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Anil K. Lalwani, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Columbia Cochlear Implant Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Co- Authored:

Recent Advances in Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, 2nd Edition
New Delhi, Jaypee Brother Medical Publishers, 2013


During the month of March, the Health Sciences Library will be providing access to two resources on trail basis; MD Conference Express and Lexicomp Online for Dentistry. These trial subscriptions will allow you to explore and stay up to date on new tools and resources in the marketplace, as well as help us to prioritize the information resources that will make a difference in your work. 

Check out the resources

MD Conference Express

"[A]uthoritative, peer-reviewed highlights from major medical conferences."

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry

"[D]rug, disease and related clinical information" specific to dentistry.

Because New York-Presbyterian already subscribes to another version of Lexicomp you will need to logout and then login with the credentials below to access the Dentistry specific version.

  1. Go to
  2. Click 'logout' from the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click 'here' to login again when prompted.
  4. Enter the Dentistry trial username and password:

username: columbiauni
password: lexicomp

  1. Explore 
  2. Click 'logout' from the upper right hand corner. If you do not logout you will stay logged into the Dentistry trial when you attempt to access the current subscription to Lexicomp.

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By completing a short survey regarding each product you explore you can be entered into a raffle to win a smartpen by Livescribe. A smartpen operates like a traditional pen, but also records audio and creates synchronized digital notes. To learn more about smartpens visit the Livescribe website.

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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