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‘Of Mice and Men’ and Bad Reporting of Science

It’s easy to get caught up in splashy health news reporting that sounds like a miraculous medical breakthrough. Enticing headlines such as “Compounds Found in Carrots Reverse Alzheimer’s-Like Symptoms” or “Exercise during Pregnancy Protects Children from Obesity” can raise false hope in patients when science reporters and press releases fail to delineate animal from human studies in the headline. Even worse, it might be necessary to read half the article before discovering it is not reporting a human study. Although animal studies often do show great promise, a drug or therapy that works effectively in mice, for example, can often fail to work in humans.

Falk Library Construction Updates

HSLS Construction Scaife Hall Corner Exterior DrawingA new Falk Library is on the way! As part of the Scaife Hall West Wing construction project, Falk Library is embarking on an exciting renovation project. Highlights of the new space will include updated and expanded learning and study spaces, integrated technology areas, modular seating, and a new entrance on Lothrop Street, convenient for all health sciences students.

Accidentally Hiding Behind Your ORCID iD? Change Your Privacy Setting to Power Up

Why do you need an ORCID iD? First, to enable others to find you and your work, and second, to automate funding, publishing, and other reporting requirements. Help ORCID work for you!

Privacy has justifiably become a major concern over the past several years, as access to Social Security numbers, bank accounts, credit cards, and social media accounts have been compromised. However, ORCID does not store any such non-public personal data. It is easy, however, to inadvertently constrain ORCID’s benefits by choosing an excessively restrictive privacy setting.

HSLS Participation at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Conference

MLA'19 Elevate, May 3-8 Chicago. #mlanet19

HSLS librarians were active participants in the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Il, from May 3-8, 2019.

Paper Presentations

Kate Flewelling, NNLM MAR Executive Director, presented “Distracted in the Library: Supporting Staff and Patrons with ADHD.”

Lightning Talks

Carrie Iwema, Coordinator of Basic Science Services, presented “Collaborating for Classes: Training Initiatives for the Mutual Benefit of Libraries and Their Institutional Partners.” Co-authors were Melissa Ratajeski, Coordinator of Data Services, and Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Assistant Director for Molecular Biology Information Services.

Melissa Ratajeski, Coordinator of Data Services, presented “Practicing What We Preach: Making Our Own Research Data Open Access.” Co-author was Carrie Iwema, Coordinator of Basic Science Services.

HSLS Librarians Honored at MLA

Michele Klein-Fedyshin, MSLS, AHIP, BA, BSN, RN, was named a Fellow of the Medical Library Association (FMLA). Fellows are elected by the Board of Directors in recognition of sustained and outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship and to the advancement of the purposes of MLA.

Michele Klein Fedyshin

Recognitions continued with Barbara Epstein, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA, and Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, AHIP, RLAT, for completing their term as Immediate Past President and Chapter Council Chair, respectively. Elaina Vitale, MLIS, was selected for the 2019-20 cohort of the MLA Rising Star program, which gives members the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in MLA. In addition, Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP was recognized for serving on the MLA Educational Steering Committee, which received the 2019 President’s Award.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: A Unique Portuguese Thesis on Hernia

Excerpt from Thése sobre a hernia inguinalAmong the many rare books donated by the family of Dr. Mark Ravitch, is a handwritten thesis on inguinal hernia. Its author, Joaquim Antonio dos Prazeres-Batalhoz, was a Portuguese naval surgeon and one of the first graduates of the Royal Surgical School in Lisbon. When the Régia Escola de Cirurgia de Lisboa opened in 1825 to educate surgeons, the school was associated with the Hospital de São José. It offered courses in seven subjects over a five-year period, but could not award medical degrees due to an insufficient curriculum. However, its graduates could practice medicine in places where there were no physicians that were educated at the University of Coimbra (the oldest university in Portugal with full privileges).

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