Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.
Norris Medical Library
In a recent story for The Atlantic, Erika Hayasaki quotes Megan Rosenbloom of USC's Norris Medical Library about the "growing 'death movement.'" A librarian who manages the library's history of medicine and rare book collections, Rosenbloom is an organizer of Death Salon, a group of academics, artists, and death-industry professionals who explore themes of mortality and mourning in American culture. Rosenbloom also recently blogged about resuscitation for Lapham's Quarterly, and on October 17 she discussed related themes—and much more—with author Mary Roach as part of a USC Visions and Voices event.
Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, speaks Thursday, October 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the USC Health Science Campus' Aresty Auditorium. The event also features snacks and a special "poison brew" cocktail. Keep reading to learn more about The Poisoner's Handbook and Thursday's event.
USC's Norris Medical Library recently hosted an interdisciplinary symposium on bioinformatics research. On Wednesday, August 31, fourteen leading USC researchers discussed their work in bioinformatics, an innovative field at the intersection of biology, computer science, and information technology. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium and Norris Medical Library's role as an integral partner in the university's bioinformatics research.
USC's Norris Medical Library will offer a one-day workshop later this month on the bioinformatics resources available to USC researchers. The workshop—presented by the USC Libraries and USC Vice President of Research Randolph Hall—will be held July 27 on USC's University Park Campus (UPC) and then repeated July 29 on the Health Science Campus (HSC). Eight bionformatics tools, including five newly-acquired resources, will be covered. Keep reading to learn more about the workshop, or register online.
Author Colin Dickey, a PhD candidate in comparative literature at USC, will speak on Monday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. in USC's Norris Medical Library about his book, Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius. Dickey's talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and a special exhibition of rare books from Norris Medical Library's collections. Keep reading to learn more about the event, which looks into the nineteenth century practice of buying and stealing the skulls of famous deceased geniuses.