Author Archives: Deb Werner

Use natural language to find sequence data

NCBI Labs now offers a natural language search option for finding sequences.  So, the next time you need to search for a gene, transcript, or genome assembly for an organism, give it a try!

The new and improved search addresses three types of queries that commonly fail in NCBI searches:

  • organism-gene
  • organism-transcript
  • organism-assembly

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Read more on NCBI Insights.

Wellness at the Library

Stop by the Library’s table at Wellapalooza today from 11:15 am – 1:15 pm on the Main Quad and learn how the Library supports wellness on campus, including:

While you are there, pick up some information on where to go to get quality health information, like MedlinePlus.

Happy birthday, John Crerar!

Image of John Crerar

John Crerar with birthday hat

Today, March 8th, marks the 191st birthday of Crerar Library benefactor and industrialist John Crerar. Crerar was born in New York City in 1827 and came to Chicago in 1862 to build his wealth in railroads.

Upon his death in 1889, Crerar bequeathed a substantial sum for the founding of a library. Although he didn’t stipulate what types of materials would be collected, he did state what it wouldn’t: “dirty French novels and all skeptical trash and works of questionable moral tone shall never be found in this Library.”

Read more about John Crerar and other historical figures with the Library’s collection of online newspapers.

Thomas Edison and the incandescent light bulb

December 31st marks the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb in 1879.

Thomas Edison's patent drawing for the incandescent light bulb.

Edison’s patent drawing for the incandescent light bulb.
CREDIT: “New Jersey–The Wizard of Electricity–Thomas A. Edison’s System of Electric Illumination,” 1880. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-97960.

Read more about Thomas Edison:

Stross, Randall E. The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World. New York: Crown Publishers, 2007. Print.

Josephson, Matthew. Edison: A Biography. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1959. Print.

Association of Edison Illuminating Companies. Committee on St. Louis exposition. “Edisonia,” a Brief History of the Early Edison Electric Lighting System. New York, 1904. Web.

Read more about incandescent lighting:

Du Moncel, Th., William Henry Preece, John White Howell, and Charles William Siemens. Incandescent Electric Lights: With Particular Reference to the Edison Lamps at the Paris Exposition. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1882. Web.

Pope, Frank L. (Franklin Leonard). Evolution of the Electric Incandescent Lamp. Elizabeth, N.J.: H. Cook, 1889. Print.

Houston, Edwin J. (Edwin James), and Arthur E. (Arthur Edwin) Kennelly. Electric Incandescent Lighting. New York: Johnston Company, 1896. Print.

Logan, Jeffrey, and Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service. Lighting Efficiency Standards in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: Are Incandescent Light Bulbs “banned”? [Washington, District of Columbia]: [Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress], 2008. Web.

Freeberg, Ernest. The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. New York: Penguin Press, 2013. Print.

Zar Symposium, “Open Data: Science, Health, Community,” available online

Video recordings from the 5th biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “Open Data: Science, Health, Community” are now available online.  The symposium featured speakers from Mozilla, the National Library of Medicine, the City of Chicago and more, who provided insight into open data projects and initiatives which have an impact on science, health, or community.

Read more in the full program schedule.

This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LMO12312346-01 with the University of Iowa.

Enrico Fermi and the nuclear chain reaction

page from Fermi's Notebook D14,"Numerical Calculations"

A digitized page from Fermi’s Notebook D14,”Numerical Calculations,” from November 12, 1943, to May 27, 1944. (Fermi, Enrico. Collection, [Box 42, Folder 3], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.)

In addition to the activities that have taken place on campus to observe the 75th anniversary of first nuclear reaction, the Library holds many complementary resources.  Visit the Enrico Fermi and the Nuclear Chain Reaction library guide for more information, including links to digitized materials.

Read more about Enrico Fermi and the first nuclear chain reaction:

Book cover, Enrico Fermi, Physicist

Enrico Fermi, Physicist (1970) by Emilio Segrè.

Book cover, The Pope of Physics : Enrico Fermi and the birth of the atomic age

The Pope of Physics : Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age (2016) by Gino Segrè and Bettina Hoerlin

Webinar: Create, Link, and Share Your Bibliography – PubMed Tools and ORCID Identifiers for Authors

In this 30-minute webinar, NCBI staff will discuss author disambiguation and the advantages of using an ORCID ID–a free, unique identifier that will remain constant, even if your name changes.  Also learn how to find your citations in PubMed, create a bibliography, and share your publication list with others.

Date & time: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM CDT

Register

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Learn about future NCBI webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

Free ebook on the Cassini mission and Saturn

To celebrate the conclusion of the Cassini spacecraft’s mission to Saturn, IOP Publishing is making its ebook on the topic, The Ringed Planet: Cassini’s Voyage of Discovery at Saturn, free now through Oct. 15, 2017.

Download your free copy here!

Saturn and its rings

Saturn and its rings; image taken by Cassini.  Image Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI.

Online tutorials in the sciences and medicine

Looking to do some online training over the summer?  Check out one of these options:

Study carrels on first floor of Crerar

Some study carrels have been relocated from the upper floors of the Crerar Library to the first floor to provide additional study space.

Crerar Library 1st floor study carrels