Join the Writing Instrument Brigade

WIBbinsJoin the Writing Instrument Brigade!

“Upcycle” your defunct writing instruments at the libraries and other various locations.  For more information on how to get more involved visit TerraCycle!

For more information and tips on sustainable living, please visit our Earth Week display.

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Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Come view the award-winning movie, “Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” ( that will uncover daily habits and products that are more detrimental to our public health and the environment than one might believe.  The movie is being shown on Thursday, April 18th from noon to 1pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  Happy Earth Week, everyone!

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Earth Week 2013: Living Sustainably Display

Come visit the “Living Sustainably” exhibit at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library during the month of April, the theme of which was inspired by UC San Diego Earth Week 2013.  The exhibit includes a three-part display located in the library breezeway and a table exhibit situated inside the library, next to the entrance.  The exhibit is a collaborative effort of the Biomedical Library, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG), Roger’s Community Garden (a student-led group), and the local non-profit organization, San Diego Coastkeeper.  The exhibit highlights initiatives that have moved from “thinking green” to actively “being green.”

The San Diego Coastkeeper has provided an engaging display about their efforts “to protect and restore swimmable, fishable, drinkable water in San Diego County.”  Roger’s Community Garden “shows us the path to diversity through sustainable gardening and composting co-mingled with the ease and beauty of drought-tolerant landscaping” by sharing their practices and showcasing an assortment of native Southern California drought tolerant succulents.  The middle section of the breezeway display compares reusable items versus “one-time use” disposables, and provides information about an array of interrelated subjects including recycling, composting, worm farming, eco-design, aquaponics, air plants, and terrariums, and more.

The Biomedical Library and ESG’s overall intent is to promote awareness and pique interest in a more sustainable approach to living, emphasizing the UC San Diego Earth Week 2013 (April 17-24) goals of “Making Zero A Reality,” and the University’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020.

Please join us in celebrating Earth Week 2013, and make sure to mark your calendars for the Library and ESG’s screening of the movie, “Bag It”, on Thursday, April 18 from noon-1:00 pm in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.  There will be a raffle of reusable and eco-conscious items, and San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation representatives will also be present.  Surfrider San Diego Chapter’s “Rise Above Plastics”’ mission is to “reduce the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution and by advocating for a reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.”  Both groups are dedicated to protecting our oceans, and their spokespeople will be there to provide information on beach clean-ups and offer other opportunities for individuals to get involved and help protect their beach communities.

"Living Sustainably" exhibit in the Biomedical Library breezeway

“Living Sustainably” display in the Biomedical Library breezeway










"Living Sustainably" display in the Biomedical Library foyer

“Living Sustainably” display in the Biomedical Library foyer










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Insomnia: Causes, Consequences and Cures

On March 21 from 12-1 pm, Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel will speak about “Insomnia: Causes, Consequences and Cures” as part of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library lunchtime seminar series.

Insomnia is a disorder that affects over a third of adults. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep results in decreased daytime functioning as well as problems with memory, concentration, health and overall quality of life.  Insomnia is often co-morbid with medical/psychiatric problems, medication use, circadian rhythms (biological clock) alterations and other primary sleep disorders. Behavioral treatments are available that “re-teach” the insomnia patient how to sleep. Pharmacological treatments are also available.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronomedicine Research Center, and Director of Education at the Sleep Medicine Center at UCSD.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s expertise is in the field of sleep disorders and sleep research in aging. Her current interests include the longitudinal effect of sleep disorders on aging, the effect of circadian rhythms on sleep, therapeutic interventions for sleep problems in dementia, and fatigue, particularly the relationship between sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms in cancer and other chronic illnesses.

She is Past-President of the Sleep Research Society, Past-President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, and was on the founding Executive Board of the National Sleep Foundation.  She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Life Time Achievement Award and the Sleep Research Society Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award and in 2012 with Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Distinguished Career Award. Dr. Ancoli-Israel has been a guest on television and radio programs including NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

She is published often in medical and psychiatric journals with close to 400 publications in the field.

Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat. Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.

Sonia April 2012

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Publishing in the 21st Century

On February 12, 2013, from 3:30-5:00 pm, Martin Frank, Executive Director of the American Physiological Society, will talk about “Publishing in the 21st Century” in the Seuss Room at Geisel Library.

Since the founding of Philosophical Transactions in 1665, journals have been the vehicle of choice for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.  Since that time, the number of active, peer-reviewed learned journals has expanded to approximately 28,000, collectively publishing over 1.8 million articles per year.  Of these, most are accessible via subscription and prior to the mid-1990s were only available on paper.  By the end of the 20th Century, most journals had moved their content to online platforms greatly increasing accessibility to scientific information.

Online dissemination served as the impetus for the open access (OA) movement and the call for free dissemination of the information contained in journals.  OA advocates adopted the words of Stewart Brand to develop their slogan, “Information wants to be free.”  They promoted their cause to legislative bodies by claiming, “The taxpayer paid for it, so the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay again to read the content.”  The question is what has the taxpayer paid for and can information dissemination truly be free.

Martin Frank, Ph.D. has been the Executive Director of the American Physiological Society, Bethesda, MD since 1985.  In 2004, he helped found the Washington DC Principles Coalition for Free Access to Science, a Coalition that represents approximately 70 not-for-profit society and university press publishers.  Frank received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1973 working under Dr. William W. Sleator.  He served as a research associate in the Cellular Physiology Laboratory, Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit, and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, East Lansing.  In 1975, he joined the Department of Physiology, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, as an assistant professor.  From 1978-1985, he served as the Executive Secretary, Physiology Study Section, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.  From 1983-1985, he was a Member, Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.  As part of the program, he served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, DHHS.

This talk is co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, The Library, and the Office of Graduate Studies and is another in a series of talks about the evolution of scholarly communication.  A reception will follow the talk at 5:00 pm.



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Chocolate: Health Food or Junk Food?

The Biomedical Library is currently featuring a display titled “Chocolate: Health Food or Junk Food?” in the library breezeway throughout the Fall quarter.  The display points out:

  • There are many health benefits to be obtained from chocolate, particularly dark chocolate — and few adverse effects.
  • Not all chocolate is created equal.  The ingredients, nutrition, and health benefits of dark, milk and white chocolate vary considerably.

If you just can’t get enough chocolate — and who can? — visit the San Diego Natural History Museum exhibit on chocolate, “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” which starts today and runs through March 10, 2013.


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Faculty Workshops on Ted in October

This month the libraries are hosting workshops on Ted, the course management system run by ACMS’s Instructional Web Development Center.  Instructional specialists from IWDC will be leading these workshops.   Please check out the schedule of workshops and sign up!


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Chocolate: My Favorite Vegetable

On October 4, 2012 from 12-1 pm, Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb will speak about “Chocolate: My Favorite Vegetable” as part of the UCSD Biomedical Library lunchtime seminar series.

Chocolate is a “vegetable.” It is a plant-based product, rich in “phytonutrients” and antioxidants, with health protective properties. Chocolate has long been viewed as an indulgence, and like many indulgences, has been presumed best avoided. But when the evidence is viewed, chocolate has repeatedly – defied supposition, producing favorable effects on (or bearing favorable associations to) blood pressure, blood sugar regulation, cholesterol profiles, heart disease, cognitive function, and (is it possible?) dental cavities. Favorable associations to longevity have even been documented. Still, trifling matters like lifespan have garnered far less attention than has the finding that regular chocolate consumption is linked – mirabile dictu to more favorable body weight. As is the case for many nutrients, regular consumption, not necessarily high quantity, shows the most favorable profile. In keeping with the contrarian character of evidence relative to supposition, the one outcome chocolate has been popularly presumed to benefit is the one which the evidence fails to support. Which one? Some mysteries must be left to the talk.

Beatrice Alexandra Golomb, MD, PhD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego with a joint appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She has been lead investigator on a number of studies and clinical trials with research interests under two broad themes: medical reasoning; and the impact of oxidative stress and cell energetics in health, aging, and disease. Offshoots of the former interest include (among others) treatment/exposure risk-benefit balance, impact of conflict of interest on medical findings and information purveyal, why double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trials are none of the above, and placebos. Branches of the latter interest include cholesterol and statin drugs, metabolic syndrome, aging, ALS, autism, and Gulf War illness, as well as antioxidant and pro-oxidant foods/nutrients/exposures such as coenzyme Q10, trans fats, pesticides – and, of course, chocolate. A number of her studies have been featured in national and international print, radio and television media, from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Space is limited so RSVP as soon as possible in order to reserve a seat. Feel free to bring a discreet lunch; cookies and water will be provided.

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Reading List from Henry C. Powell

On May 17, 2012, Dr. Henry C. Powell gave a presentation called “From beliefs and spells to the scientific method: A long slow journey for the art of Medicine” as part of the Biomedical Library’s lunchtime seminar series and the Libraries-wide celebration of “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.”  Dr. Powell has created a suggested reading list of books that he mentioned during the talk and a few others, as well.  Enjoy!

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Harry Potter’s World Display

The Biomedical Library is featuring a breezeway display called “Harry Potter’s World.”  This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.”  It explores Harry Potter’s world and how it touches the muggle world of early Renaissance scientists, scholars, chemists (or alchemists) and nature.  The three Biomedical Library breezeway cases focus on potions, plants and people, respectively.

A LibGuide has been created to complement the breezeway display – – including four fun quizzes that test your knowledge about the contents of the website and the Harry Potter stories.

Stop by to see the physical display which will be up through June 2012, at least, and also check out the online site.  May the Harry Potter festivities continue!

Harry Potter's World Display

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