Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture

Priscillla M. Mayden and Eccles Library

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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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).”








  • 2014 Lecture – The Potential for Research to Advance Evidence-Based Care for Women Veterans (Held in conjunction with InfoFair)
  • 2013 Lecture – Health Literacy: A Vital Pathway to Healthcare Transformation
  • 2012 — eScience and the Evolution of Library Services
  • 2011 — From Usability to User Experience
  • 2010 — Genetics/Genomics and Biomedical Informatics: Two Rivers Merging
  • 2006 — InfoButton to Knowledge Button: Next Generation Clinical Information Systems (PDF)
  • 2005 — Health Knowledge Sharing in the Era of the NHII: The Vision, the Challenges, and the Policy Implications
  • 2004 — Advancing Education In Healthcare Through Technology
  • 2003 — Information Retrieval: Grand Challenges for the 21st Century
  • 2002 — Computers, Biology, and the Productivity Paradox
  • 2001 — Simulations in New Learning Environments
  • 2000 — Scholarly Communication and Cultural Heritage in the Digital World: New Challenges for Research Libraries