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April 24, 2019

Therapy Dogs at the Science Library Kick Off Stress Less Month

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Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, amlowe@albany.edu, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs at the Science Library
Kick Off Stress Less Month


Photo of Two Therapy Dogs

On Thursday, May 2, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in the Science Library Atrium, the University Libraries will host a visit from the therapy dogs. The visit will be the first of many stress relieving events the Libraries will provide as part of its biannual Stress Less Month.

Frequently found on university campuses during exam seasons, therapy dogs have been shown to alleviate test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also reduce feelings of stress and depression.*

Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, describes the therapy dogs program as a fan favorite. “When I am at these events, I always have students coming up and thanking me for bringing the dogs,” she explains. “I hear frequently that the therapy dogs were the best part of their day and helped take their minds off the stress of finals, if only for an hour or so.”

Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, echoes this sentiment. “I am pleased the Libraries can bring the campus community together during the stress of final exams.”

The program is free and open to students, faculty, and staff.


*Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22, https://doi.org/10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.

April 3, 2019

Anthony DeBlasi, PhD: Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of the Tang Emperor Zhongzong

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CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS IN STANDISH

April 17, 2019

Contacts: Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, tjacobson@albany.edu, (518) 442-3581; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries, rmugridge@albany.edu, (518) 442-3568.

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Anthony DeBlasi, PhD to Present
 “Stuck in the Middle with You”:
Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of the Tang Emperor Zhongzong


Photo of Anthony DeBlasi, PhD, Associate Professor of Chinese Studies

Anthony DeBlasi, PhD, an Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, will wind up the spring semester’s “Campus Conversations in Standish” with a presentation titled “Stuck in the Middle with You”: Medieval Chinese Political Culture and the Odd Reigns of the Tang Emperor Zhongzong (r. 684 and 705-710).

The talk will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 12:35-1:30 p.m. in the Science Library’s Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. The event will be co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha of New York, of which Professor DeBlasi is president and Trudi Jacobson, Head of the Libraries’ Information Literacy Department, is secretary.

Professor DeBlasi will discuss how the political career of the Emperor Zhongzong, one of the most overlooked rulers during the Tang Dynasty, helps illuminate the historical dynamics of that dynasty specifically and the contours of China’s medieval political culture more generally.

The University at Albany Libraries launched “Campus Conversations in Standish” in spring 2015 to raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and to connect the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. “Campus Conversations in Standish” are held two to three times per semester on selected Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:30 p.m. in the Science Library’s Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. They are free and open to the public.

About the University at Albany Libraries
The University Libraries comprise the University Library, the Science Library, and the Dewey Graduate Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the 124 largest, most comprehensive research libraries in North America (www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members), the University at Albany Libraries serve the University’s students, faculty, and staff to further their academic achievement and success, as well as the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the University Libraries, visit library.albany.edu.

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