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Archive for the ‘TOXNET and Beyond’ Category

Do my socks put me at risk?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I love my Asics Kayano socks for jogging because they are very comfortable, and moisture wicking. But really it is the color scheme that reminds me of puffins that led me to my first purchase.  As I read my newspaper this morning an article motivated me to look up the product ingredients of my beloved socks.  Just as I suspected, one of the products listed is “NanoGlidea”.

I first become aware and eventually very interested in nanotechnology several years ago because I am involved in the training of the use of the National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET – a collection of databases on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases, and environmental health.

The article I am referring to in the January 26, 2012 issue of the New York Times by Cornelia Dean tells us that an expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences says that not enough is known about the potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials. The panel has called for more research.  What might be the motivation for concern?  Dean goes on to say that in 2009 product sales from the nanotechnology market was $225 billion.  Who was the motivator for the study? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested the National Research Council (NRC), the research arm of the National Academy of Science to convene the panel.  The report was issued by the NRC on January 25, 2012 and is available right now for $42.30 in the form of a “Prepublication PDF”

The website Nanowerk offers a fine summary of the report at:


The National Library of Medicine Training Center Needs Your Input!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be creating web based self-paced tutorials related to PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases.

We need your input in order to inform topics, length, and format of the tutorials we will develop.  Please visit to complete a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please complete the questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Questions may be directed to Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the NTC, at


New Neighborhood Added to Tox Town

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Tox Town has a new neighborhood located in the U.S. Southwest. The new scene highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States. Visit the following link to learn about the issues addressed in the new neighborhood.

Spring Classes Open for Registration

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Registration is now open for NTC spring classes! The NTC will be teaching PubMed® for Trainers in Houston, TX; Chapel Hill, NC; and Chicago, IL. TOXNET® and Beyond will be taught in Houston and Chicago. See the NTC class schedule and register now!

Los Angeles, CA Classes Open for Registration

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The PubMed® for Trainers and TOXNET® and Beyond classes will be offered at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA in February 2012. PubMed for Trainers is a hybrid class with both online and in person sessions; it will be offered February 6-22, 2012, with the in-person session held at UCLA on February 14. TOXNET and Beyond will be offered in-person at UCLA on February 15. Register now!

In-Person Fall Classes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Join us for in-person PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond classes this fall in the following cities: Seattle, WA (September 15-16); St. Louis, MO (September 20); Worcester MA (October 6); Bethesda, MD (October 21); and New York, NY (October 27-28). To register for the classes, visit the class schedule page.