High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Jumping into the Newest Fitness Gadgets and Technology — Join us Wednesday, April 29 at Noon

April 20, 2015

It’s no secret that technology can make us less active. But, we can use technology to enhance our fitness, or even our daily level of activity. Today’s devices tell us how many steps we take, how many calories we burn, our heart rates, and even how we are sleeping.

Thinking about ways to maximize your workouts or to find out how much you are moving each day? This talk will cover new frontiers in fitness gadgetry, along with price ranges, reviews, and analyses of wearable devices such as FitBitTM, Nike FuelTM, and Garmin VivoFitTM –to name a few. We also will explore the numerous phone applications devoted to fitness and well-being.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in the History of Medicine room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch!

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399.


TOXinvaders: Game (and learning) about environmental health

April 1, 2015

News from the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS): There’s a new learning game in town!

TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, is now available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8). It’s free.

(OK…so, full disclosure. TOXinvaders is rated for middle school learners. If you’re not in that demographic, though, there’s no need to be embarrassed about downloading and playing this game. We’ll never tell!)

From their description: “The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing ‘good chemicals.’ To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLTOXinvadersM Web sites.”

Pairs nicely with other learning tools from SIS:

♦ Tox Town – Helping students learn about chemicals in their environment.

♦ TOXMAP –  Use mapping to explore the data from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory and The Superfund Program.

♦ Environmental Health Student Portal – an entire portal for helping middle schoolers learn about environmental health.


April 2015 Classes by Miner Library

April 1, 2015

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Register
RefWorks Basics
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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BIO101: You Are What You Eat (and Drink and Breathe…)
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register
EndNote Basics
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
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Blackboard Advanced Features: Tests and Surveys
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
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Bioinformatics Guest Lecture Series: RNA-seq Analysis
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
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Bioinformatics Guest Lecture Series: RNA-seq Analysis
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.


Miner Library hosts Shakespeare exhibit: “And There’s the Humor of It”

March 30, 2015

From March 16-April 25, 2015, Edward G. Miner Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It” Shakespeare and the Four Humors.”

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William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well. “And There’s the Humor of It” Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the language of the four humors that bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, March 25, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Miner Library. The exhibit’s co-curator, Theodore Brown, Ph.D., Professor of History and Medical Humanities and Phelps Professor of Public Health and Policy at the University of Rochester, will give opening remarks.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

We gratefully acknowledge support from the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies Human Values in Health Care Cluster.


Have you tried BrowZine to stay current?

March 26, 2015

BrowZine is a free tablet application that lets you browse, read, and stay current with top scholarly journals subscribed to by the URMC and River Campus Libraries. The app is for iPads and Android tablets.

With BrowZine, you can:

♦ Read and follow your favorite scholarly journals.

♦ Create a personal bookshelf and get notifications when new articles are published.

♦ Save articles for off-line reading or export to RefWorks, EndNote, Papers, Mendeley, and other services.

Dr. Robert G. Holloway, Department of Neurology, uses BrowZine on his iPad and calls it  “a game changer in the way I use and process information.”

To learn more, listen to this informal discussion with Dr. Holloway and Valorie Hallinan, Liaison Librarian, Edward G. Miner Library, at this link:

http://youtu.be/szIHUIr-cxg

Scene from Browzine video

 

Getting started with BrowZine couldn’t be easier.

From your tablet, go to http://thirdiron.com/download/and select the appropriate icon, or go directly to the Apple App, Google Play, or Amazon App store and download it for free.

The first time you launch BrowZine, select University of Rochester from the dropdown list, log in with your credentials, and start exploring!


March 2015 Classes by Miner Library

March 4, 2015

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

BIO101: You Are What You Eat (and Drink and Breathe…)
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register
An Integrated View of the Genome
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Register
Bioinformatics Basics
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Register
RefWorks Basics
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Register
EndNote Basics
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Register

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.


NCBI to Host Free Webinar on March 5: “NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PubMed Central submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv”

March 2, 2015

On Thursday, March 5, NCBI will host a free webinar outlining how to use My NCBI to report public access policy compliance for NIH grant holders. Topics will include the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.

The event runs from 1-2 PM (EST). Click here to register.


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