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Emergency Preparedness and Response: NLM Hurricane and Flood Information Resources

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The tropical storm moving up the East coast, the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, and the near miss of two storms in Hawaii remind us about the devastation and health consequences that wind and rain can bring to our communities.  To help you prepare and/or respond with authoritative health information resources, we have updated our Hurricanes and our Floods Information Guides on our Web site.  You can embed the content from both of these pages on your own Website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. When we update any of these pages, your pages will be automatically updated as well.

Hurricanes

Floods

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

For more information please visit, https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

 

Print Brochures, Fact Sheets, and Wallet Cards about National Library of Medicine Resources

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Print Brochures, Fact Sheets, and Wallet Cards about National Library of Medicine Resources

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine provides a variety of brochures, fact sheets, and wallet cards related to consumer health, minority health, HIV/AIDS resources, and many other important health topics.  Here’s a quick look at just a few of the useful resources that can be downloaded as PDFs, printed, and shared with patrons, students, patients, and colleagues:

  • Consumer Health Resources Wallet Card (PDF, 600 KB) – A list of online health resources from NLM that will be useful to the general public, on a fold-able card that can be stored in any wallet or billfold.
  • Resources for Public Health Professionals Fact Sheet (PDF, 250 KB) – Brief descriptions and links to important NLM online resources, including emergency/incident planning and response resources and NLM mobile resources and applications.
  • Minority Health Resources Brochure (PDF, 2 MB) – Links to multicultural and multilingual health resources, as well as consumer health, HIV/AIDS information, environmental health, and disaster preparedness resources that can be useful for addressing health disparities in the US.
  • HIV/AIDS Information Resources from NLM Flyer (PDF, 860 KB) and Wallet Card (PDF, 412 KB) – NLM resources that will be helpful in locating general information, treatment information, clinical trials, multilingual resources, and training resources related to HIV/AIDS.

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NLM Job Announcements: Head of National Network Coordinating Office (RML program) and Chief of the Public Services Division

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

NLM Job Announcements: Head of National Network Coordinating Office (RML program) and Chief of the Public Services Division

NLM is looking for candidates to apply for these two vacancies, Chief of the Public Services Division and Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Both are important leadership positions and we welcome candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as we move into the strategic planning process with our new Director, Patti Brennan.

For more information, refer to the NLM web site or watch these videos which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.

Both jobs will be posted on USAJobs.gov, and linked on the NLM Job Openings page September 6-19, 2016.  Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300.

Resources on Precision Medicine through National Library of Medicine

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Resources on Precision Medicine through National Library of Medicine

The new Director of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM:

I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…

National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources:

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BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/341938597813942273

 You may also dial in using your phone.

  • United States : +1 (914) 614-3221
  • Access Code: 736-335-403

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:

Syllabus

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!

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.