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September is National Preparedness Month

The 2015 theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here are some recommended resources:

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Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Software Development FOA

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative has announced the release of a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for software and methods development in biomedical big data science. If you know someone that is skilled or has an interest in data-related sciences, please mention this announcement.

Big Data to Knowledge Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01)

The FOA has three topic areas for researchers working with biomedical Big Data, they are:

  1. Data Privacy
  2. Data Repurposing
  3. Applying Metadata

The application deadline is October 6, 2015, with an optional letter of intent due September 6, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact David Miller at BD2KSoftware@mail.nih.gov

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that seeks to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research.

Call for Applications: Library Student Outreach Award

Do you know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and health information outreach? Why not encourage them to apply for our Library Student Outreach Award? This award provides travel and registration money for South Central Region library students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, October 2-7, 2015. We plan to sponsor eight students this year.

Applying is easy but the deadline is September 15. Please contact Marcus Spann, a former Library Student Outreach Award recipient and current NN/LM Community Health Coordinator, at 713-799-7164 if you have any questions.

Job Ad: Director, National Library of Medicine

The Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, is recruiting for the position of Director, National Library of Medicine.  A description of the position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are outlined in the vacancy announcement available on the NIH Executive Jobs website.

Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in and qualified for.

Data Science Hackathon September 21-23 in Baltimore

The following is an announcement from the NIH Big Data 2 Knowledge email list. If you are in the South Central Region and are interested in attending, please consider applying for a Professional Development Award to cover related expenses.

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public HealthDepartment of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH – Data Science Hackathon – on September 21-23, 2015 in Baltimore.

The organizers– Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng – include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills such as those covered in the MOOC specialization (completion of the specialization is not a prerequisite).

“This event will be an opportunity for data scientists and data scientists-in-training to get together and hack on real-world problems collaboratively and to learn from each other. The DaSH will feature data scientists from government, academia, and industry presenting problems and describing challenges in their respective areas. There will also be a number of networking opportunities where attendees can get to know each other.”
— Simply Statistics blog post

JHU DaSH will provide a local opportunity for NIH scientists and trainees to participate in a data science Hackathon. For more information, seehttps://regonline.com/jhudash. NIH staff or trainees who would like to attend should complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIH-JHUDaSH (no later than Aug 14th) rather than the one on the https://regonline.com/jhudash website. For questions, contact Lisa Federer (lisa.federer@nih.gov) in the NIH Library. Non-affiliates of NIH should apply directly through https://regonline.com/jhudash.

Register Now for PubMed for Librarians in April 2016

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering its popular set of PubMed for Librarians courses in April 2016. The December 2015 set of classes is already filled! PubMed for Librarians is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – April 6, 2016
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=519

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – April 7, 2016
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=521

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – April 13, 2016
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=523

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – April 14, 2016
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=527

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – April 15, 2016
http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=525

Questions? Email ntc@utah.edu.

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Librarians specializing in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” 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). Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in ‘helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
The two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” are listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015.
An additional offering of this class will be in January-February 2016.

Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 7-11, 2016.

Application deadline: September 14, 2015

For more information and a link to the application, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article: K. Majewski. NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Jul-Aug;(405):e4.

August SCR CONNECTions webinar: NLM’s Hidden Gems

Please join us this Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30am CT for our monthly SCR CONNECTions. This month’s topic is “Hidden Gems of the National Library of Medicine.”

The NLM has so many resources that it can be a challenge to keep up with them and we suspect some lesser-known ones may be underutilized. So we’ve decided to highlight some of these “hidden gems.”

Instructions for joining are on our webinar webpage and here:

How to Log In

Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr (link is external), on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once logged into the room the system will prompt guest to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room. All attendees will be muted prior to the presenter speaking. Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone. Do Not Place Call on Hold.

Problems? Call us at 713-799-7880, or  FREE800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only). *Voice over IP (VoIP) for webinar use has been discontinued.

Test Your Connection

Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test (link is external) to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support (link is external) website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at  FREE800-945-9120.

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August issue of NIH News in Health

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov:

Positive Emotions and Your Health
Developing a Brighter Outlook
A growing body of research suggests that having a positive mental outlook might benefit your physical health. Read more about positive emotions and your health.

All About ALS
Understanding a Devastating Disorder
ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a deadly condition that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling muscles, such those as in the arms, legs, and face. Scientists are working to gain new insights into ALS. Read more about ALS.

Health Capsules:

Increases in Problem Drinking

Join the Fight Against Superbugs

Featured Website: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

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Resource Library Outreach Contacts – Annual Meeting

This week from Aug. 11-12 we hosted our indispensable and hardworking Resource Library outreach contacts for our annual meeting. This year we held the meeting at our own Regional Medical Library, The Texas Medical Center Library. As always, we treated them to dinner the night before at a great local restaurant.

Agenda items for the meeting included: NLM and NN/LM updates; reporting guidelines w/Q&A; and everyone had an opportunity to share what they’ve been working on during the past year.

Of course, we have more pictures from the dinner/meeting on our Facebook page to share too!

We hope to meet with many of them again in October at SCC/MLA. The date/time for that meeting is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 3, 8am-10am.

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