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New, weekly, webinar-based lecture series

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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!

Research Data Management Education Modules

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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

August Training Sessions

Friday, July 29th, 2016

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

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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

Grants and Proposal Writing: Applying for NN/LM MAR funding

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Join MAR for a special Grants and Proposal Writing class! The session will begin with an overview of applying for NN/LM MAR funding, including the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. The webinar will end with time for you to ask questions directly to Executive Director and MAR staff.

By attending the 1.5 hour webinar and completing a post-test, participants will receive 2 MLA CE.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:00-11:30 am ET

Details and registration: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=511

Lunch with the RML: Let’s get ready for funding!

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

In preparation for MAR funding opportunities planned to be announced in the next few days, MAR’s  Lunch with the RML monthly webinar series will kick off on July 28 by highlighting 4 very different types of outreach from last year’s funding.  We hope these creative, successful projects will spur ideas for you to apply for a project this year!

Yini Zhu, Rutgers University, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences will showcase this powerful project done with a $3,000 Health Information Awareness Award!  Spreading Health Awareness with Resources and Education (SHARE) program was a successful outreach effort that increased awareness of NLM’s consumer health information resources while promoting the libraries’ resources and services to the Rutgers University and University Hospital community.

Laraine Tursi,  Coney Island Hospital, Harold Fink Memorial Library will highlight her Smartboard Interactive Display project which emphasizes an innovative approach for a hospital librarian to partner with her Medical Education Committee and Research Department to promote evidence based resources throughout the institution.

Sherry Morgan and Barbara Cavanaugh, University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library will present the Philadelphia Free Library and University of Pennsylvania Consumer Health Education Partnership which emphasizes a unique approach, for health sciences librarians to partner with their school of nursing and local public libraries to introduce NLM resources and offer health programs to consumers.

Christina Pope, SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library, will represent the Pet First Aid (aka Healthy Pet Project), which represents creative ways to incorporate NLM resources into education and outreach events by partnering with public libraries and veterinarians to develop a project that has  raised awareness throughout the state of NY and has gone on to receive outside funding support.

Thursday, July 28, 12-1PM ET

Register now: https://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html%20?schedule_id=4031

Medicine: Mind the Gap, NIH Seminar Series

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Medicine: Mind the Gap Seminar

The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Presented by:
Kay Dickersin, Ph.D.
Professor, Epidemiology
Director, The Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When:
Monday, July 25, 2016
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Eastern time
Presented via NIH Videocast, videocast.nih.gov/

Registration, although not required, is encouraged for planning purposes.

Whether discussing priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER) from a funder’s or researcher’s perspective, understanding knowledge gaps, or setting guidelines for care, systematic reviews of existing research hold the promise of scientifically summarizing “what works” at any point in time. Dr. Dickersin will review models of how systematic reviews are being used globally to plan, implement, and derive recommendations from CER. Dr. Dickersin will then review some of the existing challenges to using systematic reviews and methods being used to address these challenges.

Dr. Dickersin is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Dickersin also serves as the Director for the Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis. She has conducted studies in a number of important subject areas, including women’s health, eyes and vision, and surgery. Dr. Dickersin’s research has involved comparing internal company documents to the published record, where she and her colleagues have found differing results. Dr. Dickersin is currently engaged in examining practical issues related to demands for “open access to trial data,” when the available data may be discordant.

Medicine: Mind the Gap is a seminar series that explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science.

Dr. Dickersin will accept questions about her presentation via email at prevention@mail.nih.gov and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

For more information, contact the Office of Disease Prevention at prevention@mail.nih.gov.

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, contact Jonathan Hicks at jonathan.hicks@nih.gov or (301) 827-5564. Closed captioning will be provided.

New Opportunities from the National Training Office

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Dates: August 25th and September 22nd @ Noon PT/1MT/2CT/3ET.

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer for you today:

Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Click here to register.

 

Discovering TOXNET®

Join the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for a free, online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

The class is taught online, over a 4 week period, in thirteen independent modules. Take only the modules that interest you.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health.

The independent modules will cover twelve databases: TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and a short introductory module. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental science professionals interested in unlocking the information available in TOXNET.

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos, and discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

Click here for more details and registration.