New Guide to Giving Science Talks

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has published a new guide, Communicating Science:  Giving Talks.  It covers “tips on putting together talks, insights into how to use technology to your benefit, horror stories about speeches gone wrong, and pointers to inexpensive, approachable resources available in most communities to polish speaking skills and gain confidence. ”  You can download it electronically or request a free print copy here:—Communicating-Science:–Giving-Talks/


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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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National Family History Day

As you make plans for a happy Thanksgiving holiday, the Surgeon General suggests also talking about family health.  Knowing your family health history can be a vital screening tool for you and your physician.  So among the many things you chat about with your family this weekend, add health to the list.

No need for expensive genealogy software, use the Surgeon General’s family history site, My Family Health Portrait to capture it all.

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New Saltman Quarterly Volume Available

The Saltman Quarterly has released a new volume (volume 8). The Saltman Quarterly is UCSD’s only student-run journal of undergraduate biology research. This journal is sponsored by the Division of Biological Sciences, and is published in print and online once a year. This latest volume is not available online yet but print copies are available at the Biomedical Library and Science and Engineering Library. The main purpose of Saltman Quarterly is to bring greater awareness to UCSD undergraduate research, and to help students develop strong science communication skills.

Another publication being distributed by the Saltman Quarterly staff is Under the Scope, a “research brochure” which synthesizes the research presented at the 2010 Biological Sciences Student Research Showcase into articles and illustrations accessible to the lay public. In the words of the Under the Scope Editor-in-Chief, Leila Haghighat, “Under the Scope seeks to explain research not in overly technical jargon but in terms of its relevance to everyday life and to explore how other disciplines can help us think of biology differently.”

Stop by the Biomedical Library or Science and Engineering Library to pick up copies of these high-quality publications.

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Triple Helix Issues Available

Some copies of the latest issue of The Triple Helix, the journal of the UCSD chapter of The Triple Helix, are currently available at the UCSD Biomedical Library and at the Science and Engineering Library.

The Triple Helix is a worldwide, undergraduate, science journal that explores the interdiciplinary nature of science, society, and law.  This bi-annual journal is published in 27 chapters all over the world including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Yale, UC Berkeley, Oxford, Cambridge, and many more.

Pick up your copy  of The Triple Helix at Biomed or S&E – while they last – or contact The Triple Helix at for more information.

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Brain chips should be here by next April 1

We were excited to read about the new Library Brain Chips that debuted today at the Johnson County Library in Kansas.

We hope that by next April 1st we too will be able to offer direct-to-your-brain downloading of books and journals.  It’s taking a little longer here because California has stricter environmental regulations and we need to make sure that any books or articles that accidentally bounce off your heads instead of sinking in do not end up in the atmosphere.

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Workshop: Living With, Through & Beyond Cancer

The Seventh Annual Cancer Survivorship Series: Living With, Through & Beyond Cancer
A Three-Part Telephone Education Workshop Program

This free series, made possible by support from the National Cancer Institute and Lance Armstrong Foundation, offers cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends.

Part I entitled, Managing the Stress of Survivorship, will take place on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Eastern Time (10:30 – 11:30 am, Pacific Time).

The featured speakers for this program include:

  • Keith M. Bellizzi, PhD, MPH, Cancer Survivor, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut;
  • David Spiegel, MD, Wilson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine; and
  • Guadalupe R. Palos, RN, LMSW, DrPH, Instructor, Clinical Research Faculty, Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Symptom Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Social workers can earn 1contact hour from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Part II, The Importance of Nutrition and Physical Activity, will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, ET (10:30 – 11:30 am, Pacific Time).

Part III, Survivors Too: Family, Friends and Loved Ones: Managing the Fatigue of Caregiving, will take place on Tuesday, June 23 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, ET (10:30 – 11:30 am, Pacific Time).

More details on Part II and III will follow shortly.

These workshops are free – no phone charges apply.   However, pre-registration is required.  Register at the CancerCare website.  CancerCare has other telephone workshops, for a list see

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The website is a social networking site for San Diego scientists, science students, and anyone else interested in science.  Once you register and create a profile, you can:

  • Network with others (useful for research collaborations, fostering your career, etc.)
  • Join groups (e.g., San Diego Science Festival, UCSD Biology Students, UCSD Biomedical Sciences, San Diego Postdoc Network, Sleep Science San Diego, San Diego Cancer Researchers, UCSD Biomedical Library) — or create your own
  • Join the conversation by posting or responding to blog queries
  • Learn about scientific events and goings-on in the San Diego area — or post information about your own events

Join — which calls itself “San Diego’s Science Network” — in order to plug into all kinds of opportunities and possibilities.

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Darwin Day Birthday Cards

Darwin Day, the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birthday, is over – it was yesterday, February 12.  However, we can continue to celebrate all year long! 

We have full-color, commemorative cards with an illustration of Darwin in birthday attire on one side, and five tips for research success on the back.  There is also a Darwin Day reading list for those of you who want to learn more about Darwin.  The “birthday cards” and reading lists are available at our front desk, and the reading list is also online.

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Budget Message from UC President Yudof

This month’s issue of Our University features a budget update from UC President Mark Yudof.  The update features a video in which President Yudof lays out his case for full funding for UC in these admittedly difficult economic times, and the accountability measures UC is taking to demonstrate that the state gets good value for its dollar.  Well worth reading – and watching. (A transcript is available if the video won’t play for you.)

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