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Petri Towers 2012

The 13 six-foot-tall towers currently on display Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library lobby are made with plastic petri dishes repurposed from the science labs in the building. The dishes were cleaned, rinsed, and dried. The dried tops and bottoms were coated with paint and then sorted into color families. A hole was drilled through the top and bottom so they could be stacked into towers on metal rods.

Artist's Statement
Reimagining the Proximity of Plastics

In this project I work with plastics, from recycled petri dishes to iPhone packaging to food containers, coated in a layer of discarded house paint, which is itself plastic-based. In repurposing everyday plastic objects that are so ubiquitous in our lives, I am exploring ideas about the accumulation and excess of plastics in our ecosystems. I interrupt and aesthetically reimagine the intended trajectory of these materials with artistic manipulation and relocation. I consider these works to be interventions, even knowing they redirect only a minute portion of the countless plastic objects discarded.

Molly Heron, 2013

In this issue:

  • New History of Health Sciences Lecture
  • Global Heart authors
  • Climate change rally
  • Preparing your computer for encryption

... and more

History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 13th at 6pm with refreshments at 5:30
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, Room 2, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave. at West 168th St.

By Michael Nevins, M.D., President, Medical History Society of New Jersey

Dr. David Hosack (1769-1835) was a “mover and shaker” on New York's medical scene during the early 19th century. While some considered him to be the outstanding practitioner of his era, others reviled him as a liar and troublemaker. Considered one of the star teachers of the early College of Physicians and Surgeons, he later fomented a revolt that led to a mass faculty resignation from the College, almost destroying it. Hosack then formed his own medical school in lower Manhattan that was affiliated with Rutgers College. Dr. Hosack also was active in cultural affairs in the city and started America's first public garden, located at what is now Rockefeller Center. In addition to discussing this charismatic and controversial physician, Dr. Nevins will describe medical student life in Olde New York as depicted in the diary of one of Hosack's students.

Free and open to the public.

For more information contact Stephen Novak at

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Andrew E. Moran, MD, MPH
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center

Assessing the global burden of ischemic heart disease: Part 2: Analytic methods and estimates of the global epidemiology of ischemic heart disease in 2010.

Global Heart, Vol.7, Issue 4, Dec. 2012, Pages 331-342.