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.
USC Dornsife professors Dave Bottjer (earth sciences) and Sarah Bottjer (neurobiology) make a special visit every year to the USC Libraries to view one of the crown jewels of the collections: John James Audubon’s Birds of America.
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.
The USC Libraries have added 36 new electronic resources to support USC's teaching and research needs. Keep reading to learn more about the recently acquired e-resources, accessible to USC students, faculty, and staff through the E-Resources tab on the USC Libraries homepage.
On Tuesday, April 10, USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim will join University Professor Kevin Starr in a conversation about how she has explored different ways to comprehend the universe through her career as a science communicator. Titled Understanding the Universe, the event is hosted by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and begins at 12:00 noon in DML 241. Keep reading to learn more about Wertheim and the event.
A rare book from the USC Libraries' Special Collections about anatomical anomalies—both real and imagined—was featured in today's edition of the USC Chronicle. As Dan Knapp writes in his story for the Chronicle, the Italian philosopher and scientist Fortunio Liceti wrote De Monstrorum Natura, Caussis, et Differentiis (On the Nature, Causes, and Differences of Monsters) in 1616 to investigate anatomical abnormalities like the famed Monster of Ravenna, an early-16th-century child who likely suffered from a rare genetic disorder now known as Roberts syndrome. Click through for selected illustrations from Liceti's book.
Dean Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries has named Margaret Wertheim, a science writer and director of the Institute For Figuring, as the first USC Libraries Discovery Fellow. Wertheim begins her fellowship on November 2 with The Marine Sublime, an event that will investigate the relationship between art and marine biology through discussion, film clips, and exploration of rare scientific works in the libraries’ special collections. Keep reading to learn more about Wertheim and the USC Libraries Discovery Fellowship.
On Wednesday, November 2, art and science come together in the library as Margaret Wertheim curates The Marine Sublime, her first event as the USC Libraries' inaugural Discovery Fellow. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. in Doheny Memorial Library's Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall. Wertheim, a science writer, curator, and director of the Institute For Figuring, will moderate a discussion about the intersections of art, science, nature, and culture with filmmaker David Lebrun and independent curator Marina McDougall. RSVP now, or keep reading to learn more about the 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.