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New, weekly, webinar-based lecture series

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science.

This is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications.

When: each Friday at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) beginning September 9th, 2016.

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786506213

You may also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 786-506-213

Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access to our weekly event!

The initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia).

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available shortly. In the meantime, the data science topics to be covered by our incredible set of speakers are as follows:

Syllabus

  • Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle
  • Section 1: Data Management Overview
  • Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing and Identifiers
  • Data curation and Version control
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata standards
  • Provenance
  • Section 2: Data Representation Overview
  • Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations
  • Social networking data
  • Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Section 3: Computing Overview
  • Workflows/pipelines
  • Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and High Performance Computing
  • Commons: lessons learned, current state
  • Section 4: Data Modeling and Inference Overview
  • Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • Supervised Learning/prediction/Machine Learning, dimensionality reduction
  • Algorithms and their Optimization
  • Multiple hypothesis testing, False Discovery Rate
  • Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • Causal inference
  • Data Visualization tools and communication
  • Modeling Synthesis
  • Section 5: Additional topics
  • Open science
  • Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • Ethical Issues
  • Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • reproducibility
  • SUMMARY and NIH context
  • Section 6: Specific examples

 

Please feel free to share with your students, staff and colleagues. Tune in for the first lecture on September 9th!

World Humanitarian Day

Today, August 19, 2016, we honor humanitarian aid workers who stand on the front lines and deliver assistance to those in need.

Are you a humanitarian aid worker? Check out the Center for Disease Control (CDC) section on traveler’s health, with a special page dedicated to humanitarian aid workers. Here you will find a vast collection of resources for travelers of all types, including health notices, updates on the latest vaccines, and mobile apps to aid in your international journeys.

For resources on disaster relief, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). Here you will find information on all types of disasters, emergency response tools, and training courses available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

For more information on World Humanitarian Day, visit:

https://worldhumanitarianday.org/

http://www.unocha.org/whd2016

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/index.shtml

Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster

When disasters strike, the ripple effects are significant. Survivors may be injured or displaced, or may have loved ones in similar situations. Healthcare providers and staff who maintain facility operations are no exception, and yet they are a critical component of the response phase and expected to care not only for their own loved ones, but community members and the facility, too.  Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring staff feel cared for and safe. The ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) just released Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff after a Disaster, providing general promising practices—categorized by immediate and short-term needs—for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact ASPR TRACIE.

Research Data Management Education Modules

On behalf of Kevin Reed and Alisa Surkis, NYU School of Medicine:

We would like to request your participation in piloting research data management education materials for medical librarians. We are currently funded by a grant from the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative at NIH to develop a curriculum for medical librarians to facilitate their teaching research data management at their own institutions. There are two components to the training materials:

Part 1: Seven online modules (approximately three hours of content) designed to teach medical librarians about the practice and culture of research and best practices in research data management.

Part 2: A teaching toolkit including slides, scripts, and evaluation materials to teach an in-person introductory research data management class for researchers at your institution.

We are currently seeking participants to pilot part 1. Following that, we will seek out a subset of participants with whom to pilot part 2, which will involve structured observations of classes taught by the librarians at their institutions. All participants in piloting part 1 will be given access to the materials in part 2, regardless of whether or not they are part of the piloting of those materials.

My colleague, Alisa Surkis, and I have been teaching research data management to our fellow medical librarians at the past three MLA annual meetings, based on our own experiences in providing research data management services at NYU School of Medicine. We hope that the materials we have created here will make the core elements of that class more broadly available to facilitate the teaching of research data management at medical libraries across the United States.

If you intend to take these modules, please contact Kevin Read at kevin.read@med.nyu.edu or Alisa Surkis at alisa.surkis@med.nyu.edu to confirm your participation. You do not need to await a reply from us to begin taking the modules.  We are also available to answer your questions at any time.

U-VDC Technical Grant Writing Workshops

University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) Technical Grant Writing Workshops

September 13-14
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street, Room 214
Cloquet, MN

Details and Registration

The University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) technical grant writing workshops, part of the HETAP initiative, provide university and health professionals with strategies to make grant proposals more competitive and get funded.

Learn to write winning grants and build sustainable partnerships to improve minority health!

This hands-on, two-day workshop is for junior faculty, staff and college/university health professionals who are interested in community-based participatory research; who are committed to working with underserved populations; and who want to build their institution’s capacity to compete and receive competitive grant awards.

What is HETAP?

The Higher Education Technical Assistance Project (HETAP) targets institutions of higher education, including minority serving institutions, focusing on sharing resource development strategies, regional health data and information, emerging health disparities research, community engagement, and opportunities for networking.

August Boost Box

Easy-to-Read Health Materials: Are They Really?

When: August 31, 2016  12:00pm  (Noon) ET

Miraida Morales, Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University, Library and Information Science, will discuss the challenges of using easy-to-read health materials, such as their high reading level, lack of control or standardization of readability, and problems with readability formulas. In this session she will offer practical solutions for what librarians and other professionals can do to minimize these issues for our communities. Miraida will also share her research findings on how adult beginning and developing readers evaluate health information materials.

This session is eligible for 1 MLA CE by attending the online session and completing the evaluation.

Please register: https://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html%20?schedule_id=4043

NLM 4 Caregivers

The project NLM 4 Caregivers is designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among family caregivers who actively seek health information online using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and listservs for discussing and exploring health issues.

NLM 4 Caregivers discusses a wide variety of resources for searching and managing medications (such as PillBox and DailyMed), tools for locating clinical trials (like ClinicalTrials,gov), and tools for accessing both consumer health information (MedlinePlus) and the latest biomedical research (PubMed).

NLM 4 Caregivers shares health resources relevant to caregivers through many mediums, such as:

August Health Observances

There are several health observances in the month of August. Below are some great resources to share for educational purposes and health awareness.

Learn about Children’s Eye Health and Safety from the National Eye Institute, including first aid and safety tips, information about protective eye-wear, and playing smart during sports activities.

Discover all the benefits of breastfeeding in this comprehensive guide from MedlinePlus, which also includes links to frequently asked questions and LactMed, a Toxnet database with information on drugs and lactation.

The Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Communications Toolkit sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) provides information for pregnant women, babies, school-age children, teens, and adults. You can also learn more about the importance of immunizations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. You can learn more about the different types of psoriasis from the National Psoriasis Foundation. Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, featuring a “Spotlight on Psoriasis”.

August Training Sessions

Thinking about applying for funding? Grants and Proposal Writing: Applying for NN/LM MAR funding– Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 3, 2016 10:00am – 11:30am ET Details and registration

Focus on NLM Resources: Genetics Home Reference – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 4, 2016 12:00pm – 1pm ET Details and registration

Just added! Introduction to NN/LM MAR New Member Services (Academic Members) – Sponsored by MAR / webinar / August 8, 2016 12:00pm – 12:45pm ET Details and registration

New! From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – Sponsored by MAR / self-paced via Moodle / August 15 – September 6th, 2016 Details and registration

See our full training schedule for additional educational offerings.

Training Opportunity: From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016

Class Description:

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.

This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.

Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=485