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Funding Opportunity Announcement: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K) announces the release of a new RFA for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-HG-16-006: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25)

The purpose of this RFA is to support the development of develop open educational resources (OERs) that adhere to FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles and that enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to extract knowledge from biomedical Big Data.

This new RFA for T32 training programs complements the three RFAs released earlier this month:

  • RFA-LM-16-002: BD2K Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32)
  • RFA-ES-16-002: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science (K01)
  • RFA-ES-16-003: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)

These RFAs aim to train more researchers who will new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  Training is expected across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee/trainee acquire depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications vary between late July and early August.  Please see the FOAs for this and other details.

May is Asthma Awareness Month: Resources on Asthma, Allergies, and Air Pollution from NLM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

For May 2016 National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, learn about the wide variety of asthma and allergy-related resources from National Library of Medicine, including educational and environmental health resources from the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS):

  • The Basics: Learn the basics on MedLinePlus, with summaries and links to research and resources on asthma, allergies, and air pollution.
  • Educational Resources: Children and teens can learn about chemicals and other substances that may trigger asthma from indoor and outdoor air at Tox Town.  The Environmental Health Student Portal explains the dangers of air pollution, a major trigger of asthma.
  • Environmental Health Resources: Explore lists of trusted resources related to leading causes of asthma, including indoor air quality, outdoor air quality, and smoking. Use the Haz-Map database to check which jobs may increase the risk of asthma symptoms.

Resources for Special Populations: Check American Indian Health for information on lung diseases, like asthma, which may affect Native Americans. Use HealthReach to find clear and concise health information handouts in multiple languages on the topic of asthma.

Upcoming NN/LM MAR Webinars – Focus on NLM Resources

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The following two webinars are available for registration from NN/LM MAR:

HealthReach / June 9, 2016 noon -1pm ET Register

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

Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.

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

Genetics Home Reference / August 4, 2016 noon -1pm ET Register

Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine

Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.

Both sessions come with 1 MLA CE.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Building a Makerspace: Where to Start

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland.

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: This webinar will discuss some common planning steps for creating a makerspace at a health sciences library and cover some of the challenges one can expect during the planning and implementation process. The presenter will also share some lessons learned through her experience of planning, launching, and operating the Innovation Space at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library since April 2015. At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to identify some of the necessary components of successfully planning and implementing a makerspace for their library.

Presenter Bio: Bohyun Kim is the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience, both published by ALA TechSouce. She frequently writes and talks about technology at libraries. She can be found at @bohyunkim on Twitter.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

Tox Town Updates the Farm!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Looking for possible environmental health risks in a typical farm? Need information on agricultural runoff, feeding operations or barns and silos?  If so, check out the newly updated Tox Town Farm. The Farm joins previously updated City, Town and Southwest scenes with an updated, photorealistic look to allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Each scene was also moved from Flash to HTML 5 platform, so it can be viewed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets. All location and chemical information remains the same.  

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated Farm for environmental health risks, down on the Farm.

Tox Town Farm

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.