New dissertations

April 30, 2012

We just processed six new City of Hope dissertations.  They can be found in a bookcase in the Graduate School Reading Room, along with dissertations from previous years (view a list of all COH dissertations).  Congratulations to these recent graduates!

Gunn, Amanda Lyn.
Effects of biological context on DNA double strand break repair.

Jonnalagadda, Umamaheswararao.
Genetic modification of primary human T cells to express lymphotoxic drug resistance genes to allow for in vivo selection : implications for adoptive T cell therapy.

Li, Shan.
Understanding the role of TWIST in cellular invasiveness.

Liang, Wei.
The tumor microenvironment as a target for cancer therapy.

Ortiz, Serina Dawn.
Tyrosine phosphorylation-associated molecular pathways in the regulation of activation and death of T lymphoma cells.

Truong, Khue Bich.
SUMO enzymes : regulations and mechanisms.


New books, including some with City of Hope authors

April 27, 2012

We just added a few new books.  One is by a physician and researcher here at City of Hope, and another includes a chapter by a City of Hope researcher.


Cancer survival in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America
Lyon : International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2011.
Free full text from publisher site:

Myeloid leukemia : basic mechanisms of leukemogenesis
edited by Steffen Koschmieder and Utz Krug.
Rijeka, Croatia : InTech, c2011.
Contributors include WenYong Chen of City of Hope (“De Novo Acquisition of BCR-ABL Mutations for CML Acquired Resistance,” p. 69-84)
Free full text from publisher:

National healthcare disparities report
Rockville, MD : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Free full text from publisher:

National healthcare quality report
Rockville, MD : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2003-
Free full text from publisher:

Career and Professional Development Collection

Q148 L47 1993.
Lewis, Adele, 1924-1990.
Best resumes for scientists and engineers
2nd ed.
New York : Wiley, c1993.

Biological Sciences, Oncology, and General Topics

HD 62.15 K78 2009.
Koenigsaecker, George.
Leading the lean enterprise transformation
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2009.

Medicine and Nursing

WL 140 F9345 2010.
Jandial, Rahul, ed.
Frontiers in brain repair
New York, N.Y. : Springer Science+Business Media ; Austin, Tex. ; Landes Bioscience, c2010.
Editor Jandial is Section Head, Spine, Neurosurgery Dept., City of Hope

New recreational reading

April 25, 2012

We just received 2 new novels for our recreational reading collection, including the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse series:

Atkins, Ace.
Robert B. Parker’s lullaby : a Spenser novel
New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2012.

Harris, Charlaine.
New York : Ace Books, 2012.

New Springer platform; user accounts need to be recreated

April 24, 2012

On May 3, Springer will move to a new platform, Springer for R&D.  Our existing links to Springer journals, electronic books, and protocols will redirect to the new site, so you should have no trouble linking to full text.   However, individual accounts on SpringerLink will not be migrated to the new site.  So, if you have created a personal SpringerLink account, you will need to recreate it on the new site beginning on May 3.

Now for the good news: if you create an individual account on the new platform while using a City of Hope computer, your account will be connected to our institutional subscriptions.  You will then be able to use that account to access the full text of Springer journals, electronic books, and protocols from off-campus using your personal username and password.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Research impact assessment — A new tool available to help

April 24, 2012

Thinking about how to assess your research’s impact? A new tool on doing just that — Assessing the Impact of Research — was recently unveiled by Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

I recommend reviewing this tool in its entirety. And, please note that there is something for every one here: researchers, communication experts, administrators, etc. Here are some highlights from one librarian’s perspective:

  • The “Strategies for Enhancing the Impact of Research” section has three focus areas:
    • Preparing for publication: This area outlines steps to consider taking before you publish an article. From consistently using the same variation of your name (i.e. Lynch, AE) in all your publications to having a very explicit statement about how your research may translate into the clinical setting, this area is a must read.
    • Dissemination: Submitting your article manuscript to a subject or institutional repository (e.g. PubMed Central) will help get the word out about your research. Consider publishing negative results so that others learn from your experience and don’t duplicate the study/hypothesis, etc. Create a research study web site in order to collocate your articles, presentations, and other published updates in one online space and be sure to have an area for patients and communities to learn what your study’s outcomes may mean for them. These three topics are just a few of the items discussed in this section.
    • Keeping track of your research: Sign up for ResearcherID or LinkedIn and include your publications, presentations, etc. Update your Scopus Author profile to make sure your published content is correctly associated with you and not someone else. Keep updated on your PLoS publication Article-Level Metrics, which goes far beyond who’s citing you in Web of Science and Scopus. Again, just a handful of great tips for tracking the use of your work and associating it with you as the author.
  • Think of the Reporting Template as a working document to be updated throughout a study’s life cycle. The template contains a “Documented Evidence” column to help researchers track their study’s impact. The other two columns cover the “Indicators” and “Examples” of research outputs and activities.

Interested in discussing this tool? Contact me (; x60520). Interested in filling out the Reporting Template for your research study(ies)? Let me know…because I’d be glad to help you get started and the creators of the tool (Cathy Sarli and Kristi Holmes) would like to know too.

Did you know? The Graff Library has best sellers!

April 19, 2012

While we are best known for our biomedical collections, we also have a small collection of best sellers, both fiction and non-fiction, for your recreational reading pleasure.  We average about 200 titles, adding around 10-15 each month and removing about the same number, so the collection is constantly changing.  It’s a mix of literary and popular fiction, mysteries, popular series, and popular nonfiction, with the occasional graphic or young adult novel to add variety.  Current highlights include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, a wonderful graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, and the latest titles from popular authors like Charlaine Harris, Tom Clancy, Janet Evanovich, and Alexander McCall Smith.

You can browse the collection online by clicking Popular Reading Collection in the Key Links area on the right-hand side of our web site.  Don’t see anything interesting?  Suggest a title to add, either in the comments below or via email ( or phone (626-301-8497 or ext. 68497).

New e-books from Elsevier

April 17, 2012

We now have access to 3 new e-books from Elsevier:

Goldman, David.
Our genes, our choices: how genotype and gene interactions affect behavior
[S.l.] : Academic Press, 2012.
Full text available to City of Hope users

Nonhuman primates in biomedical research. 1, Biology and management
2nd ed. / edited by Christian Abee … [et al.].
Oxford : Academic, 2012.
Full text available to City of Hope users

Nonhuman primates in biomedical research. 2, Diseases
2nd ed. / edited by Christian Abee … [et al.].
Oxford : Academic, 2012.
Full text available to City of Hope users