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6
Mar13

Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics

Posted by: Jen Ferguson

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Heredity charts I-VI: published for the Eugenics Society by George Philip & Son Ltd.

Image courtesy the Wellcome Library

Codebreakers:  Makers of Modern Genetics is a newly-launched treasure trove for fans of science, history, and of course, the history of science!

The Wellcome Library has digitized the papers of key players in genetics from the last century and made them freely available online. Works of CrickWatsonFranklinWilkins, and Haldane are all represented, to name a few. The papers include lab notebooks, sketches, articles, drafts and general correspondence. The site also contains items from the archive of the Eugenics Society, including the heredity chart shown above. In addition to these digitized artifacts, the site features digitized books and a great interactive timeline on the history of genetics.

Posted in: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Health Sciences, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online

11
Oct12

All Shakespeare, All the Time!

Posted by: Amanda Rust

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Watch the entire BBC Shakespeare Collection in the comfort of your own home, dorm, or subway seat! We’re very excited to now own the entire BBC Shakespeare collection available online, through streaming video.

These productions include some of Britain’s most distinguished performers, and productions range from quite traditional to more adventurous:

View the plays in their entirety, or link to specific Acts for teaching and presentation.  You can also turn Closed Captioning on or off with a single click — an excellent way to see the specifics of Shakespeare’s language unfold before your eyes. We also have the entire collection on DVD, so tell us what you think.

Posted in: English and American Literature, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online, Theater

2
Oct12

New Resource for Students and Practitioners in Counseling, School Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, and More!

Posted by: Katherine Herrlich

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Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume 1  from Alexander Street Press (current NU only) is now available.

This valuable resource includes over 400 hours of training videos, reenactments, and real-life therapy sessions. Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume 1 is a great tool for counselors-in-training, as it allows one to observe, in face-to-face sessions, subtleties of body language, facial expressions, behavior, speech patterns and intonation.

Some of the perks: every video includes a synchronized transcript. Users can create, edit, and share playlists or clips. Videos are searchable by keywords and subjects, and arranged by easy-to-browse topical subject areas and therapeutic methods.

For example, you could search for Gestalt, Solution Focused, or Family Therapy sessions. You could search for clips where a client diagnosed with depression uses the word drink.  Or you could compare and contrast how cognitive-behavioral therapists and client-centered therapists treat a similar condition.

You can browse all titles or search by subject or therapy type.

This resource is listed on the A-Z Index (under the FIND menu) and on my psychology subject guide. The subject guide includes my contact information– I am interested to hear your comments and questions about this new acquisition.

Posted in: Education, Health Sciences, Library News and Events, Psychology, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online, Serendipity

1
Aug12

Suggested Summer Reading from Snell Staff (Part 2)

Posted by: Jen Anderle

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With just weeks remaining in the summer, you’re going to have to jump into your summer reading if you haven’t yet gotten started! We collected a first round of staff picks in part one to give you some summer reading suggestions, but if nothing looked interesting to you, or you’re still waiting for the right book… here are some more options.

Let us know in the comments, below, what you’re enjoying this summer, and if you’ve read any of these, what you thought of them.

 

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire hunter

By Seth Grahame-Smith

Suggested by Ernesto Valencia

Abe Lincoln Killing Vampires and abolishing slavery! What’s not to like!?

 

 

 

 

Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel

(Apparently a big hit among Snell staff!)

Highly recommended by Karen Merguerian, Ernesto Valencia, and Ethan Bren

 

 

 

 

Little, Big

By John Crowley

Suggested by Tom Urell

I read this early this summer, and can’t get it out of my head. Like an arabesque or a mandala, the more you look into it, the further it goes. Ostensibly an epic family saga, Little, Big seems modest at first, but then grows into a rich universe of its own.

 

 

 

A Song of Ice and Fire Series (Part 1: A Game of Thrones)

By George R.R Martin

Suggested by Ernesto Valencia

Because court intrigue and epic fantasies are fun!

 

 

 

 

The White Darkness

by Geraldine McCaughrean

Suggested by Hillary Corbett

It’s a real page-turner! I picked it up because I love anything about Antarctica – and although I was a little skeptical of the far-fetched plot at first, I found it to be gripping, masterfully written, and totally believable. It’s classified as a young adult novel, although I think it could easily be shelved in adult literature.

 

 

Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban

by Sarah Chayes

Suggested by Karen Merguerian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 An Object of Beauty

by Steve Martin

Suggested by Jen Anderle

This is a humorous yet elegantly written novel about the fine art world of Manhattan and the people that live in it. Steve Martin’s main character starts as an equal in complexity and allure to the pieces she works among and tragically wastes away like a passing fad. Yet another example of Steve Martin’s talent!

 

So there you go. And if you still aren’t interested in one of our suggestions, the library has hundreds of thousands of print books in the stacks and almost as many e-books online.  One of them is bound to be your perfect end-of-summer read.
What’s your summer pick?

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests

26
Jul12

Suggested Summer Stories from Snell Staff

Posted by: Jen Anderle

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There are 42 days until the first day of fall semester classes.  That’s six solid weeks; more than enough time to take advantage of the rest of the summer by reading some great books!

Here are some suggestions from our library staff to get you started. Click on the book title to see the record for the book in our collection. — Jen

 

River of Smoke 

by Amitav Ghosh

Suggested by Will Wakeling

I’m just finishing Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, the 2nd volume of the historical trilogy begun with the wonderful and exotic Sea of Poppies. Everything you ever wanted to know about the early 19th century opium trade into Canton and southern China. A great way to learn the basics of Chinese Pidgin English, too – worth a “look-see.”

 

Bring Up the Bodies

by Hilary Mantel

Suggested by Ethan Bren

I read Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. It’s the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2009. Both books are really terrific pieces of historical fiction that I enjoyed immensely.

 

 

 Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Suggested by Krishna Patel

My vote would be for Graceling and its sequel, Bitterblue, and the companion as well, Fire – all of which we own!  Written by a local (squee!), it’s a beautifully crafted fantasy tale about two delightfully strong and unorthodox ladies in a Tolkien-meets-King-Arthur sort of way.

I’ve been suggesting them like a crazy person to anyone who asks, and I’ve not had bad feedback yet.

Take that, Twilight!

 

Canada
by Richard Ford

Suggested by Jamie Dendy

It carries one away through a riveting plot, yet drops one on the ground from time to time to ponder issues of crime and inheritance.

 

 

 

Dogma
by Lars Iyer

Suggested by Karen Merguerian

Lars joined us for one of our Meet the Author Talks in Spring 2012! Watch the video here.

 

 

 

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
by Leonard Mlodinow

Suggested by Jen Ferguson

What I’m loving about it: Who knew that a book about probability could be so engaging?

 

 

 

Now go forth and capture some quality summer days! Soak up the weather, drink something sweet and cold, and read your book way too fast.

Posted in: Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity, Staff Interests