Category Archives: On the Shelf

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Lab Math

Lab Math, by Dany Spencer Adams

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, QA40.A34 2014

Authored by a Tufts biology professor, this is a handbook of measurements, calculations and quantitative skills for use at the bench. The book describes various mathematical principles, basic statistics, and tasks involving numbers, such as calibrating lab equipment and making solutions.

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I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, QW 4 Y55 2016

This well-reviewed book, by the science writer Ed Yong, explores the relationships between animals and the microbes that live in, on, and around them.

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Electronic resource: BrowZine

Location: Download from Apple or Android app store, or access online at:

BrowZine provides direct access to the library’s electronic journals, allowing you to browse full contents of current and older issues, create a personal bookshelf, and save and download articles for offline reading.

To get started:

  1. Download and open the app on your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire device, or go to
  2. Choose Tufts University from the list of available libraries.
  3. Enter your Tufts username and password.

And leisure…

Stories from the Shadows

Stories from the Shadows: Reflections from a Street Doctor, by James J. O’Connell

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, WA 300 O18s 2015

A collection of stories and essays by the president of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program; this year’s common reading book for the School of Medicine. The author will speak at 4 PM on Monday, September 12th in the Sackler Auditorium.

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Experimental Design for Biologists

Experimental Design for Biologists, by David Glass

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, QH 323.5 G549e 2014

This handbook is designed to teach the fundamentals of experimental design.  The author, who is the executive director of the Muscle Diseases and Aging Initiative at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, held a workshop on campus in May.

And leisure…

The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson

Location: HHSL Leisure Reading, Sackler, 4th Floor, Fiction S611s 2016

Set in an English village on the cusp of World War I, this novel tells the story of a woman selected to be the first female Latin teacher in the local school.  A little ponderous and predictable, but an easy summer read.

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Sackler School Biomedical Resources Guide

Electronic Resource: Sackler School Biomedical Sciences Resource Guide


The redesign of the library’s website eliminated pages dedicated to each school in favor of individual ‘guides’.  You can access the Sackler School Biomedical Sciences Resource Guide either directly via the link above or by choosing ‘Biomedical Sciences’ from the Find drop-down menu on the HHSL homepage (  This guide includes resources for finding journal articles, chemical and drug information, and protocols.  The guide also links to other library guides of interest.  I will be modifying this guide over the summer to ensure that it provides easy access to library resources.  Please contact me ( with any questions or suggestions!

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Letters to a Young Scientist

Letters to a Young Scientist, by Edward O. Wilson

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, QH 31 W64 S4 2013

Pulitzer-Prize winning biologist and Harvard emeritus professor Edward O. Wilson shares advice and autobiographical anecdotes from his long career.  The author of several books on entomology and conservation, as well as memoir, Wilson was name one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans in 1995.

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Essential Science Indicators

Electronic Resource: Essential Science Indicators

Location: Search for ‘Essential Science Indicators’ in Databases search box on the HHSL homepage (

This research analysis tool, integrated with Web of Science, provides performance statistics for authors, journals and articles for 22 subject fields.  Essential Science Indicators can answer questions like: who are the most-cited authors in my field; what journals publish the top papers in my field; what is the average number of citations per article in my field; or what is the minimum number of citations that my article needs to receive to be in the 10% percentile in my field?

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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Location: HHSL Leisure Reading, Sackler, 4th Floor, Fiction D652

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and numerous other awards, this book tells the parallel, and eventually intersecting, stories of a girl in France and a boy in the German army during World War II.

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Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists, edited by Kaaren Janssen & Richard Sever

Location: HHSL Book Stacks, Sackler, 5th Floor, W21 J35 2015

This books begins with a brief introduction of why PhDs should consider careers beyond traditional academic positions and then delves into the alternatives, including teaching at an undergraduate or liberal arts institution, management consulting or science policy.  Each chapter, authored by an individual working in the field, provides a description of the job options, required qualifications, and advice on applying and interviewing for positions in the field.

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs

Location: Tisch Tower Café, Tisch Library (Medford) 1st Floor, or request through BLC WorldCat (

Recipient of many accolades, this book tells the story of a man from East Orange, New Jersey who studied molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, but never quite managed to move beyond the neighborhood of his youth, and ultimately met an untimely death.  Written by his roommate at Yale, this book provides an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of a life.

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Henry Stewart Talks

Electronic Resource: Henry Stewart Talks – Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

Location: Search for ‘Henry Stewart Talks’ in Databases search box on the HHSL homepage (

Video collection of seminar style lectures by leading scientists on the fundamentals and latest research in a variety of areas, including: cancer, cell biology, immunology and pharmacology. Separate subject area devoted to methods.

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The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

Location: HHSL Leisure Reading, Sackler, 4th Floor (

Novel based on the life of Rachel Pissarro, mother of the Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.

On the Shelf (December 2015)

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Electronic Resource: Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

Location: Search for ‘JoVE’ in the Tufts Catalog Journal of Visualized Experiments(

JoVE is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes experimental techniques in video format. The 8-15 minute, professionally-produced videos show standard and novel methods and procedures in the fields of cellular and molecular biology, bioengineering, immunology, medicine, neuroscience and more. A written protocol, with complete list of materials, accompanies each video article. So next time you are looking for information on how to perform a technique, search or browse JoVE.

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Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal, by Melinda Baldwin Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal

Location: Tisch Book Stacks (Click ‘Request Item’ link at top of catalog record for delivery to Hirsh Health Sciences Library:

This cultural account examines how editors, contributors, subscribers, and events have shaped the 150-year history of the journal Nature. Authored by a lecturer in the History of Science Department at Harvard University.

On the Shelf (November 2015)

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Electronic Resource: Knovel

Location: Search for ‘Knovel’ in E-Resources Finder (

Collection of engineering and applied science reference books and databases. While this collection is designed for engineers, it does cover biochemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical topics. A unique search feature of Knovel allows you to find data within tables, graphics and equations. Two particularly useful resources in this collection are Knovel Critical Tables and the Biology Data Book. Knovel Critical Tables are a set of interactive tables of constants and physical, electrical and thermodynamic properties. The Biology Data Book is an old, but indispensable resource that provides basic biomedical data for biological substances and hundreds of organisms, including humans and common laboratory species.

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Room cover

Room, by Emma Donoghue

Location: HHSL Leisure Reading Fiction D687

This 2010 novel, told from the perspective of a 5-year boy, tells the story of a woman and her son held captive in a single room. This riveting and thought-provoking book has recently been made into a movie.

-Laura Pavlech

On the Shelf (October 2015)

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Advances in Applied Microbiology
Advances in Applied Microbiology
Advances in Genetics
Advances in Genetics
Advances in Cancer Research
Advances in Cancer Research

Book Series: Advances in…

Location: Electronic

Released on a quarterly basis, the Advances in… series publish comprehensive reviews on current topics in various fields. The library currently receives several titles, including: Advances in Applied Microbiology, Advances in Cancer Research, Advances in Drug Research, and Advances in Genetics. Browse the ScienceDirect e-book series for available titles:

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Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

Location: HHSL Leisure Reading Fiction L477g

This companion novel to To Kill a Mockingbird was published this past summer amidst controversy surrounding its discovery and contrary reviews. Now you can read it for yourself. Two copies available in the leisure reading section located on Sackler 4.

-Laura Pavlech