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Upcoming NCBI Webinars: Eukaryotic Genome Data Curation and NCBI Graphical Viewers

Join NCBI staff for the upcoming webinars on RefSeq and NCBI Graphical Viewers (including Sequence Viewer and Variation Viewer):

Eukaryotic Genome Data Curation at NCBI
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 10:00-11:00 am PST
What do a fish, a plant, and a protozoan have in common? These are all example organisms for which NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) staff manually examine and improve the scientific data in NCBI Assembly, Gene, Genome, and RefSeq (among other) databases. The RefSeq project spans viruses to human and in this webinar, three RefSeq biocurators will focus on aspects of data curation for eukaryotic organisms. We will discuss several aspects of manual curation including sequence analysis, functional annotation, data validation and community collaboration. We will also highlight how these curation efforts improve the programmatic approaches used by RefSeq genome annotation pipelines, which allow NCBI to handle the ever-increasing amount of data generated by researchers.

NCBI Minute: New track options for getting the most out of NCBI Graphical Viewers
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 9:00-9:15 am PST
New track options in the NCBI graphical viewers and genome browsers provide powerful features including seven different NCBI Recommended Track Sets, the ability to create, save and share custom track sets as a collection in My NCBI. You will learn how to use these new features as well see how to search and quickly find relevant tracks and to upload your own custom data. This webinar will help you get the most out of the NCBI Graphical Sequence Viewer, Variation Viewer and other NCBI graphical browsers.

Visit the NCBI Webinars and Courses webpage to view archived webinars and materials, and to learn about future webinars. Archived webinars can also be accessed on the NCBI YouTube channel.

Upcoming NCBI Webinars: Advanced Search in dbGaP and 1000 Genomes Project Data

Join NCBI staff for the upcoming webinars on dbGaP and the 1000 Genomes Project Data.

NCBI Minute: New Advanced Search in dbGaP Provides Easy Access to Relevant Data
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 9:00-9:15 am PST
The new advanced search interface to dbGaP makes finding relevant data much easier. In this webinar you will learn how to access the new faceted search and to quickly find human subject data by study, variables, datasets, documents, and genotypes.

Accessing the 1000 Genomes Project Data at the NCBI
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 10:00-11:00 am PST
The 1000 Genomes Project data now include small-scale and structural variant calls from 2,504 individuals representing 26 human populations. In this webinar you will see how to access 1000 Genomes data through the SRA, dbVar, SNP and BioProject resources, as well as through tracks on annotated human sequences in the Graphical sequence viewer and the Variation Viewer. Most important you will learn how to display, search, and download individual and genotype level data through the dedicated 1000 Genomes Browser that allows searching by chromosomal position, gene names and other genome markers.

Visit the NCBI Webinars and Courses webpage to view archived webinars and materials, and to learn about future webinars. Archived webinars can also be accessed on the NCBI YouTube channel.

AAHSL Data Scholarships

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Future Leadership Committee has announced the one-time offering of several scholarships to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about any aspect of the data life cycle. A total of $5000 is available for the committee to award. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs, or for individually designed learning opportunities. Candidates should be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. The maximum award for any single scholarship will not exceed $2500. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award date.

Applicants should express in a Word document of 300 words or fewer how they would use data scholarship funding to enhance their understanding of data, and how they would apply that knowledge in their work. Additionally, an itemized cost breakdown of anticipated expenses (e.g. travel, accommodations, registration, or other expenses) should be included. The Future Leadership Committee will consider a wide variety of learning opportunities, so applicants have significant latitude in their proposals. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified March 1, 2016. Please submit applications to office@aahsl.org with the subject heading AAHSL Data Scholarship. Persons awarded data scholarships are required to submit a report upon completion of the learning activity.

December Webinar Opportunities Hosted by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

The NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region has announced two webinar opportunities that are open to anyone wishing to attend:

Tuesday, December 8: Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities – This session will include discussion of the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. It will also consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing. Speaker: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System, Akron, OH.
When: December 8, 2015, 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CEU

Thursday, December 17: Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries – Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
When: December 17, 2015, 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE

NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Total Worker Health® – What’s Work Got to Do With It?

Unlike traditional workplace systems, which often address worker safety, health, and well-being separately, Total Worker Health® (TWH) builds upon the foundation of protecting workers by supporting a universal understanding of the various factors that influence safety, health, and well-being.

To better understand the benefits of an integrated approach to worker health, NIOSH, along with the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is sponsoring the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Total Worker Health® – What’s Work Got to Do With It? The workshop will seek to evaluate the current state of knowledge on integrated approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being, and plot the direction for future research.

There is no fee to attend the workshop. The workshop will take place on December 9 and 10 in the Masur Auditorium on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. If you are unable to attend in person, the workshop will be broadcast on the NIH videocast page. Registration, although not required, is encouraged for in-person and videocast attendees. Join the conversation on Twitter with #NIHP2P.

Special NHGRI Seminar Series Begins December 3: “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch: Lessons beyond the Base Pairs”

Illustrative collage of archived documents and photosOctober 1, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project. To commemorate this anniversary in a fashion that showcases the rich history of the Human Genome Project and the field of genomics over the last quarter-century, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program is hosting a seminar series entitled “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch: Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs.” The program will feature Human Genome Project participants, who will be sharing their perspectives about the Project and how it affected their careers.

The series kicks off on December 3 with a panel discussion that will include the key NHGRI leadership during the Human Genome Project including Francis Collins (NIH Director and Former NHGRI Director) as well as Elke Jordan and Mark Guyer (Former NHGRI Deputy Directors). Other speakers will follow in early 2016 including Maynard Olson, Ewan Birney, Bob Cook-Deegan, Marco Marra, and David Bentley. The lectures take place on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. ET in Lipsett Amphitheater in Building 10 on the main NIH campus; they will also be videorecorded and made available on the NHGRI GenomeTV channel of YouTube. All seminars are free and open to the public.

Additionally, NHGRI has published a video interview with NHGRI Director Dr. Eric Green, “The Impact of the Human Genome Project 25 years from its Launch.” Dr. Green reflects on the lasting legacy of the Human Genome Project (HGP) 25 years after its start. Among HGP’s far-reaching impacts: team science, data sharing and analysis and technology development.

ARL 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows Announced

The Association of Research Libraries has selected 28 individuals to participate in the 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows program. This executive leadership program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives. In response to a continued need to develop future leaders of ARL member institutions, this program is designed to build on self-assessment and reflection and to explore a personal/professional area of interest in the context of a group setting. During the course of the program, each fellow will construct a learning plan; engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director; participate in three week-long institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions; participate in online synchronous sessions; and attend semiannual Association Meetings.

The program begins in January 2016 and runs through April 2017. The 2016–2017 Leadership Fellows applicant pool was highly competitive. The new fellows represent a broad array of backgrounds, experiences, and institutions. Congratulations to NN/LM PSR Network member Cynthia Henderson, Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, who was among those selected for the new cohort!

OMH Webinar: Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program (Spanish)

The Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will host a Spanish-language webinar discussing Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: An E-learning Program for Promotores de Salud, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:00am PST.

The e-learning program is designed to build the capacity of promotores de salud to promote better health among individuals and communities. The e-learning program is available in both Spanish and English at no cost to participants. It provides promotores de salud with basic knowledge to promote healthy choices, and strategies to motivate behavioral changes among the community members they serve. Speakers on the webinar will discuss how the e-learning program may help promotores de salud talk to community members about chronic disease management.

La Oficina de Salud de las Minorías (Office of Minority Health, u OMH) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de EE.UU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, o HHS) presentará un seminario web, en español, sobre el curso de aprendizaje en línea titulado Promoviendo Decisiones Saludables Y Cambios en la Comunidad, en Martes, 10 de noviembre 2015 11am PST.

Este nuevo curso de aprendizaje en línea está diseñado para desarrollar la capacidad de los promotores de salud para promover cambios que conducen a la buena salud, al nivel individual y comunitario. Este programa de aprendizaje en línea está disponible en español e inglés sin costo a los participantes. Este programa también les proporciona a los promotores de salud los conocimientos básicos para promover decisiones saludables, y estrategias para motivar los cambios de conducta en los miembros de la comunidad que sirven. Las presentadoras invitadas a este seminario web hablarán sobre este curso de aprendizaje en línea y cómo puede ayudar a los promotores de salud hablar con miembros de la comunidad sobre el manejo de las enfermedades crónicas.

Apply by December 7 to attend the Winter 2016 NLM online class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services.

This course is offered online (asynchronously) from January 11 – February 19, 2016. The format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. The course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide in the future.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is December 7, 2015; participants will be notified of acceptance on December 21, 2015. The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates will receive 25 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted. For questions, contact the course organizers.

Upcoming NCBI Webinars: PubMed for Scientists, The New ClinVar Submission Wizard, Finding Genes in PubMed

Join NCBI staff for the upcoming webinars on PubMed and ClinVar:

PubMed for Scientists
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
Search the biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. In this Webinar designed for scientists you will learn to search by author; explore a subject; use filters to narrow your search; find the full text article; and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Bring your questions about searching PubMed.

NCBI Minute: The New ClinVar Submission Wizard
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PST
ClinVar is the NCBI archive of submitted interpretations of variants relative to diseases and other phenotypes. Submission to ClinVar has been through the Variation Submission Portal, which is useful for groups who frequently submit large number of variants but may not be convenient for infrequent submitters of small numbers of variants. This webinar will introduce and demonstrate the new ClinVar Submission Wizard, a guided interface for direct data entry, targeted to research laboratories that infrequently want to submit a small number of records. The Submission Wizard is designed to support all types of submissions to ClinVar, including structural variants, pharmacogenomics variants, somatic variants, as well as interpretations based on functional rather than clinical significance.

NCBI Minute: Finding Genes in PubMed
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM PST
Learn to quickly find literature about a gene of interest using PubMed. Take advantage of the links between gene data and literature, and leverage the vocabulary used to describe gene information in PubMed to build a better search.

Visit the NCBI Webinars and Courses webpage to view archived webinars and materials, and to learn about future webinars. Archived webinars can also be accessed on the NCBI YouTube channel.