Friday, January 18, 2013

Known issues with library e-journals

Dykes Library staff are working on a variety of problems related to our online journals. We have also noted some technical issues between Internet Explorer and Adobe, in relation to accessing the full-text of articles as a PDF. If our clientele have any problems reaching PDF files, we suggest the following workarounds:
  • Use an alternative browser, such as Firefox, instead of Internet Explorer. 
  • If you have no other option than Internet Explorer, right mouse click on the PDF link, and “Open in a New Window”, or save to your desktop. 
  • If you’re trying to reach an article from Angel/Ares, make note of the citation and use the Ejournal Finder to browse to your article. 
We hope to have more permanent solutions in the near future. If anyone needs more assistance, please email me at: bpisciot [at]

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New art display at Dykes Library: Fred Trease's Night Work

Be sure to stop by and enjoy Fred Trease's Night Work, a beautiful new collection of photographs on display at Dykes Library’s second floor gallery! 

The photographs in Fred Trease's Night Work function as abstract images rather than documents of the real world.  Like many of his contemporaries, he has subverted the photographic medium, and created lyrical compositions in which light functions as brushstroke.  Trease's  photographic manipulation pushes light to the foreground of each image which serves to create extraordinary visual depth, The images in this series depict Trease's neighborhood but do not describe it, rather they present the viewer with alternative way to experience place.

Although trained as scientist, photography and its possibilities has been an abiding interest in Trease's life.  When he received a Brownie camera as a child, he immediately sought to make photographs that were slightly out of focus rather than conventional pictures of family and friends.  An important part of Trease's photographic practice is his 365 project, a cumulative series to which he adds one photo each day.  

Night Work is available for your viewing pleasure at Dykes Library through February 1. 

Please join us for a reception for the artist on January 18, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Monday, January 14, 2013

National Research Council panel found "Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries."

A National Research Council and Institute of Medicine panel has found that on average, "Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries." The panel also found "that this health disadvantage exists at all ages from birth to age 75 and that even advantaged Americans -- those who have health insurance, college educations, higher incomes, and healthy behaviors -- appear to be sicker than their peers in other rich nations." The panel was chaired by Dr. Steven H. Woolf, professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Funding Still Available: One-University Open Access Fund for Year 1

Are you a University of Kansas faculty, staff or graduate student? Do you write and publish articles? Do you want to publish with an open access (OA) publisher but lack funding support to help you pay the charges? The One University Open Access fund was established to pay article processing charges on your behalf.  It is not too late to apply for funding in this first year of a two-year pilot.
Of the $25,000 provided, there remains approximately $6000. Once this amount is committed, the OA fund account will be deactivated until Fall 2013 when the second year of the two-year pilot begins with the remaining $25,000.
Please go here for  more information regarding criteria to apply for funding and to complete the request form.
The One University OA Fund is intended to assist those who have not received grant funding. Those applying for grants should request funding for article processing charges in order to publish the results of their research in an open access journal.
For questions about our OA fund, please contact

Test your diagnostic skills - NEJM Challenge App

As a medical provider, some of us live for the challenge. Combine that with high quality photos of rare and not-so-rare diseases and the ability to quiz yourself on dermatologic and radiographic findings.  This is an app review of the NEJM Image Challenge app from the perspective of a medical resident.


Patient "tricorder" - do it yourself

The Economist reports on December 1 that the X Prize Foundation is financing $10 million in prize money and $10 million in administrative costs for teams to develop the "Star Trek Tricoder".  To date there are more 230 teams in 30 countries who have applied. 

Is this the future of medicine?