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Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture

The annual Mayden Lecture was established in honor of Priscilla Maltby Mayden (1918-2011), recognizing her service to the University of Utah as Director of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library from 1967 – 1984. This lectureship has allowed the Eccles Library to invite knowledgeable and exciting speakers on the myriad ways technology and medicine interact to the benefit of the library and medical professions.

Priscilla was a visionary in her time, understanding the emerging role of computers in libraries and in healthcare at the bedside. She started the Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library in the University Hospital in 1983 which was to serve clinical staff with the latest search capability close to the bedside.

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2021 | October 8

Cowan Public Lecture & Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture: Medical Apartheid and Beautiful Lies: Repeating the Past and Breaking the Cycle

Friday, October 8, 2021; 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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Our 2021 Cowan Memorial Lecturer and Priscilla M. Mayden Endowed Lecturer is Harriet A. Washington, MA (Columbia).

Harriet A. Washington, MA (Columbia)

Harriet A. Washington, MA is a prolific science writer, editor and ethicist who is the author of the seminal Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award and five other well-received books, including A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind as well as Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research, published in 2021 by Columbia Global Reports. Washington is a Writing Fellow in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, has been the 2015-2016 Miriam Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute. She has also been a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She has held fellowships at Stanford University and teaches bioethics at Columbia University, where she delivered the 2020 commencement speech to Columbia’s School of Public Health graduates and won Columbia’s 2020 Mailman School of Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Award, as well as its 2020-21 Kenneth and Mamie Clark Distinguished Lecture Award.

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2020 | October 2

Cowan Public Lecture & Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture: “Dying of Whiteness: The Pandemic and the Politics of Racial Resentment”

Friday, October 2, 2020, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD
“Dying of Whiteness” How the politics of racial resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD

Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD. is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American culture from University of Michigan. Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, the 2020 APA Benjamin Rush Award for Scholarship, and a 2008 Guggenheim fellowship, Dr. Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications about some of the most urgent hot-button issues facing America and the world. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, and Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.


2019 | April 5

Towards the Rehabilitation of Domestic Violence Offenders using Virtual Reality

Presenter: Maria V. (Mavi) Sanchez-Vives, MD, PhD
ICREA Research Professor at the IDIBAPS (Institut d’Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer), Barcelona, Spain

April 5, 2019; 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Noon-1pm Lecture , (with reception before and after)
College of Nursing Building, Room 2300

Dr. Maria V. Sanchez-VivesThe Priscilla Mayden Lecture will focus on the results of research conducted by Dr. Mavi Sanchez-Vives on the use of virtual reality to change the perspective in domestic violence – how offenders can become the victims and the impact of that experience. At the foundation of this research are years of research on embodiment in virtual reality and the power of this approach to change from physiological responses to attitudes and behaviour.

We are most pleased to announce that Dr. Maria V. Sanchez-Vives from Barcelona, Spain will be our keynote speaker for the 2019 Priscilla Mayden Lecture. Her main interests include the generation of emergent activity generated by neuronal networks, multisensory integration in VR and “embodiment” of virtual bodies. She has been a pioneer in the use of VR from a neuroscientific perspective, and is one of the founders of Virtual Bodyworks Inc., a company which “…specialises in immersive virtual reality focused on medical and psychological rehabilitation.” (

One of the applications of virtual embodiment is the induction of empathy and this is currently used for rehabilitation of batterers in collaboration with the Justice Department in Barcelona, as in her 2018 publication in Nature Scientific Reports, “Offenders become the victim in virtual reality: impact of changing perspective in domestic violence.”  This VR intervention allows perpetrators to recognize fearful expressions for what they are, as opposed to interpreting them as happiness or excitement.  At the lecture, Dr. Sanchez-Vives will discuss the technology and its application as described in her paper.

Dr. Sanchez-Vives has several roles: she is an MD with a PhD in Neurosciences, ICREA Research Professor at the IDIBAPS (Institute of Biomedical Research August Pi i Sunyer in Barcelona) and the head of the Systems Neuroscience group in that Institute. She is also co-Director of the EVENT Lab, which is the Experimental Virtual Environments in Neuroscience and Technology. She previously held a position as Associate Professor of Physiology at the Medical School and Group leader at the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (UMH-CSIC). Earlier in her career, Dr. Sanchez-Vives was a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University and Yale University.  You can find her recent TED Talk here:

2018 | June 15

Reproducibility of Research: 2018 Conference

UtahRR 18 Reproducibility

Conference: Building Research Integrity Through Reproducibility

The conference will have internationally-known guest speakers, panelists, a poster session, networking and more. This is a unique opportunity to engage in the dynamic, rapidly-evolving conversation around reproducibility so that they may be leaders in efforts to increase reproducibility on their campuses. Read about our speakers and panelists. Travel information here.



2017 | April 25

Scholarly Communications in Japan

Special Guest Speaker Takashi Yamakawa, USACO Corporation, Ltd.

Takashi YamakawaTakashi Yamakawa, president and CEO of USACO Corporation, which specializes in the promotion of science, technology and medicine (STM) via databases, online digital content, marketing services for publishers, and more. Yamakawa has been with USACO since 1983 and has been working with the scholarly communications community for over 60 years.

This lecture will cover Japan’s scholarly publishing cycle and components and highlight the impact of government funding.

Don’t miss expert, CEO, Society of Scholarly Publishing award winner, ATG’s International Contributions Award winner, and former president of the Japan Association of International Publication, Takashi Yamakawaexclusively at the U!

The lecture is in the Eccles Human Genetics Auditorium with a reception from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and the program 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

2016 | February 22

Do we need to Transform Creativity? (Why Psychology has it wrong, and how we can really harness creativity).

Iain KerrIain Kerr is the founder of the design firm SPURSE and the Director of Creative Practices at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University. The title of Kerr’s lecture is “Do we need to Transform Creativity? (Why Psychology has it wrong, and how we can really harness creativity).”






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2006 | October 17

InfoButton to Knowledge Button: Next Generation Clinical Information Systems

Reed M. Gardner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Utah School of Medicine

Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building

Abstract: The next generation of clinical information systems will integrate information from diverse resources including clinical, genomic and public health systems. These systems will be based on standardized patient data, advanced network technologies, new models of knowledge representation and will support innovative clinical research. Librarians will make significant contributions to the development, implementation and ultimately, to the success of the systems.

Reed Gardner is a former Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Utah. As a member of the department for 30 years, he was a major contributor to the development of the HELP hospital information system. Other areas of investigation that he has pursued include evaluating medical expert systems, computer applications in intensive care and acquiring patient data at the bedside. He has received numerous awards including Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the Morris F. Cullen Award of Excellence from the American Medical Informatics Association.


Health Knowledge Sharing in the Era of the NHII: The Vision, the Challenges, and the Policy Implications

2004 | October 19

Advancing Education in Healthcare Through Technology

Debra L. Spunt, M.S., R.N., Director
Clinical Simulation Labs University of Maryland – School of Nursing

George & Dolores Eccles Human Genetics Institute

Abstract: Technology and informatics are key to the education of healthcare professionals. We realize that they live and work in the age of dynamically changing technology where they practice and conduct research to advance to profession. As educators and mentors our educational strategies must advance with the times. This presentation will discuss the myriad uses of technology as an educational tool to enhance and enrich the experience. Positive and negative implications of the use/dependency of technology will be explored as they relate to learning styles and the demands placed upon the healthcare profession by society.

Debra Spunt is the Director of the Clinical Simulation Labs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is responsible for the organization and daily operations of 24 simulation labs on the schools main campus and 6 labs at outreach sites throughout the state. The clinical simulation labs reflect the variety and diverse clinical settings, which nurses practice.

2003 | October 21

Information Retrieval: Grand Challenges for the 21st Century

William Hersh, M.D., Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University

George & Dolores Eccles Genetics Institute Auditorium

Abstract: Information retrieval systems (aka, search engines) are now commonly used by a broad segment of the on-line community. Searching for health information is undertaken by both professionals and patients/consumers. Despite the fact that most users understand how to find and use search engines in a basic way, considerable challenges remain for their optimal use. Dr. Hersh has been involved in the development and evaluation of retrieval systems for over a decade, and will describe their grand challenges for the 21st century. He will focus on several issues, including indexing and metadata, retrieval from heterogeneous resources, appropriate evaluation measures, and the challenges to building full-fledged digital libraries.

William Hersh, M.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of information retrieval systems for clinicians. Dr. Hersh’s other research interests include the evaluation of telemedicine and scientific investigation of alternative and complimentary medicine.

2002 | October 22

Computers, Biology, and the Productivity Paradox

David J. Lipman, M.D., Director
National Center for Biotechnology Information
National Library of Medicine

George & Dolores Eccles Genetics Institute Auditorium

Abstract: Despite the growing business investment in information technology (IT), economists have had difficulty showing a commensurate return on this investment. The biomedical research community however seems convinced that bioinformatics and computational biology has had a significant impact on the progress of research. An overview will be provided of the Productivity Paradox and in describing some examples of the critical role IT has in the New Biology, suggest why IT may be surprisingly effective in specific areas of biological research. The experiences of the National Center for Biotechnology Information will be discussed in identifying and developing information resources that can become tools in the scientific discovery process.

Dr. David Lipman is currently the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which is a division of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health. NCBI was created by Congress in 1988 to do basic research in computational biology, and to develop computational tools, databases and information systems for molecular biology.

2001 | October 18

Simulations in New Learning Environments

Parvati Dev, Ph.D., Director

SUMMIT – Stanford University Medical Media & Technologies
Stanford University School of Medicine

George & Dolores Eccles Genetics Institute Auditorium

Abstract: Simulation can represent many situations in the real medical world: physician-patient dialog, physical examination, surgical procedures, work flow in the clinic, crisis management; as well as resources for basic medical teaching: cadavers, physiology labs. These simulated situations and resources support the development of a new mode of teaching and learning that encourages individual exploration and collaborative learning. At the same time, simulations provide the promise of a comprehensive standardized exposure to a set of clinical cases and labs that augment the opportunistic clinical experiences current in today’s hospital wards. A future possibility is standardized assessment through the use of simulators. In this talk, I will present a sampling of simulators, discuss the underlying technology, indicate their integration into the curriculum, and present assessment where available.

Parvati Dev has been Director of SUMMIT since 1990. SUMMIT explores innovative applications of computing in the medical curriculum. In addition, she has been a Senior Scientist in the Medical Informatics Division at Stanford University since 1992. Dr. Dev received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1975.

2000 | November 9

Scholarly Communication and Cultural Heritage in the Digital World: New Challenges for Research Libraries

Clifford A. Lynch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

George & Dolores Eccles Genetics Institute Auditorium


Clifford A. Lynch has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, he spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation, where he managed the MELVYL information system and the intercampus internet for the University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council and the National Research Council Committee on Intellectual Property in the Emerging Information Infrastructure.