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National Library of Medicine director to speak at SDSU

Health researchers, educators and lay enthusiasts with a craving for knowledge have an opportunity to hear from the caretaker of a gold mine of health knowledge at the April 21 Deans’ Distinguished Lecture, presented by the South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing.
Patricia Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine, is the keynote speaker for the 7 p.m. talk at Volstorff Ballroom in the University Student Union. Admission is free.
The National Library of Medicine is one of 27 institutes and centers within the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and dates to 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics.
Brennan, its director since 2016, said, “We work together to make sure we can deliver, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, trusted health information … Bringing health information to scientists and society, accelerating biomedical discovery, improving health care and ensuring health for all globally.”
Her talk at SDSU is “Supporting Nursing Scholarship Everywhere! The NIH Portfolio.”
She will address the library’s literature and genomic resources, which include the Network of the National Library of Medicine, a 6,500-member group that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Her talk precedes the induction of members into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing. The event is expected to draw up to 200 people.
On the following day, Brennan will give the keynote talk at the 33rd annual Sigma Research Symposium, an all-day event on the Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls. SDSU and Augustana alternate as hosts for the annual research day. Brennan’s talk then is “Innovation through Imagination.” The day also includes poster presentations and five other talks.
Brennan was a professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before taking the library position.
The Deans’ Distinguished Lecture is made possible through gifts from Helen Grace, former vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
For more information on the events, contact College of Nursing dean’s office at 605-688-5178 or sdsu.nursing@sdstate.edu.
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