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Skulls in Culture
"Skulls do more than just protect the brain — they also stimulate the mind. Often symbols of mortality and power, they have been employed in human ceremony, ritual, and art for tens of thousands of years. From the ancient animal skulls in Paleolithic burial sites to the curlicued cattle skulls that float like spirits over Georgia O'Keefe’s canvas mountains, cultures around the world have turned to skulls to express ideas about both life and death."
Great Graphics: Popular Science - The Worst Jobs in Science
Although this article from the October issue of Popular Science inspired laugh or two (as well as a renewed affection for my own job), it's the icons, created by Josh McKibillo, depicting the various downsides to each job, that were really funny.
British Library Exhibitions: Pictures of Health
Archive of an exhibit that took place at Homerton Hospital in 2001.
"... looks at how artists in many different cultures and times have portrayed our health and the people who keep us in good health Â– the healing professions.
Drawing on the wide range of books from around the world in the British Library, the exhibition includes both serious and humorous pictures of diagnosis and treatment, prevention and cure, and doctors and nurses themselves."
Dr. Fungus Image Bank
"The Image Bank contains hundreds of images of fungi that range from images of microscopic fungi in tissue to macroscopic images of people, animals, and plants that have fungal infections. Many of the images are also available as pre-packaged PowerPoint slides."
The image bank seems fairly extensive and each image is annotated. The PowerPoint slides are more than just an image slapped into a blank presentation. Each slide conveniently contains the same annotations that are in the image bank and is pre-formatted. The formatting is simple and unobtrusive and should be pretty easy to tweak if you would like it to more closely resemble the rest of your presentation. The only thing I didn't like is that each slide seems to have the The Dr. Fungus URL in large purple letters running up the left side. This can easily be deleted.
2004 Frank Netter Award
From the HeSCA Listserve:
"Do you know of any remarkable health education materials that make a significant impact on the way health-related information is communicated?
The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences is accepting applications for the 2004 Frank Netter Award for Special Contributions to Medical Education. This award is given annually to an individual, institution or company in recognition of the development of visually oriented educational materials that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of education and research in visual communication for the health sciences. There is no application fee. The award includes a plaque, monetary award of $1,000 and travel expenses to receive the award at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Past winners have made innovative contributions in healthcare education including anatomical models, books, simulators, videotapes, and interactive learning materials.
Anyone interested in applying for this prestigious award can get an application and additional information on the Vesalius Trust Web site.
Application deadline for the 2004 award is December 12, 2003."
Thanks to Karen Adsit, Walker Teaching Resource Center, Univ. of Tenn. at Chattanooga
Scientific Posters: Vertical vs. Horizontal
This issue gets raised whenever we're preparing a poster for a researcher who is presenting at a conference just about anywhere outside North America: Why do domestic conferences usually specify a horizontal aspect ratio for scientific posters when conferences elsewhere (especially in Europe) usually require posters to be vertical?
This came up again recently and the discussion ended with the usual unsatisfactory conclusions (tradition and the American preference for more personal space). I've tried finding an answer online and although there are many, many sites devoted to creating good posters, none of them dealt with this question.
Personally, I prefer working with the horizontal format because it seems to lend itself to creating a good poster; the flow of the content is just more fluid and there are more options available for making it all fit together.
If you have any insight into this apparent cultural divide in the conference world, I'd appreciate it if you would drop me a line or share it in a comment attached to this entry. Thanks.
Robert Carswell's Pathological Anatomy
The Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department's October Book of the Month was Pathological Anatomy: Illustrations of the Elementary Forms of Disease by Robert Carswell.
"This beautifully illustrated folio volume consists of forty four coloured lithograph plates with accompanying descriptions of various pathological conditions. The text and the drawings were undertaken by Sir Robert Carswell, who was both a distinguished practitioner of pathology and a skilled artist. Perhaps overshadowed by more well known anatomical atlases, this is a monumental work that deserves further study."
Carswell's motivation for creating this landmark work echoes a one of the central theme's of TEHI: the importance of being visual. He "undertook its publication because of 'the great difficulty, and frequently the impossibility, of comprehending even the best descriptions of the physical or anatomical characters of diseases, without the aid of coloured delineations.'"