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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Upcoming NN/LM MAR Webinars – Focus on NLM Resources

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

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: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • 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: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Tox Town Updates the Farm!

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

NIH appoints Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., to lead the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D.National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today named Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Dr. Brennan is expected to begin her new role in August 2016.

“Patti brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” said Dr. Collins. “This combination of skills makes her ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine, as the library becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise.”

Dr. Brennan comes to NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

She received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

“I’d like to recognize and thank NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys for her exemplary and dedicated service leading the NLM over the past year,” said Dr. Collins.

About the National Library of Medicine (NLM): The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Additional information is available at www.nlm.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) – Mentored Career Development

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K,) announced the release of two companion RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

  • 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 opportunities target researchers who aim to develop new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  It is anticipated that, by the end of the award period, the awardee will have acquired breadth across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee should have acquired depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications is August 1, 2016.

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims 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. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the BD2K listserv (Please share this opportunity with your interested scientific communities.)

If you have questions, please contact Carol Shreffler at BD2KTraining@mail.nih.gov.

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.