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In February the Health Sciences Library received 127 responses to our Lower Level 1 study room feedback survey. This was a follow up to a study previously done in 2013. If you did not have a chance to respond or if you have additional comments please feel free to contact the library at

After reviewing the responses we developed an action plan to improve your study experience.

Action plan

  • Short term - We are revising our internal procedures for monitoring room maintenance and the posting of schedules. Additional signage to clarify quiet spaces and ensure communication options to report uncomfortable temperatures is also being investigated.
  • Medium term - We will investigate allowing rooms to be reserved on the half hour to align better with class schedules.
  • Long term - We will investigate reconfiguring library spaces to facilitate groups of different sizes and will consider noise reducing materials. 

A full report is available for download.

History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series 
With Scott H. Podolsky, M.D., Associate Prof. of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard University Medical School

Wednesday, March 30, 2015
Refreshments at 5:30pm, Lecture at 6:00pm

Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 1
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue at West 168th Street

During the post–World War II “wonder drug” revolution, antibiotics were viewed as a panacea for mastering infectious disease. But from the beginning, critics raised concerns about irrational usage and over-prescription. The first generation of antibiotic reformers focused on regulating the drug industry: their victories included the adoption of controlled clinical trials as the ultimate arbiters of therapeutic efficacy; the passage of the Kefauver-Harris amendments mandating proof of drug efficacy via well-controlled studies; and the empowering of the Food and Drug Administration to remove inefficacious drugs from the market. Despite such reforms, no entity was given the authority to rein in physicians who inappropriately prescribed, or overly prescribed, approved drugs.

Physician-historian Scott H. Podolsky tells the far-reaching history of antibiotics, focusing particularly on reform efforts that attempted to fundamentally change how antibiotics are developed and prescribed. His talk will relate the struggles faced by crusading reformers from the 1940s onward as they advocated for a rational therapeutics at the crowded intersection of bugs and drugs, patients and doctors, industry and medical academia, and government and the media.

Concerns about the enduring utility of antibiotics – indeed, about a post-antibiotic era – are widespread, as evidenced by reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, academia, and popular media alike. Only by understanding the historical forces that have shaped our current situation, Podolsky argues, can we properly understand and frame our choices moving forward.

Scott H. Podolsky is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. He is the author of Pneumonia Before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America.  His newest book, The Antibiotic Era Reform: Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press this year.

Please join us on Monday, March 30 in Room 1 of the Russ Berrie Pavilion at 5:30 for refreshments, followed by the lecture at 6pm.  The Russ Berrie Pavilion, at St. Nicholas Ave. and West 168th St., is easily reached by the A, C, and 1 subway lines and numerous bus routes.

In this issue:

  • New History of Health Sciences Lecture on March 4
  • FCC votes in favor of net neutrality
  • Phishing season ...

... and more

History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series 
With Bill Hayes, author of The Anatomist: A True Story 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Refreshments at 5:30pm, Lecture at 6:00pm

Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 1
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue at West 168th Street

As The New York Times has noted, “Bill Hayes has an unusual set of skills: part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainer.” For his three nonfiction books to date, he has gone to unusual lengths in pursuit of his subjects. Hayes spent a year studying anatomy alongside medical students for his acclaimed book The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy. He is now at work on a history of exercise, titled Sweat, for which he is delving into the life of sixteenth-century physician and early exercise advocate Girolamo Mercuriale.  Hayes will retrace his steps in researching his books and discuss the varying approaches he has taken in writing about the human body. 

Please join us on Wednesday, March 4 in Room 1 of the Russ Berrie Pavilion at 5:30 for refreshments, followed by the lecture by Bill Hayes at 6pm.  The Russ Berrie Pavilion, at St. Nicholas Ave. and West 168th St., is easily reached by the A, C, and 1 subway lines and numerous bus routes.

Help us learn more about how you like to use our 8 reservable study rooms located on Lower Level 1 of the Hammer Health Sciences Building with our feedback survey. These rooms are managed by the library and are available to students from Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, GSAS and P&S schools.

Individual responses to our brief (5 min) survey will be confidential and anonymous, unless you choose to receive a copy of the survey results. Survey responses will only be reported in the aggregate. The survey will be open for two weeks: February 2nd, 2015 through February 16th, 2015.


Start the survey

In this issue:

  • Harry Potter's World - Upcoming NLM Exhibit 
  • Resource Spotlight
  • Moving to Exchange E-mail

... and more

In this issue:

  • NLM EbolaVirus Resource
  • What is the h-index?
  • Transplant Library trial
  • Compatibility status for Apple software

... and more.

Principles of Neural Science by Columbia University faculty Dr Eric Kandel is now offered through the AccessMedicine Neurology Collection. In addition to new titles this new ebook collection also provides videos of physical exams and movement disorders and board-style, self assessment questions.

Go to AccessMedicine Neurology

The National Library of Medicine has created an Ebolavirus Resource as a part of it's Virus Variation tool where you can retrieve, view and download the nucleotide and protein sequences. In addition to The Ebolavirus database, the page offers links to other Ebolavirus resources, such as the NCBI Zaire Ebolavirus reference genome, publications, 2014 Ebola Outbreak Information Resources and a Health Map, which provides a history of the media coverage of the outbreak since its beginning.

Go to the Ebolavirus Resource

In this issue:

  • New HSL exhibit Building for Education, Research, and Patient Care
  • New class offerings
  • New iOS system released
  • Higher security for mobile devices

... and more