July 2018» Next Entries
Recognizing that NIH‐funded investigators have inadvertently published results in “predatory” journals, the NIH recently issued Notice NOT-OD-18-011 “encouraging” authors to publish in “reputable” journals.
While there are existing detailed guidelines for selecting good journals, here are two easy tips for instantly identifying a predatory journal:
The All of Us Research Program Training and Education Center is a new UG4 cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in partnership with the All of Us Research Program (AoURP). The Training and Education Center (TEC) is the central repository for educational content and trainings related to the program. The TEC will be responsible for the development, design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of educational deliverables targeted to key audiences, including AoURP participants, researchers, health professionals, and general consumer health. There will be four main staff working at the TEC—Jennifer Jones, Executive Director; Lydia Collins, Participant Engagement Lead; Program Manager (TBH); and Instructional Designer-Technologist (TBH).
Would you like to…
- easily plan and simulate your DNA manipulations?
- visualize ORFs, reading frames, and primer binding sites?
- automatically record the steps in a cloning project?
- share annotated sequence files with other researchers?
You can do all of this and more with SnapGene. The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service now provides access to this popular molecular biology software, making it that much easier for Pitt researchers to easily perform in silico DNA analysis, molecular cloning, and PCR.
The Mobile Apps website has a new look! The new website has a more user friendly design and provides easier access to all of the information you need in order to get started using the apps.
PubMed and PubMed Central (PMC) now offer filters to limit a search to only those articles or citations that include related data links, supplemental material, data citations, or a data availability or data accessibility statement.
The filters, detailed below, can be combined with any search by simply adding the Boolean operator “AND” and the specific filter into the search box (see the screenshots below for example syntax; the filters are highlighted in yellow).
Use data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – more resources field (both located below the abstract).
On May 23, 2018, I traveled to the state Capitol to serve as one of the enthusiastic ambassadors representing our university at Pitt Day in Harrisburg. Present for the event were Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, faculty, staff, alumni, students, plus Pitt’s mascot Roc the Panther. From departure to return I saw a number of familiar Pitt faces including Albert Tanjaya who is a student government board member and Chuck Staresinic from Academic Affairs in Pitt’s Health Sciences. The trip provides additional opportunities for forging new relationships with others who share Pitt as a common denominator. Sitting directly behind me on the motor coach were Tom Armstrong and Janet Gerster. It was lovely meeting them and learning about their very important roles as recruiters in the Office of Human Resources. Tom is a recruiter for Veterans and Individuals with disABILITIES.
On May 6, 2018, the National Institutes of Health officially launched the All of Us Research Program. Launch events took place in seven cities across the country and online.
MAR All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner and I attended the launch event at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City. The event consisted of a Community Education Fair and an impressive line-up of speakers. The event was organized by the All of Us Research Program NYC Consortium that includes Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals Harlem and New York-Presbyterian.
At the fair, Veronica and I promoted the use of high quality health information resources such as MedlinePlus, encouraged attendees to think of public libraries as partners in a health community, and talked about our role with the All of Us Research Program.
The 48th Annual American Osler Society (AOS) meeting was held May 13-16, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA, and was co-hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society. Jonathon Erlen, History of Medicine Librarian, along with Georgia Duker, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, co-chaired the Local Arrangements Committee. The meeting attracted over 125 participants from around the world.
The final AOS program contained over fifty-five papers, an all-time high for an AOS meeting. Topics ranged from aspects of ancient history of medicine to current medical issues. The meeting officially began with several songs performed by part of the University of Pittsburgh Female Choir. Then the Chancellor, Patrick Gallagher, warmly welcomed the AOS, followed by welcoming remarks by Bernard Goldstein, President of the C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society.
John K’eogh (1681-1754) was an Irish naturalist and the author of Botanologia Universalis Hibernica (1735), an early Irish herbal, and Zoologia Medicinalis Hibernica (1739). His intent with both works was to show that his country was self-sufficient to produce all remedies to cure the locals of any sickness without the need to import foreign medicines.
Zoologia Medicinalis Hibernica, owned by Falk Library, is quite rare. It is bound in a modern Morocco leather, with gilded lettering on the spine. The paper used by the Irish printer might have come from the local mill, but one used by a binder has a clearly visible watermark of “Maid of Dort” which ties in to a Dutch master papermaker of the 18th century.
The book on the medicinal virtues of animals, written before the standardization of FDA regulations or the need to prove efficacy, offers information on remedies in a typical hearsay fashion for the times. K’eogh is familiar with medical classics. He cites Galen, Avicenna, and Rhases. He also refers to earlier naturalists such as Pliny the Elder, Albertus Magnus, Johann Hartmann, Jan Jonston, Ulisse Aldrovandi, and others.