Touro PT Students Share Health Information Worldwide in Wikipedia Edithathon

This real time counter logs each edit to Wikipedia, including those by our own PT students

Drs. Shira Wiener and Yocheved Bensinger-Brody hosted their second Wikipedia Editathon for their Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students of class 2019 on April 4th.  Like last year, in this three-hour long session, Lane Rasberry, the Wikipedian-in-Residence first briefly explained the nature of Wikipedia as a free encyclopedia that can be edited by anybody. At the same time, he clarified, Wikipedia is not a chaotic space and once an article is written or edited, its dedicated volunteer editors will check on the accuracy of any new information that has been added to Wikipedia. This is how Wikipedia controls its quality, he said. Continue reading

Earth Day: Celebrating Conservation and Nature

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This post was originally published on April 21, 2015. In response, Librarian Aviva Adler shared her experience celebrating the first Earth Day in 1970:

As a teenager living in the Washington DC area, I volunteered with the EPA and helped with activities for the very first Earth Day. I made a tie-dye batik “earth day” flag (haven’t seen it in years, but I’m sure it’s in a box somewhere) in my parents’ kitchen. I stood on street corners with environmental literature, educating passers-by and asking for their support and signatures on petitions to pass environmental laws. I clearly remember having collected hundreds of signatures, and then handing my clipboard full of signatures to one man who took the clipboard and threw it into the Reflecting Pool … and I remember fishing it out and trying to salvage the signatures!

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. The purpose of Earth Day is to bring awareness to environmental issues, lobby for environmental policies, and promote changes in human behaviors in order to maintain the ecosystem. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Today, it is observed in more than 192 countries with more than 1 billion people participating. It is largest civil observance in the world.

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Put Your Best Fork Forward: March is National Nutrition Month

From eatright.org

As winter draws to a close (well, maybe) and sunnier, warmer weather begins to show up in the forecast, we’ll have more opportunities to go outside (without shivering). With spring comes the reappearance of birds, flowers, green grass, and blooming trees. This is also the time of year that we see an increasing number of runners, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts try to lose their winter weight and get back into shape. While exercise is an important aspect of overall health, what we put into our bodies is the most important. That makes this a fitting time of year to observe National Nutrition Month. Continue reading

Celebrating Female Leaders During Women’s History Month

Moderator Dean Donne Kampel with panelists Janice Weinman, CEO of Hadassah; Provost Patricia Salkin; and Shelly Berkley, CEO of Touro’s Western Division

On March 8th, the Women’s Leadership Council of Touro College held its second annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Like last year, we scheduled a panel discussion with influential and successful women leaders. This year’s discussion was titled, “Personal and Professional Perspectives on Leadership”. The panel members included Patricia Salkin, Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College; Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division; and Janice Weinman, Executive Director and CEO of Hadassah. Associate Dean of Faculty Donne Kampel, the founder and chair of the Touro Women’s Leadership Council, moderated the program.  Continue reading

Celebrating Purim

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Book of Esther, Hebrew, c. 1700-1800 AD - Royal Ontario Museum - DSC09614.JPG •Uploaded by Daderot Created: November 20, 2011
image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Book of Esther, Hebrew, c. 1700-1800 AD – Royal Ontario Museum – DSC09614.JPG  Uploaded by Daderot Created: November 20, 2011

A long time ago when the empire of Persia and Medea ruled the world, all citizens of the capital city of Shushan were called to a feast at the king’s palace. Though the leader of the Jewish community, a very wise man named Mordechai, advised against it, the Jews of Shushan felt they had no choice but to obey the king’s decree. This feast was the beginning of a series of events that would lead King Achashverosh (Ahasuerus or Xerxes in English), to stamp and seal a terrible decree on the suggestion of his wicked advisor, Haman (a direct descendent of the ancient Jewish enemy Amalek): all Jews in the kingdom were to be slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the upcoming Hebrew month of Adar. Men, women, and children would be destroyed, no survivors. The Jews of the kingdom gathered in prayer under the guidance of their leader Mordechai. They donned sackcloth and ashes in mourning. But the Jewish people had a secret weapon, one that had been put in place some time earlier: Mordechai’s niece, Esther, had been chosen out of all the beauties in the kingdom to marry King Achashverosh. Queen Esther lived modestly in the palace, keeping her Jewish identity and faith secret, but in this she had no choice but to act. When she heard of the decree, she fasted and prayed for three days. Then Queen Esther went before the king without being summoned. This was a selfless, extraordinarily brave act that would lead to her death unless Achashverosh stretched out his scepter in welcome. Miraculously, he did. Continue reading

Bay Shore Welcomes New Librarian Keith Pardini

Vintage Long Island map, featuring Touro Bay Shore (source)
Vintage Long Island map, featuring Touro Bay Shore (source)

How’s it going Touro Community! My name is Keith, and I’m the newest librarian at the School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore. For those of you unfamiliar with our Long Island campus, here at Bay Shore we cater to both undergraduate and graduate students who are primarily enrolled in health sciences fields. The majority of students pursue programs such as: Biology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician’s Assistant. The school also offers programs in Education and Special Education. Continue reading

Remembering Professor Richard Green

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Richard Green)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Richard Green)

Richard Green, one of the most beloved faculty members at Touro College, passed away quite un-expectantly in February 2015. Two years have passed but I still vividly remember his intense eyes, rich voice, and most importantly his passion for his students and teaching. His constant mission to find better ways of teaching and making learning easier and more pleasant was contagious. After every rather overwhelming conversation with him, I would get revitalized and would start thinking of how we could improve our teaching methods in the library so students better understand and take advantage of the many resources available to them for free. Continue reading

Lessons from Evidence-Based Healthcare: Improving Library Services for Faculty Research

writing-828911_960_720Touro librarians are committed to continuously upgrading our knowledge and skills so we can best help our students and faculty.  This year it seems that a main theme of our professional development activities at the Bay Shore campus has been “Research.”  Our health science students are learning to practice Evidence-Based Healthcare, which involves incorporating the best research evidence available into clinical decision-making.  Finding the best research evidence available is one of the subjects that librarians are being asked to teach our students.  Looking back on the past year, we have attended an array of interesting and useful trainings on the topic of research so that we will be up to the task.  In the process, we have also learned skills that we feel can help our faculty with their research. Continue reading

2016 Survey Results: Responding To Your Responses

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(CC image)

In December, we ran our annual User Satisfaction Survey asking students, faculty, and staff about their experiences with Touro libraries over the past year. Your responses give us insight into how we can improve our services and offerings. We value your feedback, so we’d like to share some trends we noticed and our responses to the most common issues mentioned. Continue reading