Primal Pictures – back by popular demand

Primal Pictures logoThe Library is pleased to announce the return of by Primal Pictures. Described as “the ultimate online 3D human anatomy educational resource”, the database includes comprehensive, accurate and detailed 3D models of the human body. Ulster’s access is provided to a specified number of concurrent users.

Primal Pictures 3D atlas

Also included in Ulster’s customised package:

  • Systemic Anatomy
  • 3d Regional Anatomy (Interactive x9 modules)
  • Anatomy for Exercise
  • Specialist title: Radiological Anatomy and Anatomy for Urology

Find Primal Pictures in the A-Z Databases list on Portal’s Library & ICT tab.

If you need any help using Primal Pictures, contact the Life & Health Sciences librarians for help on

We hope you enjoy using this resource.

The Library Subject Team


Women and STEM: the impact of childhod influences

A campaign group has launched an online petition calling for publishers to remove gender labelling from their children’s books.

Let Toys be Toys insist that children should be encouraged to choose their own reading material, saying:

“Titles like “The Beautiful Girls’ Book of Colouring” or “Illustrated Classics for Boys” send the message that certain books are off-limits for girls or for boys, and promote limiting gender stereotypes … telling children which stories and activities are ‘for them’ based on their gender closes down whole worlds of interest.”

With female uptake of STEM research in crisis, is it time for us as educators to consider whether gender-based social conditioning is having an impact on would-be scientists?

Let us know what you think.

The Library Subject Team

Ulster role model Tara Moore wins recognition

blog Tara Moore getting her award

Professor Tara Moore has been awarded the prestigious WISE (Women in to Science & Engineering) Hero Award in recognition of the contribution she makes to health, well being, safety and improving people’s lives through science and technology.

Currently Associate Director of the Biomedical Science Research Institute and Vision Science Research group leader at Ulster, Tara has developed and delivered numerous innovative teaching and training courses for health care professionals to help them recognise, treat and prevent rape, child abuse and domestic violence. In addition, as one of the few experts in molecular vision, her research aims to improve treatment for debilitating blinding eye diseases, passed from parent to child.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the award at a ceremony in London. Thanking Professor Hugh McKenna and Professor Stephen Downes for their support in helping her to achieve this prestigious accolade, Tara said:

“As an educator and researcher, I strive to inspire students and staff to see opportunities to make a difference through science. Advancement of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is imperative if the UK is to continue to develop and lead research and industries which compete in a world market.”

Warmest congratulations from the Library Subject Team.



Passionate about science? FameLab needs you!


FameLab is an exciting competition to find the new voices of science and engineering across the world.  The competition is now open and is looking for budding science communicators who think they can explain a science concept in three minutes. Entrants should be working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths in the UK.  To apply entrants must submit a three minute video.  Deadline for video entries is 31 December 2014.

The British Council with the Northern Ireland Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival, will host the final of Northern Ireland’s FameLab competition at The Black Box, Belfast on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015.

Full information can be found on the British Council Northern Ireland website:

Good luck to all those who apply from the Library Subject Team.

Over 1000 public buildings in cities across the UK will be transformed into free Wi-Fi hotspots

From .GOV.UK:

“Over the coming months, libraries, museums, civic centres, transport hubs, sporting complexes and other buildings around the UK will begin to offer free Wi-Fi – some have already gone live, and the remainder are all on track to be up and running by March 2015.

Millions of citizens, business men and women and visitors will be able to take advantage of free connectivity across the UK, which in turn will support our cities in becoming even more attractive places to live, do business, visit and invest in.”

Has your Public Library got free wifi yet? So far we know of several – let us know about your experiences.

The Library Subject Team