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  • Galen, De ossibus. | August 2018 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

    GALENUS (ca. 130-ca. 200). De ossibus. Lyons: Apud Guliel. Rouillium, 1549.    Next to Hippocrates, Galen was the most noted physician of antiquity. Born in Pergamon (present day Bergama, Turkey), he received his formal…

  • Natural Language Searching in NCBI Databases

    NCBI has improved its search functionality in the “all databases” search to be compatible with natural language searching. In the past, natural language searching for sequence data brought up too many results or sometimes zero…

  • Beekeeping 101 Event is the Bee’s Knees!

    There was a lively “hive” of people at the Sciences Library for Beekeeping 101! We heard an informative talk about bees and beekeeping from Jim Davis. Then we made a bee-line for the courtyard to take a closer look at bees and…

  • Physiognomy, Phrenology, Craniometry, Characterology, and Kindred Ventures | Mini-Exhibit through August 22 | John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

    Since antiquity, philosophers and scientists have attempted to divine personality characteristics by analyzing the size, shape, structure, and composition of the human head.  Aristotle coined the term, “physiognomy” to…

  • The Ethics of Open Access Digital Archives

    After familiarizing myself with Mukurtu CMS throughout my Studio fellowship this summer, it became increasingly necessary to address issues of open access, organizational principles, and ethics in building a digital archive for the…

  • Dance For Screens: It’s Alive!

    As a concept, making Dance For Screens seemed completely doable: make some choreography, capture it on film, edit that footage into a series of short screendances and then implement those screendances on a couple of cell phones for an…

  • Building a Digital Archive

    As a summer fellow in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, I have focused on building the structure of a digital archive for the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa (TOPI). The mission of TOPI is to recognize, collect,…

  • It’s Unfinished: Certainty and the Digital Exhibition

    For me, grad school, and especially the process of dissertating, has involved not knowing what I’m doing a lot of the time. I don’t think that experience is atypical, but this fellowship semester has been a period when I felt…

  • Looking back, looking ahead

    The past few weeks at the Studio have been a unique learning experience as I now have more familiarity and better working proficiency with Audacity and WordPress—tools that I am using in my project. Since I am building a multimedia…

  • Summer Experience and Next Steps

    My project creates the visualization of people’s ‘cognitive structures’ (or mental map) using survey responses, as shown in my previous blog posting. At the end of the summer, I am very happy to share my experience in the…

  • Slow but steady…

    As the summer fellowship is wrapping up I am finding myself making a few small, but important, breakthroughs in my work. The most recent being the ability to utilize more of the functions of the ArcGIS platform. Specifically the select…

  • A Summer of Breaking and Building

    In the course of the last couple of weeks, I’ve made some significant progress on my project and my website and I’ve come a long way in my understanding of the code that I’ve been trying to use. The various elements…

  • “Adventures in Real Estate (Part Two)” by Egeon, merchant of Syracuse

    To begin, I would like to thank the Graduate College and the University of Iowa Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio for the opportunity to work on my digital project over this summer.  To recap, I intended to build…

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