The Best Apps for Managing Stress

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In the short-term, low level stress can help us focus and improve our performance. It can give us the boost we need to finish a big project or make an important decision. However, I think we can all agree when we say that an overabundance of stress is the absolute worst.

First, a quick primer on stress: Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life.  When your brain perceives a threat (anything from a fast approaching deadline to a fast-approaching wild animal), it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. This “fight-or-flight” response fuels you to deal with the stressful situation at hand. Once the threat (or stress-inducing trigger) is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. However, given the nonstop complications of modern life,  many of us rarely return to that relaxed state, merely hopping from one stressor to another.

It’s easy to get stressed out from day-to-day demands. Luckily, there are healthy ways to manage your stress.

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5 Reasons to Eat Seasonally

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on March 24th, 2016. 

As you walk through the produce aisles of your favorite grocery store, you may notice different fruits and vegetables on display sporting messages like “At Seasons Peak!” or “Now In Season!” throughout the year. If you’ve never thought about grabbing those veggies while they’re hot, maybe you should! As National Nutrition Month slowly comes to a close, take a moment to introduce yourself to the concept of Seasonal Eating, and the benefits of adopting this nutritious habit.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Technology Events As Far As the Eye Can See!

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‘Tis the season of technology events and pumpkin spice! So while you’re preparing your holiday gift list or enhancing your career as a tech expert, do your homework first for all your tech savvy needs. Check out one or many of these upcoming events!

 

VMworld!

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Held in Las Vegas August 28 – September 1, 2016, virtual mogul VMWare’s annual convention will offer hands-on training labs and certification exam centers. Can’t go to the one in the US? They’re also holding a WMworld 2016 in Europe on October 17 – 20!

 

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The annual convention for cloud-based identity management service Okta will be held August 29-31, 2016 in Las Vegas. At first glance, I honestly had no idea how an identity management service works or how it might benefit me, but the name was too cool to pass up. Upon closer inspection, I saw that they have some awesome guest keynote speakers such as B.J. Novak, Malcom Gladwell, and Adam Savage lined up, which is enough to have completely peaked my interest!

 

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IFA 2016 - IFA Eröffnungspressekonferenz – Melinda Crane, Moderatorin, Hans-Joachim Kamp, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats der gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Vorsitzender des ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Messe Berlin GmbH, Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (v.l.n.r.) IFA 2016 - IFA Opening Press Conference – Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

– IFA Opening Press Conference –
Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

The Internationale Funkaussetellung Berlin (International Radio Exhibition Berlin, or “Berlin Radio Show”) will be held September 2-7, 2016 in Berlin. The IFA is one of the longest standing industrial exhibitions in Germany and has become one of the leading trade shows for electronics and home appliances in the world. Bookending the IFA event is also a Samsung press event on September 1 and a LG Press event September 6.

 

Apple Press Event

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Tim Cook holds the billionth iPhone at an employee meeting in Cupertino.

Coming September 7, 2016 at 10am PDT is one of the most anticipated annual releases here in the U.S. While there’s a lot of speculation as to what new and innovative products Apple will release this year, it seems certain that a 7th iPhone will be unveiled!

 

PlayStation Press Event

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Also on September 7, Sony is rumored to announce an improved PlayStation 4. Perhaps the perfect gift purchase for Black Friday?

 

TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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Silicon Valley’s leading influence on technology startups and innovative ideas, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, will be held in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2016. With segments titled “Hackathon,” “Crunch Match,” and “Startup Battlefield,” any investor, hacker, entrepreneur, or tech fan will have something to see at this highly anticipated event.

 

Microsoft Ignite

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Held in Atlanta on September 26-30, 2016 and already sold out, this year’s Microsoft event is geared towards enterprise technology. Combined with the Microsoft Data Science Summit, Ignite offers training, certification and sharing of ideas for big data engineers, IT pros, and machine learning practitioners.

 

Dell World

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Where to begin? I’m not a huge Dell fan, but perusing the DellWorld’16 site has sold me on attending this event. The event will be held October 18-20, 2016 in Austin (yeah, did I mention it’s in Austin, TX?). Not sure you can swing the time off? The event’s website offers a “The Top 3 things to tell your boss” printable page to support your case to your superior on why you should attend this event. DellWorld’16 will offer hands-on labs, demonstrations, and breakout sessions for IT and business professionals.

 

So, whether you’re an IT professional interested in enterprise technology or simply appreciate and enjoy consumer electronics this technology conference season holds something for you. For these and MANY more technology events visit: https://www.techmeme.com/events

 

Come Check Out Our Exhibit!

Every year, the Health Sciences Library works to bring in informative, historical, fun, and unique exhibits to the College of Medicine through the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program. This year, we will be fortunate to host two exhibits; one is currently on display outside of the library.

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“The Literature of Prescription” exhibit on display in the atrium

We are proud to host The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper, which will be on display until Friday, January 23rd in the 2nd floor atrium. From the promotional brochure:

“In the late nineteenth century, women challenged traditions that excluded them from political and intellectual life as medical experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story title “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” Her famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and social conventions that restrict women’s professional and creative opportunities.”

The exhibit is open to the public for viewing, as well! Please note the business hours for the College of Medicine while planning your visit. If you can’t find an opportunity to come by the library to view the physical exhibit, you can visit the exhibition website to learn all about it.

 

Synchronize Your Watches: Don’t miss the Grand Opening of the Library Technology Lab!

LTL Logo5You’ve seen the Blue Board, read the Tweets, and received the emails. We hope you’re ready, because it’s finally time!

The Health Sciences Library Staff is pleased to share with you the Grand Opening of our new Technology Lab!

Open to all COM students, faculty, and staff, the Library Technology Lab is the place to discover and explore new and emerging technologies including Google Glass, Apple TV, the Surface Pro tablet, and of course iPads. Stop by the Tech Lab in room 210K (inside the library), and get some hands-on experience with new tablets, wearables, and accessories, and learn from the technology experts in the library.

Join the library staff today from 3pm – 5pm for a first look at the new space. Light refreshments will be served (and of course, Popcorn will be available at the library front desk!). You can also enter for a chance to win a super retro calculator watch by completing a short survey!

Beyond the COM: Library Staff at SC/MLA 2014

IMG_4755[5]This year the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) held its annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama from October 26 through October 30. Representing the Harriet F. Ginsburg Library were Nadine Dexter, Deedra Walton, Pamela Herring, and Michael Garner.  The theme for the meeting this year was “Making a Difference in Health.” The library presented a poster entitled “Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow: Nurturing a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs” which highlighted the work that the library lead with the workplace wellness initiative that centered around the FitBit wearable technology. While the presentation was a highlight for each of us there were many other events to keep us busy throughout the day: a meeting of the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS), paper presentations, speakers, roundtable discussions, the ability to meet with vendors face-to-face, the opportunity to network with new colleagues from other medical libraries in the southeastern region of the United States, and the chance to catch up with friends not seen since the last annual meeting.

The conference consisted of more than just attending meetings. We took advantage of down time to check out Mobile, Alabama and taste some of the local cuisine, from burgers at a restaurant called the Royal Scam (the food was in fact actual food, no tricks or funny business!) to fantastic seafood at the Oyster House (fire-grilled oysters!), one of the many top notch seafood restaurants.

Robert DeNiro was also in town filming a movie titled Bus 657 also starring Dave Bautista, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, and Lydia Hull. Check it out on IMDB. Unfortunately Mr. DeNiro was too busy to drop by the conference.

The conference wrapped up with a banquet at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. In the setting we were treated to a fantastic meal of local food including shrimp, fish, corn nuggets, and capped off with fresh made bread pudding. While we ate we were treated to the music of a bluegrass band.

2014-10-27 18.35.56Interesting Fact: Mobile, Alabama is the first place in the United States to start annual celebrations of Mardi Gras. During the opening of the conference we were pelted with beads by a mask-wearing krewe. Duck!

Celebrate Multicultural Day at the COM!

We hope you’ve had a great Diversity Week and had a chance to go to some of the sessions during the week. If you happened to miss any of our activity on Twitter, we’ve been posting links to relevant resources and exhibits to do with Diversity in Medicine this week. Be sure to check out our feed for links to a number of National Library of Medicine provided resources; all of our tweets have “#DiversityWeek” attached to them.

Today at 4:30pm on the Piazza, the College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion will round out the week with a Multicultural Day Celebration. One of our library staff, Natasha Williams, is in charge of the planning committee for the event. A lot of work has gone into making the event successful, but what’s a party without a crowd to have fun with? She encourages everyone to come out to enjoy samples of international foods and drinks, and enjoy a unique performance by some of our students at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. There’s plenty of fun to be had, so please consider stopping by before you head home for the evening. The event is scheduled to conclude at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

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October is National Medical Librarians Month!

nmlm_poster_2012_lgThe Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month! Your team of librarians at the Health Sciences Library is proud and pleased to serve you every month out of the year, and we hope to continue working with each and every one of you to make the UCF College of Medicine an excellent place of research and learning. This month we will be posting some facts about medical librarianship and providing you with other resources  you may find useful, so please look out for them. To learn more about the people that make up our library team, visit our Library Directory page on our website, or stop by the library to chat!

 

 

What you should know about Ebola

By now you’ve probably heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has been treating two cases at the Emory University Hospital in two American doctors who were working to combat the virus in Liberia. They were both released from the hospital yesterday, and pose no public health threat. Still, it’s good to know some additional information about the disease, so here are some interesting graphics courtesy of the CDC.

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Further, some guidelines on handling potential threats.

 

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For more information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

Beyond the COM: Library Staff at MLA 2014

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

This poster is now displayed outside the library!

Three weeks ago, members of our library staff had the opportunity to interact with other medical library professionals outside of the College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Library Association (MLA) conference. This year the annual conference was held in Chicago. The UCF College of Medicine was represented by Nadine Dexter, the director of the health sciences library, Deedra Walton, Michael Garner, Kerry McKee, and Melodie Gardner. The theme of the conference was Building Our Information Future. Supporting that theme, the UCF librarians presented a poster entitled “Leading the Way to Building a Foundation for College-Wide Workplace Wellness Programs: A Model for Health Sciences Libraries,” showcasing the part that wearable technology could have toward creating a culture of workplace wellness (this poster was the result of our year-long Fitbit study!).

presentationIn addition to the presentation of the poster, the conference was a great place to meet with the vendors of the resources that the library uses and network with our fellow librarians to exchange ideas on how to better serve those that use our services. Melodie took a couple of continuing-education courses; she found “Statistics in Libraries” and “Becoming an Expert Searcher” to be very informative.  Everyone attended sessions on topics such as mobile technology in medical education and clinical services, marketing and branding the library, systematic reviews, the role of metadata in medical libraries, and patron privacy.

On top of all this was the culture, food, and skyline of the host city. All of this added up to make the annual conference an interesting and impactful event that the attendees will not soon forget.

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