Author Archives: Sue Vazakas

About Sue Vazakas

Science/Engineering Librarian and devoted reader.

A Secret Weapon for You

Your librarians know a lot of things. A lot of things. That knowledge comes from many sources, including our widely differing kinds of experience; the kind of books and shows and music we like; and our various academic degrees, including … Continue reading

Unconventional Medicine (and the Baltimore Marathon)

The intriguing topic of “unconventional medicine” is the theme of this year’s Conversations in Medicine speaker series. Today’s medical field is incredibly interdisciplinary. Fascinating and non-traditional careers, related to healthcare but not necessarily requiring an MD, are everywhere. For example: … Continue reading

APL Technical Digest – Now 100% Online

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) built a craft for NASA that’s been in space for a decade and passed Pluto last year. And remember the little “pill” that Senator and former astronaut John Glenn swallowed before he went … Continue reading

Stars of Science Fiction and Fantasy

It’s always the right season to read science fiction or fantasy. Here are two important writers whose work you might want to explore. Kurt Vonnegut Vonnegut was an American author who made unforgettable contributions to literature (there are more than … Continue reading

Dragons!

Fire. Teeth. Scales. Wings. But also: intelligence, age, wisdom, greed, strategy. Who are some noteworthy dragons? Everyone knows Smaug, the clever, deadly creature who slept on top of a cavernful of treasure that he’d stolen. We also know the murderous … Continue reading

JHU Alumni, This is for You!

You’ve graduated: congratulations! How does your new status affect how you can use the library? Here is information that will help you. You can enter the library IF you show the guard some form of photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport, … Continue reading

Google NGram Viewer — “Culturomics”?

The NGram Viewer from Google made a splash when it was introduced in December of 2010. It is essentially a data-mining application that enables queries against Google’s massive digitized books corpus.  Researchers behind the Google Books project wrote about the … Continue reading

Helping Your Patients

You want to be the very best RN, MD, PT, NP, OT, PA, or other kind of health professional that you can.  You want to be understanding, kind, compassionate, and empathetic with your patients, those scared adults and children who … Continue reading

A Wealth of Health on April 5

An embarrassment of riches in the form of remarkable speakers is yours for the taking on Tuesday, April 5. This year’s keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Public Health Student Forum will be the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. … Continue reading

Pokémon Does NOT Cause Cancer

It’s a special year for both JohnCon and Pokémon — they are both 20 years old! As one HopSFA leader commented, “Pokémon will be old enough to drink in Japan.” In 1996, while he was working for Nintendo, Satoshi Tajiri created … Continue reading