George Fox Libraries Blog News and information from the George Fox University libraries Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:16:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wassail 2014 a big success Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:36 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A great time was had by all at Wassail this year!  It was wonderful to have so many friends and colleagues stop by to enjoy good food and good conversation.

Here are a few photos from the event (view on Flickr):

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MLRC staying open late during end of fall semester Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:28:08 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The MLRC will be staying open until midnight on Monday-Thursday nights for the last two weeks of the fall semester (12/1 — 12/4 and 12/8 — 12 11).

So come early and stay late — the library is a great place to study.

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Pandemics: what everyone needs to know Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:34:16 +0000 Continue reading ]]> pandemics-coverDoherty, P. C. (2013). Pandemics: What everyone needs to know.

Pandemics. The word conjures up images of horrific diseases sweeping the globe and killing everyone in their path. But such highly lethal illnesses almost never create pandemics. The reality is deadly serious but far more subtle.

In Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Peter Doherty, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on how the immune system recognizes virus-infected cells, offers an essential guide to one of the truly life-or-death issues of our age. In concise, question-and-answer format, he explains the causes of pandemics, how they can be counteracted with vaccines and drugs, and how we can better prepare for them in the future. Doherty notes that the term “pandemic” refers not to a disease’s severity but to its ability to spread rapidly over a wide geographical area. Extremely lethal pathogens are usually quickly identified and confined. Nevertheless, the rise of high-speed transportation networks and the globalization of trade and travel have radically accelerated the spread of diseases. A traveler from Africa arrived in New York in 1999 carrying the West Nile virus; one mosquito bite later, it was loose in the ecosystem. Doherty explains how the main threat of a pandemic comes from respiratory viruses, such as influenza and SARS, which disseminate with incredible speed through air travel. The climate disruptions of global warming, rising population density, and growing antibiotic resistance all complicate efforts to control pandemics. But Doherty stresses that pandemics can be fought effectively. Often simple health practices, especially in hospitals, can help enormously. And research into the animal reservoirs of pathogens, from SARS in bats to HIV in chimpanzees, show promise for our prevention efforts.

Calm, clear, and authoritative, Peter Doherty’s Pandemics is one of the most critically important additions to the What Everyone Needs to Know® series.

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