MU Libraries Host Exhibition Celebrating 500 Years of Anatomical Science

December 31, 2014, will mark the five hundredth birthday of Andreas Vesalius, one of the most important anatomists in the history of medicine. The MU Libraries will commemorate this historic occasion with an exhibition entitled Vesalius at 500: Student, Scholar, and Surgeon, on view November 5-30 in the Ellis Library Colonnade.

Andreas Vesalius is frequently called the father of modern human anatomy.  Born in 1514 in modern-day Belgium, he studied at the Universities of Louvain, Paris, and Padua before becoming a professor of anatomy and surgery at the University of Padua.  His primary contribution to the history of medicine was his emphasis on dissection and firsthand observation.  Vesalius differed from his colleagues because he used his observations to challenge ancient and often inaccurate Greek and Roman medical writings, which formed the basis of all medical knowledge for over a thousand years.

Vesalius at 500 showcases materials from the Libraries’ collections that helped to shape Vesalius’ career, including medieval manuscripts and early printed books on medicine.  The centerpiece of the exhibition is Vesalius’ most famous work, De Humani Corporis Fabrica.  The Libraries hold two copies of this important book, a second edition printed in 1555, and a later edition from 1568. Recognizing MU’s strength in human and animal medical research, the exhibition considers Vesalius’ effect on the history of veterinary medicine with several early illustrated works on animal anatomy.  Works of Renaissance science are also included in order to situate Vesalius within the world of sixteenth-century scientific thought.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Dr. Gheorghe M. Constantinescu, a professor of veterinary anatomy in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU, will present “Andreas Vesalius: On the 500th Anniversary of His Birth” on November 12 at 12:00 pm.  Dr. Constantinescu is a medical illustrator and author investigating the gross anatomy of domestic and laboratory animals.  His presentation will be held in room 4f51a in Ellis Library.

Vesalius at 500: Student, Scholar, and Surgeon is curated by a team of rare book librarians from the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library, and Ellis Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books department.  The exhibition draws on MU Libraries’ special collections of more than 100,000 original artworks, manuscripts, rare books, and historic documents.  The collections, exhibition, and lecture are all free and open to the public.

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Friday Workshop, Nov. 7

NIH Public Access Policy
Nov. 7 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
W-235, Veterinary Medicine Building

This session will provide an overview on complying with the NIH Public Access Policy. Learn how to find and use PMCIDs; submit articles to PubMed Central; and view and manage policy compliance with MyNCBI’s My Bibliography. Topics will also include a brief overview of Open Access journals and how they relate to funding agency policies.

Kate Anderson, Head, Zalk Veterinary Medical Library

Registration Preferred.

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Check out The Nook: New Quiet Study Space on 4th Floor of Ellis Library

The Nook

The Nook is now open on the 4th floor in the northeast corner. This quiet area includes a study bar, comfortable seating and charging stations.  An enclosed room with computer workstations for student useis also available. This renovation was funded by a 2013-14 award from the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee.

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Friday Workshop, Oct. 31

FRED and Family: Economic Data and Information for Scholarly Use
Oct. 31 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

Learn how to use FRED, GeoFRED, and ALFRED to locate, map, graph, and save economic data. Use FRED and ALFRED to save data for later reuse (and permanent citation), including capturing and saving the revisions to data. Use GeoFRED for mapping and visualizing data. Finally, with FRASER, understand the policy documents produced by the Federal Reserve, where to find them, and ways to use them.

Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Registration Preferred.

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What is Open Access

Check out the Open Access 101 video from SPARC.  

Want to know more? 

Take a look at Kate Anderson’s (MU’s own Vet Librarian) Open Access guide. 

Questions? Contact your subject librarian.

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Friday Workshop, Oct. 24

New Ways to Get What You Need: PDA, ebooks, audio books, OCCAM’s Reader, etc.
Oct. 24 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

Ebooks and audiobooks are here to stay and there are a variety of ways to acquire access. This session will review how these resources are purchased at MU Libraries and how we provide access to faculty and students. The discussion will touch on present practices and also future potential.

Corrie Hutchinson, Head of Acquisitions & Collection

Registration Preferred.

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Special Collections Mini-Exhibit, Oct. 29

What haunts the stacks in Special Collections? Visit us in the Colonnade from 9:30 to 11:30 on October 29 for a display of books featuring ghosts, goblins, creepy crawlies and things that go bump in the night. Tweet us your favorite at @MUSpecColl and get a Halloween-themed bookmark!


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MU Librarians Author Chapters in New Library Instruction Book

Shelly McDavid, a library information assistant a the Veterinary Medical Library, and Rebecca Graves, the educational services librarian for the Health Sciences Library, co-authored two chapters, "Introduction to Learning Theory" and "Introduction to Instructional Techniques," which appear in Curriculum-Based Library Instruction: From cultivating faculty relationships to assessment (Medical Library Association Book Series), 2014. The book has just been released and was co-edited by Amy Blevins, a graduate of the MU School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.

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MU to Open Census Bureau Research Data Center In Ellis Library

Satellite center will make population, economic and health research more efficient for scientists

Oct. 07, 2014

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Nathan Hurst,, 573-882-6217

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri has received approval from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to become a satellite location for the new Research Data Center (RDC) to be located in Kansas City, Mo. Now, researchers from MU and around the Midwest will be able to access millions of files of census bureau data for research projects ranging from public health issues to economics. Hank Foley, senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies at MU, says this new center will further position MU as a leading research institution in the region.

“Having access to the federal government’s immense database on our campus will allow MU researchers, as well as scientists from around the region, to perform important, complicated research that they otherwise would have to travel hundreds of miles and spend thousands of dollars to complete,” Foley said. “This new research center will be a priceless resource for advancing scientific study here at Mizzou and around the Midwest.”

Although best known for the nationwide census every 10 years, the U.S. Bureau of the Census collects millions of records of information on individuals and businesses based on a large number of specialized surveys, as well as providing access to data maintained by a variety of government agencies.  Although much of these data are made public, a large portion contain sensitive information, such as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and medical records, which remains confidential to protect the privacy of individual Americans. In order to access this sensitive data for sociological, economic and public health research, scientists are required to receive certification from the census bureau and travel to an RDC, where they are closely monitored by government officials to ensure that the data remain confidential. Previously, Mizzou researchers were forced to travel as far as Chicago or Minnesota to reach the closest RDC. Colleen Heflin, an associate professor in the MU Truman School of Public Affairs and co-director of the satellite RDC at MU, says the new center will allow MU researchers to work much more efficiently.

“Spending time travelling hundreds of miles to gain access to this invaluable database can be quite expensive and time consuming,” Heflin said. “With this resource on campus, MU scientists can perform their research much more cheaply and quickly than they could formerly.”

“Having an RDC branch on campus will allow MU researchers to take on projects that would not be possible otherwise, opening up opportunities for important scholarly work as well as government and private grant funding,” said Peter Mueser, a professor in the Department of Economics in the MU College of Arts and Science and co-director of the MU RDC. “For example, RCD census data have detailed information on geography that was used in a recent study on the effect of hurricane Katrina on businesses in Mississippi.  Such RDC access is available at fewer than 20 sites nationwide, so MU will join a small elite group who have this kind of access.”

The University of Missouri has dedicated $1 million from the general operating budget: to finance the new facility, which will be located in Ellis Library on the MU campus; fund the salary of a census bureau employee to operate the RDC; create small grants for faculty to receive federal approval to use the RDC; fund several doctoral fellowships to train students in using the database; and begin a seminar series promoting the types of research in which the RDC is capable of assisting. The primary RDC, located in Kansas City, is funded by the Kauffman Foundation. While the MU RDC is technically a satellite center, it will allow the same access to census bureau data as the primary RDC in Kansas City. Chris Wikle, a professor of statistics at MU, says the new RDC will be a valuable resource for all kinds of research.

“The types of data available in an RDC allow us to more easily develop and check the techniques we are working on to improve research in specific areas that are important to scientists who are trying to do work in the social and political sciences,” Wikle said. “An example would be if social scientists were interested in comparing demographic data to the amount of crime in a particular neighborhood. The demographic data from a specific neighborhood might not normally be available to the public, but can be accessed through the methods we are developing with resources from the RDC.”

The date in which the MU RDC will be opened has not yet been named, but Heflin believes it should be operational within the next year.





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Friday Workshop, Oct. 17

Keep Current with Your Latest Research Without the Stress
Oct. 17 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 213, Ellis Library

Is trying to keep up with new developments in your field stressing you out? We’ll show you some tools that can make keeping up with the latest research easy and painless.

Rhonda Whithaus, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Registration Preferred.


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