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Five high school seniors from Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ, have won the 2016 National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Award for the production of the website, Henrietta Lacks: Ordinary Woman with Extraordinary Cells. Ms. Lack’s case of cervical cancer led to the discovery of the first immortal human cell line, HeLa cells. The award was announced on June 16 by National History Day (NHD) during its annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, DC. NHD is a year-long history competition among students from around the United States and its territories. It began in October 2015 and culminated in a nationwide event on June 2016. With this award, NLM joined other federal partners such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Department of Agriculture, in supporting middle and high school students’ competitive historical research. Specifically, NLM supported National History Day by providing guides and pointers to NLM resources to students in junior and senior high school.
The NHD is a non-profit organization headquartered in College Park, MD, and the national competition is held on the University of Maryland campus every summer. For the students, the experience is a full-year event that begins in the fall with county and regional contents. Winners at this initial level progress to their state’s history day competition held in the spring. State finalists are invited to College Park to compete in the national competition. Each year nearly 3,000 students, parents, and teachers gather for the week-long NHD event.
June is National Safety Month. Check out the following resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for reliable heath and safety information. The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) at NLM provides access to disaster and chemical safety resources for all age groups and populations, and MedlinePlus provides overviews of basic first aid skills:
- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Special Populations – Access links to trustworthy disaster preparedness information for a wide range of populations, including different age groups, cultural and ethnic groups, and groups with specific health conditions.
- Disaster Lit – Search a curated collection of links to disaster medicine and public health documents.
- Haz-Map – Learn how to avoid workplace accidents by searching Haz-Map for diseases and other risks associated with specific jobs.
- Household Products Database – Protect yourself, children, and pets from dangerous health effects for a wide range of household products, such as personal care, pet care, and arts & crafts products.
- MedlinePlus – Read about First Aid resources, such as CPR, choking, drug abuse first aid, and creating a sling.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will host a special presentation, He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: In Losing the Sight of Land, You Discover the Stars, by Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Master Navigator. The event will take place on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 11AM ET in the Lister Hill Auditorium at NLM in Bethesda, MD. The public is invited and sign language interpreters will be provided.
Thompson will describe the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and its iconic double hulled canoe, Hōkūle’a, currently on a 47,000 nautical mile journey around the world, stopping at 85 ports in 26 countries including landing in Old Town Alexandria on Sunday, May 15. Thompson will discuss the rich history of deep sea voyaging, exploration, and oceanic wayfinding, the indigenous system of orientation and navigation at sea, and the efforts to use these experiences to revitalize Native Hawaiian culture and health. He will explain the symbiotic relationships between land, sea, sky, and people, and their cultural, ecological, and personal health. Hōkūle’a figured prominently in the NLM exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. A special microsite features Native Voices Hōkūle’a content and the Washington DC Hōkūle’a-related event schedule.
Information on visiting NLM can be found at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html. NLM suggests that off-campus visitors plan to arrive at NIH by 10AM for the 11AM lecture, to allow sufficient time for security processing and walking over to the NLM Bldg. 38A Lister Hill venue. The NIH campus is accessible via the Metro Red Line Medical Center station, or by driving and parking in a visitor lot.
Presentation materials, including PowerPoint slides and video recordings, from the Teaching and Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries symposium are now available. The symposium, co-sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR), the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A), was held on April 18 in Philadelphia, PA.
Air Quality Awareness Week (May 2 – 6) explores the connections between exposure to pollutants and human health. The National Library of Medicine offers several resources on air quality. The NLM Enviro-Health Links pages on Indoor Air and Outdoor Air are information guides linking to sites that have been reviewed for appropriate and trustworthy material. They provide background information, connections to laws and regulations, and pre-formulated searches of relevant National Library of Medicine databases. Indoor Air covers mold, radon and flame retardants, as well as second-hand and third-hand smoke. Outdoor Air covers common particulate matter and common air pollutant chemicals.
Asthma and other airway diseases can sometimes be caused by workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals. NLM’s Haz-Map offers information related to Occupational Asthma which examines symptoms, findings, and the job tasks or chemical agents most associated with occupational asthma. NLM’s Environmental Health Student Portal contains Air Pollution information for middle school students and teachers. The portal has videos, classroom activities and links to age appropriate sites for further exploration. NLM’s Tox Town, the interactive web site on community environmental health concerns, has non-technical information on indoor air and on outdoor air.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides a number of resources to learn about hepatitis, a dangerous inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) at NLM also offers information on hepatitis for specific populations, such as Asian Americans and individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Available resources include the following:
NCBI will assist the University of California Davis in hosting a biomedical data science hackathon June 13-15 at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA, focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data and metadata. This event is for students, postdocs, investigators and other researchers already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next-generation sequencing data or metadata. The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon, and able to travel to Davis. Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed into five or six teams. These teams will build pipelines and tools to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure.
Applications are due by May 5 at 5:00PM EDT. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants based on the experience and motivation they provide on the form. Prior participants and applicants are especially encouraged to reapply. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event. No financial support for travel, lodging or meals is available.
The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 13-18, 2016, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth #427 (May 14-17) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting. The NLM Update will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 – 11:55 am, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 105/106/107. It will feature presentations by Betsy Humphreys, Acting Director; Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; and Stacey Arnesen, Head, Office of Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). For a complete NLM Theater Schedule, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
The health of the natural environment and human health are intrinsically linked, which is highlighted on April 22, Earth Day. The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a variety of resources to help Americans of all ages and backgrounds learn about the importance of environmental health:
- Environmental Health for Children: Kids in grades 1-5 can learn about toxic substances in the home through the interactive ToxMystery. Middle schoolers can explore toxic substances in everyday environments through Tox Town, and they can learn about air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution through the Environmental Health Student Portal. Read about additional NLM resources for teachers and students that can be used for Earth Day Education.
- Environmental Health for Indigenous Communities: Native American communities can find links to environmental health resources on American Indian Health. Information on the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities can be found at Arctic Health.
- Environmental Hazards in Daily Life: Use the TOXNET collection of databases to explore the impact of toxic substances on your health. Check Haz-Map to learn about environmental hazards in the work environment, use LactMed to identify substances which nursing mothers should avoid, and use Household Products Database to learn about the health effects of common household chemicals.
Explore the Environmental Health and Toxicology homepage on the NLM website for more valuable environmental health resources.
The Annual NLM/MLA Joseph Leiter Memorial Lecture will be held this year on Wednesday, May 4, at 1:00pm ET (10:00am PDT) in the Lister Hill Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. The two-hour lecture was videocast and archived by NIH. In line with the traditional Leiter Lecture theme of fostering biomedical communication, this year’s lecturer is Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, who will give the presentation Emerging Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century: A Prevention paradigm for surveillance, information sharing, & health diplomacy. Dr. Mazet is professor of epidemiology and disease ecology, and executive director of the One Health Institute, at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Currently, she is Principal Investigator for “PREDICT – Wildlife SMART Surveillance for Zoonotic Diseases of Pandemic Potential,” a part of US Agency for International Development. Her specialty is studying diseases that could jump from an animal host population to a human population, such as SARS and Ebola. She will talk about the project and how to disseminate information to relevant agencies and groups to help prevent or minimize pandemic disease from such sources.