InfoFair is an annual event at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center with the goal of providing up-to-date health sciences information. Past InfoFairs have focused on computer services, applications and resources as well as the future of computing in the health sciences.
Dr. Clifford C. Snyder, Professor of Surgery, founded the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1967 and served as chair of that division until 1985 when he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Associate Dean of the School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Snyder has been an ardent supporter of the library. Dr. Snyder's endowment of The Clifford C. Snyder, M.D. and Mary Snyder Lectureship provides funding for the featured presentation at InfoFair. Sadly, Dr. Snyder passed away June 15, 2007
Devra L. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. Davis is a leading epidemiologist, public health expert, and researcher on the environmental causes of cancer and chronic diseases. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is Director of the world's first Center for Environmental Oncology located at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and served as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Her book, When Smoke Ran Like Water(2002, Basic Books) has been described by the Toronto Globe & Mail as "the most readable expose of the hidden costs of pollution since Silent Spring." Dr. Davis was a National Book Awards finalist for When Smoke Ran Like Water and is also the author of The Secret History of the War on Cancer (2007, Basic Books).
Nina Dougherty was employed by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library from September 1974 until her retirement in January 1999. During her 25 years at the Eccles Library, Nina was instrumental in establishing innovative reference services and mediated user searching. In addition, Nina developed an expertise in the use of online environmental health and toxicology databases and resources that were developed by Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine.
Nina originated the InfoFair concept in 1983. The first annual InfoFair focused on "personal computer access to health related databases." Her vision and foresight were important motivators for educating faculty, staff, students and the public about accessing and using online information resources and databases. Now in its 26th year, InfoFair 2008 continues the tradition started by Nina to inform and educate the user.
In her private life, Nina continues her crusade as an environmental champion; she has worked for a variety of organization, including the Utah Chapter Sierra Club, Utahns for Better Transportation, the Western Regional Air Partnership, and the American Lung Association of Utah.
Panelists will respond to remarks made by Dr. Davis and discuss issues related to clean air in Utah. Participating panelists are currently involved with organizations that have a focus on protecting the health and well-being of citizens by promoting science-based education and interventions that result in progressive, measurable improvements to the environment. Of equal importance, panelists will review strategies used to educate and increase public awareness of the health effects of air pollution.
Panel moderator is Joan Gregory, (Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library); panelists include Devra L. Davis, Craig B. Forster, (U's Office of Sustainability), Brian J. Moench (Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment), and John M. Veranth (College of Pharmacy).
The focus of this session is to engage Dr. Davis in a conversation about strategies she has found to be effective for finding information, searching the environmental and public health literature, keeping up-to-date, and assessing and evaluating the evidence.
InfoFair 2008 hosts exhibits and demonstrations from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the atrium on the 2nd floor of the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building. Exhibits include representatives from the Utah Department of Health, local advocacy groups, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the MidContinental Regional Medical Library and Utahealthnet. Stop by the exhibits to find out more about local efforts to improve air quality, what you can do to help and how to search the Web for quality evidence-based information. Light refreshments will be served.