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Neuro-Inspired Art to Inspire All

Art on the Brain is a unique exhibit on display at Falk Library. The centerpiece of the exhibit is six awe-inspiring works by artist and neuroscientist, Dr. Greg Dunn. The artworks are titled: Self Reflected (illuminated micro etching), Visual Cortex (custom designed), Olfactory Bulb, Synaptogenesis, Basket & Pyramidals, and Retina in Inks. Dunn visits HSLS for the opening reception and lecture titled, “Self Reflected: Deeply Fusing Art and Science to Create the World’s Most Complex Artistic Depiction of the Human Brain,” on April 3 from 2-4 p.m. in Scaife Hall. These works will remain in the library on permanent display after the exhibit.

On the library’s upper floor, Dunn’s artwork is accompanied by a creativity relaxation station. Just in time for some finals week relief, visitors are encouraged to build a brainy puzzle, use an app to create digital art, or color your own brain images. Does all of the beautiful art have you feeling inspired? Compete in our coloring contest to win a cool neuro-themed prize!

The exhibit also extends to include locally produced images from Pitt’s Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI). CBI’s mosaic posters are prominent in the main floor study area, while journal covers and smaller prints are viewable in the display cases of the main hallway of the library.

New Liaison, New Services

Search back issues of the HSLS Update for “liaison” and you will find many articles that report on liaison librarians’ activities and listing the services they provide. Liaisons either serve a health sciences school, or they concentrate on meeting an important information need such as scholarly communications or molecular biology bioinformatics that cuts across schools. The opportunity to combine librarianship with deep subject knowledge and to participate in long term collaborative projects with faculty, staff, and students makes liaison librarianship a rewarding career choice. A good liaison enjoys teaching information skills and the intellectual challenge of providing advanced information services such as systematic review searching.

At the end of April, Barbara Folb will retire, and Helena VonVille will be the liaison to the Graduate School of Public Health. Barbara was the first liaison to the school to hold an MPH in addition to a library degree. She established a strong systematic review search support service for the school, and promoted the informationist model of liaison librarianship, maintaining an office in the school, and participating in collaborative projects with the faculty as well as teaching and consultation.

Tell Us Your Story: Outcomes from Data Sharing

During Love Data Week, HSLS Data Services gathered stories from health sciences researchers to better understand the “benefits or unforeseen outcomes” experienced from data sharing.

The paraphrased stories below illustrate the importance of data security and thoughtful data management.

There is the expectation that one’s identity would remain 100% confidential when participating in a research study. A breach in data security, identified during a Google search, made one research participant hesitant about sharing any personal data in future studies.

Surface Pros Featuring Adobe Creative Cloud Now Available at Falk Library

Are you a biomedical graduate student who needs to draw a gene regulation pathway for an upcoming poster presentation, but you don’t have the right software to use? Perhaps you’re a medical student editing a video project, and the tools in Windows Movie Maker feel a little outdated. Maybe you’re simply a student in the health sciences who likes to draw, edit photos, or create other forms of digital media, and you’re ready to elevate your technique past the free software you can find online.

The TEC – A Year in Review

Jennifer Jones
Executive Director, Training and Education Center, All of Us Research Program, National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine Training and Education Center (TEC) for the All of Us Research Program is celebrating its first year at HSLS! The TEC is the central repository for educational content and trainings related to the program. Our goal is to leverage resources, highlight expertise, and create accessible products for a variety of target audiences, including All of Us Research Program participants, All of Us consortium members, researchers, health professionals, citizen scientists, and for general consumer health. The TEC uses a Team Science framework to collaborate with NLM staff and All of Us leadership to determine priorities and best practices.

Over the past year the TEC has focused on creating a solid and sustainable infrastructure, which includes operationalizing policies, procedures, and a program logic model, creating and populating an online Training and Educational Platform, creating an Expert Partners Database, determining our participant engagement strategic plan, and launching multiple SharePoint 365 project sites for internal project management and external collaboration with project stakeholders. The TEC implemented a 4-step instructional design process (consult, prototype, build, and go live) for the consistent creation, delivery, and evaluation of all TEC deliverables. All TEC products meet federal standards to be 508-compliant with language and accessibility, with an upcoming goal for all participant engagement materials to be available in Spanish.

Responsible Literature Searching Module

With the help of Google, we’re used to getting the search results we want right away. It’s easy to parse whether a search engine has given you what you need if you’re looking for a quick dinner recipe or Pitt’s current academic calendar. However, searching for biomedical literature isn’t as easy, and incorrect search terms, incomplete searches, or using the wrong database could lead to inadequate results. That matters a lot, especially when designing studies involving human subjects. With an ever-increasing amount of biomedical literature and so many ways to find it, how can researchers be sure they aren’t missing anything?

HSLS is here to help! We have released an updated version of the Responsible Literature Searching module for clinicians, scientists, and anyone looking to improve their biomedical literature searching skills. The module provides guidelines to follow in order to search the literature in a responsible manner, especially when working with human subjects.


Are you interested in virtual reality (VR) simulations? Join Dr. Bill McIvor, Professor of Anesthesiology, for HSLS-based VR “office hours.” Starting in April, Dr. McIvor will be available to mentor students and faculty interested in learning more about VR-based technology. Not just a solitary endeavor, VR simulations offer a great way for health sciences students to work interprofessionally with one another within complex real life scenarios such as the care of acutely unstable patients.

Treasures from the Rare Book Collection: Master of Trusses

Book - Juville Bandage HerniairJean Juville, identified in French dictionaries and catalogs as Juville, hernia expert, was an 18th century surgeon educated at the Royal College of Surgery in Paris, and a truss maker.

Before publishing his principal work on hernia bandages (Traité des bandages herniaires, Paris 1786), he already had forty years of experience practicing surgery, studying and perfecting these instruments. He presented the bandages of his invention to the Academy of Sciences in 1773, and published extensively on the subject in the Journal de Medicine in 1775, 1777, and 1783. His name was well known and respected. There was no author writing about hernia bandages in the late 18th and early 19th century who would not refer to or talk about this Parisian truss maker. Juville’s treatise is considered the best 18th century work on the subject.

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