Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2010-11 Bullitt History of Medicine Club Lecture Series

The Bullitt History of Medicine Club at UNC launches its 2010-11 lecture series on October 19, 2010 with a presentation by Dr. Brian Owen-Smith on Benjamin Franklin and Medicine. The complete schedule is as follows:

:: Dr. Brian Owen-Smith
Benjamin Franklin and Medicine
October 19, 2010, 5:30pm

:: Dr. Raúl Necochea
The International Planned Parenthood Federation in Cold War Peru
November 16, 2010, 12pm

:: William S. Meyer
On the Diagnosis and "Treatment" of Homosexuality: When Prejudice Masquerades As Science
December 7, 2010, 5:30

:: Chailee Mann-Stadt, Winner of 2010 McLendon-Thomas Award in the History of Medicine
Drs. Grace Dewey and Josephine Milligan: 19th-Century Women Become 20th-Century Physicians, Educators, and Activists
January 13, 2011, 12pm

:: Dr. Samuel K. Roberts
Infectious Fear: Politics, Fear, and the Health Effects of Segregation
February 1, 2011, 5:30pm

:: Dr. Erika Lindemann
James Dusenberry: Uncovering the Life of a 19th-Century UNC Medical Student
March 2, 2011, 12pm

:: Dr. Jeffrey P. Baker
Autism in 1959: Joey the Mechanical Boy
April 5, 2011, 5:30pm

All events are held in Room 527, UNC Health Sciences Library. Past lectures are available as podcasts on iTunes and as mp3s. For further information, visit the Bullitt Club web site.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Triangle Research Libraries Network Joins the HathiTrust

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a longstanding consortium of Duke University, the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University, has just joined the HathiTrust, a large-scale, collaborative digital repository of some of the leading research libraries in the U.S.

The mission of the HathiTrust is "to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge." The repository has the following stated goals:

:: To build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.
:: To dramatically improve access to these materials in ways that, first and foremost, meet the needs of the co-owning institutions.
:: To help preserve these important human records by creating reliable and accessible electronic representations.
:: To stimulate redoubled efforts to coordinate shared storage strategies among libraries, thus reducing long-term capital and operating costs of libraries associated with the storage and care of print collections.
:: To create and sustain this “public good” in a way that mitigates the problem of free-riders.
:: To create a technical framework that is simultaneously responsive to members through the centralized creation of functionality and sufficiently open to the creation of tools and services not created by the central organization.
More information on the HathiTrust is available on the site's FAQ. The digital repository can be explored via catalog, full-text, and collection-level searches.

Chapel Hill Museum To Auction Memorabilia

The Chapel Hill Museum (North Carolina), which closed over the summer due to economic difficulties, will be holding an auction on Friday, October 8, 2010. Doors open at 6pm for registration and preview, with the auction commencing at 7pm. Chapel Hill memorabilia to be sold includes vintage photos and historic displays, items related to notable Chapel Hill residents, as well as vintage collectibles, oriental carpets, etc. Absentee bids will also be accepted in person on Thursday, October 7th from 10am to 2pm. Further information on the closing of the Museum, which was in operation since 1996, can be found on its web site.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 Nobel Prize Announcements

Announcements of the 2010 Nobel Prizes via Live Webcasts

:: Physiology or Medicine [video]
Monday, October 4, 2010 -- 11:30 a.m. CET, 9:30 a.m. GMT, at the earliest.

:: Physics [video]
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 -- 11:45 a.m. CET, 9:45 a.m. GMT, at the earliest.

:: Chemistry [video]
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 -- 11:45 a.m. CET, 9:45 a.m. GMT, at the earliest.

:: Literature [video]
Thursday, October 7, 2010 -- 1:00 p.m. CET, 11:00 a.m. GMT.

:: Peace [video]
Friday, October 8, 2010 -- 11:00 a.m. CET, 9:00 a.m. GMT.

:: Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel [video]
Monday, October 11, 2010 -- 1:00 p.m. CET, 11:00 a.m. GMT at the earliest.

Further information about this year's prizes as well as a rich archive of past prizes can be found at the Nobel Foundation web site. Previous Nobel Prize-related posts on the Common Curator are available here.