The UAMS Library is hosting two exhibits on loan from the National Institute of Health (NIH) with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM): “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, & Medicine” and “From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry.” These exhibits will be on display during the months of March and April in the UAMS Library [directions]. These exhibits are free and open to the public, so please share this invitation with your family and friends.
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine. Visit NLM online for more information, educational resources, and activities: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/index.html
MICROBES—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages. Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. A glimpse into the past reveals a history of human enterprise that has adapted these tiny organisms for health and profit. This exhibition explores some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use life. Visit NLM online for more information, and to explore the digital gallery: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fromdnatobeer/index.html
This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of American History.
Sponsored by the UAMS Library.