Tech Talk Thursday: TREK Talk – Real Trek-nology from Star Trek

For a futuristic show that aired in 1966, Star Trek was ironically ahead of its time. Along with being one of the most popular and long running Sci-Fi TV series, multi-million dollar movie franchises, and widely versed references in popular culture, Star Trek seems to have had the ability to predict the future. Arguably, there is technology in existence today that made its appearance in Star Trek’s mythology long before it became reality. Some devices are popular today, while other things are still being worked on. But undeniably, Star Trek definitely had a premeditative pulse on the tech community.

Here’s a look at the technology Star Trek predicted that is now here, and some soon to come. You might ask: Did Star Trek creators see into the future, or are we just using the past as inspiration?

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Book Recommendations Based on your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s an undeniable fact that with January comes New Year’s resolutions, and with New Year’s resolutions comes the danger of frustration, burnout, or a lack of motivation. Even if you set resolutions that you’re really passionate about (and we hope you do!), changing your behavior can be hard work. To help you all out, I’ve rounded up some book recommendations based on common New Years Resolutions! Whether your goal is to eat healthier, reduce stress, or get organized, These books are here for you. I believe that books contain a wealth of knowledge and can be one of our greatest sources of inspiration when our own is flagging – so get reading and crush those goals!

 

Resolution #1: Increase your motivation/find your passion

Read Drive: The Surprising truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

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If you find yourself low on motivation and need to get yourself fired up for a new project, job, or challenge, Drive is a great reading choice. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on motivation to reveal the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. By understanding the science behind human motivation, this book gives you the tools to better motivate yourself and others towards achieving your goals.

Drive is also the selection for the library’s Spring Book Club! The book club meeting to discuss Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us will take place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from noon – 1:00pm in room 210E in the library. The meeting will be in a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) style, with coffee, tea, and fun giveaways supplied by the Health Sciences Library. Book club meetings take place three times a year in April, July, and November. Click here to RSVP for the meeting!

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The Librarians’ Favorite Holiday Cookies!

One of the librarians’ favorite holidays takes place in December – but I’m not talking about Christmas or New Year’s Eve, I’m talking about National Cookie Day! National Cookie Day was this past Saturday (December 4th) and we’re celebrating appropriately: by sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you! Between office parties, family celebrations, and stress eating other holiday shindigs, there is no shortage of baking opportunities this time of year. These librarian picks are sure to be party pleasers, so grab your mixing bowl and have at it (we won’t judge you for eating the batter).

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Fun (and informative) things for Staff at the HSL!

No one could ever deny that we love what we do for our students each and every day – our fun posts across our various social media platforms make that pretty obvious. While most of our efforts are directed at preparing our students for life after medical school, we want our staff at the College of Medicine to know that we’re here for them as well! Here’s a short list of offerings from the Health Sciences Library that we hope our staff keep in mind and take advantage of. Continue reading

Announcing the Fall HSL Book Club Selection – Plus Some Other Great Fall Fiction Reads!

Although it may not feel like it yet (I’m talking to you, 100-degree-weather), autumn is nearly upon us. School is already in session, football is kicking off (literally) in just a couple of weeks, and I’ve already seen Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations at Target (the true harbinger of new seasons). That means it’s time for the fall installment of the Health Sciences Library Book Club! This session we’ve chosen a fiction novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.

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Summer Reading: A List of Book Lists

With our first ever HSL Book Club just around the corner, we’ve been talking a lot about reading lately (also, we are a library). In case the subject matter of our inaugural book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, isn’t your cup of tea, we have lists of other summer reading picks for you this week. Check out the links below to peruse summer reading lists compiled by those in the know so you can pick the titles you want to read. Hurry, summer goes by fast! So head to the library, check out a lounge chair, park yourself on the Tavistock Green, and enjoy some leisure reading.

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A Treat (No Tricks!) for National Medical Librarians Month

Medical Librarians are so awesome, we have an entire month devoted to us! That’s right, October is National Medical Librarians Month. All this month, we are encouraging COM to participate in a little contest to raise awareness of the importance of working with your medical librarians when searching for evidence based information. If you want to play, simply head to the second floor of the medical education building and look for these flyers:

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

Then stop by the health sciences library front desk and let our friendly staff know:

(1) How many of these “Are You a Risk Taker?” flyers did you see on the second floor; and

(2) What event are the flyers advertising?

Answer correctly and you will be rewarded with a pretty awesome treat (no tricks, promise)!

Happy hunting! And remember to visit the health sciences library to ask for some expert help from our wonderful medical librarians.

 

You Asked, We Answered: Popcorn!

Popcorn Day. Now with Magical Mix-Ins

Popcorn Day: Part of a complete afternoon snack!

It’s Thursday and we all know what that means – it’s Popcorn Day! This edition of You Asked, We Answered is all about that crunchy, buttery, delicious kernel. The question we get asked most often about Popcorn Day is: Why doesn’t the library make kettle corn (a sweet-salty mix of popcorn and sugar)? The answer is quite simple: Because it would ruin the popcorn machine! And no one wants that, right?

So, to appease those clamoring for something sweet and salty, this week we’re mixing things up with mix-ins! Come by the library at 3pm today to try something different. 

Popcorn seems to be a polarizing snack. We have noticed that people either love it or don’t care for it. If you are one of the few who are on the fence: Did you know that air-popped popcorn only has 31 calories per cup? Lightly buttered popcorn has about 133 calories per cup. That’s still less than most candy bars. And popcorn is a whole grain food, which means it has fiber to fill you up between meals, making it a great snack. Perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up!

Stop by the library today to try out our mix-ins, and let us know what you think – we do listen to you!

Happy Birthday, The Scoop!

This month marks one whole year of  issues for our bathroom newsletter, The Scoop!

It's a birthday party! Naturally, we had to get a cake.

It’s a birthday party! Naturally, we had to get a cake.

For those of you not on the second floor of the Medical Education building, The Scoop is the name of our monthly newsletter that features information on events going on at the library, app recommendations, and other useful information and tidbits. It is posted in the stalls of the bathrooms closest to the library, and is a fun way to engage our library patrons. The Scoop is also housed on our website, so you can download PDFs of each issue.

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