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National Center for Biotechnology Information Receives HHSinnovates Award

Monday, July 28th, 2014

http://nnlm.gov/psr/newsbits/2014/07/24/nlms-national-center-for-biotechnology-information-receives-hhsinnovates-award/

A collaborative project between the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and several other federal and state partners, to reduce the time and improve the accuracy of detecting foodborne pathogens by using whole genome sequencing (WGS) techniques, received the HHSinnovates award on July 21, 2014. The HHSinnovates program was initiated in 2010 to recognize new ideas and solutions developed by HHS employees and their collaborators. Six finalist teams were recognized at the awards ceremony. The WGS Food Safety Project, which also involved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state public health laboratories, was one of three projects to be honored as “Secretary’s Picks” by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The award went to the specific individuals leading the project in the various agencies; in the case of NCBI, Senior Scientist William Klimke, PhD, was honored for his work in heading NCBI’s part of the project.

WGS provides greater specificity than other techniques, such as the commonly used pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), in identifying the DNA fingerprint of bacteria. It also can more rapidly determine whether isolates are related to a foodborne disease outbreak. The demonstration project involves real-time sequencing of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from human DNA as well as the food supply chain. In the project, the whole genomes of isolates are sequenced and the sequencing data are sent to NCBI, which performs assembly, annotation and analysis, and then sends results back to CDC, FDA, USDA and the labs. Collaborative projects using WGS for other pathogens related to food safety are also underway.

NCBI Webinar: Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation

Monday, July 28th, 2014

On August 13th, NCBI will host a Webinar entitled “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation”. This presentation will show you how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and database identifiers (RefSNP, Variant region IDs) using NCBI’s new Variation Viewer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_ncbi_reprint_webinar.html

NCATS Announces the Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 Competition

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has announced the Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 competition.

The goal of the challenge is to crowdsource data analysis by independent researchers in order to develop computational models that can better predict chemical toxicity. It is designed to improve current toxicity assessment methods, which are often slow and costly. The model submission deadline is November 14, 2014. NCATS will showcase the winning models in January 2015. Registration for the challenge and more information is available on the web site.

Tox21 scientists are currently testing a library of more than 10,000 chemical compounds in NCATS’s high-throughput robotic screening system. To date, the team has produced nearly 50 million data points from screening the chemical library against cell-based assays. Data generated from twelve of these assays form the basis of the 2014 challenge. For more information on the Tox21 Modeling Challenge and Tox21 Program, contact Anna Rossoshek.

Prevent Dehydration

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Prevent #dehydration this summer! Average person needs about 3 quarts of water daily. More: 1.usa.gov/130LtmO

Seeking the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) at NLM

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to share with you the recruitment announcement for the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
commonly referred to as the national Network Office (NNO):

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues, as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page:  www.nlm.nih.gov.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

If you have questions about this job, please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, (301) 435-5716, or Oliverozm@mail.nih.gov.

Dianne Babski

Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations
National Library of Medicine

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer Issue Available

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on treating cataracts, understanding rheumatoid arthritis (RA), screening for breast cancer, and The Children’s Inn at NIH turning 25. The cover features Amy Robach, who was diagnosed as the one of 1-in-8 women in America who will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetimes. After receiving the first-ever mammogram on live television, she received a surprising breast cancer diagnosis. She now speaks out in support of others facing the disease. The magazine goes into further detail about breast cancer, looking at detection, diagnosis, screening, staging, and treatment, as well as some relevant National Cancer Institute research.

The magazine also highlights The Children’s Inn at NIH. The Children’s Inn enhances opportunities for groundbreaking medical discoveries by providing a free “place like home” that reduces the burdens of illness through a supportive environment, including therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming. President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are serving as honorary chairpersons for the year of celebrations for The Children’s Inn’s 25th Anniversary, which kicked off on June 21, 2014, and will continue throughout the anniversary year of 2015. The Bushes presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony when The Inn became a reality in June 1990.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

New Features Added to ChemIDplus

Friday, July 18th, 2014

ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and other databases and resources, including ones to over 100 federal, state and international agencies. ChemIDplus Lite is designed for simple searching on name or registry number. ChemIDplus Advanced helps users draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches. ChemIDplus records are updated daily. The following new features are now available:

A new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations.  Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.  The open source JSMol program is used for viewing these models.  Another feature offers 3D when viewed with Red/Cyan, Red/Green or Red/Blue glasses, allowing for unique visualization of a molecule with depth perception.

The ChemIDplus structure box now uses quick-loading Marvin for JavaScript (free; requires IE9 or above). The Marvin Applet version is also available in a pull-down for legacy browsers.

ChemIDplus is now IPhone IOS and Android OS friendly. Buttons collapse to neatly fit the phone screen, and the structures can be displayed.

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2014-2015

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through August 1, 2014.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged.

Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at http://www.aahsl.org/assets/documents/2014/aahsl_2014_fellows_brochure_final.pdf. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, carol_jenkins@unc.edu

Carol G. Jenkins, Program Director

NLM/AAHSL Future Leadership Program

www.aahsl.org

Director Emerita, UNC Health Sciences Library

Email: carol_jenkins@unc.edu

Save the Dates: 2015 A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI Course

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Attention librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant. However, you typically have to submit an application to attend, due to limited enrollment.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
  • Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
  • Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
  • Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM

Mark your calendars for this training opportunity.

IMPORTANT: For network members of NN/LM MAR, consider applying for a professional development award to cover your travel costs. BUT you should not apply for the award until they are known to be accepted.

PubMed Instructional Materials (for Trainers)

Friday, July 11th, 2014

If you are involved with training people on PubMed resources, the NLM has a web page rich with links to instructional materials: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pm_training.html