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The Librarian’s Nephew: The Once and Future World of Information in Medicine

Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MS (LIS), MD
A native of New York City, Dr. Navsaria attended college in Boston and completed his MPH in maternal-child health at Boston University. He practiced as a physician assistant for a number of years before medical school at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Dr. Navsaria actually took a year off in the middle of medical school to get his library and information science degree. He is currently faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and is Director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Project. His interests include medical education, especially concerning new students early in their careers as they are thinking about the nature of the patient-provider relationship, professionalism, narrative medicine and ethics. He believes strongly in service to the underserved and uninsured, and is passionate about the importance of reading for the health of his patients.

Lovesickness: Female Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Operas

Dr. Lynda Payne, PhD, RN
A native of England, Dr. Payne began her educational career with an MA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1977. She then obtained a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) at the University of Surrey, England in 1980. For several years she worked as a probation officer and a psychiatric social worker in the UK and the US before entering health care, first as a respiratory therapist and second as a trauma nurse. In 1997 Dr. Payne earned a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science and medicine from the University of California at Davis. From 1997 to 1999 she was a visiting assistant professor and scholar in history of science at Oberlin College. Currently she has a joint appointment at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with the History Department as an Associate Professor, and with the School of Medicine as the Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics. She specializes in the history of medicine, masculinity, Britain, emotions, and the 16th to 19th centuries. Her first book was With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England in 2007. She is currently at work on a second book about Percival Pott, a well-known 17th century British physician.

How can Google Fiber work for you?

Rachel Hack
Rachel Hack is the community manager for the Google Fiber project, the point person to help bring the ultra-high speed internet to the Kansas City area. She was formerly the president of the Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS), a membership group designed to support Kansas' software, information technology, telecommunications and other high-tech companies, as well as companies with large IT departments. Hack graduated from Truman State University and, before taking the SITAKS position, spent seven years as the executive director of the American Advertising Club of Kansas City.

Hack will speak about what the fiber might mean for medical librarians, both in terms of professional roles and personal lives. Are their opportunities to capitalize on this access in our community? How might we use this opportunity to increase access to health information?

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