Author Archives: Sue Vazakas

About Sue Vazakas

Science/Engineering Librarian and devoted reader.

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

A Modern Doctor with Many Fields

The next speaker in the JHU Conversations in Medicine series is Dr. Cindy Sears. Dr. Sears is a Hopkins Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Yet her earliest PubMed article was “The Effectiveness of a Consultation” (American … Continue reading

Learn from Modern Doctors

What is it like to be the Health Commissioner of a complex city like Baltimore (whose health department happens to have been the first in the United States)? Dr. Leana Wen, who has served in that role for just over … Continue reading

Artificial Languages, Universal Languages

An undergrad recently asked me about Lojban. Those in computer science and related fields have probably heard of Lojban (a constructed language, formerly known as Loglan). And most of us have heard of Esperanto (a “universal” language), and other “constructed” … Continue reading

Magical Moments for Teachers

The art of teaching keeps changing. At Hopkins, as at many other schools, our students work in labs, have flipped classrooms, use clickers and other “active learning” methods, attend lectures, and have a wide variety of assignments and projects that … Continue reading