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Archive for September, 2012

Farewell to Re Mishra

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Picture Re Mishra

Farewell to Re Mishra, the NN/LMSCR Health Professions Coordinator.  She will be greatly missed in both the NN/LM SCR office and throughout the Region.

Since she began working at the NN/LM SCR in 1998, she has contributed significantly to the NN/LM program. She was responsible for the development of several classes, including “TOXNET: Technology and Environmental Information” and “PubMed for Experts.”  She was also responsible for the NN/LM SCR obtaining both Continuing Nursing Education accreditation and Continuing Pharmacy Education accreditation.  As a result, classes throughout the country can be offered for health professional accreditation.  She taught hundreds of classes throughout the Region and conducted exhibits throughout the U.S.  By far her biggest contribution to the Region was her coordination of the NN/LM SCR DOCLINE program.  Since 1998, she has been responsible for assisting Network members with DOCLINE and other ILL activities. Her knowledge of DOCLINE practices and procedures was well-known throughout the country and she was frequently consulted by librarians outside of the SCR.  From 2006-2008, she worked at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education where she promoted NLM databases on  a national scale.  In 2008, she returned to the NN/LM SCR office where she served as the Health Professions Coordinator, providing training and assistance to a variety of health professionals, including allied health groups.

We wish Re all the best in the future.

National Preparedness Month 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, CDC, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have once again joined to promote the month of September as National Preparedness month.  As Americans remember the events of 9/11, they also encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Throughout the month, more than 3,000 organizations nationwide are supporting efforts to help Americans prepare in case of emergency, with many events culminating on “Get Ready Day, ” September 18th (see http://www.getreadyforflu.org/ ).

For more information and resources for planning an event: http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=5040 .

Additional resources for Disaster Information and Emergency Preparedness from:

NLM Announces New Genetics Resource for Secondary School

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

GeneEd website screenshot

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd http://geneed.nlm.nih.gov/. Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

3-d image of cell

GeneEd is a portal that teachers can use to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts.

Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics.