The LSUHSC Libraries News blog turns 6 today. We have published over 1200 posts over the last 6 years.
Unfortunately, we’ve run out of traditional/modern gifts to discuss…at least until we make it to 10 years.
Please let us know if there is a subject you’d like to see covered that we’ve been missing.
LSUHSC-NO Libraries News
The LSUHSC Libraries News blog turns 6 today. We have published over 1200 posts over the last 6 years.
The last official day to buy Starbucks coffee and other goodies from the kiosk in the Resource Center building is today March 28th. The coffee kiosk in the atrium will remain open during their normal hours. There will be a few small changes in the cafeteria until an agreement in the food service department is reached.
These same changes will take place at the Dental location.
Both the Isché and Dental Libraries will close at 8 pm on Thursday, March 28th and remain closed through Sunday, March 31st. Both Libraries will re-open at 8 am on Monday morning.
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!
There will be yet another temporary change in traffic on block of Roman Street between Tulane and Gravier starting Wednesday, March 20th. Below find the text from an email from facilities services.
The construction of the underground utility piping along South Roman Street continues. The contractor is nearing completion of pipe installation under the sidewalk this week and will commence trenching across South Roman Street at the intersection with Tulane Avenue at 6:00 AM on Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013. Consequently, South Roman Street will switch to two-way local traffic accessible only from the Gravier Street end. The parking garage entrance lanes and exit lanes will remain open. The intersection of Tulane Avenue and South Roman will be closed to traffic, therefore users should enter from the Gravier Street end and will exit that same direction when leaving. A map illustrating the street and sidewalk closure can be viewed here:
Thank you for your patience.
The Ische library has added its first self-service scanner. It is located on the 4th floor next to the print station. It is exclusively available for LSUHSC faculty, students and staff. It will allow users to view documents in an eco-friendly way as well as allow each user to customize their scans for better quality.
Saving scanned documents is easy as 1, 2 or 3.
- Save to a USB flash drive
- E-mail document to yourself
- Save to “O” drive – (access it from anywhere on campus or through Citrix)
The Library is looking for a part-time student worker for evenings and weekends. Pick up an application at the Circulation Desk.
LSUHSC is hosting a free study for adults with well-controlled asthma as part of the American Lung Association’s Long-acting Beta Agonist Step-Down Study (LASST). People 18 years of age and older who have controlled asthma are encouraged to call 504-568-3450 for more information.
With the high cost of medicine, patients have been known to lower their own dosages as their health improves in order to save money. LASST seeks to study various treatment plans as a way to safely decrease dosages of asthma medication over time. Below is the description of LASST as presented on the American Lung Association website:
“Current asthma guidelines recommend stepping down therapy once asthma is controlled for at least three months. For patients treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) alone, a dose reduction of 25–50 percent to a minimal dose that controls disease is established. However, the optimal approach to reducing treatment in patients with asthma that is well controlled on fixed dose combination ICS/LABA (long-acting beta agonists) is not clear. The study will compare three approaches of care to patients with asthma well controlled for three months on combination ICS/LABA therapy: reduction of ICS dose and maintenance of LABA, initial discontinuation of LABA with continuation of ICS and continuation of stable dose ICS/LABA. The data will allow the determination of the optimal treatment strategy defined as that which results in the lowest rate of treatment failure over 48 weeks of follow up. Additional exploratory analyses will include assessing risk factors for step-down failure and assessing the optimal duration of time that asthma control should be maintained before therapy is reduced.”
These can be physically viewed in the Reference area (near the Library elevator), on the third floor of the Resource Center Building. These items are also part of the Library’s Faculty Publications Database.
The Faculty Publications Database includes publications authored by at least one member of the LSUHSC-New Orleans faculty, 1998 – present. Access to this database is available to the public.
The database is linked from the Library web page here. This page includes a handy link to a PDF of the monthly bibliography of display articles. To add your faculty publications, or for questions about this database, contact Kathy Kerdolff.
LSUHSC-NO authors are shown in bold print:
1. Agarwal N, Adhikari AS, Iyer SV, Hekmatdoost K, Welch DR, Iwakuma T. “MTBP suppresses cell migration and filopodia formation by inhibiting ACTN4.” Oncogene. 2013; 32(4):462-470.
2. Jacob JT. “Biocompatibility in the development of silicone-hydrogel lenses.” Eye & Contact Lens. 2013; 39(1):13-19.
3. Kapusta DR, Pascale CL, Kuwabara JT, Wainford RD. “Central nervous system G?i2-subunit proteins maintain salt resistance via a renal nerve-dependent sympathoinhibitory pathway.” Hypertension. 2013; 61(2):368-375.
4. Lawhorn NA, Lirette DK, Klink JL, Hu CY, Contreras C, Bryant TR, Brown LF, Diaz JH. “Workplace exposure to secondhand smoke among non-smoking hospitality employees.” Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2013; 15(2):413-418.
5. Lentz JJ, Jodelka FM, Hinrich AJ, McCaffrey KE, Farris HE, Spalitta MJ, Bazan NG, Duelli DM, Rigo F, Hastings ML. “Rescue of hearing and vestibular function by antisense oligonucleotides in a mouse model of human deafness.” Nature Medicine. 2013; Feb (epub ahead of print).
6. Pou AM. “Ethical and Legal Challenges in Disaster Medicine: Are You Ready?” Southern Medical Journal. 2013; 106(1):27-30.
7. Varner KJ, Daigle K, Weed PF, Lewis PB, Mahne SE, Sankaranarayanan A, Winsauer PJ. “Comparison of the behavioral and cardiovascular effects of mephedrone with other drugs of abuse in rats.” Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013; 225(3):675-685.
8. Tucker KR, Huertas MA, Horn JP, Canavier CC, Levitan ES. “Pacemaker rate and depolarization block in nigral dopamine neurons: A somatic sodium channel balancing act.” The Journal of Neuroscience. 2012; 32(42):14519-14531.
The Library welcomes Jessica Brooks, a new Librarian in the Reference Department. Jessica has a wide background in several types of libraries including public and academic. Her master’s degree is from the Pratt Institute and she will be the liaison to the School of Allied Health Professions. Jessica can be reached at (504) 568-8339 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Just in case you missed this all faculty, staff, and students email from Facilities yesterday afternoon; road work in front of the Roman Street garage is starting on Monday morning early:
The construction on the new hospital project continues with the installation of underground utility piping along South Roman Street. A contractor will commence installation of this piping on the St. Joseph’s Church side of South Roman Street between Tulane Avenue and Gravier Street at 6:00 AM on Monday, February 25th until Friday, March 22nd. Consequently, South Roman Street will be converted to one way traffic from Tulane Avenue towards Gravier Street for the duration of this construction. Signs will be posted clearly showing the new traffic patterns. The sidewalk along South Roman Street adjacent to St. Joseph’s Church will also be closed to pedestrian traffic. A map illustrating the street and sidewalk closure can be viewed here:
Future phases of this utility piping installation will further change traffic patterns in this area. Another mass email will be sent to describe those changes when the contractor is closer to commencement.
The Centers for Disease Control have released 2013 Vaccine Recommendations for adults. Changes include new recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine and Tdap/ Td Vaccines. There is also a simple quiz to help patients figure out what vaccines may be necessary. For more complete information, see the complete report, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older — United States, 2013.
Update: the affected titles are working as of Friday, February 22nd.
We are currently having trouble with all titles we receive from Informa Healthcare for Taylor and Francis. These are among the affected titles:
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Annals of Medicine
Biotechnic and Histochemistry
Current Eye Research
Current Medical Research and Opinion
Experimental Lung Research
Free Radical Research
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Journal of Asthma
Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
You can also check the Electronic Journals List for alternate ways to access these titles in the interim.
We apologize for the inconvenience but hope to have this problem solved soon and our access restored.
As a Louisiana native or even an adventurous visitor, you’ve probably fed an alligator a marshmallow or two. What’s the allure of marshmallows to a wild swamp creature? We may never truly know, but for an animal that will scarf down turtle shells, rocks, lures, beer cans, and shoes, marshmallows are probably the least of its worries.
Profiled in the Times-Picayune for their project in 1951, the self-proclaimed LSU “alligator men” studied the production of acid gastric juice and self-induced hibernation in alligators, as compared to iguanas and chameleons. The stars of this “zoo” were Dr. Roland Coulson, LSUMC faculty (1944-2004), Dr. Thomas Hernandez, LSUMC faculty (1960-1977) and Chair of Pharmacology, Dr. Fred G. Brazda, LSUMC faculty (1939-1977) and Chair of Biochemistry, and their graduate student, Dr. Herbert C. Dessauer. In the preface of a later work, Alligator Metabolism, Coulson and Hernandez speak to the origin of their honorary titles”: “It is not possible to have done research on alligators for many years without having gained a reputation for eccentricity as a consequence of the choice of experimental animal. One accepts this and learns to live with it. [...] By some, an alligator man is tolerated (as a harmless eccentric should be), and by others he is admired for the fearless manner in which he confronts such a ‘terrifying’ beast.”
Though certainly fearless, these doctors chose smaller gators to reduce the risk of injury, and by the time the animals reached a rowdy 20 pounds, they were returned to the swamp. Because alligators produce a large amount of hydrochloric acid during digestion, they perform a more dramatic and more readily observable process of digestion. Alligators are also tougher physically and less prone to blood poisoning, making them easier to study. In addition to their excellent acid production, the test gators self-induced a sort of hibernation in winter despite the fact that researchers kept them in windowless rooms with automatic lights; by abstaining from food and decreasing sugar in the bloodstream, the test subjects did not grow.
The practical application of the research of the “alligator men” may not seem readily apparent, but as Dr. Coulson explains in the newspaper article, “The scientist doesn’t have to be working toward the cure of any specific malady […] but often he stumbles upon it by accident, through just a study as ours.” They developed enough material to write numerous journal articles (PubMed author search results hyperlinked above) and monographs. Two books co-authored by Dr. Coulson and Dr. Hernandez are available in the Library: Alligator Metabolism: Studies on Chemical Reactions in Vivo and Biochemistry of the Alligator: A Study of Metabolism in Slow Motion.
Dr. Herbert Dessauer, who began as a humble graduate student and would go on to become Professor Emeritus of molecular biology at LSU Medical Center, passed away earlier this month after a brief illness. We would like to recognize his contributions to not only the scientific community, but also to LSU. For more information on the contributions of each of the renowned doctors mentioned in this post, please consult A History of LSU School of Medicine New Orleans, which is available in the Library. When you stop by, be sure to check out our display cases, which are home to various medical artifacts including an analytical balance used by Coulson, Hernandez, and Dessauer.
Glimpse of the Past is an ongoing project to promote the Louisiana Digital Library effort. This Month in History will present for your reading pleasure a closer look into a newspaper clipping of note from our Digital Collections and articles relating to the LSU Medical School.