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Don’t Miss the Library’s Open House April 16 at Noon and from 4:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Here is what you will see!
There have been many changes afoot in the Charles R. Drew University Health Sciences Library. Director Darlene Parker Kelly , who has been at the helm as director, since moving here from Atlanta in September 2009,attributed the first jumpstart to the changes to President David M. Carlisle and Vice President Angela Minniefield who secured the California Wellness Foundation grant for $20,000.
“We used that money to give a facelift to the library, to purchase more comfortable chairs, new blinds, carpeting and more,” said Ms. Kelly. “When the students returned after Christmas they saw a facelift. They said they felt pleased someone considered their needs.”
Students use the library 7 days per week and it is open until 9 pm four days a week as well, 72 hours open in total. Also, the Library offers extended hours until 10:00 p.m., at least 2 weeks prior to final examinations.
But, there are so many more services that infrequent visitors of the library may not be aware of:
SMART Phone Hooks ups:
A multi use plug in station similar to those in airports was installed. Many students were leaving their iPhones, iPads and Androids plugged into wall sockets setting up possible trips of breakage of these expensive units.
Through the UCLA Telemedicine Grant we now have large monitors in both of our group study rooms. Any time you come into the library, students want “collaborative study space,” the new buzz words. Because of our large screens no one has to squint or look over another’s shoulder to see PowerPoint presentations. Then we have Room 187 with smart-boards with the same capability as well as videoconferencing. You can comfortable Skype with up to 5 people.
Quiet Study Room – Room 189
Often students feel that voices carry, so while the Quiet Room has Wi-Fi, it doesn’t have the units with amplified sound. It just has a number of stations for those who use it to study in peace and quiet.
A few steps down the hall from the library is what is called the Annex — two adjoining rooms that have about 32 computers and smart-boards for classes and labs. COBB LRC Learning Resource rooms 183 and 185 were also outfitted with videoconferencing equipment.
Student Education and Services Center
Over in the Keck Building, under Linda Towles, Manager, Student Education and Services Center and Blackboard Administrator is the Student Education and Services Center (SESC). The SESC has 25 computers in the laboratory setting and at least 13 more computers throughout the center for student and faculty use. Recently, Angela Minniefield provided funding to secure new chairs for the area.
It is an opportunity to add a value-added services to our students, faculty and staff who are presenting at conferences and workshops. In addition, we support the administrative units by printing posters for University and educational events. “Initially, we inherited the poster making part of what we do when we had twice the staff size but we make time to run them off an hope we can continue to provide these services free. Recently, a new printer was added, however; the former workhorse still churns them out, too.
Each special month, without fail, the library sets up a display which highlights special events and health related issues.
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Abstracts and Accolades:
Artaza JN, Contreras JR, Hlaing SM, Garcia LA, Pervin S., Ferrini MG. Vitamin D induces muscle differentiation and promotes an antifibrotic phenotype in primary cultures of skeletal muscle derived satellite cells and fibroblasts. Presented at the Western Regional Meeting of the AFMR (American Federation for Medical Research), Abstract # 187; January 29-31, 2015. Carmel, California.
Su M. Hlaing BS, Andre Chan BS, Jorge N. Artaza MS, PhD, Monica G. Ferrini PhD
Oral Treatment with a Combination of 4 Nutraceuticals (Ginger, L-Citrulline, Muira Puama and Paullinia Cupana) that Up-regulate the NO-cGMP Pathway Can Delay the Onset of Aging Associated Erectile Dysfunction. American Society for Andrology (ASA), Salt Lake City, Monday April 20th 2015.
Juanita K Jellyman, PhD, Farnoosh Farshidi, MD, Benedict Garma, Revecca Millan, Mina Desai, PhD and Michael G Ross, MD, MPH Maternal Bisphenol A Promotes Hypertension Via Upregulation of Renin-Angiotensin System In Male Offspring. Presented at the Society of Reproductive Investigation 2015 Annual Meeting, March 26, 2015, San Francisco.
Congratulations to Health and Life Sciences 2015 Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences alumna Asia Archer, who obtained a Research Associate position with Amgen after a very competitive selection process.
Thanks to COSH Interim Dean Ronald Edelstein, PhD and Barbara Cross for this information
Erica Davenport '14 College of Medicine
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Originally, I am from Lagos, Nigeria and I came to the US 10 years ago. I got a bachelor’s degree in microbiology but I was looking for a change. I didn’t want to spend my whole life in a lab and so I was looking for a school of nursing. Someone told me there is this place called Charles R. Drew University and they were trying to make up their first nursing class. I was like “Really?” So, I attended the information session and it was real. I was part of the first cohort. That was 2010 and I graduated in 2013 with my Entry Level Master of Science(ELM) degree.
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