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March 27, 2009

New History of Medicine web sites

Contagion is part of Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program. Organized by significant episodes of contagious disease (such as cholera and influenza), it's a rich digital collection that combines books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, & manuscripts, including materials from the Center for the History of Medicine.

Contagion web site
Check it out at http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/

From Steven Palmer at the University of Windsor comes Cultures of Health http://hih.uwindsor.ca/wordpress/, an on-line forum that will publish research, including fragments and works-in-progress, from researchers at all levels. the intent is to have information appear quickly to generate conversations about research and ideas in the cultural and social history of medicine and health.

Cultures of health

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March 24, 2009

Words of Women Scientists - In Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the role of women in technology and science.

Ada Lovelace Day: http://findingada.com/

Ada Lovelace is considered to be the founder of scientific computing, the first true computer programmer, and a brilliant mathematician. Exceptional woman such as Countess Lovelace are still relatively rarely noted in science and technology histories. Indeed, it is easy to go through several volumes of the Biographical Memoirs published by National Academy of Sciences without seeing a single woman listed in the Table of Contents.

"Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Entrepreneurs, innovators, sysadmins, programmers, designers, games developers, hardware experts, tech journalists, tech consultants. The list of tech-related careers is endless." Suw Charman-Anderson, Ada Lovelace Day.

Meanwhile, in healthcare, the inclusion of women as students and faculty is on the rise.

AAMC: Women in U.S. Academic Medicine Statistics and Medical School Benchmarking 2007-2008: http://www.aamc.org/members/wim/statistics/stats08/start.htm

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/women-physicians-congress/statistics-history.shtml

AMA: Women Physicians Congress: Statistics and History: Women Medical School Applicants: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/women-physicians-congress/statistics-history/table-2-women-medical-school-applicants.shtml

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day and the commitment of the health science professions toward gender inclusiveness, the libraries would like to offer a collection of quotations from famous women scientists. Included are Barton, Bates, Blackburn, Clance, Cori, Curie, Daie, Eigenmann, Elion, Franklin, Fraser, Gabelnick, Goeppert-Mayer, Hodgkin, Hopkins, Hopper, Joliot-Curie, Koshland, Levi-Montalcini, Marrack, McClintock, Nusslein-Volhard, Randall, Roussel, Rowley, Sarachik, Steitz, Stewart, Yalow, Young, Zoback. Who is the one you admire most?

HSL: Words of Women Scientists: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/about/adalovelace/femsciquot.html

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March 17, 2009

Grand Opening: Against the Odds - NLM's Global Health Exhibit

You are welcome to attend the opening of the NLM touring exhibit on Global Health.

March 18th
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Health Sciences Libraries (1135 East Catherine).

Here are a few highlights to whet your interest.

Exhibit Panels:
UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit UM HSL: Global Health Exhibit

Selected books on the topic:
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Add your home location to the maps!
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Do the same with the online map:
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Explore fun facts on the tables and the online exhibit materials for more!
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Against the Odds: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/about/againsttheodds.html

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March 10, 2009

iGoogle for MHealthy, Part Three: Fitness & Workout Tools

Continuing our series of iGoogle tabs collecting health and wellness resources, here is one with Fitness and Workout tools. Remember, you can use these yourself, for your own health and wellness goals, but you can also share them or recommend specific tools to patients or health care consumers.

Click here to add this tab to your own iGoogle: iGoogle: Fitness and Workout Tools

iGoogle: Fitness & Workout

Tools included:
* Water Tracker
* My gym workout
* Log Your Run
* My Walking
* Cool Running
* Life Tips Exercise
* My Map / My Fitness Workout
* Days Since ...

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