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: or call: 303-724-2140.

New Reading Room Exhibit Case

The library has added a new exhibit case to the Reading Room on the third floor.  The case sits between two of the library’s permanent collections, the Denison artifacts and the Sabin artifacts.  The case will feature rotating exhibits of the library’s artifacts and special books.  Visit the Reading Room now to see one of the library’s doctor’s bag.  The bag belonged to Dr. KF Sunderland, a longtime Denver doctor.  It is filled with everything a doctor would need for making house-calls.


[Paul Andrews]

Platelet Drive for Children’s Hospital Colorado from March 30 to April 3 — Sign up today!


The Health Sciences Library is hosting a week-long platelet drive for
Children’s Hospital Colorado — Sign up today!

Dates:  Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd
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

You can help kids, like Connor, that need platelets for treatment.


Conner Odell probably wouldn’t be alive today if not for the generosity of strangers who donated to the Blood Donor Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the blood transfusions he received as a result.

When Conner was just 18 months old, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy treatment. His ability to produce new blood cells was being damaged as a side effect of the treatment, and the toddler was left weak, lethargic, and in need of blood transfusions.

While the chemotherapy rounds sapped Conner’s strength, the blood transfusions he received after restored his energy and strength. Over the course of his treatment, Conner received 23 blood transfusions from a total of 21 different donors, without which he could not have survived the chemotherapy that was necessary to treat his cancer.

Today, Conner is a healthy, happy four year old, and a protective older brother to two younger siblings. Knowing the challenges he overcame, and the cancer he survived, one can’t help but wonder if Conner’s compassionate nature was inspired by the strangers who selflessly donated blood that saved his life.


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.

Sign up for the platelet drive today!
Your donation could save or enhance up to FIVE children’s lives!
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (720) 777-5398.

Thank you!

Vivienne Houghton, MLIS
Web Services Librarian | Instructor
Health Sciences Library
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Tower Room updated with permanent PC

The library’s third floor Tower Room is a beautiful space that is often used for meetings. When not in use for meetings, it can serve as an excellent impromptu meeting or group study space. The room has a large white board, as well as a large flat screen, and to the latter we have now installed a permanent PC to give users a more usable space. No need to tote your own laptop or fuss with the connection!

photo: Tower Room PC and Flat Screen (photo cred: Gyasi Evans)

Permanent PC now in HSL Tower Room

To use the PC and the flat screen, simply check out the dedicated wireless mouse and keyboard for the PC at the Front Desk. Got your own laptop? No worries, there’s also a convenient way to hook that up with either a high-res HDMI connection cable, or old-fashioned VGA. View the instruction sheet next to the control panel to choose exactly the display method you prefer.

Please note, the Tower Room is only available for group study when it is not previously scheduled for an event through the campus scheduling system. A sign will be posted on the door when reservations are in effect. The room can be scheduled through the University’s room request system.

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