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Share your creative side with the Himmelfarb Library community!

The 2013 Art Show will take place from April 4th to May 3rd on the first floor of the library. We will have an opening reception (with refreshments!) on April 4th from 4-5:30pm.

Britta Mason
Mexican Flowers

We encourage all Students, Faculty & Staff of SMHS, SPHHS, & SON to submit artwork. Prior submissions have included paintings, drawings, photography, weavings, sculptures, pottery, and craft work. Submissions will also have the option to be displayed in the virtual art show on the library website.

We will accept submissions (maximum of five) at the reference desk from March 4th to March 29th (Monday-Friday: 8:30am-8:00pm; Saturday: 12pm-4pm).

Please contact Kelly Knight at or 202-994-2963 with any questions.

wiselyThe cost of health care in America is a common discussion in the news, and among both patients and physicians. Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, is an evidence-based effort to promote discussions between physicians and patients when determining appropriate care. By removing duplicative diagnostics and procedures from the care plan, patient care can become more affordable and less stressful.

Twenty-six professional medical associations partnered with the ABIM Foundation to identify five unnecessary and/or duplicative procedures in each specialty. The Choosing Wisely revised recommendations were released on February 21st, 2013. A few examples…

The ABIM Foundation partnered with Consumer Reports to prepare patient-friendly resources to address many of the tests and procedures discussed in the recommendations. Himmelfarb Library provides access to Consumer Reports Online via the Library’s E-Journals Page.

Congratulations Sonia Iqbal, winner of the Health Information @ Himmelfarb Survey Drawing!

Thanks to the 106 Himmelfarb Library users who responded to the Health Information @ Himmelfarb User Survey.    All respondents who provided a name and email address were entered into a drawing for a $20 print/copy card and Sonia is the winner of yesterday’s drawing.  90% of respondents who used Health Information @ Himmelfarb say that having a one search service focused on health sciences literature is a valuable service for the Library to offer and 60% use it at least once a month or more frequently.   Stay tuned for further information on survey results.

Himmelfarb Library hosted Katie Albers, Healthy Eating Specialist from Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom, for another cooking demonstration on how to prepare easy, healthy snacks for the Superbowl.   While the cooking demonstration is over, Katie has kindly allowed us to share the recipes!

Spicy Buffalo Tofu Sliders
Makes 4 sliders

1/4 block firm or extra firm tofu, cut into strips
1/4 cup Wing Time Buffalo sauce
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Tessamea's Zesty Ranch dressing
2 Tbsp vegan mayo
1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
1/4 cup shredded carrots
4 whole wheat slider buns
Fresh jalapeno, slide into rounds (optional)

Toss tofu with the buffalo sauce in a small bowl.  In a shallow dish, mix bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.  Pan fry tofu in olive oil until crispy (about 3 minutes per side).

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix ranch dressing and vegan mayo until well-blended.  Toss in lettuce and carrots.  Top a whole wheat bun first with tofu and then slaw mixture.  Drizzle extra buffalo and vegan ranch sauce on top.  Top of with jalapenos if desired and serve!

Vegan Sweet Pepper Poppers
Makes about 8 poppers

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 can no-salt added black beans, drained
1/2 small can tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 package mini sweet peppers
1/4 cup shredded vegan cheese
Fresh cilantro

In a medium bowl, mix quinoa, beans, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper.  Wash peppers and cut a  slit down the middle of each one.  Remove the seeds and then stuff the quinoa and bean mixture.  Top with the vegan cheese shreds.

Lay peppers on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes.  OR, grill by placing stuff peppers directly on lightly greased grill or grill pan until slightly charred.

To serve, top with fresh cilantro.

Three Bean Chili
Serves 8

1 sweet onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, minced
1 quart container low-sodium vegetable broth, divided
2 tsp chili powder
1 can no-salt added black beans
1 can no-salt added kidney beans
1 can no-salt added garbanzo beans
1 can no-salt added fire roasted diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro

In a large pot, saute the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeno in 1/2 cup of the broth  until onions are translucent or about 3 minutes.  Stir in the rest of the broth and chili powder.  Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot with the tomatoes (including juice).  Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes for flavors to meld.  Serve topped with fresh cilantro an enjoy!

Slow cooker method
Mix all ingredients except cilantro in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Enjoy topped with fresh cilantro.

Avocado Bean Salad
Serves 4

1 can no-salt added black beans
2 avocados, diced
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 Tbsp HSH Zesty Tahini Dressing
1 Tbsp cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro

Drain beans and mix with all other ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve with whole wheat pita bread or roll up for a tasty wrap.

Makes 1 Avo-dilla or 4 slices

1 whole wheat tortilla
1 Tbsp vegan Earth Balance butter
1 avocado
salt, to taste
1 Tbsp agave nectar

In a hot skillet, melt butter then add tortilla and toss around to wet all sides.  Flip tortilla to coat other side.  Mash down avocado on one half of the tortilla and season with salt.  Flip the other half of the tortilla over to create a semi-circle.  Drizzle agave nectar over top and wait for the sizzling to begin.  Once agave has carmelized with the butter, flip over and repeat on the other side.

Cut into 4 slices and serve!

Pineapple Avocado Salsa
Serves 4

2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
2 avocados, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, minced
Juice of 1 lime
Fresh cilantro
Salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl except for the avocado.  When ready to serve, add tin avocado and serve with chips, whole wheat pita, atop chicken, tofu, or salmon.

No Bake Cocoa-Oat Truffles
Makes about 20 truffles

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cinnamon

Process oats in a food processor and then add the dates, 2 Tbsp of the cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon and process until finely ground.  Place remaining cocoa powder in a shallow bowl.  Roll Truffle mixture into balls about 2 teaspoons each, pressing firmly so mixture will stick.  Roll truffles in cocoa powder and chill until ready to serve.

access_medicineAccessMedicine is hosting a webinar on patient safety which offers Himmelfarb Library users the opportunity to hear from a leading authority on this issue.  Dr. Robert Wachter will conduct a live webinar to discuss the evolution of patient safety and future directions.  Dr. Wachter will address:

  • The rapid pace of change in the safety field over the past decade
  • The crucial and surprising importance of culture and complex adaptive systems
  • The role of information technology in patient safety

Following the 45-minute talk, you can also participate in a live question and answer session with Dr. Wachter.  To attend, please complete the free registration.

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