawyer and practiced law in Philadelphia for two years. He then followed his passion for art to become a portrait painter in New York. In 1832 Catlin decided to study Native American Culture, and spent several years living among various tribes in North and South America. 1840 he travelled through Europe exhibiting his paintings of Native American life, and in 1841 published the first of several lavishly illustrated works on Native American life and culture.
In 1861, Catlin published The Breath of Life, in which he attributed most of civilization’s ills to the European habit of mouth-breathing, and the superior health of the Native Americans to their sleeping on their backs with mouths closed as nature intended. He illustrated the book with comparative pictures of healthy people and mouth-breathing Europeans in a uniquely cartoonish style, and for some reason had the text set using the long form of the letter s, which had been obsolete for the last 60 years. The book was popular enough to remain in print for several decades. The cover design of early editions after the first included the phrase “shut your mouth” in large type, which overshadowed the book’s actual title, and some later editions were issued with the title Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life.
The Health Sciences Library has both the 1861 first edition and an 1869 reprint. The first edition was given to the library by Dr. James J. Waring. It was rebound in beige linen with the publisher’s original printed paper cover bound in by Dr. Frank B. Rogers. The 1869 reissue is in the publisher’s original printed paper-covered boards with a brown cloth spine.
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