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History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series
With Bert Hansen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Baruch College, CUNY

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Refreshments, 5:30, Lecture 6pm

Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 2
1150 St. Nicholas Ave. at West 168th Street

Free and Open to the Public

For over a century, the biographers of the great medical scientist Louis Pasteur have ignored his passionate and sophisticated love for painting and sculpture and the delight he took in his close friendships with leading artists.  New research on this forgotten history enriches our understanding of his personality as well as his manner of working in the laboratory.  The sober chemist, who had seemed to be devoted strictly to work and family, took enormous pleasure in the fine arts and used them as well to advance his career. 

In a colorful slide show, Professor Bert Hansen will explore the artistic threads running from Pasteur’s childhood through his landmark scientific and medical discoveries until his death in 1895 at age 72.

Bert Hansen has been teaching history at Baruch College of CUNY since 1994. He holds degrees in chemistry (Columbia) and history of science (Princeton).  Prof. Hansen has written on obstetrics teaching in the 1860s, the new medical categorization of homosexuals in the 1890s, the advocacy for public health and sanitation in political cartoons from 1860 to 1900, and the popularity of medical history heroes in children’s comic books.  His book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America (Rutgers University Press, 2009), was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to the “2010 Best of the Best” for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association. 

Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Inspired by the study room feedback survey earlier this spring, we have made the study room time slots more granular. Starting June 1st, 2015 rooms will be reservable in half-hour increments. The maximum booking time per day is still 3 hours.

Please feel free to contact us with feedback at We are always looking for ways to improve your study experience.

In this issue:

  • History of Health Sciences Lecture:The Antibiotic Era
  • Time saving tips for your mobile
  • HIPAA training deadline April 30th

... and more.

In February the Health Sciences Library received 127 responses to our Lower Level 1 study room feedback survey. This was a follow up to a study previously done in 2013. If you did not have a chance to respond or if you have additional comments please feel free to contact the library at

After reviewing the responses we developed an action plan to improve your study experience.

Action plan

  • Short term - We are revising our internal procedures for monitoring room maintenance and the posting of schedules. Additional signage to clarify quiet spaces and ensure communication options to report uncomfortable temperatures is also being investigated.
  • Medium term - We will investigate allowing rooms to be reserved on the half hour to align better with class schedules.
  • Long term - We will investigate reconfiguring library spaces to facilitate groups of different sizes and will consider noise reducing materials. 

A full report is available for download.