Reading by Poets William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk, Feb. 7

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RootUschukHusband and wife poets William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk will be the featured authors at the next Writers in the Library. Uschuk is the Hodges Visiting Writer in the UT English department this semester. Root is a distinguished poet with a long literary career.

The poets will read from their works on Monday, February 7th, at 7 p.m., in the John C. Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Pamela Uschuk is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, and her work has appeared in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide. Uschuk’s latest book of poems, Crazy Love, won a 2010 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Also in 2010, two individual poems were recognized with prizes: the New Millennium Poetry Award for “Shostakovich: Five Pieces” and a Best of the Web award for “A Short History of Falling.” Other literary awards she has received include the Struga International Theme Poetry Prize, the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, and the 2001 Literature Award from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council. Uschuk teaches creative writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is the director of the Southwest Writers Institute.

William Pitt Root’s collections of poetry include White Boots: New and Selected Poems of the West, The Storm and Other Poems, and Trace Elements from a Recurring Kingdom. His work also has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Recognition of Root’s work includes three Pushcart Prizes, the Stanley Kunitz Poetry Award, the Guy Owen Poetry Prize, Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships, and repeated Pulitzer nominations. He had the unique distinction of being the first Poet Laureate of Tucson, Arizona. His poems have been published widely in such places as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Poetry.

Root has been a Poet-in-the-Schools and visiting writer at schools and universities from coast to coast, as well as teaching writing to students on Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Tohono O’odham, Navajo, Hopi, and Wind River reservations.

The work of both poets has been translated into multiple languages, and they have performed and taught at writers’ workshops around the world. The couple live in southwestern Colorado outside of Durango, where they enjoy the outdoors and their beloved animal companions.

Sean McCollough presents workshop: “Music Programming for Libraries”- Thursday, February 3

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On Thursday, February 3, 2011, the East Tennessee Library Association (ETLA) will host a talk by School of Music adjunct professor Sean McCollough on how he plans for library music programs. Meet and greet with drinks and light snacks will begin at 5:30pm in the Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature (CYAL), which is room 434 on the far east end of the fourth floor of UTK’s Communications Building.  CYAL is going to set up a display of books on musical topics specifically for the event. Librarians are invited to bring brochures of favorite library entertainers and performers so that they can exchange ideas.

This program will also appeal to music educators.

For more information on Sean’s children’s music recordings and programming, go to:

3Rs Prize for Low Stress Handling of Mice

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Leading UK scientist wins NC3Rs prize for improving lab animal welfare

A study to reduce stress and anxiety in laboratory mice was today awarded the 2010 NC3Rs prize for advances in animal welfare (Tuesday 25 January 2011)

Prize winner Professor Jane Hurst’s research, published in Nature Methods, has shown that a new way of handling laboratory mice can improve their welfare and the quality of the science they are used for.

Laboratory mice are usually picked up by their tails. Professor Hurst’s study proves this method of handling causes high levels of anxiety and stress which can influence the outcome of experiments. By simply catching the mice using a plastic tunnel or cupped hands anxiety can be greatly reduced.

The prize winner receives a £10,000 grant, which is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Professor Hurst, from the University of Liverpool, plans to use the prize to provide training for scientists and animal care staff on handling methods and also to assess the effects of different handling methods on stress physiology.

Professor Hurst said: “I hope our research will be universally implemented across laboratories to improve animal welfare for all mice and to minimise the effects of handling on experiments. This is a small change that is easily applied and will make a big difference to animal welfare. I thank the NC3Rs and GSK for the award, which will fund further work to improve handling methods.”

Dr Vicky Robinson, Chief Executive of the NC3Rs said: “The NC3Rs prize recognises and rewards excellence in research which helps to reduce the number and suffering of animals used for scientific purposes. I want to congratulate Professor Hurst and her team for their excellent work which will potentially improve the lives of millions of laboratory mice. I hope that all scientists will adopt this simple method of picking up mice so that it becomes standard procedure, not just best practice.”

The judging panel selected this paper based on the high quality of the research; its potential application to benefit every mouse used for research; and the link demonstrated between good science and animal welfare.

The research was funded by the BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and NC3Rs.

The award was presented by Margaret Landi, Global Head of Laboratory Animal Science, GSK.

Quick facts:

* Mice are the most commonly used laboratory animals
* The number of mice used in the UK annually is approximately 2.6 million
* The prize winning research was published in Nature Methods: J Hurst & R West (2010) Taming anxiety in laboratory mice. Nature Methods 7 (10): 825-842
* Supplementary movie 1: Example of the tail handling method:
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* Supplementary movie 3: Example of the cup handling method on day 1 and on subsequent days:
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About the NC3Rs prize:

The NC3Rs awards an annual prize for an original contribution to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in medical, biological or veterinary sciences published within the last two years. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, the prize consists of a prize grant of £10k, plus a personal award of £1k, and is part of the Centre’s commitment to recognise and reward high quality research which has an impact on the use of animals in the life sciences.

The 2009 prize went to Dr Jenny Nichols, University of Cambridge, for her publication in Nature Medicine which describes a new method of priming early embryos to form embryonic stem (ES) cells that could dramatically reduce the number of animals used to study the genetic basis of type 1 diabetes.

25 January 201

Art in the Library: student talent on display

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StudentArtVisit the Libraries’ Student Art in the Library juried exhibition, now on display in 135 Hodges Library. (Two additional works are on display at the Music Library, G62-65 Humanities Bldg.) Artworks include paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints, each the work of a UT student. The winning pieces were selected by a committee of library staff. This year the first- and second-place winners were awarded cash prizes.

First Place:
Annie Fletcher
Burn Studies Collaboration: Sarah
(Fire, Gesso, and Charcoal on Masonite)

Lingscheit3-small1Second Place:
Emmy Lingscheit
Cerebral Brain Cloud

Artworks will remain on display throughout the spring semester.

“Love Your Libraries” Fun Run, March 5

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SponsorBar2011Join other library supporters at the 19th annual “Love Your Libraries” Fun Run, sponsored by Comcast and hosted by the University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate. The 5K race and fun walk will take place Saturday, March 5, 2011. Registration is from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in Circle Park on the UT campus, and the 5K race and one-mile fun walk begin at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the University of Tennessee Libraries.

The Graduate Student Senate hosted its first race to benefit the UT Libraries in 1992. Proceeds from the race assist the libraries in purchasing much-needed electronic resources, books, equipment, and other items critical for student success at the University of Tennessee.

Each year, corporate sponsors throughout the Knoxville community help make the Fun Run possible with charitable gifts. Once again Comcast, our title sponsor, will provide financial support and airtime on their cable television network to advertise the event. Other major sponsors include the UT Federal Credit Union, Runners Market, Brandon’s Awards, Miche Bags, Regal Entertainment, Dr. William Kim Salmons, and the UT Bookstore.

The race is sanctioned and emceed by the Knoxville Track Club. An awards ceremony will follow the race. Awards will be given to the top three runners overall, 1st Masters (40+) and 1st Grand Masters (50+), male and female — as well as awards given by age and gender. The Fastest UT Runner (student, faculty, or staff), Best Team (organization with most registrants), and Best Costume (team with the best coordinated outfits) also will be recognized. Awards must be picked up on race day; they will not be mailed. Fun Run t-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis on race day.

Pre-registrations must be postmarked by February 26. Entry forms are available here. Check out the race route.

For more information, contact the Graduate Student Senate ( or 865-974-2377).

Think Green! Use The New Book Scanner Instead

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Use the book scanner to copy articles into pdf format, then email or save to a memory stick. Our original Optic Book is stationed in the computer lab and we have installed a second Optic Book Scanner to the right of the service desk.

Instructions are posted at the scanning stations, but don’t hesitate to ask for help.

That’s what we are here for!

More information about the Optic Book Scanner is available here:

Jesmyn Ward at Writers in the Library, Jan. 25

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WhereLineBleedsJesmyn Ward will read from her work at Writers in the Library, 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Ward’s debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, tells the story of twin brothers Joshua and Christophe, who take very different paths as they embark on their adult lives. Joshua finds a job working as a dock laborer on the Gulf of Mexico. But Christophe, unable to find a job and desperate to alleviate his family’s poverty, starts to sell drugs.

Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi, a small Mississippi town near New Orleans, and Where the Line Bleeds makes palpable her deep knowledge and love of this milieu: black, poor, drug-riddled, yet sustained by strong family ties and a sense of community.

The novel has received rave reviews and plenty of awards. Publishers Weekly calls the book “starkly beautiful,” and Ward “a fresh new voice in American literature.” Where the Line Bleeds was First Runner-up for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cabell First Novelist Award in 2009 and a finalist for the 2009 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction. The novel was also an Essence Book Club Selection, one of the Pennsylvania School Librarians’ Top Forty Fiction Titles for Young Adults, and recipient of a 2009 Honor Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Ward was the first person in her family to attain a college degree. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan and the B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, where she was awarded a Stegner Fellowship in the Creative Writing Program. She currently teaches fiction writing at the University of Mississippi, where she is Ole Miss’s Grisham Writer in Residence.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Department of English and the UT Libraries. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (865-974-6947 or, or Jeff Daniel Marion, Writer in Residence, UT Libraries (