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February 2018

NEW Data Class Offerings

In our continuous effort to support your research needs, HSLS is offering four new classes this spring covering: (1) introduction to mapping, (2) Python through Jupyter, (3) beginning command line for bioinformatics, and (4) options for bioinformatics analysis. Class descriptions and registration links are listed below.

(1) Data 101: Introduction to Mapping 

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Registration required

Mapping is a great way to visualize and analyze information—and to tell stories. In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn the principles of mapmaking, understand how computers are used to plot addresses on a map, conduct basic spatial analysis, and update records in a database based on location. Along with a deeper appreciation for computers, this class will provide you with a solid foundation of mapping concepts and processes, and get you prepared to take your first computer-based mapping class. No computers will be used in this class.

Light Therapy for Fighting the Winter Blues

Philips Light BoxDid you know that in 2015 climatologist Brian Brettschneider ranked Pittsburgh in the top five dreariest cities in the United States? By February, the shorter days, bad weather, and lack of windows in the library may cause a decrease in feelings of well-being. Depressive disorder with seasonal pattern (winter-type), formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can cause symptoms such as loss of energy, increased appetite, and feelings of sadness. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may need to talk to your doctor or consult with the mental health resources available at Pitt. However, if your symptoms are mild you may consider using one of the eight light therapy boxes HSLS has available to borrow.

On Display at Falk Library

For a limited time in February, Falk Library invites you to visit a new exhibit, Walk On By. Courtesy of Northside Common Ministries, Walk On By features artwork by Pittsburgh artists looking at homelessness in our region. This exhibit has traveled to four local libraries and was featured at the Future Tenant Art Gallery downtown in 2017. The art pieces, including photography, painting, cartoons, video, and pottery, are displayed in the library’s upper floor study lounge. Donations of hand warmers, towels, and toiletries can be dropped off at the exhibit to benefit Northside Common Ministries.

HSLS E-Resources in Psychiatry and Psychology

The HSLS website contains links to numerous databases, e-journals, and e-books of interest to mental health researchers and clinicians who need to know about major psychiatry and psychology information resources.

Access any of the following e-resources by typing the name of the resource in the Pitt Resources Quick Search box on the HSLS home page.

Changes to the HSLS Online Collection for 2018

Journals added to the HSLS online collection for 2018 include:

HSLS continually adds new open-access journals, so visit our E-journals A-Z list and click on “Show Select Subject” to view titles in your area of interest.

Energy Conservation Is for Buildings, Not People

As I concentrate on my long, complex character-driven PubMed search strategy, my large muscle movements cease while my eyes focus. Do I need an extra parenthesis to nest that query properly? Being sedentary at work is a natural consequence of the knowledge enterprise.

An initiative to stimulate workers to move more during the workday could be motion as medicine. Possible substantiation comes from a recent study that found a computer prompt that required subjects to stand and engage in brief activity, increased calorie expenditure, and reduced sitting time during the workday.

HSLS Staff News

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


Helenmary Sheridan has joined HSLS as a Data Services Librarian. She recently worked as the Repository Services Coordinator at the University of Illinois, where she led the library’s institutional repository initiatives and provided outreach and curation support for the Research Data Service.

Classes for February 2018


Showcasing Your Research Impact, Thursday, February 1, 12-1 p.m.

Locating and Citing Research Data, Tuesday, February 6, 9-10 a.m.

Copyright and Fair Use in Education, Tuesday, February 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Data 101: Introduction to Mapping, Thursday, February 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Advanced EndNote for Savvier Information Management, Thursday, February 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Electronic Lab Notebooks: Introduction to LabArchives, Friday, February 16, 1-2 p.m.

Painless PubMed*, Friday, February 16, 4-5 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations, Monday, February 19, 2-3 p.m.

Trim Down Your Search: Focusing PubMed in on a Topic, Tuesday, February 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Presentation Zen: Effective Visuals and Design, Wednesday, February 21, 9-10 a.m.

EndNote Basics, Thursday, February 22, 10 a.m.-noon

Painless PubMed*, Monday, February 26, 9-10 a.m.

Getting Systematic About Systematic Reviews (webinar), Tuesday, February 27, 10-11 a.m.

Molecular Biology Information Service

Variant Detection & Analysis: CLC Genomics & IVA, Wednesday, February 7, 1-4 p.m.

Pathway Visualization: ePath3D & Cytoscape, Wednesday, February 14, 1-4 p.m.

RNA-Seq Analysis & CLC Genomics, Wednesday, February 21, 1-4 p.m.

Pathway Analysis, Wednesday, February 28, 1-4 p.m.