The Libraries are open regular hours today, but would like to take a moment and thank all of our veterans as well as those currently serving.
If you haven’t seen it elsewhere, meet the oldest known living veteran, 107 year old Richard Overton of Texas who will be honored at the White House today. I don’t know that his recommendations of whiskey in your coffee and cigars would really work for all of us.
Inspired by the hugely successful NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), PhD2Published, a blog dedicated to helping academics publish, has announced that November is also AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month).
AcWriMo is a month long academic write-a-thon for academics at all stages of their careers. PhD2Published will support writers with dedicated posts about academic writing and thousands of Tweets to encourage you to keep going throughout the month.
According to their website:
“There are 6 basic rules:
1. Decide on your goal. You might count words, hours put in or projects achieved – it’s up to you. But try and push yourself a bit. (And if you need help counting our PhDometer app – the proceeds from which help fund this month-long writing extravaganza – was designed for just that!)
2. Declare it! Basically, just sign up on the AcWriMo 2013 Writing Accountability Spreadsheet and fill in the sections on what you’d like to achieve by the end of the month. Being accountable is key to this working for you. You need to feel a bit of pressure to get the work done. So sign up and add your goals as soon as you can.
3. Draft a strategy. Don’t start AcWriMo without doing a bit of planning and preparation. Get some reading done, carve out time slots in your schedule to dedicate to writing, even buy your favorite coffee. Sort out whatever you’ll need to write, and get it done now, there won’t be time when November comes around.
4. Discuss your progress. OK so being on Twitter and Facebook with us all day isn’t acceptable – you’ve got work to do – but checking-in at certain times is really important! We want to know how you’re getting on? What is working for you and what isn’t? Do you need help? Do you want to share a writing triumph? (You’ll find most discussion about AcWriMo on Twitter using the #AcWriMo hashtag, but if Facebook is more your thing, go there. Or use your own blog to keep in touch. You can even write little updates you want to share in the spreadsheet.)
5. Don’t slack off. As participant Bettina said of the first AcWriMo, you must ‘write like there’s no December!’ If you push yourself, you’ll quickly discover the tips and techniques that work best for YOU and that’ll save you even more time in the long-run.
6. Declare your results. It’s great to use the spreadsheet everyday (or as often as you can) to chart how you’re getting on, but even if you can’t do that, you MUST announce your results at the end of the month. Our writing community benefits not only from sharing in your achievements, but knowing what didn’t work and being reminded that, at the end of the day, we’re all human!”
So everyone should go forth and WRITE… That’s what I’ll be doing this month!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a feature this week in anticipation of Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week. This feature, Ways to Help Make Mother’s Day Healthy, offers advice on how Moms can keep themselves healthy for their families.
They also created a feature, Celebrate Moms who Protect Children’s Health, so Mom’s who don’t smoke deserve extra love!
A brief interlude for your busy day: Harvey the virtuoso rabbit and her YouTube accompaniment, Elissa watch?v=0NzN8ksnJhA.
As you might have guessed, rabbits are not particularly adept at playing the piano (certainly not as well-attuned as a famous piano-playing cat, Nora: most-outrageous-piano-playing-cat.htm). In an attempt to challenge unfair bunny stereotypes, Dr. Waid H. Dean, Instructor of Physiology at LSU Medical School, chose Harvey to prove the musical worth of her species.
Though Dr. Dean openly admits “there is no scientific purpose to this demonstration” in a 1958 Times-Picayune article, he says the rabbit’s performance “is merely to demonstrate that animals can be trained to respond to signals.” As with many high-achieving parents, Dr. Dean is not easy to please and expects the best from his tiny Leporidaean maestro. Harvey cannot live up to expectations, however–quickly tiring out after a couple of notes and anxious for her next treat. Though she may not be 6 feet 3 inches tall like another famous Harvey, she is decidedly more cuddly.
On that note, Happy Spring from the staff at John P. Ische Library!
PIG (Pediatric Interest Group) is sponsoring a toy drive. Drop off boxes are in Lecture Halls A & B on the 1st floor of the MEB. Last day to donate is Tuesday December 18th, so hurry!
So now that turkey day is over and done with, answer these questions:
- Are you overweight?
- Exercise less than 3x per week?
- Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
- Have any immediate relatives with diabetes?
Today there are millions at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Many people don’t understand the severity of the disease which often leads to stroke, heart disease and even blindness.
You can do a lot to improve your chances of NOT getting type-2 diabetes such as monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercising and being more active, eating healthy, etc.
For more info, please visit:
Just what everyone wants today, tips and Health-e-Cards from the CDC. I am particular fond of the flossing vampire. Cards are available in English & Spanish.
Screen capture from Health-e-Card
If you’re in the mood to celebrate a wonderful fake holiday, check out this abc news bit wherein the newscasters wear sombreros and taunt the audience with deliciously unhealthy food and free taco promises.
And if (like me) you’re really into the autumn momentum, check out these online recipes for pumpkin tacos: http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/09/pumpkin-chicken-tacos/ or http://mommymishmash.com/2010/01/pumpkin-tacos-not-a-typo/.
Avast me hearties! In celebration of this wondrous event, here’s an amusing cartoon for your mid-afternoon enjoyment.
If you’re interested in learning more about pirate surgeons, try searching for information on the “Father of Sea Surgery,” John Woodall, who authored The Surgeon’s Mate. The British Journal of Surgery has a neat article on this very subject.
And for the sake of our other patrons, please try to keep your swashbuckling to a minimum in the Library.
The Isché Library and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) are celebrating April as Occupational Therapy Month. The Library has a group of important books on the subject of OT currently displayed on the third floor next to the Library elevator.
These titles include:
- Cole, MB. Group dynamics in occupational therapy: the theoretical basis and practice application of group intervention (2005; 2012 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Stein, F, & Cutler, SK. Psychosocial occupational therapy: a holistic approach (2002).
- Hemphill-Pearson, BJ. Assessments in occupational therapy mental health: an integrative approach (2008).
- Willard, HS, & edited by EB Crepeau, ES Cohn, BA Boyt Schell; 104 contributors. Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (2003; 2012 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Christiansen, CH, CM Baum, & J Bass-Haugen. Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being (2005; 2009 edition is also available on Reserve).
- Law, M, C Baum, & W Dunn. Measuring occupational performance: supporting best practice in occupational therapy (2005).
- Letts, L, P Rigby, & D Stewart. Using environments to enable occupational performance (2003).
- Law, L, & MA McColl. Interventions, effects, and outcomes in occupational therapy: adults and older adults (2010).
- Moyers, PA, & LM Dale. The guide to occupational therapy practice (2007).
- Wilcock, AA. An occupational perspective of health (2006).
- McCormack, GL, EG Jaffe, & M Goodman-Lavey. The occupational therapy manager (2003).
- Jacobs, K. Ergonomics for therapists (2007).
- Fazio, LS. Developing occupation-centered programs for the community (2008).
- Kielhofner, G. A model of human occupation: theory and application (2002).
- Radomski, MV, & CA Trombly Latham. Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (2008).
Don’t forget to also investigate the Library’s occupational therapy eBooks: an assortment is available through online resources such as the R2 Digital Library, Stat!Ref, and Books@Ovid.
More info about Occupational Therapy Month and the OT profession is available on the Association’s website at www.aota.org.
edit: as of today, Weds. April 11, the video has been removed. Sorry!
The Occupational Therapy students have created a video and posted it on YouTube to get the attention of Ellen Degeneres and promote OT Awareness. April is OT Awareness Month.
A color reproduction of a 17th Century map by Jean Baptiste Louis, Franquelin entitled Carte de la Louisiane ou des voyages du Sr. De La Salle.
On April 9, 1682, explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier
, Sieur de La Salle made
it to the mouth of the Mississippi River, named the territory Louisiana and claimed it in the name of France.
Happy Name Day to the entire former Louisiana Territory.
Tomorrow New Orleanians are encouraged to drop off electronics for a recycling event brought to you by LG Electronics USA. In exchange each participant will receive a $50-$150 Best Buy instant savings coupon, that can ONLY be used in the purchase of a qualifiable ENERGY STAR LG flat-panel tv and can ONLY be redeemed between the dates of March 25th and April 7th. The “Do March Right” themed event is so convenient that participants don’t even have to get out of their cars to donate. Recycling reduces the amount of hazardous waste in landfills as well as cut back on the extracting of raw materials from the earth.
Acceptable Items include (but are not limited to):
Computers – CPUs
Home and Cell Phones
For a full list of acceptable items and items that are not accepted, please see the following links:
Search Google today? This particular Google Doodle recognizes International Women’s Day, an annual event on March 8th. It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
So beyond the fact that women make up over 50% of the world’s population and 90% of the Library Staff, why should we care? Susan Blumenthal, M.D., Public Health Editor at HuffPost and Former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, has an excellent essay today reflecting upon the changes she has seen in women’s health. Women’s Health: Decades Later, What’s Still Neglected.
For example, did you know:
- A Congressional Report in 1990 revealed that only 13 percent of the National Institutes of Health budget was spent on women’s health research
- Until fairly recently in our nation’s history (1993), women were largely excluded from being subjects in medical research and data was not analyzed for sex and gender differences
- Women represent only 12 percent of the Deans of U.S. medical schools, fewer than 27 percent of tenured professors and 13 percent of the over 2070 Departmental Chairs in our nation’s medical schools
The good news is, things are changing. The National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC) is available through a toll free telephone number (800-944-WOMAN) and at www.womenshealth.gov. It provides consumers, health professionals, and researchers with free information and suport for a broad range of women’s health issues. Changing the Face of Medicine is an online exhibit from the NIH which explores the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. So the next time someone asks “Where are the girls?” you can show them.
Today is the fifth International Rare Disease Day which will be recognized and celebrated in over 40 countries worldwide.
Started on February 29, 2008 by EUROIDS (The European Organisation for Rare Diseases) this day is used for gaining individual hope and political awareness for those who suffer with rare diseases around the globe.
Events scheduled for this year focus on “solidarity” with the slogan “rare but strong together.” To learn more click here.
Below is a list of Rare Disease Communities that exist (found on http://www.rarediseasecommunities.org/en), but others can be found through an available search engine.
- Alkaptonuria (AKU)
- Alternating Hemiplegia
- Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syn.
- Behçet’s Syndrome
- Dravet syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
- Epidermolysis Bullosa
- Familial Mediterranean Fever
- Glut1 DS
- Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
- Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Moebius syndrome
- Paraneoplastic Neurological Syn.
- Von Hippel-Lindau