Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Penguins, goats, and snakes--oh my!

I've just finished foldering the contact sheets and negatives in the Proof Collection folder labeled "Animals." Of course, in a medical setting, one might expect small rodents, dogs, that sort of creature, maybe zebrafish. With the Primate Center out on West Campus, you'd definitely expect monkeys. No dogs or mice in this folder, and only one set of photographs of a monkey (part of a psychiatry department research project on appetite).

We have penguins (and we've seen the penguins before, in the Drum Collection, and heard the funny penguin stories courtesy of Joe Adams' oral history interview).

We have many, MANY pictures of the goats being used in cardiology research in 1975.

And we have shots of Zinger the Cat with Tinnitus, being studied by the faculty in Otolaryngology. Karen, our Archivist, asked me: How did they know Zinger had tinnitus? Hey, I just read the captions printed on back...

While taking a break from sleeving, I did also load some new pictures of Baird Hall into the Digital Resources Library. I added five new images, thus more than trebling the available Baird Hall views. One shows in beautiful close-up the entryway metalwork, dual caduceuses (caducei?)--two caduceus symbols side-by-side. The double-snaked caduceus, not to be confused with the equally well-known but single-snaked staff of Asklepios (Asclepius, Aesculapius, however you prefer to spell it), is a common symbol for medicine. It's also the symbol for the most coveted parking spots here on campus, the few stalls directly in front of, well, Baird Hall.

[Incidentally, this shot also makes nice desktop wallpaper! To use it for that, or presentations, or any other applications, click on the "Full Resolution" link all the way at the bottom of the image screen. Happy clipping!]

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