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Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources for Faith-based and Community Organizations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for:

A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations

The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 and National PrepareAthon Day! activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE WEBINAR?
This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same.

WHEN IS THE WEBINAR?    

August 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

HOW DO I JOIN THE WEBINAR?

Adobe Connect Web Link: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/faithtoolsa/event/registration.html

Please sign in as a guest.  Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.

PRESENTERS

Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Office of Emergency Management will present.  The Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, will also bring greeting and remarks in support of getting houses of worship and community organizations engaging in preparedness activities.

NIH Public Access Policy Webinars

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Announcing two free webinars about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy (http://publicaccess.nih.gov) and the role of libraries, graciously hosted by the NIH and by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

 

The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians (August 19)

 

Join us for a discussion about the NIH Public Access Policy and the critical role libraries play. This webinar will:

  • Review basics of the public access policy, and the role of librarians;
  • Present the Public Access Compliance Monitor;
  • Answer questions about the policy sent to us in advance via the online registration form;
  • Address issues and questions raised during the webinar.

 

Please list any questions you would like us to address during the webinar in the “Questions & Comments” section located on the online registration page.

 

Title: The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

 

Presented by Dr. Neil Thakur, National Institutes of Health, and by Kathryn Funk, National Library of Medicine.

 

Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/269124766 or by clicking

Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Logistics for this webinar, including additional questions, comments and feedback may be sent to:  OERwebinars@mail.nih.gov.

 

The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches (August 26)

 

You’ve heard the specifics of the NIH Policy. Now find out how librarians are responding to the need to get researchers up to speed on compliance with the policy. Join us to find out:

  • What strategies librarians are using to support their communities. What’s worked; and what hasn’t;
  • How to get started, and which groups to work with at your institution;
  • What tools librarians can use to help researchers and improve compliance rates;
  • How librarians can work with each other to improve outcomes.

 

This webinar will feature presentations from three libraries with experience on the ground helping researchers with the NIH Public Access Policy, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The following presenters will discuss their unique approaches in the trenches of supporting and providing outreach on the policy:

 

Emily Mazure, Duke University Medical Center Library

Susan Steelman and Jessie Casella, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library

Scott Lapinski, Harvard University, Countway Library of Medicine

 

Title: The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

 

Join the webinar on August 26 at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/npap/

For audio, dial 1-800-605-5167, and enter participant code: 816440

PubMed Commons Update

Monday, August 4th, 2014

PubMed Commons set the stage for commenting on any publication in PubMed, the world’s largest searchable database of biomedical literature. New infrastructure and design enhancements have been implemented to improve the user experience and support the PubMed Commons community, and they are now live on PubMed and PubMed Commons.

At center stage is new artwork that has been adopted for the PubMed Commons blog, Twitter account, and home page, to present a clear, unified identity across platforms. The home page has also been streamlined to consolidate information about joining and using PubMed Commons in a single page to help users get started. A synopsis of the most recent blog post is now available at the top of the home page to help users stay up-to-date on PubMed Commons.

 

For several months, comment rating has given members the chance to weigh in on what comments they find useful. Visitors to PubMed can see these ratings alongside comments. Ratings are a key element in calculating the comment and commenter scores that determine the appearance of comments in the “Selected comments” stream on the home page. Some new site modifications will highlight contributions to PubMed Commons.

 

On the home page, “Top comments now” will feature the top three recent comments. On PubMed records, “Selected comments” (from the home page stream) prompt the appearance of an icon above abstracts, directing readers to comments below. And now the most recent tweet about a PubMed Commons comment appears on the home page for PubMed searches.  Check it out!

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.