HTC Vive VR Headset Launches Monday in Innovation Space

Step into the world of virtual reality at the HS/HSL starting this Monday, April 23. Our Innovation Space will be launching a HTC Vive virtual reality system that is comprised of:

  • a headset
  • hand held controllers
  • wall mounted motion sensors
  • a collection of software apps

Stop by the iSpace during VR walk-in hours, weekdays between 1pm-4pm. Staff will be on hand to strap you in and guide you through the emerging technology.

Our current list of available Vive apps includes:

Science and Education

  1. 3D Organon VR Anatomy – anatomy atlas
  2. ChimeraX – next-generation molecular visualization from UCSF
  3. nano-one – build with organic molecules
  4. Calcflow – explore and manipulate vector calculus

Art and Design

  1. Kodon – virtual sculpting tool
  2. Mesh Maker VR – 3D modeling
  3. Tilt Brush – 3D painting

VR Experience

  1. theBlu – underwater exploration
  2. Universe Sandbox – physics-based space simulator
  3. Waltz of the Wizard – experience virtual reality as a wizard

Fun and Games

  1. Fruit Ninja – a slice of virtual reality
  2. Rec Room – virtual reality social club
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Register Now for the First Annual UMB Teaching With Technology Day!








When? May 24, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where? University of Maryland School of Nursing

Join colleagues for a day focused on effective ways technology can be used in higher education. Keynote speaker, M.J. Bishop, Director of the USM Kirwin Center for Academic Innovation, will kick-off the day. A panel discussion, lunchtime table talks, and a technology test kitchen will round out the day. New information is being added daily. Register now at and check back often.

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Introducing the UMB Data Catalog!

The UMB Data Catalog facilitates discovery of data by providing a searchable and browsable collection of records describing datasets generated by UMB researchers. It has the potential to promote interdisciplinary collaboration by identifying common research interests as well as support the process of data re-use.

The HSHSL wants to thank the researchers who have contributed to the Catalog during its initial development phase.

Sergei P. Atamas, MD, PhD, School of Medicine
Peter Doshi, PhD, School of Pharmacy
Corey Shdaimah, LLM, PhD, School of Social Work
Jay Unick, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work

Contribute to the UMB Data Catalog! Help us build a robust showcase of UMB research!

For more information about the catalog, visit About the Catalog or contact the data catalog team at

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Whiteboard Project: Do You Say…?














Debate over.  We say, “I put on my sneakers to go to the store to buy a soda, lollipop, and sub then had a sip of H2O at the water fountain.”




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Historical Collection: Cordell Poem “The Library”









In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, we would like to share a poem that was found in our Historical Collection.  The poem was written by Martha Cordell Jeffers.  Jeffers was the daughter of Dr. Eugene F. Cordell, the first official Librarian at UMB and a Professor of the History of Medicine.  We like to think this poem was inspired by him.

The Library

As evening shadows fall across the walls
And twilight makes its usual call
He wanders down sweet memory lane
To reminisce with his friends again
He sits in deepest reverie
A book is resting on his knee
And as he turns the pages back
He sees, a dingy dusty spot
Where spiders weave their canopies
On books that seem to plead their urgent need
And this is where he first met these
Lets close the book and forward go
Come let me lead you to your goal
At last they rest on polished shelves
Their colors like the autumn leaves
Red, brown, and some are emerald green
Their wealth is there for all to share thru out the years
The evening star will soon appear
And it is time to say fare-well
He waves good bye and with a smile
Whispers yes, I’m satisfied


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New Exhibit – Scarred for Life: Every Scar Tells a Story











A fascinating exhibit by artist Ted Meyer will be on display at the HS/HSL’s Weise Gallery from April 4 to June 22, 2018. Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator, and patient advocate who helps patients, students, and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.

Ted seeks to improve patient-physician communications and speaks about living as an artist with illness. Telling stories about his own art and the stories behind his scar art collection, he offers insight into living with pain, illness, and disfigurement. Ted has been featured on NPR and in the New York TimesWashington PostChicago Tribune, and USA Today. His work has been displayed internationally in museums, hospitals, and galleries.

Ted’s rare niche mixes art, medicine, and stories of healing and survival, drawing from his experience as a lifelong patient with Gaucher Disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints. Ted spent much of his childhood in severe pain. His work is influenced by his many hospital stays where he began mixing art and medical supplies. (How can you make something out of IV tubes, bandages, and pipe cleaners?) Contorted, graphic skeletal images appear in his early paintings, reflecting his belief that he would not reach his 30th birthday. He now considers himself normal and healthy, having outlived friends, family, and early expectations.

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Whiteboard Project: Preferred Study Environment















So, you like the sound of … SILENCE.  We do our best to keep the library a study friendly place: free earplugs, designated quiet floors, poster reminders, etc.  If a neighbor is being too loud, please don’t cry in a mirror, come to the Information Services desk and we will be happy to assist.

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Historical Highlights: Blaustein Donations









In December, the HS/HSL’s Historical Collections received a remarkable donation from Dr. Mordecai Blaustein. Dr. Blaustein, a long-time professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a strong supporter of the HS/HSL for many years.

The most recent additions are especially impressive and include a first edition of William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove, and Some of its Medical Uses, a volume with special meaning to Dr. Blaustein. In the volume, Withering describes the ways in which foxglove can be used to cure or help certain medical ailments, including congestive heart failure. Dr. Blaustein’s own research centers around heart disease and hypertension. The Withering volume includes a beautiful hand-painted engraving of a foxglove.

The donation also included a second edition of G.B. Duchenne’s De L’electrisation Localisee et de son application a la Pathologie et a la Therapeutique, originally published in 1855. Duchenne introduced a form of non-invasive electrotherapy in this volume. Duchenne is well-known for describing muscular dystrophy, a condition that now bears his name (Duchenne muscular dystrophy).

Finally, the gift included a three-volume set by Richard Bright titled Reports of Medical Cases. These volumes include beautiful hand-painted engravings depicting the effect of disease on various organs. Bright is known for his research and work involving the kidneys, and for his description of Bright’s disease, a form of kidney disease now known as acute or chronic nephritis.

Previous donations from Dr. and Mrs. Blaustein include volumes dedicated to the memory of Dr. Blaustein’s father, Norman Blaustein, who was an avid book collector. Dr. Blaustein credits his father with inspiring him to start his own book collection, which, in addition to the donated volumes, contained a copy of Johannes Kepler’s 1609 Astonomia Nova, and a number of herbals. Among the Blausteins’ previous donations to the HS/HSL are monographs on European travel, human muscle, and anatomy.

In 1992, Dr. Blaustein donated an 1824 Maryland dissertation on measles. The dissertation was discovered by his book dealer in a European book store and made its way back to UMB through Dr. Blaustein. The dissertation is now available through the Library’s UMB Digital Archive:.

Dr. Blaustein joined the faculty at the UMB School of Medicine in 1979 as chair of the Department of Physiology, a position he held until 2003. After stepping down from the chairman position, he remained a member of the Department of Physiology and also served as director of the Maryland Center for Heart, Hypertension and Kidney Disease, and as an affiliate professor in the Biotechnology Center of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

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March Edition of Connective Issues Newsletter






Stay up to date with HS/HSL news!  In this issue:

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Library Closing at 3:00PM Due to Inclement Weather








Due to the inclement weather, the UMB campus and HS/HSL library will be closing at 3:00PM on Tuesday, March 20th.  Please contact the UMB Campus Alerts page for information about campus opening times for Wednesday, March 21st before coming to the library.

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