Taking on Lead Poisoning in the Community

Text reads: This Lead is Killing Us. A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in their Communities. New to Falk Library this month is the national exhibit This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities. Visitors are asked to reflect on how the past connects to the present-day challenge of reducing harm and danger from lead exposure. The topic of lead exposure ties in the work of advocates, health care professionals, policymakers, industry, and so much more.

On February 20, join us for a panel discussion that explores this topic in depth, discussing not only challenges faced today but celebrating the successes in our region and looking at future opportunities for making our communities, and communities everywhere safer from lead poisoning. The panel event will be co-hosted by Pitt’s School of Public Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health department, with guest panelists Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, director of Women for a Healthy Environment, and Marcela González Rivas, Associate Professor in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

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Exploring Cell Type Annotation with Cell Marker Databases in Single-Cell Data

Annotating cells in single-cell gene expression data is a challenging task due to the continuous nature of gene expression levels and the complex relationship between gene expression and cellular function. To address this challenge, researchers can utilize cell marker databases and web resources to identify cell types in various tissues.

The databases contain marker genes for various cell types and offer user-friendly web interfaces for browsing, searching, visualizing, and downloading cell type and gene marker associations. For example, CellMarker 2.0 is a valuable database containing experimentally supported biomarkers of various cell types in human and mouse tissues. It includes information about 656 tissues, 2,578 cell types, and 26,915 cell markers. The database offers six web tools such as cell annotation, cell clustering, cell malignancy, and cell differentiation, for comprehensive analysis and visualization of single-cell data, making it beneficial for various search applications, including disease identification and prognostic biomarkers.

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Featured Class: Transcriptome Analysis – From GEO Data Mining to Submission

Join us for this class:
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 1-4 p.m.
Hybrid session: Attend online or in person in the Falk Library Classroom
Register for Transcriptome Analysis – From GEO Data Mining to Submission*

This beginner-friendly workshop is designed to equip participants with essential skills in locating and analyzing gene expression studies using the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) repository. The class will be led by instructors from HSLS’s Molecular Biology Information Service.

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Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Making History with Weitbrecht’s Syndesmologia

Title page of Falk Library’s copy of Weitbrecht’s “Syndesmologia.”

Syndesmology is the branch of regional anatomy focused on the study of ligaments. Its founder, Josias Weitbrecht, wrote the first comprehensive manual of ligaments in 1742, giving this new area of interest a proper start and full attention. He described more than 90 connective tissues in the human body. The work was illustrated with 82 engravings which impress with their accuracy, quality, and attention to detail. The illustrations were done by three artists: Andreas Grecow and his two pupils, Gregorius Katschalow and Iohannes Sokolow.

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HSLS Staff News

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


Kelsey Cowles, Research and Instruction Librarian, Rebekah Miller, Research and Instruction Librarian, and Rachel Suppok, Research and Instruction Librarian, co-authored the article:

Cowles, K., Miller, R., & Suppok, R. (2024). When Seeing Isn’t Believing: Navigating Visual Health Misinformation through Library Instruction. Medical reference services quarterly, 43(1), 44–58. https://doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2024.2290963

Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Research and Clinical Instruction Librarian, co-authored the article:

Hume NE, Zerfas I, Wong A, Klein-Fedyshin M, Smithburger PL, Buckley MS, Devlin JW, Kane-Gill SL. Clinical Impact of the Implementation Strategies Used to Apply the 2013 Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium or 2018 Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, Sleep Disruption Guideline Recommendations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 9. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000006178. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38193764.