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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Spotlight on Health: A Happy and Healthy Holiday to You All!

HSL-FestiveWow, 2014 flew by! We really enjoyed putting together all of the blog posts this year. Coming up in January, we’ll be introducing the new name for our blog; we hope you’ll look forward to it!

As we break for the holidays, we wanted to leave you with this informative (and fun) carol courtesy of the CDC. Consider this festive song our reminder to keep healthy and safe while you’re enjoying the best of the holiday season. We hope you like it so much you want to sing along!


See you in the new year!

Need a reason to look forward to Tuesdays? We’ve got one!

If you haven’t had yet noticed the brand new (huge!) TV we have mounted in the library, we hope you’ll take the chance to notice it now that we’ve come up with a fun new way to use it. Watching the news all day every day can get monotonous, so we’ve decided to devote one day every week to innovation, fresh ideas, and inspirational concepts. Introducing TEDTalk Tuesdays!


TED Talks are a great way to learn about how peoples from different communities and walks of life all around the world are shaping their worlds, changing attitudes, and using the power of ideas to engage and discuss new ways to look at a variety of concepts. Each talk is somewhere between maybe 1 and 18 minutes long, and can cover a myriad of topics.  Earlier this year in September, we hosted a live stream viewing of the TEDMED 2014 event held in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, which was full of great talks around the 2014 theme, Unlocking Imagination.

While we can’t have the volume up on the monitor (we are a library after all), each talk is subtitled for your reading pleasure! Please feel free to stop by and catch a Talk – we usually pick a playlist of interest and proceed to enjoy whichever presentations are shown. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #TEDTalkTuesdays to let us know what you think of the day’s videos. If you can’t join us weekly, we invite you to visit the official TED site and check out all of the interesting videos they have to offer.


A quick grammar lesson…

We know many of our students are in the midst of their FIRE research this summer, so we thought we’d share this fun (and surprisingly informative) music video. Remember, it’s all very well and good to have excellent research to present. However, if you’re not careful, terrible grammar could ruin everything.

If you’d like some additional tips to make sure your grammar is flawless, there are some great resources available on the UCF University Writing Center website. Should you require any additional help with your writing, consultants are available to work with you in person, or online via Adobe Connect. We also hope to create some more posts on other aspects of writing, like using EndNote to manage your citations and bibliographies, so be on the lookout for those.

Happy writing!

Teaching through the eyes of Google Glass

Back in February, we made a post about a competition Google was holding to determine the lucky group of people that would be allowed the opportunity to purchase and try-out their new augmented reality eyeglasses. That contest is long since over, and lots of folks have had the chance to utilize the cool new technology as part of the Google Glass Explorers community. Check out this video from Andrew Vanden Heuvel, a physics teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, as he uses his Google Glass to show his brother’s physics class the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland!