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HSLS Staff News

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

News

Pat Weiss, reference and information technology librarian, was appointed faculty representative to the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees’ Property and Facilities Committee for 2013-14.

Publications

Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, along with co-author Jay Toth, published “American Indian Dissertation Abstracts,” in Indigenous Policy Journal 24, no. 2 (2013).

Presentations

Renae Barger, executive director, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, and Kate Flewelling, outreach coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented a lecture, “Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: A Resource for Evidence-based Practice,” on October 16, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Public Health Association and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Annual Conference, in Harrisburg, PA.

Michelle Burda, network and advocacy coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented two lectures, “Meeting the Challenge of Change,” on October 14, 2013, at the MLA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Meeting, in Pittsburgh, PA, and “Health Literacy: Its Importance to You and Healthcare Professionals,” on October 17, 2013, at the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter MLA, in Fairport, NY.

Lydia Collins, consumer health coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented several lectures, “Supporting a Healthy Community,” on October 22, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, in Seven Springs, PA; “Introduction to the National Library of Medicine’s Toy Box,” on October 15, 2013, and “National Library of Medicine: Environmental Health and Genetics Resources at Your Fingertips,” on October 16, 2013, at the New Jersey Science Convention, in Princeton, NJ; “MedlinePlus and Affordable Care Act Resources for Delaware,” on October 3, 2013, at the Delaware Division of Libraries, Dover Public Library, in Dover, DE; and “MedlinePlus and Affordable Care Act Resources for Pennsylvania,” on October 1, 2013, at the Delaware County Library System, in Media, PA.

Charlie Wessel, head of research and reference initiatives, provided a systematic review update to National Institutes of Health informationists and librarians on September 25, 2013, at the NIH Library, Bethesda MD.

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Classes November 2013

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. 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. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

No registration is required for any of these classes. Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full. Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.

Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.

Class schedules are subject to change. Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.

FlashClass

FlashClass is a “deal of the week” Groupon-like offer of timely and useful learning. Each week’s offer proposes one or two topics, and you’re invited to sign up to attend a one-hour class the following week. If at least three people sign up, we’ll hold the class. (We’ll notify you either way.)

HSLS CLASSES

Adobe Photoshop (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, November 19 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, November 12 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Data Sharing and Discovery: Why and How (102 Benedum Hall)

Registration required

Wednesday, November 20 Noon-1 p.m.

EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Monday, November 18 4-6 p.m.

Focus on Behavioral Medicine: Searching in PsycINFO* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Wednesday, November 6 9-10:30 a.m.

Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
(Meet inside entrance to Library)
Offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.

Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Friday, November 8 10-11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 12 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20 9-10 a.m.

PowerPoint for Conference Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, November 5 12:30-2:30 p.m.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS RESOURCES

SNPs & Genetic Variation* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 6 1-3 p.m.

Primer Design & Restriction Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 13 1-3 p.m.

Introduction to CLC Main Workbench* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 20 1-3 p.m.

CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.

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UpToDate Mobile App Now Available

HSLS is pleased to announce the availability of the UpToDate Mobile App. The app is available to Pitt and UPMC users through the HSLS subscription to the full UpToDate site. UpToDate provides evidence-based, peer-reviewed medical information. The continuously updated content is written by more than 5,100 authors, all of whom are practicing physicians and specialists within the subject area they author.

Compatible Devices

The app is free to download and is available for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad from the iTunes App Store, Android devices from the Google Play Store, and Windows 8 phones and tablets from the Windows Store.

All mobile devices must support HTML, cookies, and JavaScript. Specifications for each device include:

iPhone/iPod touch/iPad:

  • iPhone 3G or better (or equivalent iPod touch) that is running iOS 5 or better
  • Any iPad running iOS 5 or better

Android devices:

  • Android devices running Android OS version 2.2 or higher
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free phone memory
  • SD card installation is supported

Windows 8 Tablets:

  • Any Windows 8 tablet
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free memory

Windows Phone 8:

  • Any Windows Phone 8 smartphone
  • The device must have at least 50 MB of free memory

Getting Started

To access the mobile app, begin by creating an UpToDate personal account.

  • From any onsite Pitt or UPMC computer, direct your browser to the HSLS homepage.
  • In the “Quick Links” box on the right side of the screen, click on UpToDate.
  • On the UpToDate homepage, click on the red Log in/Register button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Complete the registration form (leave the NPI Number box blank if you don’t have one or don’t know it).
  • Once you have downloaded the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your personal account information. After that, you should not be asked to do that again (unless you choose to log out of the app).

Access requires Wi-Fi or 3G (or better). The app can be downloaded for use on two devices.

Account Expiration

In order to maintain uninterrupted service, you must verify your Pitt or UPMC affiliation every 30 days by logging into UpToDate from an onsite Pitt or UPMC computer or on a mobile device connected to the Pitt or UPMC Wi-Fi. An in-application and e-mail message will remind you to do this. If you don’t, your mobile access will be suspended until you do. You can also check your expiration date by clicking on the Home icon in the app, and then clicking on Account Info.

Features

UpToDateMobileThe Search feature is the meat of the UpToDate Mobile App and allows you to search by topic, including diseases, drugs, or procedures. You can limit search results to “All search results,” “Prioritize adult topics,” “Prioritize pediatric topics,” and “Prioritize patient topics.” The Outline feature allows you to quickly navigate to a particular section of a topic.

The UpToDate Mobile App also includes mobile-optimized Medical Calculators as well as the “What’s New” feature that provides you with important new information added in recent weeks.

Other key features of the UpToDate Mobile App include:

  • Ability to earn CME/CE/CPD credit
  • Personal account tracks CME/CE/CPD credits earned while searching UpToDate
  • Create Bookmarks and quickly review your search History
  • Print or e-mail topics and graphics
  • While there is no full-text article access, the app does include embedded references that lead to PubMed MEDLINE abstract displays of articles

For more information about the UpToDate Mobile App and other mobile friendly versions of HSLS resources, such as Micromedex or AccessMedicine, direct your browser to the HSLS Mobile Resources Web site. You can also contact the HSLS Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or Ask a Librarian.

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Undead PubMed: Join us if you dare…

undeadPubMedDuring this Halloween season—when the undead walk—your greatest weapon just might be current biomedical information. So, in the spirit of the season, HSLS is offering a ghoulish twist on our basic, weekly, Painless PubMed search class. In one horror-filled hour, Undead PubMed will use creepy examples to introduce or update you on: accessing PubMed from a safe location, building an effective search strategy, retrieving full-text articles if the library has been overrun by zombies, using a MyNCBI account to save your searches, and (maybe) save the world.

Please join us—if you dare—for Undead PubMed (costumes are optional):

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2 p.m.–3 p.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1

 

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Falk Library, Classroom 1

 

BE FOREWARNED! For those brave enough to attend, this class will not be painless. But, don’t be afraid, because the Painless PubMed version of the class returns in November.

~ Rebecca Abromitis and Mary Lou Klem

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BrowZine: A Browsable Newsstand of Scholarly Journals

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The Browzine “Nursing” Library

Pitt users now have access to BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows you to browse, read, and monitor numerous scholarly journals. All in a format optimized for iPad, Android, and Amazon tablets. You can search for Open Access and available Pitt journal subscriptions in BrowZine by category or individual title. Select your favorite journals and then add them to your Bookshelf where they’ll be available for quick and easy access.

Full-text articles of interest can be downloaded to a “Saved Articles” area and read later without an Internet connection. Articles can also be exported to other apps such as GoodReader and Notability. To help keep all of your information together in one place, you can save to Zotero, MendeleyDropbox, and other services. Continue reading

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Elsevier and Dryad: Cooperative Linking Between Articles and Data Sets

dryad Journal publisher Elsevier and the Dryad Digital Repository recently announced a new cooperative effort providing two-way links between their content. This reciprocal linking between Dryad and Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform is currently available for 28 journals, including:

If an article’s associated data set is stored on Dryad, you can link directly to it from ScienceDirect by clicking on the “Data in DRYAD” button, under “Applications and tools” in the panel to the right of the article display. A link to the ScienceDirect article will likewise appear on the Dryad Web page for the data set(s). Access to the full-text article is only available if the University of Pittsburgh has a subscription to that journal. Dryad also provides a citation for the data set, including its Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a persistent link to the data set(s). To see an example of the two-way linking, visit:

  • A ScienceDirect article from the journal Gene
  • The associated data sets in Dryad

Dryad is a non-profit organization with members worldwide; its mission is to make the data sets underlying scientific/medical research publications more discoverable, reusable, and citable. Researchers can deposit large data sets in Dryad, using it to facilitate peer review or to comply with journal, funding organization, and institutional data policies. Dryad is integrated with several other publishers and their journals, including Heredity and PLoS Biology.

Reciprocal linking with Dryad ties in with Elsevier’s “Article of the Future” program, which aims to improve the format of the scientific research article. Elsevier similarly collaborates with numerous other repositories, including GEO (Gene Expression Omnibus) and ClinicalTrials.gov.

*Parts of this article were reprinted from the Elsevier and Dryad Implement Reciprocal Linking between Datasets and Published Research Articles press release.

~ Jeff Husted

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Lynda.com: For Online Computer and Technology Training

lyndaloginbuttonIf you need to learn how to design a Web site, create a Google app, or use a Microsoft Office or Adobe product, now you can learn anytime, anywhere with Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a University licensed, online computer and technology training provider offering a broad range of courses including: Access, PowerPoint, Drupal, C++, and many more. The video-based courses are self-paced, up to several hours long, and divided into 5-15 minute lessons. Each course is taught by a subject expert. You can select from over 1,200 courses.

Lynda.com is available to all University of Pittsburgh users. Log in using your University Computer Account at my.pitt.edu. Mobile access is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android mobile devices.

~ Jill Foust

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Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Horace Wells’ Letters

Horace Wells (1815-1848) was an American dentist who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in tooth extractions. He was posthumously honored as the discoverer of modern anesthesia by the American Dental Association in 1864 and by the American Medical Association in 1870.

There was no greater promoter of Wells’ contribution than his main biographer, W. Harry Archer (1905-1980)—alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, lecturer in the School of Dentistry, and later the head of the department of oral surgery of his Alma Mater. During his years at Pitt, with the support of Dean H. Edmund Friesell, Archer helped to build an outstanding collection on the discovery of anesthesia that primarily focused on Horace Wells. The collection included letters, instruments for delivering anesthesia, portraits, books, journals, and pamphlets. This collection of “Wellsiana” was the most complete in the country at that time, and the Wells family letters were its highlight. Archer obtained the letters for the collection from Mrs. Arthur Cole and from Miss Wales, relatives of Horace Wells.

During the reorganization of the dental school library in the 1970s, the collection’s anesthetic armamentarium and miniature portraits were donated by Archer to The Smithsonian.

The book I Awaken to Glory, in Falk Library’s Historical Collection, mistakenly spread the message that the whereabouts of the original letters collected by W. Harry Archer were unknown.1

Wells LettersHowever, these Wells family letters brought to Pittsburgh by Archer never left the University. Today, they are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections of Falk Library, where they are properly cared for and stored in a climate controlled room. The letters can be viewed in our Rare Book Room by appointment. A finding aid is available.

1. Leonard F. Menczer and Richard J. Wolfe, eds. I Awaken to Glory: Essays Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Discovery of Anesthesia by Horace Wells, December 11, 1844–December 11, 1994 (Boston, Mass.: Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, in association with the Historical Museum of Medicine and Dentistry, Hartford, Conn., 1994).

~ Gosia Fort

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HSLS Staff News

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

Publications

Rebecca Abromitis, reference librarian, along with co-authors Mei Song1, Kaihong Liu1, and Titus L. Schleyer1, published “Reusing Electronic Patient Data for Dental Clinical Research: a Review of Current Status” in Journal of Dentistry, 18 April 2013. [Epub ahead of print]

1. Center for Dental Informatics, Department of Dental Public Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.

Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “Dissertations Recently Completed in Related Fields” in Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22(3): 554-5, 2013.

Presentations

Kate Flewelling, outreach coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, presented two talks, “Bridges Cost Money: Finding Grant Opportunities” and “Promoting Environmental Health Education: Free Resources from the National Library of Medicine,” at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals, Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 17-19, 2013.

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Classes October 2013

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. 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. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.

No registration is required, except where noted. Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full. Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.

Class schedules are subject to change. Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.

HSLS CLASSES

Adobe Photoshop (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 1 Noon-2 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 22 1-3 p.m.

Data Management Plans (102 Benedum Hall)

Registration required

Wednesday, October 30 Noon-1 p.m.

EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 23 10 a.m.-noon

Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
(Meet inside entrance to Library)
Offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.

NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Boot Camp (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Thursday, October 3 Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, October 17 Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 Noon-1 p.m.

Prezi for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 29 1-3 p.m.

Undead PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Thursday, October 10 10-11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 16 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, October 22 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 3-4 p.m.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS RESOURCES

Personal Genomics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 2 1-3 p.m.

Microarray Data Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 9 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 16 1-3 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 23 1-3 p.m.

Cancer Informatics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, October 30 1-3 p.m.

POSTDOC TALKS

Choosing the Best 3D Matrix for Your Cell Culture Needs (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, October 1 3-4:30 p.m.

How to Prepare a CV (grad students & postdocs) (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Thursday, October 10 Noon-1:30 p.m.

Adding Mechanistic Insight through Signal Transduction Research (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Thursday, October 17 10-11:30 a.m.

How to Process Histology Images in Photoshop-the Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Friday, October 25 1:30-3:30 p.m.

CUSTOMIZED CLASSES

Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.

FLASHCLASS

FlashClass is a “deal of the week” Groupon-like offer of timely and useful learning. Each week’s offer proposes one or two topics, and you’re invited to sign up to attend a one-hour class the following week. If at least three people sign up, we’ll hold the class. (We’ll notify you either way.)

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“Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” Coming to Falk Library on September 16

The Civil War was a turning point in American history, and now you can explore this fascinating period of time through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” which opens September 16 at Falk Library. The exhibit focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

Veterans John J. Long, Walter H. French, E. P Robinson, and an unidentified companion, 1860s Courtesy Library of Congress
Veterans John J. Long, Walter H. French, E. P. Robinson, and an unidentified companion, 1860s
Courtesy Library of Congress

Topics presented will include: Continue reading

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Introducing ClinicalKey (and Farewell to MD Consult)

ClinicalKey LogoClinicalKey is the new clinical reference resource from Elsevier and the replacement for MD Consult. Elsevier developed ClinicalKey around three key requirements—comprehensiveness, trusted content, and speed to answer—which they identified in a study of over 2,000 physicians. As with MD Consult, ClinicalKey offers access to multiple content types—including e-books, journals, videos, and images—from a single interface. However, the breadth of content in ClinicalKey is far greater:

Content Type

ClinicalKey

MD Consult

E-books

1,100+

89

Journals

575+

54

Videos

13,000+

3,600

Images

5,000,000+

50,000+

In addition, ClinicalKey includes a wider collection of the Clinics series, as well as First Consult, Elsevier’s evidence-based point-of-care tool.

A sample results page from a search for “viral hepatitis” is shown below:ClinicalKey

Pointing your mouse at a search result in the center panel will reveal a double arrow. Click on the arrow to preview the content in the right panel—without losing your search results list. To view the full content, click on the title of the search result.

Need images for a presentation? You can drag and drop image results to the Presentation button, or you can select images from the results list by clicking on the check boxes and then clicking on the “+” sign next to the Presentation button. Click the Presentation button to open the Presentation Maker, where you can organize images and export them to PowerPoint.

You will need to create a personal ClinicalKey account to fully use the Presentation Maker, as well as save searches, create a reading list, or earn CME credit.

Need some time to transition? ClinicalKey is available now, but MD Consult will remain available until November 30, 2013.

For more information, contact the HSLS Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or Ask a Librarian.

*Parts of this article were derived from the ClinicalKey promotional flyer and quick reference card.

~ Jeff Husted

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DSM-5 Now Available

HSLS now provides access to the online version of DSM-5, the latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the DSM is considered the authoritative guide to diagnosing mental disorders. The last major revision (DSM-IV) was published in 1994, with a text revision (DSM-IV-TR) in 2000.

David J. Kupfer, MD, Thomas Detre Professor of Psychiatry, chaired the task force that oversaw the development of DSM-5. Between 2008 and 2012, the DSM-5 Task Force and thirteen Work Groups drafted, revised, and finalized the diagnostic criteria and text of DSM-5. More than 160 members of the task force and work groups reviewed the research literature, analyzed data, sought feedback from colleagues, and organized field trials. DSM-5 was officially released in May 2013.

The APA aimed to develop DSM-5 as an evidence-based manual: “Decisions to include a diagnosis in DSM-5 were based on a careful consideration of the scientific advances in research underlying the disorder, as well as the collective clinical knowledge of experts in the field.”1 In addition, many of the changes in DSM-5 attempt to address symptoms and behaviors that were not well defined by DSM-IV.1

To access the online version of DSM-5:

  1. Search DSM-5 in the Pitt Resources Quick Search box.
  2. Visit the Psychiatry section on the Health Sciences E-Books by Subject Web page.

More information about DSM-5 is available from these APA Web sites:

A print copy is also available at the Falk Library Main Desk.

1. “About DSM-5/Frequently Asked Questions,” American Psychiatric Association, accessed July 31, 2013, http://www.dsm5.org/about/Pages/faq.aspx.

~ Jeff Husted

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Postdoc Talks: A New “How to” Training Series

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service (MBIS) and the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences are pleased to announce a new workshop series taught by postdoctoral associates at the University of Pittsburgh.

The inaugural series features six postdoctoral instructors from the Departments of Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Urology, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. Workshops will be held in Falk Library, Classroom 2.

Schedule of upcoming workshops:

Monday, September 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon  

Teresa Liu will present, “DNA/RNA Immunoprecipitation and Next Generation Sequencing.”

Tuesday, September 17, 1-2:30 p.m.                   

Tejas Tirodkar will present, “How to Process Histology Images in Photoshop—the Basics.”

Tuesday, October 1, 3-4:30 p.m.              

Lisa Gurski will present, “Choosing the Best 3D Matrix for Your Cell Culture Needs.”

Thursday, October 10, noon-1:30 p.m.           

Emily Wickline will present, “How to Prepare a CV (Graduate Students and Postdocs).”

Thursday, October 17, 10-11:30 a.m.                    

Ethan Block will present, “Adding Mechanistic Insight through Signal Transduction Research.”

If you are a postdoc interested in teaching a “how to” workshop during the next series, please contact Carrie Iwema by e-mail at iwema@pitt.edu. The MBIS works with postdocs to create a workshop that is both a positive teaching experience and instructive to attendees. All postdoc instructors receive feedback and a letter of acknowledgement. Participating postdocs acquire valuable instructional experience while providing a service to our health sciences community.

~ Carrie Iwema