Critical need for platelets — Children’s Hospital has 3x number of Hematology/Oncology patients

The Blood Donor Center currently has about three times the number of Hematology/Oncology patients we normally see this time of year, and are transfusing a much higher volume of platelets than average. We need your help to ensure that we are able to meet patient needs!   


Platelet Drive
The Health Sciences Library is hosting a week-long platelet drive
Make an appointment today by calling (720) 777-5398

Dates:  Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 24th
Time: 6:30am – 12:15pm
Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado Blood Donor Center on 13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045 (Map)
How do I make an appointment? Call (720) 777-5398
What do I bring to my appointment? Your government-issued ID
Who do I call if I have a question? Jen Sipe, Donor Resource Coordinator, at (720) 777-1846


Why Donate Platelets at Children’s Hospital Colorado?

  • Platelets only last five days, so we always need platelet donors.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado provided over 3,400 platelet transfusions in the last year alone.
  • Our Blood Donor Center provides 99.3% of the blood transfused at here at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Having our own Blood Donor Center allows us to meet the specialized needs of children.

What is a platelet donation? Platelets are the components of your blood necessary to control bleeding. During a procedure called apheresis, we use a Trima machine to separate your blood into its individual components:  red cells, plasma & platelets. The machine can then collect just the platelets from your blood (or a combination of platelets, plasma &/or red cells) and return the rest using just one needle.

  • Platelet donations take about 2 hours.
  • We provide movies to watch, free Wi-Fi & plenty of snacks and drinks.
  • You can donate platelets every 2 weeks (up to 24 times a year).
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado has on-site child care (call for details).
  • Your donation could save or enhance up to FIVE children’s lives!

How are platelets used? Platelets are given to children with a variety of medical conditions such as:

  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Organ transplants
  • Surgical procedures
  • Blood disorders


  • Be sure to eat a full meal an hour or two before your donation.
  • Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine intake.
  • Review the eligibility questions on our website.
  • Increase your calcium intake an hour before your donation.
  • Avoid aspirin for at least 48 hours before donating platelets. *If you have been prescribed aspirin by your doctor, please get your doctors approval before discontinuing.

Jen Sipe
Donor Resource Coordinator
Blood Donor Center | Children’s Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, Box B605  |  Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (720) 777-1846 | Fax: (720) 777-7255  |
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New Additions to Amesse

The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection. Enjoy!



Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi/ Americanah

Hawkins, Paula/ The Girl on the Train

Johnston, Tim/ Descent

Reza, Yasmina/ Happy Are the Happy

Swanson, Peter/ The Kind Worth Killing



Brill, Stephen/ America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

Fuller, Alexandra/ Leaving Before the Rains Come

Kawasaki, Guy/ The Art of Social Media

Kristof, Nicholas/ A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities

Young, Mary Taylor/ Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years




A Dangerous Method

Side Effects


~Lynn Schwalm

Book Review: The Woman Upstairs

Woman-UpstairsNora Eldridge is the “woman upstairs” in Claire Messud’s book of the same name. As she recounts the tale of a unique love that has helped redefine her, we learn that she’s got a good sense of humor, is a reliable friend, good daughter, and a devoted teacher. But there’s a woman angry at her invisibility and missed opportunity lurking just below the surface.  She’s had enough of being the “woman upstairs” and dreams of fulfilling success that she feels has passed her by.  Her story evolves into part mid-life identity crisis, part psychological thriller when her sedate life crosses paths with a dazzling and exotic international family of academic, artist and cherished child.

Their exciting personal history throws Nora’s life is into relief, highlighting all the danger, creativity, success, and elegance lacking in her own. As her fascination and deeply felt belief in her love of each family member grows, she becomes more convinced of her importance in their lives. Nora’s good humor and routine disintegrate into bitterness and upheaval as she begins to doubt her value.  As the tale unfolds to an O’Henry-esque conclusion, the reader is left to wonder if Nora has the edginess and drive or the disregard for other’s opinions that will allow her to commit to her hoped-for life?  Or maybe she just needs the right sort of betrayal?

You can find this book in the Health Science Library’s Amesse leisure reading collection in an alcove on the east wall of the first floor. Call number:  Amesse F MESSUD WOM


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean

The Violinist’s Thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code

By Sam Kean

HSL Amesse/1st Floor, 572.8 KEA  

The words deoxyribonucleic acid, or simply DNA, are familiar to the vast majority of people and most likely invoke images of a double helix, chromosomes, and Gregor Mendel and his pea plants.  But the story behind DNA and the men and women who uncovered its secrets is far more interesting than one might imagine.

Sam Kean brilliantly relays this fascinating history in The Violinist’s Thumb.  From Artic explorers discovering that their skin will fall off after indulging in polar bear liver to an unfortunate Japanese man who not only survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima but also of Nagasaki, Kean sheds light on the endlessly amazing journey of DNA.

The reader will meet:  Columbia’s “Fly Boys” who worked tirelessly with Drosophila during the day while one of whom worked tirelessly to chase women by night;  Paganini, the inspiration for the book’s title, the violinist who could play music like no other before or since because he suffered a genetic disease that allowed his ligaments to be looser than the average musician; Charles Darwin, not only was he the man that gave science the theory of evolution, but he was also a man who suffered an extraordinary amount of conditions, such as frequent vomiting and irritation of the bowels; the rival scientists and consortia working on the cut-throat business of the Human Genome Project through public and private endeavors; and many more amazing men and women in the pages of the history of DNA.

Genes and chromosomes may be enthralling by themselves, but discovering the people behind the missteps and discoveries of genetics is a continuously intriguing journey.  Kean’s writing brings this story to life in a charming and enjoyable manner that will make the reader crave more.

[Brittany Heer, Library Technician II ]



Librarian Picks: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

In Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese blends medicine, culture, religion, and family saga into a compelling Zhivago-esque tale set in India, Ethiopia and New York. At the start of the novel, a nun trained as a nurse in India and a surgeon trained in Scotland arrive in post-World War II Ethiopia to work in a small medical clinic.  Sister Mary Joseph Praise and Thomas Stone form an efficient surgical team, providing services valued by emperor and everyman. When Sister Mary Joseph Praise dies while giving birth to twins and Stone abandons his twin sons, the remaining doctors step in to raise Marion and Shiva Stone.

While the story is set mostly within the political turmoil of 1960’s and 1970’s Ethiopia, the novel makes significant historical events personal.  Marion Stone, the novel’s narrator, moves from Ethiopia to New York, and grows to adulthood and advances through his medical training.  Marion observes the world around him, describing political events, the poverty and humanity of the patients, the skill of the doctors and aides, and innovative practice of medicine in challenging settings.  Verghese avoids stereotypes and simplifications to portray life and death at the clinic and the unforeseen consequences of individual choices.  In doing so, he banishes western preconceptions about African medical care.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is in the Amesse collection, first floor Commons alcove, call number F VERGHESE CUT.

[Lynne Fox, Education Librarian]

Book Review: Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

Physics of the future: how science will shape human destiny and our daily lives by the year 2100
By Michio Kaku
HSL Amesse/1st Floor, 303.48 KAK

In 1899, the commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents, Charles H. Duell, famously said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Today such a statement seems exceptionally myopic, but as citizens of 2012 know, hindsight is 20/20. The true challenge is envisioning the future with accuracy.

By interviewing hundreds of leading scientists across the disciplines of computer science, artificial intelligence, medicine, nanotechnology, physics, and even economics, Dr. Michio Kaku takes up the difficult task of synthesizing their collective works and envisioning what our global civilization may look like throughout the 21st century.

Dr. Kaku anticipates that nearly every aspect of our lives will involve computers and computer chips, woven into society in such a way that they become invisible and ubiquitous. Nanotechnology should develop to the point that our bodies will even be full of microscopic chips designed to monitor our health and alert us to potential diseases and cancers. While robots may become common place, we don’t need to fear a Matrix-like take over because scientists in the field of artificial intelligence have not been able to replicate emotional intelligence.

Energy of course will be a grave issue facing this century. Dr. Kaku examines the possibilities of magnetism, nuclear power, including fusion and fission, as well as wind and solar technologies. Developments in these areas will also benefit the future of space travel as we continue to explore our nearest planetary neighbors.

The world of 2100 is exciting and vibrant, thanks to the persistent scientific breakthroughs of this century. While Dr. Kaku’s 2100 feels a little too utopist, there is no question that science will continue to fuel and change our society in many significant ways.

-Reviewed by Brittany Heer
Library Technician II
Interlibrary Loan

“Everything Has Changed Forever, Again.” A book talk supported by the Amesse Collection at Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library will be sponsoring a book talk as part of the endowed Amesse Collection of Popular and Leisure Reading. The talk is titled, “Everything Has Changed Forever, Again” (based on the book What would Google do?), featuring speaker Martin Garnar, MLIS. Mr. Garnar, a Regis University faculty member, will address the topic of how Google is changing the way we think about almost everything. The talk will take place Friday, November 18th, 2011 from 12:00-1:00 P.M. in HSL’s Teaching Labs 1 & 2.


What Would Google Do? An Amesse Collection Book Talk

The Health Sciences Library Amesse Collection, located in the leisure hub of the Information Commons on the first floor, contains a wide selection of popular reading material, including current novels, nonfiction, & biographies, as well as popular magazines and a “Medicine in the Movies” section of DVDs. The collection provides an opportunity to take a break from your busy day. Learn more about the Amesse collection from our resource guides.

Come listen to our speaker over lunch (bring your own, and some munchies will be provided), then relax for a few minutes in one of the leisure hub’s easy chairs!