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October 2016

Diving into the World of Data Visualization

You’ve collected your data—now what? Having a basic set of data visualization skills will enable you to effectively communicate their significance. From understanding how your audience will interpret a bubble chart on your conference presentation to having proficiency with data visualization software packages, there is a wide variation in levels of mastery.

Thesis and Dissertation Publication with Lambert Academic: Author Beware

Newly minted University of Pittsburgh Master’s and Doctorate holders may receive an e-mail from Lambert Academic Publishing, offering to publish your thesis or dissertation as a book. While this sounds flattering, there is no real advantage to taking up the offer.

HSLS MolBio: 3 New Bioinformatics Tools & 1 New Name

HSLS is pleased to announce the availability of three new resources to help researchers analyze their biomedical data, and the renaming of one familiar tool.

Key Pathway Advisor (KPA) is a workflow tool that uses MetaCore content to simplify “omics” data analysis, perform causal reasoning network analysis and apply a comprehensive pathway analysis workflow, enable gene expression and gene variant data integration, and generate interactive structured reports for further analysis or sharing.

Nursing Pins Featured in Falk Library Exhibit

HSLS presents a new exhibit with a numismatic twist, The Ultimate Service Pin, a History of Nursing, by Dawn McBride. The author is a Clinical Research Project Manager at the University of Pittsburgh where she is also a nurse and collector at heart. She gives viewers a glimpse of nursing history through her collection of nursing pins and coins featuring nurses and nursing related symbols.

Use “PubMed Journals” to Keep Up-To-Date on the Latest Biomedical Literature

NCBI’s new PubMed Journals allows you to follow journals in your field, browse new articles, and much more.

PubMed Journals is easy-to-use:

To follow a journal, you’ll need to be logged into your NCBI account.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Scrapbooks

clayton2The idea of preserving memories, special moments, and histories in albums using scraps such as prints, bookplates, quotes, poems, calling cards, paper cutouts, press clippings, and photographs is not a new concept. In the United States, with the invention of photography and the appearance of a variety of patented photography and scrapbook albums, scrapbooking gained popularity in the 19th century. Today’s renewed interest in genealogy keeps the art of scrapbooking alive.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Author names in bold are HSLS-affiliated

Michelle Burda, Education & Health Literacy Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, and Terence Starz, published, “E-Health, Telemedicine Pose Challenges, Offer Benefits for Patients with Arthritis,” in The Rheumatologist, August 11, 2016.

Classes October 2016

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff, and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, who will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.