Exhibits in the Library

NanoNephron Dress

On exhibit: April to June 2015
Location: Third Floor Landing by the elevators

NanoNephron dress on exhibit at the Health Sciences LibraryThe Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit that features a runway dress that was created based on research being done at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Descience Runway 2014 was an event organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September 2014. The event paired science researchers and fashion designers to collaborate and create garments based on the researchers area of study.

Georgia Charkoftaki, PhD is a researcher at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and pharmacy faculty member Melanie Joy, PhD were paired with designer Lilian Kong.

Dr. Charkoftaki’s research area is treatments for lupus nephritis, a disease of the kidneys. Ms. Kong learned about the work that Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy were performing and then she created a dress inspired by their research. The dress, named NanoNephron, represents the kidneys, aspects of lupus nephritis and the new treatment that Dr. Charkoftaki is investigating.

The NanoNephron dress and matching jewelry will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library through June 2015. There is also a poster describing the research and aspects of the dress in more detail.

Sixty-one teams participated in the runway fashion show. Even though NanoNephron did not win, Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy enjoyed the experience. Stop by the library to check out the dress and the process to create it! Library blog post

Learn more

CU Newsroom article: Our Research on the Runway: Skaggs School of Pharmacy stars at Descience 2014

NanoNephron dress: CU Newsroom's Our Research on the Runway  

9News video: Colorado pharmacy student wins with fashionable science

NanoNephron dress: 9News video  

School of Pharmacy's Pharmacy Perspectives: Research on the runway: Fusing science and fashion

Research on the Runway: Fusing Science and Fashion


Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

Exhibit: Opening Doors

On Exhibit

April 14 to May 23, 2015
3rd floor Gallery, Health Sciences Library

Opening Reception and Presentation

April 27, 2015 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
​Reading Room, Health Sciences Library

PRESENTATION: Dr. Gregory McClain is an academic surgeon in Columbia, Missouri. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


An exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community.

We celebrate the achievements of these pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers.

Online Exhibit

Exhibit: Opening Doors


Trepanation or Trepanning

Location: Second floor landing

Trepanation or trepanning, the surgery of opening the skull, may be one of the oldest surgeries that mankind has performed, and performed successfully.

Visit the Health Sciences Library’s second floor landing to view our newest exhibit, a selection of trepanation instruments.

Trepanation or trepanning

View these items and other artifacts online in our digital collection


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