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Antebellum Medicine in Central Massachusetts – An Online Collection

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

New collection of early 19th century medical writings (the papers of the Union Medical Association and of Dr. Samuel B. Woodward) are now being hosted on the LSL Office of Medical History and Archives pages.

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The Lamar Soutter Library, in conjunction with the Worcester District Medical Society and the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital and through funding from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has launched two online collections of historical medical writings specific to central Massachusetts.  The first collection is comprised of papers from the Union Medical Association, a group of physicians active in southern Worcester County between 1834 and 1858.  The second collection is a portion of the unpublished papers of Dr. Samuel B. Woodward, first superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum in Worcester which opened in 1833.  The State Lunatic Asylum is of note in that it was the first publicly-funded mental health facility in the United States and is the direct ancestor of the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.   Browse the collections to discover items such as personal letters from Napoleon Bonaparte’s physician, correspondence from Dr. Benjamin Rush, Philadelphia physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence or an essay by Dr. Woodward from 1838 on the “Management of Children.”

NIH Data Science Training Opportunity: Deep Learning

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Data Science Training Opportunity in Deep Learning from the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS).

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, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Location: Via webcast

Open to all!
No registration required

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.

NER Staff Update: New Education and Outreach Coordinator

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Please join me in welcoming Susan Halpin, MA to the NN/LM New England Region. Susan began on August 22 and will be working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Prior to working in the NER, Susan worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Organizational Development and Learning Solutions Business Unit for the past year. While in that position Susan worked with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, specifically, the Massachusetts Cancer Control and Prevention Network (MCCPN). She was responsible for the convening and administration of several cancer-related work groups comprised of doctors and researchers who meet regularly to work on selected initiatives from the Massachusetts state cancer plan; specifically supporting the Palliative Care, Lung Cancer, and the HPV/Cervical Cancer work groups, as well as the Massachusetts Dental HPV Prevention Task Force. Prior to Donahue Institute, Susan taught nutrition and wellness at the Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA for nine years. We are excited that Susan also has a history of community engagement and project management skills. Susan earned a BS in Family and Consumer Science and a MA in Education from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Susan can be reached via email at or by phone at 508/856-2435.

Welcome Susan!!!

Mary Piorun, PhD
Associate Director
NN/LM NER and the
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School

Thank you, NER members!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Dear NN/LM New England Region members,

Thank you for your outpouring of congratulations and notes of appreciation!  I’ve greatly enjoyed working for the NN/LM NER for the past 13 years.  I will miss my New England Region, NN/LM, UMassMed, and National Library of Medicine colleagues very much!  I feel very lucky to have made so many wonderful friends in our region and nationally.  In my new position at the Massachusetts Library System, I will present professional development workshops, facilitate community partnerships, and support strategic planning for all types of libraries throughout the state.   My path will surely continue to cross with our Massachusetts members.  If you would like to get in touch with me in the future, you can find my new contact information on the Massachusetts Library System contact page in mid-September.  You can also connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter (@MichelleEberle).

I’ve always felt blessed to serve a network of librarians who make a difference in people’s lives every day – contributing to patient safety, bridging the digital divide, supporting biomedical research, and improving health literacy.  Keep up the good work!  Please stay in touch.

With appreciation,

Michelle Eberle

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