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Digital Challenges – What am I doing in your classroom?

Plan to join us on Wednesday, April 1 for Open Mic: What Am I Doing in Your Classroom? Students Tell Their Tech Stories, a look at how students are integrating their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into their educational lives. This event is part of the Digital Challenges Series, sponsored by UB Information Technology and University Libraries, and co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Innovation and Student Life.


The program will take place in 145 Student Union from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. UB associate professor Valerie Nesset will set the tone with a keynote address focusing on the ways in which students are adopting and adapting technology to address their learning and research needs.  During the open mic session, students will share their personal tech stories in brief, informal presentations that will focus on using mobile technologies to improve the classroom experience.


To learn more and view the full schedule, please visit


While not required, registration through the website is recommended.


Hope to see you there!

2015 Undergraduate Research Prize for Library-Supported Research – Deadline March 6, 2015

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Sponsored by The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

The prize is $500.

The Prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring use of information resources, the University at Buffalo Libraries and the collections. Undergraduate research conducted by INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS or by STUDENT TEAMS is eligible.

  • Research in ALL DISCIPLINES is eligible for the Undergraduate Research Prize
  • Submissions must document use and application of library/information resources in any format (online, print, Web, media, etc.)
  • Research conducted in full or part during the period from JANUARY 2014 – FEBRUARY 2015 is eligible
  • Research projects can be presented in any format (print, web-based, media, database, art works, etc.)
  • Prize winning research will be featured on the UB Libraries and Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Web sites.

For more information and/or to apply, please visit:

Submit an electronic version of your research project to:


Deliver/send paper copy of your research project to:
UB Libraries Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research
℅ Cynthia Tysick
228 Lockwood Library
University at Buffalo
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2200

University Libraries 3rd Annual Oscar Contest

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Are you psychic? From the future? Just have plain old insider information on who will win this year’s Academy Awards? It doesn’t matter, you are still welcome to join the 3rd Annual University Libraries Oscar Contest! Contest is open to all UB students.  Pick your Oscar winners, fill out the questionnaire and be entered to win great prizes.

Click here to enter your choices!  Good luck!

Still Seats Available in EndNote Workshop on January 29th

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Want to learn how to use a powerful tool for collecting, and organizing your references?  Need some help getting started using EndNote for writing your papers and managing your citations?  The Health Sciences Library’s expert team of instructors are here to help.  Come to one of our No Experience EndNote classes and learn how to use this great software program.

The first library workshop of the spring session will take place on January 29th at 10:00 a.m.  To register click here.

Healthy Habits Become Trendy and Lucrative

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Walgreens and Qualcomm Life announced last week a new line of  devices that reward healthy habits.  The devices include a wrist-worn blood pressure cuff, a traditional blood pressure cuff, and a blood glucose meter that will track and record health information.  This information will feed directly into Walgreen’s reward program, enabling the wearer to receive points toward purchases. The belief behind this initiative is that medication adherence and methods for encouraging healthy behaviors will help keep people healthier and aid in lowering health care costs.  Walgreen’s has an already established partnership with WebMD and the two companies are set to launch a smartphone app for personal wellness. The program entitled “Your Digital Health Advisor, ” an extension of the web based program “Your Digital Health Coach” , which allows users to set goals such as weight loss, smoking cessation, eat healthier, and enjoy exercise, will be soon be available.  The program will also support data from devices like wireless scales, and glucometers, and will reward those who achieve certain health goals with Walgreen’s Balance Reward incentives.

With the explosion in development of devices to track personal data such as fitness and diet,  and the accessibility of these devices due to cost reduction and marketing to Joe Public, it was only a matter of time before  mobile health, or “mhealth” became the trendy new  future of personal wellness.  Hey, if it makes the country a healthier place…


Winter and Spring Session Workshops Are Open For Registration

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Need help learning EndNote? Want to take your EndNote skills to the next level?  Perhaps you’d like to spice up your presentations with Prezi or learn how to use the free collaborative tool, Wikispaces.  The Health Sciences Library offers a variety of workshops throughout the winter and spring sessions.  To see the full listing of all workshops offered, including registration information,  go to the Health Sciences Library Workshop page. 

Happy New Year and have a good semester!


New Drug Labeling System Goes Live June 2015

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A new drug labeling system that will replace the old system to be rolled out by the FDA on June 30, 2015.  This new system provides more detailed information on clinical considerations for pregnant and nursing mothers. To read more about this announcement see the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announcement of December 5, 2014.

New and Improved Study Tool on Access Pharmacy

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AccessPharmacy has re-introduced a new and improved version of the Top 300 Drug Flashcards on AccessPharmacy.  The cards contain all the content from Kolesar & Vermeulen’s Top 300 Drugs print flashcard set.  Quiz yourself on all aspects of 300 common drugs.

To use the flashcards click on Self-Assessment in AccessPharmacy and then click on “Top 300 Drugs Flashcards.”

Happy studying!



Chance to Participate in the Professors and Their Pets Exhibit at Lockwood Library

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On behalf of Molly Poremski:

Greetings from your Library!

The librarians at Lockwood are currently planning an exhibit and we need your help. The exhibit, “Professors and Their Pets” will coincide with this semester’s Stress Relief Days, held at Lockwood and the Health Sciences Library at the end of the semester. What we would like from you is a photo of your pet, or of you and your pet together, along with a small paragraph about your pet.  We will be putting up an exhibit on December 1st in the lobby of Lockwood showcasing the professorial pets.

Here’s what we need:

  • One higher quality digital photo (300dpi or higher) of you and your pet, or of just your pet
  • A paragraph (maximum 100 words) telling us about your pet

Here’s an example:

  •  This is Biff. He came from the Buffalo City Animal Shelter in 2003. Biff enjoys sleeping, staring at birds, chicken liver pâté, and running around the house at top speeds in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Biff lives with librarian Molly Poremski.

For promotion of the exhibit, we may use your photo on the Library’s social media. If you’d like to opt out of that, please just let me know when you send in your photo.

If you’d like your furry (or not so furry, as the case may be) friend included in Lockwood’s upcoming exhibit, please email the photo and paragraph to Molly Poremski, by November 10th.

Thanks for considering!

Molly D. Poremski

International Languages and Literature Librarian

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