March 2019, No. 146

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day (February 2nd) which, according to legend, predicts an early spring. In hopes that his prediction is accurate, I am optimistic that more sunshine and warmer weather is on its way. I took a brief dive into the origins of Groundhog Day and learned more than I had expected about the evolution of this current-day tradition that marks the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Origins include a Celtic festival, an early Christian festival of light called Candlemas, German settlers bringing this festival to America, and Delaware Indians considering groundhogs to be “honorable ancestors.” If your curiosity is peaked, read more about it on the Stormfax Weather Almanac website http://www.stormfax.com/ghogday.htm and the Old Farmer’s Almanac website https://www.almanac.com/content/groundhog-day-history-meaning-folklore . But I digress.

While groundhogs have been hibernating, CAHSLA’s Program Committee has been wide-awake and busy. Amy Koshoffer took the lead in planning the February 20th winter meeting. A tour of the UC Geology Specimen collection and a demo of the UC Viz Lab Wall was well received. Planning for a spring meeting is well underway so keep your eyes open for a program flyer! As the program year continues to progress, some program ideas could not come to fruition but committee members have adjusted quickly to pursue other ideas. Their flexibility, perseverance, and wealth of program ideas are very much appreciated!

CAHSLA values its members and welcomes feedback, ideas and concerns. Are you interested in more professional development opportunities? Is there a library or other interesting local spot you are interested in touring? Feel free to contact me or other Executive Board members. President: Edith Starbuck, Vice President/President Elect: Emily Kean, Treasurer: Cara Yurkowski, and Secretary: Jennifer Pettigrew.

Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming CAHSLA programs!

Edith Starbuck, President

Treasurer/Membership Secretary Report

as of 12/07/2018:
Membership Dues

UC Geology Event: Dibella’s Dinner Member Payments

2018 Holiday Party Expenses Reimbursement Check

UC Geology Event Dibella’s Dinner Expenses

UC Geology Event Dibella’s Dinner Delivery Tip

as of 03/03/19:
as of 12/07/2018:


as of 03/03/2019:
as of 03/03/2019:


14 Regular (Paid)

2 Student (Paid)

12 Life Members


Respectfully submitted by Cara Yurkowski, Treasurer

CAHSLA Winter Meeting
Demo of Viz Wall and Tour of Geology Specimen Collection
UC Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library, Braunstein Hall, February 20, 2019
5:00-7:30 pm

Attendees: Amy Koshoffer, Jennifer Pettigrew, Emily Kean, Edith Starbuck, Steven Pfeiffer, Amanda Fay, Jennifer Steinhardt, Shawntel Ensminger, Lisa McCormick

On a rainy evening, CAHSLA met in the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library at the University of Cincinnati for a demo of the Viz Wall led by Dr. Craig Dietsch, Professor of Geology. Dr. Dietsch uses the Viz Wall, or Visualization Wall, as a teaching aid in his classes to visualize rock sample data. I was late to his presentation, so I might have missed other noteworthy pieces of information. Afterward, Dr. Michelle Frame, explained that she was only three weeks into starting her position to record everything in the UC Geology Specimen collection over the course of the coming year because their main storage room is to be repurposed as a classroom.

The main storage room currently consists of rows of double-stacked metal cabinets containing pull-out shelves with specimens, some of which are museum quality showstoppers. Labels and documentation are often sparse, so Dr.Frame is also reaching out to former professors, students, and the Cincinnati Museum Center to reunite collections with their owners or at least to learn more about the collections’ provenance. The Geology Department must then decide what it wants to keep and what it wants to discard because they will not be gaining space elsewhere. Naturally Dr. Dietsch and Dr.Frame had many questions for our archivists and librarians about how to tackle this project and make collection management decisions. We also toured two additional rooms with geology specimens. The conversation continued while our hosts joined us for box dinners from DiBella’s.

A big thanks to Amy Koshoffer for organizing this interesting event!

Submitted by: Jennifer Pettigrew, Secretary

Meeting Invitation

When? Wednesday April 24th at 5:30pm.
What? Join your CAHSLA colleagues for a Tour of Rhinegeist Brewery! Rhinegeist Brewery is located in historic Over the Rhine (1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA). After the free tour, we will gather at a table and eat while updating each other on CAHSLA-related news.

Please note: the 5:30 tour is capped at 15 people – so the tour portion of the event is on a first come, first serve RSVP basis. If we surpass the 15 count, additional people are of course welcome to join us for the post-tour food & chat portion of the event. Food details still to come. Please put in your RSVP status by clicking on the link to this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/pT5TihFjfpbpR70t1


Congratulations to Amy Koshoffer who was recently the featured speaker at the University of Louisville Data Management Event. “Come learn about Research Data Management from a librarian who has helped develop one of the most robust data management programs in the region! The Kornhauser Library is proud to sponsor an upcoming Data Management event featuring Amy Koshoffer, Science Informationist at the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Koshoffer will be visiting the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library to help share her experience in providing data services in an academic setting. Amy will be giving two presentation on March 4th that are open to anyone interested in learning more about running a successful research data service.”


Congratulations to long-time CAHSLA member Brigid Almaquer on her retirement. Brigid was an Adjunct Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Johnnie Mae Berry Library at Cincinnati State and Technical College for seventeen years. Brigid is an active volunteer for many community events and anticipates some traveling now that she has the time.


Upcoming NNLM Classes

Online classes; registration required: https://nnlm.gov/training-classic

  • How Did We Get Here? Maintaining Records for Long Term Institutional Memory. Instructor(s): Karen Coghlan, Education and Outreach Coordinator. Class Date: Region/Office: National, NER Mar 14, 2019 1:00PM - 2:00PM ET 
  • PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine. Instructor(s): Elaina Vitale, MLIS, Academic and Data Services Coordinator. Class Date: Region/Office: National Mar 18, 2019 2:00PM - 3:00PM ET 
  • Keeping Up with the Information Onslaught. Instructor(s): Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator. Class Date: Region/Office: National Mar 21, 2019 12:30PM - 1:30PM ET 
  • PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed. Instructor(s): Molly Knapp, MA, AHIP, Training Development Specialist. Class Date: Region/Office: National Mar 26, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM ET 
  • PubMed for Librarians: MeSH. Instructor(s): Samuel D Watson, Academic Outreach Specialist. Class Date: Region/Office: National. Apr 2, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM ET

Your iPhone is Sharing Sensitive Health Data with Facebook

On February 22, 2019, The Wall Street Journal published their investigation of at least 70 popular health apps and found that at least six apps shared sensitive health, financial, and personal data with Facebook. Popular Apple apps, HR Monitor, Flo Tracker, Better Me Weight Loss Workouts, were some of the apps identified as sending FB data. Why is data being sent to FB? “But the app developers appear to be taking advantage of a Facebook analytics tool that allows them to track their users' activities—and target them with Facebook ads.”


“Alexa, get my nurse!”

Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles offer patients the ability to use an Amazon Echo to route different voice requests to the right caregiver. For instance, that a verbal request for a pain medicine would be automatically sent to an RN while one for help getting to the restroom would go instead to an aide; requests to control the TV, meanwhile, would be channeled directly to the TV instead of to the nurses

Top Five Most Popular Questions for Dr. Google in 2018

1. What is the keto diet?

2. What is ALS?

3. What is endometriosis?

4. How long does marijuana stay in your urine? (answer 30 days)

5. How long does influenza last? (answer 3-7 days)

Medicine’s Contribution to Complex Language · Borborygmi = stomach growling

· Horripilation = goose bumps

· Veisalgia = hangover

· Proctalgia fugax = pain in the butt

· Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia = ice cream headache

· Obdormition = limb falling asleep

· Heloma molle = corn (foot callus)

· Unguis incarnates = ingrown toenail 

 - Morsicatio buccarum = cheek biting

 - Muscae volitantes = eye floaters

More Reasons to Proofread Your Dictation
· He uses any recreational drugs

· I checked his bathroom waist

· Patient looked up and saw his television was smoking

· Altered metal status

· Admitting diagnosis "diarrhea and he won't sit up right"

· Left hell fracture

· She is smoke confused

 - Failure to thrive at casino

Final Thought

“Faithful followers, there is no shadow of me and a beautiful spring it shall be.” -- A. J. Dereume, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, reading from the groundhog's prediction scroll on Saturday, February 2, 2019 … Groundhog Day in America.