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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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.

September NIH News in Health Now Available

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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.



Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

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Webinar: Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Part 2

WHEN:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State.  This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices.

Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.” She will present on the process she used to design a program for Massachusetts public libraries to increase awareness and use of disaster information resources. She will also discuss how she delivered the strategy and synthesized their feedback to refine the strategy and accompanying products.


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Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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