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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

SEAside Webinar: Introduction to SNOMED CT and the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) – September 19, 2016

Date/Time: Monday, September 19, 2016 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Presenter: Suzy Roy, MLS, MS, SNOMED CT, National Library of Medicine and Maureen Madden, MSN, PCCNP, CCRN, Value Set Authority Center (VSAC).

Co-Sponsor: DCAHSL District of Columbia Area Health Science Libraries

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: This program will introduce the audience to SNOMED CT and the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). SNOMED CT is a standardized, multilingual vocabulary of clinical terminology that is used for the electronic exchange of clinical health information. The Value Set Authority Center utilizes SNOMED CT and other standard vocabularies and provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Presenter Bio: Suzy Roy is the SNOMED CT Coordinator at the National Library of Medicine. Suzy is a U.S. Member Forum Representative to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), ensuring that the policies and initiatives of U.S. SNOMED CT are met at the international level. Prior to becoming the SNOMED CT Coordinator Suzy was an NLM Associate Fellow, and formerly a neuroscience researcher at Purdue University specializing in the areas of obesity research and neurodegenerative diseases. In her non-work life Suzy teaches knitting at local area yarn shops and rock climbs.

Presenter Bio: Maureen is the coordinator and project manager for the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) since its launch in 2012. Maureen serves as the liaison between the public users of the VSAC, multiple government, academic and NLM developers. Maureen began her NLM career in 1989 as a MeSH indexer and then GenBank submission curator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Subsequently, after several years with the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center at NHGRI performing genome assembly for the ENCODE project,  Maureen returned to the NLM to work on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project. Her work in biomedical informatics and health information interoperability led to her appointment as the coordinator for the Value Set Authority Center.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.


  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

To Join the Webinar:

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter the Meeting Number: 629 739 325
  • Enter the Password: seaside
  • Enter your Name, E-mail Address, and Session Password again to Join the Session.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have WebEx call your phone if you do not want to use your computer’s speakers and microphone.

Please note that DCAHSL will hold a business meeting from 1:00-1:30 ET in the conference room prior to the start of the webinar.

Technical Briefs – Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications, beginning November 16, 2016, for NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities.  Here is some key information and dates for applying for the grant:

Funding Opportunity Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers.

Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply.

Earliest Submission Date for Applications: November 16, 2016

Application Due Date: December 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

For additional application and award information, click here.

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Reminder: The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series Begins September 9, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.  This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding 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 12 PM ET (9 AM PT) beginning September 9th, 2016. Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.

For up-to-date information about the series and to see archived presentations, go to:

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


09/09/16 – Introduction to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle (Mark Musen, Stanford)

09/16/16 – SECTION 1: DATA MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW (Bill Hersh, Oregon Health Sciences)

  • 09/23/16 – Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing and Identifiers (Lucila Ohno-Machado, UCSD)
  • 09/30/16 – Data curation and Version control (Pascale Gaudet, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
  • 10/07/16 – Ontologies (Michel Dumontier, Stanford)
  • 10/14/16 – Metadata standards (Zachary Ives, Penn)
  • 10/21/16 – Provenance (Suzanne Sansone, Oxford)


  • 11/04/16 – Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations (Chaitan Baru, NSF)
  • 11/11/16 – No Lecture – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/18/16 – Social networking data (TBD)
  • 12/02/16 – Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing (Joseph Picone, Temple)
  • 12/09/16 – Exploratory Data Analysis (Brian Caffo, Johns Hopkins)
  • 12/16/16 – Natural Language Processing (Noemie Elhadad, Columbia)

01/06/17 – SECTION 3: COMPUTING OVERVIEW (Dates Tentative)

  • 01/13/17 – Workflows/pipelines
  • 01/20/17 – Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • 01/27/17 – Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and HPC
  • 02/03/17 – Commons: lessons learned, current state


  • 02/17/17 – Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • 02/24/17 – Supervised Learning/prediction/ML, dimensionality reduction
  • 03/03/17 – Algorithms, incl. Optimization
  • 03/10/17 – Multiple testing, False Discovery rate
  • 03/17/17 – Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • 03/24/17 – Causal inference
  • 03/31/17 – Data Visualization tools and communication
  • 04/07/17 – Modeling Synthesis


  • 04/14/17 – Open science
  • 04/21/17 – Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • 04/28/17 – Ethical Issues
  • 05/05/17 – Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • 05/12/17 – Reproducibility
  • 05/19/17 – Summary and NIH context

Reasonable accommodation: Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Kristan Brown or Sonyka Ngosso at 301-402-9827. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event. For questions, contact Crystal Stewart (

Videos will be archived on YouTube at:

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!

Emergency Preparedness and Response: NLM Hurricane and Flood Information Resources

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.



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