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What’s Your Opinion? An Analysis of the Author’s Motives (UCSB Reads)

Posted by UCSB Library on March 26, 2011

Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or issues related to identity, genetic research and ethics, medical access and poverty, or other related topics.

Read what the experts on campus say and respond with your thoughts.

Dr. Laury Oaks uses her perspective as an anthropologist and Professor of Feminist Studies to analyze author Rebecca Skloot’s approach to getting the story of Henrietta Lacks.  Go to the UCSB Reads site to read Dr. Oaks’ essay, and use the “comments” link at the bottom of that page to join in the conversation.

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UCSB Reads Author, Rebecca Skloot, to Speak on Campus

Posted by UCSB Library on March 24, 2011

Rebecca Skloot, author of this years UCSB Reads book

There are still tickets available for this year’s UCSB Reads author’s lecture.  Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will be speaking on Monday, April 11, at 8 pm in Campbell Hall.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for the general public.  To purchase tickets by phone, call the Arts & Lectures Office at (805) 893-3535.  Tickets can also be purchased online through the Arts & Lectures website.  If tickets are purchased in person in advance at the Arts & Lectures Ticket Office the service fee is waved.

Join us for a fascinating lecture about this year’s UCSB Reads book.

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What’s Your Opinion? HeLa Cells From a Biologist’s Perspective

Posted by UCSB Library on February 17, 2011

Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or issues related to identity, genetic research and ethics, medical access and poverty, or other related topics.

Read what the experts on campus say and respond with your thoughts.

Dr. Dennis Clegg, Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, writes about the biological advances accomplished through the use of HeLa cells.  Go to the UCSB Reads site to read Dr. Clegg’s essay, and use the “comments” link at the bottom of that page to join in the conversation.

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What’s Your Opinion? The Ethics of Human Cell Research

Posted by UCSB Library on January 30, 2011

Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or issues related to identity, genetic research and ethics, medical access and poverty, or other related topics.

Read what the experts on campus say and respond with your thoughts.

Dr. Michael Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research, writes about the ethics of using human cells in research.  Go to the UCSB Reads site to read Dr. Witherell’s essay, and use the “comments” link at the bottom of that page to join in the conversation.

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Add Your Leaf to Our Community Identity Tree

Posted by UCSB Library on January 7, 2011

The theme for this year’s UCSB Reads Program is Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity. The book chosen for discussion is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her by her cell name of  HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

As we discuss the book we are focusing on the idea of “identity.”  To illustrate this we have an interactive art project on the first floor of Davidson Library just across from the main elevators.  We invite you to come in and contribute a fingerprint leaf to our community tree.  After you have added a leaf, please label it with your “cell name”—the first two letters of your first name and the first two letters of your last name.

For more information about the book and the activities that we are having on campus, see the UCSB Reads website.

Student adding a leaf to the Identity Tree

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HeLa Cells Through a Scientific Lens: A Discussion with Faculty

Posted by UCSB Libraries on January 6, 2011

“HeLa Cells Through a Scientific Lens: A Discussion with Faculty”
Wednesday, February 2, Noon
Group Commons Room
1st floor, Davidson Library

HeLa cells were culled in 1951 from the cancerous tumor of an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, who unknowingly provided the scientific community with what has become the most prolific and durable line of cells ever reproduced. The list of scientific and medical developments attributed to HeLa cells is staggering and continues to grow.

This year’s UCSB Reads book is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the fascinating, engaging story of this woman, her life and family, and her cells. Faculty here on our campus continue to work with HeLa cells. Our two panelists, both scientists in the MCDB Department, will discuss their work and their research on cells and will be available for questions.

You’ll have a chance to view live HeLa cells through a microscope.  Please join the discussion about the social, legal, ethical, and cultural impact of human cell research in general, and of HeLa cells in particular. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you haven’t read the book!

Faculty panel:
Dr. Kathleen Foltz
Associate Professor, MCDB
National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow

Dr. Leslie Wilson
Professor, MCDB
Editor of the series Methods in Cell Biology
Associate Editor for Biochemistry

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Free UCSB Reads Book for UCSB Students

Posted by UCSB Library on December 24, 2010

The UCSB Library will distribute over 2,000 free copies of this year’s UCSB Reads selected book to UCSB students, beginning at noon on January 6, 2011. Come by the library to get your copy before they run out.  After you finish reading the book, you can redistribute your copy to another reader! There will be a collection box in UCSB’s Davidson Library for this purpose.

About UCSB Reads:

UCSB Reads is an initiative of the UCSB Library that engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community through reading the same book and discussing relevant topics.  This year’s theme is Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity. The book chosen for discussion is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.   For more information about this year’s program, see our UCSB Reads 2011 site.

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eBook Versions of the UCSB Reads Book Available

Posted by UCSB Library on December 1, 2010

Note:  The deadline to register for an eBook copy was Jan. 3, 2011.

On January 6, 2011, we will be kicking off our fifth year of UCSB Reads.  This year’s theme is “Our Bodies, Our Cells:  Exploring Identity.” The book chosen for discussion is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

In addition to print volumes, we will also be giving away 100 eBook copies of this title.  These copies will be free for UCSB students, faculty, and staff and can be read on a number of devices including Kindle, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android , Mac, and PC.

One entry per person.  If more than 100 people register we will conduct a random drawing to determine who will receive an electronic copy.  Good luck!

For more information about UCSB Reads, please visit:  http://guides.library.ucsb.edu/ucsbreads.

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Library Receives 388 Suggestions for UCSB Reads

Posted by UCSB Libraries on June 25, 2010

Thanks to everyone who recommended a book,  an author, or a theme for UCSB Reads 2011. We are currently reviewing the 388 suggestions that we received. This was an impressive response and we appreciate your interest and your passion for books and reading. The Kindle prize was awarded to  senior Stephanie Caral, below.

We’ll be announcing the offical book in August and the UCSB Reads 2011 program will kick off in the Winter Quarter.

We’re excited to be entering into the 5th year and are planning ways to involve the campus and the community. If you’d like to help out please contact Brian Mathews

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Hear the Author of Enrique’s Journey – Free Lecture Thursday

Posted by UCSB Library on February 10, 2010

Thursday evening there will be a free lecture by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother.  Come hear the author of the book that we are reading this year for UCSB Reads.

Nazario won the Pulitzer Prize for her gripping description of the journey that a young Honduran boy made to reunite with his mother in the United States.  This book illustrates the human face of the immigration issue.

  • Thursday, Feb. 11
  • 7:30 PM
  • UCSB Campbell Hall

Books will be available for purchase and signing, or bring your own copy.

Free admission!

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