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Plastics Videos are Here!

Last summer NLM hosted a crew of witty high school science teachers and students who took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some not so conventional storylines, they explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling.  You can use these animations to jump start a conversation about the safe use and disposal of these everyday materials. You and your students may want to create your own videos.

View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. Sign up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter by expanding “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12. /ch

New CHIS Certification Funding Available

If you are a librarian that has completed continuing education requirements for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), and would like to apply for the certificate, we have a new funding award to support you.

Each award covers the fee for one CHIS certificate application (up to $75). The application for the certificate must take place between May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017.

Learn more about funding requirements at: https://nnlm.gov/chisfund

Questions? Contact Christian Minter at christian.minter@unmc.edu

Professional Development Funding Still Available!

Looking for money to attend a professional development activity that occurs before April 20, 2017? Apply for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award (approximately $1,500 per award).

This award is for health sciences librarians or academic/community college librarians that are liaisons to health science programs. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of clinical big data, emerging technologies, health information literacy, and effective health science librarianship practices.

Learn more about application requirements at: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/profdev.html. Questions? Contact Christian Minter at christian.minter@unmc.edu.

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.

Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.

  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016

Prior awarded projects:

  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.

For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.

Award contact: Dana Abbey @ dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu or 303/724-2110.

 

 

Webinar: Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Part 2

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From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

WHEN:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State.  This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices.

Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.” She will present on the process she used to design a program for Massachusetts public libraries to increase awareness and use of disaster information resources. She will also discuss how she delivered the strategy and synthesized their feedback to refine the strategy and accompanying products.

 

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Meeting URL: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3796b59a012307e566f6cfa67829e7ac

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

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NIH BD2K has 5 new RFPs. Check ‘em out PDQ!

Hello Network members – are you gearing up to support Big Data initiatives at your institution? There are funds available to those who are from the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) group at NIH that can support for efforts. Main BD2K funding page (see past funded projects as well). jb

TITLE NUMBER CLOSING DATE
Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-Based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts (R24) RFA-ES-16-010 10/19/2016
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155 04/06/2017
Extended Development, Hardening and Dissemination of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-156 04/06/2017
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R43/R44) PA-14-154 05/08/2017
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R41/R42) PA-14-157 05/08/2017

Free webinar on the concepts of deep learning and as it relates to machine learning techniques on Sept 8th at 1pm MT / 2pm CT

Dear Network members – Please consider inviting others who might be interested in this topic.

On September 8, there will be an hour-long overview of deep learning
followed by a half hour for questions.
Title: Overview of Deep Learning in Healthcare
Date: Sept 8, 2016 from 1pm – 2:30pm MT / 2pm – 3:30pm CT
Location: Via webcast http://videocast.nih.gov open to all; no registration required.

Abstract: Machine Learning (ML) has become a core technology underlying many modern applications, especially in healthcare. Machine learning techniques provide powerful methods for analyzing large data sets, such as medical images, electronic health records, and genomics.  Recent advances in Deep Learning (DL) provide an analysis framework that can be used to
automatically classify images and objects with  (and occasionally exceeding) human-level accuracy.  A key advantage of Deep Learning is its ability to perform unsupervised feature extraction over massive data sets making big data part of the solution — not the problem.  Deep Learning is rapidly becoming a key tool at many of the top technology companies around
the world.
The talk will introduce DL in the broader context of machine learning and discuss critical factors driving the success of DL with examples of how deep learning is advancing healthcare.  We will also outline development and deployment workflows for building powerful DL solutions and provide an overview of relevant open source tool kits, companies, and products.  We
will wrap up with a short demo of NVIDIA’s DIGITS training system for rapidly prototyping your own deep learning applications.

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MedPrint: Medical Serials Print Preservation Program

indexThe NLM and NN/LM are continuing their initiative to sustain  access to print biomedical literature through the MedPrint – the medical serials print retention program. NN/LM member institutions across the country have committed to the program, but more participants are needed. If your library has  a print serials collection it may be eligible to participate. Learn more about the program and requirements here!  [jh]

 

 

 

New webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites you to join us for a new bimonthly webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks. Every two months, we will highlight National Library of Medicine resources. Learn about NLM resources directly from NN/LM and NLM staff!

First up:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

September 28, 2016 1-2 pm MT/ 2-3 pm CT

Registration is required: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1057

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” https://www.ready.gov/september

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

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BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development Funding Opportunity

Dear Network members – If your library has a computer science degree program, this might be an opportunity for you.

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this BD2K  R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on     Curriculum or Methods Development  in Big Data Science to augment current institutional curricula for the training of predoctoral level biomedical scientists and provide concentrated instruction in the tools, approaches and quantitative analysis concepts in data science. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA seeks to support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

More about the announcement

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