BeyondPod is a popular Podcast/RSS manager for Android that, on the surface, works like you’d expect any application in this category to function. Find enjoyable podcasts, subscribe, listen, repeat. With a crowded, competitive field of podcast managers and podcatchers available for virtually every platform, BeyondPod distinguishes itself from competitors by offering users the ability to tweak and refine the individual user experience. The incredibly robust options and settings menus hiding underneath the primary user interface can be initially overwhelming, but the degree of customization offered by BeyondPod is exactly why it deserves to be on any Android user’s homescreen.Find some Podcasts, Subscribe. Find More!
If you’re new to podcasts and are curious about what’s available, there are plenty of places to look. Apple’s iTunes Store is an amazing resource for discovering popular and trending Podcasts, as well as the lesser-known offerings unique to your interests. More recently, Stitcher has become a good resource as well. BeyondPod has built similar functionality into their software, allowing users to discover, preview, subscribe, and listen to Podcasts all in one place.
On the primary interface an inconspicuous Add Feed button sits in the bottom-right corner and provides several ways of finding content you’ll enjoy. The Trending menu is always full with recent popular episodes and is a great way to find new content. Under Collections, podcasts are organized into providers, making it easy to view all offerings from a particular network, such as NPR, NASA, CNN, and more. Scrolling the menu ribbon to the left reveals categories such as News, Business, Comedy, Technology, Science & Medicine, Education, Culture, Arts, and the list goes on! BeyondPod will also recommend feeds based on feeds to which you are already subscribed. Finding relevant feeds via text search works brilliantly and is a great way to find content in a particular niche.
Once you’ve found a feed of interest, you can preview text, audio, and video before adding it to your subscription list. Feeds can also be added individually by URL, in bulk from OPML file, or via your Feedly account.Listen Up!
The BeyondPod player is functional and intuitive, though admittedly lacking the kind of polish and design you get with apps from Stitcher Radio or PocketCasts. From a usability standpoint, however, it has all the buttons you’d expect in all the right places (i.e. play/pause, skip forward/back, advance track) as well as some unexpected gems.
From the player menu, you can also adjust the playback speed of a Podcast from 1x, 1.5x, and 2.0x speed to move through content at a variable rate. Don’t like those speed options? You can edit those presets in the playback settings. There is also a Sleep timer which will pause playback at a given interval of time, or at the end of an episode, allowing you to resume the playlist at a later time.
Organizing your playlist is straightforward and touch-friendly. Drag an item up or down on your playlist with the swipe of a finger. Holding your finger on an item for a second brings up a secondary menu where you can remove it from the playlist, delete the episode from your device, view episode notes, or share it via another external app on your device.
Don’t like the internal player? You can set BeyondPod to default to external player software [e.g. MX Player, Winamp] for video, audio, or both.
Dive a little deeper into the settings and you’ll discover the SmartPlay feature. BeyondPod gives you the flexibility to create and organize your own podcast categories, and the SmartPlay feature lets you generate playlists effortlessly based on rules you create.
For example, a SmartPlay playlist can be built automatically from the most recent episode of every feed in my custom News category, then play the oldest episodes of a particular feed I’ve been neglecting.
In addition to the internal player, there are also Widgets to add to your Android’s homescreen and an optional lockscreen player, letting you seamlessly manage your playback. Similar to other audio players, you can also control playback via Android’s sliding status menu.Settings Galore.
BeyondPod’s most outstanding feature is the robust settings menu. If there’s a variable within the application you’d like to tweak, it is very likely the BeyondPod developers have given you the option to do so.
Under General Settings you can define where Podcasts are stored (internal memory, SD card, or a custom path), set how feeds are displayed and sorted, change the default orientation of the App (landscape, portrait, automatic), and change the default page to display when the app is launched.
Player preferences gives you control over how episodes are downloaded or streamed, what actions to perform after playing an episode, custom skip forward/back intervals, and more. When you unplug your Android’s headphones, do you want playback to continue or stop? That’s an option! Are you on a limited data plan and only want to stream episodes on WiFi? That’s an option! Do you have a video podcast that you’d rather listen to while you go for a jog? No problem. If your earbuds, headphones, or bluetooth listening device has playback buttons, you can even define what each of those buttons does.
Feed content settings allow you to change the font size for episode information, change feed background defaults, open links in a browser of your choice. You can also define whether you’d like to attach audio and video files to episodes when you share them, or choose to just share the download links.
You can also change how episodes are downloaded. While updating feeds, you can define the application to download a user-defined number of episodes automatically on WiFi, mobile data, or only on-demand. If local storage is an issue, you can also define how many files to keep within each feed and a maximum number of days old any episode can be before automatic deletion.Improve. Always.
BeyondPod has been actively developed for years. I’ve been using it since Windows Mobile 5.0, long before Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms distinguished themselves as the two major players in the mobile space. Though the app is entirely unrecognizable from those early days, the BeyondPod developers seem to always push forward with their product, continuously improving the user interface and adding features. Before Google Reader was discontinued, you could import feeds into BeyondPod with your Google credentials. In its stead, BeyondPod has now adopted Feedly as an option. Recent support for Google’s Chromecast has also been announced, allowing you to blast Beyondpod out to your television or other HDMI-equipped receiver. Beta features are available in the app as well, including an EpisodeSync feature that will synchronize the played positions for episodes across multiple devices.Where it Falls Short
BeyondPod is a purely Android experience. While there is a really nice version optimized for Tablets, there currently is no variant for iPhone/iPad, OSX, Windows, Linux, or for the Web. And though EpisodeSync promises to someday perfectly synchronize your experience across multiple Android devices, that feature is still in beta and falls well short of the multiple-device, multiple-platform synchronization we often expect today.The Bottom Line.
There is no lack of choice in the podcast app category (DoggCatcher, Stitcher Radio, Pocket Casts to name a few) and the actual content you consume will be the same regardless of the platform you choose. However, if the ability to customize and dial-in your settings matter to you, it is well worth the $6.99 cost to unlock all the Pro features. I don’t buy many mobile applications, and I rarely consider an application with a price over $0.99. But, the time I’ve spent customizing my BeyondPod experience has dramatically decreased the amount of time I spend managing playlists, files, and playback adjustments. That, coupled with BeyondPod’s continued support and development, has kept me a loyal fan for years.
BeyondPod acknowledges that each of us may want a slightly different experience, and it delivers personalization aplenty. This app really only performs one function – delivering video and audio podcasts to your eyes and ears – but it does it really well.
Good news from the CLE and LTG! Students, faculty and staff can now customize the “My Home” page in the CLE. This includes the ability to reorder the list of courses displayed on the “My Home” page and also configure the number of courses to display.
We have received a number of requests for the functionality to customize the “My Home” page in the UCSF, especially at the beginning of the semester when students are organizing their courses. To help support this need, LTG has developed a support document detailing how to customize the “My Home” page. Click below to review the document:
Image Credit: John Conserta, Phil Gibson
We’re very pleased anytime we’re able to bring new collections out of dark corners and, you guessed it, into the light. The following newly cataloged collections cover a breadth of topics including tobacco control, AIDS history, nursing school in the 1920s, inventing the pap smear, surgery in the 19th century, and UCSF history:
- MSS 2013-4 Grande Vista Sanatorium collection, 1922-1938: Collection includes various medical mailings that Dr. Hendrik Belgum, the founder of the sanatorium, received. The sanatorium was founded in 1914 in Richmond, CA where some of its ruins can still be found in the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.
- MSS 2013-9 Clara Edmonston papers, 1921-1924: Papers include Clara’s correspondence while she was a UCSF nursing student in the 1920s. Our holdings also include the papers of Clara’s friend, future sister-in-law, and co-nursing student: MSS 2011-14 Vivian Coats (Edmonston) papers, 1921-1935.
- MSS 2012-30 Dr. George N. Papanicolaou collection, 1945-1990: Research material put together by Dr. Robert Liner for a film documenting the story of the Pap smear development by Dr. George N. Papanicolaou. Dr. Liner was not able to produce the film. It includes two boxes with papers, photographs, and publications as well as a box of six audio cassettes with interviews of Mrs. Mary Papanicolaou, Mrs. Trout, Dr. Joseph Hinsey, and Constantine Railey.
- MSS 2012-27 Carolyn B. Martin papers, 1988-2004: Document Martin’s involvement with California tobacco control. She was a Lung Association volunteer and helped to lead the state campaign for Prop. 99 in 1988 and served as the first chairperson of the state advisory committee on program and expenditures. Martin participated in the negotiations for the implementation legislation for the proposition, numerous other tobacco related bills and lawsuits, and education efforts.
- MSS 98-60 Villagomez manuscript, circa 19th century: A handwritten, unpublished manuscript in Spanish concerning surgery techniques from the 19th century.
- AR 2013-08 UCSF School of Nursing – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program records, 1991-1995: Documents the grant application for the UCSF School of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program.
- MSS 96-32 Brooks Linton ephemera collection, 1983-1995: AIDS-related ephemera collected by Brooks Linton, a former San Francisco General Hospital AIDS Ward nurse, from approximately 1983-1995. Items include newspaper clippings, brochures, reports, magazine articles, announcements, and others.
- AR 2012-25 UCSF Division of Gastroenterology lab records, 1968-2012: Collection contains electronic data files, spectrophotometer recordings, and gastroscopy records books that were kept by Dr. McDonagh in his lab. Other materials include, floppy disks, zip disks, CDs, DVDs, slides, and hard drives. Dr. McDonagh was a professor and researcher at UCSF from 1971-2012.
- AR 2012-26 UCSF Medical Center Quality Improvement Department records, 1989-1999: Collection includes materials on the projects, reports, and initiatives of the Quality Improvement Department. The department aims to develop data-driven strategies to improve care and to lead the field by disseminating their experiences locally and nationally.
If these, or any, of our materials strike your fancy and you’d like a closer look, please head to our homepage and click on the calendar to the right to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us!
Other additions in the latter part of 2013 included:
- MSS 2013-10 Robert B. Jaffe papers, 1958-2003
- AR 2013-1 UCSF Commencement Ceremonies collection, 1961-1976
- AV 2012-18 UCSF School of Medicine audiovisual collection, 1930-1938
- MSS 93-20 Julius R. Krevans papers, 1959-1993
- AR 2012-15 University of California, San Francisco Campus Events collection, 1965-1986
- AR 2012-16 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Centennial celebration collection, 1964 November 20
- AR 2012-14 Symposium to commemorate the inauguration of Philip Randolph Lee as Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco recording, 1969 November 1
- MSS 2011-20 Florence Nightingale letter, 1855
- AR 2012-22 UCSF School of Medicine – Class of 1953 collection, 1953
- MSS 2011-08 Florence Nightingale Ward papers, 1879-1919
The popular rapid eLearning development software, Articulate, has recently been upgraded and lucky for us, we have it here at the UCSF Library Tech Commons!
Lots of exciting features have been added, as well as some general fixes for ease of use. The biggest feature is being able to easily publish for viewing presentations on iPads! Take a look at a LTG-created document on what else is new with the Articulate ’13 version.
If you’re interested in checking it out or using it for a project or course, just reserve the CL245 Multimedia Room.
If you’re a UCSF faculty, staff, or student, feel free to contact the UCSF Learning Technologies Group to schedule an appointment on using the upgraded software.
For more support on using the multimedia available in the UCSF Tech Commons, visit the Multimedia Support Center.
This post was updated on December 21, 2013.
When it comes to public relations, the publisher Elsevier seems to be its own worst enemy. They’ve recently issued take-down notices to commercial sites such as academia.edu and to several universities, where authors have posted the final, published version of their journal articles from Elsevier journals. Academia.edu is social networking and research sharing site for scholars, similar to Mendeley and ResearchGate. Because Elsevier is so prominent in the field – they publish well over 2,000 scholarly journals, many of which are top tier – when they do things, they do it big. And people pay attention to what they do.
So, no surprise that the library and academic community has been been abuzz with news about this recent round of takedown notices. Several popular news sources have written about it – including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Post, and TechCrunch.
To be fair, Elsevier does allow authors to post the final version of their manuscript, before the publisher has typeset and copyedited it, immediately after publication (there is an embargo period for authors at an institution like UC with an open access policy, but that’s a whole other story). This version, but not the final PDF from Elsevier’s site, can be posted on author websites and OA institutional repositories. What they’re objecting to is the final version being posted. Many publishers have a similar policy and are doing the same kind of scanning for unauthorized versions of articles that have been posted, so Elsevier is not the only publisher that issues notices.
To date, no requests have been received at UCSF, however some of our sister UC campuses have gotten notices. See this Office of Scholarly Communication information page to find out more.
Why so much coverage of this round of notices? I think it’s because social media sites like Mendeley (which is now owned by Elsevier) and adademia.edu have become so popular with researchers, and because academics are coming around to the idea that their own scholarly writings should be openly accessible. Elsevier and other publishers that insist on authors transferring their copyrights are starting to seem backwards and old-school. To me, this is progress!
Perhaps the best nugget from the WaPo piece is this quote from Peter Suber of Harvard University, from the Comments section:
“Here are a few extra details on the situation at Harvard. All the takedown notices were for papers posted to faculty web sites. None were for papers in DASH, Harvard’s open-access repository. All were for published editions. None were for the authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts. For papers covered by the Harvard OA policies, Harvard faculty have a lawful alternative, even for papers published in non-OA journals.
Speaking personally: Authors can’t blame Elsevier enforcing the rights they gave it. Those upset or angry with Elsevier should submit future work to a different publisher.”
This is the season for giving and members of the Learning Technologies Group have been working hard to develop a number of new CLE Support Center resources for the UCSF community. Recent additions include:
- New navigation for the Support Center: Quickly locate the resources or activity you are interested in learning more about.
- CLE FAQ: Find answers for frequently asked questions related to the CLE.
- CLE Terminology Glossary: Use the newly developed glossary to learn more about CLE resources and activities.
- New and improved Quiz section: A place for Quiz support and best practices.
We have also developed a Multimedia Support Center located on the CLE to provide a centralized resource for multimedia and equipment support documentation and best practices. Below are recent additions to the Support Center:
- Multimedia workstation FAQ
- Equipment FAQ
- Updated Workstation and Equipment policies
- “How to Use” Guide for Multimedia Workstations and DV Equipment
- New support docs for transferring iMovie, FCP X, Articulate and documents to Box.
- Dedicated support for eLearning Authoring Tools such as Articulate
This is the last post on the Convergence blog for 2013. We wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to more exciting resources and services from LTG in 2014!
As always, contact the Learning Technologies Group to learn more about the CLE, Tech Commons multimedia resources, or just stop by to say “hi!”
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A new project to process the manuscripts and personal papers of Eric Berne, bestselling author of Games People Play and the founder of the Transactional Analysis approach to psychotherapy, is now underway. The project will produce detailed collection guides and provide online access to significant records of Berne’s life and work.
A Canadian-born psychiatrist who settled in San Francisco and Carmel, CA, Eric Berne developed his theory of Transactional Analysis (TA) to augment the traditional thinking of psychiatrists and to provide better mental health care to individuals and groups. He viewed social interactions as basic exchanges, or “transactions” between people, who acted from one of three ego-states (Parent, Adult, or Child) in order to get what they want. Berne termed these common transactions “games” and analyzed them using frank and often humorous titles like “Why Does This Always Happen to Me” (WAHM) and “Let’s You and Him Fight” (LYAHF). When Games People Play was published in 1964, it sold over 2 million copies and spent 111 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
In addition to his writing career and his private practices in Carmel and in San Francisco, Berne ran popular Tuesday evening seminars from his home and consulted with psychiatrists in the United States and around the world. He founded the International Transactional Analysis Association in 1964 to connect TA practitioners and to provide continuing education through lectures, conferences, and publications.
Berne also gave lectures at UCSF’s Langley-Porter Psychiatric Institute during the 1960s. He was the headliner for the 1966 Jake Gimbel Sex Psychology Lecture series, and later turned his material into another major book (Sex in Human Loving).
Thanks to the recently received gift, several different collections of Berne’s papers will now be preserved and organized for researchers and visitors. As a first step, we’re surveying the 26 boxes and cartons of material and have already uncovered original drafts of Berne’s writings, travel diaries, and letters from major figures like Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, as well as from hundreds of Berne’s fans and fellow practitioners.
For more information about the International Transactional Analysis Association’s Eric Berne Archives project, please visit http://www.ericbernearchives.org/. And stay tuned for further updates on this fascinating collection!
We are happy to report the archives recently received a generous gift through the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA) that will support the processing and cataloguing of Eric Berne collections preserved at the UCSF Library. It will also permit us to make a comprehensive and sizable part of his papers available online through the archives website so that researchers, practitioners, and general public can easily access and search it at any time.
Dr. Eric Berne (1910 –1970) was the founder of Transactional Analysis and since the beginning of 1980s the archives has been serving as a repository of his papers, including correspondence, photographs, films, and manuscripts. These collections were donated to UCSF by his former colleagues from the ITAA and also members of the Berne family.
Dr. Berne’s archival materials will continue to be a valuable resource for scholars researching his life and theory and to Transactional Analysis practitioners who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the man and his body of work.
This fundraising campaign was spearheaded by Carol Solomon Ph.D., Transactional Analyst based in San Francisco. The efforts quickly spread internationally to include Terry Berne (Eric’s youngest son) in Spain, Ann Heathcote in the United Kingdom, Gloria Noriega in Mexico, and Marco Mazzetti in Italy.
We are grateful to all dedicated donors from the ITAA, the European Association for Transactional Analysis, and other associations in the United States and around the world as well as many individuals and Eric Berne’s family for contributing funds for this project. Thanks to their generosity this gift allowed the archives to hire a project archivist, Kate Tasker who at the end of September started working on arranging several Eric Berne collections and preparing their finding aids. She will be regularly posting updates about the progress of the project and profiling treasures from these collections.
Kate is a recent graduate of San Jose State University’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. She has worked in the archival field for the past three years, and became a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists in August 2012. Kate also holds a B.A. in History from Sonoma State University, where she focused on social history.
And today I would like to introduce Kate’s first story chronicling the Eric Berne processing and digitization project at UCSF.
As the UCSF finals week slows down and the holiday fun ramps up, the CLE will be undergoing a minor update to the Moodle version 2.4.7. This update happened on Friday, December 13, 2013. When upgrades happen, the UCSF CLE is unavailable for approximately two hours at that time.
Some of the changes you may notice to the system include:PDFs will now display properly on iPads (and other mobile devices) Thus far, we’ve had to live with PDFs not displaying or scrolling properly on iPads. But, after the Moodle 2.4.7 update, PDFs will work smoothly on mobile devices when the default setting (Automatic display) is used. Extra blank rows will no longer display at the end of various lists Course instructors and managers may have noticed this when looking at Participant lists, Assignment submission lists, and others, but this will no longer be the case in the update. Changes to Box repository functionality With the upgrade, it will no longer be possible to link to files uploaded in Box. Moving forward, files will need to be copied into courses (which is the recommended approach anyway). The good thing is that during the update, any existing Box file links will copy the files into the courses.Also, moving forward, users will be required to login to their Box accounts during each CLE login through the file picker. Fortunately, this authorization step is very fast and only requires clicking one extra button.
A variety of other bugs and glitches were also fixed in this release to help keep the system working properly. Please be aware that UCSF will be undergoing an even larger upgrade to Moodle 2.5 in early 2014. We’ll be sure to share all the exciting details before then! Until then, enjoy your holiday break and time with friends and family!
Looking for a tool to help you keep up with medical news and research while you’re on the go? Founded in 2010, Docphin is a free platform that personalizes the literature to make it quick and easy for you to hone in on the content from the sea of thousands of medical journals and news outlets that’s most relevant to you and your patients.
Let’s see what the Docphin experience looks like on an Android.
When you register for an account, Docphin will ask for typical information like your name and email address. It will also ask you to select your institution so that you can access full text content from paid resources. Once you select UCSF as your institution, all you’ll have to do is log in with your MyAccess credentials when you want to view paid content off campus, thanks to the library’s recent implementation of EZproxy. Additionally, you will also be asked to choose your training level (resident, student, fellow, etc.) and your area(s) of specialty. These details allow Docphin to customize the platform to your research interests.
Docphin can be broken down into three essential areas: Medstream, Journals, and Search. Medstream pulls the latest published news items and articles that are relevant to your specified area(s) of interest into one stream so that you can see them all on one screen.
The Journals screen allows you to choose journals to follow from over 5,000 titles so that the journals you’re most interested in will appear in one place for when you’d like to browse by title.
The Search screen provides the standard fields of article title, author, and journal title, as well as a set of filters to create a more advanced search.
Once you identify an article you’d like to read, you can select the View Article button on the bottom right corner of the screen.
Docphin will attempt to retrieve the article for you and, if it is paid content and you’re on the UCSF network, the full text should load if the library has a subscription to the journal. If it is paid content and you are off campus, it will pass you to the MyAccess log in screen. Simply log in with your credentials and the full text will load.
You also have the option to save the articles and create a PDF library within Docphin.
If you’re looking for a simple yet robust app to stay on top of medical topics of interest, Docphin is a great one to have on your mobile device. It manages to incorporate both sophisticated browsing and search tools to meet multiple research needs.
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RefWorks users are no longer required to enter a group code when logging in to their account off-campus. If you are a current RefWorks user, simply log in to your account as you have done in the past. The removal of the group code will not affect how you normally log in. However, for the time being you’ll still need the group code to login to Write-N-Cite.
New users that do not yet have an account must be on-campus (or within a registered IP range for your Institution) or accessing RefWorks through proxy server when initially creating an account. This is so RefWorks can attach the user to a subscription. Once the new user has set up their account they will be able to log in from any location, with or without proxy authentication, using only the login name and password.
RefWorks will be removing the need for the group code when logging in to WNC 4 in an upcoming release. Until then, users must log in with WNC4 using the current method, either group code/login name/password or with the authentication code. Use the group code, login name and password or the login code provided after logging into RefWorks on the WNC login page.
WNC III users must continue logging in with their group code/login name/password or via proxy configuration if off-campus. RefWorks will not be removing the group code requirement from the WNC III login page.
We’ve no shortage of stunning, interesting, and unique images in our collections. The task of choosing an image to feature on the library’s holiday card brought up a wealth of options. The winner? The lovely Magnolia below.
The Magnolia glauca, or small magnolia, comes to us from Jacob Bigelow’s American Medical Botany, 1817-1820. According to Bigelow, Magnolias “are distinguished by their rich, smooth foliage, large fragrant flowers, and aromatic bark… They begin to flower in different parts of the United States in May, June and July. The flowers are highly fragrant, and may be perceived by their perfume at a considerable distance.” The text goes on to classify Magnolia as an aromatic tonic that is most effective in treating chronic rheumatism.
Published as a three volume set in Boston, American Medical Botany is a compendium of plants and their medicinal uses. Each plant is illustrated and described in detail. American Medical Botany was one of the first botanical books printed with color. (The other, also in our collection, is Benjamin Barton’s Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States of the same year.) To avoid the time-consuming process of hand-coloring each of the sixty plates in each printing, Bigelow invented a mechanical method of printing the engraved plates and tinting them simultaneously. Read on to see more beautiful prints!
You’re probably familiar with Juniperus communis (and may encounter it at a holiday party or two), also known as common juniper, as its “berries yield, in distillation, a large quantity of pungent, volatile oil of a peculiar flavour, the same which it communicates to gin.” Aside from its libational uses, it is also stated to have long been used as a diuretic.
Interestingly, Bigelow includes the above Rhododendrom maximum, or American rose bay, in his tome not because its medicinal properties warrant it, but that he may negate other accounts of the plant’s qualities. He offers anecdotal evidence in support:
“The result of my own attention to this shrub does not give reason for attaching to it suspicions of possessing a very deleterious nature… I know not what quantity might prove injurious, but under the conviction that the plant was not particularly dangerous, I have swallowed a green leaf of the middle size, so large that it required some resolution to masticate so unpalatable a morsel, but have found no ill effect whatsoever.”
Finally, if the myriad of holiday food and drink start to spar with your digestive system, you may want to fortify your system with Gentiana catesbaei, or blue gentian. “It is said to increase the appetite, prevent the acidification of the food, and to enable the stomach to bear and digest articles of diet, which before produced oppression and dejection of spirits.”
Wishing you all a warm and restful holiday season!
We would like to invite all of you to visit two new exhibits currently on view at the UCSF Library:
Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture
This banner exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets, and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. NLM curators used several images and documents from the UCSF Archives in the exhibit and its companion website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/survivingandthriving/. This travelling NLM exhibit will be at the library until January 4th, 2014. UCSF is the only location in the Northern California to host this exhibit. Please check this page for location and hours.
UCSF AIDS History Project: Documenting the Epidemic
The UCSF Archives and Special Collections organized a companion exhibit that showcases materials from the AIDS History Project (AHP). The AHP began in 1987 as a joint effort of historians, archivists, AIDS activists, health care providers, and others to secure historically significant resources about the response to the AIDS crisis in San Francisco. This collection includes selected records from numerous AIDS-related agencies and community-based organizations in the Bay Area, diaries from AIDS activists, papers of clinicians, health care workers, and researchers working at SFGH and UCSF, as well as materials collected by social scientists and journalists. AHP continues to grow and its collections remain the most heavily used among Archives’ manuscript holdings.
Visitors can view original documents chronicling the creation of Ward 86 at SFGH, the press release announcing that UCSF’s researcher Jay Levy, MD isolated the virus responsible for AIDS, the original diary of “AIDS Poster Boy” and activist, Bobbi Campbell that includes a snapshot taken at the board room of NYC Department of Health on August 17, 1983 picturing Richard Berkowitz, Artie Felson, Dan Turner, Michael Callen, Bobbi Campbell, and Margaret Heckler. One of the exhibit cases profiles educational efforts organized by the San Francisco AIDS foundation, including Bleachman campaign aimed at slowing HIV transmission among IV drug users and “AIDS: Fight Fear with Facts” ad campaign that emphasized the need for AIDS education among all people, which helped “end the many misconceptions and the fear surrounding AIDS contagion.”
This exhibit also displays numerous posters produced by local and international agencies and groups, including the San Francisco Shanti Project, Women’s AIDS Network, the Brothers Network, State of California AIDS Education Campaign and others.
The exhibit highlights items concerning AIDS Treatment News (ATN), a San Francisco-based publication that covered both mainstream and experimental treatments of AIDS-related conditions. Items displayed include copies of ATN, ATN promotional materials, and a photograph of ATN’s creator, John James. Another case displays newspaper articles—all from the Bay Area—that reveal AIDS-related hysteria and scapegoating of the gay community. Articles discuss common myths of how HIV spreads and the public’s fear of it.
This exhibit will be displayed at the library for the next 6 months.
The Archives and Special Collections at UCSF Library maintains an extensive collection of rare books in many fields of health sciences. Due to their unique and often fragile nature, rare books are available for use only under supervision. One of the most interesting books in the collection is Liber pestilentialis de venenis epidemie, written in German by Hieronymus Brunschwig and published in Strassburg in 1500. This first edition book was acquired in October 1955 from a rare bookseller in New York City, for a mere $650.00. A transaction note in the book indicates it to be an excessively rare book, especially given its good and complete condition.
This book is an example of incunabula – books printed between the 1450’s and January 1501, using metal type attributable to the transformative printer, Johann Gutenberg. You can note the black and angular gothic print, popular at the time. And as was the convention of the time, the parchment used was known as vellum made from calfskin that is bleached. The book includes 23 large woodcuts, and printed “pointed hand” nota marks in the margins. The book constitutes 40 leaves, or what we would call 80 pages today.
This particular book is considered to be one of the most important documents of its time for the history of contagious diseases, in particular its devotion to means of avoiding and treating the plague. While little is known about the author, army surgeon Hieronymus Brunschwig, he is known to have been a scholar in the field of surgery and credited for having taken advantage of the recently invented printing press to gain influence. He is best known for his first book, Buch der Cirurgia, Hantwirckung der Wundartzny, which served as a guidebook for surgeons and those in training. Also notable for its woodcuts and early specimens of medical illustration, this book draws extensively on Brunschwig’s own experience, and contains the first detailed accounts of gunshot wounds in medical literature.
For more information, please refer to these sources:
Dawn of Western Printing. (2004). Incunabula. http://www.ndl.go.jp/incunabula/e/index.html
Tubbs, R. S., Bosmia, A. N., Mortazavi, M. M., Loukas, M., Shoja, M., & Gadol, A. A. C. (2012). Hieronymus Brunschwig (c. 1450–1513): his life and contributions to surgery. Child’s Nervous System, 28(4), 629-632.
Waife, S. O. (Ed). (1976). Notable medical books. Lilly Research Laboratories.
This season’s issue of UCSF Magazine, Fall 2013, includes a story inspired by a photograph in our collection and features an audio clip from one of our oral histories.
This compelling photograph (which, despite appearances, is not a scene from a sci-fi movie) depicts Dr. Robert Stone with the machine he created, the 70MeV electron synchroton. The synchrotron was a type of particle accelerator used to treat cancer patients with radiation from 1956 to 1964. Stone’s work contributed greatly to the safe clinical use of radiation.
The article in UCSF Magazine goes on to elaborate on Stone’s impact here at UCSF and on the wider medical community. The online version of the article also highlights a clip of Stone’s oral history, OH 23, taken in 1964. Be sure to check it out to hear Stone’s story in his own words!
You can read more about Stone’s role in the history of Radiation Oncology at UCSF from 1928-1962 here.
You may know that the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education here at UCSF is an internationally respected collaborative effort dedicated to reducing deaths associated with tobacco and the tobacco industry, conducting research in the areas of how to treat tobacco addiction, the effects of second hand smoke, and other tobacco-related topics. The Center works closely with the UCSF Library on the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library to collect and preserve documents created by major tobacco companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research activities. Our next activity together? Processing the UCSF Tobacco Control Oral History Collection – interviews with 150 physicians, epidemiologists, public health officials, community-based activists and educators, lobbyists and policy makers – all working in the area of tobacco control.
An interview with Stanton Glantz, Ph.D. Center Director and the American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at UCSF revealed that the Oral History project, conducted between 1994-2001, was an integral part of his National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded project to travel to 24 states and complete detailed histories of tobacco control policymaking and efforts by the tobacco industry to thwart these policies. As Dr. Glantz and members of his research group travelled the country, they found key informants and recorded the interviews that would become part of this collection. In part, these interviews helped inform the resulting Reports on State Tobacco Policy Making. And the project goes on. As state reports are continually researched, written and published, more interviews with individuals who can shed particular light on political activities and state tobacco control programs are conducted and recorded.
So, check back here next month to see how you can find out what is available, and how you can access and listen to this collection of cassette tapes!
UCSF Archives intern and student at San José State University, School of Library and Information Science concentrating in Archival Studies and Records Management
Happy Holidays! Still searching for the perfect gift for the app-obsessed, Kindle-carrying gadget nerd in your life? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Have fun shopping!
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This year’s Teaching & Learning Center Day brought together faculty and staff from all of our schools to learn and to share. Several presenters conducted workshops or participated on panels to share their experiences applying technology to teaching. Workshop presenters included faculty and staff from Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine, as well as the Kanbar Center, Educational Technology Services, the Learning Technology Group, the Library and ITS. Over 80 attendees learned about tools and techniques for simulation-based learning, presentations, copyright compliance, and video collaboration.
An enthusiastic crowd filled the Tech Commons for the keynote presentation at the lunch hour. The computer lab venue was a little unusual, but that did not deter from the fascinating duet of talks on Education in the Cloud – Transforming Learning and Patient Care. Catherine Lucey, our Vice Dean for Education in School of Medicine, provided a clear assessment of what technology can and cannot do for health sciences education.
- Can do examples: increase options for how students engage in the learning process; combine learners from different schools/institutions without the constraints of space and time.
- Cannot do: facilitate formation of professional identity, which requires personal interaction between role models and learners; decrease expense of education!
Jeff Burns, Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, offered a compelling story about his passion to provide help for physicians anywhere when they are desperately trying to save the life of a child, which led to the creation of OPENPediatrics, an online learning community for pediatricians. The annual TLC event typically attracts a wide range of faculty and staff who are heavily involved in education at UCSF, but this particular speaker event also attracted pediatric residents and faculty, many of whom had never visited the TLC before. The event organizers, including me, were very excited to reach new audiences in this way. If you missed these talks by Drs. Lucey and Burns you may view them here.
The lunchtime keynote was straddled by 12 one-hour workshops led by faculty and staff from across the campus. Xinxin Huang, educational technologist from the School of Nursing, led a popular session on using the iPad to present in the classroom. Other highlights were Peggy Tahir’s session on copyright and use of images and the session on Pecha Kucha by Sean McClelland and Kirsten Balano.
Another highly rated session, which we plan to replicate at future TLC events, was the Faculty Innovations Showcase. Kirby Lee, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Annette Carley, Clinical Professor in Family Health Care Nursing, and Katherine Hyland, Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics briefly presented educational innovations they implemented this past year. This event provided a perfect venue for these faculty to share their experiences; their presentations generated dynamic discussion, which included a lot of encouragement as well as helpful suggestions and feedback from colleagues. Clearly, we need to provide more opportunities like this year round!! Lee described his project incorporating training and simulated patient cases with the electronic health record in his course CP137 Advanced Topics in Clinical Care for third year pharmacy students. Carley, explained how she simulates on-call clinical Neonatal ICU situations within the CLE. Hyland presented the School of Medicine’s use of the Odigia platform to create an interactive syllabus.
The Kanbar Center offered three workshops that covered mannequin-based simulations, standardized patients, and technology tools to enhance the activities. A popular session was Conducting Mannequin-based Simulations which drew a crowd to the Large Simulation Room. Many education staff took advantage of the opportunity to find out what goes on in the Kanbar Center and to understand how these simulation learning activities fit in with the other activities they support in their schools. To see more pictures from the day’s events, check out our flickr feed.
Image Credit: Erin Hayes