A Memoir, A Celebration

Gayle Joseph and Adrian Morrison

Artist Gayle Joseph and author Dr. Adrian Morrison pause in front of  illustrations for “Brandywine Boy”.

A cheerful crowd attended a February 21st book reading and reception for Penn Vet Professor Emeritus Dr. Adrian Morrison’s recently published memoir Brandywine Boy.  The event was co-sponsored by the Penn Libraries and the book’s illustrator Gayle Joseph, Executive Assistant in Penn Vet’s Office of the Associate Dean for Research.

In his memoir, Dr. Morrison recounts stories from his boyhood growing up in nearby Chadd’s Ford, PA.  Interspersed in the tales of his Tom Sawyer-like adventures are lessons on science and animals, drawn from Dr. Morrison’s extensive career as a veterinarian and researcher.   Brandywine Boy is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Gayle Joseph is an oil and watercolor painter whose original illustrations appear on Penn Vet research newsletters and announcements.  For more information on her artwork, visit http://gaylevialeart.com/GV/Home.html

Illustration by Gayle Joseph.

Illustration by Gayle Joseph.

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Library Interprofessional Student Advisory Group Meeting – February 12

connectedpeopleThe Penn Health Sciences Libraries Interprofessional Student Advisory Group will be meeting this coming Tuesday, February 12th, at 5:15pm.

A special guest, Paul Stadter, will join us for this meeting.  This is an opportunity to offer feedback regarding the Ucentral products licensed by the library (Clinical Evidence, Essential Evidence+ POEM, Johns Hopkins ABX Guide). Paul, as well as librarians, will be interested to hear your thoughts on the content as well as the downloadable app format offered by Ucentral.

Meetings are open to any interested student from the schools of Dental Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.

Feel free to drop in at 5pm for a bite to eat. We will meet in the Conference Room located on the main floor of the Biomedical Library on Hamilton Walk (near HUP).  Map – http://www.library.upenn.edu/locations/biomedmap.html

Canine Flashcard App – Supplement to Glass Dog

glassdogappA few weeks ago, we blogged about our new anatomy software program The Glass Dog.  Since then we’ve learned that, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that, too.  Canine Flashcards is designed for learning and self-testing about the anatomy of the dog’s thorax and abdomen.  It includes 3-D anatomical illustrations and descriptions in a flashcard format. This app complements The Glass Dog software program available on the Vet library workstations.  Available now at the App Store for $4.99. Optimized for use on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad platforms.   *Note:  Library staff have not tested this application.

Introducing VIVO!!

VIVO banner

We are very excited to announce that the initial rollout of VIVO has successfully occurred and is currently available for on campus access at: http://vivo.upenn.edu. For those of you asking, “What is VIVO?”

VIVO is an open source semantic web platform that reveals research and scholarship through linked profiles of people and other research-related information. VIVO is populated with data from authoritative, trusted sources to create researcher profiles, highlighting faculty expertise, publications, grants, teaching, service and social networks. VIVO also provides a powerful search functionality for locating people and information within the institution and enables the discovery of scholarship across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. For more information about VIVO: vivoweb.org.

–from the VIVO “About” pages at http://www.library.upenn.edu/vivo/faq.html

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Sample Co-Author Network Web

At Penn, our VIVO instance is a result of a close partnership between the Penn Libraries and the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and its Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT). VIVO@Penn is currently populated with data on over 3,000 PSOM faculty and their more than 200,000 publications, but the ultimate goal is to expand the system to include people, scholarship, and research resources from all schools at Penn. For more information about VIVO, VIVO@Penn, and collaborative research networks, check out the latest issue of Ivy Leaves (Penn Libraries newsletter) which was just released this week and is devoted to VIVO.

The Glass Dog

The anatomy software program The Glass Dog, a product of Science In 3D, is now available on all desktop computers located in the center of the vet library, with the exception of the public-access computer. “This exciting new program presents the dog’s thorax and abdomen like they’ve never been seen before. The program includes 10 cutting edge animated movies, nearly 50 interactive models and more than 250 detailed images, each with its own recorded narrative. Illustrations from this program won an Award of Excellence from the Association of Medical Illustrators at their 2011 Annual Conference.” -ScienceIn3D website

The program can be found in the “Vet Applications” folder. The video tutorial above serves as a good preview and introduction to this popular study tool. The library’s license allows for two users to access the program at a time. In addition, patrons may borrow the hard copy disc from the library reserve collection, which allows for use on a personal lap top. The password is marked on the computers.  Please be sure to select the “QUIT” button when done to properly release the software so that others can access the program.

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