Health Sciences

New Exhibition, Visions & Voices Event Investigate Art and Science of Pitching

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/25

A major league fastball can be described in numbers—a 5¼-ounce baseball; 60 feet, six inches from the mound to home plate; a 0.4-second flight. But pitching can't be reduced to simple physics. It's also art, as well as a medical subject. Pitchers manipulate the flight of the ball by adjusting their grip, and the human bodies that propel the ball are subject to biological vulnerabilities. 

A new USC Libraries exhibition opening March 31, 2015, on the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library explores the science and art of pitching. Inspired by the USC Libraries' Biomechanics of Motion collectionVelocity and Vulnerability features materials from the libraries' collections, baseball memorabilia, and rare items from the USC Athletics archive.

Also on March 31, a related Visions & Voices event beginning at 6:00 p.m. on USC's Dedeaux Field explores baseball's biological limitations in depth. Organized by the USC Libraries and USC Athletics, the event features a conversation among USC Keck orthopedic surgeon Seth Gamradt, USC alumnus and baseball legend Tom House, USC Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering professor Jill McNitt-Gray, and World Series champion pitcher Robb Nen. Complimentary stadium-style food will be available, and after the discussion students and other attendees will have a chance to test their fastballs against a radar gun. RSVP online.

Images from California Historical Society Collection Featured in PBS Film

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/09

How did Southern California's sunshine and fresh air attract people suffering from tuberculosis in the late 19th century? Images from the California Historical Society Collection at the USC Libraries illustrate the story of "health seekers"—and their role in the region's population boom—in The Forgotten Plague, a new documentary film from PBS and WGBH's American Experience series. The film premieres nationally on PBS on Tuesday, February 10, at 9:00 p.m.

New Exhibition Asks: ‘What Makes a Monster?’

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/18

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.

Student Workers Reflect: The Oscar Kohnstamm Papers

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/14

Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Here on Libwire, we're sharing occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through to read USC undergraduate Emily Hodgkins' reflections on the Oscar Kohnstamm papers.

‘The Atlantic’ Recognizes Librarian Megan Rosenbloom as Leading Figure in ‘Death Movement’

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/28

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.

Just Food and Fair Food: Experts Discuss Nutrition, Food Justice in Doheny Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/04

On Friday, March 1, the USC Libraries welcomed a capacity crowd for Just Food and Fair Food: A Multidisciplinary Exploration. Presented by USC Visions and Voices, the event explored issues at the intersection of nutrition, urban policy, and social justice through a panel discussion and also featured a fair-food bazaar. To learn more about the event, check out this companion resource guide with suggestions for further reading and research, prepared by the USC Libraries' Rita Romero, Chimene Tucker, and Sue Tyson. Click through for photos from the event.

On the Origin of Monsters: Rare 17th-Century Book Investigates Anatomical Anomalies

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/31

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.

Meet the Roaring Twenties’ ‘Silent Killer’ at October 6 Norris Medical Library Event

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/05

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 Libraries Acquire 33 New Electronic Resources

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/27

The USC Libraries have added 33 new electronic resources to support USC's teaching and research needs. By mid-July, USC students, faculty, and staff will be able to access to the new databases, electronic journals, and other digital resources through the E-Resources tab on the USC Libraries homepage.

Colin Dickey to speak about Cranioklepty Feb. 7 at Norris Medical Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/01

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.