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Friday, November 21st, 2014

UCSC Genome Browser Workshops in Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Robert Kuhn, Associate Director, UCSC Genome Browser / Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Date / Time: December 4 and 5, 2014 (see details below)

Where: University of Pittsburgh, Scaife Hall, 4th floor, Lecture Room 1

Registration is free

Summary: For 14 years, the UCSC Genome Browser has been providing a visual display for genomic data from human and other organisms (now numbering more than 80). Serving nearly 200,000 different users monthly, the Browser has grown to be a collection of bioinformatics tools useful for many applications in biomedical research. Dr. Robert Kuhn is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to teach introductory and advanced sessions on the use and applications of the Genome Browser. These sessions are open to all researchers, and suitable for all levels of experience from complete novice to experienced user.

  • Participants must bring their laptops
  • Afternoon sessions will have ample time for 1-on-1 conversations on any topic of interest
  • Funding for these training sessions was provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)
  • Event sponsored by the Molecular Biology Information Service of the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh

Registration

Thursday, December 4th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 1: Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Browser navigation and paradigm
  • Custom tracks
  • Saving sessions for future reference and sharing
  • Table Browser
  • Register Session 1

1 – 5 pm / Session 2: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Friday, December 5th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 3: Advanced UCSC Genome Browser topics
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • BLAT
  • Table Browser joins, intersections, and filters
  • Display of next-gen sequencing results: BAM & VCF files
  • Variant Annotation Integrator
  • Register Session 3

1 – 5 pm / Session 4: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Please contact the HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service with any questions.

Resource Update: ChemIDplus Drawing Feature

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) ChemIDplus resource is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and to other databases and resources, including ones to federal, state and international agencies. You can draw a chemical structure and search for similar substances using the ChemIDplus Advanced search interface. This feature also performs similarity and substructure searches. A four-minute tutorial is available for using the drawing feature of ChemIDplus. The ChemIDplus Lite interface is designed for simple searching on name or registry number.

Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz: Gaming in Adult Learning (TechTime session)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenters:

John Bramble, Technology Coordinator / MidContinental Region (MCR)

Matt Steadman, Web Software Developer / MidContinental Region (MCR)

Date / Time:  Monday, December 8, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/techtime/

Online / No Registration Required / 1 MLA CE will be awarded

Summary: Come learn about a professional development engagement technique called “Online Interactive Professional Development Experience” (OLPDE), informally known as Gaming in Adult Learning.  The technique is a way to combine a human’s propensity for combining play with learning new or strengthening existing skills.

There will be a demonstration of Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz (LITWLOO), a game being used by the NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) as another way to encourage Network members to develop skills beneficial to the practice of health sciences librarianship.

Participants will leave with:

  • an increased understanding of how play and learning go hand-in-hand
  • an increased understanding of the teaching methods use in the NN/LM MCR’s OLPDE; and
  • a better understanding of LITWLOO and how to play the game to earn points and free continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA)

InfoBoosters: Connecting Texts with Databases (Boost Box session)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Head, Molecular Biology Information Service / Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Date / Time:  Tuesday, December 9, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required / 1 MLA CE will be awarded

Summary: As life sciences research has become more interdisciplinary, the scientific papers we read increasingly include genes, proteins, methodologies, and biological concepts outside of our domain of expertise.  In order to thoroughly comprehend such articles, it is necessary to learn more about these lesser-known terms.

Information is readily available in various molecular databases, but the current journal article reading formats (PDF and Web-based) do not provide links to access the databases directly from the article pages.  We have developed Infoboosters–an easy-to-install browser widget that connects digital texts to databases and retrieves relevant information on-demand.  E.g., after selecting a protein name in an article and clicking the “Infobooster for Structure” widget, a pop-up window appears displaying the protein structure from the Protein Data Bank.

The application of these tools will assist readers with revealing information not directly described in the text and potentially fostering the creation of new hypotheses.  We will introduce you to Infoboosters, show you how to create your own unique Infoboosters, and cover various applications of this new tool.

Privacy & Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Thursday, December 11, 2014 / Noon – 1:30 pm (ET)

Registerhttps://scrlc.org/events/view/5547

Summary: Sponsored by the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC). You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack! Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world.

We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Webinar: Makerspaces in Libraries

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Please join us Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html

Topic: Makerspaces in Libraries

Presenter: Tara Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno’s DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library. DeLaMare offers a growing makerspace, collaborates with community hackerspaces and collectives, and encourages cross-disciplinary research. Tara has previously served as a life and health sciences librarian and has spoken internationally on the role of makerspaces and innovation in academic libraries.

Description: This free webinar will introduce makerspaces and their growing popularity in libraries around the world. The session will focus on the use of makerspaces as community innovation hubs. Successful use of makerspaces as collaboration and innovation centers in academic libraries will be profiled.

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/,  on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once the room is open the system will be able to call you (please enter your phone number) to connect to the audio.

Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems?

Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.

New Interactive Tool Identify Underserved Patient Care Areas

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a resource to help healthcare providers improve patient access to care. The Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, and other related workforce trends.

The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home. It can also assist policy makers to make evidence-based decisions. Non-members of the AMA can view a version of the tool: http://bit.ly/1udJooM.

NIH Request for Information on Data Management and Data Science

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The NIH has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science, with a submission deadline of December 31, 2014.  As part of its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative, NIH wishes to help the broader scientific community update knowledge and skills in the important areas of the science, storage, management and sharing of biomedical big data, and wants to identify the array of timely, high quality courses and online learning materials already available on data science and data management topics for biomedical big data.

With this RFI Notice, the NIH invites interested and knowledgeable persons to inform NIH about existing learning resources covering Biomedical Big Data management and data science topics. All responses must be submitted electronically by December 31, 2014, in the form of an email, using the subject “data management.” PPT files or other curriculum materials should not be attached to responses. Responses are welcome from associations and professional organizations as well as individual stakeholders.

PubMed Mobile Update

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

PubMed Mobile will soon be updated with a variety of new features and modifications: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_pm_mobile.html