Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions |new exhibit @Hardin Library

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Hardin Library is currently hosting the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit, “Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions.” The traveling exhibition, consisting of six large banners, was produced by NLM in cooperation with the National Museum of American History and will be on display on Hardin’s third floor through December 23rd.

Pick Your Poison” explores the social and medicinal history of mind-altering drugs in America and explores the shifts in opinion over the years.  Substances explored include tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine, and marijuana.  Stop by Hardin any time the library is open to see the exhibit.

For additional information, including online versions of related medical books, see The National Library of Medicine’s online exhibit.

How do I get there?  Take Pentacrest Cambus to the VA Loop Stop.  The library is just up the hill.

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Complete List at http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/mobile

DynaMed Plus Mobile – evidence based clinical reference, includes study results, updated daily. (Hardin staff favorite)

FirstConsult via ClinicalKey by Elsevier – point of care resource,  answer questions quickly, suggests relevant clinical concepts

 StatRef! Mobile – allows cross-searching of full-text, evidence based, point-of-care resources.  Includes ACP Smart Medicine

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CinemAbility Documentary on evolution of disability in entertainment |Free screening @Main Library, Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30pm

cinemabilityThe University of Iowa Libraries is proud to present a screening of the documentary CinemAbility on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30pm in Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library. 

From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men, disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment by going behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, and by utilizing vivid clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to focus attention on the powerful impact that the media can have on society.

Do disability portrayals in the media impact society or does the media simply reflect our ever-changing attitudes? Has the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities? CinemAbility shows how an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world.

Featuring Academy Award Winners Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Marlee Matin, Helen Hunt, Gina Davis, and narrated by Jane Seymour.

The movie is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

This screening will include open captioning and audio description. Please note that the audio description will be audible to the entire audience

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Healthcare for native Americans : Triumphs and Tragedies |UI History of Medicine Society Talk| Thurs. Nov. 19, 5:30pm

Dr. Tony Franken, Jr.  Professor Emeritus UI Dept. of Radiology

Dr. Tony Franken, Jr.
Professor Emeritus
UI Dept. of Radiology

Thursday, November 19
2117 MERF (Medical Education Research Facility)

The health status of Native Americans has, for 200 years, been substantially poorer than other U.S. Citizens.  Responsibility for their healthcare has (theoretically) been with the federal government.  Franken will cover ups and downs of this unique arrangement, as well as the special status of these Natives in our society today.

The National Library of Medicine has a related online exhibit: Native Voices : Native Peoples Concept of Health and Illness.

For more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate please see Fore more information on the History of Medicine Society, or to donate, please see http://hosted.lib.uiowa.edu/histmed/index.html.

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Become more efficient! |Hardin Open Workshops |

The semester ends soon.  Come to the Hardin Library and learn something to help you save time.

November Workshops @Hardin Library

EndNote Desktop, Tuesday, November 17, 11am-12pm
Searching for Nutrition Subjects in PubMed and Embase, Wednesday, November 11, 2-3pm
PubMed, Wednesday, November 11, 10-11am
Scopus & Web of Science, Monday, November 9, 1-2pm
Systematic Reviews: Literature Searching, Tuesday, November 17, 10-11am
Systematic Reviews: Developing a Framework (Nuts & Bolts), Tuesday, November 10, 10-11am

Sign up for these free workshops online or by calling 319-335-9151.

No time for a workshop?  Request a personal session.

How do I get there?  Take Pentacrest Cambus to the VA Loop Stop.  The library is just up the hill.







Veterans Week Activity | Discussions in Progress About Military Life @Main Library

Discussions in Progress About Military Life is a four-day event series offered by Military & Veteran Student Services in the Center for Diversity & Enrichment and the UI Libraries. Event will be held Monday, Nov 9-Thursday, Nov 12 in the Main Library Learning Commons. 

Each day will begin with a Call of Duty tournament from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm in Group Room 1103/1105 Main Library, with opportunities to engage in conversation with UI student veterans during the tournament. 

Immediately following at 2:30 will be a discussion on various themes related to video games. Discussions will be in Group Area E Main Library.vets

Monday: “Gamer to Gamer”  As gamers with different life experiences, a veteran (Ben Rothman) and a non-veteran (Kaitlin Jones) will lead a conversation about varying perspectives on the video game “Call of Duty.”

Tuesday: “Video Games & Art” Matt Butler, UI Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, will talk about video games as art, tracing how advances in technology have enhanced the realistic look and feel of the gaming environment. Has visual realism prompted game developers to make controversial narrative choices?

Wednesday: “Video Games & the Brain” Michael Hall, UI faculty in psychology and neuroscience, will talk about research on video games and the brain, including areas of the brain activated by gaming, gaming’s effect on the brain’s pleasure centers, early data on whether gaming can be neuroprotective, and what too much gaming can do to the brain.

Thursday: “Stereotypes & Video Games” Hannah Scates Kettler, UI Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, will talk about stereotypes and gaming. Arguably more than any other media, video games challenge/re-inscribe our notions about identity. Who gets to participate in gaming? What roles are gamers encouraged to adopt? Do video games promote more fiction than reality regarding military service?

This four-day event series is designed to:

  • teach students how to engage in civil discourse about controversial issues.
  • debunk common stereotypes of military life and wartime experiences.
  • use the popular video game “Call of Duty” as an entry point to discuss specific issues such as violence in media, stereotypes in gaming, the effect of life-like graphics on game content, and video games’ effect on the brain.
  • honor our veterans on Veteran’s Day by encouraging all students to engage in discussions with veterans, get to know them, learn about their experiences and travels, discover how veterans’ perspectives enrich our campus, and create a sense of campus community that includes our UI student veterans.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brittney Thomas in advance at 319-384-2439.

Complete schedule of Veterans Week activities online.

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November Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Sir Thomas Browne

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

Sir THOMAS BROWNE (1605-1682). A true and full coppy of that which was most imperfectly and Surreptitiously printed before under the name of Religio Medici. [London]: Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1643.

Browne was not only a noted physician, but one of the great English writers and philosophers of the Seventeenth Century. His works deal more with moral and philosophical issues than medicine, as in this, his masterpiece and most popular work.

Browne sets forth his personal religious philosophy and the tenets by which he lived. Browne’s simple and concise essays were widely read, commented upon, and criticized. His book deeply influenced many individuals and retains its appeal even today after three centuries.

Many authors exploited the title for their own books because this book was so widely admired.

This first authorized edition contains the curious allegorical engraving by William Marshall which depicts a man falling headfirst into the sea from the rock of faith. A hand emerging from nearby clouds catches him by the arm and saves him from the sea. Marshall’s engraving was taken from the unauthorized 1642 edition.

You may view this work in the John Martin Rare Book Room, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Make a gift to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences by donating online or setting up a recurring gift with The University of Iowa Foundation.

engraving by William Marsh

engraving by William Marsh

Using NCBI databases for genetic information? Be more efficient with our free workshop |Thursday Nov. 5, 10am

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins? Wondering which database you should always start with?
Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases?
Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor?
Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation?
Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.

Our next session is:

Thursday, November 5, 10am-11am, West Information Commons, 2nd floor

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.

Can’t make the workshop?  Request a personal session online.

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Expectations Exceeded: My Experience With the Open Access Fund | Guest Post by Dr. Matthew Uhlman, Urology Resident

by Willow Fuchs

This guest post is by Dr. Matthew Uhlman, Urology Resident, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Expectations Exceeded – My Experience With The Open Access Fund

Thanks for the chance to write about our experience with the open access (OA) fund here at Iowa. To introduce myself, my name is Matt Uhlman and I’m a 6th year Urology resident at the University. Over my time here, I’ve seen and learned a lot. Being at a large referral center, and in Urology no less, we see plenty of abnormal things and when we come across them, we often look to the mystical “literature” for guidance.picture of Dr. Uhlman

In a number of instances, I found that there wasn’t much written on the things I was seeing and since I find that writing about cases helps me process through them and cement concepts, there were a number of times I, along with colleagues, decided we wanted to write up a case we’d seen. There are very limited options for such papers (case reports), but what I found was OA journals had emerged as a place for them. For a long time, I’d written off such journals figuring they were just filled with the ramblings of people paying to publish stuff that wasn’t really worth my time. However, as I started to look around for case reports, I found they were a really helpful resource as they were effectively mini-review articles on rare things.

During my research year, I had written up a number of cases and when I came across the OA fund at the University, using it was a no brainer. The costs to publish weren’t prohibitive, but were unfortunately a tough sell to the department given the tight budgets we work within. After I learned about the fund, I talked with the librarians who work with it and was happy to learn how eager they were to help me get support. It didn’t feel like I was going to a tight fisted group who would find any reason to not support our efforts, but rather an ally who genuinely wanted to get behind us.

Since that time and with the knowledge of the OA fund, I’ve been able to utilize it another 4 or 5 times, publishing in a number of different journals. An interesting unintended, but positive, outcome from the OA fund has been the opportunity to help a number of medical students publish. Without dedicated research time, it can be tough to find time for long term research projects. Being able to help students write up a case report or short review article has been a great way to get them involved in researching a subject and then contributing to the overall body of medical literature, plus, it looks nice on their resume when they apply for residency!

Looking back over the last few years since I found out about, and started using the OA fund, it’s been a catalyst to being able to publish on the things I’m encountering on a daily basis in residency, not just the things that others deem “worthy”. Case and point, we recently published a paper on the safety of instillation of a chemotherapy compound in the bladder at the time of a specific surgery. We had submitted the paper to a number of journals and had basically been told, “This isn’t a common cancer, nor a common practice. Come back when you have a randomized trial”. For anyone familiar with research, randomized trials take a long time, a lot of coordination, a lot of money and early safety/efficacy data. We decided to go with a more well-known OA journal within Urology and ultimately had the paper accepted and published. After doing so, we started hearing from physicians at different institutions who were interested in starting a trial, now that someone had done the initial safety work. There’s a long way to go, but the first step was publishing our results and the OA fund made that much more attainable.

My experience with the fund at Iowa has been uniformly positive. To anyone thinking about utilizing the funds, I say go for it. It’s allowed me to write about the things I’m seeing, walk with students through the process of publishing and publish on topics that are timely, but don’t always fit into the limited scope of our standard journals. I don’t know if this sort of fund is available elsewhere, but I feel like it should be!


Selected Open Access Case Reports by Dr. Uhlman



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