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As Seen on TV: Marie Stopes and Downton Abbey

February 12th, 2015

Recently, the name “Marie Stopes” came up on the popular television show, Downton Abbey. On episode 2 of season 5, which aired on PBS on 11 January 2015, Lady Mary is shown holding a book by Marie Stopes and mentions the author as she instructs Anna Bates to run an errand on her behalf. Lady Mary sends her lady’s maid  because the errand apparently would be too indecent for a woman of Lady Mary’s social stature to do herself—the implication is that Mary needs something pertaining to contraception.  This is the second time the television program referenced Stopes, the first time being in the previous season.

Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (1880 – 1958) was a British author, scientist, and renowned activist for women’s rights and birth control. Her first book, Married Love, first published in 1918, broached the topic of sex and family planning for married couples and was both controversial and influential. Stopes went on to write many additional titles on this topic. She also opened the first family planning clinic in Britain, which both promoted the use of and provided patrons with access to contraception.

Due to the wide success of her first book, Married Love, and because it prompted fans to write to her with questions on the subject, Stopes published Wise Parenthood as a follow-up in November 1918.

Wise Parenthood, with a dark cover and slender appearance, most likely was the book referenced on the January episode of Downton Abbey. The book not only resembles the one Mary held in her hand but its content matches the theme of the episode. Wise Parenthood provides information about different options for birth control, including condoms, withdrawal, and the rhythm method. The book especially  recommends a rubber cervical cap with a quinine pessary, which was a smaller form of the modern diaphragm. In that episode of Downton Abbey, Mary wanted to obtain birth control to use during her liaisons with Tony Foyle, the Viscount Gillingham. While it was never explicitly shown on Downton Abbey, the rubber cervical cap was what likely was in the brown bag Anna brought Lady Mary from the pharmacy, as this was the method of birth control that Stopes most highly recommended in her book.

Last week, Stopes came up yet again.  This time, Anna’s husband, Mr. Bates, confronted his wife with a small cardboard box and the book opened to the title page, clearly showing Married Love. He accused her of trying to avoid bearing a child with him.  We think the producers of Downton Abbey showed the wrong book, because Married Love focused on fertility and planning a family with children, whereas Wise Parenthood explained how to use contraceptive methods as part of family planning.

History & Special Collections for the Sciences, the unit of UCLA Library Special Collections at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, holds an extensive collection of works by Marie Stopes, which were purchased from bookseller C.C. Kohler in 1997. The collection contains many different editions of her works as well as titles by Stopes that have been published in a variety of languages. Stopes was a prolific writer on the topic of contraception, but she also wrote on other subjects and published several plays and books of poetry. Volumes from the Marie Stopes collection are available for use in our reading room.

The two-case exhibit about Marie Stopes and Downton Abbey is the second in a series of Winter quarter projects by LSC graduate student intern Hilary McCreery. It will be on view throughout February.

Hilary McCreery

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Biomed Library Hosting the Exhibit, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness; Panel Discussion on Feb. 24th

February 12th, 2015

The Biomedical Library is pleased to announce the exhibit “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”. This exhibit, on loan from the National Library of Medicine, will be on display in the first floor of the Biomedical Library from February 10 – April 6, 2015. The exhibit is also available online.

This exhibit includes over a hundred video clips of interviews with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who speak in their own voice about their views of health and illness and how these are interconnected with their cultural life and beliefs. Stories examine both past and present and show how the determinants of health are tied to the community, to the land, and to the spirit.

The exhibit includes six panels, each with a different theme: Introduction, Individual, Community, Tradition, Nature, and Healing. There are six iPads with headphones where visitors can view the video clips. The content on each of the iPads is the same. Content includes the following:

  • Native views and definitions of health and illness
  • Native views of the Land, Food, Community, the Earth/Nature, and Spirituality as they relate to Native health and illness
  • Role of traditional healing in Native American culture today
  • Historical role of traditional healing in the context of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian history
  • Relationship of traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities
  • Native stories about the practice of healing
  • Native traditions and activities that promote health and healing
  • Issues of economic development and the impact on health of Native communities
  • Role of Native Americans in military service as an element of pride, honor, sense of tribal health, and commitment to tribe and country
  • Contemporary intergenerational views of Native health including those of Native elders, women, and youth
  • Current work by Native communities and leadership to improve their community and individual health conditions

Please join us on February 24th for a panel discussion of “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts on Health and Illness”. The panel of Native scholars will discuss traditional and cultural healing practices, environmental health, and contemporary health care issues and policy.


  • Felicia Hodge, DrPH, (Wailaki) Professor, Schools of Nursing and Public Health
  • Nancy Reifel, DDS, MPH, (Sioux) Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Dan Dickerson, DO, MPH, (Inupiaq) Assistant Research Psychiatrist, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Christine Samuel-Nakamura, PhD, (Dine) Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing
  • Micah Kamoe, MAc, (Hawaiian) Graduate Student, American Indian Studies

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

Everyone is invited!


The new NIH biosketch format is required starting in May 2015

January 30th, 2015

The National Institutes of Health have introduced changes to the biosketch format that will allow researchers to describe the importance of their research. The new biosketches should be submitted with grant applications on or after May 25th, 2015.

There are three alterations to the biosketch:

  • The allowed length has been increased to five pages instead of the previous four
  • Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.
  • A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided

There are tools to make the formatting easier. At this time, every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”

As noted above, the main difference in the structure between the NIH biosketch and the new NIH biosketch is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography.

For an NIH announcement about the new biosketch use, please, refer to

You can find more information on SciENcv in this site:

For step-by-step guide on how to start using SciENcv sections A, B and D see For more information on starting a new profile and section C, go here.

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Happy Birthday, Marion Davies!

January 9th, 2015

In 2013, the Department of Pediatrics of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA transferred to Library Special Collections (LSC) a scrapbook containing materials related to the silent film actress Marion Davies’ original children’s medical clinic in the 1920s as well as the gift that made the Marion Davies Children’s Center at UCLA possible. Several items from this scrapbook are on display at History & Special Collections for the Sciences, the LSC unit located on the 4th floor of the Biomedical Library.

The Marion Davies Foundation Children’s Clinic was founded in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles (now a West Los Angeles neighborhood) in 1926. It was intended to provide services to underprivileged children in the area.

Each year, the Annenberg Community Beach House (at 415 Pacific Coast Highway), which William Randolph Hearst built for Davies the same year she opened her clinic, hosts tours and programs in honor of Marion Davies’ (1897-1961) birthday. This year, the event will be at the Beach House in Santa Monica on Sunday, January 11. For further information about the event and to RSVP, please visit:

The two-case exhibit is the first in a series of Winter quarter projects by LSC graduate student intern Hilary McCreery Holly. It will be on view throughout January.

Russell Johnson 
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Instruction Materials for Health Policy and Management 225A

October 6th, 2014

Below are links to the materials for the Health Policy and Management 225A  library session to be held on October 7 and 9, 2014, 3-5 p.m. in the Biomed Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

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Instruction Materials for School of Dentistry Orientation

September 29th, 2014

Below are links to the materials for the School of Dentistry Orientation library session to be held on September 30, 2014 in 23-105 CHS.

Important links:

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Instruction Materials for Molecular & Medical Pharmacology Orientation

September 26th, 2014

Below are links to the materials for the Molecular & Medical Pharmacology Orientation library instruction session to be held on September 29, 2014 from 11:15-11:45 a.m. in 22-096 CHS.

Important links:

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In the News: The Last Passenger Pigeon—Centenary of an Extinction

September 10th, 2014

On September 1st, 1914, Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her remains were put on ice and sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where she resides and is displayed as perhaps the most famous individual member of an extinct species.

“The passenger pigeons or wild pigeon belongs to the order Columbiformes. Its scientific name is Ectopistes migratorius. Ectopistes means ‘moving about or wandering,’ and migratorius means ‘migrating.’ The scientific name carries the connotation of a bird that not only migrates in the spring and fall, but one that also moves about from season to season to select the most favorable environment for nesting and feeding.”

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Because the UCLA Library licenses The Birds of North America Online by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists’ Union, researchers may read David Blockstein’s species-specific monograph, which begins:

“Legendary among ornithologists and laypeople alike as a symbol of staggering abundance on the one hand and of human greed and indifference on the other, the Passenger Pigeon is arguably North America’s best known extinct species.” (Blockstein, David E. 2002. Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online:

In recent days, numerous news media have recounted the story of Martha (Smithsonian Magazine) and why the once-ubiquitous species (NPR blog, 1 September 2014) went extinct (Audubon magazine, May-June 2014), as well as hopes to resurrect some traits of the species (National Geographic, 31 August 2014). The Wikipedia entry for the term (Passenger pigeon) blossomed with citation-supported details in time for the extinction centenary.

Project Passenger Pigeon, from the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,  includes news about its film documentary project (From Billions to None) as well as K-12 lesson plans and printable panels for an exhibit (A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon) by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

An exhibit at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library for September 2014 starts with early-19th century depictions by Alexander Wilson and James Audubon, and traces the story of the passenger pigeon’s overwhelming presence to its demise, through books selected from the UCLA Library’s Donald R. Dickey Library of Vertebrate Zoology and Reese and Rosemary Benson Bird Books.

“Open the (Exhibit) Cases” opportunities to view the Wilson and octavo edition Audubon volumes close-up—along with Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-1747) and the reprint edition of Audubon’s double elephant folio-sized  Birds of America—will be held in the Biomedical Library lobby at 1:00p.m. on Fridays, September 19 and 26.

This exhibit is part of an occasional series, In the News, which draws on items from the historical collections to inform current events.

Russell Johnson
History & Special Collections for the Sciences
UCLA Library Special Collections

Instruction Materials for Competitive Edge Summer Program

September 2nd, 2014

Below are links to the materials for the Competive Edge Summer Program library instruction session to be held on September 3, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. in the Biomed Classroom (12-077X CHS).

Important links:

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