Eccles Health Sciences Library

InfoFair 2008

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Keynote Address - The Air We Breathe

When Smoke Ran Like Water (2002, Basic Books) has been described by the Toronto Globe & Mail as "the most readable exposé of the hidden costs of pollution since Silent Spring." In it, Dr. Devra Lee Davis confronts both public triumphs and private failures in the battle against environmental pollution. She reports on the deadly London smog of 1952 (when deaths were falsely attributed to influenza); behind-the-scenes machinations by oil companies and auto manufacturers to keep lead in gasoline; and the pollution that killed many in her own family and forced others - survivors of the 1948 smog emergency in Donora, Pennsylvania - to live out their lives with damaged health. 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).


Tribute to Nina E. Dougherty, M.A.

Presenter: Mary E. Youngkin, M.L.S.

Nina E. Dougherty, M.A. in Istanbul
Nina E. Dougherty,

Nina E. Dougherty, M.A. served on the faculty of 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 volunteered for a variety of state and national governmental agencies and organizations, including the Utah Chapter Sierra Club, Utahns for Better Transportation, the Western Regional Air Partnership, and the American Lung Association of Utah.


Meet the Experts - Panel Discussion

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 M. Gregory,; panelists include Devra Lee Davis , Craig B. Forster (University of Utah's Office of Sustainability), Brian J. Moench (Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment), and John M. Veranth (College of Pharmacy).


Effectively Searching the Environmental Literature:
a Conversation

The focus of this session is to engage Dr. Devra Lee 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.


Invited Exhibits and Demonstrations

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 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.


The Air We Breathe logo is used with permission ©2008 American Lung Association. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit their website.
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