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NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Health Professions Coordinator: Sarah Miles

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Sarah Miles, Health Professions Coordinator We would like to introduce our newest member of the RML Team, Sarah Miles, who will serve as the Health Professions Coordinator for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Sarah completed her Masters in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in early August 2016, and also has a Masters in East Asian Studies from Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences. While earning her MLIS, Sarah worked as a Research Services Assistant in the De Paul Library at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and as an Access Specialist for Mid-Continent Public Library in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to starting her Masters with UIUC, she spent two and a half years teaching English as a foreign language to elementary and middle school students in Seoul, South Korea, with Chungdahm Learning and achieved the position of Assistant Faculty Manager at her location. In Korea, Sarah was also actively involved in curriculum development, staff training, and outreach with Chungdahm.

As Health Professions Coordinator, Sarah will be working closely with health professionals to develop outreach programs and services throughout the South Central Region. She will serve as the liaison in the areas of program planning, evidence based practice, health literacy, and NLM databases, and as the designated coordinator for the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Contact Sarah at sarah.miles@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2236.

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SCR Regional Highlight: America’s First “Climate Refugees”

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

“Isle De Jean Charles” by Karen Apricot
is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Isle De Jean Charles - Blue House

Isle de Jean Charles is a tiny, narrow island deep in the bayous of Louisiana. The single-lane “Island Road” is the only land method of transportation to and from the island but is often impassible during times of high water. It has been the home to the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians for more than 170 years—but not for much longer.

Coastal erosion, severe storms, rising sea levels, and poor oil extraction practices have caused the island to literally sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Current island residents remember when Isle de Jean Charles was 5 miles wide. But with 98 percent of it lost since 1955, the island is now only a mere 1/4 mile in width. Southern Louisiana as a whole, actually, is the fastest disappearing landmass on earth.

Edison Dardar, one of the current residents, explains in The New York Times’ mini-documentary “Vanishing Island” that he remembers when there were 250, maybe even 300 homes, on the island years ago. Since the hurricanes have scared most families off, there are now maybe 20 left. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike severely damaged the infrastructure of the island causing many families to flee.

Since 2010, Chief Albert Naquin and tribal leaders, realizing the island they and their ancestors have called home for almost two centuries won’t be around for much longer, have been trying to create a solution by finding a way to relocate the remaining 77 residents. After working with the Lowlander Center for more than five years, they finally received some good news.

In January, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it would grant more than $1 billion in total to 13 communities who have been impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013 through the Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Grant. The grant to assist the community of the Isle de Jean Charles is something new, however. Never before have federal tax dollars been used to relocate an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change. This is a big step for Naquin and island residents — the grant allocates more than $92 million to the state of Louisiana to be split between one other project, the Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments Program.

“Isle De Jean Charles” by Karen Apricot
is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Isle De Jean Charles - Ruined House

Now Naquin and tribal leaders face a new challenge, relocating those residents who still want to stay. Isle de Jean Charles residents have varying views when it comes to resettlement. Some are excited to leave the disappearing island behind; others are afraid they will lose their culture if they move away. While the exact path of resettlement for Isle de Jean Charles is still uncertain, the tribe could relocate as early as 2019.

It’s also important to note that Isle de Jean Charles is not the only community dealing with the consequences of climate change; The New York Times reported that 50 million to 200 million people could be displaced because of climate change by 2050. While Isle de Jean Charles residents may be the first climate refugees, they certainly will not be the last.

To learn more about the Island’s history, visit isledejeancharles.com.

Watch the mini-documentary “Vanishing Island” produced by The New York Times.

To learn more about the Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Grant, please visit hud.gov.

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Written by Sara Goodwin, NN/LM SCR

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Social Media Assistant: Sara Goodwin

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Sara Goodwin, Social Media Assistant
The NN/LM SCR would like to introduce our newest addition to the RML Team. Sara Goodwin, BA, will serve as the Social Media Assistant for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Sara recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism and is the first NN/LM SCR employee to work remotely. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and has a passion for social media tactics and digital trends.

In this role, Sara will create daily content for the NN/LM SCR’s Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as posts for the institutes’s blog.

Contact Sara at sara.goodwin@unthsc.edu.

 
 
 
 
 

August is Child Eye Health & Safety Month

Monday, August 1st, 2016

“students-in-class-with-teacher-reading” by Ilmicrofono Oggiono
is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Students in Class with Teacher

Did you know August is Child Eye Health & Safety Month? Coming just in time for back-to-school season, this is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to ensure your child’s vision is in excellent shape. 

Annual vision checks are especially important for children because if vision problems are caught early, there is a much higher chance that the problem can be corrected. The eye is just like any other body part; a child learns how to see, just like a child learns how to walk or talk. If a vision problem goes undiagnosed, then the brain learns to accommodate the problem and eventually there might not be any way to correct it; instead, doctors may only be able treat the problem with glasses or contact lenses.

While eye health is important, don’t forget about eye safety. Friends for Sight estimates that out of the thousands of children who sustain eye injuries every year, 90% of them are preventable. Children and parents just need to be aware of and use protective eyewear when it is necessary.

To learn more, please visit the American Optometric Association or “Child Eye Health and Safety Month – August.”

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June 21st – SCR CONNECTions: Regional Medical Library Educational Webinar

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Join us at the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

Next Webinar: The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) present the first jointly sponsored webinar in the monthly Lake Effects and SCR CONNECTions series.

Title: “Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience”

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Description: This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte regarding their involvement in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries. Topics covered in this webinar include: needs assessments to inform a research data service, the importance of teaching data literacy, data management requirements from funding agencies, and the value of health sciences libraries as partners in data management.

For full bios of Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, see their profiles online:

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/jointwebinar/
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a participant code and a phone number to dial-in to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Call us at 817-735-2223.

Test Your Connection

Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at 800-945-9120.

Oncology Data Sharing Resource CancerLinQ™ Nearing 1 Million Records

Monday, June 6th, 2016

ASCO CancerLinQOne million unique patient records from approximately 50 oncology practices are expected to be part of the CancerLinQ network by this summer. It is a benchmark indicating the broad and growing acceptance within the oncology community for an initiative that is compiling a robust database of real-world information that will be searchable, usable, and specifically designed to improve patient care. By late 2016 or early 2017, enough anonymous and aggregated data will be entered into CancerLinQ to allow searches of the entire system. Physicians will be able to compare a patient’s data against national quality standards and the experiences and outcomes of patients across the country.

Dr. Allen Lichter explained the advantages of utilizing the CancerLinQ system to physicians attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology this week in Chicago. “If, for example, you are seeing a patient that for you and your practice is an unusual presentation or in an unusual setting, you will have the ability to query the database and rapidly see 50 or 100 similar cases to gain insight about what has been done by others and what happened when certain techniques or treatments were employed,” Dr. Lichter said.

Physicians attending the ASCO meeting will have the opportunity to view a demonstration of the database which now contains real world data.

Learn more about this big data initiative at: http://cancerlinq.org/

Story reprinted from ASCO Daily News 6.5.16:  http://am.asco.org/cancerlinq-gaining-participants-enthusiasm, author: Kathy Holliman, MEd

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Research Administrator: Bethany Livingston

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

bethany-livingston

The NN/LM SCR would like to welcome our newest addition to the RML team. Bethany Livingston, BS, will serve as the Research Administrator for the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Bethany comes to UNTHSC from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine and Institute for Child Health Policy.  She has extensive expertise in coordinating clinical, basic, and applied research trials.  She has managed multi-million dollar budgets for federally funded research projects and has experience coordinating a large staff and multiple project aims.  She has been a core member of grant teams, coordinating project management activities across prime and sub award institutions, including budget, survey administration, and process evaluation.

Bethany will serve an invaluable role as we develop and offer funding mechanisms throughout the region!

Contact Bethany at Bethany.Livingston@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2370.

 

 

 

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator: Myriam Martinez-Banuelos

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Myriam Martinez-Banuelos

Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, has been instrumental in helping establish the new office in Fort Worth.  Prior to transferring to the RML, she served as the Outreach Librarian for the UNT Health Science Center and has been developing outreach programming and services within the designated Lewis Library 24 county outreach region.

In this role, Myriam coordinated Lewis Library’s NN/LM Resource Library Outreach subcontract award and was able to develop new partnerships that allowed Lewis Library to extend its programming to reach Hispanic communities. Some examples of successful partnerships are: Fort Worth Public Library, Haltom City Public Library, Hispanic Wellness Coalition, and Northside Inter-Community Agency.

Myriam was able to establish a new partnership with Dia de la Mujer Latina, a community based organization that primarily serves Hispanics, for the first time to reach community health workers and provided training sessions in Spanish for this audience. She also has developed programs focused on health topics for children and their parents at the Fort Worth Library.

Myriam has provided instruction services to consumers, English learners, community health workers, nurses, English as a second language instructors, public librarians, public library staff members, academic librarians, seniors, teenage parents, and high school students.

Myriam has also been teaching adult education classes since 2012. She was a volunteer ESL instructor at the Fort Worth Public Library for almost two years where she started exploring strategies to integrate health literacy into ESL instruction. She was also a volunteer instructor and assisted in developing an ESL program for Facilities Management Employees at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Her outreach efforts have also been extended to international audiences. Myriam has provided online instructional sessions for library students in Costa Rica and medical librarians in Colombia. She recently coordinated a professional exchange program funded by NN/LM SCR where Lewis Library was able to host a medical librarian from Mexico during the MLA/SCC Annual Meeting.

Myriam is a past recipient of the NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award and was selected for the 2016 Emerging Leader Class by the American Library Association. Myriam received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association in 2015.

Contact Myriam at Myriam.Martinez-Banuelos@unthsc.edu or 817-735-2469.

Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Reposted from:  NNLMALL Listserv

Attend Worshop and Videocast on Reproducible Research from NIH on Monday March 14, 2016.

NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center

TITLE: Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities
DATE: Monday, March 14, 20162:30pm to 4:30pm EST; 1:30pm to 3:30pm CST; 12:30pm-2:30pm MT
LOCATION: NIH Main Campus, Building 10, Lipsett Auditorium
VIDEOCAST: This workshop will be videocast.

INSTRUCTOR:
Lisa Meier McShane
Chief, Biostatistics Branch
Biometric Research Program
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Biomedical researchers have an ethical responsibility to ensure the reproducibility and integrity of their work so that precious research resources are not wasted, and most importantly, flawed or misleading results do not make their way to clinical studies where the faulty evidence could adversely affect study participants.  Many factors have been suggested as contributors to irreproducible biomedical research, including poor study design, analytic instability of measurement methods, sloppy data handling, inappropriate and misleading statistical analysis methods, improper reporting or interpretation of results, and on rare occasions, outright scientific misconduct.  These problems can occur in any type of biomedical study, whether preclinical or clinical, large or small.  Examples of the many potential pitfalls will be discussed along with suggested approaches to avoid them.  The first half of the seminar will focus mainly on issues that arise commonly in preclinical and sma!
ll clinical studies or studies performed retrospectively using stored biospecimens.  The second half will elaborate on aspects that are particularly problematic in research involving use of novel measurement technologies such as “omics assays” which generate large volumes of data and require specialized expertise and computational approaches for proper data analysis and interpretation.  The discussions will emphasize the importance of including in a research team all individuals with the needed expertise as early as possible in a project in order to promote a sense of engagement and facilitate good communication across disciplines.   Shared credit for scientific accomplishments should be understood as an acceptance of shared accountability for the integrity of the work.

ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS:  This lecture is part of a full day of scheduled events and activities for the second annual NIH Pi Day, which celebrates the intersection between the quantitative and biomedical sciences. Pi Day is an annual international celebration of the irrational number Pi, 3.14…, on March 14. On Pi Day and every day, NIH recognizes the importance of building a diverse biomedical workforce with the quantitative skills required to tackle future challenges. For more information, visit the event page at https://datascience.nih.gov/PiDay2016.

Healthy Eye Care Habits Equates to Healthy Eyes For People Who Wear Contact Lens

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article “Healthy Contact Lens Wear”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 40 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. While contact lenses are generally a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free-especially if they are not cared for properly. The key to reap the benefits of wearing contact lenses, it is necessary to practice healthy eye care habits. Enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections and other complications. Your habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Follow the following tips:

See CDC infographic http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/pdf/contact-lens-infographic-508.pdf

Healthy Habits For Contact Lens Wearers 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed to do so by your eye doctor.
  • Keep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming
  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.
  • Never store your contact lenses in water.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as prescribed by your eye doctor.
  • Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and  dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.
  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor your Eye Doctor
  • Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.

    Check out CDC’s health promotion materials, including posters, podcasts, a social media library, and more!

    What the CDC is Doing

    CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eye care providers, contact lens and product manufacturers, and academic partners on a collaborative effort to improve how people wear and care for their contact lenses.

    Learn more about these partnerships.

    Visit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.Ask your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.