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WISER updates

Monday, June 1st, 2015

New releases of WISER are available for every current platform.  See the details below to investigate what’s new for the WISER platform of your choice.


WISER for Android 4.6

  • A new, interactive chemical reactivity capability based on NOAA’s CRW reactivity data
  • New tools (Radiation Unit Converter, Radiation Dose Estimator, and two triage algorithms) have been added to WISER’s toolbox.
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WISER for iOS 4.0

  • A new, interactive chemical reactivity capability based on NOAA’s CRW reactivity data
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WISER for Windows 4.6

  • Upgraded the chemical reactivity feature to match NOAA’s latest CRW 3.0 data
  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


WebWISER 4.6

  • Added new biological synonyms, including Ebolavirus


Coming Soon


Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WISER for iOS 4.6, which adds triage procedures and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to the iPad and iPhone platforms
  • WISER 4.7, which will add many new substances to WISER and update WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data


International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference


Look for us at the International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference that takes place from May 28th – May 31st at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.  Visit the National Library of Medicine booth (#405) and join us at the following session:


206: WISER: Sharing in the Age of Outbreaks & Incidents

Learn about the latest improvements to WISER including additions of new substances (including biologicals), sharing capabilities & timeliness during outbreaks (Ebola), etc. Bring your devices – run through scenarios & make sure we’re getting the right information to you quickly & efficiently.

PubMed for Trainers: UMass Boston

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Boston. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  • Employ the features and functions of PubMed for use in searching and training
  • Experience peer collaboration and learning


What is the format of PubMed for Trainers?

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Session One (online): August 5, 2015 10am-11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Two (online): August 12, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Three (online): August 19, 2015 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Four (in-person): August 25, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM ET (This class will be held at University of Massachusetts-Boston, Healey Library).


What should I expect from the class?

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?

When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours.

If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.


For a complete description, go to:

To register, visit:

Addition of the Michael E. DeBakey Papers to Profiles in Science

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Lake Charles, Louisiana, DeBakey was inspired to study medicine by physicians who visited his father’s pharmacy. He earned his MD from Tulane University in 1932 and joined the Tulane faculty after his internship and two years of postgraduate work in Europe. During World War II, he served with the Surgical Consultants to the Army Surgeon General, where he helped develop the first MASH units. DeBakey pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. Beginning in 1948, he was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world.

Now available from the National Library of Medicine is an extensive selection from the papers of Dr. DeBakey on Profiles in Science®, an extensive digital project of the Library that provides online access to archival collections of twentieth-century leaders in science, medicine, and public health.

The Michael E. DeBakey Papers Profiles in Science site features correspondence, published articles, travel diaries, interviews, and photographs from the Michael DeBakey Papers held by the National Library of Medicine. Visitors to Profiles in Science can view photos from DeBakey’s childhood and early career, correspondence with surgical colleagues during World War II, and the journal he kept on a trip to Russia to supervise President Boris Yeltsin’s bypass surgery in 1996. An in-depth historical narrative leads to a wide range of primary source materials that provide a window into Michael DeBakey’s life and major contributions to vascular surgery, medical education, and health care policy. Visitors may also search and browse the collection, consult a brief chronology of DeBakey’s life, a glossary of terms specific to the collection, and a page of further readings.

Focus on NLM Resources Webinar: HealthReach

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

HealthReach (formerly RHIN) will be the subject of the next National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) Focus on NLM Resources webinar.

Presenter: Laura Bartlett, Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  Thursday, May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

HealthReach ( is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Resources include:


  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health


During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated, and new initiatives such as the funding and acquisition of new materials will be discussed.

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