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Session 6: Utilizing VCU Library Resources for Medical Innovation

Date and Time: April 2, 2021 Time: 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Hosted by Wright Center, VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine, Office of the Vice President for Research Innovation

Location: Virtually via Zoom

Course Description: 
Session 6 will provide an overview of VCU Libraries resources, services, and faculty available to support ideation and testing of medical innovations.

Educational Objectives:

Continuing Education Credit: VCU Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. VCU Health also designates this activity for a maximum of 1 ANCC contact hours. Physicians and nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Schedule (tentative)

7:00 a.m. Welcome Address L. Franklin Bost, MBA
7:05 a.m.Review of ProcessL. Franklin Bost, MBA
7:10 a.m.SpeakersTBD
8:00 a.m.Q&AL. Franklin Bost, MBA
8:20 a.m.Closing StatementsL. Franklin Bost, MBA

Speakers and Bios

John W. Cyrus [View Image]

John W. Cyrus

Research and Education Librarian, Liaison to the School of Medicine

As part of the Research and Education department at the Health Sciences Library, John Cyrus works with physicians and trainees in the VCU School of Medicine and at VCU Health to support research, learning and patient care. He also supports the International Programme in Addiction Studies, a partnership between VCU, King's College London, and the University of Adelaide that offers a fully online master's level program in addiction studies.

His scholarly interests include uncertainty in evidence-based practice and decision-making as well as evidence synthesis methods.

Before joining the faculty at VCU Libraries in 2012, he was a health sciences librarian at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Julie Arendt

Science and Engineering Research Librarian

Julie Arendt works with faculty and students in engineering and science to support their research and learning. She provides one-on one consultations, in-class instruction sessions, and hands-on workshops. In both her consultation work and her teaching, she likes to get questions and work together with patrons to make progress toward their goals.

Her research interests are at the intersection of online access, especially free tools and free access, and library services for students and faculty in higher education. She has several articles published in these areas.

Before joining the faculty at VCU in 2013, Arendt was a science and engineering reference librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Nina Exner

Research Data Librarian

Nina Exner brings more than 20 years experience as a practicing librarian in academic and health sciences libraries to VCU Libraries. As the Research Data Librarian, she brings to bear vast teaching interests and knowledge of best practices in managing research studies. She concentrates on graduate student and faculty support through teaching, consultation, scholarly communications and collaboration with sponsored research professionals. Her expertise and teaching experience include grant writing. Her own research interests center around the organizational and information effects on developing researchers. Specifically, her dissertation study is on the development of research skills and competencies by academic librarians.

Before joining the faculty of VCU Libraries in 2017, Exner held librarian positions at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C. and East Carolina University Health Sciences Library in Greenville, N.C. She is a teaching fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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