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NCBI to Hold Three-Day Genomics Hackathon in January

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

From January 4th to 6th, 2016 NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.

Organization: After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Datasets: Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.

Products: All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose.  A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

Application: To apply, complete this form: (approximately 10 minutes to complete).

Applications are due December 1, 2015 by 5 pm ET. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.  Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until December 7 at 5 pm ET to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event.  No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event.  Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact with any questions.

Free Webinar: Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project’s Story

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10, 11 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time/10 AM – 11:30 AM Central Time

Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read. Sound like a fairy tale? It doesn’t have to be. In “Once Upon a Time,” the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) will describe how to create more audience-friendly reports and presentations. This webinar will cover a five-step process for developing reports, then present two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener. The formats covered in this webinar can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches.

Don’t let your data get in the way of a good story; use your data to enhance it instead.

Note: The Mississippi State Department of Health, a network member of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A), invited the OERC to provide this special 90-minute presentation for its public health staff.  Because the information can be applied to many settings, we are happy to open the workshop to other members in the NN/LM SE/A region. This webinar earns one MLA Continuing Education credit.

Registration is required. To register, please click on the following link:


Cindy Olney is the Acting Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (NN/LM OERC).  She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years.

Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NN/LM OERC.  Prior to joining the OERC in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library (located in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library).

The NN/LM OERC is funded through a National Library of Medicine contract with the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.  The NN/LM is a network of libraries and organizations that work together to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health through access to health information. The mission of the OERC is to build capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the NN/LM.

Content Syndication Now Available from NIHSeniorHealth

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults from NIH, now offers accurate, up-to-date health and aging information for your website. Topics include Falls, Shingles, End of Life Care, Eating Well, Alcohol and Aging and more.

NIHSeniorHealth has partnered with the HHS Syndication Storefront to make content available free-of-charge. Content displays unbranded within your website using javascript or iframe snippets you copy and paste into your page. It is automatically updated at the source and maintains your website’s look and feel.

The Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides step-by-step instructions for setting up an account and syndicating content on your website.  If you need help or have any feedback, please email us via the Contact Us form.

NN/LM MAR Boost Box Webinar: The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The SHARE Approach – Putting shared decision making into practice (Boost Box) / November 10, 2015 noon-1pm ET – Shared Decision Making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. Research shows that SDM has measurable impacts on cost, quality, and outcomes. This presentation will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s SHARE Approach, which is a free to use evidence-based model for implementing shared decision making. / No registration required.


National Native American Heritage Month

Monday, November 9th, 2015

National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM) is a time to recognize the accomplishments of this country’s first inhabitants. As the early inhabitants of this great land, the native peoples of North America have their own tribal orientations, language origins, and cultural histories. Today, many healing techniques that are practiced have been adopted from traditions that originate from various Native American tribes. This year’s NNAHM theme, “Tribal Diversity: Weaving Together Our Traditions,” highlights spirituality as an inseparable element of healing in medicine. Healing the physical parts of a patient is not enough; one must acknowledge the importance of emotional wellness, as influenced by Native American rituals and traditions.

This month is dedicated to building new avenues of opportunity for Native Americans by making critical investments to improve health, to strengthen tribal communities, and to promote educational opportunities at the NIH. Maintaining an inclusive biomedical research workforce with a diversity of talent is critical to the NIH mission of fostering new discoveries and promoting the highest level of scientific integrity to improve our nation’s health. NNAHM allows the opportunity for every individual to learn more about the distinctive backgrounds and heritages of Native Americans.

I encourage everyone in the NIH community to show their support during National Native American Heritage Month by actively engaging with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI’s) social media campaign. To continue our inclusion efforts, on November 2, we will launch a month-long Twitter campaign ( More information is located on the Strategist for the Native American Portfolio website ( Together, let’s celebrate the many achievements made by Native Americans.

Sincerely yours,

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Institutes of Health

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland