Now on View: Artist as Naturalist

Now on view at the MSJ Alter Library:

The Naturalist as Artist/The Artist as Naturalist

We welcome the MSJ community and members of the public to stop by the MSJ Alter Library to view this exhibit that features the creative research and visual investigations of students and professors from The Naturalist as Artist/The Artist as Naturalist (IDS 305), a 4 credit interdisciplinary science and fine art class taught during the fall semester of 2014 at Mount St. Joseph University.  Items on display include sketchbooks, event maps, paper sculptures, drawings, and more.

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Instructors:
Mary M. (Meg) Riestenberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology and Geology
Loyola Walter, M.F.A. Associate Professor of Art

Students:
Jerry Bellas, Cara Chrisman, Peter Gillaspy, Bridget Rowe, Joe Thurman, William Patrick Zopff

Librarian Exhibit Coordinators:
Cynthia Gregory, MLS, MFA, and Paul Jenkins, MLS

About the class:
In IDS 305, we investigate the question, “Can we as students of science take what is objectively studied and observed, and integrate it into our personal understanding of ourselves and the world via the transforming artistic process?” For the Science major, the course provides a tool to be used in truly seeing the natural world by means of detailed and accurate observations in field and laboratory studies. For the Art major the course provides an intensive engagement with the natural world through drawing – this year in three different sketchbooks. For everyone the course provides an expanded visual exploration, beyond what most drawing or science courses offer. The interaction of science majors with art majors enhances students’ depth of understanding of natural structures and organisms, ways of seeing and appreciating the complexity and beauty of the natural world, and a new awareness of its preciousness. In fact, the two themes the class is built upon and revolve around are wonder and the interconnectedness of all things. As David George Haskell writes in his book, The Forest Unseen: a Year’s Watch in Nature, (2012):

 “When wonder matures, it peels back experience to seek deeper layers of marvel below. This is science’s highest purpose.”

2014 Course process and elements:
Inspired by the opening of this wonderful book, students committed to a semester-long observation of a natural mandala, a chosen place outdoors in nature in which they closely observed and drew changes over the shift from summer to winter. Class field trips were taken to Miami Whitewater, Spring Grove Cemetery, the Oxbow, and the ultimate Adams County Edge of Appalachia Preserve for drawing on location. Labs with microscope studies prefaced, paralleled, and brought all into intense magnification! Visits to the Hauck Collection at the Cincinnati Museum Center /Cincinnati History Library and Archives, and the Lloyd Library, allowed for observation of original historic naturalist sketchbooks. And in splendid synchronicity, the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Arts Tour Eastern Group in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery was a gift from the course to the entire MSJ community.

 Course texts/reading included:

Annie Dillard,  “Total Eclipse” and “Living Like Weasels” From The Annie Dillard Reader. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1994.

 

 

 

 

 

David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: a Year’s Watch in Nature. New York: Viking, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hannah Hinchman, A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place, W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.

 

 

 

 

 

Clare W. Leslie and Charles E. Roth, Keeping a Nature Journal, 2nd edition. Storey Publishing, 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

(Ask an MSJ Librarian how to check out free copies of these readings by using OhioLINK.)

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Resources for #MLKDay2015

From the Web:

Also available are print and digital titles from our collections that will help you learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy:

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Top Allied Health Databases

If you’re looking for a starting point for locating academic content dealing with topics related to nursing, medicine, health & wellness, or any of the allied health professions, we recommend these top six databases: CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health) (EBSCO) Provides indexing for journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based Care Sheets.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK) EJC comes to us from our membership with OhioLINK.  While this database offers full text of more than 7,000 research oriented digital journals in many subject areas, its coverage is especially strong in the sciences. Most article databases available to the Ohio academic community link from article citations to the full text in the EJC.

MEDLINE with Full Fext (EBSCO) A comprehensive source of full text for medical journals, providing full text for more than 1,370 journals indexed in MEDLINE.  The built-in “Find It” feature connects patrons to any full text found in our other subscription databases or open access web content.

 

OvidSp Online portal offering streamlined access to approximately 55 premium nursing and allied health full-text resources and academic journals.

 

 

 

 

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source Covers nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, consumer health, and much more.

 

SPORTDiscus with Full Text Subject areas covered includes sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sport administration, officiating, sport law & legislation, college & university sport, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sport, health, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, rehabilitation, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, recreation, leisure studies, tourism, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health and more.

Unsure how to begin your search? Need help refining your search strategy? Did you know you can set up a free research consultation with any of our academic librarians? We’re here to help with your research and learning. For personalized research help:

  • Stop by the Research & Instruction Desk,
  • email us (library@msj.edu),
  • or give us call (244-4307).

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New Tools for Creation & Learning

A new year brings new tools for creation & learning!  AutoCAD, Sketchup, & Adobe CS6 Master Collection are now available on all public computers in our Library.  Want to improve your skills and learn more about how to use these programs?  We recommend Safari Books Online–a helpful collection of ebooks offering in-depth technology manuals and handbooks.  If you are accessing Safari off-campus, you will need to login using your MSJ AllCard (which doubles as your Library card).

Safari offers thousands of titles on computer science, information technology, business, graphic design, and related fields. Here’s a sampling:

 

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Notable Reads of 2014

Looking for new leisure reading? It’s that time of year when “the best” lists start populating news feeds:

For MSJ students, faculty, and staff, free access to services like OhioLINK and Search Ohio means MSJ librarians can help you find all of the great titles listed on the best of the best.  See something you think should be in our MSJ collection? Fill out our “Suggest Materials” form.

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Time-Saving Tools for Researchers

Two time-saving tools available throughout many of our databases are features such as emailing an article/record to yourself and help citing an article. When searching research databases, look for these icons:

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New in the Collection | Oct-Nov 2014

Here’s a sampling of some new print and digital items in our collection for October-November 2014.

The Beatles

What is a university?

Uncle Vanya

A survey of entomology

Professional issues in nursing

Spirit of a Native place : building the National Museum of the American Indian

Sisters : Catholic nuns and the making of America

Remapping India

Making the Big Red Machine

Occupational therapy in psychiatry and mental health

The mystery of Joseph

The Human Stain

German Cincinnati

The healing of America : a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care

“I will fight no more forever” : Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War

Eric Fischl : paintings and drawings, 1979-2001

Educating literacy teachers online : tools, techniques, and transformations

Forensic identification : putting a name and face on death

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