Second Nature – Portraits and Passions: Art Exhibit at Matthews-Fuller Library

A collection of oils and pastels by New Hampshire artist, Susan Parmenter

Turtle PaintingA realist painter and award winning artist, Susan Parmenter lives and works in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

Interested in art since childhood, Susan’s professional career began in illustration and transitioned to fine art painting. She works primarily in oils and pastels, often sketching from life using gouache and watercolors, charcoal, ink or pencil. Small studies become reference material, recording ideas for larger paintings done in studio, as well as colorful mosaics.

Susan Parmenter in the StudioSusan enjoys incorporating a wide range of subject matter into her work – from landscapes, portraits and still-life to birds and wildlife.  But she finds particular inspiration in the beauty of nature and wilderness. Through her work, Susan hopes to encourage public awareness and the critical actions needed for the protection of declining species, addressing the effects of climate change and helping to stop the negative impacts of human behavior on our environment.

“I paint and draw what I love and feel.  I treasure the experience of creating art as well as the experience my art creates.”

This exhibit of over 15 pastels and oil paintings will be on display at the Matthews-Fuller Health Science Library, on the 5th floor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from December 2018 through February 2019 (Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-6:00PM.)

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Dartmouth’s Rare Corpse Flower, “Morphy,” Is Getting Ready to Bloom Again!

Corpse FlowerDartmouth’s 15-year-old specimen of Amorphophallus titanum lives in the Dartmouth Life Sciences Greenhouse and has been affectionately named “Morphy.” Morphy will open on the afternoon of Thursday, November 1. The greenhouse will be open from 2 pm to 7 pm today, and Friday, November 2. The greenhouse will also be open on Saturday, November 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. Once open, its odor will be the strongest for only a day or so and will dissipate several days after it blooms.

Also known as a titan arum, the plant grows to a height of six to nine feet. It is rare, even in its native Sumatran rainforests. Its flower—the largest in the world—appears as a single bloom, exhibiting striking color, deep green on the outside and dark burgundy on the inside. Its single frilly-edged petal encircles the thick, fleshy central stalk that resembles a gigantic phallus.

The plant is called the corpse flower because when in full bloom it smells bad—like rotting flesh. But its odor does attract pollinators like flies and beetles in the wild. In spite of its aromatic essence, it has a committed following among horticulturalists. This summer, only seven flowers were reported to have bloomed in the U.S.

In case you missed it, here’s a time-lapse video of Morphy blooming:

Here’s the link to the live webcam of Morphy:

For more  information:

Dartmouth Life Sciences Greenhouse

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Thanksgiving 2018 Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving tableDana Biomedical Library
Wednesday, November 21,  7:30AM – 5:00PM
Thursday, November 22,  CLOSED
Friday, November 23,  CLOSED
**After hours access with Dartmouth ID is unchanged** (Normal Hours for Dana)

Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library
Wednesday, November 21,  8:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, November 22,  CLOSED
Friday, November 23,  CLOSED
**24/7 access for authorized individuals is unchanged**
(Normal Hours for Matthews-Fuller)

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A View to the Souls of Animals: New Exhibit of Paintings at the Matthews-Fuller Library

Hazel: painting by Caryn King

Hazel by Caryn King

The Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library is proud to host a new exhibit of paintings by Caryn King:  “A View to the Souls of Animals”

Caryn is a narrative painter who began her artistic career with clay. After 14 years of making her living as a sculptor, intermingled with a few years earning her BFA in Illustration, and stints as a toy designer and art teacher, King came home to painting. “My love and appreciation for animals came full circle when I started painting animals exclusively.”

As you would expect from a former clay artist, texture is very important to King’s paintings. This feature is one of the things that allows her animal paintings to become intensely expressive without becoming sentimental. “I love the process of painting, the textures and effects the paint creates,” says King. “Sometimes the drag of the brush and the layers of paint that show through are my primary goals.” Her paintings also emphasize a tactile appreciation of the animals themselves. She believes the animals she paints reflect a peace that sometimes seems so elusive to humans. “The feathers of a chicken, the wool of a sheep, the snout of a pig, are some examples of the remarkable visual elements that I strive to enhance in order to capture a viewer’s attention and ultimately an emotional response founded in reality, not sentimentality.”

Valentine: painting by Caryn King

Valentine by Caryn King

“A love of nature and a respect for life in all its forms have provided me the basis of my artistic vision. Currently my subject matter focuses on animals. I find my subjects close at hand…with my seven amazing “pet” chickens! One of my main concerns is conveying emotion. When painting animals I paint to convey the individuality and inner spirit of each of my subjects,” she says.

Working in both acrylics and oils, her paintings are created over long periods of time. “I start the individual paintings, move to others, and come back eventually to each. Many paintings begin on a textured surface I create on canvas, paper, or board, a process to give depth and variety to the paint and ultimately to the mood of each painting.” Caryn King is a full-time artist, painting in her hillside studio in South Newfane, Vermont, and sometimes outdoors for some plain air.

“A View to the Souls of Animals” will be on display at the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center until December 7, 2018.  The Matthews-Fuller Library is open to the public: Monday-Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm.

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries – August 2018

Yoga Stretch for Beginners and BeyondYoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond
Matthews-Fuller Library
RA781.7 .Y64 2015

Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Nephrology & HypertensionCurrent Diagnosis & Treatment: Nephrology & Hypertension
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC902 .C87 2018

Critical Care Nursing of the Oncology PatientCritical Care Nursing of the Oncology Patient
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC266 .C75 2018

Management of the Failed Difficult and Failed AirwayManagement of the Failed Difficult and Failed Airway
Matthews-Fuller Library
RC732 .H86 2018

Animal Movement Statistical Models for Telemetry DataAnimal Movement Statistical Models for Telemetry Data
Dana Library
QL751.65 M3 A55 2017

Self and the Phenomenon of LifeSelf and the Phenomenon of Life
Dana Library
QH501 L556 2017

Growing Community ForestsGrowing Community Forests
Dana Library
SD567 G76 2017

Communicating Climate Change The Path ForwardCommunicating Climate Change The Path Forward
Dana Library
QC902.9 P75 2016

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New Books in the Biomedical Libraries – July 2018

Brock Biology of MicroorganismsBrock Biology of Microorganisms
Dana Library
QR41.2 .B77 2018

Evolution Since Coding: Cradles, Halos, Barrels, and WingsEvolution Since Coding: Cradles, Halos, Barrels, and Wings
Dana Library
QH366.2 .B877 2018

Extremophiles: From Biology to BiotechnologyExtremophiles: From Biology to Biotechnology
Dana Library
QR100.9 .E953 2018

Dana Library
QH541.5.S24 C43 2017

The American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook on Pain and AddictionThe American Society of Addiction Medicine Handbook on Pain and Addiction
Matthews-Fuller Library
RB127 .A44 2018

Anatomy of the Eye and OrbitAnatomy of the Eye and Orbit
Matthews-Fuller Library
QP475 .F74 2018

Current Diagnosis and Treatment PediatricsCurrent Diagnosis and Treatment Pediatrics
Matthews-Fuller Library
RJ50 .C978 2016

Presenting Medical Statistics: From Proposal to Publication Presenting Medical Statistics: From Proposal to Publication
Matthews-Fuller Library
RA407 .P43 2017

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Meet Our New Librarian – Amanda Scull

Amanda Scull, LibrarianWe are very happy to introduce Amanda Scull, Research and Education Librarian at the Biomedical Libraries. Amanda joins us from Keene State College where she was the Collection Development Librarian and Assistant Professor, teaching courses in information studies and focusing her work on open access, scholarly communications, and the intersections between instruction and collections. Prior to that she worked in a variety of academic library settings, including the Cornell University Law Library and the School for International Training Graduate Institute, and is excited to begin a new adventure in the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries! In her free time she enjoys hiking, canoeing, and swimming with her husband, toddler, and trusty trail dog.

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New Resource: DynaMed Plus!

DynaMed Plus screensDynaMed Plus is a next-generation, evidence-based clinical information resource. It contains clinically-oriented, evidence-based summaries written by medical experts for point-of-care use by physicians, medical students, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health care professionals. DynaMed Plus also includes overviews and recommendations for 3,200 topics along with in-depth specialty content and links to Micromedex® drug content.  It has adopted the GRADE system to make it easy for users to understand the quality of evidence supporting its recommendations. Dynamed Plus also includes information and handouts that health care providers can give to their patients.

Dynamed Plus Mobile AppMedical graphics and images
Medical images and graphs from the American College of Physicians, The JAMA Network, Centers for Disease Control, Radiopaedia, and Massachusetts General Infectious Disease database are imbedded and searchable.

Mobile app
The DynaMed Plus app is also available for iOS and Android devices for offline access.

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Meet Our New Director – Stephanie Kerns

Stephanie Kerns, Library Director

We are pleased to introduce Stephanie Kerns, Director of the Biomedical Libraries. Stephanie joined us last month, on May 15, coming from the Oregon Health and Science University Library in Portland, Oregon where she held the position of Assistant University Librarian for Information and Research Services since 2013. Her career as a medical information professional spans over two decades including positions at the Georgetown University Medical Center Library, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, and the Hirsh Health Sciences Library at Tufts University. Stephanie was a 2015-16 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow and is a member of the Medical Library Association and several of its standing committees including the Membership Committee and the Educational Media and Technologies Section. Stephanie’s relocation journey included a 7 day cross-country driving trip from Portland with her two cats. Stephanie enjoys cooking and baking, hiking, and running. She plans on training for another marathon…someday soon!

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Meet Our New Librarian – Paige Scudder

Paige Scudder LibrarianWe are very happy to introduce Paige Scudder, Research and Education Librarian at the Biomedical Libraries. Paige joined us on June 4, arriving from Boston where she worked at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library at Tufts University as a Reference Assistant. Previously she worked as a science teacher for the Cambridge High School Extension Program, and interned in the Reference Department at Stonehill College in Easton MA during her final semester in library school. She earned her MLIS from Simmons College in January 2018. In her free time, Paige enjoys knitting, hiking, and attempting to teach her puppy how to play fetch.

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