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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

National Digital Stewardship Residency Opportunity at Windsor Castle

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program has a very special opportunity. The Library of Congress, the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, and their partners seek an individual resident to lead the Georgian Paper Programme project. Time will be split between Washington DC and the United Kingdom.

The Georgian Paper Programme is an international digital and research enterprise based upon substantial unpublished collections for the period 1714-1837 in the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, in partnership with King’s College London, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College and the Omohundro Institute.

The NDSR program is a field experience opportunity open to recent masters and doctoral graduates interested in digital stewardship, who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting program between summer 2013 and summer 2016. Doctoral candidates with graduation beyond summer 2016 are also encouraged to apply. The individual selected for this position will begin the program on September 28, 2016.

The Library and its partners will select one resident to begin a one-year full-time paid residency to develop, apply, and advance their digital stewardship knowledge and skills in this unique setting.

This is a highly visible position, working with staff of the Royal Trust, so it is essential that the resident demonstrate superlative social, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills. The selected candidate will be presented at a formal dinner at the British Embassy in Washington DC, in mid to late October.

Applications should be emailed as soon as possible directly to:

George Coulbourne
Chief, Internship and Fellowship Programs
National and International Outreach

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20540-3000
(o) 202-707-7856 (iP) 202-258-2969

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science

We wish to cordially invite you, your students, staff, and colleagues to a weekly webinar-based lecture series entitled the BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science. This is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications.

The series will be held each Friday at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) beginning September 9th, 2016. Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

 You may also dial in using your phone.

  • United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
  • Access Code: 786-506-213

Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access to our weekly event!

Our initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia).

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available shortly. In the meantime, the data science topics to be covered by our incredible set of speakers are as follows:


Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle

Section 1: Data Management Overview

  • Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing and Identifiers
  • Data curation and Version control
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata standards
  • Provenance

Section 2: Data Representation Overview

  • Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations
  • Social networking data
  • Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing

Section 3: Computing Overview

  • Workflows/pipelines
  • Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and High Performance Computing
  • Commons: lessons learned, current state

Section 4: Data Modeling and Inference Overview

  • Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • Supervised Learning/prediction/Machine Learning, dimensionality reduction
  • Algorithms and their Optimization
  • Multiple hypothesis testing, False Discovery Rate
  • Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • Causal inference
  • Data Visualization tools and communication
  • Modeling Synthesis

Section 5: Additional topics

  • Open science
  • Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • Ethical Issues
  • Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • Reproducibility
  • SUMMARY and NIH context

Section 6: Specific examples

We hope that you will enjoy this exciting and informative series of lectures on data science. Again, please instruct your students, staff, and colleagues to tune in. Share this announcement with others, too. We look forward to having you!

Information and News – Zika Update

On Friday, August 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico in response to the Zika outbreak. According to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, as of August 12 there have been 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, including 1,035 pregnant women.

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center continues to update the Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide. This guide includes links to information for healthcare professionals from US Federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Also included in the Guide are PubMed and Disaster Lit® searches on topics related to Zika and microcephaly, pregnancy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, sexual transmission, and more. Patient education material in multiple languages and health resources for the public are also included.

Remember that you can embed the content of the Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide on your own web page. When the NLM Guide is updated, your page will be automatically updated as well. It’s easy to get an account on the HHS Syndication Storefront. Follow the instructions here on how to add content to your website. (More on content syndication.)

See a list of HHS Public Health Emergency Declarations since 2005.


Rick Wallace and Nakia Woodward Receives Honorable Mention for MLA Poster Presentation

Congratulations to Rick Wallace, Assistant Director and Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Librarian at Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Both received an Honorable Mention for their Poster Presentation “Piecing Together the Mosaic of Rural Clinical Information Practices over a Twenty Year Period” by the MLA Research Section. Their poster was presented at Mosaic ’16. If you registered for the meeting, you’ll be able to access meeting content online using your e-mail and badge number.

To learn more about the selection process, visit the Research Section website.

Rick and Nakia have previously contributed to our SEA Currents Newsletter in the Inspiring People in Our Region series.

Please take a moment to congratulate both Rick and Nakia!

Free Exercise Information for Your Older Patients and Health Consumers!

As health professionals, you already know how important exercise and physical activity are for maintaining health and function, especially as people get older. But did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all. What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.

Learn more about the Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign and use it in your conversations with clients about ways they can incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Clients can get activity ideas, and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. You can sign up to become a Go4Life partner to get updates on the latest campaign activities, as well as have a voice in shaping campaign materials so that they best meet your needs.

And, please join us to celebrate Go4Life Month this September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults.

Remember Go4Life has what you need to help your older clients become more active for their health and function!

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.