Undergraduate Research Prize winners

The 2010 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research competition is a reminder that excellent scholarship can still flourish in austere times.  The winning projects are listed below.


  • Ryan Cohen, “Classroom for Improvement: How Decentralization Hinders Argentine Educational Equity,” Senior Lecturer Alan Karras (IAS/PEIS)
  • Theresa Joy Hannig, “The Inconstant Basilica of Constantine,” GSI Sharone Tomer (Architecture)
  • Robin Lam, “Photographing the Illusion of Austerity: Fashion Photography and Femininity in Post-WWII Britain,” Prof. James Vernon (History)
  • Simeon Newman, “Yacyreta, Argentina’s White Elephant: Hydroelectric Development, International Capital, and Transnational Resistance,” Asst. Prof. Mark Healey (History)
  • Matthew Rietfors, “Patriotism versus Principles: Perspectives on the Eve of the Mexican War,” Prof. James Casey, Librarians David Farrell and Peter Hanff (UGIS)

Honorable Mention

  • Jessica Clark, “The Chaco Allure: 150 Years of Archaeological Fascination with Pueblo Bonito,” CSI Sharone Tomer (Architecture)
  • Lilian Fabela, “The Legal Construction of Racial Identities through Anti-Miscegenation Laws and Court Cases in Arizona, 1865-1962,” Prof. Brian Delay (History)
  • Miriam Paula Rubenson, “‘The Purity of the Ballot Box’: How Ex-felons Won the Right to Vote in California, 1966-1974,” Prof. Robin Einhorn (History)
  • Alexandra Title, “A Comparative Study of Scleractinian Coral Diversity in Mo’orea, French Polynesia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia,” Prof. Brent Mishler (Integrative Biology)

The successful entrants will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 5, 4-6pm in the Morrison Library.

»  More information on the competition

May Instruction Session: PubMed Basics Hands-On


Note: Please indicate which location (Richmond or
Sacramento) you wish to attend to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

See below for details about each date/time/location.


* Do you need to find health/medical journal literature?
* Are you having trouble accessing full text articles from your desktop?
* Do you get too many or too few search results when searching PubMed?
* Are you already using PubMed and have some burning questions?
* Do you want help exploring PubMed’s new interface?
* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can learn and practice using PubMed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then
please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s
PubMed Basics Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Introduction to PubMed
2. Retrieving Full Text Using the CDPH PubMed URL
3. Effective Keyword Searching Using Boolean Logic
4. The New Interface: What’s Changed
5. Using Advanced Search
6. Finding and Using Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Terms
7. Other PubMed Features

Note: this class will be held in both Richmond and
Sacramento locations. See below for the date/time
for each location.


Class: PubMed Basics Hands-On
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 10:30-12 pm
Where: Richmond Campus, Building P, Computer
Training Room P-1246

RSVP by Monday, May 10 to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 15 participants. 
A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an
additional class.

NON-BUILDING P OCCUPANTS: Please make sure to
register so your name will be on the class participant
list given to the Building P Security Desk for entry
into Building P.


Class: PubMed Basics Hands-On
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 10:30-12 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento Campus, 1500 Capitol Ave,
Computer Training Room 72.169.

RSVP by Monday, May 17 to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 12 participants.
A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an
additional class.


This class is intended for CDPH staff new to PubMed, those who may have some basic understanding of PubMed but don’t know how to use its features, and those wanting to explore the new PubMed interface.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

These training sessions are free to CDPH staff. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

New Online Journals

Twelve journal titles were recently added to the Full-Text Electronic Journals web page for CDPH.
These are all “open access” (free) e-journals, and include some titles not found in PubMed, as indicated

* Applied and Environmental Microbiology
* Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (not in PubMed)
* BMC Biochemistry
* BMC Molecular Biology
* Chemistry Central Journal (just added to PubMed)
* Clinical Microbiology Reviews
* Environmental Research Letters (not in PubMed)
* Food & Nutrition Research (just added to PubMed)
* Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
* Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
* Nutrition Journal
* The Open Analytical Chemistry Journal (not in PubMed)

Most of these titles are available online back to Volume 1. See the Full-Text Electronic Journals web page for details:


Workplace Exposure to Nanoparticles

This literature review by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work looks at the information on possible health and environmental effects of nanomaterials. “This report focuses on the possible adverse health effects of workplace exposure to engineered nanomaterials and possible subsequent activities taken to manage the risk.” It is available from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:


Center for Studying Health System Change

“The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry.” The HSC has conducted household and physician surveys periodically since 1996. In addition, it conducts interviews and site visits in twelve cities. Based on this research, the HSC publishes issue briefs, research reports and journal articles on a variety of topics related to health systems such as health care costs, health information technology, and emerging market trends. Check it out on our Health Care Planning, Organization, and Evaluation Resources web page at:


Web-Based Training: Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

To help public health professionals in their roles as health information providers and health literacy promoters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a free “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training” program. The purpose of this training is to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and how to address this issue in a public health context.

The web-based course may be accessed 24/7 by any computer with Internet access, and takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Continuing education credit is available for a variety of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and health education specialists. To access the training program, visit:


New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Emerging theories in health promotion practice and research. By Ralph J. DiClemente, et al. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. Call number: RA427.8 .E447 2009.

2. Fat economics: nutrition, health, and economic policy. By Mario Mazzocchi. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Call number: RA784 .M382 2009.

3. Ensuring quality cancer care through the oncology workforce: sustaining care in the 21st century: workshop summary. By Margie Patlak. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2009. Call number:    RC270.8 .E57 2009.

4. Diabetes and health disparities: community-based approaches for racial and ethnic populations. By Leandris C. Liburd. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2010. Call number: RA645.D5 D4925 2010.

5. No family history: the environmental links to breast cancer. By Sabrina McCormick. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009. Call number:     RC280.B8 M3556 2009.

6. From pink to green: disease prevention and the environmental breast cancer movement. By Barbara L. Ley. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Call number: RC280.B8 L49 2009.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form below and we will mail the book(s) to you.


If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you. The application form is at:


PubMed Update

As of late March, PubMed now goes back to 1947 and the 20 millionth citation was recently added!

Many publishers have added even older citations to PubMed. Some key public health journals are in
PubMed back to Volume 1:

* American Journal of Public Health: Volume 1, 1911
* Public Health Reports: Volume 1, 1878
* American Journal of Epidemiology: Volume 1, 1921

For more details, see: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/biomedical_db_moves.html

Crude Oil Spills and Health

Links to information on “Crude Oil Spills and Health” are now available from the National Library of Medicine at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html

The links under “Featured Sites” focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This spill followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 20, 2010.

This page also provides links to information on:

  • Exposure Hazards Related to Oil Spills and Burning Crude Oil
  • Seafood and Fisheries Contamination
  • Response and Recovery
  • Gulf State Agencies Involved in Prevention, Response, and Recovery