Upcoming Strauss-Wisneski Lecture on Integrative Medicine

Join us on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from Noon – 1:00 pm for a new lecture in the Strauss-Wisneski Lecture series!  The speaker will be Dr. Lisa Corbin, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, with the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  In her lecture, Dr. Corbin will give an update on the work of the UCH Center for Integrative Medicine.

The lecture will take place in the Health Sciences Library in Teaching Labs 1 and 2.  The lecture is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Hope you can join us!

Random from the Repository

Historic image: Rorschach Seminar at the University of Colorado Medical Center Campus. Group photograph taken during the Rorschach Seminar for Colorado Psychopathic Hospital staff, private psychiatrists, and Veterans Administration. 1946.

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Add your articles, lectures, reports, images, posters, presentation slides and more to Digital Collections of Colorado at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus!



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Rare Book Profile: Dell’anatomia, a facsimile of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook.


Dell’anatomia by Leonardo da Vinci (Rome: TREC edizioni pregiate, 2005) is a compilation of anatomical studies that predate the great anatomy books of the sixteenth century.

In January 2015, the Health Sciences Library Rare Materials Collection acquired a facsimile of the anatomical drawings and notes of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), composed between 1485 and 1515, which are now housed in the Royal Library, Windsor.

Leonardo’s early training in the studio of the painter Verrocchio in Florence included study of the human figure. When he became court artist to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan in the 1480s, he began work on drawings of human anatomy, but in the 1490s he turned his attention to other projects. As his stature as an artist, and inventor grew, so did his access to human corpses. In the early 1500s, he resumed intensive study of anatomy based on human dissection. His drawings were remarkably accurate, even by modern standards. Some of his observations, such as those on the function of the heart, were not recorded again until the 20th century. Had his work been published, as he seems to have intended, it would have been revolutionary.

At Leonardo’s death in 1519, his manuscripts and drawings were bequeathed to his student and secretary, Francesco Melzi. After Melzi died in 1579, the documents were dispersed, eventually making their way into various collections, where Leonardo’s scientific works remained unpublished until centuries after his death.

This edition, published in 2005, is based on earlier editions of 1898 and 1901. 1,999 copies were produced. The facsimile, containing 113 color plates with line drawing overlays and 380 pages of text, was printed on a special paper made in Verona, and hand-bound in gold-tooled leather. It was purchased with funds from the Charley Smyth Library Endowment, established with the Library by the Anschutz Medical Campus Retired Faculty Association, in memory of their colleague and friend Dr. Charley Smyth, founder and Head of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]


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New exhibit combines research and fashion

NanoNephron dress from Descience Runway 2014

NanoNephron dress from Descience Runway 2014

The Health Sciences Library is hosting a new exhibit that features a runway dress that was created based on research being done at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Descience Runway 2014 was an event organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September 2014. The event paired science researchers and fashion designers to collaborate and create garments based on the researchers area of study.

Georgia Charkoftaki, PhD is a researcher at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and pharmacy faculty member Melanie Joy, PhD were paired with designer Lilian Kong. Dr. Charkoftaki’s research area is treatments for lupus nephritis, a disease of the kidneys. Ms. Kong learned about the work that Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy are performing and then she created a dress inspired by their research. The dress, named NanoNephron, represents the kidneys, aspects of lupus nephritis and the new treatment that Dr. Charkoftaki is investigating.

The NanoNephron dress and matching jewelry will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library through June 2015. There is also a poster describing the research and aspects of the dress in more detail.

Sixty-one teams participated in the runway fashion show. Even though NanoNephron did not win, Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy enjoyed the experience. Stop by the library to check out the dress and the process to create it!

The Fondest of Farewells

It is with no small measure of bittersweet emotion that I announce that I have resigned my position as Director of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library (CU HSL).  I have accepted the position of Associate Dean and Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.  I will be starting there on June 1st.  My last day with CU HSL will be April 30th.

Over the last 12 years, the members of our Library staff have done so much to connect our users with the right information, at the right time.  Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve done over the last decade:

  •  Built and moved into a new, stunning building here on the Anschutz Medical Campus;
  • Added a second bay to PASCAL, the high-density library materials storage facility for several CU libraries on campus just east of Ed 1 North;
  • Partnered with faculty in the academic programs to deeply integrate library instruction into their curricula;
  • Emerged as a national leader in the teaching of evidence-based practice;
  • Removed fee barriers for students, Residents and Fellows using our interlibrary lending and document delivery services;
  • Dramatically expanded the scope of our digital collections by going “all-electronic” in 2005 and rejoining the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries as an active member and leader, assuring our ability to collaboratively license access to digital information resources at the most optimal economies of scale working with the other research libraries in the state;
  • Launched a repository service where members of campus can deposit and provide perpetual access to their scholarship;
  • Expanded access to resources to all of our faculty; and,
  • Employed one of the most dynamic and customer-focused teams of library staff members anywhere.

We have transformed our services and facility always with a focus on the user in mind.   Our innovations have made the Library the most popular building on campus, and a treasure especially for our students.  Their pride in our facility shines when tours are given to prospective new students.

We have embraced new means for connecting with our faculty and with the clinical affiliates, and in the process have reinforced the need for evidence in the delivery of care and the generation of new knowledge.

We’ve settled in successfully to our new Aurora community and have made deep connections with leaders and groups in the neighborhood, and on campus, sharing a commitment to improve the quality of health for folks in Aurora and Colorado.

We have even managed to provide arts programing and a sense of community on the campus through our Gallery and in partnership with campus colleagues such as the outstanding team that leads the Program for Arts and Humanities in Healthcare.

Transitions of leadership always bring some degree of ambiguity but for CU HSL we are lucky to have a highly respected national leader in health sciences librarianship here on our team; Deputy Director Melissa De Santis has been asked to serve as Interim Director beginning May 1, and she will provide visionary leadership with stability and focus.   Melissa is a former National Library of Medicine/ Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow and has served the University of Colorado for 7 years, with more than 12 years of prior service to the Briscoe Library, UTHSC San Antonio.

I am deeply appreciative of the generous support that University and campus leadership have provided to the HSL, and of the encouragement and engagement we’ve experienced with our terrific users.  I believe that all the wonderful things we have done at the Library were really done together with our colleagues, friends and supporters.

Best wishes to all, and thank you for the opportunity to serve.

— Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Library Director

SAS now available at the HSL


Statistical Workstations Now Available

SAS 9.4, the well-known statistics package is now available on five Health Sciences Library workstations. SAS joins the list of stats software now available in the library, which includes JMP, SPSS, R Studio, and Atlas.TI. SAS is available on four dedicated workstations in the library’s first floor Information Commons.

These four new workstations are located in the library’s North Information Commons, stations P27-P30. They are dedicated for either statistical or VH Dissector purposes (VH Dissector is an anatomy study program based on the Visible Human). The new workstations have Core™ i7 processors and solid state hard drives – performance is excellent! Please note, the workstations are designated for statistics or VH Dissector use, and individuals who are not using these applications may be bumped.

SAS is also available on a fifth “virtual” workstation, which can be accessed from multiple locations (which include all thin clients on the 1st floor as well as thin clients in the library’s 2nd floor Quiet Computing Lab).

Excited about SAS? Wish the library had other types of software? Are you an expert in using SPSS, R, or SAS, and willing to give us feedback on our software setup?
Please let us know!
Email: michael.campbell@ucdenver.edu or call: 303-724-2140.