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Videocast on October 4: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), will talk about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on Tuesday, October 4, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. The presentation, A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System, will be live-streamed globally and archived for future viewing. Dr. Sullivan will share his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia. After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.

New Webinar Series: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data

On Wednesday, October 19, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT, NLM will host the first session of a new Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data series of webinars, beginning with Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed. The webinar series will promote more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. The series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, and then move on to showing how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. The session will conclude by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

University of Michigan Offers Live Streaming of NCBI Discovery Workshops October 4-6

Remote site registration is available for a series of three three-hour NCBI Discovery Workshops hosted by the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan on October 4-6, with instructors Peter Cooper, Ph.D., and Wayne Matten, Ph.D. The sessions will be streamed using BlueJeans. The workshops are:

  • Tuesday, 10/4, – Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST
  • Wednesday, 10/5, – A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST
  • Thursday, 10/6, – EDirect: Command Line Access to NCBI’s Biomolecular Databases

Newly Redesigned Think Cultural Health Website Released!

The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the launch of the newly redesigned Think Cultural Health website. It now includes designs that feature a simpler layout and brighter colors, and its responsive design means it can be accessed anytime from your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The new design makes it easier for anyone to browse the latest resources and find information that will help individuals and organizations deliver respectful, understandable, and effective services to all. The following resources are included:

  • The National CLAS Standards section features an explanation of CLAS, a printable list of the Standards, the comprehensive technical assistance document called The Blueprint, and more.
  • The Education section features e-learning programs designed for disaster personnel, nurses, oral health professionals, physicians, community health workers, and more.
  • The Resources section features a searchable library of over 500 online resources, recorded presentations, educational video units on CLAS, and more.

Visit the Think Cultural Health website today and let the Office of Minority Health know what you think!

Resources for Teachers and Students from NLM

School is back in session, and NLM’s Specialized Information Services provides a variety of educational resources for students of all ages. Following are a few examples:

  • K-12 Science and Health Education: Browse through a list of useful links to lesson plans, projects, and webpages on many different science/health topics for K-12 students.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: Information and activities for middle school students on environmental health topics like air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution. A section for teachers provides additional links to lesson plans.
  • GeneEd: Links to vetted genetic websites based on high school science curricula. A section with Teacher’s Resources provides a list of resources organized under various genetics topics, like bio-statistics, biotechnology, cell biology, and more.
  • ToxMystery: Interactive game for ages 7-11 on household chemical hazards, including a page with lesson plans for teachers.
  • ToxTown for Teachers: Lesson plans and links for educators to help them use the ToxTown page for teaching students about environmental health and toxic chemicals in everyday environments.

September is National Preparedness Month

The theme for 2016 National Preparedness Month is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Ready.gov and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. NLM Disaster Health has paired some of its best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:

Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends
The Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month and year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Week 3: Preparing Through Service
This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.

Week 4: Individual Preparedness
Ready.gov suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out the list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.

Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon
As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, Ready.gov suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves; just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30!

“Big Data: Collaboration, Opportunity, and Outcomes” Presentation on September 20

On September 20 at 11:00 AM PDT, Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), gave the one-hour presentation International Big Data Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Collaboration, Opportunity, and Outcomes. The lecture was archived by NIH VideoCasting. The session provided an overview of the NEH Digging into Data program and its intersections with medical research, joint activities with the National Library of Medicine, and other digital humanities endeavors at the NEH. Digging into Data is an international big data research competition that started in 2009, which currently involves research agencies from 11 nations, and funds big data projects in the humanities and social sciences that are exploring new computational methods for large-scale research. For additional background information, visit this Circulating Now blog posting.

September 7 NCBI Webinar: E-Utilities in an Age without GI Numbers

On Wednesday, September 7, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will host a 30-minute webinar briefly describing future plans for the E-utilities API in a time where GI (GenInfo Identifier) numbers are no longer used as the primary identifiers for sequence records. You will learn how to convert GI numbers to accession.version identifiers and how to quickly determine the most recent version of an accession. You’ll also learn about a new E-utility parameter, to be released this fall, that allows these tools to work only with accession.version identifiers.

Date and time: Wednesday, September 7, 9:00 AM PDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.

Free Online CE Classes in September: PubMed for Librarians

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) is offering three free online PubMed CE classes in September in a series called PubMed for Librarians. Each class is 90 minutes long and recorded for archival access. Each class is meant to be a stand-alone module. The classes include:

  1. Introduction to PubMed: September 7, 2016 (9AM PDT)
  2. MeSH: September 14, 2016 (9AM PDT)
  3. Automatic Term Mapping: September 21, 2016 (9AM PDT)

Visit the NN/LM Training Office PubMed for Librarians page to register and for a description of all three classes.

Data Science Training Opportunity in Deep Learning on 9/8 @ 12:00 PM PDT

On Thursday, September 8, the one-hour presentation Overview of Deep Learning in Healthcare was held from 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. The session was recorded and is available for viewing through NIH Videocast.

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. It 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. The session will wrap up with a short demo of NVIDIA’s DIGITS training system for rapidly prototyping your own deep learning applications.